Design Trend – the glass house effect

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

An example of an eclectic design that comes through in a marriage between modern materials and architectural lines is the Klirr dining table designed by Emmanuele Zenere for Cattelan Italia. A work of art that preserves the minimal modernism of glass yet is warmed by the presence of a singular wooden beam that doubles as a structural essential and a source of sculptural spotlight, the Klirr table is a unique solution that is subtle with its decorative freedoms and convenient in terms of its inherent, no-frill simplicity. This particular element of unforgettable sense of weightlessness, is the true attraction of the Klirr dining table and is also widely known because of the glass house infatuation that’s often not realizable because of the increasingly growing habitual saturation. For the fans of glass houses and those who live in one, this particular modern dining room table is as close and as pure of a reality that may not be as farfetched as its seemingly was in the past.

Klirr dining table by Emmanuele Zenere for Cattelan Italia

Klirr dining table by Cattelan Italia

Klirr table designed by Emmanuele Zenere for Cattelan Italia

Klirr dining table by Emmanuele Zenere for Cattelan Italia

Essential Modern Dining Room Pieces to Elevate Your Style

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Remodeling is on the upswing, so if you’re one of the millions of folks who’ve got a new dining room space, now is the time to “invest in that nest.” Not only does investing in your home help build equity, but it also gives you the opportunity as a homeowner to feel more comfortable in your living space.

Room with wood dining table, white chairs and industrial lamp

So, if you’re ready to retire that outdated French country look, there’s no better time than the present to get in sync with a 21st-century design. With endless color and style options, there’s a perfect look out there just waiting for you to try.

Whether you’re tweaking your current dining room or need a fresh new look, we’ve got some great modern dining room furniture and design tips to help you out. Check them out below!

What Defines Modern Design?

What comes to mind when you think about modern design? Some of the most common characteristics of modern design include clean lines, simple designs, muted color palettes (with the exception of a few bold splashes of color), and interesting textures.

The most popular modern design styles are:

  • Industrial
  • Mid-century modern
  • Minimalist
  • Contemporary
  • Scandinavian

Shiny surfaces, fluid space design, and creative lighting are also key factors that make up a modern living space.

Essential Dining Room Pieces You’ll Need

When assembling your perfect dining space, there are a few key pieces you’ll need to buy. For a great basic list, see the items below:


The look of the table will help define your theme, so choose something that is both functional and stylish. There are several key sizes and shapes to select, such as square, rectangle, round or oval. If you’re short on space, choose a round table or a clear table for a more open look.

Materials such as glass, metal, or clear acrylic are great options. For a wood table, select one with a removable leaf for extra guests.


Seating is a very important part of designing your room so it’s best to try before you buy. A common mistake people make is to choose the chair’s style over comfort. Think about how you’ll feel sitting through a five-course Thanksgiving dinner in upholstered seats versus those uber-sleek metal chairs. Enough said.

Also remember to select the right amount of chairs – whether that means for two, four, or 16. There’s nothing worse than limiting your guest list because you didn’t have enough seating.

Buffet or sideboard

Adding a buffet or sideboard to the dining room is both a functional and fashionable way to boost your modern style. Buy a matching piece to a set, or incorporate a vintage modern piece for an eclectic look.

Lighting fixtures

Once you have the essentials, consider adding in a few extras. Check out our suggestions towards the end of the article.

Things to Consider When Creating a Modern Dining Room


Before you do anything, make sure your finances are in tip-top shape before you get attached to any furniture pieces. Whether that means you pay for the set with a store credit card, or pay in cash, sticking with your budget ensures you’ll spend within your means comfortably. Besides, no one wants to have to return their modern dining room set because they can’t afford the monthly payments.


The quality of your dining room set should be a top priority, especially the dining room table. A good rule of thumb is to choose a table built to last for at least five to 10 years. A few tried and true stable materials to consider are stainless steel and solid wood.


Measuring the space of your dining room is the most important step to take before buying furniture. A common mistake people tend to make is not leaving enough room for foot traffic.

When it comes to dining comfortably, experts say to leave 23 inches between diners at the table and 36 inches between the table and the wall for


Color has the power to make a huge impact on the mood of your dining space, so don’t rush into your decision. If you’re comfortable choosing colorful chairs or upholstery, it’s a versatile way to amp up your look. It’s also an inexpensive way to change the look in the future.

Wall color is another great place to express your modern style. Sometimes painting one boldly-colored wall can be more effective than all four.


If you’re considering the modern look, there are some textures to choose from that are more fluid with the design. A few key texture details to think about when looking for the right modern set are glossy paint and minimalistic finishes. This communicates a more sophisticated and clean look.


Patterns can be either be abstract, colorful expressions or the same image repeated throughout a space. Using a patterned wallpaper or drapery is a great option for introducing a modern dining room look.


The purpose of creating dynamic lines in a dining room is to move your eyes throughout the space while bringing balance to any problem areas.

Modern lines tend to be clean and simple, so when choosing art, furniture, and accessories remember to avoid anything overly ornate or heavy looking. Go with geometric styles instead.


Light is one of the most effective tools to enhance a room. Where natural light can brighten up a space, artificial light can too. It just takes the right modern light fixture to make the room pop! Because light can change the way a color looks on the wall, make sure to paint a good-sized swatch before you commit.


Once you have the basic components of a modern dining room, you might want to consider adding in a few extras like art, mirrors, a chandelier, and a rug. Try smaller accent pieces like a cocktail cart, modern curios, or floating shelves.

Ready to Make that Modern Style Pop?

We hope our list helped you in your search for the perfect modern dining room! For more great design tips and trends, check out our most recent blog posts and let us know how we can help!

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

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