12 February 2008

Quite Simply... A Love Seat.

Simply stated... I love this settee from Lona Design in Toronto, Canada. The "Hugo Bench", as it is called, (shown above), is made of Mahogany with an upholstered seat and back and is set on brass casters. It measures 48" wide x 25" deep x 39" high, (outside dimensions). A smart looking, larger sized option is shown below. Made in the same fashion, this piece measures 83" wide x 31.5" deep x 39" high, (outside dimensions). I am fond of the clean lines and simple geometry of this furniture. Those qualities make them Most Excellent candidates for use in either a traditional or contemporary interior setting.

Lona Design is the creation of interior designer Katherine Newman, and architect Peter Cebulak. It was born through an ongoing search for pieces that would correctly reflect their aesthetic philosophy, and fit harmoniously into the environments they create. The furniture emphasizes the presentation of form and material, as opposed to ornamentation for its own sake. The complexity of the design is intentionally restrained, and limited to expression in the combination of materials - the use of inlays, for instance, and in the shape of the pieces. The furniture has a sound sense of permanence, and expresses a fine balance between the craftsmanship and patina finishes of the past, and the simplified silhouettes demanded by the present.

A diverse range of vernaculars variously inspires the pieces: 18th century English furniture, oriental pieces, shaker style, and the French and Danish furniture of the 1930's and '40's. All pieces are made of finest quality woods, such as mahogany, walnut, satinwood, rosewood, sycamore, ebony and teak. Traditional French polish is standard, even on the most contemporary forms. Specialty paint finishes are also available, as are custom finishes defined by the purchasing designer.