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Design Advice for Making the Practical Pretty


This article is part of our Design Special section about new interpretations of ancient design styles.


I’m looking for a new, ergonomically correct desk chair – but I want it to look good. Is that too much to ask?

certainly not. These days, there are tons of options offering great looks and comfort. And getting an ergonomic chair is a smart idea. studies show Working from home, where there is room for improvement in seating arrangements, can increase low back and neck pain – especially if the worker is sitting improperly. A good chair can help.

At its most basic, the chair should be adjustable (especially in terms of overall height and armrest position) and should support your lower back to reduce strain and reduce fatigue. You want your forearms to be parallel to the floor and bent to about 90 degrees.

Branch Furniture makes exclusively bloated looking chairs. their ergonomic chair, which starts at $329, has lumbar support, adjusts in eight different ways and comes in five colors (black, beige, two grays, and blue) with a black or white frame. For extra swagger, branch Verve Chair Available in cobalt, mint green, white, coral or navy, it costs $549.

Perhaps less spiffy, but ergonomically top notch, the classic is Aaron chair from Herman Miller, which comes in three sizes to accommodate a wide range of users. It features breathable fabric, adjustable pads for lumbar support, and fully adjustable arms. It starts at $1,275.

For something different, Humanscale Freedom Saddle Stool It is a triangular seat with no back or sides. The stool supports a healthy lumbar spine and reduces pressure points. It comes in 13 fabric and two frame colors and starts at $352.

I recently knocked over my LED lamp and broke the light source. I called the manufacturer, and it cannot be changed. what’s up with that?

LED technology has advanced greatly over the last 20 years, and many manufacturers are using what are called integrated LEDs in their designs. These light sources are not standard bulbs that are broken or screwed into fixtures. As the name suggests, they are part of the lamp itself. LEDs can do all kinds of things that regular bulbs can’t – including curve in (almost) limitless ways, be extremely thin, assume flat shapes, and stay cool, which allows them to be combined with materials that Gives that will melt incandescent bulbs.

san francisco lighting designer pablo pardo Note that the integrated LED should “never need to be replaced during the lifetime of the product.” According to Mr. Pardo, the integrated LED can last up to 50,000 hours, which is a little over 17 years when used eight hours a day. However, their lamps have a plug-and-play design that allows for replacement in case the bulb becomes damaged or technology improves.

Mr. Pardo said most manufacturers did not offer replacements; Break the bulb, and you have to throw out the whole lamp. This has consequences not only on the owner’s wallet (replacement bulbs for his company Pablo) brazo floor lamp The cost is $50, much less than the $650 retail price of the fixture), but also for the environment. If the lamp can be taken apart when the light stops working, more parts can be recycled. “The full life cycle is the most responsible and most sustainable approach,” he added.

Ping-pong is like a passion in our family, and we’d like to have a table in our living room. But we wish it looked more like furniture and less like summer camp.

Most people are familiar with the standard-issue folding ping-pong table made of particle board that is native to basement entertainment rooms. It provides hours of entertainment but isn’t the prettiest. Game tables – pool, foosball, ping-pong – are now invited to living rooms and other public spaces due to improved design and higher quality materials. (I suspect they are also a result of open-plan work environments with entertainment areas.)

Killerspin’s ping-pong tables are smooth and often colorful. Revolution Classic SVR It has a matte steel base and purple top and costs $2,699. pool table portfolio Arock Lucite The billiard table sits on transparent legs, and its tekku outdoor A pool table works well if you have a large patio. (Prices for both are provided upon request.)

Sean Woolsey is a furniture maker that makes great looking indoor shuffleboard table Up to 20 feet tall with maple and walnut. Prices start at $14,000. Kettler’s indoor/outdoor foosball table (about $1,600) is a big step up from the tables found behind bars. And if you’re feeling thrifty (or nostalgic) you can still get an old-school ping-pong table hukung About $100 on Amazon.

Our mud room, where we keep our washer and dryer, is one of the entrances to our home, yet it looks sad and neglected. How can I make it more attractive?

Mud or laundry rooms are sometimes the first sight of guests (and you), yet many don’t get the love they deserve.

So, make your room as good as any other room. Paint the walls an interesting color, coordinating with the washer and dryer. Add a runner or small area rug (use a rug designed for outdoors if it gets wet regularly). Hang wooden cabinets if you need to.

Instead of just getting some hardware store hooks for coats, find a beautiful coat rack. Provide a bench for putting on or taking off shoes or boots. Add a pendant light or chandelier. (Make sure it’s high enough so your head doesn’t hurt while you sort your colors and whites.)

If you really want to make the room special, install a patterned tile floor or wide oak planks, whichever coordinates best with the rooms to come.



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