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

4 examples of a bronze and grey color theme by Fiam

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Bronze and grey is a striking color combination that is suitable for any space.  Its modern vibe is edgy and fresh, while the bronze hints add an inviting allure.  A deviation from the typical neutral palette and departure from its colder grey brethren, bronze and grey are the new modern colors that are being echoed by many Italian manufacturers and leading designers.  The likes of Fiam Italia are offering bronze glass as an option for its iconic Ghost glass armchair by Cini Boeri and Tomu Katayanagi and for the Macrame coffee table collection by Pablo Lucidi and Luca Pevere.  Bronze color is also used as a background to Fiam’s newest introductions like the Phantom mirror and the Venice console by Fiam’s Veblen division.

Bronze and grey color theme by Fiam Italia

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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Top 5 ways to turn a rental into a home

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

While renting can be a short or long term arrangement, it is not a permanent living solution and comes with its own decorative constraints mainly revolving around the level of personalization and “ownership” of the space.  Nonetheless, a year-long rental for a job, a summer rental or one for just a few weeks can still feel comfortable, welcoming and simply like a home.  These 5 easy and low cost solutions will help any temporary living situation feel like a home in both practical and emotional way.

Utensils and dinnerware – regardless of how fancy or unpretentious, new plates, mugs, cups and flatware will always make you feel like you are eating at home.  The key here is “new” so any charming option from retailers like Crate and Barrel, Target and Ikea is perfect.

Utensils and Dinnerware

Area rug – rugs add coziness and completely change the room’s perspective in the most positive and welcoming way.  On the practical side, rugs cover unattractive floors, minimize noise and help define functional spaces in open layout floor plans.  In case of hardwood or tile floors opt for shag rugs or anything that feels plush and soft on your feet like wool, viscose or bamboo blends.  Layer low-pile rugs on wall-to-wall carpeting; choose from flat weave options like 100% jute, cotton, sisal or leather for maximum surface coherence.

Area Rug

Greens and blooms – adding life in the form of living or silk plants will ultimately make any space feel more energetic and cheerful.  Choose from low maintenance plants like terrarium, succulents and cacti, opt for fresh flowers that alter on a weekly basis or just settle on silk options in the form of exotic fig and lemon trees to tropical palms. Read More

5 Key Design Elements of a Modern Farmhouse

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
  1. Rocking Chair: Cornelia rocker by Cattelan Italia represents an indoor/outdoor seat that’s symbolic of farm life with its simplistic design and sturdy metal profile.
  2. Reclaimed beam: old wood with new purpose adds another stylistic dimension and the Jerez dining table with its walnut beam is an exemplary reconditioning of an otherwise futile materials.
  3. Trestle legs: a timeless design element that applies to a farmhouse style because of its basic austerity is often seen as a dining table base but rarely as anything like the Giotto bookcase.
  4. Woven rugs like the Halibut rug by Cattelan Italia is a sign of simplicity and nostalgia and familiarity.
  5. Surfaces with wood knots: a sign of a very organic surface without many frills and corrections is another emblematic character of farmhouse style.  Sometimes seen on table tops, benches and occasional tables, its can also be integrated into the façade of a sideboard as done by Cattelan Italia’s Nebraska sideboard.
Cornelia rocking chair by Cattelan Italia

Cornelia rocking chair by Cattelan Italia

Giotto bookcase by Cattelan Italia

Giotto bookcase by Cattelan Italia

Halibut rug by Cattelan Italia

Halibut rug by Cattelan Italia

Nebraska sideboard by Cattelan Italia

Nebraska sideboard by Cattelan Italia