November 22, 2014

Design Trends

Double Duty

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The absence of a tell-tale shade showcases this whimsical lady as art rather than a utilitarian lamp. But when needed, her oversized bag casts a soft glow. The wood, metal and resin lamp by Artmax Furniture stands 30 inches high and is hand-painted. Priced at $499, it’s available for order through interior designers.















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A sliding top and storage easily expand a traditional table’s functions. The flip-top wood-and-steel Monterey extension cocktail table, shown with hand-planed Asian alder and a gunmetal finish, also provides hidden storage. Created exclusively by Robb & Stucky, the table is $1,799 and available at all Southwest Florida showrooms or online at www.robbstucky.com.

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By day, it’s a well-traveled rattan trunk with leather, brass and mahogany accents. Come night, however, this storage chest from Bauer International transforms into a twin-size sleeper with a five-inch innerspring mattress and headboard with storage compartments and display. Sale priced through November at $1,988, the trunk is available at Norris Home Furnishings in Fort Myers.



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Parrot’s Grande Specchio pulls triple duty as a mirror, digital photo album and Internet connection. Powered by Google’s Android operating system, the device has a 10.4-inch high-resolution LCD screen, virtually hidden controls and can be programmed to display weather, traffic, financial news and sports feeds. The Grande Specchio is priced at $650 and is available online at www.parrot.com
or at Atrium in Miami.








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Furniture that doubles as a hiding space for technology is a common theme these days. There’s a bonus if it’s also ecological and sustainable, such as Vermont Woods Studios’ new line of “green tech” bedroom and living room furniture. The solid wood footboard of the new modern bed secretly stores a flat-screen TV, which is revealed with the push of a button. The bed, available in king and queen sizes, is made to order from cherry, maple, oak or walnut hardwood (shown with an espresso finish) and priced at $4,547, including white-glove shipping to Florida and home set-up. Sold online only at www.vermontwoodsstudios.com.