Modern Bedroom Furniture Requires (Surprisingly) Modern Bedding

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

With the vast (and growing) selection of modern bedroom sets and contemporary platform beds, the decision of choosing one is daunting to say the least, but after days and sometimes months of agonizing pro/con comparisons and the long-awaited arrival at “THE” bed or bedroom selection, one would think that the hard choices are behind.  No such case…because, no matter how beautiful, unusual and modern a bed can be, it will not shine unless it is “dressed appropriately”.  The perfect “dress code” for a modern bed, is indeed (surprise, surprise) modern bedding.  For those who are shopping for modern bedroom furniture or have already purchased one and are looking to dress it up accordingly, we paired our most popular bedroom options with bedding options from major department stores like Bloomingdales, Macys and Neiman Marcus; leading designer powerhouses such as Calvin Klein Home and Donna Karen Home and new manufacturers that specialize in modern linen and bedding designs.

Selex Rex Platform Bed by Milmueble with Rain Bedding in White from Areahome

Selex Rex Platform Bed by Milmueble with Rain Bedding in White from Areahome

Selex Rex Platform Bed by Milmueble with Rain Bedding in White from Areahome

 

Tokyo 710 walk-on platform by Milmueble with DKNY Wildflower Field Bedding Collection

Tokyo 710 walk-on platform by Milmueble with DKNY Wildflower Field Bedding Collection

Tokyo 710 walk-on platform by Milmueble with DKNY Wildflower Field Bedding Collection

 

Sayonara Leather Bed by Gamma with Espresso Links Bedding from Hotel Collection

•	Sayonara Leather Bed by Gamma with Espresso Links Bedding from Hotel Collection

• Sayonara Leather Bed by Gamma with Espresso Links Bedding from Hotel Collection

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Salone de Mobile 2010 – Fratelli Boffi Animalia Collection by Nigel Coates

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you are proved wrong, and the best place for that particular revelation to take place is at the annual Salone de Mobile or the International Furniture Fair in Milan.  This year was full of mind blowing, jaw dropping designs and collections, one of which was the Animalia Collection by Nigel Coates for Fratelli Boffi.  Can you say “wow” a thousand times?  Walking through their designer furniture showroom, you could hear gasps everywhere because whether willingly or not, you were transferred into an exotic country lodge a la modern style.  Enchanting, thematic and (for now) really unusual, the Animalia Collection carefully amalgamates exquisite craftsmanship (that Nigel Coates is so famous for) with exceptional materials (like embossed leathers, exotic textiles and the finest woods) while maintaining focus on interior design aesthetics and ingenuity.  The collection had a natural flow, but not only because of its organic inclinations, rather because of its intrinsic totality.

The collection featured a stunning pebble-like sofa, chairs and tables with bowed legs and club chairs with carved backs, but pictures speak so much louder than words…so have a look.

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2010 Milan Furniture Fair Design Trends – Ethnic Prints

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

A loud and colorful interior design trend that transpired at the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair was none other than ethnic and statement prints.  More so in a form of upholstered designer sofas then anything else prints in colorful, whimsy palettes were seen from a mile away (literally).  Exotic, tribal and intriguing, prints were thriving through the masterful hands of major designers like Patricia Urquiola, Phillip Bestenheider and Donatella Versace.  What’s more, with this wild trend, no decorating rules apply, everything is a go; print on print, print and solid, bold and bolder…interior elements with print motifs are attention seeking devises designed to charm, cheer and change their surroundings.

Manga rug collection by Patricia Urquiola for Gandia Blasco

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Bubble Sofa by Versace

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2010 Milan Design Week 2010 Color Trends

Monday, May 24th, 2010

2010 Milan Design Week was full of novelties, new forms, new functions, new designers and new colors.  And although designer furniture industry, just like fashion is by nature defined by color, it was evident that four color trends repeatedly dominated most modern furniture showrooms and many of the new collections.

Tortora, is a carryover from last year, but in a more pronounced fashion.  Soft, warm and unpretentious; neutral and natural, soothing and organic with a perfect fit in any room and with most popular wood finishes like walnut and wenge.  Tortora tones include rich chocolate browns, creamy caramels, delicate mochas and smooth cappuccinos.  Ceccotti showroom was defined by tortora whether through high gloss lacquers or wood stains.  Also for Bonaldo, the Big Dining Table with one of its base finishes featuring three different shades of neutrals was complimented by a walnut table top.

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Gray tones were vividly present this year albeit their gloomy connotations.  With a lavish palette which included light grays, neutral grays, warm grays and charcoals, it is safe to accolade the come-back of this color trend to industrial architecture and its growing infatuation by mainstream consumers.  Fixating on modernism, the grey palette of urban, muted shades like stone, asphalt, steel and cement will be here for a while although possibly redefined and regrouped with whatever color de-jour is.  See Cattelan Italia’s 2009 Brera Dining Table in 2010 grey color hue or the Independent sofa collection by Giovanni Erba that was purposely upholstered in various shades of gray.

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Modern Dollhouse – Emerson by Brinca Dada

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Into a world where surrealism dominants not only juvenile realities but those of grownups comes a fresh new vehicle of pretend play in a form of the Emerson House by Brinca Dada.  Designed for the modern family (real and imaginary), the Emerson House could be easily mistaken for an actual architectural ad hoc model, aptly scaled to 1:18 size.  But this Dollhouse is unlike anything that’s been designed before (with much admiration to one of the first modern dollhouses that was featured in the 1940 FAO Schwarz Christmas Catalogue).  Emerson House is enriched with modern-day amenities such as sliding doors, floor-to-ceiling windows, open-floor plan and fireplaces, while adhering to modern-day (eco-friendly) design trends like solar panels, LED lights and non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints.  As far as its practical utilities, Emerson House was designed to be played with by youngsters and admired by adults – in fact, this modern dollhouse can be and is used as a unique decorative element and an extension of existing accessories.  A rare reality for parents with little kids – a toy that should not be put away after the kids are done playing and a vehicle that encourages and promotes environmental consciousness and green play, for both children and adults!

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