The Offi Mag Table. I love this table/bench/desk. As everyone who reads this blog knows, I love things that are practical, and are good for more than one thing. The Mag Table is good for several things. Designed by Eric Pfeiffer for Offi & Company, this unassuming piece of furniture can be used as a side table + magazine holder, bench, or laptop perch. I assume (I might be wrong) the latter was more of an afterthought. This might be the perfect bedside table…but who wants to put this somewhere no one can see it?
Monthly archive for April 2012
In their home in the Netherlands, Laura and Bob have worked to create a “bright, bold, and warm” home for their children that inspires, and blends each of their personalities under one roof (no small task with four children). The childrens’ spaces are uniquely their own, while the shared spaces reflect a little of everyone. It is these shared spaces that I most appreciate. While this home has private spaces where the family members can retreat to places of their own, there is also provision for family communal areas. I love the idea of spaces within a home that not only support group activity, but encourages it. A place where people can “run into each other” in a sense. Life can get pretty busy around our home, I think it is essential we have areas that help welcome us back together again when everyone is home. I am not sure what to call Laura and Bob’s style, other than colorful, but I think works perfectly.
When they began the process of remodeling their home, it was important to Lisa & Jacob Mannheimer to preserve the original character of the building, dating from the 1950′s. That meant undoing some of the renovations made in the 70′s and 80′s (like shag carpet). Wall were painted white to highlight original features, and the original floors were sanded and oiled. According to Lisa, the layout was relatively modern and worth keeping, except for the kitchen. With a desire to make the kitchen the center of the home, a few walls and an extra dining room were removed to allow the tiny kitchen room to grow, and a fireplace was added. Overall the house has a simple and comfortable feel, while managing to avoid feeling completely finishes, just as Lisa hoped.
I apologize to everyone for the lack of posts last week, it was a busy week of traveling to and from Chicago for work, with hardly any down time. I had one night with some time to explore and I had to pay my first visit to one of my all time favorite buildings, The John Hancock Building. The weather turned out beautiful all week so the views were amazing. I didn’t bring my camera on this trip (of course), so the only photos I took were a few with my phone. It was a great trip, but I am excited to get back in the action now that I’m home again.