This product embraces a boxy look that follows contemporary design principles in its clean lines and purposeful look. Called "Solitaire", these snazzy chairs come from Offecct Furniture. There are two variations in the event that you want an extra sidebar that could sit a laptop, remote controls or even a dinner plate. More information: here.
Seeing the Curl Bench by Stanislav Katz made me think about how creative we can be with colors in the home. I began thinking about the possibility of hot pink furniture and how that might look alongside my other possessions. The truth is that Curl Bench may be more appropriate in a public seating setting due to its shape, but maybe there is a place for hot pink in the creative decorator's arsenal. Product information: here.
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This amazing bathroom product combines Chromotherapy and a whirlpool bathtub all in one package. An added twist is the nice waterfall for the water to enter the tub as opposed to a typical shaped faucet. Many people believe in the power of healing from light therapy and how it can balance the soul. "Baleina" is made by Thalassor and you can learn more about it: here.
This multi-media table looks very much like a typical coffee table, but upon closer inspection it contains two speakers and a docking station for an iPhone or iPod. The base of the table is a pyramid which is a rather unusual element as a foundational object in home furnishings. This piece was created by Stephane Thivend. Learn more about the product: here.
Taking inspiration from the sea, the Palomba Collection features three designer sinks by Laufen. The ocean provides an array of seascapes from it waves, shapes and underwater landscapes. Like other Laufen sinks these three embrace clean modern design principles which create an "updated look" in any bathroom along with a very functional product. More information: here.
There are so many choices on the market today, if you are looking for the highest in luxury, consider iPod stereo systems from Geneva Sound. Pictured here is the GenevaSound XL in a stunning red piano lacquered wood. This component weighs 84 lbs. with the stand adding another 26 lbs. It has 2 tweeters, 2 woofers and 2 sub-woofers. Collectively, it puts out 6x100 watts. It also has a cd-rom player and a plug in that can support inputs like PCs, gaming systems or TVs. Price: $1,999. Find the product: here. For the pool season, don't forget to read our story on floating iPod pool speakers.
Here is a beautiful reach in closet that was designed by Falegnameria 1946. It features long sliding doors where the white finish blends in well with the rest of the space. The long doors enable easy access to the custom storage that has five built in drawers, hanging storage for suits and dresses and many open shelves to the right. Via.
These decorative leather benches were winners of a Design Award in 2008. The product is called "Plasma". There are three sizes of the bench that differ in length from shorter to longer. Further, there is another variation where the shape itself can be reversed creating a choice as to which side the deepest portion of the bench will appear. Find the product: here.
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Pictured here is "Sally" from the living room seating collection by In Mezzo. The frame is constructed of beech wood filled with polyurethane stuffing and topped with memory foam cushions. The two-piece version can be pushed together to make one long sofa or split apart into two different sections. Find the product: here.
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The modern sideboard pictured here is the "Vila Rica" from Etel Interiors. The thing that strikes me on this piece is how well the storage is laid out. The compartment on the top to store silverware, serving utensils and sterling silver is very accessible. I can imagine hosting a dinner party and needed something. With this piece, my needs would be met very quickly. Another interesting feature is that the design is transitional making this modern sideboard a fit in many other homes which may have a more eclectic mix of furniture. More information: here.
If you are more "new school" then you might be looking for a trolley or bar serving cart that is not the typical two-level on wheels version. This piece called "Toto" features a design that is more like a cube and departs from the two level prototypes. A nice feature on the serving cart are the storage sections which offer better security from something "falling off the cart" in case one has too many drinks. More information: here.
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If you have a flair for interesting shapes then these bookcases from Motusmentis may be just what your wall needs. Each has its own shape that is sure to draw the eye of any visitor to the house. The three bookcases are: Wallboarding, Kaktus and Kubicle. Learn more about them here.
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"Ellen XL" is a wall shelving system that is created in a special type of concrete called Ductal. The thought of having concrete made shelving is a bold proposition for a home. This system was designed by Francesco Passaniti. More information can be found on the designer here.
It can be said that "being primitive" takes design down to its deepest roots by breaking it down to its basic concepts. These designs come from Nucleo and feature three of their collections: Primitive, PH and Terra. Each of these themes provides a unique experience designed for both the furniture and art enthusiast.
Primitive: The workmanship makes unrepeatable and unique objects: made entirely by hand without the use of presswork and finished with non-toxic resins that reveal signs and imperfections. Living Primitive elements reflect on elementary forms used by Le Corbusier to create architectural and urban space. The return to structure is a twentieth Century leit-motiv, with artistic avant-garde, from Cubism, to Abstract art, to Constructivism, Suprematism. The art is free from 'enslavement' to the subject, able to translate the motions of the human soul with the pure colour or pure form.
PH Series: Inspired by molecular structures and crystal lattices created when atoms bond to one another, PH is a pentagonal modular made in expanded polyurethane. The pentagonal shape allows an ample number of configurations by drawing closer the various sides.
Terra: Terra is not a finished product, is an idea; we provide the cardboard frame and the seeds, the main ingredient, the dirt can be found everywhere on our planet. The armchair is born in your garden and becomes part of your landscape.
Terra! is not only a grass arm-chair, is an arm-chair of the world; if you are in a desolate suburb surrounded with cement, make it out of cement, if you live in front of an American highway, make it out of asphalt, if you are in the north pole use the snow. More information: here.
Configuring a living room in different furniture possibilities opens up a whole area of design themes for the home. Where most furniture can be turned and moved others can be reconfigured to create different looks and different uses for the family. The Night and Day series from Molteni & C accomplishes just that. More information about the product can be found here.
Notice anything out of place in this room? Perhaps, your attention is drawn to the white chair contrasted in a traditional room. This unusual living room decorating is part of an exhibition by the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Casa Boschi di Stefano, Villa Necchi Campiglio and the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, in collaboration with Cosmit and the Culture Council of Milan, called "Unexpected Guests". In the exhibition modern design pieces are juxtaposed into traditional living spaces created old and new in the same breath. More information about the exhibition can be found here. The chair is called the "Primitive Chair" from Nucleo.
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Often with space a challenge for decorating a room it makes sense to go with items that don't dominate a room's appearance. This small leather couch fits that mold. The overall design is very simple which helps keep its appearance and subsequent effect on a room minimal. The product is called Amerigo and is available in white or brown leather here.
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A canopy bed is often associated with more traditional decorating themes. Valdichienti Furniture presents its modern version of this classic called Ginevra. In Ginevra, the overhead canopy follows modern design technique featuring clean lines with lumber that is "right sized" and not too large when compared to the bed base. Find the product: here.
The great thing about the Pause Stool from Soft Line Furniture is the design possibilities with this type of piece. A simple idea may be to have a few of these for children in a home to have a place to climb on, sit and work on projects. On a larger scale Pause can be used to create a colorful lobby design for a business or public waiting area. From the picture it makes me think of a recreation room in a school or church where children can be seated in many different configurations allowing flexibility for room setup. More information: here.
This morning I was looking for colorful furniture suggestions and came across the Chat Sofa and Chair by Soft Line. Chat falls somewhere between a chair and a sofa due to its size smaller than an average sofa. This example is a bit bolder with two colors making a strong statement. A more subtle example might be black and white paired together which is common in contemporary decorating settings. More product information: here.