Are large scale square dining tables close to extinction?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Perhaps the most unusual and least common dining room layout is one with a square dining table as its centerpiece.  Why?  While it’s certainly a contemporary choice, the open layouts of today’s living/dining spaces almost necessitate a rectangular or an oval dining option.  And even when the space does call for a square shaped table, many are discouraged by the edges and instead opt for a round dining table.  The resulting design prognosis in such environment where demand drives supply, is a scarcity of modern square dining tables that can accommodate a large party.   However, scarcity does not mean entire extinction which brings forth the awe-inspiring introductions in recent years with awe-inspiring aesthetics. Offering to make conversations easier and dining rooms more dramatic, these designer showpieces are truly awe-inspiring and can be easily paired with curved dining chairs to soften their hard edges.

Topping the list is the Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm which is truly spectacular from every angle.  It’s sculptural but minimal, with the main focus on the purity of its materials, which are either solid walnut or stained natural beech and clear tempered glass top.  Autureggente’s largest size is 71”x71 making it fitting to accommodate 12 people.

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Autoreggente dining table by Patrizia Bertolini for Horm

Another stunner is the Mille dining table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo featuring a striking architectural focal point as its base and a minimalistic aesthetic that transcends color palettes and even stylistic dispositions.  Mille dining table is also available in a 71”x71” size which can accommodate at least 12 guests.

Mille dining table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo

Mille dining table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo

When the after-party is at your house

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

YOU turn the music on; reinvent yourself as the DJ connecting to the cool and hidden sound bar inside your sleek entertainment center by Presotto Italia.  Immediately, the room’s atmosphere is in a blissful mode as if no interruptions ever took place.  Welcome everyone and please feel yourselves at home!

YOU extend your dining table, good thing you have one and it is easy to use because it’s late and you are sort of tipsy.  You thank your lucky stars that you bought the Quasar dining table even though you only thought you would use it twice a year.  With a quick and swift movement, you not only turn the normally used table for six into one that can accommodate ten, but you also impress the entire room with your magic skills and the incredible mechanism that parallels only the sophistication found in Swiss hand watches.Quasar extension dining table by Naos

Quasar extension dining table by Naos

YOU, wheel out your super handy Mojito mobile bar, full of highly saluted after-party drinks and swanky bottles of top shelf liquor to keep the happy people, happier!  Glasses start clicking and the party officially reignites.

YOU, order pizzas and pull out any snacks worthy of sharing from your pantry while waiting for the delivery.  The temporary pantry offerings turn your chic table into a centerpiece of food and fun commotion and you continue to accept compliments on the awesome investment of a table that you made.  Go You!

YOU, mingle and accept a bunch of thank yous from your guests for a great after-party and for being such a gracious host and guardian of fun!

Memphis Style Influence Among Bonaldo’s New Introductions

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Doppler sideboard by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo

This year at the Milan’s annual International Furniture Exhibition, Bonaldo celebrated its 80th birthday with some of the most brilliant and memorable designs that were seen throughout the show.  Among Bonaldo’s new introductions was an enhancement to last year’s Doppler collection of coffee tables, adding an array of eye-catching sideboards with a particular style, evocative of the 80’s revolutionary Memphis movement.  Designed by Giuseppe Vigano, Doppler modern sideboard parallels innate Memphis characteristics with its ensemble of clashing geometric patterns and a very colorful façade.

Doppler cutting edge buffet by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo

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What is refectory table?

Friday, May 13th, 2016

An especially long dining table initially used in abbeys and convents during Early Middle Ages and later by nobility for feasting.  Today’s refectory type tables are made of wood and glass and offer the same magnificent scale.  For example, to answer the need for the growing need in uber large dining solutions, Cattelan Italia reconfigured its Monaco dining table, a timeless staple in its product selection and introduced Monaco Big dining table stretching close to 12 feet and accommodating up to 16 guests.  Another example of an even bigger table is Kiev by Idealsedia that extends to over 14 feet in length and can seat 18 people.

Kiev dining table by Idealsedia

Kiev dining table by Idealsedia

Modern sawbuck tables

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Simply designed with no added frills, Sawbuck dining table features an x-shaped base with a linear, often rectangular table top.  While the design of the typical sawbuck table is neither original nor very noteworthy, today’s versions of this timeless and most frequently used dining version offer a plethora of finishes and the sleekness that merits their perpetual presence among new dining table introductions.  Kasteel dining table by Tonelli features glass base and top with just a small hint of wooden elements while the Claro dining table by Tonelli is a reinvention of the Sawbuck table done entirely in glass.

Kasteel dining table by Tonelli

Kasteel dining table by Tonelli

Claro dining table by Tonelli

Claro dining table by Tonelli

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