I’d like to think I am woman of substance, but sometimes, that includes mind numbing, funny, light hearted reality TV.  For me, it is a better alternative to nightly crime drama.  I really enjoyed 24, season 1, but my nervous system can’t tolerate the aspect of ever-escalating suspense.  Last season, I found myself watching the Rachel Zoe Project. There was a lot about the show that I enjoyed.  One of her signature phrases from season 1 was “I die.”  She used this phrase when one of her clients hit her fashion mark, when she uncovered a vintage must have on one of her shopping sprees, or when viewing new pieces from one of her favorite designers.  I think she has literally trademarked the phrase or something along those lines, so let’s hope I don’t get sued.  But, today, I die.

B&B Italia is a world famous Italian label of modern furniture and decor.  They are known for their mastery of clean lined Italian design.  The sunshine brings with it an inkling for an outdoor furnishings fix. We will be redoing the back portion of the studio this spring, and although we aren’t in a position to invest in this level of product, their cleaned line pieces are worthy of review.  I did not remember how phenomenal some of the more recent works were.  Again, I die.

This Crinoline line was designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2008. Born in Spain, she now works out of her studio in Milan and has designed for huge international labels such and Kartell, Moroso, Boffi, Molteni, and Knoll are among them.  This line of arm chairs and seats vary in scale and height, each shape is distinctively modern. The black and bronze or black and white dual colored frame weaves are offset so well against the natural fiber or bronze string.  One of my more current crushes involves cut out details in just about anything for furnishing and decor and these pieces are no exception.

Another collection of Patricia’s is the Ravel collection.  Similar construction techniques, materials and color options result in extraordinary texture and balance.  I am loving the black/bronze marriage of the frame materials. (as shown).

The dying doesn’t stop there.  Can you die more than once in a day?  A self professed sucker for texture, white lacquer and the shores of Big Sir, imagine my gasp upon seeing these little numbers.  These outdoor “reels” are comprised of polyester coated aluminum frames wrapped in rope.  The simple yet intricate nature of the work and it’s sophistication amazes me.  

My final B & B Italia outdoor feature for today is The White Collection, designed by Marcel Wanders.  These are larger scale outdoor glazed ceramic pieces with the perfect balance of clean and sexy.  Marcel is best known for his Happy House Chandelier launch.  His studio also designs for many of the top international design houses, including, Bisazza, Flos, Vitra and the like.



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  1. Amy Miyamoto (@LotusAmy) on March 10, 2009

    Hi Jana,
    I saw your tweet to me and decided to stop by to checkout your blog. I love what you have here! And found myself chuckling out loud to your explanation of your draw to reality shows like The Rachel Zoe Project and the like. I can totally relate. I also love the pieces that youshare here in this post. I have always had a love for furniture design but the demands of my current life have pulled me away from that love for the last few years. So thank you for helping me to reconnect.
    ;)
    Amy (@LotusAmy on twitter )

  2. Todd Smith on March 10, 2009

    You know what I’m thinking: Where is this place? I want to live there! :)

  3. jana on March 10, 2009

    Hi Amy and Todd,

    Thank you so much for commenting. It is so hard to find time to connect on differing areas of our lives, we can hopefully all guide eachother. I don’t know exactly where these photos were shot, but I’m certain I could have a wonderful time there. These shots hold a kind of beauty that lingers in my mind, the kind I keep remembering and going back to again and again.

  4. karina on April 24, 2009

    The first photo is just a dream, I can not believe how beautiful that chair is.
    I discovered your blog today and I just love it!!!!

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