Pilgrimage to nature continues

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Another year at the Milan furniture fair further solidified the organic nature of modern design; a trend that’s been catching fire for the last few years.  More wooden tables with live edges, lighter, blonder wooden finishes like bleached ash, walnut, and oak adorned the showrooms of top Italian brands.   Showing natural grain and the history of a tree, dining surfaces were rustic and modern at once.  Walnut was still a strong choice, displaying a combination of tonal diversity and the natural integrity of the tree featuring straight grain in the trunk and wavy grain towards the roots while natural oak or as some call it, Heritage oak was the newest craze.  With visually prominent properties like rings and large pores, oak’s texture has visible medullary rays that contribute to its unrefined appeal and consequently make choice du jour for the bucolically inclined interiors.

Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia features live edge walnut top.

Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

While Skorpio dining table by Cattelan Italia features a Heritage Oak wooden top.

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Big table by Bonaldo is reinvented with corten legs and anthracite grey polished solid oak wood.

Big table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

Big table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

Demand more from your furniture

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

As consumers of modern furniture, it is time we stop thinking about what furniture is and start thinking about what it can do, complementing the direction many European designers and Italian factories have taken in the past decade.  Demanding more of your living space is the new standard within the modern furniture design, briskly substituting the yesteryears of uncomfortable, at times futile, yet stunning furniture that inadvertently earned the movement a bad reputation and a permanent stigma.

The second decade of the 21st century intensified the importance of a space that continually works for individual and ever-changing needs.  And now the fruits of this laborious paradigm shift are finally realized in exquisitely designed interiors around the globe.  Modern is no longer an attribute of a style but rather of the denotive function(s) it serves.  From the clean lines of wall units with sliding wall panels that alter a room, ingeniously created Italian extension tables, sofas that turns into queen size beds to  stylish chairs that unfold into comfortable chaises and barstools that can double as dining chairs with one swift movement.  Design is no longer a singular attribute related to the appearance of a furniture piece, but rather to its performance and suitability within the context of everyday needs.

Modus 40 wall unit by Presotto features a sliding panel that can hide the TV

Modus 40 wall unit by Presotto features a sliding panel that can hide the TV

Livingston extension table by Tonelli offers “rail-less” one or two-sided extension mechanism

Livingston extension table by Tonelli offers “rail-less” one or two-sided extension mechanism

Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti turns into a queen size bed with one simple movement

Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti turns into a queen size bed with one simple movement

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The power of decorative trim

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Following along the same decorative logic embedded in the idea of a “picture frame,” framing just about anything, results in a decorative slam-dunk.  Defining any silhouette ensues in a striking visual whether it is through tone-on-tone or contrast colors, and is considered bold and vibrant.

In contemporary furniture, a decorative trim is often referred to as “piping” with Kong sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti being the perfect example while decorative and exaggerated stitching as seen on the Dolly armchair by Gamma Arredamenti is also often used as a quasi-trim, adding high-end appeal and excellent graphic integrity to the already sophisticated modern furniture piece.

Kong sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Kong sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Dolly armchair by Gamma Arredamenti

Dolly armchair by Gamma Arredamenti