A Pioneering German Brand Spanning 150 Years of Design
(New York, NY – October 2012) M2L is pleased to announce that it is the key distributor for Gebrüder T 1819 in the United States. Established by Michael Thonet in 1819, the Gebrüder brand spans 150 years of revolutionary design and innovation – from famous bentwood furniture and tubular steel classics from the Bauhaus era to modern designs from renowned contemporary architects and designers. All Gebrüder T 1819 designs are licensed and authorized by the original Thonet family in Germany and are now available in the U.S. market through M2L’s three showrooms – in New York, Boston and DC – and online at www.M2L.com.
Gebrüder is one of the oldest family-owned brands in the world with deep roots as an international leader in modern design. Established in 1819 by Michael Thonet – who invented mass-produced bentwood furniture and designed the famous Vienna coffee house chair – the German company is responsible for many breakthroughs in production and design that revolutionized the furniture industry. Most notably, in the 1920s, the family became strongly involved in the development and first industrial production of tubular steel furniture, working with famous designers connected to the Bauhaus including Mart Stam, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbousier. The company is currently run by the 5th generation of Thonets and continues to produce modern and elegant furniture.
“I’m honored to be a part of the North American rebranding of this historical company,” says Michael Manes, founder of M2L. “It has an unparalleled design history and fits perfectly into our mission of presenting fresh, iconic, timeless, modern design to the architecture and design community.”
Highlights of the Gebrüder T 1819 collection include:
214 (1859) – the most famous coffee house chair designed by Michael Thonet using a new bentwood technique that he developed. The chair is available with an open, upholstered, or woven cane back and molded plywood, woven cane, or upholstered seat. It is also available with a special “knot” in the right front leg (214 K).
S 33 (1926) – the original cantilever chair that first appeared in the Weissenhof-Siedlung in Stuttgart in 1927. It was designed by Mart Stam who developed the principle of cantilevering chairs by experimenting with gas pipes connected with flanges. Its clear form is made of chrome-plated tubular steel with armrests in solid beech or black elastomer and back and seat in butt leather or plastic mesh. The chair is also available in an armrest version (S 34).
S 533 (1927) – a timeless cantilever chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with elegant lines and a transparent effect. Its special comfort is derived from the signature curve of the bowed front part of the tubular steel frame. The seat and backrest are made of wicker. It was also first presented in the Weissenhof-Siedlung in 1927.
S 32 (1929) – an iconic cantilever chair designed by Marcel Breuer during his productive years in Berlin (after leaving the Bauhaus and working as an independent architect and designer). The chair is celebrated for its sophisticated form and attractive combination of tubular steel, wood and wicker. It is also available in an armchair version (S 64) and with lining in plastic mesh or upholstery.
S 43 (1931) – a versatile cantilever chair designed by Mart Stam whose clear, reserved form exemplifies the spirit of modernism. A chrome-plated tubular steel frame combines with molded plywood shells for the seat and back to create an absolute reduction. The beech wood shells come in a stained, lacquered or textured finish in 11 colors, or upholstered in leather or fabric. The chair is also available in a stackable or children’s version and with or without armrests.
130 (2010) – a modern wooden chair designed by Naoto Fukasawa with a comfortable backrest and ergonomically shaped seat resting on its frame. The frame is made of solid wood while the molded plywood seat and backrest are available in natural oak or beech. The 130 chair coordinates with the 1130 table.
405 (2011) – a striking wooden chair designed by Stefan Diez that pays homage to the company's bentwood heritage. Bent chair legs and armrests merge into a “knot,” embedded beneath the ergonomically shaped seat. The elegantly curved wooden elements in molded plywood and laminate wood stand in beautiful contrast to the vibrant upholstery. It is also available in a comfortable low lounge armchair (406).
580 (2011) – a pure and elegant chair designed by Claudio Bellini, characterized by a backrest that seamlessly flows into the flush mounted seat and delicate legs that curve inwards. The four-leg frame is available in oak, beech or walnut with leather or fabric upholstery in a range of 10 colors. The chair is also available with beautifully designed armrests and a coordinating table (1580).
107 (2011) – a solid wood chair designed by Robert Stadler with a striking offset backrest. It is particularly suited for restaurants and cafes due to its elegance, stability and lightness, continuing the company’s successful café and bistro furniture tradition. The molded plywood seat and backrest are offered in natural or stained beech and with or without an upholstered seat.
190 (2012) – a new chair designed by Lievore Altherr Molina with a young and informal appearance. It is characterized by conic wooden legs that taper towards the top to create a dynamic lightness. The four-leg frame is made of solid oiled oak or nut wood with an upholstered seat and backrest in leather or fabric. A coordinating table (1190) is available in a variety of sizes.
Founded in 1992, M2L has gained an internationally recognized reputation for presenting fresh and iconic modern design solutions to the American A&D community. M2L has introduced a myriad of iconic designers that include: Josef Hoffmann, Eileen Grey, Alvo Aalto, Walter Gropius, Eero Aarino and Pierre Paulin, as well as today's design stars like Paolo Piva, Patrick Norguet, Norman Foster, Eoos, Pearson-Lloyd, Jeff Miller and more. M2L products can be seen on their website as well as their three showrooms: 135 Madison Ave., NYC 10016; 3334 Cady's Alley, Washington DC 20007; and 104 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116. For more information, contact them at 800-319-8222 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.M2L.com" www.M2L.com, HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/M2LGenuineDesign" www.facebook.com/M2LGenuineDesign or HYPERLINK "http://twitter.com/m2linc" http://twitter.com/m2linc.
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Helps Exceed Fundraising Goal in Support of Charity
(New York, NY – September 13, 2012) M2L, a leading distributor of iconic, modern furnishings, is pleased to announce that its guest window at Housing Works – part of the organization's "Best of Fall" charity auctions – exceeded its fundraising goal by more than $1,000. Design lovers placed their bids on the online auction site shophousingworks.com – one coffee table received over 50 bids! – to get a great deal on the latest design icons for the home or office. M2L donated over $16,000 worth of products to benefit the non-profit organization, which were also on view at Housing Works' Columbus Avenue store window, designed by interior designer Jarret Yoshida. The sale closed to the public on September 11th.
According to Michael Manes, president of M2L, "We are so delighted that Housing Works exceeded its goals with the M2L Guest Window. We are indebted to Jarret for designing such a dramatic window and for giving us the opportunity to support Housing Works. We believe in its mission to help those that are homeless and have HIV/AIDS to find housing solutions that work."
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts. For more information, visit www.housingworks.org, www.facebook.com/HousingWorksThrifts or http://twitter.com/HWthrifts
New Seating Lines for a Wired World
(New York, NY – April 2012) Bringing fresh, modern design to the U.S. from around the globe, M2L ( HYPERLINK "http://www.M2L.com"continues to inspire after more than two decades. After attending IMM Cologne in January, M2L is pleased to announce new introductions from its European partners including Artifort, Lapalma, Montis, and Walter Knoll. From a 1950s-inspired luxury armchair to a hi-tech stool inspired by minimalist Scandinavian design, the pieces reveal each company’s unique character while demonstrating M2L’s overarching versatility as a resource to the trade.
Artifort “Reflex Embrace” is a new addition to Toine van den Heuvel’s Reflex sofa system. A high back, available in four heights, creates a private area while the upholstery muffles and softens noise. It is also available with a tablet table, making this sofa the perfect place to concentrate or collaborate.
Lapalma “Miunn” is a stool that draws inspiration from the natural form of the human body. Utilizing 3D wood forming technology, designer Karri Monni creates an organic structure in a way that was previously only achievable using plastic or fiberglass. The contrast of a powerful stainless steel base and a smooth curved seat make the stool suitable for any environment.
Montis “Dickens” is a modern wood-frame armchair inspired by the classic 1950’s smoke chair. Designed by Dick Spierenburg, Dickens draws from the comfort of its muse, providing thick cushions and the luxury of ample armrest space to hold a book, glass, telephone, or tablet. Moving the seat cushion forward enables a change in the angle and tilt, adding another level of comfort.
Walter Knoll “Bao” is a sumptuous and spacious seat designed by EOOS that embodies all of the qualities of a soft leather ball. The swiveling armchair combines both leather and fabric in one sweeping gesture, generating the familiar feeling of a welcoming embrace. With an artistic back and curved form, the “Bao” is a truly unique and elegant compliment to any interior space.
Walter Knoll “Deen”, also designed by EOOS, is a chair that is as beautiful as it is comfortable, accurately expressed through its minimal volume and precise shape. Modern hydroforming gives the legs their delicate elegance. The seat boasts dedication to comfort with its flexible back, and meticulous attention to detail with its virtually invisible upholstery. Available with or without arms.
Founded in 1992, M2L has gained an internationally recognized reputation for presenting fresh iconic modern design solutions to the American A&D community. M2L has introduced a myriad of iconic designers that include: Josef Hoffmann, Eileen Grey, Alvo Aalto, Walter Gropius, Eero Aarino and Pierre Paulin, as well as today's design stars like Paolo Piva, Patrick Norguet, Norman Foster, Eoos, Pearson-Lloyd, Jeff Miller and more. M2L products can be seen on their website as well as their three showrooms: 135 Madison Ave., NYC 10016; 3334 Cady's Alley, Washington DC 20007; and 104 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116. For more information, contact them at 800-319-8222
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M2L + ARTIFORT PRESENT: PATRICK NORGUET AT ICFF 2012
A Special Exhibit Focused on Norguet’s Designs for Artifort
(New York, NY – May 2012) On the occasion of M2L’s 20th anniversary, it’s only fitting that the venerable furniture importer and distributor present an exhibition honoring another longstanding design icon: Patrick Norguet. Co-organized by Artifort and M2L, the ICFF booth (#2204) will feature a selection of furniture that the prolific French designer has created for the world-class Dutch furniture maker over the past 10 years. From colorful, sculptural seating to a lounge collection inspired by quantum physics, the exhibit reinforces M2L’s reputation as a vital resource for fresh, contemporary furniture from Europe.
Patrick Norguet is one of France’s most interesting contemporary designers. Pulling from his engineering background, he is passionate about materials, production tools and manufacturing processes as well as beautifully made things. After studying design at ENSCI in Paris, his career took off when he became responsible for the visual communication at Louis Vuitton. He has since designed over 60 products for 13 of the world’s leading manufacturers and has won numerous awards including the Red Dot Design Award in 2010.
Apollo (2002) is Norguet’s first collection for Artifort. Reminiscent of Pierre Paulin’s sculptural seating for the company, the fauteuil is balanced, open and ergonomically designed. The frame is based on a foam-covered wooden shell while the swiveling trumpet-shaped base is made of cast aluminum. It also has a little brother: Little Apollo.
Boson (2005) is an ideal balance between synthetic material, visual substance and weightlessness. Named after the Higgs Boson – an elementary particle that shapes substance – the fauteuil, ottoman and table work in perfect equilibrium. The fauteuil and ottoman have a polyurethane shell with an aluminum-polished disk and chrome tube. The table is available in two diameters with a top in white laminate, veneered or black or white coated.
Lilla (2006) is a simple yet playful seating element whose color and material sets it apart. Ergonomically designed to benefit the body, it is an invitation to sit down reduced to its simplest form. It is available in a myriad of colors.
Manhattan (2009) is a modular seating unit inspired by urban architecture. It consists of entirely separate elements – a chaise lounge, a seat with or without a backrest, a corner seat and a pouffe – that provide limitless possibilities for work or relaxation.
(New York, NY – February 2012) Continuing its reputation for bringing fresh and iconic modern furniture to the American market, M2L (HYPERLINK "http://www.m2l.com"www.M2L.com) is proud to launch the de Sede HERITAGE line. Available exclusively through M2L, HERITAGE features a curated selection of classic de Sede seating designed by the likes of Robert Haussmann, Hans Eichenberg and Ubald Klug, among others.
Since 1965, de Sede has been at the forefront of creating handmade, bench made fine leather furniture for an international market. According to Michael Manes, founder of M2L, “We are excited to present the distinguished de Sede brand to the American design community. The company’s historic reputation for Swiss craftsmanship and soft, sophisticated form is especially evident in the HERITAGE collection.”
Now available in the U.S. Market, the de Sede HERITAGE collection includes:
“RH-306”, the iconic sofa designed by Robert Haussmann and inspired by the stylish 17th century Chesterfield sofa, features a contemporary form and dual functionality. The design is trademarked by striking contrasts such as delicate legs on a large cubic body of leather, coming together with framed rounded corners. The deep seat cushioning and button-tufted detailing pay homage to the original design.
“RH-301” is a famous metal armchair designed in 1954 by Robert Haussmann. Paying homage to Mies van der Rohe, it is crafted from chrome-plated steel and was honored with a “compasso d’oro” award for industrial design in 1957.
“DS-600”, the legendary sofa designed by Ueli Berger, Eleonore Peduzzi-Riva, Heinz Ulrich and Klaus Vogt, is reintroduced to the market with its classic support and comfort in down-soft upholstery. Various modular pieces can be zipped together to create the longest sofa in the world. The standard composition consists of 22 pieces and each section measures 10"x 39"x29".
“DS-247” is a modular sofa system that can adapt to any seating arrangement with the 360° swivel function. Designed by Gordon Guillaumier, it offers a range of sofa heights, materials and a variety of add-on elements. The sofa system comes in five leather qualities and showcases de Sede’s exquisite craftsmanship.
“DS-60” is a series of modern seating designed by Gordon Guillaumier. Inspired by the purist form of a boomerang, its slim, airy shape allows it to fit harmoniously into both contemporary and traditional settings. Available as an armchair or sofa in a variety of sizes, it features beautiful handcrafted details and gentle creasing on the leather that softens the chair’s austere lines.
“DS-1051” is an executive chair characterized by clean-cut lines, premium-quality materials and devotion to details. Inspired by the company’s DS-51 chair designed in 1971, the DS-1051 features hand-sewn seat and back cushions, expressive hand stitching on the sides and a four-star base.
Founded in 1992, M2L has gained an internationally recognized reputation for presenting fresh iconic modern design solutions to the American A&D community. M2L has introduced a myriad of iconic designers that include: Josef Hoffmann, Eileen Grey, Alvo Aalto, Walter Gropius, Eero Aarino and Pierre Paulin, as well as today's design stars like Paolo Piva, Patrick Norguet, Norman Foster, Eoos, Pearson-Lloyd, Jeff Miller and more. M2L products can be seen on their website as well as their three showrooms: 135 Madison Ave., NYC 10016; 3334 Cady's Alley, Washington DC 20007; and 104 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116. For more information, contact them at 800-319-8222.
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