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

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

Color Story – Inspired by Black Friday, but not in the way you think

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Full of drama, elegance, and exquisite decorative qualities that are synonymous with opulence, black is one of the most stunning colors to use in interior décor and one of the most popular options chosen for Italian modern furniture. But perhaps the most dramatic example of elegantly decorated spaces that use black color is realized by Veblén collection by Fiam Italia. Predominantly made of glass, Veblén conquers prestige and sophistication through exclusivity of shapes and inspiring details of Italy’s cultural renaissance. Designed by Marzia and Leonardo Dainelli, Veblén represents timeless interiors, evoking art and discerning taste.  Collection Favorites are:

  1. Versailles mirrored panels featuring beveled smoked or bronze glass, decorated with angular resin friezes
  2. Queen Elizabeth glass armchair that has a curved smoked or bronze glass structure and upholstered seat covered with leather or fabric
  3. Arabesque curved glass console and Arabesque dining table both of which feature curved glass base elements
  4. Sophia solid wood dining chair
  5. Rocks & Ducale coffee tables both of which feature mirrored facade in smoked or bronze glass
  6. Coco dining table with double glass base

Veblén collection favorites