4 WINE & FURNITURE PAIRINGS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL WINE DAY

By Erica Boatman, Marketing Coordinator

 

Recently, Haworth announced the addition of four gorgeous pieces to the Haworth Collection. This just happened to coincide with my delighted discovery that today is National Wine Day, so naturally, as I clicked through the images of the new, hand-crafted furniture, my mind wandered into a daydream of coming home after a long, hard day's work to pour myself a nice glass of wine and curl up on a beautiful Poltrona Frau saddle leather-wrapped GranTorino sofa that I totally can afford to own. ;)

Then it hit me: so many descriptors of high-design furniture overlap with how we describe wine. Some are bold with sharp edges and bright colors. Others are more demure, with round curves and inviting familiarity. Both a chair and a wine could be described as young and playful or classic and serious. Surely there was a PERFECT wine twin out there for each of these new HC acquisitions - and I was going to find them! 

But alas, while I adore wine, I am no sommelier. So I called up an expert: Leslie Newsam Goellner, co-owner of The Antler Room and beverage connoisseur. This talented woman makes some darn tasty cocktails and can instantly find the perfect wine pairing for all the delicious small plates you order off their restaurant's continually-changing menu, created by her equally-talented husband and chef, Nicholas Goellner.

These two knocked encompas' socks off a couple years ago when they catered our first Haworth Collection Dinner, and their restaurant has remained my favorite in Kansas City ever since. And I'm not alone - Bon Appetit even named The Antler Room one of America's 50 Best New Restaurants in 2017

And drumroll...

I present to you four distinct pieces of furniture and their vibrant vino vintages: 


first course
CAPPELLINI HOBO SOFA

2016 Folk Machine Parts and Labor Red Wine
Santa Rosa, California

Designed by Werner Aisslinger and his long-time business partner, Tina Bunyaprasit, Hobo’s rounded rectangle seats, armrests, and backrests can be reconfigured into endless combinations to support your space as it changes. Its simple shape gives off a fun, laid-back, and comfy vibe that makes you want to dive right into its soft lines and relax. View the product sheet →

Equally uncomplicated is its wine pairing, the 2016 Parts & Labor Red Wine from Folk Machine Parts. Made of a blend of four different obscure and off the beaten path varietals, this wine is light on its feet and fun, with notes of dark berries, licorice, violets, and mint. It goes great with food, is easy to drink, and made with simplicity in mind. And, its mother brand just happens to be named... you guessed it, Hobo Wines

FUN FACT: Aisslinger’s Juli 09 Chair has been part of the permanent collection at the MoMA in NYC since 1964.

 

second course
POLTRONA FRAU DOWNTOWN SIDE CHAIR

2015 Fuchs und Hase Pet Nat Vol. 4
Kamptal, Austria

The Downtown Executive and Conference chairs have been a part of Haworth Collection for a few years now, but the line has recently expanded to include a side chair version available in a sled, panel, or four-star base. For this bold visitor's chair by France's Jean-Marie Maussad, the designer scaled down his original sculptural silhouette to create a sleek and slim profile, while keeping hallmarks like the Pelle Frau® leather upholstery (although it is also available in a few select fabrics) and tone-on-tone stitching. While you might initially find this collection of chairs to be masculine or rigid in form, the design was actually inspired by the silhouette of an elegant dress on a woman. Can you see it?  View the product sheet →

While Maussad was busy designing his seven-piece Downtown series, Austrian couples Alwin & Stefanie Jurtschitsch and Martin & Anna Arndorfer, were collaborating on a project of their own: Fuchs und Hase Weingut. They use a type of ancient winemaking called Pétillant Naturel (or Pet Nat if you're a cool kid), where there is no added yeast, sugar, or sulphur to enhance fermentation - just the innate sugars in the grapes and the yeast that naturally accumulates on the grape skins. Volume 4 of their series is made from a combination of Müller Thurgau and Grüner Veltliner varietals. Unfiltered and slightly effervescent, it could easily be visually mistaken as beer (only bolstered by the fact that these wine bottles are topped with bottle caps, not corks) but on the palate it is undeniably feminine: crisp, citrusy, and slightly floral. 

The idea of this chair being inspired by the silhouette of an elegant dress on a woman immediately made me think of the Fuchs und Hase labels. They’re beautiful and feminine - something you really don’t see in wine labels today.
— Leslie Newsam Goellner
 

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POLTRONA FRAU MESA DUE TABLE

2016 Arianna Occhipinti "SP68" Rosso
Vittoria (Sicily), Italy

Mesa Due,  which means “table two” in Italian, is Poltrona Frau’s second interpretation of its iconic Mesa table. It was designed by the architect couple Lella & Massimo Vignelli, who collaborated on tons of projects for over 30 years. This gorgeously minimalistic table combines only two shapes: a circle as the top (upholstered in colorful leather or veneered in rich wood tones) and a cone as the base (always leather-wrapped). But as Italian design and even cooking teaches, the richest and most elegant creations are always simple but made with the highest quality ingredients. View the product sheet →

This wine pairing, named for the road going past the winery, Occhipinti "SP68" Rosso is made by one bad ass lady who launched her namesake winery at the age of 21. Combining efforts with her uncle, she takes classic, high quality grape varietals native to Sicily, such as Nero D'Avola and Frappato, and interprets them in unique and elegant ways - so beautifully, in fact, that many applaud the recent rise in popularity of these varietals to Occhipinti.

Want a bottle that will put a smile on your face while simultaneously giving you serious wine geek cred? This one’s for you.
— Courtney Schiessl, sommelier

FUN FACT: The husband in this dynamic duo designed an iconic minimalist NYC subway map in 1972, which is so easy to read that you still see the style used in most city transit maps to this day.

 

fourth course
CAPPELLINI EMBROIDERY SIMPLE LOUNGE CHAIR

2015 Justin Girardin Bourgogne Chardonnay
Santenay (Burgandy), France

Swedish designer Johan Lindstèn's emotional and personal approach to design set him apart from the pack early in his career, enabling him to start his own international design firm at the tender age of 27. His original version of this chair is an homage to the embroidery tradition passed down through generations in Sweden, but modernized with next-generation industrial technology. It also celebrates the seasons through the four nature scenes in cross-stitched embroidery on wool that upholster the backrests. His more practical interpretation, Embroidery Simple, is perfect for use in public spaces such as lobbies and welcome areas because the ergonomic shape of the chair's wide seat and large wrap-around backrest ensure maximum comfort. View the product sheet →

Similarly, the purveyor of this pairing, Justin Girardin, has been making wine for his namesake label since he was just 26 years old. His simple philosophy of letting nature express itself through the wine and respecting the land, all while experimenting with new techniques,  is insanely reminiscent of the design intent behind Lindstèn's upholstery on Embroidery Chair. Made of Chardonnay grapes, this wine has a strong citrus smell but tastes like a balanced and uncomplicated combo of pear, peach, and honey, with almost a smoky finish. 

FUN FACT:  In the year 1570, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I of England. That was the same year the Girardin family planted their vines to start what would become a 13 generation tradition of winemaking. 


Happy National Wine Day! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and we'll see you in a few weeks at NeoCon! 

And if you have any questions about these products, feel free to email me at erica@encompas.com - maybe we can talk over a nice glass of wine. 

INNOVATION ≠ PING PONG TABLE

INNOVATION ≠ PING PONG TABLE

"Our people need privacy! Can you surround them completely in fabric screens? Just don't let it look like a workstation because that makes people feel terrible.

Wait, but they also need to collaborate. So the screens can't be too tall. Maybe we need 87 conference rooms?

While the above might be just a tad exaggerated, everyone who comes through our doors these days does seem to have their own slight variation on this list of requests. As furniture ninjas, we know what they're actually asking for is an environment that strikes that oh-so delicate balance of fostering creativity and innovation for both individuals and groups.

Oh yeah, and we also want to be like Google, so can you suggest a nice ping pong table and a sectional sofa?"

DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO INNOVATE?

DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO INNOVATE?


A few years ago, IBM conducted a survey of 1,709 chief executive officers in 64 countries about which looming business challenges keep them up at night. Unsurprisingly in today's fast-paced global economy, a whopping 94% of the CEOs listed continual innovation as their most critical pressure.

We all know innovation is the process of making a novel and useful idea into a reality, and that coming up with a slew of small ideas that lead to an innovative breakthrough is called the creative process. But how can you actively drive your employees towards creativity? Why do some companies seem to innovate effortlessly, while others lag behind? Where can we find more of that sweet, sweet secret sauce?

5 WORKPLACE DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR HAPPY EMPLOYEES

5 WORKPLACE DESIGN ELEMENTS FOR HAPPY EMPLOYEES

What makes people happy at work and how can workspace design foster happiness?

To answer these questions, Haworth conducted a global study asking over 2,000 office workers in eleven cities to rate the features of their work environment and aspects of their overall happiness, controlling for things like generational affiliation, job type, and tenure.

Guess what they found? It's not ping pong tables, free food, or even pay raises that make workers happy.