2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 5 best gifts to give to a design enthusiast

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Attention anyone buying gifts for somebody who has good taste and appreciates anything that has to do with modern design: these are the gifts that are ogle worthy.

1. TheDuck by Alessandro Bussana for Bonaldo is absolutely the most adorable furniture piece with multitude of functions.  From a surreal coffee table to a plant holder, night table and perhaps a an atypical pet.

TheDuck by Alessandro Bussana for Bonaldo

2. Hollywood pouf by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo in limited edition fabrics.  Who doesn’t love a pretty object with practical intent? And who doesn’t love to take originality up a notch with “limited edition” anything?  The Hollywood pouf was gorgeous to begin with, but is entirely irresistible in the seven limited edition fabrics.

Hollywood pouf by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo

3. Mojito Wood bar trolley by Marino Burba for Cattelan Italia is ideal for those who also love to entertain.  This is a perfectly neat solution in the form of a mobile bar that can also hold plates and appetizers in addition to drinks and bottles.

Mojito Wood bar trolley by Marino Burba for Cattelan Italia

4. Filo table lamp by Andrea Anastasio for Foscarini is a stunning creation that also helps project personal choices and reflect someone else’s preferences.  With eight highly unique versions Filo table lamp will make just about anyone happy because it’s decorative and so different.

Filo table lamp by Andrea Anastasio for Foscarini

5. Lollipop mirror by Marcel Wanders for Fiam Italia is an eye catching piece of art with tones of aesthetic value and memorable character.  Oversized statement with an exciting shape, the Lollipop Mirror is designed to be a fun yet transformative sculpture.

Lollipop mirror by Marcel Wanders for Fiam Italia

Color trend – orange and blue prove that opposites really attract

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

The ying and yang of design are colors that are opposite in every way, but prove to be complementary and powerful interior design companions. While both orange and blue are statement-making colors, their innate nature and opposing placement on the color wheel suggest possible conflict and a very probably possibility of eclipsing each other. Yet, the contrary confirms to be the case, because while orange may glow with fiery energy, blue adds a sense of calmness to the space or the object, causing a total atmospheric balance often enriched by whites or greys to faintly temper this commanding contrast.

Countless interiors, like the sitting area that features Structure arm chairs by Bonaldo in orange and blue, or product creation like Mirage glass coffee table by Metteo Ragni for Tonelli and newest Euroluce introduction by Foscarini, which was a nominee for Best Product Award, Filo table lamp Andrea Anastasio, have proven this powerful duo to be a winning one.

Modern interiors featuring orange and blue colors

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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