May We Present: The Alpine Daybed and more


May We Present: The Alpine Daybed

We are thrilled to introduce a new addition to our line of elegant bentwood furniture – the Alpine Daybed.

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This beautiful new addition to the Alpine line demonstrates the same comfort and versatility of the original Case Study® Daybed, now with a handsome frame of bentwood ply. The design echoes the sinuous curves and simple lines of the Alpine Bed and Alpine Dining Table.

Like all of our bentwood pieces, the molded plywood construction is built for strength and durability. Constructed with multiple layers of North American maple and a top layer of rich North American walnut, each daybed is crafted so that every part contributes to the overall strength and stability of the frame.

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Order your Alpine Daybed now through April 30th, 2015 and get free standard shipping* when you enter the code FREE SHIPPING. You can also visit the Los Angeles Showroom; have one of our sales team assist you with fabric options and receive free local delivery.

*Free Shipping is available in the USA only, within the contiguous 48 states.

 

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Suggested Reading: Four New Books You Might Want to Check Out

We’ve noticed some cool new reads coming out lately and thought we’d put together this handy list of our favorite finds:

See San Francisco by Victoria Smith

We’ve long been fans of SF Girl by the Bay‘s Victoria Smith; her stellar photography, her unique sense of style, and her intimate knowledge of home city San Francisco. Now, you can have all of that in one neat package by way of her brand new, yet-to-be released book, See San Francisco. Available for pre-order until its release on April 28th.

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The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney

Designer Justina Blakeney‘s new image-rich book defines the style and sub-culture of “The New Bohemians” – creative individuals that embrace a free-spirited, no-rules lifestyles and apply that attitude to all areas of their existence, including their homes.  The story wouldn’t be complete without page after page of Blakeney’s spectacular photo examples.

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California Cool by Russell Abraham

From Southern California’s beach towns and the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay, to the lush vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, this book examines residential design in both urban and rural settings. Russell Abrahams’ striking architectural images and insightful writing give unique human face to the architects and their works. Buy it here.

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Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography by Elias Redstone

Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography showcases the relationship between the two practices of architecture and photography. The book presents a broad spectrum of work from a diverse roster of renowned and emerging artists.

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LA’s Quintissential Public and Corporate Spaces: John C. Austin

Los Angeles is perhaps best known for its residential architecture, especially those mid-century greats that put modern 20th-century architecture on the map. However, our hometown also has a rich history of beautiful public and corporate architecture, most of which still survives today.

We’ll start by taking a look at architect John C. Austin, whose work changed the face of LA forever.

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The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory was a WPA project of the early 1930s and so, of course, was designed by Austin in iconic Art Deco style. The center opened in 1935 and remains a popular SoCal destination to this day.

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City Hall

The famous Los Angeles City Hall was designed in 1928 by John C. Austin, and Albert C. Martin, Sr., and John Parkinson. For 30 years, it remained the tallest building in the city, and is still an important constituent of the Los Angeles skyline. The landmark building has been featured in scores of movies and television shows, from Superman to Dragnet.

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Shrine Auditorium

Designed in collaboration with G. Albert Lansburgh and A. M. Edelman, Austin and his associates created the building in a unique Moorish Revival style that paid homage to the Arabic temple that once stood in its place. From its opening in 1926 until the early 2000s, the auditorium hosted such glamorous events as the Academy Awards, the Grammys, the American Music Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Dealer Spotlight: The Design Republic in Shanghai

What began as a small architecture studio founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu has grown into a self-labelled “commune” of design, collaboration, and retail shopping. The community of architects and designers designs both residential and corporate environments throughout China, and now offers an expansive showroom of contemporary and modern designer objects.

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Their design collective space is jaw-dropping, inside and out. It’s well worth the visit for anyone in the Shanghai area, even if it’s just to gawk at the amazing architecture and interior layout. Find out more on the Design Republic website.

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A Glimpse into the Recently-Reopened Hollyhock House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House was his first design to be built in Southern California, and is his vision of the architectural equivalent of California living, or “California Romanza,” as he termed it.

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It recently reopened after several years of closed renovation, to reveal a beautifully-repaired and preserved home that is a wonderful example of FLW’s early ideals and styles. Take a photo tour of the renovated house below, or see it for yourself during visiting hours:

  • Thursday – Sunday 11am-3pm.
  • Admission: $7 for adults
  • $3 for students & seniors with ID
  • Free for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Click here for more info.

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Photos by Elizabeth Daniels, courtesy of Curbed LA.

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