Editor’s Pick – the perfect modern dining table for family gatherings

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

When selecting a dining table, there are surely many elements to consider like the most suitable size, the right scale to the size of the room, the most usable table shape as well as the most harmonious style with the remainder of the house. However, what most neglect to consider is the practicality component of the table, in particularly, its resistance to stains, spills and scratches. Bearing in mind the full range of needs that a dining table serves, it is imperative for it to be sturdy and durable and of course reflective of personal style.

While wood, glass and stone were the go to options for dining tables, today’s innovation-driven modern design brings forth the most extensive, all-encompassing option in the form of ceramics. Reminiscent of timeless marbles, ceramic-top tables offer the opportunity to really showcase the table without the need for protective place mats and table cloths, making gathering for meals, conversations and laughter even more gratifying.

Check out our favorite ceramic top modern dining tables manufactured in Italy by Cattelan Italia below:

Skorpio Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia

Giano Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia

Giano Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia

Roll Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia

Roll Keramik dining table by Cattelan Italia

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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

Defining Design – Wainscoting, the Band-Aid of wall coverings

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Dating back to 16th century England, wainscoting was associated with the most modest of dwellings, initially used on the lower interior sections of stone walls to insulate the room from cold and damp weather elements. With better construction methods and the popularization of HVAC systems, wainscoting transitioned from a dampness and coldness Band-Aid, to being increasingly used by homeowners in the dining room as a sort of a bumper to protect walls from possible scuffing damage caused by dining chairs.

It is one of the world’s most ancient forms of custom-made decor, and has become quite a source for creativity and personalization as can be seen through examples of wainscoting in the modern dining rooms featuring Giano and Plisset dining tables by Cattelan Italia.

Giano dining table by Cattelan Italia

Giano dining table by Cattelan Italia

Plisset dining table by Cattelan Italia

Plisset dining table by Cattelan Italia

Today, wainscoting is no longer a Band-Aid for imperfect walls but rather a decorative element that can upgrade the style of any room, adding dimension to an otherwise dull wall surface, symbolizing prestige and casual elegance.

Color trend – white walls

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Contrary to what is typically assumed, a room with white or neutral walls is not necessarily boring or dull, but rather can pack a surprisingly impactful punch and can certainly prove to be audacious in its own right. So what exactly can turn a white-walled room into anything but basic?

Add a focal point, preferable not a huge one as shown with Nick sofa by Cierre that’s upholstered in light leather to match the walls while the Seventies accent chairs are upholstered in a much darker color and draw much of the attention away from an otherwise monochromatic space.

Nick sofa and Seventies accent chairs by Cierre

Nick sofa and Seventies accent chairs by Cierre

Rooms with large windows and naturally well-lit spaces like the dining rooms depicting Viola d’amore and Monaco tables by Cattelan Italia are far from simple and in fact capture the innate architectural charm of the space, as well as help focus the attention on the furniture pieces that fill the room.

Viola d’amore dining table by Cattelan Italia

Viola d’amore dining table by Cattelan Italia

Monaco dining table by Cattelan Italia

Monaco dining table by Cattelan Italia

The white-walled and neutrally decorated bedroom at the center of which is Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo is a softly decorated, perhaps a color-less space but one that could not be further away from boring. This serves to show another alternative that uses natural light source in the form of an exaggerated window, and turns it into a focal point, which by design serves as the room’s center of attention and is noticed because there are no visual distractions.

Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo

Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo

The New Stone Age

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Stone and ceramic surfaces are growing in popularity, reaching beyond their typical utility on the kitchen or bathroom floor with increased presence in products ranging from modern dining tables, contemporary wall units as well as bedroom furniture.  Paralleling the craze for rustic drift woods, stone finishes that feature rough, almost primal textures offer enhanced tactility and a rugged contrast to the sleek minimalism of modern design.

Balancing interiors with character and aesthetic dimension, marble surfaces like White Carrara and Black Marquina are often seen on tables like Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia or Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo as well as on wall units like I-modulART collection by Presotto Italia.  Sophisticated pieces like these create an unexpected edge and a counterpoint in the interior while helping balance softer materials with hard surfaces, complementing glass, wood or metals.

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo