Color Trend: Blue Indigo offers a striking statement of sophistication

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Regardless of interior style specificities, Indigo Blue is an exceptional choice communicating simplicity and starkness and lending a sense of timeless elegance to its surroundings.  Eclectic or modern, traditional of bohemian, indigo blue represents avant-garde sophistication, offering a sanctuary backdrop equivalent to a memorable art piece.  Try mixing this powerful and opulent tone with greys or anthracites to get a cooler palette, with white colors for crisper feel or with wood finishes for striking warmth.  A statement color in any room, an indigo blue bed like Basket bed by Bonaldo or Sergio Bicego’s All-One sofa by Bonaldo look even more dramatic because of the enchanted upholstery choice while smaller accents like Pianca’s Spazio Volumi sideboard or the Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini can create a conversation and leave a memorable impression of great taste.

Blue Indigo Color Trend

What can a Russian doll add to modern interiors?

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The fascination with the popular Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka, continues to offer aesthetic inspiration to many European designers and manufacturers.  Its folkloric roots along with its familiar structure, shape and the decorative freedom that it extends make it a visual marvel, almost to a point of exoticism, which is why it is not surprising that this archaic muse is front and center (in various adaptations) on the world’s main design stage, Milan’s International Furniture & Accessory Exhibition.

Objects inspired by Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka

Objects inspired by Russian nesting doll, Matryoshka

From recently introduced Earth, Wind & Fire seating collection designed by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo to the Fedora pendants by Dina Loginoff for Axo Light and the Matroshka glass vase set by Maxim Velcovsky, the literal adaptation of the original Matryoshka doll’s feminine silhouette reiterates though many decorative genres and thus translates into a practical interior solution for the modern home.

What’s more, the now famous Matryoshka concept is also used metaphorically, as a nesting principle by the likes of Karim Rashid who applied this philosophy to a furniture solution, fittingly named Matryoshkarim, that offers space saving seating and work of art qualities.

Matryoshkarim by Karim Rashid

Matryoshkarim by Karim Rashid

Top Tips for Decorating a Large Room

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

It is always a challenge to find the right scale when it comes to decorating any room, but it is especially difficult when it comes to decorating large spaces.  This challenge is especially common with open-floor layouts that are becoming the norm in new construction.

Instinctively, the room’s perimeters tend to be its guidelines when it comes to furniture placement; however, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to bigger spaces.  To avoid typical pitfalls and classic mistakes these large room design tips are all you need.

Arrange furniture around functional areas that form distinct spaces but share common design elements, color scheme and theme.  In a large living room, there may be a sectional sofa for TV watching and a few swivel armchairs that function as a separate seating area.  The same layout logic applies in a large bedroom where the bed (sleeping space) is complemented by a sitting area an example of which includes the Vinci chairs and Monet bed by Cierre.

Monet platform bed by Cierre

Monet platform bed by Cierre

Keep the ceiling in mind when buying furniture.  A low ceiling in a large room may hinder on its roominess and not allow the same layout or scale that would normally be appropriate in a high ceiling room.  On the other hand a very high ceiling in a large room will modify the furniture scale of the room.  Use ceiling pendants or chandeliers to compensate for the extra ceiling height by suspending them a little lower than usual or large scale floor lamps like the Twiggy by Foscarini to give the illusion of intimacy.

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

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Gemstone Series: Inspired by Agate

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Lake Superior’s Agate gemstone gets its rich brown and amber colors from the iron minerals deeply hidden in the soil of its shores; ruminants of the billion year-old volcanic lava eruptions.  But its enchanting ring-like pattern is a repeated vigilantly bit more widespread especially when it comes to the organic shapes of Samba coffee table collection by Cattelan Italia, offered in rich walnut wood as well as in white Carrara and brown Emperador marble.  The caramel and brown color of the Agate gemstone as well as its pebble shape can also be seen in the Isola clock collection by Nomon and in the Lumiere lighting collection by Rodolfo Dondoni for Foscarini.  Regardless of the specific modern decor genre – be it furniture, accessories or lighting – the alluring tonality of Agate, its captivating orbicular design and the understated organic shape lends itself as an inspiration, one that’s certainly bound to become an interior gemstone in its own right.

modern design inspired by Agate gemstone

5 summertime inspired decor elements that are great for anytime time of the year

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Summer is here and it is absolutely delicious to be outside.  Finally the weather, in four-season states, is pampering us, quenching the thirst we had all year long for the outdoors, for grass and BBQs, for sandy beaches and poolside lounging.  The weather outside is even having an influence on how chirpy the inside is looking. With flashes of bright colors, linens and lucid materials, summer literally steps inside the house with these great decor elements that overstay summer and stick around throughout the year.

Screaming of summer is a sunny yellow modern sideboard that’s actually called Summer.  Manufactured in Italy by Bonaldo, Summer sideboard is designed by Gino Carollo and features cheerful persona inspired by the sunniest of days through its brightly colored facade and an unusual vertically oriented trapezium shape.

Summer sideboard by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo

Summer sideboard by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo

Dream chandelier by Cattelan Italia features natural linen fabric shade, which is primarily associated with warm summary days in the form of a cooling garment.  Linen is most often used in summer fashion for its airiness, and is increasingly utilized in home decor because it is semi-translucent fabric and thus creates an inviting ambience.

Dream chandelier by Cattelan Italia

Dream chandelier by Cattelan Italia

LA 65 Copenhagen rug is one of Calle Henzel’s original collage and text sessions designs.  Epitomizing summer not only through the bright orange, purple and fuchsia colors, LA 65 Copenhagen rug recalls summertime through repeating palm tree motifs.

LA 65 Copenhagen rug by Henzel

LA 65 Copenhagen rug by Henzel

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