Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Tangram in the Quartermile

Since the former Royal Infirmary was founded in 1740, it has attracted some of Scotland's
pre- eminent architects. Today, Foster & Partners' masterplan for the re-developed site ensures that the finest of these buildings are restored to their former glory and enhanced by sensitively integrating them with contemporary architecture.
The Masterplan for Quartermile provides:
over 900 apartments in new and period buildings
over 30,000 sq m of new office accommodation
over 10,000 sq m of retail and leisure space
7 acres of open landscaping Tangram were selected to complement the stunning architecture in the Quartermile development with furniture, lighting and soft furnishings from their portfolio of manufacturers, to create a show flat that reflects a lifestyle that clients aspire to.
Tangram Furnishers have become Quartermiles preferred supplier for interiors to enable new residents have one less thing to worry about and can start enjoying life as at Quartermile, safe in the knowledge that the special finish your home will achieve through Tangram Furnishers will not only impress future guests but also make for a very comfortable stylish new home. For information on the new Quartermile development please contact the sales team at the marketing centre on 0845 000 2525 or email sales@qmile.com

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Tangram Online Sale

Tangram Launched their summer sale ONLINE this year, we understand how busy everyone during the summer holidays and therefore we decided that we would bring our Sale to you!
There are some fantastic offers on our iconic designer furniture including the Charles sofa by B&B Italia.

The Bigfoot, Farah Side Board, Taro Bench and Alex Tables by e15 are also all avalible at discounted prices!

Visit our website http://www.tangramfurnishers.co.uk/ and view our great offers.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Milan 2008

We have just returned from the 2008 Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile, probably the largest and busiest furniture fair there has ever been!) We spent 2 days meeting with most of our manufacturers who introduced us to new products, existing classic pieces and wild new prototypes.
Arriving on Thursday evening into a very wet Milan we decided that checking in to our Hotel and dinner and a large glass of wine would be the priority of the evening in preparation for the hectic few days that lay ahead.
Friday morning began with an early start to ensure we were at the fair for the doors opening to get to our first appointment of the day.
Cappellini and Poltrona Frau, followed by Amat who were launching the new Jamaica stool with a polypropylene seat now available in black and white. Arper had numerous new versions of the Catifa chair and stool. This collection now appears to have a design for any requirement. MDF Italia launched a new version of the Random shelving in ecotech without a back panel. Ecotech appears to be the new material of 2008 with many manufacturers showing designs created from this composite material.
Melody –a new shelving system was also launched, which is a development on the Random concept with an interesting new shelving layout.Montis - Julian and Joanne have recently been on a factory visit to Montis, so they had a Milan preview. For the rest of us we had the opportunity to see the new walnut Flint table, Impala on a wooden base and Lotus chair, all very exciting new pieces. At the end of the day we decided to make Walter Knoll our last stand of the day. With the launch of the Lox stool, Living Landscape and Ando easy chair this was without a doubt one of the most exciting and inspirational stands of the day.This flexible sofa system has a turning mechanism which allows you to rotate the end corner elements of the sofa to create a very versatile and interesting seating system.Day 2
Another early start was required as we had appointments with 22 of our manufactures to get through.
A false start as we boarded the wrong underground train!!
Tonelli was first on the list showing the Plinsky coffee table which we all liked and will have on display in the showroom.
After visiting Swedese, Bla Station where we saw the new Peek and Boo seating created from ecofriendly recycled material

We visited Artifort where you can see Joelle sitting on one of Artiforts new ecotech chairs.
Then onto Globe and Kasthall and Stua where we saw new Nube seating solution that has a fun two tone upholstery solution and the shape of the seat provides the opportunity to create many different arrangements. After visiting all of these stands and stopping for a quick lunch on the roof we headed into the cerntre of Milan to manufacturers showrooms. B&B Italia are one of our biggest manufacturers so its showroom was our priority. Being such a large company B&B had numerous new products for us to look at. These included the Little Tulip a reworked version of the original Tulip chair with a more compact footprint.The Lazy chair had also been reworked with a new medium back height which was more comfortable and visually pleasing that the original high and low back versions.The 7 table is new organic shaped table top with an interesting inset of colored lacquer. This table is designed to sit seven eople hence its name. Seven is also a lucky number in Italy so therefore a very significant piece.
Driade is a spectacular showroom. The combination of original Italian murals on the walls with the installation of cutting edge contemporary furniture created a very dramatic effect. The trip was a great success, hard work as you can see Sheila and Joanne taking a well earned break but a great inspiration.

Joelle, Shelia, Joanne and Julian

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Going Dutch

Last week Julian and I accompanied a group of interior designers from Edinburgh and Glasgow to visit the Montis furniture factory in the Netherlands. The two day trip combined a factory tour to learn about the manufacture of Montis products along with a bit of sightseeing.
We arrived early evening and after a pleasant walk through the pretty streets of Amsterdam the first port of call was a visit to one of the oldest bars in the city which is housed in a 15th century sailor’s lodgings. We were then treated to a spot of dinner consisting of a variety of Dutch specialities.

Drinks in ‘Int Aepjen’ – the oldest bar in the city

The following morning we travelled south to Dongen to the Montis factory where we were given a tour of the manufacturing process. This was very interesting; particularly the foam moulding technique which enables them to create an endless possibility of shapes. We were then given the opportunity to browse the showroom; allowing us to try the products and see them in various finishes and room settings.

The production of a Loge chair – foam moulding, upholstery and the finished product ready to be sent to the customer

After a brief stop in Rotterdam it was back to the airport. Melvin Herbschleb (the sales manager from Montis) was a fantastic host and everybody agreed that the trip was very inspiring. We all left with a fresh appreciation of the quality of Dutch design and workmanship.

Making ourselves comfortable in the Montis showroom!

By Joanne Golden

Monday, 31 March 2008

New Arrival

We have a brand new arrival in the showroom- the T-NO.1, Designed by Todd Bracher and manufactured by Fritz Hansen.
The elegant cast aluminum legs can be finished in black powder- coated lacquer or mirror polished. The streamline table top is available in glass, white laminate, maple, walnut and black ash veneer. The series comprises of individual tables or a combination of elements which allow the creation of tables of limitless length.
To accompany this stunning table are 4 Oxford chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen, upholstered in dark grey Divina fabric by Kvadrat. The chair is available in a variety of models offering a selection of back heights, bases, arms and fabric and leather upholstery.
This striking combination of table and chairs is ideal for a contract and domestic situation.
Come into the showroom and see if this design classic is the right solution for your space.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Tangram in the Telegraph

On Saturday 1st March Tangram was featured in the Telegraph Magazine for our electic selection of contemporary European furniture, lighting, rugs and textiles.

"Tangram EDINBURGH Located just off the Royal mile, Tangram is a bright and airy shop with an eclectic selection of contemporary European furniture, lighting (such as this fold lamp by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons: from £76), rugs, chairs (including the Swan chair by Arne Jacobson, with fabric by Tord Boontje, (£2,437) and textiles are arranged in room sets over two floors.

Julian Darwell-Stone launched the business 14 years ago but in a much smaller venue. New pieces are continually introduced from brands such as B&B Italia (the Lens table by Patricia Urquiola cost from £337 each)
Tangram 33-37 Jeffrey Street

Friday, 25 January 2008

Tangram Sale

The Tangram Sale is in full flow and there are still many bargains to be had.
Prices on many products have been slashed again as we move into the final week of our sale.
The Luis sofa by B&B Italia is still available, this elegant L-shaped modular sofa was £7867 and is NOW £4800!!!

We also have the Bentz table and 4 clipt chairs by Baleri, this contemporary dining solution is unique and a fantastic buy at £1286 (saving £552) for the table £445 for all for 4 dining chairs.

There is also 10% off all new orders during the sale period. This is the time to place you orders for a new look for spring.