Modernizing the craft of quilting

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Dating back to 3400 BC, to the era of the 1st Egyptian Pharaoh who is illustrated in ancient drawings wearing a clothing article with quilted pattern, the art of quilting has evolved over many centuries, always embodying people, places and techniques.  Synonymous with patchwork, quilting fuses an assortment of materials that long surpassed their scope as a singular textiles into an original creation that can be used in a multitude of ways.

In the modern furniture industry, quilting epitomizes some of the most memorable and innovative design elements whether on a limited edition like Cattelan Italia’s Piuma dining chair or as unforgettable staples of Italian home-fashion brands among which is the boundary-pushing Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra and Edward Van Vliet’s Sushi collection for Moroso that includes Karkaoma sofa, Juju armchair, Donut and Joy stools.

Piuma dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Piuma dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Leatherworks accent chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Sushi collection by Edward Van Vliet for Moroso

Sushi collection by Edward Van Vliet for Moroso

Furniture Fashion Trend: Plaid

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Taking a look at Vivian Westwood and Christian Dior’s Spring 2016 introductions and the juicy pink plaid garments are center stage, just as were seen at the I Saloni Furniture Exhibition last year in Milan.  Among newest material introductions by Bonaldo were pink, reddish plaid fabrics that drew attention with their fashionable checkered pattern, wrapping ordinary silhouettes like the Blues dining chair and converting them into striking and memorable interior décor pillars.

Blues dining chair by Bonaldo

Blues dining chair by Bonaldo

What is refectory table?

Friday, May 13th, 2016

An especially long dining table initially used in abbeys and convents during Early Middle Ages and later by nobility for feasting.  Today’s refectory type tables are made of wood and glass and offer the same magnificent scale.  For example, to answer the need for the growing need in uber large dining solutions, Cattelan Italia reconfigured its Monaco dining table, a timeless staple in its product selection and introduced Monaco Big dining table stretching close to 12 feet and accommodating up to 16 guests.  Another example of an even bigger table is Kiev by Idealsedia that extends to over 14 feet in length and can seat 18 people.

Kiev dining table by Idealsedia

Kiev dining table by Idealsedia

Modern sawbuck tables

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Simply designed with no added frills, Sawbuck dining table features an x-shaped base with a linear, often rectangular table top.  While the design of the typical sawbuck table is neither original nor very noteworthy, today’s versions of this timeless and most frequently used dining version offer a plethora of finishes and the sleekness that merits their perpetual presence among new dining table introductions.  Kasteel dining table by Tonelli features glass base and top with just a small hint of wooden elements while the Claro dining table by Tonelli is a reinvention of the Sawbuck table done entirely in glass.

Kasteel dining table by Tonelli

Kasteel dining table by Tonelli

Claro dining table by Tonelli

Claro dining table by Tonelli

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Peaches and Corals – Hello Spring!!!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Spring is here and so are the stunning and ultra-refreshing peachy and coral hues that literally make our souls smile.  All across fashion and décor, this color craze is displayed with a level of vitality that’s directly correlated with the positive energies of good weather and blooming trees.  It also happens to be in harmony with Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2016 color report among which is the ardently gracious Peach Echo hue that dominated Henzel’s Olive Street rug, was used by Bonaldo to upholster its Dream On platform bed while Moroso’s famous Bloomy armchair by Patricia Urquiola got a “wardrobe change” that celebrates this spring’s most refreshing color.

Designs using peach and coral colors

Designs using peach and coral colors