Buyers Guide – Top 5 modern umbrella stands

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Spring is here and as they say, “April showers will bring May flowers,” so is the rain. With the season of renewal, and in the spirit of restocking, it is a good time to check on your umbrella stock and perhaps invest into a sleek modern umbrella stand that is sculptural and useful at once. There to add a creative twist to any entryway while preventing dripping rain puddles, check out our top 5 contemporary umbrella stand picks for rainy-day inspiration.

1. Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm is named after the Russian word for umbrella and made from polyethylene in matte white and brown or colored polyethylene in blue, copper, silver and hunter green colors with a clever shape that’s designed to carefully contain the water from wet umbrellas.

Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm

Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm

2. Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa is first a sculpture and second a functional piece of furniture. Made using a special metal bending procedure that results in a wavy structure, Narciso umbrella stand is available in white, beige, yellow, anthracite and fuchsia colors.

Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa

Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa

3. Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell is a simple yet entirely transcendent design that offers great deal of functionality and elegant appeal. Made of batch dyed or painted plastic, Portaombrelli has a classic cylindrical shape and an array of bright colors that evoke its 1960s origins.

Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell

Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell

4. Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi is part of a larger collection that shares a memorable geometric design reminiscent of jackstraw game. Featuring a polished stainless-steel structure comprised of individual and interconnected stocks, Blow Up umbrella stand gets its name and from a hypothetical explosion that yields its randomized, sculptural façade.

Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi

Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi

5. Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis playfully pays homage and celebrates Mary Poppins infamous arrival and via its design, serves a practical need for umbrella storage. With four shiny colors to choose from, Poppins triangular design allows for corner placements and doubles as a wine holder when not used for umbrellas.

Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis

Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis

Debunking the myths of comfortable dining chairs

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Comfort is vital and probably surpasses the design factor when it comes to usability of a dining chair. And yet, comfort is not a forgone conclusion when it’s associated with modern dining chairs in the kitchen or the formal dining space. Especially because many decisions are made with key factor being WHAT the dining chairs look like, rather than HOW comfortable they are. This, in addition to misconceptions related to comfort, creates the need to debunk some of these myths.

Myth #1 – The size of the chair is suggestive of its comfort level. It is a myth because a smaller scale dining chair like Filly chair by Bonaldo offers proper back angle, sturdy steel frame and high density, crush-proof padding, with a conveniently removable cover and lots of upholstery choices.

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Filly dining chair by Bonaldo

Myth #2 – The more padded the chair, the more comfortable it is. Yet another myth which ignores the type of padding used in the construction process which cannot be isolated to a visually test only. Isabel, Sofia and Tosca dining chairs by Cattelan Italia all share the same seat and back designs albeit different legs and all represent the most comfort instilling dining solutions in modern design. Yet, if compared on how padded they are to heavier looking padded chairs, they will fail the optical comfort assessment.

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Isabel dining chair by Cattelan Italia

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Product Spotlight – Ercole and Afrodite by Driade

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Inspired by the popular Olympian Gods, Hercules who had legendary strength and physique and Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade is an extraordinary juxtaposition of mythical figures into modern design. A product of Driade Lab, Ercole e Afrodite is a group of storage containers that are available in either glossy black or matte white lacquer representing anthropomorphic elements that yield the most sensorial exhibition of modern design when joined into a fused sideboard silhouette. It is especially powerful because of the extremes and opposites that it represents; beauty vs. strength, femininity vs. masculinity, classic vs. modern, black vs. white, vertical vs. horizontal, shiny vs matte. It is also a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art that pays homage to the genius of Italian design as well as to the poetic element of historic integration into daily life.

Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade

Ercole e Afrodite cabinet collection by Driade