5 must have furniture pieces for small spaces

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Small spaces are challenges but not hopeless especially with the help of innovative furniture solutions that make modern decor in any size room possible.  Regardless whether the small space came about because of its urban geography or construction oversight, its functional disposition remains undisputed.  Thanks to many brilliant designers that look to better our daily lives with smart furniture, the list of must have pieces for such demanding layouts, is quite long.

Extension Consoles Tables – if there is no room for a dining table, opt for an extendible console like the Convivium, Party or Nemo cosole tables by Cattelan Italia.  Each of these modern marvels offers that ability to accommodate up to 12 dinner guests.  This is a great solution to have as an additional table that can be used in case of big parties.

Convivium console table by Cattelan Italia

Convivium console table by Cattelan Italia

Sleeper Sofas & Armchairs – nothing maximizes the space more than a sofa that can convert to a queen or full size bed or an armchair that can lodge a guest.  The selection of sleeper sofas and armchairs is very vast and includes beautiful designs like Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma Arredamenti or the Magica sleeper armchair by Bonaldo.

Magica sleeper chair by Bonaldo

Magica sleeper chair by Bonaldo

Small Extension Dining Tables – dining tables that extend are certainly nothing new but the technology and innovation with which they now extend has evolved tremendously with inspiring pieces like the Livingstone table by Tonelli.

Livingstone dining table by Tonelli

Livingstone dining table by Tonelli

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Interior Design Trend – Exposed Brickwork

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Exposed brick wall trend is raw, unfiltered, and primal, perhaps indicative a previous life of the space or of a life that earned a new meaning.  Interior decor is full of controversial fads and the exposed brick wall is one such statement.  The origin of this interior trend can be traced to globalization of manufacturing and de-industrialization of urban neighborhoods, more specifically the conversion of abandoned factories whose products are no longer needed or have moved to an overseas production plants.  Repurposing former industrial spaces for residential purposes left traces of rustic aesthetic that feels “naked” but also evocative of history.

When it comes to the decor of such spaces, it is a hit or miss with plenty of times when the unfinished element is inflated in an unflattering way.  However, more times than not, this unique design element builds momentum because of its flaws and subsequently makes everything else in the space look and feel “pulled-together”.

Check out these amazing examples that make the exposed brick feel like an integral and necessary decor element.

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

New Year Resolution: work out more, at home

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

It’s January of a new year and of course everyone is still in “resolution” mode.  With the best intentions, we all want to start over, reduce our bad habits and vices, reset our excuses and infuse our motivations with new vigor, with ‘being healthier’ landing at the top of most people’s lists.  To be healthy is directly intertwined with proper nutrition and a consistent workout regiment, and yet very few consider leaving the house to eat healthier, so why do people leave the house to engage in a routine workout.

Instead of leaving the house, the inspiration, motivation and lack of distraction should be the primary reason behind the investment in a home gym.  Small space is no longer an issue because machines are now reduced to their smallest footprint and maximum utility allowing for increased physical fitness and enhanced mental wellness.

Technogym is an Italian manufacturer that specializes in unique, highly innovative gym equipment that is perfect for both commercial and residential fitness.  With welcoming, zen-like vibe and seamless design, Technogym offers solutions that are functional, user focused, and guarantee “speed, agility, efficiency, safety and hygiene.” Offering many collections, Technogym boasts with advanced research and modern aesthetics for the home through its most modern Forma line that’s designed “to minimize space, maximize interaction and fun during workouts.”  Forma collection of products integrates professional equipment with sleek ergonomics fitting for home use.  In addition to Foam, Technogym also includes the Artis Line of cardio and strength products, Kinesis Line for strength training and the Unity console of interactive fitness.

Unique and highly innovative gym equipment by Technogym

2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A blend of citric yellow and refreshing green, this particular green hue suggests positivity, hope and new beginnings.  “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute when introducing the color to the world.

Greenery is known as an invigorating color whose presence proves to have a desirable effect on well-being and overall healthy state of mind.   As Laurie Pressman, vice president at the Pantone Color Institute explained, “Greens help our heartbeat to slow down, help us to breathe and pull ourselves away from a world tied to flat screens and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world.”

Unlike a richer, jewel-toned green that signifies luxury, Greenery is a simpler shade with a yellow undertone that is more suggestive of minimalism rather than opulence and of modern elegance instead exaggerated flamboyance.  Pantone 15-0343 is this year’s neutral and can be used as such in any space and within the context of many stylistic twists.

In interior design, Greenery is perhaps too bold to be the main color, and is better utilized as an accent and a complement to a variety of color schemes from cooler to warmer tones.  It is also the perfect color to interject into any space through its literal interpretation, in the form of actual greenery.  By bringing the outside in, green becomes independent of any décor and design constituent.

With the beginning of the year behind us, it is time to think about how this color can translate into our everyday space.  Will it be through a dining chair like Cattelan Italia’s Vita that’s paired with an-all white Ray Drive dining table?  Paralleling the color scheme of white and Greenery, Presotto Italia shows that this refreshing color combo chosen for one of its I-modulART wall unit compositions belongs in the modern living room.

If desiring one or two statement pieces that will embody the prominent focal point of a space, then look no further than the velvet upholstered Structure armchair by Bonaldo, edgy Flow sideboard by Presotto Italia or the Metal glass table lamp by Foscarini for Diesel.  All of these intricate and highly illustrative accents evoke everything that Pantone intended to convey with their 2017 Color of the Year choice.

Greenery - 2017 Pantone Color of the Year