Royal Residence for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Following their fairy-tale nuptials on May 19th, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue living in Nottingham Cottage that’s a part of Kensington Palace, a 17th century eponymous royal residence. Its lavishly designed with refined spaces like the Cupola room and King’s staircase, showcase intricate details that were spearheaded by infamous British architects like Sir Christopher Wren and William Kent over the Palace’s multi-century long expansion and renovation.

Nottingham Cottage

Yet the uber modern new royal may add a touch of her eloquent simplistic style to her new royal residence as she so famously did when she chose the super minimal Givenchy and Stella McCartney wedding gowns.

Meghan Markle's wedding gown by Givenchy and Stella McCartney

With Meghan Markle’s influence, the otherwise palatial interior may have a modern twist. With understated, unfussy elegance, the sumptuous space occupied by the royal newlyweds will perhaps be diluted by cream-colored streamlined sofas, naturally finished wooden tables with glass legs, and bedrooms that offer simple lines and important essentials that collectively highlight the traditional grandeur of the Palace. Lago’s Air bedroom and dining room collection as well as its Slide sofa all have an intrinsic aptitude for blending interior styles and environments, proof of which can be seen in the incredible parallels between interiors curated by Lago and the infamous Palace.

Slide sofa by Lago

Air collection by Lago

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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Design Trend – Royally Modern Style

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot and with that, breaking many rules and age-old traditions as well as redefining what royalty in the 21st century really means through their fairy tale love story, it is not surprising that the ultra-modern interior style that’s known for its particular minimalism is getting a royal makeover. Epitomizing exquisite materials that are inspired by regal heritage and combining aesthetic simplicity with intelligent functionality, today’s modern design heavily influenced by extravagant details typically associated with royalty. This trend was particularly highlighted at this year’s Salone del Mobile that took place in Milan last month. From velvet upholsteries to exaggerated structures, here’s our favorite example of this growing modern trend.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Rossetto showcased two beds that added some extraordinary elements to its already stunning bedroom selection. The Caracalla bed was upholstered in a jewel-toned velvet fabric with extra wide and, curved headboard that’s designed to envelop with cozy refinement. The Sipario bed is the company’s first canopy styled bed that joins the decadence of aristocratic Europe with modern geometry that’s incorporated into its headboard.

Caracalla bed by Rossetto

Caracalla bed by Rossetto

Sipario bed by Rossetto

Sipario bed by Rossetto

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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

Product Spotlight – Ercole and Afrodite by Driade

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Inspired by the popular Olympian Gods, Hercules who had legendary strength and physique and Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade is an extraordinary juxtaposition of mythical figures into modern design. A product of Driade Lab, Ercole e Afrodite is a group of storage containers that are available in either glossy black or matte white lacquer representing anthropomorphic elements that yield the most sensorial exhibition of modern design when joined into a fused sideboard silhouette. It is especially powerful because of the extremes and opposites that it represents; beauty vs. strength, femininity vs. masculinity, classic vs. modern, black vs. white, vertical vs. horizontal, shiny vs matte. It is also a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art that pays homage to the genius of Italian design as well as to the poetic element of historic integration into daily life.

Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade

Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade