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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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

Maison & Objet 2018 – Familiar but New Stuffed Animal Furniture

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The 2018 Maison & Objet fair in Paris bore witness once again to the creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by stuffed animal furniture by AP Collection. Inspired by a personal story of Alexis and Pauline and perhaps by the reinvention demonstrated by Fernando and Humberto Campana’s limited edition series of Banquet chairs, AP Collection’s 2018 presentation included polar bears, swans, mammoths, seals, and toucans.

AP Collection’s 2018 presentation at Maison & Object fair in Paris

AP Collection’s 2018 presentation at Maison & Object fair in Paris

Armchair of Thousand Eyes by Campana Brothers for Fendi Casa

Armchair of Thousand Eyes by Campana Brothers for Fendi Casa

Similar to the Campana Brothers 2003 stuffed animals that were repurposed into modern furniture through repetition, clustering and playfulness and their more recent addition of the Armchair of Thousand Eyes for Fendi Casa, AP Collection embraced sculptural aspects of cushy toys by inserting them into modern interiors through functional furniture like statement-making benches and eye-catching ottomans in addition to their initial collection of accent chairs.

Banquete chairs by Campana Brothers

Banquete chairs by Campana Brothers

Modern Interior Design Trend – feathers to inspire and surprise

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The super stunning Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour is part of a trend that is catching fire quickly. Showcased at the 2018 Maison & Objet show in Paris, the Feather lamp is designed to give its surroundings an immediate boost in character regardless of color or version (it is available as a table lamp, floor lamp and chandelier). Far from representing a boudoir look, the Feather lamp brings a weightless spotlight, adding a natural element to its environment while maintaining a modern sense of simplicity and ambiance. It doesn’t hurt that this trend is legitimately validated by spectacular dresses from spring-summer 2018 Haute Couture collection by Dior which featured the most extravagant bustier dress adorned by exaggerated white feathers and by Lady Gaga’s choice of feather inspired dress and a piano covered in feathers during her unforgettable performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour

Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour

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