Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How To Hang Artwork Over Furniture

Have you ever wondered why artwork looks consistently perfect and well-balanced in any art gallery or museum?  It turns out there are a few basic rules that ensure that clean and balanced look and still allow you to arrange it according to your personal style:

Space Between Artwork and Furniture:
The average height a painting hangs is eye-level which is considered to be 60 inches from the ground to the center height of the painting.  Although, when hanging artwork above furniture, you can adjust this to find the right spot where there is at least 6-12 inches of wall space between the bottom of the frame and the top of the furniture.
Artwork Proportions:
The size of the artwork relative to the furniture below it is a key factor to consider.  Ideally, the artwork should be 75% the size of the furniture, though any size in the range of 50% to 90% will work.  If the painting is less than 50% it will be dwarfed by its surroundings and over 90% the painting may dwarf the furniture.  
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reasons to Choose a Stainless Steel Furniture Base

When searching for furniture that is guaranteed to last for years to come, a good place to start is at the base.  The bases of our furniture makes use of #304 stainless steel instead of the more commonly used chrome plating.  Chrome plating was the best option during the ages that the original models were designed, when stainless steel was not yet an option.

Today, chrome plating is still available on many furniture reproductions as it tends to be cheaper but with compromised quality with brittle properties that will inevitably scratch and chip.

The stainless steel we use on the base of our furniture ensures the lifespan of our products.  The inevitable everyday bumps and scratches won’t faze the appearance of our stainless steel base, where as these will remain permanent chips and scratches on chrome plating. 

Also, it is called ‘stainless’ steel for obvious reasons.  Any rust that may rarely be found on the base of our furniture can easily be wiped away without altering the natural shine—this will not be the base on chrome plating.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Choosing the Perfect Dining Chair 101

When going through all your options to find the perfect dining room chairs,  too many beautiful options can make it hard to know that you ‘ve made the right choice.  The good news is that picking the right look is probably the hardest part when all other factors to consider are primarily objective:

Number of Chairs
To find the number of guests any size of dining table can fit, consider each guest will need 24 to 30 inches of table edge.  Finding the perimeter is easy for rectangular dining tables, but for round dining tables, instead of struggling with a tape measurer you can multiply the diameter of the tabletop by 3.14 (Pi) to get the perimeter.

Dining Chairs With Arms or Without Arms?
Though it is entirely up to you to go with or without arms on your dining chairs, though if you like both options and can’t decide, customarily armchairs are placed at the head of the table and armless chairs on the sides.  If space is limited, armless dining chairs will take up less visual and actual space and the seat height should be 10-12inches from the tabletop.  If comfort is your main criteria, armchairs will be your better option so long as space is not compromised.    SThe seat height should still be 10-12 inches from the tabletop and the arms should easily clear the tabletop by about 2 inches.

Size of the Dining Room:
When deciding which size and shape of dining table works best, consider the size of the room where its going.  Note that you will need at least 36 inches between the wall and table on all sides for an easy passageway for guests getting up from the table and also to avoid damaged walls from chairs being pulled out.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Finest Form and Function

It is only in recent years that I have finally come to realize what my mother meant with her old adage of ‘less is more.’  I remember these words being used when I was first discovering makeup and glitter eye shadow became a non-negotiable.

Form and function, a cornerstone ideal of modern design, uses the same logic as my mother meaning that in the absence of unnecessary ornamentation, beauty and purpose are made immediately obvious for everyone to see.  A prime example of this can be seen in all of Mies van der Rohe's iconic designs where form and function is the constant and overriding theme.

Our reproductions of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic furniture designs honor his belief of form and function he used in all of his creations.   By using the same dimensions of his original designs in combination with the new materials we now have available to use today, our Barcelona Style Seating Reproductions exceed all former quality and comfort expectations.

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