Italian leather furniture proves yet again why price is justified

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

In the past decade, we heard so many Chinese made products being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for having contained dangerous chemicals such as lead.  But toys are certainly not the only potential hazardous product to come from China.  A consumer report titled “Is your leather sofa making you sick?” first published in May of last year highlighted the risks associated with Chinese made leather products such as skin rashes, chemical burns and even potential death, as it was reported in the UK, snowballing into a multi-million class-action suit.  Following this report, California state representative Jackie Speier put forth the “H.R.3080 – DMF Free Act of 2009 to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of any consumer product containing dimethylfumarate” as it is noted on website.  A similar law was passed and is now enforced by all participated European Union states

While the price often doubles between an Italian leather sofa and one that is made in China, the savings may still be too costly at the end of the day, taking form of medical bills, personal discomforts and long-term health effects.  The potential health hazards and loose quality control procedures that have come to be associated with Chinese factories are just another reason on top of the already obvious grounds such as inferior quality, lack of durability and counterfeited design that make the Italian leather furniture the ultimate choice.

What is an Eclectic Style?

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Modern interiors have grown tremendously in popularity over the past few decades, thanks in part to iconic retailers like IKEA and DWR that have taken a leading role in mainstreaming contemporary furniture across US.  While modern and contemporary styles are very clear and easily identified, their presence and integration into other styles have been just as widespread, sequentially creating the eclectic style of décor where frequent but not exclusive incorporation of modern furniture with traditional, country and other styles of décor, stretching across a vast variety of genres and often sourced from different periods and countries.

A great example of this style is the formal living room in the home of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.  The room is dominated by the retro modern set of purple velvet couches, and complimented by 16th century gilded rococo elements like the elaborate balcony details and carved grand piano, as well as the classic touches achieved with Greco-Roman mythological statues, marble fountain and the carved fireplace mantel.  The different furniture styles and décor elements are united by the neutrals of the walls, ceiling and floor making them cohesive yet individually alluring.


The Colorado dining room of Camille and Kelsey Grammer, featured in the June 2004 Architectural Digest issue is another example of the attractive nature of eclectic style.  The contemporary dining table and the avant-garde wall prints are the focal point of this room without a doubt, yet the ethnic rug coupled with the carved traditional armchair at the head of the table are the offsetting elements that create the most strikingly interesting environment full of contradicting and complimenting extremes.


Do-Lo-Rez Collection by Ron Arad for Moroso and Nanimarquina

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Known for pushing the limits of conventional design and daringly amalgamating art and technology, Ron Arad partnered with the mega design houses of Moroso and Nanimarquina to realize his Do-Lo-Rez collection of seating elements and rugs.  Not surprisingly, the name of the collection is an extension of Ron Arad’s infatuation with technology representing a shortened way to say “do low resolution” as it relates to image pixilation.


Do-Lo-Rez designer sofa collection is trendy, fresh and entirely unusual by the way it provokes attention.  The sofa is comprised of various soft square cube or rectangular shaped units of various heights and complimenting colors. The individual elements are organized into rows, formulating the overarching silhouette of the sofa.  The interplay with different heights and colors yields to a pixilated look, making the eye recognize individual elements as well as the overall visual.


Do-Lo-Rez rug collection carries the same pixilated theme into floor fashion.  The rug features squares in different colors and three different depths that are patched together and, so it seems, randomly arranged into a shape that is the furthest from a typical rectangular or square rug dimension.  More than one Do-Lo-Rez rugs immediately encourage a puzzle like interplay where the surface shape is entirely custom.


Tatami Style Modern Beds

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The tatami style of beds originated in 16th century Japan and served as the foundation to the design and utility of today’s modern platform bed.  While the platform bed has evolved into a wide-spread phenomenon with oodles of options, the tatami bed design remained fairly true its original.  Tatami style is primarily recognized for its simplicity, linearity and lack of over fussed details.  More specifically, tatami beds don’t have a headboard, are very low to the ground and bear minimalism as its defining feature.  Some great examples of this bed style come from Italy’s leading modern furniture manufacturers and some incredible designers that highlight the sheer purity of this design and celebrate its ancient origins and its modern influences.

Dreamland by Ceccoti

Dreamland by Ceccoti

Squaring Isola by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo

Squaring Isola by Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo

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Maison Moschino – Moschino’s 1st Fashion Hotel

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Situated in the Italian capital of commerce, Maison Moschino Milan occupies a renovated neoclassical style 1840 railway station building on Via Monte Grappa.  While the exterior of the building stayed true to its origins, its lavish interior terrains, design of which was headed by Moschino’s creative director, Rossella Jardini and art director Jo Ann Tan, were dramatically augmented to befit the hotel’s avant-garde and exaggerated personification of surrealist dreams realized in a modern yet eccentric style.

From the very moment that guests enter the hotel, the wonderland experience takes over with Moschino’s famous lampshade dresses acting as the lobby’s sculptural lighting, cloud chandeliers, life-size sheep as greeters and a staircase with medieval key collection as its banister.  But the lobby and the public areas reveal a small hint of the intense fairyland that awaits inside individual guestrooms.  The spellbinding magic of fantasies and the element of surprise are impeccably depicted in each of the hotel’s 63 guestrooms and 2 junior suites.



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