Archive for February, 2011

Save During Our Spring Poltrona Frau Sale

February 25, 2011

Invest Wisely … The Knoll Classics Sale

February 23, 2011

Sitting Sculpture

February 22, 2011

When choosing a chair, why not consider a piece of sculpture?

Bertoia Sculptures

Impractical?  Not when you consider the inspiration.  None of the above sculptures were intended to function as chairs.  Rather, Harry Bertoia drew on this sculptural talent when he designed a series of iconic chairs for Knoll in the 1950’s.

Bertoia Chairs for Knoll

Aha!  A sculptor’s art yields seating function!

“I appreciate a slight yield, lightness of weight, some motion if possible, because in moving about, the human body determines… the comfort and the measurements of its environment… there are certain motions we go through – we like to lean back, like to toss things – and if the chair’s adaptable it responds and it’s almost like wearing a comfortable coat; you really don’t know you have it on.” – Harry Bertoia

This innovative classic allows you to add functional art to your indoor or outdoor space.  You choose:  keep it plain to accentuate the form, add padding to the seat or back to enhance your comfort, even add a Rislan coating to the wire for color or so that you may use it outdoors!

It bears mentioning that only Knoll manufactures Bertoia by license.  Be aware, there are cheap imitations everywhere!  Why should you know the difference? So that you can make an informed selection.

Only the chairs produced by Knoll are faithful to the original design.  In fact, you can find early Knoll Bertoias that are over 50 years old, have stood up to daily use, and still are in great condition!  These vintage originals are prized and often command a price higher than the buyer originally paid.

Unlike cheap knockoffs, the Knoll welds are expertly clean.  The stock is not too thick, nor does Knoll need to run two pieces of wire around the outer frame to make the chair strong enough (a common and disgusting offense to the fluidity of the chair’s single sinuous wire design).  I mean, come on … Bertoia was a sculptor after all (Tulsa has its own Bertoia sculpture, do you know where?).  Just look at a few of his sonambulent sculptures.

Proper wire gauge is as important to making these beauties sing as it is to forming a chair-as-sculpture — let’s just agree to trust Harry on this.

At the end, Knoll Bertoias are of the highest quality and are true to the beauty of the sculptor’s original intent so that they please your eye, add a spark to your home, and stand the test of time … the best measure of value!

Knoll Classic Platner Armchair

February 19, 2011

Platner armchair in left foreground of photo

The classics never go out of style.  Knoll is known for its superior quality production of classic furniture icons.  Warren Platner’s armchair fits beautifully into this recent shoot for Elle Decor (Jan 2011).  Now SR Hughes is pleased to announce the Knoll Classics Sale from Feb 28 – Mar 3, 2012.

Platner chair and table grace this airy space

The Platner series includes dining and coffee tables in addition to dining and lounge chairs.  Let us help you choose the finish and fabrics to help you take it up a notch in your own home.  Browse online or better yet stop into the showroom and we’ll help you catch a classic during the sale.

The Knoll Classics Sale includes products designed by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Florence Knoll, Warren Platner, Jens Risom, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Eero Saarinen.

Tom Dixon Wings Top Ten

February 17, 2011

Nanjoo Joung stands with Tom Dixon Wing Chair

Published in Elle Decor Jan 2011 issue.  “Consider this the brassy, outspoken, attention-demanding element in a space,” says Tanksley of this 50″-tall piece.  “It has the formality of an upright chair, but irreverently so.”  The craftsmanship is top-notch, he notes, particularly on a complex frame.  It deserves a stage of its own:  “This is a living room’s exclamation point.”

It’s always nice to be called out in the top!  You can familiarize yourself with many of Tom Dixon’s exciting lighting and furniture designs right here in the SR Hughes Showroom.  Come visit us to learn more!

How do I love you? Let me count the ways…..

February 14, 2011

Saarinen, how do I love you let me count the ways……..

1. Crisp, Clean and Classic– white laminate top, white base…60″diameter and ready to seat six?

2.  Rich and warm with a wood top?  Pearwood, Rosewood, Ebonized many choices, so much to love.

3.  As a chameleon with elegant beauty able to mix into any home with any chair anytime?

4.  Small, smart and hip– great as a breakfast, game or occasional table?


5.  Oval?  Ohhhhhhh yes an Oval that is 78″ or 96″ and can easily solve the problem of wanting to sit eight.

6.  On sale?   Knoll Classics Sale February 28th – March 3rd at SR Hughes

It’s definitely love this Valentine’s Day.

Looking Ahead

February 13, 2011

It’s all too true…..because of the snowy weather we are spending some forced time in front of the fireplace or behind the snow shovel. But never fear, soon enough these days of endless television, Facebook, bored kids and refrigerator raids will be replaced with Tulsa’s beautiful spring and “oh so hot” summer.

Yes, it’s hard to imagine that the swimsuit will soon replace the parka. Time on the sofa will turn into time outside and along with that comes the migration to the pool and the deck.

So….take a quick inventory of your patio furnishings. Your outdoor area won’t be very inviting if you are spending time on some less than stellar, weather beaten chairs and loungers.

Now is the time to check out the exciting lines of outdoor furniture that will be featured at SR Hughes. Come into the showroom or check us out online. MamaGreen, Alias, Paola Lenti and Kartell are a few of the companies with fun, sturdy and great looking pieces that will add lots of comfort and clean, cool design style to your outdoor living spaces.

If you want the ideal set up for enjoying some quality time outside, let us help you choose the loungers, chairs, tables and sunshades that will transform your green space into a “dream space”.

Don’t just imagine better weather…..take the next step and make a plan! Placing your order now will guarantee delivery in plenty of time.

Barcelona: A Classic Fit for a Queen and now ON SALE at SR Hughes

February 9, 2011

Classic: adj. something that is a perfect example of a particular style; something of lasting worth with a timeless quality.

Yes, it is a perfect example of a particular style.

Lasting? I’d have to say Ole! Mies van der Rohe collaborated with Lily Reich to design the Barcelona Chair to be used in the pavilion of the 1929 Barcelona World Arts Fair. It was their interpretation of the folding chair used by Egyptian royalty and the Roman foot stool that became the throne for the King and Queen of Spain and other royalty during the fair. Today, along with more than 40 other Knoll products, the Barcelona chair is in the permanent collection at MOMA due to its pure composition which came to epitomize Modern architecture.

Timeless quality? Absolutely! You can choose this handwelted beauty in any color of leather to suit your style.

Truth is, everyone likes to be queen for a day. So, come visit SR Hughes at Center 1 3410 S Peoria Ave #100 Tulsa, Oklahoma during the Knoll Classics Sale September 23rd-October 1, 2011 and see what suits your style.

Snowy days are perfect for Outdoor Living Design

February 9, 2011

Baby it’s cold outside and we want to stay indoors!  This winter weather has me daydreaming about warmer days lounging in the sun and entertaining outside.

Being a “list girl” means I get tremendous satisfaction by checking things off said list, so naturally I’ve added “budget and plan outdoor space” to my page.   Such a great indoor activity on a cold day that’ll have me outdoors and in my lounge chair on that first nice day of spring!  

I know its natural to start thinking of  what you need to enjoy the great outdoors in March when the first  few warm days arrive.  That is all fine and good, but be ready to settle for whatever is available at the time … and realize that it might not be the best fit.   Maybe you’re patient enough to wait for what you really want so you order it, but you also miss out on the spring fling because your precious cargo won’t arrive until late June!  My guess is that the majority of us are not so patient and we end up buying a quick fix that lasts one season. 

Break the cycle and start now!  We can have you asleep on your lounger in the sun just as the weather warms up.  SR Hughes offers tons of innovative options for living outdoors.  You can shop Alias, Mamagreen, Kartell, and Paola Lenti in the showroom.

If you are looking for something else, another option is to work with our design department and have access to many other lines such as Brown JordanSutherland Teak, Janus et Cie, Richard Schultz and many more.

In either case, now is the time to let us help you imagine that perfect outdoor space so that you’re sitting pretty just as the first blooms arrive and the blowing snow is just a mere memory.

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