The New Stone Age

Monday, February 6th, 2017

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

5 must have furniture pieces for small spaces

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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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Color Trend: Teal is fun and fresh

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Teal shades are certainly making their presence known in modern furniture with unique realizations of the color, from the role of an accent to statement pieces.  Dark and bright teals are trending because of their chameleon-like character that’s both blue and green, equally and independently powerful.  With the help of natural and dramatic lighting as well as various complementing color schemes like greys, yellows and neutrals, teal colored furniture yield inspiring results and create fascinating interiors full of modern, dynamic and bold ambiance.  This is especially true when teal color is the main attraction in a space, with the perfect example of that being Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo that’s daringly upholstered in teal fabric and accented by lots of natural light.  Teal color is also an excellent choice for accent furniture like the Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa or the desk section of Presotto’s I-modulART wall unit as well as in the form of smaller accessories like decorative pillows and throws.  Teal furniture and subsequently, teal interiors are balanced and sophisticated, especially when elegantly accented by black or white colors like the combination of the La Defense dining table with white base and teal-colored Round dining chairs by Tonin Casa.

Teal interior design color trends

3 stunning kitchen island ideas

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

A kitchen island is the center of the kitchen and the kitchen is usually the most happening spot of the house which means that the kitchen island is certainly worthy of the extra attention when it comes to its design, finishes and functional role.  Regardless whether it’s a modern kitchen or one that borders with traditional or farmhouse style, the kitchen island is used for in a multitude of functions like food prep, varied storage, as well as everyday dining and occasional entertaining.  Additionally it is a focal point of the kitchen space and the most common place for family gatherings.  So it is not surprising that creating a sophisticated, stylish and highly usable kitchen island is a priority when remodeling the kitchen.  Check out a few examples of highly tasteful kitchen island spaces, design of which can be easily adopted to fit many interior styles, from modern design with a rustic twist to traditional decor inspired by the French countryside.

Artex kitchen island by Varenna

Artex collection by Varenna is top of the line Italian kitchen solution from highly coveted manufacturer with a modern kitchen specialty.

Diesel collection by Scavolini

Diesel collection by Scavolini is edgy with the rare ability to complement modern and traditional styles as well as various other stylistic deviations like farmhouse, rustic and craftsmen and eclectic.

Tailor Living collection by Presotto

The newest addition in Presotto’s product line is the Tailor Living collection which uses the concept of making the kitchen feel more like a living space and all its elements have a furniture-like aesthetics.

6 essential design philosophies for minimalist interiors

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Simplicity is relaxing and very alluring especially to those who appreciate the “no-frill” lifestyle.  Pragmatically organized interiors are thus decorated with the motto of “less-is more” utilizing just the right amount of furniture and a keeping to a fluid sense of wholesomeness.  Following three simple philosophies that define this style, a minimalist modern decor is can easily be realized.

Function is first – to avoid cluttering and over-furnishing any space, focus on defining the function of every space and every piece of furniture or object within its confines.

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Scale and fluidity – furniture should be proportional to their surroundings, decor should be proportional to the furniture and the space around it.  The room should have a clear sense of dimensional balance and stylistic congruency.

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Focus on quality – minimalism encourages fewer objects therefore it is natural to invest in higher quality elements with durable materials, innovative functionality and unique designs as they will be used more often and will draw more attention to themselves.

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Understated details — when it comes to adding decorative touches to the room keep in mind the entire space and reinforce its simplicity with small but essential decorations that add stylistic intensity without screaming for attention.
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