Posts Tagged ‘Saarinen’

Knoll Classics Sale

February 28, 2012

Make the most of your space.  Nothing is more timeless than modern design.  For a limited time, take advantage of savings on mid-century modern designs by Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Florence Knoll, Warren Platner, Jens Risom, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen.  Choose from hundreds of fabrics and finishes to acquire a made to order, one of a kind piece.

Define your space with Knoll and invest in Authentic design.

AD Discovers Masters

January 21, 2012

Architectural Digest calls out Kartell’s Masters chair as one of the best in style and design for August 2011.

Fantastic!  Thanks AD!

Indoors or out, these comfortable seats playfully combine three iconic midcentury classics into one elegant sculpture.

Come take a test drive at SR Hughes.  And, through March 19th you can save on Masters and all things Kartell during the Spring Sale!

Make the most of your space with the Knoll Sale!

September 21, 2011

15 % off Knoll Classics 

SR Hughes

3410 S.  Peoria Avenue

Tulsa, Oklahoma


Congenial Company

September 7, 2011

This recent shoot of an apartment in Chicago appears in the August issue of Interior Design Magazine.  The article’s header reads, “Three centuries of art and design keep congenial company in the Chicago apartment of Gensler’s Carlos Martínez.”

If you click the photo above, you’ll get to view a great sideshow of this beautiful apartment.  But, before you go … a few things to note.

Pay attention to the artful of mixing classic modern, contemporary and 19th Century influences (in furniture, in art, and architecture).  It’s a beautiful, elegant, and livable space!

The architectural details have been restored, but it involved removing “decades of fusty upgrades to remove to get back to the 3,000-square-foot apartment’s original interior.”  Now, you can see marvelous details such as the plaster detail on the ceiling … peacefully coexisting with a Mies van der Rohe day bed and Le Corbusier LC2 chair!

The owners have been “collecting art over the past 20 years-the kind of modern and contemporary work most often imagined in stripped-down, crisp white environs. The transition would call for back-to-square-one strategizing and the subtle manipulation of everything from the floor plan to the finishes.”  Certainly, Martinez’s professional life as a designer helps pull this all together seamlessly.

I’ll let you in on a little secret … most of the furniture and lighting could have been sourced right here in Tulsa (hello, SR Hughes)!  Whether you know how to pull it together yourself (you don’t need any design degree) or if you put that trust in a professionally trained eye … SR Hughes works every day with both homeowners and designers alike.  Its easy!  And, wherever you need an extra hand, you can hire the contractor, the art dealer, and everything else you need to pull off your own masterpiece … right here in your own city.

Take a tour through this lovely home and dream a little … then get to work on realizing your own vision … the place you relax in, entertain in, laugh, love, and live in.  Tailor it specifically for you and how you live, then settle in and enjoy living — beautifully!

Be Aware of Imitators

August 12, 2011

Or, as the adage suggests … should we be flattered by them?

Whatever the case, I just say know what you’re buying and why.

Licensed manufacturers of classic designs are often imitated.  On some level, it speaks to the quality of that original idea.  Saarinen’s table is so perfectly proportioned, so extremely elegant … everyone wants in on the game!

The licensed manufacturer of the piece (in the above example Knoll) represents top quality and adherence to the designer’s original intent … nothing tweaked to confound original scale and elegance.  Nothing compromised.

An original idea is sometimes bigger than the way we usually see it.  Corbusier’s foundation reveals that this famous chair was originally conceived in a whole host of colors and finishes. You can break the black and chrome barrier to try your own interpretation but still remain faithful to the original idea…

You can see quality, you can feel it with your hands, it gives you satisfaction every day you live with it.  We want you to have years, even generations, of use and enjoyment!  I can remember a client once telling me that they purchased a pair of Cassina sofas back in the early 1980’s when they lived in Florida.  Two teenage boys and 25 years later when they moved to Tulsa, those sofas went directly into their living room without missing a beat … original upholstery and all!

Does this mean you can’t take home a flea market treasure?  Absolutely not!  Nothing wrong with a bargain.  But, if you cast off purchases (bargains or no) often, maybe you’ve not found your true love, the right fit, the home that truly reflects who you are and how you live.  That fake Barcelona (“Farcelona”) chair is a chunk of your hard-earned dough no matter what you paid for it!  Maybe you’d consider what will stand up to the test of time?

If you’re not sure about it, just go slowly.  Educate yourself about what is out there:  who produces quality, can you customize the piece in ways consistent with the designer’s original idea, is this the right item for my home?  Then proceed with confidence and commitment about what you want — you’ll discard less and love more as these decisions age gracefully over time in your beautiful home.

SR Hughes showroom is the only place in Oklahoma for original designs from the Modern masters as well as the best in contemporary furniture design today.  Visit us today and we’ll help you express your original style!

From Feb 28th – March 3rd, save on authorized classics from Knoll like the Saarinen table in this post!

Bertoia and Saarinen meet @ SR Hughes

May 31, 2011

Most of our iconic furniture designs were created during and before 1950s and 1960s, yet still in our modern age are regarded as iconic, elegant, and unique.

During the SR Hughes sale we will have iconic pieces that every mid-century collector wants and needs. 

“The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.”  Harry Bertoia

Come down to SR Hughes June3-5 and do some LIVING! 

Pictured:  54″ Saarinen dining table with Pearwood top, Bertoia side chairs with back and seat pads.



Invest Wisely … The Knoll Classics Sale

February 23, 2011

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.

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.

A Bit of the Whole of Well Known Knoll

October 4, 2010

Knoll has been crafting intelligently designed furniture since its founding 72 years ago and has become one of the world’s leaders in the design industry. Mies van der Rohe’s tufted Barcelona chair, Warren Platner’s sculpted wire table collection, and Marcel Breuer’s eleather strapped Wassily chair. These are a few of the widely recognizable, award winning pieces that have not only made their way into museum collections but are exclusively manufactured by Knoll.

Hans Knoll was influenced in his youth by his father’s furniture production business. It must run in the genes. Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had a few blueprints straight from Bauhaus School for Hans’ father, Walter, who diligently produced prototypes for these legends of design.

Hans Knoll was eventually to leave Germany and land in the Big Apple where he would found Knoll Furniture in 1938. By ’46 Hans married his three year working companion, the brilliant and beautiful Florence Schust. A well schooled architect with good connections, Florence would prove to be an invaluable business partner. The same year they married Knoll Associates was incorporated. Their years together were spent building the company’s reputation by specifically combining the fields of architecture and furniture production. Who else but an architect could design furniture that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and moreover, built to last like buildings?

After the sudden death of Hans Knoll in 1955, Florence took the helm of the company and continued her work with some of the most influential architects of the 20th century, including Eero Saarinen (pictured above with Florence). The genius who would design the Saint Louis Gateway Arch had a remarkable influence at Knoll with the creation of the Tulip chairs, a series of round and oval tables, and the iconic womb chair.

Florence Knoll won many awards with her own designs thus proving that the Knoll brand was truly in good hands. Knoll operates and manufactures still to this day in America and is represented in dealerships around the world. Knoll’s commitment to innovation propels the company forward and its firm belief in the preservation of classic modern design makes Knoll one of our favorites.

For more of the Knoll story, interviews, history and an unprecedented look inside the Knoll philosophy check out the Rizzoli published Knoll: A Modernist Universe.

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