CIRCA WHAT: Buri is a type of palm tree that grows in abundance in the arid regions of the world. The dried leaves are removed and used for other products such as hats and fans. The hard rib is split with a sharp knife. The ribbon makes a strong, flexible fiber material. First discovered buried with pharaohs in ancient Egypt, wicker is an ancient craft that uses raw .
Dreaming of palm trees and sandy beaches yet? October 30th brought with it a few inches of snow to Boston so sunshine and warm weather are on my mind for sure! I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Palm Beach for work. Since childhood, I’ve spent most Spring Breaks in Siesta Key, Florida on the west coast so I consider that my home away from .
Henry Olko, who has a master’s in architecture, was a furniture maker for more than 30 years. The little-known American furniture designer Henry Olko often worked with pliable bamboo, willow, rattan, and leather-wraps. The vintage circa 1970s sculptural, was the President of Two furniture and architect companies: Henry olko Inc. and Willow & Reed Inc.
Betty Cobonpue is a Philippines-based designer, who in the 1980s created a line of furniture called Scultura. Cobonpue has described her design sensibility with a simple mantra: “No hard edges.” In her work, lines flow smoothly through the entire piece. She often includes decorative embellishments such as leaf patterns and scalloped edges. Unlike contemporary furniture that is woven, Cobonpue’s furniture is made from thin pieces of rattan vine, meticulously .
Gabriella Crespi, a Milanese designer, best known for her sculptural furniture designs of the 1960s and 1970s. She issued her first line, the “Small Lune” collection, in the 1950s. Crespi studied at the Polytechnic in Milan, where she garnered a fascination with the seminal work of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Crespi’s life was an inspiring story of self-reinvention, one that included a 20-year spiritual sojourn in the .
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