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As the evening light is closing in earlier, we have a new range of table and suspension lighting to add some mood to the darker evenings. During the month of October we will also offer 15% off all new lighting orders. See our online selection here with additional products from our suppliers available to order in-store.

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Dipping Lights by Jordi Canudas for Marset

The stunning Dipping Light by Jordi Canudas for Marset is an experiment with light and paint. The globe diffuser is brilliant white blown glass which is dipped in paint several times. The layers of paint draw concentric circles and capture the light, moderating its intensity. Colours are amber, black, blue, grey, pink and white – suitable to almost all domestic schemes.

Each lamp illuminates with different shades of light depending on the paint colour. The cylindrical base is made of brushed brass. The small size measures 12.5 diameter x 22.2h cm and the larger size at 30 diameter x 54h cm is large enough to be used as a floor lamp as well as on a table.

Bellhop table lamps-red and grey-Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby-Flos-Aram Store

Bellhop lamps by Barber and Osgerby for Flos

The Bellhop table lamp was originally designed by Barber & Osgerby as a commission by the London Design Museum in 2016. It was conceived for their Parabola restaurant and was produced in spun aluminium in navy blue. Now in full production by Flos, the sleek and striking lamp comes in white, grey, chocolate and brick red injection-moulded polycarbonate. It is a cordless LED lamp, rechargeable with four dimmer settings, that provides low glare illumination. It offers six hours of battery life at full power and 24 hours at the lowest setting after three hours of USB charging.

Arrangements-Michael Anastassiades-Flos-Aram Store

Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. Photography by Santi Caleca.

Fascinated with the parallel that exists between lighting and jewellery, Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades is an elegant lighting system which draws on the double meaning of the word pendant as a suspended light and a piece of jewellery which is worn around the neck. Geometric linked elements are extruded NC-machined and black powder-coated aluminium with the diffuser in platinum optical silicone. Elements can be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions into individual suspended chandeliers. Each piece clicks in place to rest on the one above.  Ceiling roses with two power sizes are available, for lamps with up to 70w and up to 190w.

Arrangements model 29S is on display in our store. It is a combination of two medium circular elements at 65cm diameter and a small ceiling rose. Other configurations and all elements are available to order in-store only.

PH 5 Limited Edition Copper Poul Henningsen Louis Poulsen Aram Store

Limited edition copper PH 5 lamp by Poul Henningsen, produced by Louis Poulsen

Louis Poulsen has released a copper version of Poul Henningsen’s classic PH 5 pendant to celebrate its 60th anniversary.  The more recent PH 5 Mini lamp is also available in the same finish.  The lamps provide glare-free light with the fixture emitting both downward and lateral light.  The copper is combined with matt white powder coated spun aluminium.

All these designs are currently on display in our Covent Garden store.

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Founded by Peder Olsen Sibast in 1908, Sibast Furniture began as a small carpentry company on the island of Funen in Denmark. The company grew with Peder’s children joining him in the business. His son Helge became his apprentice and later took over the helm. Together their focus was on skilled craftsmanship and developing new products with designers such as Arne Vodder who served his apprenticeship with Finn Juhl, a leading figure within 20th century Danish design. Helge himself designed a number of products and the Sibast No 7 and No 8 chairs launched in 1953.

Sibast No 7 and Sibast No 8 dining chairs and Sibast No 2 dining table_Sibast Furniture_Aram Store

Sibast Furniture No 8 chair, No 2 dining table and No 7 dining chairs

The company was sold in 1984 with copyright of Helge’s designs retained by his three daughters. In 2012 along with his wife Anna, Ditlev Sibast – grandson of Helge, re-established Sibast Furniture and resumed manufacturing Helge’s products. The couple have added to the range with their own designs, amongst them the No 2 dining table, No 7 barstool and No 7 lounge chair.

Sibast No 7 dining chair and Sibast No 2 dining table_Helge Sibast_Sibast Furniture_Aram Store

Sibast Furniture No 7 dining chairs and No 2 table

Helge Sibast’s No 7 dining chair is characterised by its bold molded backrest and tapered back legs. The seat sits as a singular element on top of the chair’s frame and is available in treated oak, leather or fabric upholstery. The frame comes in black lacquered, oiled, smoked or soaped oak. A set of No 7 chairs in oiled oak with cognac leather seats is currently on display in-store.

Sibast No 7 lounge chair_Ditlev and Anna Sibast_Sibast Furniture_Aram Store

Sibast Furniture No 7 lounge chair

The No 7 lounge chair is a contemporary development of the dining chair created by Ditlev and Anna Sibast in collaboration with New York-based designer Marcus Hannibal. The key components of the No 7 dining chair translate perfectly into this relaxed form with the curved back and angled legs providing a solid base to lean into. It is available in the same finish options as the dining version with one exception, the seat is only available upholstered in fabric or leather. The chair can be seen in smoked oak and anthracite leather in-store.

Sibast No 8 dining chair and Sibast No 2 dining table_Sibast Furniture_Aram Store

Sibast Furniture No 2 table and No 8 chairs

For the No 2 dining table Anna and Ditlev collaborated with Helge’s daughter Bodil who followed in the footsteps of her father as a furniture designer and cabinetmaker. Their inspiration came from Helge’s No 1 side table designed in the late 1950s and adhears to his principle that a chair should never be hidden under a table, but placed beside it. True to this philosophy the stringent, narrow No 2 dining table is a refined design which allows chairs placed beside it a chance to shine. It is available in oiled, soaped or smoked oak.

Sibast No 8 dining chair and Sibast No 2 dining table_Sibast Furniture_Aram Store

Sibast Furniture No 8 dining chair and No 2 dining table

A signature piece from the Sibast Furniture range, the No 8 dining chair has characteristic y-shaped legs and a back support formed of spindle struts. The floating seat and the press moulded backrest demand a high quality of craftsmanship in order to create the whole form. The reissued chair has been nominated for the German Design Award 2019 in the product design category. It is in-store in smoked oak and anthracite leather.

View the Sibast Furniture range here or visit us in-store.

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Aram Store dining tables CH338 table Carl Hansen MDF Italia Aiku chair Montana modular furniture

For our latest in-store photoshoot we created a series of dining scenarios which feature two of our most popular table designs: the classic CH338 from Carl Hansen & Søn and MDF Italia’s minimal Lim 3.0. Here we highlight what makes them successful and present pieces they sit well with.

Oval dining tables possess the positive qualities of both a round and rectangular design. Like round tables they create an inclusive seating arrangement where no-one is left out. Simultaneously, they allow plenty of room through the centre for serving or sharing platters and fit comfortably in narrow spaces. Carl Hansen’s solid wood CH338 table was designed in 1962 by Hans J. Wegner, who was a driving force behind the ‘Danish Modern’ movement. This design is particularly adaptable as it accommodates up to four extension leaves which insert into a break in the centre. It is pictured above without an extension(s) in rich oiled oak.

Aram Store dining tables CH338 table Carl Hansen MDF Italia Aiku chair Kartell Componibili

MDF Italia produce Jean-Marie Massaud’s Aiku chair in a spectrum of optional elements and finishes. The chairs pictured have the shell and four-legged tapered base in gloss white, with the internal seat and backrest in matt olive green saffiano-effect polypropylene. This configuration adds a contemporary touch to the natural simplicity of Wegner’s mid-century design.

Also pictured in gloss white are the classic Componibili free-standing drawers by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell. Lightweight, functional and suitable for use throughout the house, the stackable design has been in production for over fifty years. Componibili holds the honour of being in the permanent collections of both MoMA and the Pompidou Centre.

Aram Store dining tables CH338 table Carl Hansen Miyazaki Chair Factory DC10 chair

Miyazaki Chair Factory’s DC10 chairs are one of our bestselling contemporary dining chairs. Designed for the revered Japanese workshop by Japanese-Danish duo Inoda+Sveje, the DC10 has an elegant, flowing frame. Miyazaki ensure full quality control by manufacturing every part themselves in Tokushima where the company was established in 1969. It is shown above in oiled oak with a beige mesh seat.

Aram Store dining tables Lim 3.0 table MDF Italia Verner Panton chair Montana modular furniture

MDF Italia are known for using materials in innovative ways and the Lim 3.0 table pictured is no exception. The angular, extruded aluminium frame holds an embedded ceramic top with satin finish. Glass and Fenix are also options and all finishes are available in multiple colours. A strong, understated piece of design, Lim 3.0 would suit many chair types from a Thonet bentwood 214 to an aluminium Konstantin Grcic Chair One.

Surrounding the table are Verner Panton’s Panton One chairs. Originally designed in 1955 for a restaurant in Tivoli, Copenhagen, Panton One is re-issued by Montana. They are super comfortable due to the flexibility of the nylon and PVC cord which forms the back and seat. They are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

Aram Store dining tables Lim 3.0 table MDF Italia Artek A810 lamp

Another much admired 1950s design is Alvar Aalto’s A810 floor lamp, which has an Art Deco look. The two hand-riveted shades are formed of delicate, lacquered metal strips, which together present a striking combination of lines and curves. Its stand and base are covered in black leather and the neck is exposed brass.

Aram Store dining tables Lim 3.0 table MDF Italia Montana modular furniture

The Aiku chair can be seen here with a four-legged oak base. The silhouette of which is in keeping with the contemporary aesthetic, but the element of traditional joinery adds a healthy dose of contrast.

Running along the left of the photograph is a custom sideboard from modular furniture experts Montana – as is the blue and cream wall-mounted shelving unit. Montana’s range includes some ‘ready-to-wear’ furniture, like the Panton One chair, but they are equally well-known for their simple, colourful and adaptable storage system. Learn more about them here.

All furniture and lighting shown is currently on display in-store where we hold a library of material and colour samples for the majority of products.

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AJ52 Society Table_Arne Jacobsen_Carl Hansen_Aram Store

Carl Hansen & Søn have released the Society table by design master Arne Jacobsen. Commissioned in 1952 as a gift for the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s New York office, this is the first time it has been available elsewhere.

The desk comes in two sizes – 140cm and 160cm length.  The frame is made of tubular steel and the table top is covered with fine-structured Freja leather in black or brown.  The feet and drawer unit, which can be right or left mounted, are in solid wood with an oak or walnut veneer.  Both can be finished in lacquer, oil, white oil or coloured black.  The optional desktop shelving is made of matching wood and clear glass, its dimensions chosen so that A4 paper and M65 envelopes fit inside.  It has an integrated lamp in brushed stainless steel. It is currently on display in-store without the desktop shelving and lamp module.

 

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BM1160 Hunting table_Børge Mogensen_Carl Hansen_Aram Store

Also new from the Danish manufacturer is Børge Mogensen’s Hunting table.  As the name suggests, the table was originally conceived for use in a hunting cabin and was designed in 1950 along with his better known Hunting chair.  Both featured in the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild exhibition in the same year under the theme ‘A Hunting Lodge’.

The table comes in oak, walnut and a combination of these woods, all finished in lacquered, oiled or white oil.  The cross bars are in stainless steel or brass.

The Beak chair was also presented at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers’ Guild furniture exhibition albeit the following year.  The light and organic frame highlights designer Ole Wanscher’s sculptural flair with the arms beak-like form inspiring the chair’s name.  It is available in oak or walnut in a number of finishes with the upholstered seat and back in three leather options or a large selection of fabrics.

 

AK2740 cabinet_Nissen & Gehl_Naver Collectin_Aram Store

New from Naver Collection are the AK 2740 and AK 2742 cabinets by designers Nissen & Gehl.  Made of ash, elm, oak or walnut, the top is in white Corian® and the legs are in brushed steel.  Both units have two internal drawers.  AK 2740, pictured middle, has two glass shelves and AK 2742 has a single glass shelf, another in wood and Corian® wine bottle storage. The tambour doors give the units a vintage appearance and the clever design renders them ideal in tight spaces.

 

Turn side tables_Nissen & Gehl MDD_Naver Collection_Aram Store

Also from Nissen & Gehl for Naver Collection is the series of Turn occasional tables.  Coming in three sizes at 50Ø, 65Ø and 80Ø cm the top’s edging is made of ash, oak or walnut in different treatments.  The flat surfaces are in the same wood on one side and in a choice of six laminate colours on the reverse.  The top can be flipped to reveal the underside and serves as a tray which can be moved from room to room.

JW round dining table_Jakob Wagner_Montana_Aram Store_oak and black metal

The JW table was designed by Jakob Wagner for Montana.  It comes in nine standard sizes, with round or rectangular tops, in a large range of finishes.  The aluminium frame can be polished or lacquered in black or white and the top is in laminate, linoleum, veneered or solid wood.  Suitable for domestic use as well as in office spaces, optional components are single or double plug walls or embedded power plugs. It is currently on display in-store at 140Ø cm with solid oak top and black legs.

 

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman_Charles & Ray Eames_Vitra_Aram Store_cherry

The classic Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman are now available in a new American cherry veneer.  The wood grain is similar to the original cherry version but the colour is lighter with an almost yellow tone.  The chair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956 with the aim of combining an elegant appearance with ultimate comfort.

Eames Elephant_Charles & Ray Eames_Vitra_Aram Store_American cheery plywood

Another Eames’ product available in the new cherry wood is the plywood elephant they designed in 1945.  An offshoot of their moulded plywood experiments the elephant was one of a large group of animals which included frogs, seals, horses and bears, all created as toys or furniture for children.  Complex fabrication methods meant it was not put into production then.  One prototype was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1946 and still survives in the Eames family archives today. Vitra released a limited edition of 1000 in oak and red-stained maple in 2007 which sold out quickly.  The company has now launched serial production of the Eames Elephant in plywood for the very first time.

Find both the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman and the Eames Elephant on display in-store in the new American cherry finish.

 

Field serving platform_Helen Kontouris_Made by Pen_Aram Store

 

Field serving platform by Helen Kontouris is available in-store in oak and walnut. The base is in a fixed position whilst the top two shelves rotate making it is easier to share food or condiments with guests.

 

Woodturn mirror_grey + black_Michał Tokarski_Tre_Aram Store

The Woodturn mirror is by Polish designer Tomek Rygalik.  Made of solid ash and painted in matt black or matt grey it makes a perfect dressing table accessory.  Find it in-store only.

 

Material samples for all furniture and storage items are available to view in our Covent Garden store.

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Aram Store Summer Sale 2018 starts 16 June

UPDATE: The Summer Sale ENDS on Saturday 28 July 2018.

The Aram Store Summer Sale starts at 10am on Saturday 16 June 2018. As usual, there will be 15% discount off all new orders both online and in store. Some exclusions apply online (such as for products from Gubi, Cane-line, Moooi and Michael Anastassiades – contact the store to order these products with sale discount) and this discount does not apply to Clearance items as they are already heavily reduced. The prices shown online during the Sale are the discounted prices.

Increase your discount to 20% total by signing up to our newsletter. Once you have confirmed your subscription, you will be sent an email with a voucher code to take 5% off the discounted prices.

We also have a very special offer in conjunction with Carl Hansen & Søn – choose a dining table and four chairs from a specific range and get one of the chairs for free! See our journal post here for more information.

There will be BIG DISCOUNTS off a wide selection of ex-display furniture ranging from chairs and tables to bed frames and sofas. These will be offered on a sold-as-seen, first-come-first-served basis.

Here is a small selection – there will be many more available in store:

Doze bedframe - Flou - Aram Store

The Doze bedframe by Rodolfo Dordoni for Flou in kingsize and including its isolated spring mattress is at 40% off – was £4,504 SOLD. Upholstered in ‘Diagonale’ blue fabric. NB – the slat base is a non-dismantle single piece and therefore an access check is required for delivery – contact the store for this. (Pillows and linen NOT included)

Bibendum Chair black base - Eileen Gray - Aram Store Spanish Chair - Børge Mogensen - Fredericia - Aram Store
Eileen Gray’s Bibendum chair in green ‘Haarkon’ velvet with a matt black base is at 30% off – was £3,487 SOLD The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen with black saddle leather and an oiled, smoked oak frame is at 25% off – was £4,257 sale price £3,193
Air chair - Jasper Morrison - Magis - Aram Store Allstar desk chair - Vitra - Aram Store
Set of four Air chairs by Jasper Morrison for Magis in bright green plastic – UNUSED & BOXED – at 30% off – was £472 sale price £330. There are four sets available (16 chairs). Allstar desk chair by Konstanin Grcic for Vitra in grass green hopsak with green and black frame and soft casters for hard floors at 30% off – was £714 sale price £499

La Chaise - Charles & Ray Eames - Vitra - Aram Store

Charles & Ray Eames’ La Chaise – inspired by the famous Gaston Lachaise sculpture ‘Floating Figure’ – by Vitra in white lacquered polyurethane with an oak and chrome base is at 35% off – was £6,039 SOLD

There are may more ex-display clearance items available in store.

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Dining Table & Chair Offer - Aram Store Summer Sale 2018

** This offer has now ENDED**

This Summer, we have a very special offer in partnership with renowned Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn. If you order one of a range of five dining tables along with four chairs from a range of six designs, all in oak – either soaped, oiled or white oiled finish – then we will give you one of those four chairs for FREE.

Simply place one of these dining tables and four of these chairs in the applicable finishes in the shopping basket and the discount will be applied automatically. 

The dining tables to choose from are:

SH900 Extending Table - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

The SH900 extending table designed by Strand + Hvass – 1900 to 3000mm x 1000mm x height 720mm – in oak, soaped, oiled or white oiled finishes

CH327 table - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

The CH327 table designed by Hans Wegner 1900 x 950 x height 720mm in oak – choose from soaped, oiled or white oiled finishes. Larger 2480mm table also available

CH337 CH228 tables - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

Left: the CH337 extending table – right: the CH338 extending table – in oak, in soaped, oiled or white oiled finishes

CH339 Table - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

Hans Wegner’s CH339 extending table (2400 x 1150 x height 720mm) in oak, soaped, oiled or white oiled finishes. Extension leaves available separately

The chairs included in the offer are:

Left – PK1 chair designed by Poul Kjærholm in natural wicker on a stainless steel frame; centre – CH23 chair with a natural papercord seat on an oak frame; CH20 ‘Elbow’ chair with an upholstered seat in any colour of ‘Loke’ leather on an oak frame. The CH23 and CH20 are both designed by Hans J Wegner; finishes: soaped, oiled or white oiled.

Dining Chair offer 1 - Aram Store Summer Sale 2018

Left – CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair with a natural papercord seat on an oak frame; centre – CH33 chair with an upholstered seat in any colour of ‘Loke’ leather on an oak frame; right – CH88 chair, black painted or stainless steel metal frame with an oak seat and back. All three chairs designed by Hans Wegner and with wood finishes in soaped, oiled or white oiled.

Dininh Chair Offer 2 - Aram Store Summer Sale 2018

For inspiration, here are some combinations included in the offer. The headline image at the top shows the CH327 table with two CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chairs.

Here, the CH338 extendable table is paired with the CH20 ‘Elbow’ chair with a tan ‘Loke’ leather seat, both in soaped oak finish.

CH338 and CH20 Elbow chair - Hans Wegner - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

The Ch337 extendable table accompanied by four CH33 chairs with black ‘Loke’ leather seats and all in oiled oak.

CH337 table and CH33 chairs - Hans Wegner - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

The elegant and minimal PK1 chair – stainless steel frame with natural wicker.

PK1 chair - Poul Kjaerholm - Carl Hansen & Son - Aram Store

This offer for a free chair runs until 31 August 2018.

 

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Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Nathalie Flou Classicon Swedese

Days are long as we approach the summer solstice and it is the perfect time of year to introduce some new interior ideas. For our recent in-store photoshoot we looked at bedroom style and focused on two beds by Vico Magistretti for Flou – Nathalie and Tadao. Accompanying products are contemporary and classic designs from a number of other brands.

Flou was founded in 1978 when it launched Nathalie (pictured above), the first-ever ‘modern textile bed’. Its recognisable pillow covers with their distinctive, bow-shaped ties help to keep the bed tidy and the natural linen upholstery shown is completely removeable and washable. One of its most popular features is the optional under bed storage. Lift the mattress base from the end of the bed and hydraulic pistons quietly activate to take the weight allowing fuss-free access. Dependant on the specifications, Flou offer up to nine different size options and a range of other upholstery fabrics and leathers. Here it is photographed flanked on the right by ClassiCon’s chrome Orbis floor lamp and the St Tropez rug by Eileen Gray.

The free-standing Mira mirror by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedese is seen in natural oak. It also comes in black stained oak or white lacquer. Next to it sits Jean Prouvé’s Tabouret Solvay stool, designed in 1941 and now produced by Vitra.

Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Nathalie Flou Swedese Libri shelves

Next to the bed are the Libri shelves by Michaël Bihain for Swedese. Lean one against a wall or create a bookshelf room divider with multiples. It is available in two heights – small is pictured.

Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Nathalie Flou Montana Foscarini Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray’s Blue Marine rug enlivens the neutral tones by providing a pop of vibrant blue. As does the Keep dresser by Danish modular storage experts Montana, who offer a varied palette of forty-two water-based, coloured lacquers. The textured Tress floor lamp from Foscarini compliments Nathalie’s natural linen upholstery and the off-white shade of the Roattino lamp. Tress grande is pictured in griege, with black, white, crimson and indigo options also available. The smaller version – Tress media – stands at almost half its height.

Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Nathalie Flou Eileen Gray E1027

Eileen Gray designed the E1027 side table for her sister who enjoyed eating breakfast in bed. Being adjustable in height means it fits well next to most beds. Its strong lines and form are clearly emphasised by the matt black lacquer – a finish which she considered especially elegant.

Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Tadao Flou Montana Eileen Gray Flos Vitra Louis Poulsen

In contrast to Nathalie, Vico Magistretti’s Tadao bed is a minimal, wood-framed design. Strong slats of Canaletto walnut, stained oak (pictured) or larch joined together by dark blue grosgrain ribbon form the base and headboard. Four legs provide support, with two large castors at the headboard end and circular feet pads at the front. The castors make it easy to move, as well as being a playful accent.

The floor covering is Eileen Gray’s graphic Bonaparte rug and her Folding Screen is shown in gloss-white lacquer. In front is the Eames Elephant, designed in 1945 by Charles and Ray Eames. This American cherry plywood version is new from Vitra – the first time it has been serially produced in the Eames’ intended material. Next to it sits another Eames classic, the LTR occasional table in walnut, also produced by Vitra. Flou’s multi-functional Servomuto chair/side table offers a spot to keep night-time essentials and Arne Jacobsen’s AJ floor lamp in yellow ochre provides reading light.

Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Tadao Flou Montana Flos

The night-stand above is by Montana. Just like their modular range, Dream comes in forty-two colours with an optional matching coloured glass top (pictured). The white gloss lamp is Tab by Barber & Osgerby for Flos.

Aram Store_May 2018_Bedroom Trends_Tadao Flou Montana Wagenfeld lamp USM bedside unit Verner Panton Wire cubes

Montana produce a number of products by 20th century Danish designer Verner Panton. His stackable Panton Wire cubes are showed above left in chrome with an optional removable marble top. White, black, red and dark chrome are also available new finishes.

Above right is an example of USM’s new Haller-E range – an electrified adaptation of their unique modular storage system. This clever evolution turns the distinctive chrome structure into cable-free conduits and housing for hidden LED lighting, and USB power-points for various devices. The lamps can be configured for such uses as task-lighting in a bureau unit, accent lighting in a living-room setup, a fully illuminated display cabinet, or a bedside unit.

All furniture and lighting shown is currently on display in-store where we hold a library of material and colour samples for the majority of products.

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Axy table_Claudio Bellini_MDF Italia_Aram Store

Our in-store ground floor display currently highlights some of our favourite pieces of this season’s outdoor furniture.  The range includes dining chairs, sofas, coffee tables and accessories.  Here is a selection of what can be seen and is available to order in-store and online.

Pictured above is the Sign Matt chair by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga for MDF Italia.  This matt version is an update to the original indoor model which was produced in a glossy finish.  Made of rotational moulded polyethylene, colours are white, cement, navy blue, mud and corten rust.

The Axy dining table is also available in indoor and outdoor versions.  Designed by Claudio Bellini the outdoor model comes in seven sizes. Tops are fine-porcelain laminates, self-bearing with fibre-glass support – matt light grey or black Calce and medium grey Pietra di Savoia.  The legs are extruded aluminium painted with matt white or graphite grey epoxy powder.

S 33 N All Seasons chair_Thonet_Aram Store

For their All Seasons collection of furniture, Thonet selected icons from the Bauhaus period and made them weather resistant.  The S 33 N side chair by Mart Stam is amongst the designs.  It dates back to 1925 when Stam experimented with gas pipes and created the first cantilever chair.  In this new outdoor version the powder-coated tubular steel frame is available in seven frame colours.  The seat and backrest are made of synthetic mesh in twelve colours.  It is pictured above in black frame and petrol teal mesh.

The following products are from Danish brand Cane-line whose outdoor collection of furniture and accessories offers maximum comfort and minimal maintenance.  Working with Danish designers only Cane-line promotes a comfortable outdoor living lifestyle with products UV and weather resistant.

Defined carpet 200cm_Cane-line_Aram Store

The Defined hand-made circular carpet comes in two sizes – 140cm diameter and 200cm diameter – in grey, beige and turquoise.  Made of polypropylene, the carpets can be cleaned with lukewarm water and a brush.

Moment sofa_Parc rocking chair_On The Move side table_Cane-line_Aram

Parc rocking chair by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen MDD is made of lava grey aluminium and teak.  The slatted seat is ‘body fitted’ with curves that follow the body’s form providing great comfort.

The Moments three seat sofa from the same designers has a classic Scandinavian appearance.  Its tubular steel structure is covered in Cane-line Rope with teak glides added to the legs. The base mattress and back cushions are made of the Cane-line SoftTouch® QuickDry materials, ensuring the cushions are dry again an hour after rainfall.  Back cushions are removable allowing the sofa be used as a daybed and a matching lounge chair is available.

On the Move side table by Strand+Hvass has a removable tray top.  Following customer requests the popular table is now available in three sizes.  This versatile product is also perfect for indoor use in lounges, bedrooms and bathrooms.  In powder-coated aluminium, the tables are available in a range of colours.

Level outdoor occasional table_ByKato_Cane-line_Aram Store

The Level coffee table from designers ByKato is available in three sizes.  Pictured is the large size which measures 122L x 62D x 42H cm.  In lava grey or white powder-coated aluminium frame, shelves are teak or concrete.

Roll trolley_Cane-line_Aram Store

The Roll trolley is made of powder-coated aluminium in lava grey, midnight blue or white. It was designed by Welling/Ludvik whose collection for Cane-line uses aluminium as the main material.  Roll is easily transportable has a removable tray top.

Roll bar trolley_Cane-line_Aram Store

From the same series, the Roll Bar trolley comes in lava grey or white powder-coated aluminium.  The two wheel/two leg combination allows it move around and then be placed in a fixed position.  It is supplied with one teak slatted plate which can be moved and used on the top or bottom shelf.

Lean chair_Less chair_Cane-line_Aram Store

Lean (above left) is a stackable side table, also by Welling/Ludvik.  The frame is black or white powder-coated aluminium with a matching colour Cane-line Weave seat and back.

Less stackable armchair (above right) is by the same designers and comes in three finishes. Pictured here in lava grey aluminium frame it has a natural French weave seat and back.  Other seat and back options are grey weave or grey Sunbrella Natte cushions with QuickDry foam.

Core table_Cane-line_Aram Store

Core dining table by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen is in three sizes.  The frame is in lava grey or taupe powder-coated aluminium and the top is in teak, ethically sourced from Indonesia.  The size on display in-store is 210L x 100D x 74H cm.

Divine floor cushion_Cane-line_Aram Store

Divine is an oversized floor cushion which can also be used as a footstool.  Measuring 55L x 55D x 35H cm, the outer fabric is hand crocheted in colours olive green, turquoise, brown, grey, midnight blue and marsala.

Peacock lounge chair_Foerson & Hiort-Lorenzen MDD_Cane-line_Aram Store

Designed by Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen MDD the Peacock lounge chair has a woven structure in two colour options – dusty blue/midnight blue or light grey/grey – with the base in teak.  Optional cushions are in Sunbrella Natte outdoor fabric in grey or light grey.

Lighthouse lanterns_Cane-line_Aram Store_lava grey

Lighthouse candle holders are in-store in two sizes.  Made of lava grey powder-coated aluminium they can also be used as urban greenhouses where herbs can be grown.  At 23L x 23D x 42H cm the small size is perfect for a table top with the large size, measuring 33L x 33D x 54H cm, suitable also on the floor.

All products are on display in-store.

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Last week some of us travelled to Milan for the annual design week. Here’s a selection of our favourite picks from Salone del Mobile, Ventura Future and some of the many showrooms which fill the city.

 

Dimore Gallery

Installation at the Dimore Gallery

 

Teli by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1959

Flos presented a group of classic designs by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Here is their Teli pendant lamp, designed in 1959.

 

Gubi installation

The Gubi showroom was in the Palazzo Serbelloni, a neoclassical palace. Left: 1965 lamps by Paavo Tynell and Gubi 2.0 dining, coffee and lounge tables. Right: the new Bat lounge chair by GamFratesi.

 

Inode+Sveje showroom Miyazaki exhibition

Miyazaki Chair Factory took over the Brera showroom of designers Inoda + Sveje. Here they presented classics alongside a new design, the Golondrina chair by Jorge Herrera.

 

Vitra Salone del Mobile

L-R: .03 chair by Maarten Van Severen for Vitra, Kiki sofa by Ilmari Tapiovaara, Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto and Trienna table by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek

 

Vitra Salone del Mobile

Vitra’s coloured coded displays at Salone del Mobile

 

Artek Vitra Salone del Mobile

Artek demonstrated the versatility of their compact product range – perfect for city living. Pictured here is the A110 pendant lamp by Alvar Aalto with the Domus chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara and Kaari table by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, wall-mounted behind.

 

ceramics from Kose Salone del Mobile

Graphic ceramics by Kose

 

Poul Kjærholm Carl Hansen & Son Salone del Mobile

A beautiful combination of natural wicker and brushed steel seen in the PK1 dining chair by Poul Kjærholm, produced by Carl Hansen & Son.

 

Eileen Gray ClassiCon Aram Designs Salone del Mobile

Eileen Gray designs at ClassiCon. L-R: Roattino floor lamp, Roquebrune chair, St Tropez rug, E1027 table and Day Bed. All are manufactured by ClassiCon and authorised by the world licence holder Aram Designs Ltd.

 

Louise chair Philippe Nigro Zanotta Salone del Mobile

The new Louise chair by Philippe Nigro for Zanotta

 

Salone del Mobile Porro Gap illuminated wall shelving

Porro launched their new LED illuminated Gap shelving by Carlo Tamborini

 

Salone del Mobile USM

The impressive USM stand, built entirely from USM modular frames.

 

Salone del Mobile Zanotta

The new Hiro sofa by Damien Williamson for Zanotta

 

Salone del Mobile MDF Italia Yale bed

Jean-Marie Massaud’s latest design for MDF Italia, the Yale bed, on display in their showroom.

 

Salone del Mobile Walter Knoll

Pops of rich jewel tones against neutral leather and monochrome marble on the Walter Knoll stand

 

Salone del Mobile Zanotta William sofa

The William sofa by Damien Williamson for Zanotta in a fantastic green upholstery

 

Salone del Mobile Montana

The new Free modular shelving range from Montana

 

Ventura Future_Vine lamps_Caine Heintzman Studio

Vine lamps by Caine Heintzman for ANDlight, seen at Venture Future.

 

Ventura Future_3D printed stool top and flooring by Aectual

Another eye-catching design at Venture Future – 3D printed stool and flooring by Aectual.

 

Please contact us should you wish to enquire about any of the new releases seen here.

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Carl Hansen & Son - Passionate Craftsmanship - Aram Store

In February 2013, I visited the Carl Hansen & Søn factory in Aarup, outside Odense in Denmark. It was a very important time for the manufacturer, as they had just bought Rud. Rasmussen – another cabinetmaking business famous for its craftsmanship – and I wrote about the visit for our blog: ‘The Evolution of Craftsmanship’.

Evolution doesn’t stand still and it was fascinating to visit Carl Hansen & Søn once again last week. The remarkable growth of the company can be attributed to the current CEO, Knud Erik Hansen – the third generation of the family to take the helm, after buying out his older brother Jørgen. I remember that when Aram Store first opened, the lead time for Hans Wegner’s renowned ‘Wishbone’ chair was more than a year; this was because Jørgen took a very cautious approach and maintained the same production methods his grandfather had put in place in the original factory in Kochsgade, Odense in 1933, despite rising global demand.

Carl Hansen factory 1933 Odense - Aram Store

The factory at Kochsgade, Odense, opened in 1933

Knud Erik brought with him a wealth of business acumen and recognised the improvements that could be made by investing massively in the most technologically up-to-date machinery. This also meant that production could be kept in Denmark, crucially safeguarding the skill and experience of the company’s master craftsmen. But within two years of my 2013 visit, production had already outgrown the 6,000 sq m Aarup factory that Knud Erik built in 2003. So, with a great deal of planning and care, everything was moved to a new campus of 12 buildings ten minutes down the road at Gelsted.

A new purpose-built factory at Aarup opened in 2003

Carl Hansen Factory Gelsted - Aram Store

Having reached capacity after 12 years, production moved to a new campus at Gelsted in 2016

Whilst the machinery – which runs almost 24/7 – speeds up immensely the manufacturing of components, craftsmanship is still absolutely integral to the process. Once machined, each piece is finished by hand – appraised for quality at each stage – and assembled by hand, the skill evident in the ease and confidence with which minor adjustments are made, for example, to ensure that a Wishbone chair sits straight and flat.

CH26 Chair Hans Wegner Carl Hansen Aram Store

CH26 chair frames ready to have their papercord seats woven

CH07 Shell chair Hans Wegner Carl Hansen Aram Store

CH07 Shell chair frames stacked up awaiting their seats and backs

CH20 Elbow chair Hans Wegner Carl Hansen Aram Store

Stacks of CH20 ‘Elbow’ chairs showing off the unusual 11-ply underframe

CH24 Wishbone chair lacquered colours Hans Wegner Carl Hansen Aram Store

The CH24 ‘Wishbone’ chair lacquered in a rainbow panoply of colours ready for their papercord seats to be woven

“Carl Hansen & Søn is built with lots of emotion and love involved. And that can be challenging too. We are still a family – it is our choices, our decisions that influence the direction and future of our designers, both new and from our heritage. The designers we produce and the stories we tell – there are humans at the heart. Real people who are part of our wider family and an authentic Danish design network. We have a very strong sense of belonging: I want to bring the next generation, my sons, into Carl Hansen & Søn – it is the most important thing. We are a Danish company, but we are sustained by our exports, and capturing the minds and hearts of a global audience. We have to develop fast and consider what is happening elsewhere and in new markets. It has always been the way, ever since my grandfather. Everything since has been a natural, genuine evolution.” – Knud Erik Hansen

CH445 chair Hans Wegner Carl Hansen Aram Store

The CH445 chair, CH446 footstool and CH008 coffee table in the Spring sunshine at the Carl Hansen & Søn Copenhagen showroom on Bredgade

True to the company’s founding values, it is Carl Hansen & Søn’s ambition to make furniture of the highest quality, maintaining beauty and value with respect for sustainable design, materials and more than 100 years of traditions of craftsmanship.

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