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Flo Bedside Lamp Lumina Italia Aram Store

There’s only a few weeks to go until the clocks go back and whilst there is still a last vestige of Summer warmth in the air, dusk falls ever earlier in the evenings now. At this time of year, attention always turns to our lighting at home which can go a long way to providing a warm, cosy atmosphere for us to return to each evening.

So, as a gesture to the changing seasons, Aram Store is offering 15% off our entire lighting range* throughout the whole of October – offer ends Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Here are just a few of the lamps that have been added to our collection recently:

Bicoca Rechargeable lamp Marset Aram Store

The Bicoca lamp is a new, portable luminaire from Barcelona-based manufacturer Marset. Featuring a tilting shade and a rechargeable power source via a micro-USB connection, it’s a handy addition to any room of the home.

Small Solid table lamp Terence Woodgate Aram Store

Designer Terence Woodgate has introduced a new, smaller version of his Solid Table lamp which is perfect for intimate corners. A hand-blown opal glass shade sits atop a marble cylinder – either Nero Marquina black or Verdi Alpi green.

Oda lamp Sebastian Herkner ClassiCon Aram Store

The Oda lamp is a new design by Sebastian Herkner based on the principle of a ‘balloon’ of light. Beautiful hand-blown glass shades in tones of smokey grey or amber are held in place by delicate black steel frames. Medium or small sizes.

Lantern Floor Lamp Neri and Hu ClassiCon

Designers Neri & Hu created the Lantern Floor light as an homage to Vico Magistretti’s Lyndon lamp of 1977. “Celebrating the glorious spectacle of light itself, the tinted glass shade is a modest attachment that branches off the main support to gently shield its centerpiece.”

*Offer excludes online orders for products from Gubi and Moooi. Please contact the store to place orders for these brands. Not in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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London Design Festival 2017 MDF Italia

Aram Store is now the new UK flagship destination for Italian brand MDF Italia, the leading furniture design and manufacturing company based in Milan. Founded by designer Bruno Fattorini in 1992, the company was set up with a dynamic entrepreneurial and product strategy in mind and it has always focused on design and simplicity as core values in selecting projects and designers – Rodolfo Dordoni, Jehs+Laub, Jean-Marie Massaud and Nendo, to name a few.

Aram has worked with MDF Italia for many years and has developed a strong relationship with it due to shared values and vision. Both companies are family run with first and second generation members at the helm. In 2013 MDF Italia was acquired by the Cassina family. The company has relaunched at Aram Store with a brand new 100 sq m display area showcasing a comprehensive range of products from its collections, all which can be seen during London Design Festival 16 – 23 September 2017. There are two dedicated areas within the impressive retail space in Covent Garden with a curated selection of dining, lounge and storage furniture – newly launched and favourites from the existing catalogue.

MDF Italia Sign Filo Chair

The Sign Filo side chair by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, which was launched this year, is made of 45 meters of steel wire in four different diameters. The 16 shoulders and 12 cross wires are sealed by hand at 226 points. It is available in glossy galvanic gold, pink gold and black chrome. Optional silk cushions are available in colours to match the chairs.

MDF Italia Tense Material Table Brass

MDF Italia Tense Material Table Brass Aiku Chairs

The Tense dining table is now available in three new finishes. Designed by Cazzaniga and his son Michele in 2009, the Tense Material versions were launched this year in wood, brass and stone finishes. The table is available in 24 sizes, height 73 cm. It is shown above in brass, along with the Aiku chair by Jean-Marie Massaud.

MDF Italia Sag Stool Studio Nendo

The Sag stool or side table was designed by Studio Nendo/Oki Sato in 2016. Sag was designed as a single base shape folded on itself through moulding, creating a polyhedral form. Its concave arc structure gives Sag its soft and elastic look. This shape is made of goffered matt white and matt mud TECH polyurethane. It is a high density material which is shock, scratch and age resistant. The seat is available in two materials. The polyurethane version, in matt white or matt mud, is moulded in a soft integral polyurethane called Freeform which has a plywood insert. The wood variant is composed of a bamboo veneered plywood panel.

Private View – Monday 18 September 2017 – 6pm to 9pm

RSVP: events@aram.co.uk

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London Design Festival 2017 Miyazaki Chair Factory

The Miyazaki Chair Factory collection is now exclusively available in the UK through Aram Store and Aram Contracts and will be officially launched during London Design Festival 16 – 23 September 2017. Established in 1969 in Tokushima, Japan, the company produces wooden furniture to the highest design and production standards. By adhering to the highest quality criteria in the two fundamental elements of ‘creation’ and ‘technique’, their core philosophy was born: ‘chairs nobody else can make’. Whilst the focus is still on seating, they have since introduced tables in to their range.

The London Design Festival exhibition brings together chairs from Danish design hero Kai Kristiansen, Inoda+Sveje, Andreas Kowalewski and Japanese designers Murasawa Kazuteru and Yoshinaga Keishi, placing past masterpieces alongside new designs.

Chair no 42 Kai Kristiansen Miyazaki Chair Factory

The No. 42 chair (1960-61) by Kristiansen is perhaps the most recognisable chair in the collection. When designing his series of wooden chairs in the 60s the designer wanted them to be manufactured only in Japan because of the high standard of manufacturing available there. Later, in the late 2000s, began the collaboration with Miyazaki Chair Factory. The Japanese/Danish connection continues with a large output of new works from design duo Kyoko Inoda (Japan) and Nils Sveje (Denmark) who work under the name Inoda+Sveje.

Every part that goes to make up each product is manufactured in the factory. This ensures full quality control over the entire range. Products have been awarded the Japanese industry ‘Good Design Award’ for the past fourteen years. Craftspeople are local and have worked in the company for many years. Additionally, recent years have seen an increase in young people travelling long distances to work in production as they are so interested in learning the traditional skills of chair making.

DC10 and DC09 Chairs Miyazaki Chair Factory

The factory began to develop its own designs in 2000 in collaboration with new designers. With a focus on innovation the chair becomes a thing of beauty, with a sculptural nature that symbolises the fusion of form and material. For example, the DC10 (above, left) chair is a sinuously curved form with a sharp line dividing the inside surface from the outside, whilst the characteristic feature of the DC09 (above, right) is the shaped seat which is shaved as thin as possible.

Private View – Monday 18 September 2017 – 6pm to 9pm
Panel Discussion hosted by Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs at 7pm

RSVP: events@aram.co.uk

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Flou ex-display Wardrobe 1 Aram

As we refresh our Flou Bed Studio showroom, there is a fantastic opportunity to buy two ex-display wardrobes at a substantial 50% discount. Both wardrobes have been configured to provide versatile storage space with a combination of shelves, drawers and hanging rails.

Flou ex-display Wardrobe 2 Aram

Flou’s 16.32 wardrobes are a concentrate of quality, technology and skilled craftsmanship. Produced using innovative materials and with patent protection, they are coated with a perfectly continuous surface, free from joints or interruptions. The hinged doors have a five-hinge system for strength and stability. Both the hinged and sliding doors have a soft closing device, for a more gentle closure. There is a choice of doors which can be covered with any of the fabrics from the Flou collection, or doors in wood, mirror panels, finished with a texture inspired by fabric weaves. An original style choice for a unique design. The choices on offer for these two ex-display wardrobes are a six-panel unit with grey sawn wood textured doors or a seven-panel unit with bevelled, mirrored doors.

Flou ex-display Wardrobe - grey epoque Aram

Wardrobe 1

Width: 2905mm x depth: 630mm x height: 2380mm
Was £3,851.00 now £1,925.50 This has now been SOLD

Grey sawn wood texture effect exterior featuring ‘Epoque’ handles in brushed burnished metal, with an ecru wood-grain effect interior. One full length, one three-quarter length and two half length hanging spaces; four shelves; two shallow drawers and one deep drawer.

Interior of ex-display Flou wardrobe 1

detail of ex-display Flou wardrobe 1

Epoque burnished metal handle (left) and hanging rail with shelf (right)

detail of ex-display Flou Wardrobe 1

Ecru wood-grain effect interior – drawers closed (left) and open (right)

Flou ex-display Wardrobe 2 Aram

Wardrobe 2

Width: 3385mm x depth: 630mm x height: 2380mm
Was £9,144.00 now £4,572.00

Bevelled mirror doors featuring ‘Ovale’ metal handles with a coffee-coloured wood-grain effect interior. Three illuminated shelves with hanging rails (one full length, two half length); five narrow shelves; pull-out trouser rail; jewellery/tie compartment drawer; two glass-fronted shallow drawers and one deep drawer.

Interior of ex-display Flou wardrobe 2 Aram

detail Flou ex-display wardrobe 2

Mirrored doors with ‘Ovale’ handles (left); illuminated shelf with hanging rail (right)

detail of Flou ex-display wardrobe 2

Jewellery or tie compartment drawer (left); pull-out trouser rack (right)

detail of ex-display Flou wardrobe 2

Drawer unit with two glass-fronted shallow drawers and one deep drawer.

Please note that these ex-display wardrobes are only available to purchase through the store as it is important that you view them before buying; they are sold on an ‘as seen’, non-returnable basis. Delivery and installation in London and the M25 area is £270 and in the rest of the country by quotation.

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Hammershøi vases by Hans-Christian Bauer for Kähler

Hammershøi vases by Hans-Christian Bauer for Kähler

Kähler, the Danish ceramic homeware specialist, is heading towards its 180th birthday with aplomb. Since 1839 the company has evolved from founder Herman Joachim Kähler’s studio pottery, to an international brand holding the powerful formula of a Scandinavian design heritage. This is thanks in-part to the successive Kählers inviting in creative talent to design forms and thus allowing the Kähler sons to develop the potter’s craft.

 

Svend Hammershøi portrait Kähler Aram Store

Svend Hammershøi in the Kähler workshop. Image credit: Kähler

One notable collaborator was Svend Hammershøi who had an ongoing relationship with the company throughout his life. Svend was a designer, painter and ceramist, and younger brother of the well-known painter of calm, melancholic interiors, Vilhelm Hammershøi. He developed numerous designs for Kähler often featuring distinctive furrows, which played off the glaze to create decorative repeat markings. Svend also worked with terracotta which would be smoked during firing and finished in a coat of wax or oil.

Scandinavian Modern Bowl Svend Hammershøi Kahler Kähler

A large bowl designed by Svend Hammershøi for Herman A Kähler Keramik circa 1930’s. Image credit: 1st Dibs

Kähler Kahler Vase Svend Hammershøi

Large-scale ovoid form yellow-glazed vase by Artist Svend Hammershøi for the Herman A. Kähler pottery studio, circa 1920s. Image credit: 1st Dibs

Nowadays Svend Hammershøi’s legacy at Kähler lives on through its Hammershøi range designed by a recent graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Hans-Christian Bauer. An industrial designer with a keen interest in ceramics, Bauer has reinterpreted Hammershøi’s extensive catalogue of Kähler work into a range of contemporary vases and tableware using a vibrant colour palette. Discussing the collection, Bauer says “what to me is unique about ceramic as a material is the exciting play which occurs between the matt white core and smooth fine glaze that covers it. By leaving the underlying material visible through the glaze, it is possible to create a depth you cannot get in hard materials such as plastic and metal. I strive to combine some of the warmth and uniqueness of the ceramic material with rational modern design, good usefulness and clear seriality.”

 

Hammershøi vases candle holder Kähler Aram Store

Hammershøi vases and candle holder by Hans-Christian Bauer for Kähler

Hammershøi Grinders Anthracite Marble Kähler Aram Store

Hammershøi grinders by Hans-Christian Bauer for Kähler

This beautifully shot short film summarises the making of a Hammershøi vase in Kähler’s workshop:

 

Kähler’s Hammershøi range is available to buy both online and in store.

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Bell tables Sebastian Herker Bibendum armchairs Eileen Gray ClassiCon Aram Store

Of the many contemporary designs launched each year only a handful will endure the initial excitement and prove consistently popular with customers, interior designers and press alike. Sebastian Herkner’s Bell tables, designed in 2012 for ClassiCon, have joined this coveted group – and we think for good reason.

Bell coffee table Sebastian Herkner ClassiCon Folding Screen Eileen Gray Aram DesignsBell coffee tables by Sebastian Herkner and Folding Screens by Eileen Gray

 

The Bell side table and coffee table both consist of three elements, a black glass top, spun metal upper and hand-blown smoked glass base. Each material meets the next with precision and without disturbing the flow of its sculptural silhouette – a testament to the design skill and craftsmanship ingrained in the piece. Its shape and colour palette are immediately striking, but the Bell table’s appealing secondary feature lies in its contrasting reflections. The flat, black glass table top acts as a mirror reflecting verbatim the world above, whereas the curved ‘bell’ base creates an abstract, fish-eyed view. It’s these subtleties which by adding depth, elevate the design from a face-value aesthetically pleasing item to a piece with staying power.

 

Bell coffee table side table Sebastian Herkner ClassiCon Bibendum armchair Eileen Gray Aram Designs Aram StoreBell side table and coffee table with an Eileen Gray Bibendum armchair

 

Here we’d like to share ClassiCon’s behind-the-scenes factory visit which illuminates the work of the glassblowers who make each Bell table base:

ClassiCon’s Bell Tables by Sebastian Herkner from Aram Store on Vimeo.

 

ClassiCon’s Bell side table and Bell coffee table are available to buy exclusively through Aram Store and Aram Contracts within the UK.

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Aram Store Summer Sale 2017

The Aram Store Summer Sale starts at 10am on Saturday 17 June 2017. As usual, there will be 15% discount off all new orders (not in conjunction with any other sale discount or offer; some exclusions may apply) both online and in store.

There will also be substantial discounts – up to 75% – off a wide selection of ex-display furniture ranging from chairs and desks 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:

Summer Sale 2017 Kitos USM Montana Aram Store

Left: Kitos height adjustable table by USM with walnut veneer top, ex-display (damaged) – SOLD. Right: Montana storage units in burnt oak veneer, ex-display – was £3,598 sale price £1,079.

Summer Sale 2017 Foster 520 Healey Walter Knoll Aram Store

Left: Foster 520-10C high-back swivel armchair by Foster+Partners for Walter Knoll, ex-display – was £4,335 sale price £2,168. Right: Healey high-back lounge armchair by Pearson Lloyd for Walter Knoll, ex-display – was £3,934 sale price £2,754.

Summer Sale 2017 Olivier Bed Frame Bench Flou Aram Store

Left: Olivier king-size bed frame in woven leather by Flou, ex-display (excluding mattress and accessories) – was £8,962 sale price £3,585. Right: Olivier bench in woven leather by Flou, ex-display – was £2,787 sale price £1,115.

Summer Sale 2017 Piazza Duomo Gentleman Flou Aram Store

Left: Piazza Duomo sofabed in ‘Element’ fabric by Flou, ex-display – was £5,543 sale price £2,217. Right: Gentleman king-size bed frame in grey-green leather, ex-display (excluding mattress and accessories) – was £7,257 sale price £2,899.

Summer Sale 2017 Moss CH445 Arketipo Carl Hansen Aram Store

Left: Moss Sofa by Giuseppe Vigano for Arketipo in ‘Savanna’ fabric, ex-display – was £3,385 sale price £2,031. Right: CH445 lounge chair and ottoman by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son in ‘Divina’ wool, ex-display – was £4,589 sale price £2,750.

Summer Sale 2017 Moroso Aram Store

Left: Take a Line for a Walk chair by Alfredo Häberli for Moroso with removable quilt cover, ex-display – was £3,516 sale price £1,758. Right: Love Me Tender sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso, ex-display – was £5,767 sale price £2,307.

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MDF Italia furniture Aram Store

Mia lounge chair and sofa by Francesco Bettoni, K Tables by Victor Vasilev and Inmotion storage by Neuland Industriedesign

Aram Store is now the new UK flagship destination for Italian brand MDF Italia, the leading furniture design and manufacturing company based in Milan. Founded by designer Bruno Fattorini in 1992, the company was set up with a dynamic entrepreneurial and product strategy in mind and it has always focused on design and simplicity as core values in selecting projects and designers – Rodolfo Dordoni, Jehs+Laub, Jean-Marie Massaud and Nendo, to name a few.

Aram has worked with MDF Italia for many years and has developed a strong relationship with it due to shared values and vision. Both companies are family run with first and second generation members at the helm. In 2013 MDF Italia was acquired by the Cassina family. The company is relaunching at Aram Store with a brand new 100m² display area showcasing a comprehensive range of products from its collections. There are two dedicated areas within the Covent Garden store with a curated selection of dining, lounge and storage furniture – newly launched and favourites from the existing catalogue.

 

Sign Filo dining chair Piergiorgio MDF Italia Aram Store

Sign Filo chairs by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga

The Sign Filo side chair by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga which was launched this year is made of 45 meters of steel wire in four different diameters. The 16 shoulders and 12 cross wires are sealed by hand at 226 points. It is available in glossy galvanic gold, pink gold and black chrome with optional matching silk cushions.

MDF Italia furniture Aram Store

Left: Sag stool by Nendo. Right: Tense Material table by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga, Aïku side chairs by Jean-Marie Massaud and Heron storage unit by Rodolfo Dordoni

Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga’s update of their 2009 Tense table, the Tense Material, was launched this year in wood, brass and stone finishes. We currently have 1 x 3 metre brass and wood versions on display in store.

The Sag stool or side table (above left) was designed by Nendo/Oki Sato in 2016.  Sag represents a polyhedral and functional object. Unlike stools with traditional legs, Sag has been designed as a whole piece folded on itself, as a fabric suspended in the air and melted in three directions into a single shape. Its concave arc structure, thus generated, gives Sag its special soft and elastic image, but also an incredible sturdiness, capable of distributing forces and absorb loads.

Sag stool Nendon MDF Italia Aram Store

Sag stools by Nendo

Join us for summer drinks, including the quintessentially Italian Garibaldi cocktail, to celebrate the installation of our fantastic new MDF Italia showroom.

Wednesday 7 June 2017
6pm-8pm

Aram Store
110 Drury Lane
Covent Garden
London
WC2B 5SG

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Tulip Chair Eero Saarinen Knoll International Aram Store

Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen‘s primary intention when designing his last furniture series for Knoll International was to simplify and clarify structure. He declared: “The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world. I wanted to clear up the slum of legs. I wanted to make the chair all one thing again.” He was also fascinated by new materials emerging in the 1950s: “What interests me is when and where to use these structural plastic shapes. Probing more deeply into different possibilities, one finds many different shapes are equally logical – some ugly, some exciting, some earth-bound, some soaring. The choices really become a sculptor’s choice.” Thus the Tulip chair – and by extension, Saarinen’s eponymous tables which the chairs complement – became a synthesis of perfect proportions, organic shapes and graceful curved lines.

Tulip Side Chair Eero Saarinen Knoll International Aram Store

Whilst Saarinen had originally hoped to make the chair from a single piece of fibreglass, the slender stem was not able to support the seat. The seat shell is therefore fibreglass, attached to a cast aluminium stem and base coated with a tough Rilsan resin finish. Serendipity therefore provided the opportunity to add a swivelling mechanism to the chair.

Tulip Arm Chair Eero Saarinen Knoll International Aram Store

Until 31 October 2017, we are offering the Tulip Side chair with upholstered seat cushion at the very special price of £999 when you order a minimum of four chairs, which represents a discount of up to 30% depending on the finish. Additionally, you can buy four of the Tulip Arm Chairs with upholstered seat pad for the price of three. Both offers are for the swivel option, in black or white shell finish with cushion fabrics up to and including category ‘S’. There is a very wide range of colours and textures of fabric available – please contact the store for those not shown online.

Tulip Chair Saarinen Collection Knoll International Aram Store

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Miyazaki Chair Factory

The Miyazaki Chair Factory collection is now exclusively available in the UK through Aram Store and Aram Contracts. Established in 1969 in Tokushima, Japan, the company produces wooden furniture to the highest design and production standards. By adhering to the highest quality criteria in the two fundamental elements of ‘creation’ and ‘technique’, their core philosophy was born: ‘chairs nobody else can make’. Whilst the focus is still on seating, they have since introduced tables in to their range.

Every part that goes to make up each product is manufactured in the factory. This ensures full quality control over the entire range. Products have been awarded the Japanese industry ‘Good Design Award’ for the past fourteen years. Craftspeople are local and have worked in the company for many years. Additionally, recent years have seen an increase in young people travelling long distances to work in production as they are so interested in learning the traditional skills of chair making.

DC09 Chair Inoda and Sveje Miyazaki Chair Factory

DC09 chair by Inoda+Sveje with the CH327 Extending Table by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn

The factory began to develop its own designs in 2000 working with designers such as Murasawa Kazuteru, Koizumi Makoto, and Inoda+Sveje. With a focus on innovation – and not being swayed by existing theory of wooden chair design – the chair becomes a thing of beauty, with a sculptural nature that symbolises the fusion of form and material. For example, the DC10 chair is a sinuously curved form with a sharp line dividing the inside surface from the outside, whilst the characteristic feature of the DC09 is the shaped seat which is shaved as thin as possible.

DC10 Chair Inoda and Sveje Miyazaki Chair Factory

DC09 chair by Inoda+Sveje with Haller sideboard (USM), Saarinen table (Knoll), Olio tableware (Barber & Osgerby)

DC09 and DC10 Chairs Miyazaki Chair Factory

Details of the DC09 (left) and DC10 Chairs

The DC09 and DC10 chairs are now available to order and are on display in our Drury Lane store. Many more items from the Miyazaki Chair Factory’s range are on order and will be available soon.

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