Making furniture that gets people talking is one way to create a buzz. At the Winter Furniture Market several weeks ago in Las Vegas, Toobre, BoBo, Christopher Guy, Glassisimo, United Strangers and other manufacturers did just that.
The manufacturers offered steel beams, acrylic faces, targets and even replica body parts that stood out in the crowd of new home furnishings. Just one or two will bring attention to what would otherwise be just a room.
Here are a few of the conversation starters to show where the future of modern furniture is headed..
Toobre’s Acrila face chairs do well with vintage, midcentury modern, classic or contemporary environments. For a chair that always has your back, settle into Christopher Guy’s Lievre. The reclining human figure is carved in blondewood with brass arms.
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One big thumbs up for Alvaro Cuevas’ thumb sculpture for Glassisimo. The Mexican artist has come up with another one-of-a-kind conversation starter.
Another piece of decorative home art was the practice target and bow from United Strangers. This company upcycles old army tents and truck tarps and canvas into furniture and accessories. Perhaps an homage to Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games,” the bow is made of wood, camel leather and hemp.
BoBo Intriguing Objects, which is known for its unusual finds, has branched out into making its own designs. For a sturdy bench, console or tall table, the company repurposed steel I-beams and lacquered them in lipstick red with tops of reclaimed wood. Just know you may need a few neighbors to help move them if you decide to rearrange the furniture.
New Pacific Direct offered the Clovis Cocoon chair. The egg-shaped piece is covered in brass with a chocolate leather interior. It’s an easy spot to hide from all the talkers.
Nourison, the international rug company, turned what is underfoot into something you usually look up to see: the full moon. Its area rug featuring the moon and silhouettes of bare trees from the Twilight Collection is new this market. This showstopper is made of 40 percent wool and 60 percent Luxcelle, a fiber made from cellulose and cotton.