5 Stunning Sectional Sofas For Luxury Properties

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A luxury residence is defined by a number of characteristics, including location (such as near a beach or in a gated community), architecture (such as extravagant arches or majestic atriums), and decor (such as designer furniture or modern accessories). When it comes to convenience, the easiest of these three characteristic to change is decor, as with a few new pieces situated throughout central areas of the home, a true makeover can be achieved. To this end, here are 5 exquisite sectional sofas which will add a touch of comfort – and class – to your luxury home:

1. Springfield Italian Designer Sectional v.2 by Moroso

As it is made in Italy, you know right away that this elegant sectional is going to be a superior product in terms of both materials and construction. Designed by the skilled hands of Patricia Uquiola for Moroso, the Springfield Italian Designer Sectional v.2 is a confident declaration on the state of modern furniture, with its appealing silhouette and its classy leather upholstery. This sectional sofa is remarkably comfortable to sit or lie on, and its L-shaped design is perfect for everything from family gatherings and dinner parties to intimate movie nights. Perhaps best of all, it is available in a Left or a Right configuration, meaning the distribution of the piece itself can be customized to suit your living space.

2. B Flat Modern Leather Sectional Sofa by Leolux

Designed by Andreas Reichert and manufactured by Leolux in the Netherlands, the B Flat Modern Leather Sectional Sofa is a pioneer in both form and function, with a gentle silhouette and innovate construction. Thanks to its ratchet-adjusting hinge, the comma-shaped backs can be adjusted to many different positions depending on what the couch is being used for (i.e. watching a movie, taking a nap, talking with friends). For customization purposes, this sectional sofa can be upholstered in any of 39 available leather options, meaning it can easily be color-coordinated to your living space. And, best of all, it is terrifically comfortable to sit or lie in, no matter what position the backs are in!

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Cattelan Italia’s Orion Floor Lamp on Season 6 of Design Star

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Premiered on July 11th 2011, the 1st episode of HGTV’s mega hit reality competition, Design Star exceeded expectations of its much anticipated return.  With 12 designers, a superstar judging panel consisting HGTV’s renowned and highly revered interior designers (Genevieve Gorder, Candice Olson and Vern Yip), and a Design Star Season 1 alum and star of his own HGTV show Color Splash, David Bromstad in the role of a mentor, the show was off to fantastic start.

New York City penthouse interior design by Cathy & Leslie featuring where Orion floor lamp by Cattelan Italia on HGTV's Design Star

The first week’s challenge entailed competitors to transform a $7 million New York City penthouse using personal styles of interior design and working in pairs.  Although they didn’t win the challenge, design duo, Cathy and Leslie, produced impressive results that conveyed a cohesive color story and inviting ambiance using earthy tones, textures and statement lighting, which is where Orion floor lamp by Cattelan Italia played a major part with its oversized dimensions, soft curvatures and minimalist silhouette.  The modern great room ended up being so well designed that despite the stunning views of NYC skyline seen from the windows, the interior of the room held its ground, captivating attention through its every element.

Modern Design Pays Tribute to an Icon

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A new modern sculpture showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex UK by the talented Gerry Judah rises 92 feet above ground weighing 350,000 lb which in actuality is equal to 135 real-life E-type Jaguars.   A deserving ode to an iconic, revolutionary motor-rebel, that withstood the test of time since its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, Jaguar E-Type remains, as Enzo Ferrari described it “the most beautiful car ever made.”  Like its inspiration did 50 years ago, Judah’s awe-inspiring, unprecedented monument dwarfs anything that came before it, accurately depicting the symbol of speed, agility and luxury using 1,640 ft of 4ft diameter steel tube.  The essence of Judah’s intrepid modern design aesthetic is epitomized in the unlikely positioning of the sculpture, in lieu of doing the typical, Judah’s mammoth sculpture is standing horizontally on its front bumper, unaffected by gravity allowing for observes to appreciate the car’s unfading beauty and the sculpture’s ingenuity.

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture by Gerry Judah at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011

Jaguar E-Type Sculpture, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011

The Avatar of Modern Furniture Designs in Haute Couture Fashion

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Fashion and furniture design have often walked the same creative paths, tapping into comely inspirations with highly comparable outcomes.  Proven to be true yet again, the runways of Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 collections presented in Paris and the showrooms of Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, fancied no creative constrains, drawing many parallels through abstract linearity, purist forms and precious details.

Stephane Rolland’s Collection was full of architectural integrity offset by a variety of über feminine details and symmetric congruencies.  Relating to Rolland’s avant-garde inclinations is the Big Easy Modern Armchair by Ron Arad for Moroso, and the Molecule designer seating collection by Stefano Bigi for La Cividina, both of which feature exaggerated curvatures with powerful, edgy, modern vernacular, equally iconic and streamlined, entirely submerged in pervasive boarders of sculptural poise.  Both furniture pieces spectacularly take the normally expected form/function dynamics to an almost futuristic existence and by that epitomizing today’s forward-looking design ideologies.

Stephane Rolland’s collection

Stephane Rolland’s collection

Drapery was prevalent for Rolland and is paralleled by Konstantic Grcic’s cape sofa for Established & Sons’ 2011 collection.  The Ghiaccio armchair by Piero Lissoni for Porro is a geometric marvel with straight lines, aerodynamic profile and a bit of whimsy vintage aura.  The Groovy chair by the legendary Pierre Paulin for Artifort speaks to the playful side of Rolland’s collection through its curvaceous yet tailored design that is soft and elegant at once.

Stephane Rolland’s collection

Stephane Rolland’s collection

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The Golden Age of Modern Furniture

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Brilliant, elegant yet entirely livable, modern furniture takes on a new meaning, gloriously realized through überglam fabulousity of gilded finishes and lustrous golden hues.  From Tiffany Italian sofa upholstered in specialty golden-metallic leather, to Tonelli’s Psiche gold-tinted mirrored sideboard, to the New Classic lighting collection by Penta with gold-foil structures or the Louvre extension dining table by Tonin Casa with hot-painted golden glass; it is not surprising, that innately modern, austere minimalism is at-once transformed into “look-at-me” décor, overflowing with glamorous quotients that speak of bygone eras, exquisite panache and ageless stylistic integrity in a contemporary parlance.

The Golden Age of Modern Furniture