Boutique Hotels, what’s the hype?

Posted On April 14th, 2017 by Erin

Originated in the 1980s as an alternative to the entirely standardized and familiar hospitality industry, a boutique hotel concept intended to deliver a unique and highly luxurious experience.  In contrast to the desired familiarity that defined the international hotel scene of the 1950s, with the introduction of boutique hotels, guests’ unique travel experiences started when they checked into their boutique hotel.  So what exactly make the boutique hotel so appealing and revolutionary for over three decades?

The largest defining element that separates boutique hotels from any other travel accommodations is the exclusive interior design that often dictates the hotel’s unique guest experience.  With the highest sophistication and the extraordinary ability to connect sensorial associations to interior design elements, boutique hotel’s authenticity changed the way people travel for work and leisure.

Boutique hotel concept also had a large influence on the growth of modern design within the residential space with travelers finding inspiration during their stay and recreating it in their homes.  Chic, individually curated properties like the Sanderson Hotel in London that was conceived by Ian Schrager and designed by Philippe Starck or the Mondrian Hotel in Miami that was designed by Marcel Wanders, transport its guests to fantasy-style spaces depicting elements from Sleeping Beauty’s castle and Alice’s journey to Wonderland, and subsequently creating unforgettable hotel stays full of lasting memories.

Sanderson Hotel in London, United Kingdom designed by Philippe Starck

Sanderson Hotel in London, United Kingdom designed by Philippe Starck

Sanderson Hotel in London conceived by Ian Schrager and designed by Philippe Starck

Sanderson Hotel in London conceived by Ian Schrager and designed by Philippe Starck

Mondrian South Beach by Marcel Wanders

Mondrian South Beach by Marcel Wanders

Mondrian Hotel in Miami designed by Marcel Wanders

Mondrian Hotel in Miami designed by Marcel Wanders

Difference between Interior Design & Interior Decor

Posted On April 13th, 2017 by Erin

The two professions are very often confused and used interchangeably.  But while both involve interiors, they are profoundly different.  Design is a spectrum of elements that collectively contribute to the congruency of a space; the connection between people’s behaviors and the corresponding functional expectation from all composing elements of a room.

Decoration on the other hand, focuses on the space in-parallel to how it’s being used and by whom.  It might meet all functional expectation through furniture, colors, textiles and textures but fall short in the ideal scale, layout and proportions.

Interior decorators often help with fabrics, paint and furnishings while designers dig deeper and are more involved with space planning, finishes and structural details, by considering light and sound as well as other sensorial experiences.  Designers will likewise provide technical expertise through three-dimensional programs like AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino and 3DMax.

In the framework of a project, both decorators and designers can help select and purchase furniture, lighting and accessories.  The difference will be apparent when designer may also help with the room’s layout and construction finishes.

Below is a brief example of what to expect from an interior designer.  In this 3D rendering of a modern living room, customer was able to see their space along with the color choices, furniture selections, as well as the layout of a challenging (partially) rounded structure prior to making a large investment.

Custom interior design 3D rendering by room service 360°

Custom interior design 3D rendering by room service 360°

Furniture used in this space: Soleado sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti, I-modulART wall unit by Presotto, Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini, convertible coffee table by Ozzio, Bamboo silk rug by Surya and glass art.

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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