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

Sofia dining chair by Cattelan Italia Sofia dining chair by Cattelan Italia Read More

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.

Style Rules: dramatic way to decorate with clear glass

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

As Isamu Noguchi once said, “It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness…,” clear glass requires a little unconventional thinking. Instead of trying to complement glass with another clear element and weightless material, it is more impactful to underscore the innate lightness of glass with substantial materials for dramatic effect. For example, the extra clear and entirely glass, Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia, is paired with the Magda leather chairs while Tonin Casa’s Vendome dining table is paired with Charonne and Vivienne dining chairs which in both cases offer a great deal of visual and sensorial contrast to the weightlessness of glass.

Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia

Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia

Vendome dining table by Tonin Casa

Vendome dining table by Tonin Casa

In another instance the mega modern Nervi dining table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli, was unexpectedly paired with heavy looking, transitionally styled Villa and Velvet dining chairs by Costantini Pietro to anchor its ultra-light nature with weightier structures.

Nervi dining table by Tonelli in room service 360° showroom

Nervi dining table by Tonelli in room service 360° showroom

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