The New Stone Age

Posted On February 6th, 2017 by Erin

Stone and ceramic surfaces are growing in popularity, reaching beyond their typical utility on the kitchen or bathroom floor with increased presence in products ranging from modern dining tables, contemporary wall units as well as bedroom furniture.  Paralleling the craze for rustic drift woods, stone finishes that feature rough, almost primal textures offer enhanced tactility and a rugged contrast to the sleek minimalism of modern design.

Balancing interiors with character and aesthetic dimension, marble surfaces like White Carrara and Black Marquina are often seen on tables like Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia or Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo as well as on wall units like I-modulART collection by Presotto Italia.  Sophisticated pieces like these create an unexpected edge and a counterpoint in the interior while helping balance softer materials with hard surfaces, complementing glass, wood or metals.

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo

Gamma Arredamenti: The Night Collection

Posted On February 4th, 2017 by Erin

Quality and modern distinction, paired with innovation, makes Gamma Arredamenti a leader in the field of fashion furniture.  From conception to finished product, Gamma’s hand-made workmanship brings to life the most exquisite designs among which are the ever expanding night solutions.   Premised for contemporary settings, with simple lines and immaculate proportions, Gamma’s Night Collection proposes a comprehensive look for sophisticated, yet discreet luxury.

Gamma leather beds and occasional furniture are inscribed with incredible style and the highest of quality standards, focusing not only on the finished product but on composing elements that are invisible to the eye but make an enormous difference that goes well beyond form and function.

Tulip leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Tulip leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Pepper leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Pepper leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Offering flexibility and versatility, along with a strong visual identity, Gamma designer leather beds like the recently introduced Tulip leather bed and the new Pepper leather bed, offer personalization and exclusivity through different textures, colors and aesthetic silhouettes.  Eloquently coordinated solutions like matching benches, ottomans and night tables are innately distinguished by a fusion of design details like fringe and chesterfield tufting.  Famous for meticulous details that highlight the form and underscore the essence of Italian authority on fashion and furniture, Gamma’s Night Collection also boasts memorable designs like the Aston and Wind Beds, both of which explore timeless solutions for bedrooms of diverse styles.

Aston leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Wind leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Wind leather bed by Gamma Arredamenti

5 must have furniture pieces for small spaces

Posted On January 26th, 2017 by Erin

Small spaces are challenges but not hopeless especially with the help of innovative furniture solutions that make modern decor in any size room possible.  Regardless whether the small space came about because of its urban geography or construction oversight, its functional disposition remains undisputed.  Thanks to many brilliant designers that look to better our daily lives with smart furniture, the list of must have pieces for such demanding layouts, is quite long.

Extension Consoles Tables – if there is no room for a dining table, opt for an extendible console like the Convivium, Party or Nemo cosole tables by Cattelan Italia.  Each of these modern marvels offers that ability to accommodate up to 12 dinner guests.  This is a great solution to have as an additional table that can be used in case of big parties.

Convivium console table by Cattelan Italia

Convivium console table by Cattelan Italia

Sleeper Sofas & Armchairs – nothing maximizes the space more than a sofa that can convert to a queen or full size bed or an armchair that can lodge a guest.  The selection of sleeper sofas and armchairs is very vast and includes beautiful designs like Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti or the Magica sleeper armchair by Bonaldo.

Magica sleeper chair by Bonaldo

Magica sleeper chair by Bonaldo

Small Extension Dining Tables – dining tables that extend are certainly nothing new but the technology and innovation with which they now extend has evolved tremendously with inspiring pieces like the Livingstone table by Tonelli.

Livingstone dining table by Tonelli

Livingstone dining table by Tonelli

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Interior Design Trend – Exposed Brickwork

Posted On January 25th, 2017 by Erin

Exposed brick wall trend is raw, unfiltered, and primal, perhaps indicative a previous life of the space or of a life that earned a new meaning.  Interior decor is full of controversial fads and the exposed brick wall is one such statement.  The origin of this interior trend can be traced to globalization of manufacturing and de-industrialization of urban neighborhoods, more specifically the conversion of abandoned factories whose products are no longer needed or have moved to an overseas production plants.  Repurposing former industrial spaces for residential purposes left traces of rustic aesthetic that feels “naked” but also evocative of history.

When it comes to the decor of such spaces, it is a hit or miss with plenty of times when the unfinished element is inflated in an unflattering way.  However, more times than not, this unique design element builds momentum because of its flaws and subsequently makes everything else in the space look and feel “pulled-together”.

Check out these amazing examples that make the exposed brick feel like an integral and necessary decor element.

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

New Year Resolution: work out more, at home

Posted On January 24th, 2017 by Erin

It’s January of a new year and of course everyone is still in “resolution” mode.  With the best intentions, we all want to start over, reduce our bad habits and vices, reset our excuses and infuse our motivations with new vigor, with ‘being healthier’ landing at the top of most people’s lists.  To be healthy is directly intertwined with proper nutrition and a consistent workout regiment, and yet very few consider leaving the house to eat healthier, so why do people leave the house to engage in a routine workout.

Instead of leaving the house, the inspiration, motivation and lack of distraction should be the primary reason behind the investment in a home gym.  Small space is no longer an issue because machines are now reduced to their smallest footprint and maximum utility allowing for increased physical fitness and enhanced mental wellness.

Technogym is an Italian manufacturer that specializes in unique, highly innovative gym equipment that is perfect for both commercial and residential fitness.  With welcoming, zen-like vibe and seamless design, Technogym offers solutions that are functional, user focused, and guarantee “speed, agility, efficiency, safety and hygiene.” Offering many collections, Technogym boasts with advanced research and modern aesthetics for the home through its most modern Forma line that’s designed “to minimize space, maximize interaction and fun during workouts.”  Forma collection of products integrates professional equipment with sleek ergonomics fitting for home use.  In addition to Foam, Technogym also includes the Artis Line of cardio and strength products, Kinesis Line for strength training and the Unity console of interactive fitness.

Unique and highly innovative gym equipment by Technogym