Does the term “hand-made” really applies to glass?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

One would typically associate hand-made techniques with upholstery, woodworking and other crafts-driven creations, with glass not really being linked to having anything to do with non-machine driven process.  And yet, Fiam’s iconic sculpture-like coffee table proves that glass is a material that can be indeed used to construct an entirely hand-made design.  The Atlas statuesque coffee table is one of Fiam Italia’s most distinguished productions.  Designed by a renowned British sculptor Danny Lane, Atlas coffee table incorporates tiers of straight and curved edge 20mm thick glass molded entirely by hand into refractive and reflective surfaces.  Danny Lane is an renowned sculptor and it’s of no surprise that his masterpiece for Fiam is a collector’s item with museum worthy character.

Atlas coffee table by Danny Lane for Fiam Italia

Atlas cocktail table close-up details

Atlas coffee table close-up

Atlas coffee table production process

Investing in Luxury: top decorating tips for investment properties

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

It’s utterly lucrative to invest in the next hottest real estate opportunity and many of these are disguised as vacation homes that get rented occasionally.  With sought-after high-rise condo properties that offer ocean views like those steadily springing up along South Florida’s coastline, luxury living is inevitable.  But beside the obvious luxury perks like full concierge and full amenities, these properties are blank canvas and require an equal amount of luxury design to make them on par with their backdrops.  Here are a few decorating tip that guarantee exactly that:

Function is key and most of the time, storage is one of the most important elements which is why it is pivotal to invest into custom closets and wardrobes.  Ranging from simple to elaborate, functional closet organization is truly essential in every room as well as at the entrance, kitchen pantry and bathrooms.  Some stunning examples include Plana collection by Pianca and Tecnopolis collection by Presotto.

Plana collection by Pianca

Plana collection by Pianca

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Sophisticated window treatments and ambient light fixtures are also popular luxury barometers as are wall coverings and smartly placed furnishings.  So choose wisely by selecting finishes and materials that have a wide appeal and also are consistent with the look and feel of the condo property.  Some properties have a clean modern look while others offer a more transitional vibe.  Check out Big table by Bonaldo with the colorful base in an all-white condo space that certainly gives off an art-deco, Miami-like style.

Big dining table by Bonaldo

Big dining table by Bonaldo

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Color Trend: Pink is not just for nurseries and Barbie houses

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

When thinking about pink interiors, one’s immediate association is with a little girl’s room and of course with every doll’s house on the market.  But there is a grown-up way to use pink color in interior design that is not blatantly feminine but rather soft, sophisticated and full of style.  Powder pink, or any unsaturated shade of the color with dusty hue will yield a fresh and elegant result whether through an accent or a backdrop or even when taking on the center stage.

With a visible yet not overwhelming contrast, pink is compelling as an accent to a generally white room like the one featuring white Vendome glass table and Paris sideboard by Tonin Casa that are contrasted by pale pink leather upholstered Vivienne dining chairs.  On the other hand, equal amount of pink and blue makes for a striking and highly noticeable combination that’s often used on furniture and accents as shown in Luca Papini’s Liber Showcase collection for Tonelli.  Emanating elegance and tranquility, the subtle nature of pink makes its presence sinuous with almost any color, from grey hues like the accent pillows on the Charcoal colored Lars sofa by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo, to a single cabinet in Presotto’s I-modulART composition that is by and large graphite and charcoal brown, pink proves as a subtle and sensible element in modern decor that departs from its childish relatives.

Pink modern interior design

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 reasons why poufs and ottomans offer so much more to modern interiors

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Poufs, footstools and ottomans are no longer designed and used for their sole and primary purpose.  Instead, manufacturers are rethinking their original purpose in innovative ways, adding not just sculptural originality but also functional enhancement with value for every space around the house.  While the fundamental objective of an ottoman remains as it was, the following modern ottomans offer storage, a source of light and sculptural integrity.

1. Visual originality – Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Gino Carollo for Bonaldo are meant to be used as a composition or individually; turning from a single seat into a bench while enriching the visual value of their surroundings.

Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Bonaldo

Earth Wind and Fire Poufs by Bonaldo

2. Storage – functionally convenient without visually depreciating the overall design impact, Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini offer storage and a seating solution at once.  The same stunning aesthetic dominion and functional brilliance applies to Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa and the smart stool trio of Freddy, Bruce and Sugar by Gamma Arredamenti.

Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini

Secret ottoman by Mauro Lipparini

Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa

Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa

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