Color Trend – RED, WHITE and BLUE is always in style

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Bonaldo proves once more that authentic Italian design is made for international taste buds; especially their increased emphasis on design that consistently includes Red, White and Blue scheme, particularly relevant to July 4th celebrations. Bonaldo’s innate elegance, ingenuity and boldness that’s embedded into every product demonstrate why they are leaders in modern furniture design and why every Bonaldo piece is truly exceptional.

Among the newest additions to their product roster, the Alfie accent chair by Giuseppe Vigano is a simple and highly modern solution with endless possibilities when it comes to its shell and upholstery options. Same goes for the Picabia collection that includes Picabia bed and sofa, both of which take a modern spin on the laid back throw-cushion element that is commonly found on the bed or the sofa. Bonaldo’s love for the red, (white) and blue continues with the color scheme chosen for Earth, Wind & Fire ottomans by Gino Carollo, which feature two-tone contrasting upholstery with strong graphical effect and impactful decorative appeal for any space. All the while, both the Ketch and Karim Rashid’s Poly dining chairs epitomize this incredibly powerful color palette that is further accented by the dining chairs’ equally unusual silhouettes.

Red, white and blue modern design by Bonaldo

Defining design – Biophilia

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Originally brought about by 20th century biologists, Edward O. Wilson in the 60’s, Biophilia is a theory that focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature. It is also one of the most powerful influences on sustainable design and modern architecture. Biophilic design affiliates nature with physical dwellings, blending man-made boundaries and focusing on those aspects of nature that are pivotal to health, fitness, and well-being. It goes beyond plants and greenery and into a scientific proof that the presence of nature and aspects of the natural world contribute to higher productivity, faster healing and better learning as well as a more thriving human habitat.

Biophilic design translates into a variety of elements that are used by architects, designers, and engineers. Frank Lloyd Wright, was famous for biophilic design, an example of which is the Fallingwater house that is situated next to a waterfall and is actually integrated into its surroundings.

Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright

Another advocate of biophilic design is Toyo Ito, a Japanese architect that designs for Horm among others and is famous for his Ripples collection. Featuring a bench, dining table and stools, Ripple collection integrates five different solid woods into a seamless surface, carved and hand-finished to produce a rippling effect of water.

Ripples collection by Toyo Ito for Horm

Ripples collection by Toyo Ito for Horm

Ripples bench by Toyo Ito for Horm

Ripples bench by Toyo Ito for Horm

Interior Design Trend – Exposed Brickwork

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Exposed brick wall trend is raw, unfiltered, and primal, perhaps indicative a previous life of the space or of a life that earned a new meaning.  Interior decor is full of controversial fads and the exposed brick wall is one such statement.  The origin of this interior trend can be traced to globalization of manufacturing and de-industrialization of urban neighborhoods, more specifically the conversion of abandoned factories whose products are no longer needed or have moved to an overseas production plants.  Repurposing former industrial spaces for residential purposes left traces of rustic aesthetic that feels “naked” but also evocative of history.

When it comes to the decor of such spaces, it is a hit or miss with plenty of times when the unfinished element is inflated in an unflattering way.  However, more times than not, this unique design element builds momentum because of its flaws and subsequently makes everything else in the space look and feel “pulled-together”.

Check out these amazing examples that make the exposed brick feel like an integral and necessary decor element.

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A blend of citric yellow and refreshing green, this particular green hue suggests positivity, hope and new beginnings.  “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute when introducing the color to the world.

Greenery is known as an invigorating color whose presence proves to have a desirable effect on well-being and overall healthy state of mind.   As Laurie Pressman, vice president at the Pantone Color Institute explained, “Greens help our heartbeat to slow down, help us to breathe and pull ourselves away from a world tied to flat screens and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world.”

Unlike a richer, jewel-toned green that signifies luxury, Greenery is a simpler shade with a yellow undertone that is more suggestive of minimalism rather than opulence and of modern elegance instead exaggerated flamboyance.  Pantone 15-0343 is this year’s neutral and can be used as such in any space and within the context of many stylistic twists.

In interior design, Greenery is perhaps too bold to be the main color, and is better utilized as an accent and a complement to a variety of color schemes from cooler to warmer tones.  It is also the perfect color to interject into any space through its literal interpretation, in the form of actual greenery.  By bringing the outside in, green becomes independent of any décor and design constituent.

With the beginning of the year behind us, it is time to think about how this color can translate into our everyday space.  Will it be through a dining chair like Cattelan Italia’s Vita that’s paired with an-all white Ray Drive dining table?  Paralleling the color scheme of white and Greenery, Presotto Italia shows that this refreshing color combo chosen for one of its I-modulART wall unit compositions belongs in the modern living room.

If desiring one or two statement pieces that will embody the prominent focal point of a space, then look no further than the velvet upholstered Structure armchair by Bonaldo, edgy Flow sideboard by Presotto Italia or the Metal glass table lamp by Foscarini for Diesel.  All of these intricate and highly illustrative accents evoke everything that Pantone intended to convey with their 2017 Color of the Year choice.

Greenery - 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Does the term “hand-made” really applies to glass?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

One would typically associate hand-made techniques with upholstery, woodworking and other crafts-driven creations, with glass not really being linked to having anything to do with non-machine driven process.  And yet, Fiam’s iconic sculpture-like coffee table proves that glass is a material that can be indeed used to construct an entirely hand-made design.  The Atlas statuesque coffee table is one of Fiam Italia’s most distinguished productions.  Designed by a renowned British sculptor Danny Lane, Atlas coffee table incorporates tiers of straight and curved edge 20mm thick glass molded entirely by hand into refractive and reflective surfaces.  Danny Lane is an renowned sculptor and it’s of no surprise that his masterpiece for Fiam is a collector’s item with museum worthy character.

Atlas coffee table by Danny Lane for Fiam Italia

Atlas cocktail table close-up details

Atlas coffee table close-up

Atlas coffee table production process