July 11, 2014


CalligarisChair1Calligaris is well known for their innovative and design-forward dining furniture. As the company grows to conquer other rooms in your home, they continue to put their unique stamp on every piece. One of the newest designs is the Lazy chair and ottoman.


Organic forms pair with soft cushions to provide the rare combination of looks and comfort.

Calligaris Chair 2

The chair and ottoman are available in a variety of fabrics and leathers, with base options as well. The familiar shape (think Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair) is given new life, and being lazy has never looked so good!


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Source: Calligaris

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July 10, 2014

The Layers Cloud Chair

CloudChairThe Dutch designer Richard Hutten presents the new innovative “Layers Cloud” Chair in the Kvadrat’s Divina exhibition. “I wanted the design to be about the textile,” said Hutten. “Rather than using the material as a cover, I created an object with the material.” The chair is created entirely from Kvadrat’s multicolored Divina fabric and it was an “inspirazione” mainly by rock pigments at the Painted Desert in Arizona.

The seat is made out of 100 diverse shades of material, which gives it an outstandingly intriguing visual and natural composition. The comfortable seat is manufactured from a “whopping 545 stacked layers”.


The fabrication mechanism of the Layers Cloud chair follows an accurate process starting with the drawing of each single layer, then continuing on with the cutting out technique by commonly using the “computer numerical control machine” (CNC) and last but not least assemble them by hand.


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July 09, 2014

2014 Summer Warehouse Sale-
Saturday, July 19th

SWS Ophelia BedIt’s that time again! The Hold It warehouse is FULL and ready for a Summertime sprucing, making it the best time to come down and see what great discounts we can offer on all of our favorite contemporary designs. This is our largest sale of the season where you can save up to 60% on discontinued, slightly damaged, and returned items. We are also clearing out a selection of area rugs as well as some statement-making artwork at great discounts.

Saturday, July 19th, grab a friend and make your way to the Hold It warehouse, 7700 Ronson Road, Suite 101, in Kearney Mesa. Doors are open 8am-3pm. We can’t wait to see you there!



SWS Ares

SWS Versailes  MUST BE B&WSWS  Gaultier Oval


SWS  Avalon


SWS  Trica NSSWS Mirage SWS AxelSWS  Barcelona BenchSWS Ryan Coffee TableSWS  Nuevo CabinetSWS  Kuka  ChesterfieldSWS  Gaultier Coffee BlackSWS Trica BED


Disclaimer: Items show represent a small sampling of items available. Quantities are limited and available on a first come first served basis.


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July 08, 2014

Go Custom

pray houseBack in 2008, when San Diego architect Jonathan Segal unveiled plans to develop a tiny 50-by-200-foot lot at India and Fir, there was a chance that it would force Little Italy’s oldest home to move to Sherman Heights. Luckily, that never happened. The A.W. Pray House, a Gothic Victorian built in 1888, stayed on the block after all.

Final plans for The Q, a 7-story mixed-use development, called for the house to be relocated from its original location on the Kettner Blvd side of the block to its current site on India Street. It underwent a massive restoration and was designated a historical landmark.

Local entrepreneur Ruth Melero fell in love with the house and opened her first upscale clothing store, Melero Boutique & Gallery, in December 2009. Since then, you might say that the house has remained one of the cutest landmarks in Little Italy.

Now, the little old house is in for something new once again. Melero plans to relaunch the space as an intimate wine tasting room called M Winehouse. She wants it to be reminiscent of the old cafes she’s seen while traveling around the world, with a classic interior to complement the age of the house.

Look for M Winehouse to open by the end of the year.


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Source: San Diego Streets

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July 05, 2014

Bistro Eiffel Tower

Eiffle2A red Eiffel Tower built of Bistro Chairs stands in Paris in celebration of the 125th birthday of both the Fermob Bistro Chair and the Eiffel Tower. The Bistro Tower is composed of 324 chairs and stands over 40ft tall. The Tower will remain on the Champ de Mars until July 9th. The Bistro Chair was first introduced in Paris in 1889. These iconic folding chairs were brought inside at the end of each day to allow the lemonade sellers to avoid paying tax for a permanent space on the sidewalk.


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Source: Fermob

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July 04, 2014

Pirate Ship CT Scanner

PirateShipThe Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian recently installed a new CT scanner in their radiology testing room. What separates the machine from others of its kind is that it is designed in the likeness of a pirate ship.

The children’s hospital worked with GE to both design and install the scanner. The lively, colorful center, inspired by the high seas, is a natural fit for imaginative children who are more eager to play than go to a hospital for medical imaging. The design has already proven to be a hit with the children, and, interestingly, the older patients, ages 17 to 21, ask for the pirate scanner, too.


The scanner’s design soothes the patients’ nerves, decreasing the uneasiness that goes along with visits to a hospital and having medical testing done. In addition to its youthful and lighthearted appeal, the new scanner is safer by delivering a lower dose of radiation than the previous model.


Submitted by Caity

Source: My Modern Met

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July 03, 2014

Floating School

Floating School100,000 people live in an old fishing village in Makoko, Nigeria in homes built on stilts. The village is constantly battered by floods because of the heavy rains and high seas. The area has become so dangerous that the government has forcibly cleared parts of it. Like many homes, the primary school is vulnerable to the constant flooding.

Kunle Adeyemi, a Nigerian architect, had an idea. It would be an ambitious project – create a school that could adapt to the constantly changing environment. His solution was a school that floats on water.

The Makoko Floating School, made to serve 100 elementary school students, is now currently under construction. The unique, three-story architectural structure, built as a triangular prism, is intended to float on water with a base made of 256 plastic drums. It’s built with locally sourced wood and solar panels will provide the electricity.

While this first generation of floating buildings was designed solely as an educational center, the project is opening a new chapter in architectural design that can be applied to a variety of facilities for poor communities just like Makoko.


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Source: MyModernMet

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June 27, 2014

Rare Form Opening

RareFormHere’s your first peek inside the freshly-minted Rare Form, which swung open its doors last week in the East Village.


The latest from CH Projects is a handsome deli-meets-bar that shares a Petco Park-adjacent address with a new Stone Brewing Tap Room; Rare Form occupies the street level of their 2,700-square-foot space while a separate, tropical drink-centric bar will be installed on the building’s rooftop and debut later this summer.


The deliberately intricate and intellectually stimulating décor includes experimental design elements that Consortium Holdings has become distinctly known for. The menu, served from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., by exec chef Aldo Negrete runs from salads and soups to sandwiches stuffed with porchetta, house-smoked pastrami and chicken schnitzel.


Submitted by Caity

Source: The Eater-San Diego

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June 26, 2014

Let’s Sit and Talk by Marie Khouri

khouri1Sculptor Marie Khouri is currently on display at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. The exposition features her newest work titled, “Let’s Sit and Talk.”

Born in Egypt then raised in Lebanon, Khouri’s work is deeply symbolic and springs from a place nurtured both by classical training and historical events. An artist who’s childhood is khouri4scarred by civil war, Contemporist says, ” [Khouri's] sculptures blend and extend metaphors of language, form and the body to propose an inextricable link – both political and personal – to a life deeply affected by the complex histories of the Middle East; and it is from these histories that her most evocative works emerge, rooted in a profound sense of dislocation and a search for a greater sense of place.” 

khouri3This intricate seating arrangement is unique in several ways, from it’s technique to it’s meticulous layout which, from above, elegantly spells out it’s own name in Arabic. “The individual letters have carved-away alcoves and curves designed to comfortably cradle the human body while the forms themselves mimic those of a reclining figure, allowing for the development of symbiotic relationship between the physical body and the symbolic figure of the sculpture.” Part of this deep, cultural symbolism is derived from what is called Mashrabiya, carved wooden screens used for privacy between the inside and outside world in traditional Arabic homes. While the script employs a dynamic structure for the set, the Mashrabiya incorporates delicate designs within the sturdy framing.

“Within this highly sophisticated material, her timeless forms remain firmly situated in the contemporary moment. As the flowing khouri2arabesque-like shapes and minimalist material impulses unfold, so does the whole of the piece.” Each sculpture is hand crafted and intense in it’s own right. The creation employs both the traditional and the modern to produce a set that is purely it’s own and sends a direct message: Let’s Sit and Talk.


Submitted by Coco

Source: Contemporist

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June 25, 2014

Polished Stainless Steel vs. Chrome Plating

Finishing1Stainless steel polishing and grinding is known as one of the most difficult projects. This is because most stainless steel polishing requires a mirror-like finish devoid of even the slightest of scratches or pinholes. The polishing process usually consists of 3 to 7 (or more) process depending on where you start from. The polishing wheel, cotton wheel, non-woven wheel, and polishing paste are materials commonly used for polishing. The hard and tough polishing wheel is used in first stage and then the softer cotton wheels.

The cold stainless steel is rolled, softened and descaled. It then receives a final light pass on polished rolls known as a ‘pinch pass’. The steel remains gray in appearance, but the final pass on polished rolls produces a smoother, brighter surface. Check out this video showing an example of the process.

Chrome is slang for Chromium, one of the 92 naturally occurring chemical elements. Chrome is a metal, but it is not useful as a solid, pure substance.

Finishing2Things are never made of solid chrome. The bulk of the object is usually steel but sometimes it can be aluminum, brass, copper, plastic, or stainless steel. When you hear that something is chrome, what it really means is that it is a thin layer of chrome (a plating of chrome) on the object. Decorative chrome plating is sometimes called nickel-chrome plating because it always involves electroplating nickel onto the object before plating the chrome (it sometimes also involves electroplating copper onto the object before the nickel, too). The nickel plating provides the smoothness, much of the corrosion resistance, and most of the reflectivity. The chrome plating is exceptionally thin, measured in millionths of an inch rather than in thousandths.

Finishing3A cause of confusion is the fact that people may tend to describe any shiny finish as “chrome” even when it really has nothing to do with chromium. For example, brightly polished aluminum motorcycle parts, electro-polished stainless steel boat rigging, vacuum metallized Mylar balloons and helmets, semi-shiny painted wheels, and nickel plated oven racks are sometimes called ‘chrome’ by the lay person. Now, chrome is always applied by electro-plating, it is never melted onto parts in the fashion of chocolate on strawberries, sprayed on like paint, or applied in any other way than by electroplating. Note that everything that is somewhat reflective is not necessarily real chrome plating. Indeed it’s not always easy to tell real chrome plating from other finishes if the parts are not side by side.



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Source: Finishing

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