The Tokyo Chaise: Charlotte Perriand’s Natural Masterpiece
In about 1929, someone took a photograph of a woman reclining on a chaise lounge, her skirt slightly askew, hands folded softly, and feet floating in the air as if pressed up against a tree trunk after a picnic. In the photograph, she’s gazing away from us, at her shadow wrapping around the corner of [...]
Desalto: Redefining the Craft

Every so often, design can take us right to the edge and invite us to look over. Desalto exudes this power, a particular strength, and assurance that comes from the concerted establishment of a lineage of ideas. In their work, our expectations are swept aside with ease: a formed arm of a chair instinctively drapes […]

Quick Ship Program
Our new Quick Ship from CONTEXT   selection features a range of traditional sofas, sectional, lounge chairs, beds in American queen and king sizes, along with dining and side tables. Most items are available in 4 to 6 weeks in a limited selection of fabrics and finishes. Shown here are just a couple of our favorites. The [...]
Charlotte Perriand: The Art of Dwelling
Charlotte Perriand has carved out what we consider is the art of dwelling within her designs. Born in Paris in 1903, Charlotte Perriand is one of the unsung heroes of the European Modern movement. Having been exposed to great craftsmanship at an early age (she was the daughter of a tailor and a seamstress), she enrolled [...]
Pastoe: Design Objectified
For more than a hundred years, the goal at Pastoe has been to make "furniture as objects."  And being the minimalists that we are here at Context, that is why this brand is one of our absolute favorites. Originally a joinery shop in the Netherlands, in 1913 businessman Frits Loeb decided he wanted to make the [...]
Naoto Fukasawa – Siena Bed
As if resting upon an upholstered serving tray or pedestal, the Siena Bed by Naoto Fukasawa is a theatrical piece conjured up like a stage for the bedroom. Except without a purely aesthetic tone, the Siena’s practical side rings through its extended widths and lengths that outlast the ideal mattress at its center. The slight, [...]
Ettore Sottsass: “Breaking the Rules”
It might be an understatement to call Ettore Sottsass a visionary. Every visionary must break the rules first, and he was very good at doing that. His pursuit of creating something visually stimulating through design is the legacy he left behind. Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck in 1917. In 1939 he graduated in architecture at the [...]
The Art of Restraint: Børge Mogensen
Starting out as a cabinet maker in the early 1930s, Børge Mogensen pioneered certain basic fundamentals of Danish design. His restrained aesthetic brought a tranquil and modest appearance to his work, encouraging people to live unpretentiously. His goal was to create durable and useable furniture that would enrich everyday life. With an emphasis on vertical and [...]
Doshi Levien Delivers Culture Shock
We at Context have been abducted by Doshi Levien's Almora chair, and since it landed in our showroom, we've been completely seduced by its distinct lines and sumptuous curves. "A chair can, in a way, define a person the person sitting in it, becoming an almost wearable item." So naturally, we wanted to know more [...]
Mario Bellini Designs
Mario Bellini is internationally renowned as an architect and designer. He has received the Golden Compass Award eight times, and other prestigious architecture awards including the Medaglia d’oro awarded by the President of the Italian Republic for his contribution to furthering design and architecture in the world (2004) and the Ambrogino d’oro for civic merit [...]
#LIFEGOALS: Patricia Urquiola
Where do we begin...a Spanish woman in the male-dominated world of Italian design, Patricia Urquiola is currently one of the biggest names in the industry, and she's also a total badass. After moving to Milan to study at the Polytechnique University, she found herself under the mentorship of some world-renowned designers such as Achille Castiglioni [...]
Piet Boon is Design Integrity
When we think of Piet Boon, we think of design without compromises. The award-winning design practice of Piet Boon creates bespoke contemporary architecture, interiors and products for the global luxury market. Renowned worldwide for exceptional craftsmanship, quality and vision, the premium lifestyle brand is distinguished by its design philosophy of refined sophistication. A seamless marriage [...]
B&B Italia: Tufty-Time
B&B Italia's Tufty Time seating group has clean lines and plump rectilinear forms. Patricia Urquiola’s Tufty-Time range of modular seating has remained a best seller at for nearly a decade. Specifically citing the time-honored capitonné upholstery style along with 1960s and 1970s modular seating designs as her inspirations, Urquiola’s Tufty-Time masterfully synthesizes these as an [...]
Jörg Schellmann: e15 Möbelkunst
Jörg Schellmann’s recent designs for e15– Platz, Sitz, and Profil – masterfully blur the functions of furniture and fine art… Möbelkunst is an apt German composite of the words for “furniture” and “art” – figuratively (and quite literally) describing this fusion. Since the late 1960s, Schellmann has been producing and publishing contemporary fine art editions [...]
Maarten Van Severen
If there’s one chair that might stand as the epitome of minimalism, it would be the simple lines and contoured body of the Low Chair 2003, or LC03, designed by Maarten van Severen for the century-old company of Pastoe. The problem with claiming it is a minimalistic style of seating, however, is the fact that [...]

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