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.
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.
If we had the time, we’d take a contemporary interior design tour around the globe. From the Salone del Mobile in Milan to the 100% Design 2014 in London, there are countless destinations to visit in between. Next up, we’re headed to the 24th International Biennale Interieur, taking place October 17th – 26th in Kortijk, Belgium.
Modern Italian design comes in many forms; the industrial and furniture aspects of it are Casa Design’s primary focus, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a furniture design aficionado who isn’t also in touch with fashion trends. We wonder how elements of the Louis Vuitton Monaco Cruise Collection for 2015 will trickle into the world of interior design.
Here are some of the highlights from this season’s Luis Vuitton fashion cruise.
Firstly, we can’t help but note the custom-made Pierre Paulin seating for three hundred that undulated on a glass floor through the Place du Palais. The curvaceous benches created runways accommodating the models as they made their way through wearing Nicolas Ghesquière’s newest creations.
The models walked on digital water floor tiles, which added to the watery theme. The designs were colorful and playful. The fit-and-flare theme Ghesquière introduced in the fall was still prevalent and almost every ensemble had an element of shimmer, whether it was a shiny red leather jacket, metallic handbags, or sequin-embellished lace. Pants are high-waisted and flared and we’ll continue to see fitted dresses with high-waisted belts.
Casa Design wonders how these trends will wash over our world of modern Italian furniture design.
The rising trend of writing desks in the luxury furniture market exemplifies how technology changes design. Tablets, minimal laptops, and eReaders have eliminated the need for much of the paper, books, and miscellaneous clutter that was typical of an office or home work space. As a result, sleek and minimal writing desks are making a comeback.
Contemporary furnishings designers are creating stylish desks that require minimal floor space but come equipped with enough hidden storage to accommodate the necessary essentials such as gadget chargers, pens, and a pad of paper.
For small spaces.
Server, by Tonelli is a contemporary desk for small spaces. It was designed by Luigi Trenti and consists of two pieces. The first is a container with shelving to house books, supplies, and files. The second is the shell which fits perfectly over the container portion and can be rolled slightly forward when in use as a desk.
The Casa Design Showroom has added new lighting from Shakúff. The artists at Shakúff are interested in creating contemporary lighting fixtures that are also imaginative. Their goal is to push the boundaries of light, color and texture. In addition to their own designs, the Shakúff enjoys working with clients to bring their ideas to fruition.
Casa Design is thrilled to be featured in Boston Magazine for our kitchen design collaboration with Design Studio M. The challenge in this particular home design project was creating the feeling of spaciousness and ample storage within the confines of a narrow condominium kitchen. Here is how we did it:
Have you visited the Italian Brand and Design Showroom yet? In an effort to celebrate the role of Italian influence on design, Italy and the U.S. have teamed up to create Anno Della Cultura Italiana, or The Year of Italian Culture. It’s already September which means the year is winding down, but this month you can take advantage of our proximity to the Industrial Designers Prize – Slow Design Exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.
The exhibition runs through the of September, so there’s still a couple of days to see examples of amazing modern Italian design projects, created by some of the up-and-coming Italian industrial designers. A joint effort between the Italian Cultural institute, architect Massimo Vignelli, president of la Fondazione NY and the Italian trade commission spawned a contest designed to highlight how Italian designers have stretched their creative and innovative talents, despite Italy’s most recent, challenging economic times.
This year’s exhibition features the work of the contest’s Top 10 winners, chosen on the three fundamental pillars of education, project and production. The ultimate goal is to bring attention from entrepreneurs, and to inspire collaborative business opportunities.
Italian furniture designer, Kristalia, took their customers on a journey “Back to the Future” in their recent newsletter. Along the way, we were able to revisit some of their older designs that have stood the test of time and remain favorites in the private and commercial contemporary furniture sector.
Join Casa Design in celebrating two designs that are still popular, even amidst the rapidly changing world of interior design.
The Face Chair. Luca Nichetto is a Murano born Italian artist. Although he got his start there, he eventually traveled all over the world, combining is training in Murano with global influences. He returned to Italy and became acquainted with Kristalia back in the early 2000s. The Face Chair was his first project with them. The result was an attractive and functional, stackable chair that is still a hit even a decade later.
The Boum Chair. Designer Monica Graffeo is unique in that she got her start studying the classics, Latin, Greek, and mathematics. After thumbing through design magazines during study breaks, she fell in love with design. She worked with Kristalia for eight years, and her first independent project was the Boum Chair, which is still considered young, innovative and versatile.
Photo Source: Kristalia
Fashion Week has just wrapped up in New York City, with the new lines for Spring and Summer 2013 from both new and established designers being revealed. As fashion trends tend to cross over into interiors, and vice versa, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the cool trends spotted over the past week and consider how they might transcend into the world of interiors.
Boston.com compiled a list ten trends from Fashion Week, and most other publications we have read match up these trends, so it’s safe to say these trends were the most common on the runways. We’ve listed a few of them below.
Stripes: Stripes were featured in the greater majority of lines showcasing their spring and summer looks. Some stripes took on a more artistic look, such as Marc Jacobs’ “Warholian” stripes, Boston.com reports, while other designers like DKNY and Diane von Furstenberg were a bit less edgy with their stripes.
Yellow: Yellow seemed to show up in nearly every collection. Shades ranged from lighter, creamier yellows to canary and taxi cab-inspired shades.
Leather: Leather has been on-trend for several seasons now, and it won’t be leaving us anytime soon. Leather is a classic in both fashion and interiors, so we’re sure we’ll see some leather pieces from our favorite furniture designers in the months to come, too.
Additionally, Monica was in NYC last week and happened to take note of a magazine article discussing trends of the week, which mentioned the rising “Oenophilic” influence in both fashion and housewares. “Berry, berry everywhere to modernize ‘even the most mundane furnishings,’” the article said. The article used a table lamp from a line we represent here at Casa Design, the Phillippe Stark Miss Sissi lamp, as its example.
Did you have a favorite trend or look from Fashion Week? Share it with us! We would love to hear from you.