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

Modern sawbuck tables

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Simply designed with no added frills, Sawbuck dining table features an x-shaped base with a linear, often rectangular table top.  While the design of the typical sawbuck table is neither original nor very noteworthy, today’s versions of this timeless and most frequently used dining version offer a plethora of finishes and the sleekness that merits their perpetual presence among new dining table introductions.  Kasteel dining table by Tonelli features glass base and top with just a small hint of wooden elements while the Claro dining table by Tonelli is a reinvention of the Sawbuck table done entirely in glass.

Kasteel dining table by Tonelli

Kasteel dining table by Tonelli

Claro dining table by Tonelli

Claro dining table by Tonelli

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Demand more from your furniture

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

As consumers of modern furniture, it is time we stop thinking about what furniture is and start thinking about what it can do, complementing the direction many European designers and Italian factories have taken in the past decade.  Demanding more of your living space is the new standard within the modern furniture design, briskly substituting the yesteryears of uncomfortable, at times futile, yet stunning furniture that inadvertently earned the movement a bad reputation and a permanent stigma.

The second decade of the 21st century intensified the importance of a space that continually works for individual and ever-changing needs.  And now the fruits of this laborious paradigm shift are finally realized in exquisitely designed interiors around the globe.  Modern is no longer an attribute of a style but rather of the denotive function(s) it serves.  From the clean lines of wall units with sliding wall panels that alter a room, ingeniously created Italian extension tables, sofas that turns into queen size beds to  stylish chairs that unfold into comfortable chaises and barstools that can double as dining chairs with one swift movement.  Design is no longer a singular attribute related to the appearance of a furniture piece, but rather to its performance and suitability within the context of everyday needs.

Modus 40 wall unit by Presotto features a sliding panel that can hide the TV

Modus 40 wall unit by Presotto features a sliding panel that can hide the TV

Livingston extension table by Tonelli offers “rail-less” one or two-sided extension mechanism

Livingston extension table by Tonelli offers “rail-less” one or two-sided extension mechanism

Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti turns into a queen size bed with one simple movement

Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti turns into a queen size bed with one simple movement

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