Style Rules: Effortlessly Casual but not Shabby

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Effortlessly casual glamor can be achieved in a space that allures and invites with its soft lines and understated touches. For those looking to have a chic yet simple versatility, the Peanut B collection by Bonaldo happens to embody this unique setting requirement and sophisticated aesthetic. Designed by Mauro Lipparini, Peanut B seating collection marries charm and urbanity with an easily relatable style that stimulates a relaxing atmosphere. Peanut B gives the freedom to create vast variety of compositions, from simple L-shaped sectionals to more complex, stand-alone contemporary sofa islands that offer 360 degree seating access. Despite its Italian pedigree and designer origins, Peanut B remains casual, in part because of its simple structure filled with white feather and polyurethane foam padding, and in part because of its sumptuous silhouette that maintains an undeniable amount of fashion-forward tailoring.

Peanut B sectional sofa by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional sofa by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional sofa by Bonaldo

On Cyber Monday we are left to ponder about the influence of Cyber Age on Interior Design

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Ever since it was coined in 2005, the term Cyber Monday revolutionized the way we shop for the holidays, and opened the door to other Cyberized activities like exercising, studying, and working in the cyber-age.  From gotomeeting.com that enables telecommuting, to online universities like Capella and a Peloton cycling experience with streaming live classes, cyber space continues to enrich our routines, offering endless conveniences and time-saving solutions that help make the most of our daily life.  This is an exciting reality that renders itself to a deeper cybernetic exploration and how it plays out in other aspects of our everyday lives.  Drawing on the importance of connectivity, interior design becomes incredibly crucial along with its elements that need to be reevaluated in order to accommodate dependability on technology and cyber space access.  There to meet these inevitable advancements, are innovative manufacturers like Presotto Italia that integrate cordless dockstations into living room and bedroom compositions, providing ports for connections with any smartphone or Nicoline Italia that created a special tech version of their Shelley sofa just to be able to offer its customers cyber access without ever leaving the couch.  And these are just examples that represent the tip of the iceberg as to the true influence of ever-melting cyber boundaries on where we live and how we decorate our homes.

Wall units with integrated dockstations by Presotto

Wall units with integrated dockstations by Presotto

Difference between Interior Design & Interior Decor

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The two professions are very often confused and used interchangeably.  But while both involve interiors, they are profoundly different.  Design is a spectrum of elements that collectively contribute to the congruency of a space; the connection between people’s behaviors and the corresponding functional expectation from all composing elements of a room.

Decoration on the other hand, focuses on the space in-parallel to how it’s being used and by whom.  It might meet all functional expectation through furniture, colors, textiles and textures but fall short in the ideal scale, layout and proportions.

Interior decorators often help with fabrics, paint and furnishings while designers dig deeper and are more involved with space planning, finishes and structural details, by considering light and sound as well as other sensorial experiences.  Designers will likewise provide technical expertise through three-dimensional programs like AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino and 3DMax.

In the framework of a project, both decorators and designers can help select and purchase furniture, lighting and accessories.  The difference will be apparent when designer may also help with the room’s layout and construction finishes.

Below is a brief example of what to expect from an interior designer.  In this 3D rendering of a modern living room, customer was able to see their space along with the color choices, furniture selections, as well as the layout of a challenging (partially) rounded structure prior to making a large investment.

Custom interior design 3D rendering by room service 360°

Custom interior design 3D rendering by room service 360°

Furniture used in this space: Soleado sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti, I-modulART wall unit by Presotto, Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini, convertible coffee table by Ozzio, Bamboo silk rug by Surya and glass art.

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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