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Designed with Ease: The story behind the Eiffel Patchwork Chair


Designed with Ease: The story behind the Eiffel Patchwork Chair

Retro Europe launched the modern designer Eiffel Collection in the summer, and month on month sales are increasing successfully at RetroEurope.com, and our commercial clients are buying in high numbers at business.RetroEurope.com.

So we thought, what better time to ask the design team at Retro Europe, about their own personal thoughts on the Eiffel Patchwork Chair.

Joseph, a new member of the Retro Europe design team said “When I was asked join Retro Europe, my first involvement was the Eiffel Collection of chairs, armchairs, bar stools and dining tables. I did immediately love the concept of a ”one single” design for all the respective products, and the simplicity of the plastic molded seat, mounted on a frame with solid beech wood legs. But I felt we needed a flagship model. ”


”I have previously visited Morocco and was entranced with the fabrics I had seen. Their colour was invigorating, and I suggested that we upholster the shell seats in a patchwork of vibrant coloured Danish Cotton. The fabric is not only bright and sunny but durable and easy to keep clean. I approached the design with a free agenda, wanting to create a chair that felt right at the time. Having seen many fabrics going round the markets in Morocco I was inspired to utilise the traditional technique of patch working, by turning the fabric pieces inside out, and folding in a 1 cm seam at the bottom edge and hand stitching. Then, straighten the quilt and lightly press. Next by sewing all layers together along the rows, and sewing in the ditch between the seams, we had nice plump squares front and back of the chair.”


”Embracing its purity and simplicity the design evolved from prototype to actual production in a few days. Working with Retro Europe’s in-house team, I was able to refine my design to produce a flagship model to a very modern designer chair that celebrates honest craftsmanship, through the high quality of materials and intensive attention to detail.”

Eiffel Furniture Collection

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Create an iconic 1950’s modernist style dining setting in perfect harmony.


Create an iconic 1950’s modernist style dining setting in perfect harmony.

With the Eiffel Collection of Dining Tables, Dining Chairs, and Bar Stools, exclusively from Retro Europe.

For a cool, chic and minimalism dining style, Retro Europe were inspired by the greatest of all modern designers, Charles and Ray Eames. Today, after 12 months of development, a young and talented in house design team at RETRO EUROPE, completed the New RETRO EUROPE Eiffel Collection.

Charles and Ray Eames are American modern designers, architects and film makers. They were responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, modern and contemporary furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing, and the photographic arts.

American designers Charles and Ray Eames shaped the future of modern designer furniture. Their use of wood and plastics, inspired future generations of designers.

Now you can enjoy the art deco fun side of affordable designer furniture from the Retro Europe Eiffel Collection of dining tables, dining chairs and bar stools.These sleek modernist styles blend perfectly in homes and commercial environments. Cool and formal but with an out-there style, the Eiffel Collection from retroeurope,com will always wow your guests.

These modern design forms are mirrored by one another. and are the perfect match in any living or working space. The Eiffel Dining Tables, Eiffel Chairs and Armchairs, and the Eiffel Bar Stools have the same support structure, and elegant solid wood legs, and contemporary elegance shines through.

The perfect match to the Eiffel Chairs and Eiffel Bar Stools from Retro Europe are the Eiffel Dining Tables. A choice of the rectangle table, this is 160 cm x 80 cm dining table and can comfortably seat six to eight diners, or the round table at 100 cm is a comfortable 4 person cafe table.

Available in white or black surfaces in an easy to clean gloss finish.

The Eiffel Dining Chairs and Eiffel Bar Stools have an ultra modern scoop-back elegantly fashionable seat, designed for comfort, style and durability. The shell is made from a tough poly carbonate plastic single mold, supported upon a colour coded frame, with solid wooden legs.

Take a seat, you don’t have to be an artist to know that this is a minimalist design, and a perfect ergonomic shape, combining to make the Eiffel Collection a triumph of contemporary style.

Retro Europe designed the seats with bigger proportions, to ensure comfort, incorporating the necessary strength, stability with great design. This minimalistic design has created a versatile family of dining tables, side chairs, armchairs and bar stools for the home or commercial environment. Manufactured to meet the demand of today’s market, smarter and more comfortable than ever before.

The Eiffel Collection is an entirely new way to model match when furnishing. Take the same styled theme throughout your home from the kitchen to the living and dining areas and the home bar.

Equally, for owners of bars, hotels and restaurants, be cool and contemporary with the Eiffel Collection.

The shell seats are available from RetroEurope.com in white or black, or upholstered in a beautiful Multi Colour or Monochrome Cotton Patchwork, and all with the same solid frame and wooden legs.

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Hot Office Chairs from Retro Europe – Create your home office haven.


Hot Office Chairs from Retro Europe;
Create your home office haven.

If you are in search of a very special office chair, and you want to make a design statement for your office, then we’ve got just the thing to make your Home Office Haven.

With increasing numbers opting to set up their own business, go freelance or escaping the busy office environment, there’s never been a better incentive to create a smart Home Office Haven. To get you excited about the short commute to your desk, we’ve picked out three ”must haves” for that all important elegant Home Office Chair.

1. Style and Design.

The chic lines of the mid-century Retro Europe designer office chair makes a welcome distraction to any work space. Stylish and fashionable these office chairs from retroeurope.com are the latest and hottest looking chairs on the market today.

The Retro Europe modern designer office chair always looks good in any of the 7 vibrant colours available. It means you feel good, and have a chair of timeless style. Which is precisely what describes the concept of the retroeurope.com office chair.

However, I also try to encourage you to take risks on one of our exciting new colours, Candy red, Space grey or Tiffany blue, do not hesitate, follow your true style and make your office modern, fun and exciting!

Timeless, classy and office smart.

2. Comfort and Support.

The average working day is 8 hours, and you need to be able to work efficiently and productively for a long period. It is imperative you can remain relaxed, and do not have any physically unpleasant feelings caused by pain, stress or discomfort.

Always select an ergonomic styled office modernist designer chair from RetroEurope.com, the chairs includes ergonomic features, such as controls for adjusting the backrest and chair height, and have a waterfall seat edge.

For optimum comfort we recommend a mid-back or high-back office chair from Retro Europe, with flexible lumbar support, and of course, the chair swivels and rotates easily to allow the person using the chair easy access to the different parts of their workspace without strain or overreaching.

Retro Europe Office Chairs have an an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial coating; perfect for easy maintenance in high-use work settings or high traffic areas. For furnishing a large office space or business, Retro Europe offer affordable seating solutions with a large number of features and ergonomic controls.

3. Durability and Strength and Price.

A good chair is not cheap, prices start around 100 euros, so you want to be sure you get value for money. For guaranteed durability look at the great office chairs from RetroEurope.com” target=”_blank”>retroeurope.com. Rest assured that a Retro Europe Ergonomic Home Office Chair will have a long continuous useful life, without requiring any maintenance, and is easy to clean, and always looks smart.

The Retro Europe Office Chair is a high quality substantially made chair, built to be able to withstand the rigours of office work, remarkably supporting, especially in those tiring stress places, of the lower back, shoulders and leg areas, always ready every day for another 8 hours of continuous work.

Voted the ‘best value for money’ and ranked highest in the category of ‘the most advantageous combination of cost, quality and sustainability to meet customer requirements.’ These robust and stylish office chairs from RetroEurope.com” target=”_blank”>retroeurope.com are a high quality, ergonomic – specification office chair, and whether for a busy office or home office, every space deserves a touch of designer luxury.

Voted the ‘best value for money’ and ranked highest in the category of ‘the most advantageous combination of cost, quality and sustainability to meet customer requirements.’


The Smart Way To Invest In Your Business And To Keep Investing.

The Smart Way To Invest In Your Business And To Keep Investing.

So, now you are in there with the grown ups, you have just started a new business, and you need to find customers

You walk into a meeting with an Advertising Agency, and they have their presentation for a new campaign almost guaranteed to work. Total Cost: 250,000 euros. Weak at the knees and fighting back the urge to run back to that nice safe job you resigned from last week, you search for a couple brain cells to answer the question;

Good investment or bad?

What you do not know is that there are millions of small-business owners in exactly the same situation every day of the week, trying to find the answer to the same question,should I invest in my company, or as many again, are asking themselves, should I continue to reinvest in my company.

You can, ponder and dither, ask friends and professionals for advice, or stick your head in a bucket and hope the problem has gone away when you decide to take it out again.

However, let me tell you, and perhaps if you are facing this problem while you are reading this article, that after 40 years in business the answer is much simpler than you realise.

The answer is the same whether it be 250 euros or 250,000 euros.

Will I get a reasonable risk adjusted return on each euro I invest in my Company.

First, ask yourself can I estimate the benefits of this investment?

This is the Golden rule of business, and to being the next great entrepreneur. Whether that investment be an advertising campaign, new plant and equipment or new premises to trade from, you have to know the answer, if not how can you ever expect to be able to prioritise the best use of whatever small or large amount of cash you have.

Let us get back to the original question, as it will keep this much simpler, and ultimately we have to make a decision.

The 250,00 euros advertising campaign.

You have made the first step, as you have decided the total investment will be 250,000 euros.

You have to turn a profit, equal or above the value of that cash, if it were borrowed, or invested in a safe haven. Many of you will probably have a foot in both camps, in other words let us say you have 100,000 euros in cash which is earning you 5%, and you borrowed 150,000 euros from the bank at 10%.

You need to factor in your after tax cost, take a high and low figure dependent on the success of the enterprise, and add a contingency of 30% for some tolerance.

As a general rule before you get too lost, is that the annual return on this investment should be around 30%, being 75,000 euros. The overall value of the business will be now 325,000 euros.

At this point you have to very honest with yourself and of your own capabilities, can I turn the new leads from this advertising campaign into hard earned profits, before you ask yourself the next million dollar question.

How much revenue will the investment in this ad campaign produce in order to justify the 250,000 investment?

Can I generate enough revenue for my business to have a net value of 325,000 euros in 12 months time, after factoring an increase of 75,000 euros on the balance sheet, and allowing for tax, interest repayments, loss of investment income and other incidentals an additional say 60,000 euros.

Will this investment generate a gross position of 385,000 euros, leaving a net advance on the balance sheet of 325,000 euros. If the answer is yes, then get your cheque book out.

The maths is not too difficult to calculate in simple terms, the real problem is seeing into the future. But positive entrepreneurship is the backbone of every country. We need to nurture and encourage our young entrepreneurs, because they are the future, and the force behind any capital gain.

So if it stacks up…..invest

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