Seletti debuts its 2018 collection at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Perhaps one of the most memorable stops at 2018 iSaloni was a visit to the Seletti showroom that presented its latest collections spearheaded by the Belgian designer Job Smeets from Studio Job and by a collaboration with Toiletpaper Magazine whose legendary publishers are Mauritzio Cattelan and Pierrepaolo Ferrari. Full of daring design that leaves incredible impression, Saletti’s first-time ever showing at iSaloni was a combination of pop-art and catchy modern design that pushed conventional limits through its bold allusions and surreal physicality.

From fast food furniture like a hot dog sofa and hamburger chair, Blow branded accessories like the Blow plate and Blow wall art, rugs in a shape of a fried egg and lamps in the shape of a peeled banana, to the Seletti wears Toiletpaper collection that included provocative graphics like “Two of spades” pillows and rugs or the “Teeth” armchair and vase.

Seletti 2018 collection at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Seletti showroom at 2018 Salone del Mobile in Milan

Seletti showroom at 2018 Salone del Mobile in Milan

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Buyers Guide – Top 5 modern umbrella stands

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Spring is here and as they say, “April showers will bring May flowers,” so is the rain. With the season of renewal, and in the spirit of restocking, it is a good time to check on your umbrella stock and perhaps invest into a sleek modern umbrella stand that is sculptural and useful at once. There to add a creative twist to any entryway while preventing dripping rain puddles, check out our top 5 contemporary umbrella stand picks for rainy-day inspiration.

1. Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm is named after the Russian word for umbrella and made from polyethylene in matte white and brown or colored polyethylene in blue, copper, silver and hunter green colors with a clever shape that’s designed to carefully contain the water from wet umbrellas.

Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm

Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm

2. Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa is first a sculpture and second a functional piece of furniture. Made using a special metal bending procedure that results in a wavy structure, Narciso umbrella stand is available in white, beige, yellow, anthracite and fuchsia colors.

Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa

Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa

3. Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell is a simple yet entirely transcendent design that offers great deal of functionality and elegant appeal. Made of batch dyed or painted plastic, Portaombrelli has a classic cylindrical shape and an array of bright colors that evoke its 1960s origins.

Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell

Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell

4. Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi is part of a larger collection that shares a memorable geometric design reminiscent of jackstraw game. Featuring a polished stainless-steel structure comprised of individual and interconnected stocks, Blow Up umbrella stand gets its name and from a hypothetical explosion that yields its randomized, sculptural façade.

Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi

Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi

5. Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis playfully pays homage and celebrates Mary Poppins infamous arrival and via its design, serves a practical need for umbrella storage. With four shiny colors to choose from, Poppins triangular design allows for corner placements and doubles as a wine holder when not used for umbrellas.

Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis

Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis

Modern Interior Design Trend – feathers to inspire and surprise

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The super stunning Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour is part of a trend that is catching fire quickly. Showcased at the 2018 Maison & Objet show in Paris, the Feather lamp is designed to give its surroundings an immediate boost in character regardless of color or version (it is available as a table lamp, floor lamp and chandelier). Far from representing a boudoir look, the Feather lamp brings a weightless spotlight, adding a natural element to its environment while maintaining a modern sense of simplicity and ambiance. It doesn’t hurt that this trend is legitimately validated by spectacular dresses from spring-summer 2018 Haute Couture collection by Dior which featured the most extravagant bustier dress adorned by exaggerated white feathers and by Lady Gaga’s choice of feather inspired dress and a piano covered in feathers during her unforgettable performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour

Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour

Color Story – Raspberry and Peach Sorbet by Henzel

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Pink and orange are not the most common color combinations, even if they remind us of the most delicious summer dessert. While hard to imagine them together in one space, orange and pink tend to be too close in hue and equally bright without much of an obvious contrast. And yet, the Swedish design group headed by its lead mastermind Calle Henzel and his wife Asa, reimagined this electrifying color combination in the form of eye-catchy, modern area rugs like L.A.65.-Copenhagen, Hope and Face Avezzano. Zestful with brightness and inspired by art, Henzel rugs are designed to serve as a museum-worthy magnum opus, projecting audacious nature and utterly memorable metropolitan identity. Capturing international scenes, saying, symbols and cultures, all Henzel rugs welcome customization like swapping city names on the 745 New York Milano from Milan to Berlin and by that transforming what was meant to be an area rug, into a one-of-a-kind statement that’s personal to its surroundings.

Showcase of designer area rugs by Henzel

Showcase of designer area rugs by Henzel

745 New York Milano rug by Henzel in room service 360° showroom in Philadelphia

745 New York Milano rug by Henzel in room service 360° showroom in Philadelphia

Editors Pick – this Christmas you get a house!!!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

For the parents who happen to be huge fans of contemporary design and modern architecture, there is an appropriate gift through which they can project their passions on their wee ones. Perhaps it’s a way to translate something personal into something playful and fun, a sort of inspiring journey, like the gift of a book or the first set of paints; or perhaps this is a way to dream up a home very early on by letting imagination soar.

Lo and behold, there is a house designed for children to play in, unlike anything else with similar intentions, this is not a cottage but rather its Italian counterpart called Villa Julia. Fittingly manufactured in Italy and a part of Magis MeToo collection of children’s furniture and accessories, Villa Julia is designed by Javier Mariscal.

Going beyond its obvious utility, Villa Julia is a realistic dream house with enthralling potential and vast possibilities for creativity innate to designing and building a real-life house. With a mid-century modern flair, Villa Julia gives children autonomy to build it and decorate it as they wish; making it an entirely personal experience with smaller scale construction challenges and design decisions that they could be facing later in life.

Villa Julia house by Javier Mariscal for Magis (part of MeToo collection)

Villa Julia house by Javier Mariscal for Magis