How to pick the perfect stool for your kitchen, bar or game room?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Wrong height, too wide, wobbly and uncomfortable may be some of the problems that send people in search of a replacement stool for their kitchen counter, bar area and even game room. To steer the selection process in the right direction, it is important to note a few very important details that can serve as possible filters and eventually help select the perfect stool.

First, you need to identify whether you need a counter or bar height stool. Most popular collections like Filly stool by Bonaldo and Cindy stool by Cattelan Italia offer the same stool in both heights which makes the choosing process unencumbered. If placing stools around the kitchen counter, then their seat height should be 24-29 inches while a bar height stool should have seat height that ranges from 30-36 inches.

Filly Too Stool by Bonaldo

Filly Too Stool by Bonaldo

Another element to consider when selecting the perfect modern bar stool is whether it should be swivel and height adjustable. This plays a big role particularly in multipurpose areas that require a more flexible solution. For example, in a game room where the action can be spectated from different directions, the swiveling functionality can be very useful while height adjustable mechanism can serve family members with drastically different heights. Some height adjustable stools can also be lowered to a dining chair height and can be reused as additional dining chairs. Some of the most popular examples of height adjustable stools include the Toto stool by Cattelan Italia which is very modern and sleek while the Club stool by Costantini Pietro serves the more transitionally decorated spaces with its button-tufted design.

Toto stool by Cattelan Italia

Toto stool by Cattelan Italia

Lastly, stools that are chosen should be comfortable, but also flow with the rest of the decor. Whether they need to match the dining chairs nearby or the materials of the kitchen cabinets, the stools of choice should be consistent. In fact, many stools are now part of larger collections that also include dining chairs for this exact reason. Take the very vast Isabel collection by Cattelan Italia that includes dining chairs as well as stools that can either be entirely upholstered or have metal legs to coexist with the metal surfaces around them. But if it’s wooden surfaces that is needed to match then collections like Arcadia and Magda both offer dining and stool options with wooden finished frames.

Magda dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda dining chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda stool by Cattelan Italia

Magda stool by Cattelan Italia

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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Design Trend – when royal meets rustic

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia epitomizes the true essence of juxtaposed styles. Modernity and elegance, function and beauty, sophistication and simplicity are designed to coexist in a harmonious and highly impactful composition. Combining spontaneous character of natural burl and the deliberate panache of baroque details that are innate to gilded age royals, Sidney collection is ambitious and one that is destined to dominate the interior limelight with an impressive play of opposites that’s highlighted by superior quality and diverse tactile appeal.

Kitchen from Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia

Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia

Bookcase from Sindey collection by Bizzotto Italia

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4 Modern Kitchen Trends For 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

If you are planning a kitchen renovation in time for the holidays, we have your 4 biggest trends for 2017 that will help make your new modern kitchen space become the heart of the home, a comfortable space for entertaining or preparing dinner for your family.

OPEN CONCEPT
While open kitchen is not completely a new trend nor is it a layout suitable for everyone, it is a trend that is not going anywhere soon and is actually based entirely on the lifestyle of family gatherings and entertaining as well as on the modern notion of an airier, lighter living centered around casual lifestyle. An open concept kitchen is definitely attractive but can also be a source of “domino-effect” yielding fluid aesthetics across the living and dining spaces. So choose color palette that will be easily carried beyond the kitchen or from the living space, into the kitchen.

Modern kitchen featuring an open layout

PATTERN
Gone are the days of extreme uniformity when it comes to kitchen surfaces and finishes, as patterns are becoming exceedingly prevalent in kitchen design. Trendy patterns help break long rows of cabinets and tall monochromatic cupboards while at the same time introducing an opportunity to be bold and creative. While patterned cabinetry may not be your cup of tea, back-splash, floors, or the island may be a great place to add playfulness and visual depth as well as appliance paneling. Trotter kitchen by Porcelanosa is a great example of patterned island and a few different finishes for the cabinets and appliance panels.

Trotter kitchen by Porcelanosa

METALLICS
Brass, steel, copper and bronze are no longer considered out of style as metallic surfaces and finishes have made their way back to modern interiors. While brass, bronze and copper bring a warmer touch without undermining the glitzy nature of modern design, other favorites like chrome, black chrome and stainless steel help bridge wooden surfaces with ultra-contemporary style. Leading Italian kitchen brands like Varenna use an entirely steel island in the Artex collection to blend bronze glass and wooden surfaces. Read More

The New Stone Age

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Stone and ceramic surfaces are growing in popularity, reaching beyond their typical utility on the kitchen or bathroom floor with increased presence in products ranging from modern dining tables, contemporary wall units as well as bedroom furniture.  Paralleling the craze for rustic drift woods, stone finishes that feature rough, almost primal textures offer enhanced tactility and a rugged contrast to the sleek minimalism of modern design.

Balancing interiors with character and aesthetic dimension, marble surfaces like White Carrara and Black Marquina are often seen on tables like Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia or Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo as well as on wall units like I-modulART collection by Presotto Italia.  Sophisticated pieces like these create an unexpected edge and a counterpoint in the interior while helping balance softer materials with hard surfaces, complementing glass, wood or metals.

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo