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USM Haller Bookcase - Aram

If you look closely, amidst all the tablet and kindle users glued to their screens on public transport, you will still see the odd person with a book in their hands. For some, books have become clutter; an annoyance and cumbersome blot on their minimal interior. But for others, the real bookworms (so to speak), a book collection is there to be admired and if displayed in the right way, be it with colour coordinated spines or just a random frieze of paper and hardbacks, a well-fed bookcase can really enhance and add depth to any interior.
If you fall into the latter camp, then we hope the following selection of storage solutions will provide some inspiration towards livening up your library.

Melody and Random bookcases - MDF Italia - Aram

Melody Bookcase (left) and Random Bookcase (right)

Designed by the German studio, Neuland Industriedesign (Paster & Partner) for MDF Italia, the Random and Melody Bookcases are a proven and very popular product here at Aram Store. Used singularly or flanked together to create a continuous wall of shelving, either design can be utilised in a very personal way by integrating books along with small accessories displayed inside the nooks and smaller compartments. If you like a little asymmetry in your life, then either of these designs will be to your liking.

Read - Montana Collection - Aram

The Read Bookcase by Montana Mobler

Montana is a flexible and wide-ranging storage system that can be configured to suit individual needs. The Read represents one of their ready-made solutions: a stacked configuration using six of their standard sized elements to form a generously sized bookcase. Minimal and sleek with a contemporary feel, the Read Bookcase will suit any modern interior with a punch of colour provided from their vast and vibrant palette of lacquer colours.

Nuvola Rossa Magistretti Cassina - Aram

Nuvola Rossa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina

A stone cold classic from the maestro, Vico Magistretti. Designed in 1977 and manufactured by the Italian powerhouse, Cassina, this simple linear structure is for the purists with its diagonal bracing and open sided shelves. Available in four finishes: Canaletto walnut, natural beech and black or white lacquer, the timeless Nuvola Rossa also works as a room divider and would sit comfortably in any setting be it classic or contemporary.

Ptolomeo Bookstand - Opinion Ciatti - Aram

Ptolomeo Bookstand

Simulating a freestanding pile of books, the Ptolomeo Bookstand is a unique and versatile solution from the industrial designer, Bruno Rainaldi. Available in three heights, three finishes (black, white or stainless steel) and with floor standing or wall hung options, the Ptolomeo’s sculptural quality can turn your books and periodicals into an interesting feature within any room.

Planophore - Barber Osgerby - Vitra - Aram

Planophore by Barber Osgerby for Vitra

The Planophore, designed by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, has dual capabilities owing to its cleverly designed, swivelling shelf dividers. These extruded aluminium supports, finished in matt silver or black, can be rotated to form varying sized compartments for holding your books. Move the Planophore into the middle of your room and close the panels… et voilá, you have a background for displaying decorative objects whilst dividing the space it sits within. The solid wooden shelves are finished in natural or smoked oak and the unit can be ordered in two different heights and widths.

USM Haller System - Aram

USM Haller System

This Swiss modular furniture system can provide all manner of solutions for storage, let alone for somewhere to keep your books or vinyl in order. Composed of a chromed steel frame with brightly coloured steel panel inserts, the USM Haller system can be easily configured to suit your spatial needs. Whether you have a small study space to fill, awkwardly sized alcoves either side of your fireplace or dream of completely lining the walls of a room to make your own personal bibliothèque, this is all achievable with the Haller System.

MYLES BROWN

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Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra at Aram

Polder [Pohl-der]:
Noun
1. A tract of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dykes, especially in the Netherlands.

Polder Sofa XL by Hella Jongerius for Vitra

The original Polder Sofa XL from 2005

The Polder Sofa with its broad, flat seat and arm surfaces evoking these particular stretches of the Dutch landscape, was first presented by Vitra in 2005. Now, ten years or so on, it has been given an update by its originator: the colour alchemist and industrial designer, Hella Jongerius. But for all the mavericks that were fawning over the Polder Sofa upon its release, not to worry, the idiosyncrasy of the original design is all still there in this new edit.

Polder Sofa in Green by Hella Jongerius for Vitra at Aram

The new Polder Sofa

New Polder Compact Sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra at Aram

The new Polder Compact Sofa

This refreshed range has been simplified and there are now just two styles to choose from: Polder Sofa and Polder Compact. The Polder Sofa is much like the original in appearance with its low, wide armrest at one end and an adjoining platform at the other which also serves as a flat surface for books or trays. The Polder Compact offers a complete sofa with two fixed armrests at differing heights. Both of these new Polders are still distinctively asymmetrical in appearance and the armrest positions can of course be configured to suit your spatial requirements.

Polder Sofa button detail

The striking, collage-like button detail is still present but with a simpler, more refined appearance. Supplied in aluminium with a sunken, capsule shaped fastener; it not only provides a nice contrast to the soft upholstery but also allows the easy removal of the covers for cleaning.  A new palette of four colours (red, green, golden yellow and night blue) in varying hues and textures for the upholstery is also debuted, developed exclusively by Jongerius for Vitra.
The biggest change to the design is in the seat. The hard edged frame that used to form the base has been removed and replaced by a deep seat cushion which, yet still firm, provides a much more comfortable sit and inviting appearance from the front.

Polder Sofa seat detail

We have recently taken delivery of a Polder Compact for display here at the store so please pop in to experience this truly unique design, and also take advantage of our current sofa promotion: two free Diana tables with sofa orders over £2,000.

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Diana A and B by Konstantin Grcic for ClassiCon

As Spring bursts blooming into May, we have a very special offer for all our customers. Until June 17th, any sofa purchase (minimum spend £2,000) from our extensive collection of designs will be supplemented with TWO FREE Diana tables (one Diana A and one Diana B, in any standard colour)* from the world renowned designer, Konstantin Grcic who, this year, celebrates 25 years working with manufacturer ClassiCon.

Diana Tables by Konstantin Grcic for ClassiCon

Formed of sheet steel and available in a choice of 10 vibrant, powder-coated colours, these angular and beautifully minimal occasional tables offer a wide scope for use in virtually any room in the home. Their simple form belies extensive experimentation. Grcic says “The first designs of Diana were fairly complicated. The more I worked on the project the more I understood that even a few simple folds were sufficient to create a beautiful three-dimensional form.” Their shape makes the Diana A and Diana B tables the perfect accompaniment to any sofa.

We have sofas to suit many requirements – whether that be the relatively formal and compact look of Hans Wegner’s CH162 or Arne Jacobsen’s Mayor sofa, the wooden frame craftsmanship of Ian Archer’s Stix, Space Copenhagen’s Fly or Ole Wanscher’s Colonial sofa, or the unrestrained luxury of Citterio’s Groundpiece and Soft Dream ranges for Flexform and EOOS designs for Walter Knoll, which are modular and can be configured to size. There are also the quintessential modernist designs of the LC range by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret – part of Cassina’s famous i Maestri Collection.

Hans Wegner CH162 Sofa Carl Hansen

Hans Wegner’s CH162 Sofa for Carl Hansen & Son

Arne Jacobsen Mayor Sofa And Tradition

Arne Jacobsen’s Mayor Sofa for &Tradition

Ian Archer Stix Sofa

Ian Archer’s Stix Sofa for Archer & Co

Space Copenhagen Fly Sofa And Tradition

Space Copenhagen’s Fly Sofa for &Tradition

Ole Wanscher Colonial Sofa Carl Hansen

Ole Wanscher’s Colonial Sofa for Carl Hansen & Son

Antonio Citterio Groundpiece Flexform

Antonio Citterio’s Groundpiece Sofa for Flexform

Antonio Citterio Soft Dream Sofa Flexform

Antonio Citterio’s Soft Dream Sofa for Flexform

EOOS Jaan Living Walter Knoll

Jaan Living by EOOS for Walter Knoll

LC3 Le Corbusier Perriand Jeanneret Cassina

LC3 by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina

Browse our carefully curated selection of over 100 sofas online and enter the promotion code 2DIANA in the shopping basket*, or visit the store on Drury Lane and speak to a member of the team for further information.

*This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer.

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The Milan Furniture Fair is without doubt a behemoth. As well as in the vast RHO Fiera showground, interesting things are displayed across the length and breadth of the city – in showrooms, galleries and in specially designated design districts. This year, Aram was lucky to have many pairs of eyes scouring the city to bring you our pick of the best items on show.

Avio sofa by Piero Lissoni for Knoll International at Salone Del Mobile Milan

Overall favourite product was the Avio sofa by Piero Lissoni for Knoll, a comfortable modular sofa system with the option of an elegant marble coffee table cantilevered from the end.

Hole Table by Kensaku Oshiro for Kristalia at Salone del Mobile Milan

Both Ruth and Daniel were impressed by the prototype Hole table by Kensaku Oshiro for Kristalia.  It uses bath-pressing technology to create a simple, sculptural and practical pedestal form. It will be available in a variety of finishes for indoor and outdoor use.

Wood veneer - Tense table by MDF Italia at Salone del Mobile Milan

Hadrian and Hadriana tables by Foster + Partners for Citco at Salone del Mobile Milan

Daniel also liked the new veneer finishes for MDF’s Tense table – opening up the table to new audiences and situations, and the beautifully crafted Hadrian and Hadriana marble tables by Foster + Partners for Citco.

Brass candlestick by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen at Salone del Mobile Milan

In Fritz Hansen’s new accessories collection, the stand out product for Ruth was the brass candlestick by Jaime Hayon.

Siptel lamp by Giullio Iacchetti for Fontana Arte at Salone del Mobile Milan

She also liked the Siptel lighting by Giullio Iacchetti for Fontana Arte with its versatile design which allows movement in all directions and a magnetic head that can detach from the base and be used in different areas of the room.

Tipping Birds lamp by Umut Yamac for Moroso at Salone del Mobile Milan

Of the Tipping Birds lamp by Umut Yamac, Ruth said “I was excited to see that Moroso had invested heavily in this design as I nominated it for a Homes & Gardens Award a few years ago. It couldn’t win because it was not in production, although all the judges loved it.”

Credenza and Screen by Patricia Urquiola - Spazio Pontaccio at Salone del Mobile

One of the designs Myles chose was the Credenza collection manufactured by Spazio Pontaccio. “A collaboration between Patricia Urquiola and the graphic artist, Federico Pepe, Credenza is a collection of furniture produced in stained glass inspired by the windows Gerhard Richter created for Cologne Cathedral.  Made in Italy by artisans skilled in the art of making stained glass, this cabinet and screen stopped me in my tracks whilst strolling through the Brera District.”

Between sofa and Archie chair - Salone del Mobile Milan

Another favourite was the Between sofa by Sara Wright Polmar and Archie chair for Runa Klock, seen at an exhibition of Norwegian design within the Ventura Projects festival in the Lambrate District.  “These simple chair and sofa designs really caught my eye with their clean lines, beautifully coloured fabrics and frames and striking silhouettes…ones to watch, I think.”

Brut Collection by Konstantin Grcic for Magis at Salone del Mobile Milan

Marius particularly liked Konstantin Grcic’s Brut collection for Magis. The industrial impression of cast iron trestles and solid wooden beams is given a sophisticated refinement across the range of tables and benches.

Bubblegraphy ceramic vessels by Studio Oddness at Salone del Mobile Milan

Another highlight was Bubblegraphy by Studio Oddness – Adrianus Kundert and Thomas van der Sman, exhibiting in Ventura Lambrate. The mesmerising pattern on these ceramic vessels was created by blowing bubbles into the glaze.

Dream Air chair for Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell at Salone del Mobile

Sarah’s favourite product was the Dream’ AIR dining chair, designed by Eugeni Quitllet for Magis. “Introduced in 2015 with a transparent seat, the overall form is now fully opaque, in a choice of eight colours.  The chair is made from a single mould.  The curved seat gives the impression of floating and nicely contrasts with the linear frame.”

This is a short edit of our highlights of the annual design week.  Some of these products will be seen soon in store.

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Dot Lamp Foster+Partners Lumina Italia Aram

Aram Store launches two new lights designed by Foster + Partners for Lumina, the Milanese lighting manufacturer, on 13 May. There is a pendant light, called DOT, and a table light called EVA. Both will be presented for the first time on the ground floor of our Covent Garden store.

“We are delighted to be working with Foster + Partners and Lumina to present these beautiful lights, which are ideal for both a domestic and contract environment,” says Ruth Aram.

Dot Lamp Foster+Partners Lumina Italia Aram

The DOT pendant light began as an idea to create a ‘disc of light’ made by an assembly of two parallel discs connected by a metal stem. Its simple form belies an inherent complexity that pushes the boundaries of existing technology through years of research. The smaller disc, made of machined aluminium, contains a ring of LEDs that bounce the light off the larger spun metal reflector disc. The result is a minimal pendant light that gives the appearance of a floating disc of light, with no shadow cast by the cooling stem.

“It took us several months to optimize the Dot optical flow and the thermodynamic system. Thanks to a led circuit, a specially designed lens and heat pipe, DOT generates a lot of light, with a very thin LED source,” says Lumina’s Ettore Cimini.

Dot Lamp Foster+Partners Lumina Italia Aram

The reflector has a super-matte white finish and is available in 600mm, 800mm and 1100mm diameter and in larger custom sizes. Showcasing an innovative approach towards lens technology and temperature transfer, the lamp is suitable for use as a single pendant or chandelier cluster and comes in brass, anodised graphite, red oxide and ink blue finishes.

Eva Lamp Foster+Partners Lumina Italia Aram

EVA is a table-top indirect up-light that emerged from earlier design iterations of a dining table lamp for one of Foster + Partners’ architectural projects. The idea was to create a floating cone of light that emanates a warm glow similar to candlelight.

Eva Lamp Foster+Partners Lumina Italia Aram

The entire assembly sits within a glass tube with a round mechanised aluminium base housing a COB LED. The LED projects upwards onto a reflective cone, held flush with the top of the tube by a seamless mitred joint in the glass.

Eva Lamp Foster+Partners Lumina Italia Aram

Wrapped around the base is a grooved, free-moving wheel that works as the dimmer, using infrared sensors to achieve precise control over light levels. EVA is available in black, bronze, brass and silver, all in anodised finishes.

Mike Holland, Partner and Head of Industrial Design at Foster + Partners said “The DOT and EVA lamps are the result of a long collaborative design process between Foster + Partners and Lumina, which involved continual refinement and testing to produce the optimum lighting solution – a meticulous fusion of form, technology and material. Both lamps make innovative use of the latest LED and lens technology, embodying their minimalist essence in different ways, DOT as a pendant with a floating disc of light; and EVA a table lamp with a suspended cone of light.”

The two lights will be shown in lifestyle contexts incorporating furniture designed by Foster + Partners, many of which have not been seen before. Pieces include a wooden sideboard and shelving system by Benchmark (designed specifically for the new Maggie’s Centre in Manchester), chairs by Walter Knoll, including its new 525 dining chair, the Arc table by Molteni and the Nomas table by Tecno. The exhibition runs from 13 to 31 May.

Simultaneously, The Aram Gallery is hosting the retrospective exhibition ‘Craft + Manufacture’, which is an extensive exploration of the work of Foster + Partners’ industrial design studio. This runs until 2 July.

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Belleville Collection - Outdoor Furniture

Spring time. We all know when it is here. We can see, feel, smell and anticipate the changes. The windows that have remained sealed for the last few months stretch open and the sensations of the season first trickle, then flood in. Our homes reshape, darkened corners are illuminated and the indoor and outdoor light greet each other like old friends.

To celebrate this season of light, we are focusing on three new collections of outdoor furniture from Vitra.

Bouroullec - Belleville Table and Chair

First, Belleville by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Modelled on the typology of the classic bistro table, as seen in the vibrant Belleville area of Paris where the Bouroullec brothers have their studio, the slender shapes flow in sweeping lines, and the collection is just as much at home inside as out. The tables and chair frames are in a sleek black, whilst a dash of colour is offered by the seat shells.

Vitra White Collection

The White Collection dresses some of Vitra’s most popular chairs in new ivory and white finishes. An ivory powder-coated weatherproof base has been added to the white seat shells of the HAL and Tom Vac chairs, and the HAL table – just for this Summer. Also included in the collection is the cream Vegetal chair – an organically-shaped design manufactured using a highly energy-efficient process and made from 100% recyclable polyamide.

Hans Coray - Landi Chair

Developed for the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition (Schweizer Landesausstellung), the Landi Chair occupies an important place in the history of twentieth-century design: this classic by Hans Coray established the new typology of a three-dimensionally moulded seat shell on a separate base. The clear structure of the all-aluminium chair consists of two parts. First, a pair of U-shaped profiles connected by welded crossbeams form a self-supporting frame and simultaneously serve as the legs and low armrests. This base supports a seat shell, which makes ideal use of the material’s possibilities: the 91 punched holes not only ensure the modest weight and flexibility of the comfortable shell, but also give the graceful Landi its trademark appearance. The lightweight, stackable Landi Chair is robust and weather-resistant. Technical innovation, optimal use of materials, minimalist forms and understated elegance are the elements that have made the Landi Chair into a classic over the years, which looks as fresh and vital today as ever.

Michel Charlot - Davy Table

The Davy Table is a robust new design for outdoor use. Its construction is composed of anodised aluminium sheeting and aluminium tubing, making it lightweight while also giving it a high degree of strength and rigidity. The young Swiss designer Michel Charlot developed this table to complement the legendary Landi Chair designed by Hans Coray in the same material. Thus the Davy Table and Landi Chair make a perfect combination, but each can also be attractively paired with other chairs or tables. Despite – or perhaps because of – its technical material properties and raw-looking finish, the weatherproof Davy Table is well suited to a wide variety of outdoor settings, also thanks to its compact proportions. The table has a punched hole in the centre of the top to accommodate a parasol. Up to four tables can be stacked at an angle, and the height of the glides can be adjusted to level the legs on uneven ground.

Arik Levy - Toolbox

Until 31 August 2016, when you order any two matching chairs from these collections (Landi, Belleville, and the Tom Vac, HAL or Vegetal chairs from the White Collection) we will give you a Toolbox designed by Arik Levy in a colour of your choice completely free. Used to store working materials and accessories for living and or gardening. This little grab-and-go storage caddy keeps everything easily accessible. Simply place the Toolbox of your choice in the shopping basket with your two chairs and the discount will be applied. One Toolbox per order.

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Playtype notebooks

ARAM will host a pop-up shop by the Danish type foundry Playtype, from 18th April to 6th May. The Copenhagen-based company will have its covetable posters, mugs, stationery and accessories for sale for the first time outside of Denmark, all in one place, at our Covent Garden showroom in London.

Playtype was founded by e-Types, one of Denmark’s foremost branding and design agencies. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, Playtype was born out of the agency’s love of typography. Their talent for creating unique typefaces was combined with beautiful lifestyle products, and the two were an instant match. The Playtype store opened in Copenhagen in 2010. This small, bold and sleek shop has become a destination for anyone visiting the cool Vesterbro neighbourhood and Playtype products have quickly become synonymous with cool Scandinavian style.

Playtype Store Copenhagen

“We are thrilled that Playtype will be popping up at ARAM,” says Ruth Aram. “They have a unique spin on typography and their products are both beautiful and design-led. We are looking forward to seeing how they will interpret their Copenhagen sensibility in London.”

Jonas Hecksher, Creative Director and Chief Font Designer at e-Types, explains, “Applying our fonts to products for Playtype is our way of signalling that we want to put Danish type design on the map.”

Rasmus Drucker Ibfelt, Creative Director at e-Types and Playtype, continues: “It is in the meeting of typography and beautiful products that the Playtype universe is created, and with our clean cuts and bold shapes it is clear to see our Scandinavian roots. True to our name we put a playful spin on the classic world of typography – bringing life, colour and edge to the craft.”

Playtype products at Aram

Playtype will be selling its iconic collections in the pop-up shop, offering a variety of bold and beautiful products ranging in size, colour and design. All designs are created with the specially drawn Playtype typefaces, mixing typography and graphics. The collection includes notepads, posters, mugs and much more. Playtype only prints on FSC certified paper with Pantone colours, always ensuring products of the highest quality.

With the Playtype pop-up shop running simultaneously with neighbouring Somerset House’s annual graphic arts festival ‘Pick Me Up’ (21st April – 2nd May), graphic design and typography fans have much to look forward to this spring.

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PH5 Pendant Lamp

Poul Henningsen – born in 1894 in Ordrup, Denmark – trained as an architect between 1911 and 1917 but he never qualified, preferring instead to be an inventor and painter. He is best known of course for his work in lighting design, collaborating with the Danish manufacturer Louis Poulsen from 1924 until his death in 1967. Through carefully detailed analysis of geometry and materials, his key aim was to produce 100% glare-free and uniform illumination which is orientated to create pools of light, and which reproduces electrically the cosy warmth reminiscent of natural light: candles, oil lamps, even sunlight. These principles reflect how the Danes use light in their homes and are evident in all of the lighting produced by Louis Poulsen.

Classic White PH5 Pendant Lamp

One of Henningsen’s best-known designs, the PH 5 lamp was developed at Poulsen in 1958 – the culmination of constant refinement of his ‘three shade’ design from the 20s. A beautifully elegant structure of five gently curved shades of varying radii made from spun and rolled aluminium, painted in pure matt white; from whatever angle the lamp is viewed, the light source is always shaded and uniform illumination is distributed by the light reflecting off the shade surfaces. In order to balance the light emitted from modern light sources, the small central ‘third’ shade is painted a subtle purple blue colour. It is arguably one of the most satisfying luminaires ever produced.

PH5 Pendant Lamp

To celebrate this timeless classic, we are offering it at a 20% discount – £345 instead of £432. Held in stock, we can also despatch the lamp straightaway and the offer lasts until Saturday 23rd April 2016. Order yours today.

Patera Pendant Lamp

This year has also seen Louis Poulsen introduce new lamps to the market, as well as some new finishes for existing designs. Inspired by the Fibonacci sequence and developed through 3D printing techniques, Øivind Slaatto’s Patera is a glowing sphere built up of small diamond-shaped cells. Each cell is carefully designed to capture light and to shield the light source from the viewing angles above 45 degrees. Each cell glows. Below 45 degrees, the fields are open to direct light downwards. A small amount of light is also sent upwards to illuminate the ceiling.

NJP Desk Lamp

The NJP desk lamp by Studio Nendo provides direct glare-free horizontal light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the fixture head shapes the light and gives optimal light direction. A simple mechanical system provides great freedom of movement, so the light can always be set in the ideal position in the workspace. The shade is painted white on the inside, reflecting comfortable diffused light.

PH Poul Henningsen Table Lamp

The PH 3½-2½ table lamp adds an historical detail to Louis Poulsen’s range. A detail that brings a nostalgic touch to any interior, without clashing with the other fittings and furnishings. And with a choice of four colours, its presence can be made more or less prominent depending on mood, imagination and creativity. Reintroducing a table lamp based on Henningsen’s original ‘three shade’ system from the 1920s, the table lamp is fitted with a metal top shade, whose white lower surface reflects the light gently downwards. In addition to ensuring improved effectiveness of the light source, the two mouth-blown lower shades provide pleasant, glare-free lighting in the room as a whole.

PH Artichoke Pendant Lamp

One of the world’s biggest lighting design icons – the PH Artichoke – is being released in a new polished steel version. This adds a fourth member to the renowned light fixture family, which today comprises copper, white painted metal and brushed steel models.

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Outdoor Promotion

Is it just us or did winter forget to visit this year?  If so, and an early spring is round the corner, Aram Store has a great seasonal offer running throughout the month of March for anyone looking to refresh their outdoor space.

For every order of outdoor furniture with a minimum spend of £1000, we are offering you a FREE Divine floor cushion and On The Move side table, in a colour of your choice, both from the reputable Danish brand Cane-Line.  Yes… that’s TWO free gifts!

Now the small print: one On The Move table and one Divine cushion only per order. Offer runs until 31st March 2016 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Offer available in store and online. Simply place one of each gift in the shopping basket along with outdoor furniture totaling more than £1,000 and the discount will be automatically applied.

Divine floor cushion

The Divine floor cushion is made of a unique, hand-crocheted, polypropylene based material making it weatherproof and resistant to UV rays. The cover can be removed and is machine washable plus this product is really multi-functional as it can be used as a footstool or even a low table to hold your tray of Pimm’s paraphernalia. Choose from three colours.

On The Move Side Table Small

On The Move couldn’t be a better description for this handy little occasional table. Formed of lacquered aluminium, the handle allows easy transportation and the removable tray surface that slots over the frame is perfect for ferrying drinks and snacks from the kitchen to the terrace. The smaller of the two sizes available (44cm dia. x 52cm H) is the one on offer. Choose from six colours.

Breeze Lounge Chair and SofaCane-Line has maintained a springtime presence here at Aram Store over the last few years so, again, we will have a large display of their furniture for you to try out.  The ever-popular Conic Sofa will be on show but we will also be introducing a selection of some of their other sofa designs we haven’t displayed before such as the Flex and the Breeze.

Flex SeatingThonet All SeasonsWe will also be showcasing the new ‘All Seasons’ range from Thonet.  Selected icons from their tubular steel stable, including the S33/34 chair by Mart Stam, B9 side tables and S35 lounge chair by Marcel Breuer, have all been given a weatherproof makeover with the use of new technology.  The steel frames are coated in a water/UV resistant colour lacquer with a polypropylene mesh seat whilst the side table tops can be ordered in exposed concrete or solid-core laminate.  A new palette of Bauhaus inspired colours has also been introduced so a myriad of colour combinations can be created to suit.

Visit Aram Store this spring and let us help you turn your garden or terrace into a comfortable space for relaxing and entertaining…

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Aram Designs visits E1027

Visitors are instructed to ‘Entrez Lentement’ (enter slowly) by a stencilled command on the entrance hall wall. This long-awaited experience is really not something anyone is going to want to rush.
The entire staff of Aram Designs were recently treated to a day-trip down to the Cap Moderne Project in the south of France to visit the newly restored, and now finally open to the public, Villa E1027. The pioneering Modernist house designed by Eileen Gray with Jean Badovici was constructed in the Riviera town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in 1926–29. But it’s not only Gray’s villa, with its chequered history involving Nazi soldiers, squatters and even murder (!) that is now drawing attention to this little plot on the Cote d’Azur. It is supplemented by another quirky and fascinating little gem in the form of Le Corbusier’s minimalist wooden retreat, ‘Le Cabanon’, making it a bucket-list visit for anyone with an interest in historical architecture.

Villa E1027 - built on steep terraces

A long, winding pathway takes you away from the town and down to the coastal site. Even though housing developments have sprung up in the vicinity over the years, there is still an intimate and isolated feeling once through the gate and down into the front garden of the villa. As explained to us by our tour guide (a descendant from the family that originally owned the plot of land where the villa is sited), the landscape was once formed of terraces that filtered down to the coast. They were predominantly filled with lemon trees, a fragrant cluster of which still greet you. The weather on the day we visited was unexpectedly glorious for the time of year so with the sun glinting off the Bay of Roquebrune, it suddenly became an all-sensory experience.

Le Corbusier murals - E1027

Le Corbusier’s murals – left, in the entrance hall and right, in the undercroft

Once inside the entrance hall, you are greeted by one of Le Corbusier’s “acts of vandalism”, as they were once described by a furious Gray. This is one of a series of restored Picasso-esque, figurative frescos that he, as photos attest, nakedly painted on the white interior walls after being given free-reign to do so by Badovici following the latter’s romantic split with Gray. German soldiers who occupied the villa for a time amid the Second World War were clearly not fans of his handiwork either and used one of his murals for target practice.

Villa E1027 - Salon

The main salon then appears behind a walled screen and reveals that interior, the one we’ve all seen in black and white photographs but which has now been carefully restituted and brought back to life along with a selection of her iconic pieces of furniture.* Wonderfully clever, concealed storage compartments can be discovered everywhere you look and bi-folding glass doors separate the salon from the balcony. These can be opened completely bringing the outside in, a recent trend with which Gray was experimenting nearly 90 years ago.

Villa E1027 - BalconyAfter staying there for a time in 1938, Le Corbusier wrote a letter to Gray: “Those few days spent in your house have made me appreciate the rare spirit that dictates all of its organization, both inside and outside, and has given the modern furniture and equipment a form that is so dignified, so charming and full of wit.” It’s been said that Le Corbusier became obsessed, even haunted, by Gray’s villa which is quite possibly why he chose to deface the building and assume some kind of artistic ownership with these murals that completely went against Gray’s monochromatic aesthetic.

Villa E1027

Badovici passed away in 1956 and Le Corbusier, for fear of losing access to his murals, convinced a wealthy Swiss aristocrat friend, Marie-Louise Schelbert, to purchase the villa. This proved to be a bad idea as Schelbert was in fact no fan of the villa, or its contents, and eventually turned it over to her morphine addicted doctor who then let it fall into disrepair and was eventually found murdered there.  Once abandoned, the villa was squatted in from time to time and fell into serious decline not only from abuse but also the coastal environment.  Thankfully, in 1999, the Conservatoire du Littoral took control of the villa and began the long yet sluggish (lots of hand-wringing and red tape to be unravelled) restoration process.

Le Corbusier - Cabanon

Le Corbusier’s Cabanon nestles in lush verdant foliage

Le Corbusier - Les Unités de Camping

Les Unités de Camping stand directly above Villa E1027

Le Corbusier’s ‘Cabanon’, the design of which he apparently sketched in 45 minutes, is literally perched on the shoulder of the villa. It is also neighboured with (conjoined, even, with a secret door he had installed so he could come and go as he pleased) l’Etoile de Mer bar, restaurant and holiday home which Thomas Rebutato, a former handyman from Nice, built in 1949.  The cabin appeared in 1952 after Rebutato, who owned the land, allowed him to build there in exchange for him designing a row of five holiday huts – Les Unités de Camping, a terraced riff on his Cabanon design, that were eventually built just behind and above E1027 in 1956.  The Cabanon is tiny, barely enough room to swing an E1027 table, but that was the point.  Based on a ship’s cabin, it was an experiment in minimal habitation so not an inch of space is wasted with certain fixtures and fittings collaborated on with Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé.

Cap Moderne

Le Corbusier was once quoted as saying “how nice it would be to die swimming toward the sun” and in August 1965, whilst taking his regular morning dip in the Med, he suffered a fatal heart attack and his body was found washed ashore just below Eileen Gray’s former home.  It is conceivable that this building which had haunted him for so long was the last thing he ever saw.

Villa E1027

Port of Monaco

In E1027 when standing on the rear balcony or rather, deck, considering its intended nautical aesthetic with handrails lashed with tarps and even a lifebuoy crest, it’s really not hard to see why Gray staked out the area for months and chose this particular spot on the coast to build her retreat as the view across to the Port of Monaco is simply breath-taking. The villa and surrounds were fascinating places to visit and evoked quite a strange feeling, to be present in the house that Gray once built and lived in.

*All the Modernist furniture by Eileen Gray which is on display in Villa E1027 was donated to the restoration project by Aram Designs.

MYLES BROWN

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