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7 Principles of Japanese Furniture Design

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

Japanese interior design is challenging to define but easier to describe. The first thing to know is how it fuses both traditional Japanese design and modern principles of design. However, Japanese interior design also incorporates numerous other styles and elements that make it difficult to integrate into a simple definition. Nevertheless, this blog will organize the principles that are common features of Japanese interior design: 

1. Flexibility 

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Dining with Modern Design: The Audrey Dining Room Furniture Set

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

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Have you ever wondered why some modern furniture designs have splayed legs? The answer is fairly simple.  The splayed legs are better support for the cumulative mass, in technical terms….In other words, like any example of advanced engineering, this type of structure and modern design applies the laws of physics by transferring weight to the center of gravity. If Einstein had a chair like this, he may have completed his Unified Field Theory before he passed away into the ether. Extending the metaphor of mathematics, let’s take a closer look:  The Audrey Dining Room furniture is an ideal expression of modern furniture design with simple modern lines and a balanced, look that suits a wide range of home interior styles.  In addition, the Audrey dining room chairs also offer comfort, along with support, with angled backs that allow one to sit upright, while leaning back just enough to relax and feel comfortable.  They are the perfect dining room chair for enjoying casual conversation and the next response from friends and relatives, while enjoying a great dinner or sumptuous glass of wine.

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Modern Furniture—Strength, Beauty & Simplicity

Posted on Oct 30, 2014


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For many people, simplicity translates into the concept that less is more, and for Haiku Designs simplicity is the ideal way, both in assembling furniture and enjoying it in its many forms, such as lamps, dressers, platform beds, dining-room tables, and so much more. The focus of this blog entry is mid-century modern furniture, and how that tradition informs the present.

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Rug Rats Unite--Naturally

Posted on Oct 24, 2014

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This will the first in a series of several blogs about carpets, mats and flooring options made from natural materials that are pleasing to the eye, as opposed to synthetic materials that produce off-gassing and ultimately end up in pervasive land-fills to biodegrade for a very long time. 

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Why Dust Mites Hate Natural Latex Mattresses & Why That Matters

Posted on Oct 08, 2014

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Did you ever wonder why your skin itches? Well, one reason is the existence of dust-mites on the surface of your body. As microscopic critters that can also live by the millions in your bed, dust-mites thrive in stale, dark, moist environments, and are often found in mattresses made from synthetic or unnatural foam materials. The honeycomb structure of synthetic foam and the synthetic fibers in spring-coil mattresses provides the perfect habitat for these creepy creatures. Experts agree that one of the main causes of allergies and illness today is the allergic reaction to dust mites and their waste-products in our sleeping environment. Dust-mites live on human skin cells and thrive in any type of synthetic mattress. Itchy, red eyes, undue fatigue, skins rashes, restless sleep, congestion, coughing and sneezing fits, runny noses and other allergic reactions—these are often the signs of dust-mite contamination. http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/dustmites.php

In many instances older mattresses, which have been used for many years often can have a significant amount of these microscopic creatures and their droppings.  It is gross to think about, but this can sometimes equal up to 25% of the weight of a mattress and can contribute to all sorts of health problems, and compromised immune systems, contributing to allergies, illness and lost of vitality. 

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