Color Story – cognac can be non-alcoholic

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Associated with rich cooper color and intrinsic warmth, the beautiful deep orange shades of cognac are a popular choice for modern interiors and stunning designs from Italy. Perfectly paired with a grey palette as well as with earthy tone, cognac is the go to shade for fashion brands like Hermes and MCM, and a common upholstery choice for furniture manufacturers like Cierre with its Boheme leather armchair and Nicoline’s Bric velvet sectional sofa. Other ways to bring in this uber sophisticated shade is through a lighting fixture like Birdie by Foscarini with its newest copper option or a super hip wall unit composition by Gruppo Tomasella.

Modern interiors featuring deep orange shades

 

 

Defining Design – Wainscoting, the Band-Aid of wall coverings

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

Dating back to 16th century England, wainscoting was associated with the most modest of dwellings, initially used on the lower interior sections of stone walls to insulate the room from cold and damp weather elements. With better construction methods and the popularization of HVAC systems, wainscoting transitioned from a dampness and coldness Band-Aid, to being increasingly used by homeowners in the dining room as a sort of a bumper to protect walls from possible scuffing damage caused by dining chairs.

It is one of the world’s most ancient forms of custom-made decor, and has become quite a source for creativity and personalization as can be seen through examples of wainscoting in the modern dining rooms featuring Giano and Plisset dining tables by Cattelan Italia.

Giano dining table by Cattelan Italia

Giano dining table by Cattelan Italia

Plisset dining table by Cattelan Italia

Plisset dining table by Cattelan Italia

Today, wainscoting is no longer a Band-Aid for imperfect walls but rather a decorative element that can upgrade the style of any room, adding dimension to an otherwise dull wall surface, symbolizing prestige and casual elegance.

Color story – coastal decor

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

The feeling of summer is one that’s majorly associated with happiness, fun and leisure; it is a feeling that we look to savor throughout the year, capture it ever so slightly through memories, visual reminders and coastal color schemes, regardless of the style. Sand, sea and sunshine can be brought inside and enjoyed every day through beach-inspired decor consisting of a tranquil color palette of blues and neutrals, linen fabrics and light and airy silhouettes like the Coral sofa, Cuff bed and Pongo daybed by Bonaldo.

Coastal modern interior design

Defining design – pop of color

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

For those who do not favor tremendously colorful spaces but yet want to avoid a dull or extremely monochromatic result should find a “pop of color” as an appealing concept and a proven way to underline architectural details, inject a fun character to a subdued space.

A stunning example of tasteful color pop can be seen in the already stylish bedroom that features the new Tulip bed by Gamma Arredamenti in powder grey leather and reaches a new level of glamour with the presence of the Tulip accent chair upholstered in regal blue leather. The grey-blue combination is audacious and impactful, transforming the otherwise grey-toned bedroom into a dynamic space with a colorful twist. If adding color through furniture seems like a long-term commitment, then slight color pops through an art piece or throw pillows is the solution that will still elevate any space into a considerably more interesting one. Opt for a slightly muted color pallet version to soften the monochromatic aesthetics.

Tulip bed by Gamma Arredamenti

Tulip bed by Gamma Arredamenti

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