Editor’s pick – perfect modern recliner is no longer a rarity

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Recliners as a general rule are certainly not the most attractive seating solution pieces in a sea of stunning designer furniture pieces, and yet it is something that fills the void of certain type of comfort that only this particular chair can meet. We searched high and low for reclining chairs that also combine an element of sophistication and refinement, and were able to highlight two stunning options by Nicoline that, if one did not know, would never assume were recliners. Both Lessina and Poros are a testament to modern style, minimal design and meticulous attention to details that help create a sense of fit with any space that can benefit from reclining functionality without the sacrifice of style. Both recliners are also swiveling armchairs, when not in reclining mode and thus can serve is an attractive accent chair in any room.

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Chesterfield sofa is not just a piece of furniture but a piece of history

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Chesterfield, as we now know it, is an exquisite leather sofa that incorporates prominent tufting pattern into its back, seat or both. Its recognized design has turned the Chesterfield sofa into a descriptive and highly transcending style of seating thought to be namesaked after the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Philip Stanhope who was looking for a furniture solution that allowed comfort without the sacrifice of mannered personal appearance. The original Chesterfield offered an upright, firm seat, adorned with buttons and nail head trim for added trendsetting qualities and aesthetic refinement.

Today, chesterfield sofas have changed the status quo of formal seating, and are used in all settings and in all styles, not just in traditionally designed spaces. Their old-fashioned stigmas and conventional class barriers have disintegrated, with modern sofa versions designed to embrace the decorative depths of original chesterfields with simplified details and a timeless British imprint on interior design.

Some of our favorite Chesterfield inspired masterpieces include the Aston collection by Gamma Arredamenti that includes a sofa, sectional, chaise, armchair and a bed.

Aston sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Aston bed by Gamma Arredamenti

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Maison & Objet 2018 – Familiar but New Stuffed Animal Furniture

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The 2018 Maison & Objet fair in Paris bore witness once again to the creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by stuffed animal furniture by AP Collection. Inspired by a personal story of Alexis and Pauline and perhaps by the reinvention demonstrated by Fernando and Humberto Campana’s limited edition series of Banquet chairs, AP Collection’s 2018 presentation included polar bears, swans, mammoths, seals, and toucans.

AP Collection’s 2018 presentation at Maison & Object fair in Paris

AP Collection’s 2018 presentation at Maison & Object fair in Paris

Armchair of Thousand Eyes by Campana Brothers for Fendi Casa

Armchair of Thousand Eyes by Campana Brothers for Fendi Casa

Similar to the Campana Brothers 2003 stuffed animals that were repurposed into modern furniture through repetition, clustering and playfulness and their more recent addition of the Armchair of Thousand Eyes for Fendi Casa, AP Collection embraced sculptural aspects of cushy toys by inserting them into modern interiors through functional furniture like statement-making benches and eye-catching ottomans in addition to their initial collection of accent chairs.

Banquete chairs by Campana Brothers

Banquete chairs by Campana Brothers

Color Trend – Winter Blues

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Color embodies the ambiance of space and with that also imposes certain intrinsic associations on modern living spaces. Today’s color trends from Italy’s leading design authorities are closely correlated with material choices and the overall vibe, which currently reflects a contradicting colder but cozier atmosphere, one that requires a bit more sensuality, perhaps a warmer texture and a color palette that is closely intertwined with the need to be cuddled. The inevitable and highly plausible return of velvet in most diverse variances of modern interior design emphasizes the winter-wonderland palette of blue-greys, as demonstrated in a voluptuous new addition of Lovy sofa by Sergio Bicego for Bonaldo. This wintery color palette is further put to test through sensorial textures that invite a touch and fashion-forward patterns that beg to be examined as shown in the color and textile choices of the contemporary disposed Skid and Coral seating collection by Bonaldo.

Modern Italian design featuring a blue-grey winter wonderland palette

Color Story – Winter White Modern Living Spaces

Friday, December 15th, 2017

White is a beautiful choice for interior decor, one that is easy to integrate with just about anything in terms of style and color. White is great when it dominates the space or when used as an accent to other powerful colors. But when decorating with white, many find it best associated with ultra-modern furniture or a color palette that is particular to beach-properties. In fact, there is an actual modern design deviation denominated as Miami-Modern, a décor style that’s full of white color and minimal airiness. But, that’s not the white color that will be discussed today, rather winter white – because white is also associated with snow.

Winter-white means a fashion statement, it means layers and contrasting textures of the same tone that add dimension, it means any hue that is not pure, like Benjamin Moore’s Ice Cap, Behr’s Snowfall, and Sherwin Williams Frosty White. Winter white means elegant, regal and magical. And while impractical, winter white is widely associated with coziness and warmth. Check out winter white modern living spaces featuring the Cadillac and Marlon sofas from the Dandy collection by Gamma Arredamenti.

Cadillac and Marlon sofas in winter white from the Dandy collection by Gamma Arredamenti