Product Spotlight – Evo Desk by Ferruccio Laviani for Emmemobili

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Another masterpiece with a highly expressive visual presence is the Evo office desk by Emmemobili. Inspired by the original hybrid of styles, that realized the progression of design spectrum from archaic to modern in the most literal of ways; Evo desk pays a verbatim homage to the Evolution sideboard and to the play on artistic side of contradictions.

Evo desk by Ferruccio Laviani for Emmemobili

Evo desk by Ferruccio Laviani for Emmemobili

Evo desk by Ferruccio Laviani for Emmemobili

Evo desk by Ferruccio Laviani for Emmemobili

Designed by the brilliant Ferruccio Laviani, Evo desk integrates signature geometric design with artisan woodworking, ensuing in an aesthetic and functional piece of art with intriguing, three-dimensional asymmetry along with striking contrast between Renaissance inspired carvings and geometrically dominant modern design. Read More

Maison & Objet 2018 – Familiar but New Stuffed Animal Furniture

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

The 2018 Maison & Objet fair in Paris bore witness once again to the creativity and thoughtfulness displayed by stuffed animal furniture by AP Collection. Inspired by a personal story of Alexis and Pauline and perhaps by the reinvention demonstrated by Fernando and Humberto Campana’s limited edition series of Banquet chairs, AP Collection’s 2018 presentation included polar bears, swans, mammoths, seals, and toucans.

AP Collection’s 2018 presentation at Maison & Object fair in Paris

AP Collection’s 2018 presentation at Maison & Object fair in Paris

Armchair of Thousand Eyes by Campana Brothers for Fendi Casa

Armchair of Thousand Eyes by Campana Brothers for Fendi Casa

Similar to the Campana Brothers 2003 stuffed animals that were repurposed into modern furniture through repetition, clustering and playfulness and their more recent addition of the Armchair of Thousand Eyes for Fendi Casa, AP Collection embraced sculptural aspects of cushy toys by inserting them into modern interiors through functional furniture like statement-making benches and eye-catching ottomans in addition to their initial collection of accent chairs.

Banquete chairs by Campana Brothers

Banquete chairs by Campana Brothers

Modern Interior Design Trend – feathers to inspire and surprise

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The super stunning Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour is part of a trend that is catching fire quickly. Showcased at the 2018 Maison & Objet show in Paris, the Feather lamp is designed to give its surroundings an immediate boost in character regardless of color or version (it is available as a table lamp, floor lamp and chandelier). Far from representing a boudoir look, the Feather lamp brings a weightless spotlight, adding a natural element to its environment while maintaining a modern sense of simplicity and ambiance. It doesn’t hurt that this trend is legitimately validated by spectacular dresses from spring-summer 2018 Haute Couture collection by Dior which featured the most extravagant bustier dress adorned by exaggerated white feathers and by Lady Gaga’s choice of feather inspired dress and a piano covered in feathers during her unforgettable performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour

Feather lamp by Modern Grand Tour

Color Trend – Winter Blues

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Color embodies the ambiance of space and with that also imposes certain intrinsic associations on modern living spaces. Today’s color trends from Italy’s leading design authorities are closely correlated with material choices and the overall vibe, which currently reflects a contradicting colder but cozier atmosphere, one that requires a bit more sensuality, perhaps a warmer texture and a color palette that is closely intertwined with the need to be cuddled. The inevitable and highly plausible return of velvet in most diverse variances of modern interior design emphasizes the winter-wonderland palette of blue-greys, as demonstrated in a voluptuous new addition of Lovy sofa by Sergio Bicego for Bonaldo. This wintery color palette is further put to test through sensorial textures that invite a touch and fashion-forward patterns that beg to be examined as shown in the color and textile choices of the contemporary disposed Skid and Coral seating collection by Bonaldo.

Modern Italian design featuring a blue-grey winter wonderland palette

Style Rules: dramatic way to decorate with clear glass

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

As Isamu Noguchi once said, “It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness…,” clear glass requires a little unconventional thinking. Instead of trying to complement glass with another clear element and weightless material, it is more impactful to underscore the innate lightness of glass with substantial materials for dramatic effect. For example, the extra clear and entirely glass, Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia, is paired with the Magda leather chairs while Tonin Casa’s Vendome dining table is paired with Charonne and Vivienne dining chairs which in both cases offer a great deal of visual and sensorial contrast to the weightlessness of glass.

Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia

Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia

Vendome dining table by Tonin Casa

Vendome dining table by Tonin Casa

In another instance the mega modern Nervi dining table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli, was unexpectedly paired with heavy looking, transitionally styled Villa and Velvet dining chairs by Costantini Pietro to anchor its ultra-light nature with weightier structures.

Nervi dining table by Tonelli in room service 360° showroom

Nervi dining table by Tonelli in room service 360° showroom