Top 5 Dining Room Must Haves

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Our dining room must-haves list is based on statement making qualities, comfort, ambiance and functionality.

  1. Extra long, extra beautiful, extra durable dining table – Big dining table by Bonaldo can accommodate up to 12 guests and features a stunning base with a variety of table tops among which are solid walnut, lacquer and glass.
  2. Big dining table by Bonaldo

    Big dining table by Bonaldo

  3. Comfortable modern dining chairs – Maya Flex dining chairs are the new creations from Cattelan Italia featuring not only a very sleek silhouette and padded profile, but a chair back that has the ability to go back for a slightly reclined seating experience.
  4. Maya Flex dining chair by Cattelan Italia

    Maya Flex dining chair by Cattelan Italia

  5. Festive, yet modern tableware/silverware/glassware – Dressed collection by Marcel Wanders for Alessi meant to be formal, yet understated.  Dressed offers the perfect backdrop to any setting using stainless steel, porcelain, and crystal.
  6. Dressed collection by Marcel Wanders for Alessi

    Dressed collection by Marcel Wanders for Alessi

  7. Ambient, elegant contemporary lighting fixture – Caboche chandelier designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto for Foscarini is by far one of the most ambient and timeless pieces on the market without over-the-top garishness but with plenty of glamor.
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    Caboche chandelier by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto for Foscarini

    Caboche chandelier by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto for Foscarini

  9. Mobile bar cabinet – times tend to get a lot happier with even the smallest hint of alcoholic drinks which is where the Mojito mobile bar by Cattelan Italia knows no rivals.
  10. Mojito mobile bar by Cattelan Italia

    Mojito mobile bar by Cattelan Italia

Anything BUT plush!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

While shaped and functionally predisposed to serve as modern armchairs that offer a comfortable experience, these quasi-plush options are certainly sculptural and hard to miss, but they are definitely not the piece of furniture you run to after a very long and tiresome day.  What’s more, every single one of these designer armchairs is also reinvented in terms of their highly unexpected materials such as paper, wood, glass and plastic.

Red Beaver by Frank Gehry for Vitra is made of red cardboard

Red Beaver by Frank Gehry for Vitra is made of red cardboard

Ghost by Cini Boeri for Fiam Italia made of clear tempered glass

Ghost by Cini Boeri for Fiam Italia made of clear tempered glass

SKiN by Jean Nouvel for Molteni & C made of leather

SKiN by Jean Nouvel for Molteni & C made of leather

Favela by Campana Borthers for Edra

Favela by Campana Borthers for Edra

Swinging Swings

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

For the kid at heart, the exhilarating magic of childhood swings has been realized by designers in the most fun and fashionable way.  Swinging sofas, bed swings, chandeliers with swings and variety of armchairs that are suspended from the ceiling instead of grounded to the floor offer themselves as more than just vivacious seating solutions that are exciting, but as conversation pieces with spellbinding qualities.

Thanks to the designers who are in tune with their inner child the selection of swinging contemporary  furniture is quite profuse and certainly attention-grabbing.

Errakis chandelier with a swing

Errakis chandelier with a swing

Hollywood sofa swing by Philipp Plein

Hollywood sofa swing by Philipp Plein

Tropicalia cocoon by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Tropicalia cocoon by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

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Modern Design: Pop Art Style

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

A modern style that embodies the principles of pop art through acid colors, abstract paintings, neon lights, wild patterns and an abundance of glossy surfaces.  Taking this artistic movement quite literally, Roche Bobois actually has a Pop Art seating collection, whilst the king of modern design, the infamous Karim Rashid, conceives his creations influenced by this iconic inspiration, realizing his projects and furniture in bright color spectrum, textural inconsistencies and eccentric shapes.

Interiors by Karim Rashid featuring Kat and Dekon 2 coffee tables by Tonelli.

Kat coffee table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli

Kat coffee table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli

Dekon 2 coffee table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli

Dekon 2 coffee table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli

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Modern Design: Mid Century Bauhaus Style

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

No-nonsense furniture style, with support for maximum functionality and apparent simplicity, avoiding all extra details.  Ideal for collectors of mid-century modern design with avid inspiration sourced from the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Grey and others.  Known for exposed furniture construction and utilization of pure materials, plain colors, straight lines and unassuming surfaces.  Some great examples of recently designed modern furniture that have Bauhaus origins include the Elan dining table by Cattelan Italia,  Leonardo chair by Enzo Berti for Bross, as well as the Naked dining chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri.

Elan extension dining table by Cattelan Italia

Elan extension dining table by Cattelan Italia

Leonardo chair by Enzo Berti for Bross

Leonardo chair by Enzo Berti for Bross