Debunking the myths of comfortable dining chairs

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Comfort is vital and probably surpasses the design factor when it comes to usability of a dining chair. And yet, comfort is not a forgone conclusion when it’s associated with modern dining chairs in the kitchen or the formal dining space. Especially because many decisions are made with key factor being WHAT the dining chairs look like, rather than HOW comfortable they are. This, in addition to misconceptions related to comfort, creates the need to debunk some of these myths.

Myth #1 – The size of the chair is suggestive of its comfort level. It is a myth because a smaller scale dining chair like Filly chair by Bonaldo offers proper back angle, sturdy steel frame and high density, crush-proof padding, with a conveniently removable cover and lots of upholstery choices.

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Myth #2 – The more padded the chair, the more comfortable it is. Yet another myth which ignores the type of padding used in the construction process which cannot be isolated to a visually test only. Isabel, Sofia and Tosca dining chairs by Cattelan Italia all share the same seat and back designs albeit different legs and all represent the most comfort instilling dining solutions in modern design. Yet, if compared on how padded they are to heavier looking padded chairs, they will fail the optical comfort assessment.

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

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Modern Design Trends – from the 70s

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Featuring patterns, fringe details and bold colors, the 70s were considered one of the boldest decades when it comes to design. Defined by iconic fashion influencers like Donny and Marie Osmond, Cher and the original Charlie’s Angels, the 1970’s were all about standing out. Inspired by this need for attention a collaboration between Masquespacio’s Ana Hernández and Houtique, produced a stunning collection of modern pendants aptly titled Wink and defined by gold frames and dangling pink fringes that contour their curvilinear shape that were recently debuted at the Maison & Objet show in Paris.

Modern inetior design trends from the 70s

Similarly, Bonaldo partnered with Sergio Biceglo in the design of the Colors modular sofa and with Giuseppe Vigano in the Doppler project that deeply mimic the prints and colors schemes that are innate to the bygone days of the seventies which also were the influencing component of the Kaos coffee table collection by Cattelan Italia.

Color Story – Midnight Green or Philadelphia Eagles Green

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

It’s Super Bowl Eve y’all!!! And Philadelphia is all lit up in tribute to the Eagles whose journey to Super Bowl LII is truly inspiring. The city’s most recognizable landmarks like Boathouse Row, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, City Hall, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and practically the entire city skyline is glowing with green pride in colorful salute to their home team’s road to the 2018 Super Bowl. But just in case Eagles green love extends beyond the Super Bowl, know that this shade of green is also known as midnight green and is a powerful yet chic color with modern inclination and organic disposition. Midnight green is a color that can easily energize and brighten without appearing ostentatious because of its strong ties to nature, while coming across extra sharp because of its vivid cool, cyan undertone. For inspiration and for very pretty modern furniture pieces if you are an Eagles fan, examples of perfectly applied Eagles Green include the Lock armchair by Alessandro Busano for Bonaldo and the Tuny leather bed by Tonin Casa, both of which embody this gorgeous color with serenity and sophisticated taste.

Modern interiors in Philadelphia Eagles midnight green

Color Story – Historical Relevance of Royal Blue

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Royal blue is a deep, highly saturated darker version of blue. Opulent in hue and suggestive of unequivocal elegance, it is hard not to ponder which particular royal this shade of blue was intended for. Dating back to British Monarchy of late 18th and early 19th century, a blue dress was made for Queen Charlotte who ruled England with King George III. The rich colored fabric drew the queen’s attention when it was presented by millers from Somerset, affixing the term for eternity as royal blue. Forever to be associated with regal sophistication, this spectacular shade makes everything appear more lavish. From the mega impressive Basket Alto bed by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo that is intentionally upholstered in a royal blue velvet to add theatrics, to the ultra-modern Track dining table by the brilliant Alain Gilles which despite its minimalist profile manages to offer unparalleled flair when its steel beams are showcased in a royal blue color.

Royal blue modern interior design

Proving that this color is also never too much is a chromatically layered eclectic space that features a pair of beautiful Log accent chairs by Didier Versavel for Desio on top of entirely tiled walls, floors and ceilings.

Queen Charlotte's blue dress

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