March 1, 2019 / Greg
Specialty Furniture for EBW
Channeling mid-century modern at EBW’s Flatiron flagship.
What is it about rattan that feels beachy? Woven-cane webbing is sort of retro – like something you would find on Blanche Devereaux’s linai – but, in the right context and application, can also be very modern. Whatever it is that keeps this treatment on trend, it was not lost on MNA when working with Everything But Water on their recently-completed Manhattan flagship.
MNA’s intent for this boutique was to create a very casual space with a looser, beachside vibe in New York’s Flatiron District. The relaxed, summer setting can be attributed to the space’s ‘white and light’ backdrop with simple (but rich) accents of natural oak, concrete, and cognac leather. But what really drives home the resort-like feel is the use of woven cane mesh in a handful of mid-century-inspired furnishings, exclusive to EBW’s 100th store.
MNA teamed up with fabricator, Maderas Collective to produce a custom, one-off run of specialty furniture pieces for this flagship – a credenza, a freestanding shelf unit, sawhorse display tables, and a daybed lounger. Each piece draws strong inspiration from classic, mid-century, American and Danish furniture silhouettes, including the work of renowned designer, Paul McCobb. The 4-door storage credenza, finished in solid white oak, features applied, inset, woven-cane accent panels. The open-post shelf unit borrows its tapered form from many classic bookshelf pieces of the 50’s and 60’s and includes a large-scale woven-cane screen backer. The daybed, upholstered in rich, cognac leather, also takes cues from mid-century design with its splayed legs and cylindrical bolster pillow. Each piece adds a more residential feel to the boutique, complementing EBW’s minimally-detailed fixture suite.