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Design Notebook
Bosch coffee maker
Park the Porsche in the Pantry

Bosch has released a new line of high-end small appliances, the Bosch F.A. Porsche Designer Series, by Porsche Design in Austria. Porsche's principles demand that everything be subject to question, be it the look of a coffee maker and blender (each $198) or citrus juicer ($128). The answer for these appliances is a trim, modern design in brushed aluminum. They are available at Lowe's and other outlets. Prices given are those from Lowe's. Find retailers and check out the high design at and click on "small appliances" or call 1-866-442-6724.

Now Serving: Divine Dinnerware

Here's the dish. Here's cupboards full of them. Seattle tableware designer Rosanna Bowles makes sure of it. She's got a line to fit just about every occasion, mood or whim. The Rosanna 2004 catalog is full of themed plates for cocktails, dessert, serving and general noshing. There's Pink Tea, Café Europa, Italian Shops, London, Say Cheese, Red Dots, Flavored Martini, Happy Birthday, Pinkini, Ladies Who Lunch, Cheers Darling, Let's Make a Deal, Jolly Snowman and . . . that's just the tip of the espresso cup. Bowles has had gigs with Neiman Marcus, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Starbucks and Crate & Barrel, among others. A set of four dessert plates or four mugs costs $30 and is sold in fun matching gift boxes. Find them at, call for a catalog at 1-866-767-2662, or check out her new University Village store for the dinnerware, Fattoria Italian ceramics, hand-thrown clay pots from Umbria, Luna glass dinnerware from Murano, Italy and more.
The Todd Oldham Snap Sofa
Sit Up and Take Notice

"Gettin' down' " is starting to mean something else entirely as we grow older. Exhibit A is La-Z-Boy's "Power Recliner" available in retro-'60s chic upholstery. Apparently the company's "new look of comfort" comes with enough horsepower to take a sitter from seated to fully reclined "in just six seconds." There's a whole "Power" line with two massagers, a launcher and even a power rocker. Check out for a list of La-Z-Boy retailers. The company also offers a new Todd Oldham collection in chairs (yes, there's a recliner), couches, rugs, ottomans, tables and accessories.
Handmade invitation by Nicola Jane Originals
For That Very Special Occasion

An extraordinary event begins with an extraordinary invitation. That's where Nicola J. Davies, one-time software attorney now following her bliss, comes in. Her Nicola Jane Originals truly are just that. Before she commits a piece to paper (or whatever else the occasion might call for) she finds out all she can about the event, the honoree and the hosts. She makes sample pieces so clients can pick the just-right one. Then she creates each invitation by hand, using additional artists as needed. It's a little piece of limited-edition art as invitation. Clients find the pieces suitable for framing. Each piece is unique, indescribable — and so we shan't even try. She recently finished an elegant piece for a private birthday celebration, thrown by Ginny and John Meisenbach, honoring primatologist Jane Goodall. Jeannie Nordstrom and former Boeing CEO Phil Condit and his wife, Geda, have also commissioned pieces. Art as invitation will run you an average of $10,000 to $12,000 for about 75 to 100 pieces, and Davies likes six months' notice before an event to begin her work, but a year is not too soon. Check out her Web site at or e-mail her at
The Rocking Stool
Bolle fused-glass bottles
Gathering Elegant Moss

If Murray Moss likes it, chances are you will, too. And lucky for us, if he likes it, he also sells it online and at Moss, his 7,000-square-foot SoHo New York City store that could be mistaken for a modern-art museum. Behold this sampling:

A stunning set of Bolle bottles designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1968. They are made in Venini, Italy, of Murano glass using the "incalmo" technique. Two types of glass, worked separately, are fused into pieces that, say on a foyer table, will stop guests in their tracks. It's a technique developed and perfected by the master glass-workers at Venini. The set of five sells for $6,210.

Another one of his favorite things is the Rocking Stool, created by Isamu Noguchi in 1954. Made of chromed steel rods and walnut-stained maple, it comes in versions high (16.75 inches tall, 14.25 inches wide) and low (10 inches tall, 14.25 inches wide). The tall version is $495, low $450.

And for high design with a sense of fun, there's the Glowblow wall light designed by Vesa Hinkola, Markus Nevalainen and Rane Vaskivuori. The shade, in white rip-stop nylon, inflates via a 12-watt fan when the light switch is turned on. When turned off, the lamp deflates; $380.

See these and lots more at Or call 1-866-888-6677.
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Clockwise from top left: Pillow Poppy, Pillow Algae and Pillow Sea Bloom
Pillow Talk

Properly placed pillows pack a punch. And in the case of Pillow Hawaii, a Hawaiian punch. The tan-orange-red-brown combination is at once elegant, charming and lively but not wimpy. The 14-by-14-inch pillow pairs nicely with other offerings from Boston's Lekker Unique Home Furnishings such as the wools of Pillow Sea Bloom, Pillow Anemone, Pillow Poppy and Pillow Algae in blooming 3D. Each is 18-by-18 inches. The pillows cost around $150 each. Find them at or 1-877-753-5537.

Cool in Every Way
Sonrisa Furniture's refrigerator
If you're into heavy metal, check out Sonrisa Furniture's refrigerator. The Los Angeles company specializes in rescuing vintage furniture and objects from America's "Steel Age." And now the company also offers new metal furniture, housewares and office items. The refrigerator ($3,800), in single-wide and double-wide, illustrates Sonrisa's mix of industrial design and streamline styling. The new-old icebox is available in more than 200 auto-paint enamels. Also, for something else you don't see every day, check out David Barth's Beat Modern furniture series. It combines traditional style with the contemporary feeling of aluminum — in an armoire ($3,200). Aluminum sheets are formed over a wood base, and the aluminum is distressed to give each piece a patina. There's also a bureau ($2,975) with six curved drawers and a three-drawer bureau ($1,875). Office supplies include a matt-chrome stapler and a matt-chrome tape dispenser ($80 each). See them at or call 1-800-668-1020.

Rebecca Teagarden is assistant editor of Pacific Northwest magazine.

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