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

An enchanted modern bedroom for anyone who dares to believe in magic

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

What is one to do when trying to introduce a touch of magic into a little girl’s bedroom without making it excessively juvenile? First and foremost, a sense of the unexpected has to play a major role and in this case, the illusion of a round room in a square space is achieved using round rug under the bed, round ceiling cutout and the brightly colored purple “quarter” entrance that suggests a circular shape.

Enchanted modern bedroom

Likewise, the use of rounded, bell-shaped Campana pendants by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra and the matching Mirragio mirror by Campana brothers for Edra  collectively add curvatures and offer striking contrasts to the predominantly linear space.

Magical modern bedroom

Enchanted bedroom for a princess

The choice of the brightly colored, albeit a more subtly shaped bed, reminiscent to Squaring Basso bed by Bonaldo is used as a benchmark for the conventional, while decorative elements like Moooi’s Altdeutsche clock and Pig table, as well as The Killing of the Piggy Bank vase and Bell lamp by Marcel Wanders offer eccentric details that get rediscovered repeatedly as the room is used. Read More

Color Trend: Teal is fun and fresh

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Teal shades are certainly making their presence known in modern furniture with unique realizations of the color, from the role of an accent to statement pieces.  Dark and bright teals are trending because of their chameleon-like character that’s both blue and green, equally and independently powerful.  With the help of natural and dramatic lighting as well as various complementing color schemes like greys, yellows and neutrals, teal colored furniture yield inspiring results and create fascinating interiors full of modern, dynamic and bold ambiance.  This is especially true when teal color is the main attraction in a space, with the perfect example of that being Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo that’s daringly upholstered in teal fabric and accented by lots of natural light.  Teal color is also an excellent choice for accent furniture like the Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa or the desk section of Presotto’s I-modulART wall unit as well as in the form of smaller accessories like decorative pillows and throws.  Teal furniture and subsequently, teal interiors are balanced and sophisticated, especially when elegantly accented by black or white colors like the combination of the La Defense dining table with white base and teal-colored Round dining chairs by Tonin Casa.

Teal interior design color trends

Color Trend: Red powerhouse

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

A powerful color that symbolizes everything from passion to range is also a popular choice in many modern interiors.  Demanding attention and offering enormous visual impact, red color can be used for a main furniture piece like Tonin Casa’s Dharma bed where the rest of the room is subdued or it can also be a statement making accent piece in the form of a lighting fixture like the Big Bang Suspension Light by Foscarini or Cattelan Italia’s Joker bookcase.  Red color is innately prevalent and its presence can be very minimal in order to still achieve a visually memorable presentation and a perfect example would be the slight incorporation of a red panel into Presotto’s I-modulART Verona sideboard which immediately made it an eye-catching centerpiece.

Red interirs color trend

Color Trend: Blue Indigo offers a striking statement of sophistication

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Regardless of interior style specificities, Indigo Blue is an exceptional choice communicating simplicity and starkness and lending a sense of timeless elegance to its surroundings.  Eclectic or modern, traditional of bohemian, indigo blue represents avant-garde sophistication, offering a sanctuary backdrop equivalent to a memorable art piece.  Try mixing this powerful and opulent tone with greys or anthracites to get a cooler palette, with white colors for crisper feel or with wood finishes for striking warmth.  A statement color in any room, an indigo blue bed like Basket bed by Bonaldo or Sergio Bicego’s All-One sofa by Bonaldo look even more dramatic because of the enchanted upholstery choice while smaller accents like Pianca’s Spazio Volumi sideboard or the Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini can create a conversation and leave a memorable impression of great taste.

Blue Indigo Color Trend