2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultra Violet

Monday, December 11th, 2017

It is official, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 is Ultra Violet 18-3838, a purple hue that combines red and blue tones into an intense shade that evokes introspection and creativity as well as suggestive of a certain magical existence, surreal and innovative at once. Promising without exaggeration, contextually meaningful and full of substance, ultra violet pays homage to history all the while inspiring cautious positivity, this contradicting nature is entirely in tune with Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman’s, statement about the significance of ultra violet, noting that it “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future”.

Pantone’s 2018 color choice was one that Bonaldo perhaps anticipated or perhaps once again this factory and its super-star designer squad displayed forward-thinking initiative when its newest masterpiece, Cop dining table was introduced earlier this year at the Milan Furniture Fair. Designed by Roberto Paoli, Cop is full of irony by way of making its base reflect what is usually on its top. Embodying celebratory associations like bottles and champagne glasses, Cop’s base is formed using various shapes and sizes in a surprising purple color scheme that is both striking and very original.

Gamma Arredamenti also saw this perfect shade of purple coming, and chose this starry color from their nabuk leathers when introducing a striking new collection called Victor. With perfectly slender armrests and inviting silhouette, Victor seating collection offers supreme elegance especially when it was first unveiled to the world in the ultra violet color, reaffirming what Pantone’s vice president Laurie Pressman said that this color has, “ability to convey deep messages and meanings”.

Cop dining table by Bonaldo and Victor sectional by Gamma Arredamenti featuring 2018 Pantone color of the year

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

Style Rules: Effortlessly Casual but not Shabby

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Effortlessly casual glamor can be achieved in a space that allures and invites with its soft lines and understated touches. For those looking to have a chic yet simple versatility, the Peanut B collection by Bonaldo happens to embody this unique setting requirement and sophisticated aesthetic. Designed by Mauro Lipparini, Peanut B seating collection marries charm and urbanity with an easily relatable style that stimulates a relaxing atmosphere. Peanut B gives the freedom to create vast variety of compositions, from simple L-shaped sectionals to more complex, stand-alone contemporary sofa islands that offer 360 degree seating access. Despite its Italian pedigree and designer origins, Peanut B remains casual, in part because of its simple structure filled with white feather and polyurethane foam padding, and in part because of its sumptuous silhouette that maintains an undeniable amount of fashion-forward tailoring.

Peanut B sectional sofa by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional sofa by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Peanut B sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Design Trend – when royal meets rustic

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia epitomizes the true essence of juxtaposed styles. Modernity and elegance, function and beauty, sophistication and simplicity are designed to coexist in a harmonious and highly impactful composition. Combining spontaneous character of natural burl and the deliberate panache of baroque details that are innate to gilded age royals, Sidney collection is ambitious and one that is destined to dominate the interior limelight with an impressive play of opposites that’s highlighted by superior quality and diverse tactile appeal.

Kitchen from Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia

Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia

Bookcase from Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia

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On Cyber Monday we are left to ponder about the influence of Cyber Age on Interior Design

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Ever since it was coined in 2005, the term Cyber Monday revolutionized the way we shop for the holidays, and opened the door to other Cyberized activities like exercising, studying, and working in the cyber-age.  From gotomeeting.com that enables telecommuting, to online universities like Capella and a Peloton cycling experience with streaming live classes, cyber space continues to enrich our routines, offering endless conveniences and time-saving solutions that help make the most of our daily life.  This is an exciting reality that renders itself to a deeper cybernetic exploration and how it plays out in other aspects of our everyday lives.  Drawing on the importance of connectivity, interior design becomes incredibly crucial along with its elements that need to be reevaluated in order to accommodate dependability on technology and cyber space access.  There to meet these inevitable advancements, are innovative manufacturers like Presotto Italia that integrate cordless dockstations into living room and bedroom compositions, providing ports for connections with any smartphone or Nicoline Italia that created a special tech version of their Shelley sofa just to be able to offer its customers cyber access without ever leaving the couch.  And these are just examples that represent the tip of the iceberg as to the true influence of ever-melting cyber boundaries on where we live and how we decorate our homes.

Wall units with integrated dockstations by Presotto

Wall units with integrated dockstations by Presotto