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Room Dividers by Vital Steel NYC

Vital Steel NYC is a design studio formed by Benno Schoberth, a Film Editor and Robbin Brosterman, a Design Director. The couple initially created the single panel “apartment jewel” to enhance their own small studio  in Manhattan.  Vital Steel offers modern steel and hand-blown glass room dividers & screens. Their collection elegantly unites Mid-century modern with Art Deco.  ANDRA, pictured above, is a graceful three panel free-standing room divider.  And UNA is a uniquely adaptable one panel laser cut divider which appears in the picture below in their New York apartment.  Check out the Vital Steel website for more info and pricing by clicking here.

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IMAGE CREDITS: Image 1 courtesy of Vital Steel NYC, Image two by Susan Farley for The New York Times

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Ralph Lauren Home for Men

http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/rlhome/collection/fa09_rlpenthou
Check out Ralph Lauren home’s new collection, RL Penthouse.   In the above vignette, I love the color scheme – the seuded caramel wall and the Rosewood furniture mixed with black accessories and sparkling silver and glass accents.  I have noticed over time that Lauren always incorporates collections that are geared towards men, specifically men with a luxurious lifestyle.  The style is streamlined and modern but contains a blend of traditional and contemporary style.  I particularly enjoy the use of veneered wood and polished chrome in the furniture which takes us back to the Art Deco style.  In fact, it is hard not to notice the influences of Art Deco designers such as Louis Sognot and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann in some of the modern RL collections.  See images below.
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While the new RL penthouse collection focuses mostly on accessories,I recall the inspiring Modern Metropolis collection  as being the whole package.  See the striking video and collection by clicking the image below.  The goal of DESIGN FOR MEN is to encourage men to live well and dress well.  With Modern Metropolis, Lauren designed a collection of furnishings, lighting, and accessories around a modern man, probably a successful professional living in a luxurious condo.  Although it is a bit cheesy, the video reminds me of James Bond.  We appreciate Bond not only because he has a pretty awesome job but for his lifestyle: going to swanky parties, dapper clothing, the cars, and who can forget the gadgets.  These are the basic ingredients of what excites me about Design For Men.  Living a lifestyle similar to James Bond or whoever is your style icon is possible.  After all, isn’t the goal to live the most fabulous life possible?  I think that is also Lauren’s goal with his stunning collections and I can’t wait to see what is next.
Ralph Lauren Home Modern Metropolis Collection
Ralph Lauren Home Modern Metropolis Collection

The following are other pieces of furniture from Ralph Lauren Home collections that I love.

Collection DeskCollection Desk
Polished Aluminum ChairPolished Aluminum Chair
RL Cube BedRL Cube Bed
RL1 ChairRL1 Chair
Cape Lodge SofaCape Lodge Sofa
RLX ChestRLX Chest