French architect and one of Molteni&C’s top designers, Jean Nouvel, is in the middle of a major development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Louvre Abu Dhabi is a satellite structure of the renowned Paris museum set to open this year on the city’s Saadiyat Island.
If you’re a fan of B&B Italia, odds are you have a piece from their iconic UP series. Designed in 1969 by Gaetano Pesce, the pieces were instant hits. They were unlike anything on the furniture scene at that point. The collection featured a sofa, armchair and pouf designed with expressive shapes and upholstered in elastic fabric that remains perfectly molded to the frame, even when occupied.
B&B Showcase: Little Ones Will Delight at the UP Junior Collection
This year, B&B relaunched the UP collection in a smaller size, naming it the UPJ, or UPJunior, collection. The pieces will take center stage in the display window at B&B Italia’s flagship store this holiday season, and are designed for children. Each piece is as much a piece art as it is a home furnishing. The bright red upholstery is cheerful and children will enjoy feeling as if the seemingly heart-shaped chair is enveloping them in a soft, deep embrace.
Unbeknownst to your children, Pesce was actually inspired by the idea women’s rights. The chair symbolizes the womb and heart of woman while the ottoman is her ball and chain. However, you may want to save that art lesson for later.
In the meantime, you can find pieces from the UP collection and other B&B Italia products through the Casa Design showroom.
Here on the East Coast, successful architects typically house their firms in high-rise buildings and large office spaces. If you’re a growing professional firm in Florence, Italy, however, requiring significant square footage, you might just find yourself in the market for an historic palazzo.
Ready to switch up the lighting plan for fall and winter? Leucos USA just premiered its luxury lighting trends for the upcoming season. Here is a glimpse at two of the fixtures they have unveiled. They are called Air and Sydney, and both were designed for Leucos USA by Flusso Design.
Air. Air is a stylish ceiling or wall-mounted fixture that is considered ADA-compliant when mounted on the wall. The fixture is made from layers of hand-blown glass that are arranged over a polished glass that has a mirror-like appearance. It is available in two sizes and uses a fluorescent light source.
Sydney. The Sydney is available in its 13th incarnation as a flush, ceiling-mounted fixture or as a pendant. The minimalist design is suited for hallways, living rooms, and kitchens and is comprised of a white matte or polished aluminum tube. It uses an LED or halogen light source.
Leucos USA is the American division of world-renowned Italian lighting designer Leucos. They specialize in the hospitality, commercial, and high-end residential markets, and their fixtures are sought after by the world’s premier interior designers.
Their lighting products, including Air and Sydney, are all available through the Casa Design showroom.
Looking for light, sleek, and easily portable “Shelves With Legs?” Meet Mina and Emil, two of the newest pieces of modern Italian furniture to be introduced by Zanotta. The Milan-based industrial design company teamed up with designer Frank Rattenbacher to create two tables with a clean and linear look.
That’s exactly what they got with the design of Mina and Emil. Rattenbacher wanted the two tables to be lightweight and harmonious while sturdy enough to serve as a portable end table or nightstand. Both are made with a glossy, lacquered steel top and are available in white, black, burgundy, or a white frame with a pink top.
Mina. The larger of the two tables, Mina is a rectangular console table measuring 74 cm high, 115 cm long and 40 cm wide.
Emil. The smaller of the two tables, Emil, features a hexagonal top. It measures 49 cm high, 42 cm long and 34 cm wide. This easily-portable table is a flexible addition to a furniture collection since it can be used for a variety of purposes.
Their slender designs have a retro appeal, reminiscent of furniture in the 70s. Mina and Emil are available through Casa Design.
Back in 2013, Bonaldo won the “Good Design Award” for their Octa Table. The original Octa was a rectangular shape with an unique 3-D star configuration forming the base of the table. The eight legs yielded the table’s name. This year, Bonaldo released a new version of the Octa and it is receiving rave reviews.
The new version of the Octa table has the same unique base but the top is round, rather than rectangular. An interesting fact to note is that the legs of the table, which are made from bent and welded metal rods, were inspired by the legendary children’s game, “Pick Up Sticks” where you throw a handful of colorful sticks down and try to remove them from the tangle one by one.
In the new Octa table, the tangle has been raised to form an artistic base that is, quite literally, the star of the show. The table top is available in clear, opaque, black, or white. The rectangular model is also available with an extendable glass top, lacquered wood, or walnut. Accompanying Filly Chairs are available with multiple upholstery options.
The Octa Table and other modern Italian furniture designs are available through the Casa Design Showroom.
Jamie Durie is an Australian designer, horticulturalist, and author. His love of the outdoors is a driving force behind his contemporary outdoor furniture designs, which celebrate the role of nature in nurturing a sense of well-being. His most recent designs, a second collection for Riva 1920, were recently featured at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in early April.
Here’s a peek at the new additions to this comfortable outdoor furniture line, all of which are produced using natural, sustainable materials:
Tubular Chair. Jamie Durie launched the Tubular Dining Table in Milan last year. It was so popular that he designed the Tubular Chairs to complement. The dining chairs are fluidly sculpted allowing the beautiful wood grains to shine.
Bungalow Sofa. The Bungalow Sofa was built to complement his Bungalow Stool collection. It features a lightweight frame made from American walnut that is finished in natural oils. The comfortable seat and back cushions are supported by a woven leather strap matrix.
Bungalow Bench Seat. For casual or overflow seating, the Bungalow Bench Seat matches the sofa and stools, including the woven leather strap matrix for seat support and stitch detailing.
Riva 1920 pieces are available through Casa Design.
Swede Hill House sits perched atop a rise in Block Hill, Rhode Island. The home was designed by Aquidneck Properties and Estes Twombly Architects. Its design is inspired by traditional New England farmhouse architecture, but implements modern design and build principles making it eligible for Gold-level LEED for home certification.
Casa Design was honored to help with the interior design and several of the furnishings are from our Boston showroom. The home features expansive windows along virtually every wall, creating a natural transition between the interior and exterior of the home. Natural light, wood floors, ceilings and exposed beams complement the gorgeous wooded views. As such, we chose pieces that continued this natural motif.
The open living area features tables designed by RIVA 1920. Their Legno Vivo small tables are made from cedar and available in varying heights and circumferences. They can be used as end tables or stools and blend seamlessly with the Eco coffee table. For the kitchen’s raised bar chairs, we continued the natural wood theme with the Morph Bar by Zeitraum. Both designers use woods harvested from sustainable forests.
You can visit our showroom in Boston to to view more products that Casa Design has to offer.
For those of you who are a bit rusty on your Greek history, Sappho was one of the most admired lyric poets of antiquity. So, it’s no wonder that Porada’s sleek writing desk is named Saffo. This piece of modern Italian furniture is sleek and modern, but has beautiful soft edges and curves. It’s ideal for those who celebrate a minimal lifestyle or who live in a smaller space.
Synchronicity is always a good thing, which is why we were pleased to see Living Divani and Porro featured in the December/January edition of Interiors magazine. Contemporary furnishings from both designers are available through Casa Design.
Porro. The Synapsis Table and Soft Chairs featured in Interiors were designed by Porro, an Italian furniture designer. Porro was founded by two brothers, Giulio and Stefano Porro, in 1925. Today the company employs more than 100 professionals and cooperates with more than 600 retailers world-wide.
The Synapsis Table is as sleek as it is elegant. Available in two sizes, the unique base is like a metal sculpture unto itself. Their Soft Chairs add a colorful dimension to any modern dining room or professional conference space.
Living Divani. Another globally recognized Italian design firm, Living Divani opened its doors in the early 1970’s. Since then they have collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry.
They earned their spot in the most recent edition of Interiors for their Extrasoft modular sofa design. The Extrasoft lives up to its name and can be rearranged into a variety of geometrical configurations. You can try it out for yourself in the Casa Design showroom.