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

5 must have furniture pieces for small spaces

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Small spaces are challenges but not hopeless especially with the help of innovative furniture solutions that make modern decor in any size room possible.  Regardless whether the small space came about because of its urban geography or construction oversight, its functional disposition remains undisputed.  Thanks to many brilliant designers that look to better our daily lives with smart furniture, the list of must have pieces for such demanding layouts, is quite long.

Extension Consoles Tables – if there is no room for a dining table, opt for an extendible console like the Convivium, Party or Nemo cosole tables by Cattelan Italia.  Each of these modern marvels offers that ability to accommodate up to 12 dinner guests.  This is a great solution to have as an additional table that can be used in case of big parties.

Convivium console table by Cattelan Italia

Convivium console table by Cattelan Italia

Sleeper Sofas & Armchairs – nothing maximizes the space more than a sofa that can convert to a queen or full size bed or an armchair that can lodge a guest.  The selection of sleeper sofas and armchairs is very vast and includes beautiful designs like Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti or the Magica sleeper armchair by Bonaldo.

Magica sleeper chair by Bonaldo

Magica sleeper chair by Bonaldo

Small Extension Dining Tables – dining tables that extend are certainly nothing new but the technology and innovation with which they now extend has evolved tremendously with inspiring pieces like the Livingstone table by Tonelli.

Livingstone dining table by Tonelli

Livingstone dining table by Tonelli

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Color Trend: Pink is not just for nurseries and Barbie houses

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

When thinking about pink interiors, one’s immediate association is with a little girl’s room and of course with every doll’s house on the market.  But there is a grown-up way to use pink color in interior design that is not blatantly feminine but rather soft, sophisticated and full of style.  Powder pink, or any unsaturated shade of the color with dusty hue will yield a fresh and elegant result whether through an accent or a backdrop or even when taking on the center stage.

With a visible yet not overwhelming contrast, pink is compelling as an accent to a generally white room like the one featuring white Vendome glass table and Paris sideboard by Tonin Casa that are contrasted by pale pink leather upholstered Vivienne dining chairs.  On the other hand, equal amount of pink and blue makes for a striking and highly noticeable combination that’s often used on furniture and accents as shown in Luca Papini’s Liber Showcase collection for Tonelli.  Emanating elegance and tranquility, the subtle nature of pink makes its presence sinuous with almost any color, from grey hues like the accent pillows on the Charcoal colored Lars sofa by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo, to a single cabinet in Presotto’s I-modulART composition that is by and large graphite and charcoal brown, pink proves as a subtle and sensible element in modern decor that departs from its childish relatives.

Pink modern interior design

6 essential design philosophies for minimalist interiors

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Simplicity is relaxing and very alluring especially to those who appreciate the “no-frill” lifestyle.  Pragmatically organized interiors are thus decorated with the motto of “less-is more” utilizing just the right amount of furniture and a keeping to a fluid sense of wholesomeness.  Following three simple philosophies that define this style, a minimalist modern decor is can easily be realized.

Function is first – to avoid cluttering and over-furnishing any space, focus on defining the function of every space and every piece of furniture or object within its confines.

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Scale and fluidity – furniture should be proportional to their surroundings, decor should be proportional to the furniture and the space around it.  The room should have a clear sense of dimensional balance and stylistic congruency.

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Focus on quality – minimalism encourages fewer objects therefore it is natural to invest in higher quality elements with durable materials, innovative functionality and unique designs as they will be used more often and will draw more attention to themselves.

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Understated details — when it comes to adding decorative touches to the room keep in mind the entire space and reinforce its simplicity with small but essential decorations that add stylistic intensity without screaming for attention.
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Pantone 2016 Color at the Salone del Mobile Milan

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Pantone’s 2016 Rose Quarts and Serenity colors were pretty central at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.  Starting with the most memorable element of the Tonelli showroom, the Atomic wall mirror by Giovanni Garatoni that incorporated circular mirrors in various size with bronze, gold grey and pink colors.  Alvar bed by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo was also shown in pink, stealing the show with its inviting elegance, stylish quilting details and utilitarian versatility.  Tonin Casa, on the other hand, chose to incorporate the blue tones into this year’s repertoire by reinventing a staple, the Goya sideboard by Tonin Casa in a new color that was reminiscent of Pantone’s Serenity.

Pantone 2016 Color at the Salone del Mobile Milan