IDS15 summary…

After a hectic 5 days exhibiting at IDS15, I can say it was cool to be able to discuss my new chair design with so many people. The feedback and interest the lounge chair received was much higher than my expectations. The design is so new that I literally had no time before IDS15 to determine its wide acceptance. So IDS15 was it!

Everything went smoothly at the show. This is my second year exhibiting in the Studio North area of IDS15 so the anxiety level has diminished considerably. A considerable number of people sat on the chairs and their first words were usually ” it’s so comfortable”. Other comments include “the angles of the seat and back are great”, “the chair is not inclined too far back”, “seating is firm”, etc.

I had some very good news yesterday, so excited about where this will lead. Baron Magazine picked my aXial Lounge Chair as one of the Top 10 Product Designs at IDS15. Article with photos here:

http://baronmag.ca/2015/01/top-10-products-from-the-interior-design-show-2015-toronto/

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IDS15 Studio North this week…

Studio North..an area of IDS15 set aside for emerging Canadian designers. The exhibitors in this area are juried and I am excited to be a part of it. This is my second year in Studio North and I will be introducing the newly designed aXial lounge chair. Last year I introduced the Nuovo Console Tables. Have to say I truly enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to talk to fellow designers, the interior designer community and the public. The time flew at IDS14, I expect IDS15 to be a whirlwind time!  Some marketing items I am bringing with me this year.Booth SN35 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center Jan 22-25. Follow me at Twitter  @pirollodesign for regular show updates!

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aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair

The new aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair I will be introducing at IDS15 in Toronto from Jan. 22-25. It is a contemporary styled hi-back lounge chair which features a unique X-pattern frame. The innovative X-pattern frame eliminates the need for rails and stretchers creating a modern aesthetic in a refined, sleek appearance. The Canadian designed + handcrafted aXial lounge chair will be available in a variety of woods including walnut, maple, birch, cherry and ash. Seat and back upholstery is available in selection of fabrics or top grain leather in a large selection of colors. Shown is a solid walnut chair with top grain white Italian leather seat and back.

Dimensions: 38 in. H x 27 in. D x 22 in. W

Photo: Marc Lavoie – marclavoiephoto.com

aXial Hi-Back Lounge Chair

Console Table – Apple

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ConsoleTableAppleCherry(MarcLavoie-1)Uniquely designed wood and steel console table. Steel and wood are combined to create a modern, contemporary look. A unique, minimal design creates a narrow profile through the use of two legs instead of four. The feet, lower stretcher and top are shaped out of solid maple. Other woods available are cherry, mahogany, ash, walnut. The laminated wood top incorporates an under bevel along its edges for a streamlined effect. The frame is environmentally friendly powder-coated steel. Black powder-coated steel legs contrast nicely with the wood and laminate top. Surfaces are hand scraped and formed. Meticulous attention is provided to both detail and finishing. The table is available as either a smaller console table or a larger hall table. The wood is not stained and maintains its light, natural color over time. This console table is finished with multiple coats of thinned UV resistant polyurethane, polished and waxed.

30 in. H, 45 in. W, 12 in. D
Photos: Marc Lavoie – marclavoiephoto.com

aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair (Ash)

A glimpse of the new aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair I will be introducing at IDS15 in Toronto from Jan. 22-25. It is a contemporary styled hi-back lounge chair which features a unique X-pattern frame. The innovative X-pattern frame eliminates the need for rails and stretchers creating a modern aesthetic in a refined, sleek appearance. The Canadian designed + handcrafted aXial lounge chair will be available in a variety of woods including walnut, maple, birch, cherry and ash. Seat and back upholstery is available in selection of fabrics or top grain leather in a large selection of colors. Shown is a solid walnut chair with top grain white Italian leather seat and back.

Dimensions: 38 in. H x 27 in. D x 22 in. W

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© Photo: Marc Lavoie Photography

aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair (Birch)

Contemporary styled hi-back lounge chair features a unique X-pattern frame. The innovative X-pattern frame eliminates the need for rails and stretchers creating a modern aesthetic in a refined, sleek appearance. The Canadian designed + handcrafted aXial lounge chair is available in a variety of woods including walnut, maple, cherry, birch and ash. Seat and back upholstery is available in either a fabric or top grain leather in a large selection of shades. Shown is a solid birch chair with top grain white Italian leather seat and back.

Dimensions: 38 in. H x 27 in. D x 22 in. W

aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair

Photos: Marc Lavoie – marclavoiephoto.com

aXial Hi-back Lounge Chair (Walnut)

Contemporary styled hi-back lounge chair features a unique X-pattern frame. The innovative X-pattern frame eliminates the need for rails and stretchers creating a modern aesthetic in a refined, sleek appearance.  The Canadian designed + handcrafted aXial lounge chair is available in a variety of woods including walnut, maple, birch, cherry and ash. Seat and back upholstery is available in either a fabric or top grain leather in a large selection of shades. Shown is a solid walnut chair with top grain white Italian leather seat and back.

Dimensions: 38 in. H x 27 in. D x 22 in. W

aXial Hi-back Lounge chair

aXial Hi-back Lounge chair

Photos: Marc Lavoie – marclavoiephoto.com

Lounge chair prototypes with lightening holes…

I’ve been steadily working on the development of a new series of lounge chairs. These lounge chairs have unique design characteristics which have involved considerable design and development to get right. I am glad to say that the production version is currently having finish applied and I’m pleased with the design.

Design considerations such as rigidity, strength, ergonomic concerns, aesthetic criteria and contemporary design have all come together in this lounge chair. Early prototypes can be seen in this photo. The design has since evolved and become more refined. The series of prototypes were essentially mules to be able to test for optimum seating heights,, depths, angle, etc.

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