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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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

Color trend – orange and blue prove that opposites really attract

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

The ying and yang of design are colors that are opposite in every way, but prove to be complementary and powerful interior design companions. While both orange and blue are statement-making colors, their innate nature and opposing placement on the color wheel suggest possible conflict and a very probably possibility of eclipsing each other. Yet, the contrary confirms to be the case, because while orange may glow with fiery energy, blue adds a sense of calmness to the space or the object, causing a total atmospheric balance often enriched by whites or greys to faintly temper this commanding contrast.

Countless interiors, like the sitting area that features Structure arm chairs by Bonaldo in orange and blue, or product creation like Mirage glass coffee table by Metteo Ragni for Tonelli and newest Euroluce introduction by Foscarini, which was a nominee for Best Product Award, Filo table lamp Andrea Anastasio, have proven this powerful duo to be a winning one.

Modern interiors featuring orange and blue colors

Color trend – white walls

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Contrary to what is typically assumed, a room with white or neutral walls is not necessarily boring or dull, but rather can pack a surprisingly impactful punch and can certainly prove to be audacious in its own right. So what exactly can turn a white-walled room into anything but basic?

Add a focal point, preferable not a huge one as shown with Nick sofa by Cierre that’s upholstered in light leather to match the walls while the Seventies accent chairs are upholstered in a much darker color and draw much of the attention away from an otherwise monochromatic space.

Nick sofa and Seventies accent chairs by Cierre

Nick sofa and Seventies accent chairs by Cierre

Rooms with large windows and naturally well-lit spaces like the dining rooms depicting Viola d’amore and Monaco tables by Cattelan Italia are far from simple and in fact capture the innate architectural charm of the space, as well as help focus the attention on the furniture pieces that fill the room.

Viola d’amore dining table by Cattelan Italia

Viola d’amore dining table by Cattelan Italia

Monaco dining table by Cattelan Italia

Monaco dining table by Cattelan Italia

The white-walled and neutrally decorated bedroom at the center of which is Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo is a softly decorated, perhaps a color-less space but one that could not be further away from boring. This serves to show another alternative that uses natural light source in the form of an exaggerated window, and turns it into a focal point, which by design serves as the room’s center of attention and is noticed because there are no visual distractions.

Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo

Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo