Design Wire – December 2012

DESIGN WIRE – December 2012
By Joe Hebert

Furniturea recently unveiled a new addition to their 75 Market Street showroom in the form of Gus Modern upholstered furniture. This addition comes in response to their customers’ interest in upholstery, chairs, sofas, and sectionals. Gus Modern’s design mentality mirrors Furniturea’s vision of simple forms and honest materials combined into pieces of industrial elegance. This allows Furniturea to offer full room settings for bedroom, dining, and living spaces.

The artistic staff at Portland’s Casco Bay Frames continued their 2011 role as framers of the Indie Biz Awards presented by Portland Buy Local. The five Casco Bay framers—Michael Argondizza, James Barner, Michael Fraser, Holly Karolkowski, and Laurel Lopez—had the opportunity to design and build the 2012 pieces from start to finish. This year, the framed award pieces included elements such as glazed doughnuts, the Italian flag, and trail maps. The 10 framed awards were presented on October 3 at One Longfellow Square.

Designed by Sherwood Hamill, cofounder of angela adams, and handcrafted in Portland, the Origami dining table joins the already released Origami coffee and end tables. The table is constructed of solid wood and is available in cherry, walnut, or white oak, in a natural, sand, or roast finish. The various tables are of a minimalist solid wood design with simple geometrics.

Created in 1987 by Cynthia Thompson, MFA, Transformit designs produces and installs large interior fabric installations. Through a partnership with the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Ocean Gateway terminal now features a display of Transformit’s large-scale double- and triple-stacked Dazzles, single Dazzles, and Morning Glories. The terminal is used by cruise ships visiting Portland. Thompson explains, “The impression I want to give is [that Maine is] a place of beauty, and here is a big ‘wow!’ when passengers come in.”