Stylish Conversation Pieces – Simon Miller x Stephen Kenn

first_img The Best Sunglasses for Men this Season You know that favorite pair of jeans in your closet? The ones that look so stylish, yet feel ultra comfortable? Well, imagine pairing that wardrobe stable with your furniture. That’s exactly what happened when furniture designer Stephen Kenn recently teamed up with the Simon Miller Design Studio.“The idea was to build the furniture with a similar mindset as the clothing,” says Daniel Corrigan, partner and co-creative director. “Focusing on the texture and material and how that will age over time.”The new Inheritance collection includes an array of pillows, table, chairs and sofa—all with a simple, streamlined design and very comfortable and livable for your home—but there’s more here than meets the eye. Each piece reflects a piece of history, as the material used to create the upholstery is repurposed military fabric.Kenn found his inspiration while digging through a military surplus store. The bins full of tents, parachutes, bags and clothing once used in WWII gave him a focal point for not only giving these items new life, but in creating furniture that reflects appreciation for our hard-fought freedom.Even better, they’ve found a way to produce everything locally in Los Angeles. Kenn ties his furniture together with webbed WWII mule belts, replicas he hires a local webbing company to produce. The fabric is tediously hand-dyed by Noon Studio to create the comfort of a well-worn pair of jeans.The sofa is priced at $6,000. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Editors’ Recommendations How to Properly Polish Your Own Shoes It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt last_img read more

Security Council extends diamond sanctions against Liberia lifts timber ban

The United Nations Security Council today extended sanctions aimed at preventing Liberia from exporting rough diamonds, saying the situation in the West African country continues to pose a threat to international peace, but lifted the ban on the export of round logs and timber as it applauded the country’s new President for her efforts in managing the nation’s forests.Voting unanimously, the Council renewed for six months the sanctions that call on Member States to prevent the direct or indirect import of all rough diamonds from Liberia, regardless of whether such diamonds originated there, in order to allow the Government to set up an “effective Certificate of Origin” regime for such trade.Turning to the country’s forestry resources, the Council applauded the Government’s “commitment to transparent management” of the sector “for the benefit of Liberians” and also President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent announcement of a moratorium on timber exports and new concessions, pending the passage of appropriate forestry legislation.“The Security Council…decides not to renew the measure…that obligates Member States to prevent the import into their territories of all round log and timber products originating in Liberia,” the resolution states, adding that the 15 members also urge the “speedy adoption” of such forestry legislation. It will review this decision after 90 days.The Council also requested that Secretary-General Kofi Annan renew for an additional six months the mandate of the Panel of Experts that was appointed in July 2005 to assess the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime in Liberia.The Council first imposed wide-ranging sanctions on Liberia in May 2001 after receiving reports that the West African country’s natural resources were fuelling conflict in the region. read more