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

How to plant a forest inside the house

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Designed by Mario Mazzer and manufactured by Bonaldo, the hooks on this traditional coat hanger have creative twists. Tree Coat Rack is made from colored polyethylene, which makes it friendly for the outdoors as it is weather resistant and useful inside the house.

Tree Coat Rack by Mario Mazzer for Bonaldo

Tree Coat Rack by Bonaldo

Tall, skinny, and modern, it is perfect for belts, clothes, jewelry, hats, scarves, as well as beach and bath towels, all of which hang on the angled branches. While the Tree Coat Rack holds a lot of items because of its long branches, it is decorative at the same time, even when it’s empty and especially when grouped with other Tree Coat Racks.

Tree Coat Stand by Mario Mazzer and manufactured by Bonaldo

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Thoughts of summer and our summer-must haves that can be used year round

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Summer is finally here, at least in terms of season if not in matter of temperatures. Vacations have been planned and frequent parties by the pool or backyard barbecues are on the weekend schedule. But while little time will be spent indoors, the home will inadvertently be the hub of hustle and bustle. Here are our favorite summertime furniture must-haves that are bound to add utility and a sense of style to the outdoors but can also be used inside all year round.

TheDuck by Alessandro Busana for Bonaldo is an eccentric little end table that offers a pop of color and a convenient place to put a drink or a plate. It is an amazing conversation piece for indoor or outdoor use and also comes as an illuminated version.

TheDuck by Alessandro Busana for Bonaldo

TheDuck by Alessandro Busana for Bonaldo

TheDuck by Alessandro Busana for Bonaldo

TheDuck by Alessandro Busana for Bonaldo

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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