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2 decor for two

As you all know, two recently launched a new brand called Pair (to learn more about Pair see our last blog post). To kick off the introduction of Pair we had a couple events in our space. In order to give people the full effect of what we’re doing over here at two we spent many weeks 2 décor-ing the heck out of our space and we’re pretty proud of it! We’ve had lots of people asking about our accessories, artwork, décor and even our paper plates and wood cutlery. We wanted to take the opportunity to show you what they are and how we used them in our space.

Some of our go to spots lately have been CB2, World Market, Danish Design Store, vintage stores, Treasure Island Flea Market, Walls Need Love, Etsy & Bludot. We always try to source our items locally and support our friends when we can.

Contact lfoster@twofurnish.com for more information about 2 décor. And check out our Pinterest board for more information and links.
 

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Two Presents: Pair

We launched a sister brand, Pair. 

At Pair, we are creating a completely new approach to office furniture design. The collection is intended to be tailorable and lends itself to mass customization. Through collaboration, we want to put the creativity in the hands of our interior design partners. The ability to deliver on a highly personalized solution has a lot to do with our belief that the production needs to be within the United States. This way we can iterate, develop prototypes and produce products. All of which is easier to do when it's happening in your backyard. 

"Mix" Workstations
"Mix" Height Adjustable Workstation

Our industrial design partners, Eric Pfeiffer and Ben Hopkins, are both industry veterans that have an understanding of our market's demand for a nimble and responsible design process. The collaboration has spawned a full line of furniture that includes: height adjustable systems, a power beam, storage, workspace enhancements, and meeting tables. 

We are very excited about the launch of Pair, and all products are ready to be ordered. Please contact us for a private showroom tour. 

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Chairity 2016 is a wrap!

Two weeks ago we had our 2nd annual chairity auction and it was a huge success. Over $8,000 was raised for Project Color Corps with help from the design community and our partners. We will also have the opportunity to help paint a school with the money that was raised. Let us know if you would like to participate by contacting lfoster@twofurnish.com. 

Back in May, we scoured Craigslist, neighborhood streets, vintage stores, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army for interesting chairs with good bones that needed a little extra love. We gave the chairs to randomly selected architecture and design firms for them to re-design. With a little blood, sweat, tears, and help from Kay Chesterfield's pro reupholstering skills, they were transformed into desirable pieces of art and truly beautiful chairs. Check out all of the before and after photos on our Pinterest, and more coverage of the event can be found here

We owe a huge thank you to EQ3 San Francisco for allowing us to use their beautiful space and their equally amazing hospitality! We absolutely love our design community and we could not have done any of this without you!

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Gan Recap

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our event with Gandia Blasco!

For those of you who were not able to make it, we recently had the pleasure of hosting Gandia at our 500 Davis showroom for an evening of tapas, good company, and some creative stitching. We've been showcasing their new "Silai" collection by designer Charlotte Lancelot, who joined us at our event to talk about her line. She explained her creative and technical process and held a workshop in which over 100 designer guests had the opportunity to create their own designs. 

"Silai," which means "small stitches" in Hindi, is calming, unique and inspiring. Charlottes recipe? Oversizing, association of patterns, choice of natural materials and trendy colors. Her collection is made entirely by hand with giant patchwork designs. Check them out the here

Photos of the event can be found at the Gan website

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Clerkenwell Design Week

Last month Katy Baroni and I (Lindsay Foster) set off for the UK to check out Clerkenwell Design Week, tour the Bisley showroom in South Wales, and meet up with our friends and fellow Steelcase dealer Hunts Office. For those who are unfamiliar with Clerkenwell Design Week, CDW has firmly established itself as the UK's leading independent design festival which annually attracts the international design community to the small area of London for three days filled with exciting events. We had a great time, and fortunately for us, the weather was just as amazing as the hospitality. 

Here are some of the highlights from our trip as well as our favorite furniture pieces we saw. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our official Clerkenwell Design Week Recap, and if you ever find yourself in Wales, you need to visit Raglan Castle!

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ICFF 2016 Highlights

Last month the International Contemporary Furniture Fair hit the floors of the Javits Center in New York City, and the two team scoured them to find some of the best new furniture designs. Below are some of our top picks that stood out the most...

Swedish furniture company, Bla Station, showed their "Tronken" chair (below). It's everything you could ever want in a chair. A laptop table? Yep. USB port? Check. An ottoman and a cubby for all of your stuff? Absolutely. Bla Station's "Innovation C" (right) can be used as a work chair with a table surface, or turn yourself 90 degrees and it can become a lounge chair with back support. 

What do you get when you put together two sawhorses and a plank? Flexibility and functionality. The "Hyperion" desk by industrial designer, India Hillis, is sleek and sophisticated. The sawhorses can support a top of any width, which is kept in place with a solid piece of aluminum. Giddyup!

This "Pillowy Bench" by Vancouver-based Hinterland Design is part cushion, part wood, all genius. It can be used as a bench, but is flat enough for your coffee table needs. We like to think of it as a bench table. Or...bable. 

Hello, beautiful. We fell in love with this chair from the moment we laid eyes on it. We wouldn't expect anything less from a man who- before designing furniture- faked his own death on the French Riviera, renovated gilded-age hotels in Poland, and was questioned by the FBI over a misunderstood piece of performance art. These days, you can find Stefan Rurak woodworking his Brooklyn studio. 

Sitting is the new smoking, people. So get a "standing Height Fitness Desk"- Formed's solution to avoiding a sedentary lifestyle. Get in five pull-ups before a conference call. Or just "hang" around while you catch up on emails. 

Check out our team recap of the event here at issuu. 

Thanks for stopping by the 2Blog, and come back soon for our Clerkenwell recap!

 

 

 

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It takes two to tango

This month we paired up with the folks over at Jak. W to create a "Lifestyle Lounge" for Gensler's San Francisco office. The Lifestyle Lounge is their all-hands collaboration space, client presentation area, team meeting zone, and impromptu party spot. They invited Two to curate a space that would inspire creative solutions to address those needs. 

We enlisted the help of Jak. W and carefully selected pieces from Viccarbe, Muuto, Emeco, Arco, Bend, and Kasthall to create a cohesive and purposeful space. 

With final touches from 2d, our new design service, the lifestyle lounge is ready for action. 

A big thanks to Gensler for letting us play in their space and, of course, Jak. W, for making it happen!

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Design for a Higher Cause

It’s that time again! We’re starting to plan for our 2nd annual CHAIR-ity Event! We’re all really excited over here and we’ve been working hard to find perfectly imperfect chairs on Craigslist, yard sales and sidewalks. For those of you who don’t know, last year we put on this really fun event where we gave chairs in need to design firms and let them get creative. We auctioned off the chairs at EQ3 in October to raise money for Project Color Corps. The outcome was amazing and our design community is made up of some really talented and generous folks.

Check out last years page for more information and if you’d like to get inspiration on how you can refurbish a chair of your own, check out our pinterest page. Stay tuned for more info and Save October 13th  for our big party & auction. You won’t want to miss it!

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Bloggin'

We've spent a lot of time looking at design and furniture blogs over the past few years. Here at two, we have some favorites and we wanted to share those with you. If you happen to have any favorites, send them our way via email at lfoster@twofurnish.com and we will be sure to check them out!

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In the works

Have you guys checked out Pfeiffer Lab? Our good friend Eric Pfeiffer and his team have been busy little bees working to create products for a new brand launching late spring.  We’ve gotten a preview of the entire collection and I must say, we’re pretty excited about it. Here is a sneak peak of their newly designed personal trolley.  Keep an eye out for it this spring!

One of the great things about Pfeiffer Lab is that Eric lives and works right here in Oakland. It’s super convenient to drop by his studio on the waterfront in Oakland or to have an informal brainstorming session in our office. It’s not often that you meet someone with such a passion for design not only in their work life but, in every aspect of their life.

Eric's home has also been featured on the Dwell website and it is a stunning Mid-Century gem in the hills of Oakland. You have to go check it out!

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be·spoke /bəˈspōk/

Just the other day, I was putting together some ancillary furniture presentations and one of the description words that came up was Bespoke. It seems nowadays everything is called either bespoke or midcentury modern. If you search Craigslist furniture for sale, literally everything is labeled as one of those two words. I know that it means handcrafted & one of a kind but I felt like I need more info. So I googled it. I love google.  The best definition I found is “made to order”, which makes sense but the images I found to go along with Bespoke are incredible! I mean who wouldn’t want to design their own rug from rainbow sheep or pair of Nikes?

There is also this really cool website called Custom Made where you can commission a talented maker to create your own quality bespoke goods. Check 'em out!

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2d

We have some really exciting things happening over here and this is the perfect time to mention it! Two is launching a décor division called two décor or 2d for short. We’re really excited about 2d and we feel like furniture is awesome but it’s the décor that really MAKES a space. Kinda like jewelry for your furniture. I mean, who doesn’t like jewelry?!

2d is for when the small things matter. When you are looking to source that special something to make your office complete or the larger decorative items for that wow factor- 2d does the trick. Our people work alongside interior designers to find and source objects, antiques and facilitate art installations. We’ve been known for bringing creativity to furniture, and now we are completing the picture.  

If you need to know more, contact us at hello@twofurnish.com

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