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.

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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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Tubular construction in modern furniture

Monday, December 1st, 2014

We are accustomed to thinking of modern furniture as pieces of bent metal tubes, knowing it to be something practical and utilitarian as well as aesthetic.  While it’s the norm today, this breakthrough construction and material is in fact quite a novel concept, created a little less than a century ago.

Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer

It is impossible to identify the exact origin of tubes and metals in modern furniture construction other than pointing in the direction of the Bauhaus movement and a few legendary designers working in different countries.  From Mart Stam in the Netherlands and Marcel Breuer in Hungary to Mies van der Rohe in Germany and Eileen Grey in Ireland (to name a few), the stylistic, economic and functional contribution to the history of furniture construction and modern décor is instrumental, eternalized through classic pieces like the Wassily chair (circa 1925) and Barcelona chair (circa 1929) both of which are reproduced to this day by Knoll.

Panama sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Mille coffee table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo

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Garden party just in time for spring

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Modern furniture and accessories get a new springy twist this season.  From kitchen décor to accessories, interpretation of the outdoors is conveyed through organic motifs as with the Viento kitchen chairs by Bonaldo that integrate the springy feeling with the chairs pattern and its bright color.

Fli kitchen table and Viento chairs by Bonaldo

Fli kitchen table and Viento chairs by Bonaldo

Or Arifort’s Swamp armchairs with a bright and outdoorsy upholstery that emphasizes a its bold silhouette.

Swamp armchair and ottoman by Artifort

Swamp armchair and ottoman by Artifort

Actual blooming shapes like the one of the iconic Tulip chair by Pierre Paulin are a big part of modern furniture with floral-inspired upholstery colors .

Tulip Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort

Tulip Chair by Pierre Paulin for Artifort

And finally, a literal embodiment of spring is conveyed through perennial favorites incorporated into the Formosa contemporary rug by Nanimarquina.

Formosa rug by Michael Lin for Nanimarquina

Formosa rug by Michael Lin for Nanimarquina