‘At The Newsstand’, March 2013

5 interiors, 5 products, 15 resources

At The Newstand…………………………

Welcome to my second edition of ‘At The Newsstand’, where I scrutinize the month’s design magazines looking for inspiring interiors, great products, and whatever else garnered my attention.

With this month’s stack at hand, I will again take a look at what I think is noteworthy, and pass it on to you.  I will be looking for new and innovative decorative furnishings, along with some of my favored home products.   As in the first in the series, with each item I identify, I will provide three new and possibly little-known resources.

My goal is to help you locate these ‘featured’ items and shorten the search for them.  So let’s ge to it.



My first selection is from OBJEKT INTERNATIONAL, a premium publication founded in 1991 in the Netherlands.  This is a quarterly and presents a distinctly unique editorial point of view.  If you are able to procure it, you should make it one of your regular sources for cutting edge design.  Here, I have zeroed in on a simple, yet extremely elegant slab sided console.  Its principal role is to ground a free-floating seating group, and to also provide a plateau for display.  The interior is in the Villa Meissen in Milan and all the furniture is part of their home collection.  Go to the link above to find out more about the institute.

ObjektHere is what I have found of interest.  This first is a console constructed of laminated glass and offers a variety of lacquered colors and two sizes, SIO2-Console designed by Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia and available through SwitchModern. Next is a vintage piece designed by Karl Springer in the 1980’s and it is available at Lobel Modern via 1st Dibs.  My final choice is the sleek stainless steel and walnut Stillett Console by Niedermaier.



Architectural-Digest-March-CoverIn the March issue of Architectural Digest, I found a rare pair of Frank Lloyd Wright slipper chairs which came from Nilufar.  It is a curiosity that almost all the slipper chairs that come to mind are associated with an iconic designer – the Billy Baldwin slipper chair.  Allow me to do a bit of name dropping right about now.

AD slipper chairA reliable resource for vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings slipper chairs is 1st Dibs.  You will find a number of selections on the link provided.  One of my all-time ‘Cool’ slipper chairs is the leather and steel version designed by Poul Kjaerholm, available through Fritz Hansen.  It’s very ‘007‘.  Last, but certainly not least, is this futuristic model designed by Verner Panton and available through Design Within Reach.



WorldofInteriors_February2013The World of Interiors astounds me with its original content.  It blends the most unseemly and unorthodox of stories to produce a cohesive issue with a most provocative point of view.  The choices of stories are amusing, yet deeply categorical for a history buff like myself.  In this issue, I fell in love with this complex and exotic tile floor available through Mosaics Marti.  Cement tiles have been with us for a very long time.  Today there are manufacturers who are producing a variety of classical and unique designs.

World of Interiors Tile

For those of us in New York, there are a couple of superb resources for cement tiles in the Flatiron District where we can view and purchase a number of Moroccan/Mediterranean designs both traditional and modern.  There is something for every taste.  The first is Mosaic House, who offer what seems like a limitless number of designs.  Just one block away is Amethyst Artisan where the selection of designs and unusual color combinations are truly kaleidoscopic.  It’s a thrill to take them all in.  For those who reside in the Southern United States, there is a wildly exotic resource in Miami, Cuban Tropical Tile Company, with a distinct Spanish Colonial flavor.  I love all three and have had the hardest time choosing from among them.  Why not incorporate several designs in one riotously vivacious residence?



scan0063_2From the pages of New York Spaces, I recognized one of my childhood pleasures, which is still one I enjoy to this day.  The claw foot tub, which is synonymous with bygone luxury.  To sprawl out in a massive tub filled nearly to the top with hot water (and Dead Sea bath salts) is both body and soul soothing.  I still remember the experience as a child, and when I have the chance, I avail myself of the restorative powers they hold..

New York Spaces tubThe featured tub is a Waterworks replica.  However, I am a true fan of the vintage cast iron version. Here are my resources for them.  The first is an internet shopping guide where you can find options and valuable information about these tubs.  Next there is New England Demolition and Salvage This was the only way to locate a great old tub years ago when the trend for restoration first took hold.  Finally, there’s Vintage Tub & Bath, an online store for all things for the bath.



3885My last publication is from ‘down-under’, Australia Vogue Living.  It provides me great inspiration from its distinctive flair.  Crisp, conspicuous, and casual lifestyle portrayal is this magazine’s axiom. My featured selection from its pages this month is the cool and easy kitchen with the most unpretentious of stools by Gulassa & Company  inviting you to share in the moment.

Vogue Living BarstoolI have been a fan of the ‘diner’ version of the kitchen stool, with their shiny vinyl swivel seats and chrome legs.  I suppose I give away my age (saddle shoes and bobby socks).  American Chairs offer many versions to fit your budget and fab-fifties sensibility.  The Banyan barstool from Holly Hunt in contrast is bold and industrial in its appearance, yet refined and elegant.  For the true industrial aficionado, I like the stoic stool with reclaimed wood seat by Akron It’s a great choice for the conservationist.



Well there you have it. This month’s curious finds and true treasures to inspire you to new heights.  As always, I invite you to share any of your resources for these categories with our blog community by posting in the comments section below.

Happy shopping!


Written by Carl Lana


7 thoughts on “‘At The Newsstand’, March 2013”

  1. Great !!!!! I have kept my World of Interiors for ever …I was looking at a 1989 and it was not demodé at all……

    1. This monthly post is a sheer pleasure to write and the real challenge is finding unusual and off the mainstream to report about. Thanks Carl. Make sure you take the time to open the links on Villa Meissen. It’s a treasure to have found in my researching for this post.

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