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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Debunking the myths of comfortable dining chairs

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Comfort is vital and probably surpasses the design factor when it comes to usability of a dining chair. And yet, comfort is not a forgone conclusion when it’s associated with modern dining chairs in the kitchen or the formal dining space. Especially because many decisions are made with key factor being WHAT the dining chairs look like, rather than HOW comfortable they are. This, in addition to misconceptions related to comfort, creates the need to debunk some of these myths.

Myth #1 – The size of the chair is suggestive of its comfort level. It is a myth because a smaller scale dining chair like Filly chair by Bonaldo offers proper back angle, sturdy steel frame and high density, crush-proof padding, with a conveniently removable cover and lots of upholstery choices.

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Myth #2 – The more padded the chair, the more comfortable it is. Yet another myth which ignores the type of padding used in the construction process which cannot be isolated to a visually test only. Isabel, Sofia and Tosca dining chairs by Cattelan Italia all share the same seat and back designs albeit different legs and all represent the most comfort instilling dining solutions in modern design. Yet, if compared on how padded they are to heavier looking padded chairs, they will fail the optical comfort assessment.

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

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Product Spotlight – Ercole and Afrodite by Driade

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Inspired by the popular Olympian Gods, Hercules who had legendary strength and physique and Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade is an extraordinary juxtaposition of mythical figures into modern design. A product of Driade Lab, Ercole e Afrodite is a group of storage containers that are available in either glossy black or matte white lacquer representing anthropomorphic elements that yield the most sensorial exhibition of modern design when joined into a fused sideboard silhouette. It is especially powerful because of the extremes and opposites that it represents; beauty vs. strength, femininity vs. masculinity, classic vs. modern, black vs. white, vertical vs. horizontal, shiny vs matte. It is also a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art that pays homage to the genius of Italian design as well as to the poetic element of historic integration into daily life.

Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade

Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade

Editor’s pick – perfect modern recliner is no longer a rarity

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Recliners as a general rule are certainly not the most attractive seating solution pieces in a sea of stunning designer furniture pieces, and yet it is something that fills the void of certain type of comfort that only this particular chair can meet. We searched high and low for reclining chairs that also combine an element of sophistication and refinement, and were able to highlight two stunning options by Nicoline that, if one did not know, would never assume were recliners. Both Lessina and Poros are a testament to modern style, minimal design and meticulous attention to details that help create a sense of fit with any space that can benefit from reclining functionality without the sacrifice of style. Both recliners are also swiveling armchairs, when not in reclining mode and thus can serve is an attractive accent chair in any room.

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Lessina recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Poros recliner by Nicoline

Modern Design Trends – from the 70s

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Featuring patterns, fringe details and bold colors, the 70s were considered one of the boldest decades when it comes to design. Defined by iconic fashion influencers like Donny and Marie Osmond, Cher and the original Charlie’s Angels, the 1970’s were all about standing out. Inspired by this need for attention a collaboration between Masquespacio’s Ana Hernández and Houtique, produced a stunning collection of modern pendants aptly titled Wink and defined by gold frames and dangling pink fringes that contour their curvilinear shape that were recently debuted at the Maison & Objet show in Paris.

Modern inetior design trends from the 70s

Similarly, Bonaldo partnered with Sergio Biceglo in the design of the Colors modular sofa and with Giuseppe Vigano in the Doppler project that deeply mimic the prints and colors schemes that are innate to the bygone days of the seventies which also were the influencing component of the Kaos coffee table collection by Cattelan Italia.