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Contemporary Furniture

Back To Sleep

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Classified as less than 7 hours a night, research has recently suggested that western society is 'chronically sleep deprived.' Concerns that sleep deprivation is being overlooked as a public health problem have been highlighted due to it's a powerful link to Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, obesity and mental health issues.

Maintaining the recommended 8-9 hours a night can have a profound impact on our happiness and wellness, more so than a significant pay rise according to The National Centre for Social Research. Confirming that money cannot buy a good nights sleep, this does establish the importance of cultivating healthy bedtime routines and environments. 

As Pictured Above: The Bonaldo Blanket Bed

Promoting warmth, softness and a sense of protection, the Blanket Bed from Bonaldo aesthetically translates the cognitive association we should all have with our bed and its surroundings. When investing in a new bed, the required size, height, and mattress firmness can dramatically differ from person to person so be sure to carefully reassess both your physical and spatial needs.

Ergonomics suggest couples sleep better in a bigger bed, larger than a standard double size decreases the risk of disturbing each other's sleep. A high bed will sit comfortably in larger rooms with higher ceilings, otherwise, consider a low variation to create a minimalist feel that is both relaxed and grounded.  

Cushions and bedding are a key addition to enhance your comfort but do not miss the opportunity to get creative with these. Incorporating soft textures and calming hues can only help furthermore to create the optimal sleeping space for health and happiness.   

Posted in  Inspiration

Let's Read

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

In our digital era, it would be easy to assume that our reading habits are solely gravitating towards e-books however, recent figures show that in 2016 bookshops sales increased by 7 percent whilst e-book sales witnessed a decline for the second consecutive year.

The pleasure of holding a physical book is often cited as a reason for reverting to the traditional paperback, suggesting that a book's tangible qualities can be just as important as the content itself. For avid readers, a stylised bookcase can become the ultimate form of self-expression in the home, an interactive focal point where you can enjoy this simple pleasure.

As Pictured Above From Left to Right: The Cattelan Italia  Eliot Drive Table and Wally Bookcase

Embracing the three-dimensional appeal of a well-curated bookcase, the Wally from Cattelan Italia features varied sized compartments which make it perfect for showcasing an interaction of objects amongst your books. Get creative by interchanging segments with categorised books, lighting, frames and sculptural elements such as vases and ornaments.

Opting for an oversize bookcase can create a unique feature wall. For maximum visual impact, alternate book spines both horizontally and vertically whilst showcasing fantastic front covers upright.

Balance is key, be mindful to not overload and clutter rather allow for a bookcase to serve as an open and intriguing space that you and your visitors can equally enjoy.

Posted in  Inspiration

Inspiration: Top 5 Striking Bases

Monday, 2 October 2017

Switching traditional four-legged tables for striking stylised bases can have a transformative effect on your dining space. Available in an array of rustic wood and contemporary ceramic and glass top finishes, discover the timeless appeal of our top five designs from a few of our favourite brands below.

Despite its solid steel base, the Gordon Table from Cattelan Italia has a lightweight look through a subtle interaction of fine lines. The striking refined base is accentuated with the addition of a sleek extra-clear glass top, directing focus to the base whilst creating the illusion of a stylish floating entity.

 

As Pictured Above from Left to Right: The Bontempi Casa Millennium XXL Table and Cattelan Italia Gordon Table

The Millennium Table from Bontempi Casa features an impressive angular base. Bontempi’s addition of the dual base Millennium XXL version, alongside occasional pieces such as the Millennium Coffee Table and Side Table, certifies the timeless appeal of this design that complements current geometric trends with an added hint of glamour.  ​​

With a strong architectural presence, the Skorpio from Cattelan Italia features an embossed lacquered metal base available in a variety of classic and contemporary finishes. Its strong angles and linear alignment works simultaneously with colour variations and scratches to create an industrial feel, perfect alongside concrete finishes and earthy stone or wood top finishes. 

  

As Pictured Above: The Bontempi Casa Fiandre Table and Cattelan Italia Skorpio Table

The Bontempi Casa Artistico Table encompasses timeless appeal and sinuous simplicity. Available in a range of finishes, the elegantly intertwined metal legs can be suitably paired with a selection of luxurious tops including glass and ceramic or sumptuous wood variations, accentuating the contours of its base.

A manifestation of structure and balance, the Fiandre Table from Bontempi Casa features an angular bi-pillar base with crisp edges and equally bold formation. The base is combined with a sizable rectangular top which creates a visually pleasing balancing act.

Posted in  Inspiration

Foscarini: Mouth Blown Glass

Friday, 22 September 2017

A second instalment from the 'Foscarini Presents' short film collection beautifully demonstrates the unique process of mouth blown glass.

Articulating the distinctly personal touch behind stunning glass creations such as Chouchin, Tartan and Rituals, this behind the scenes footage firmly establishes Foscarini's standards in artistically driven lighting design.

With the days beginning to get shorter now is the ideal time of year to embrace new and creative possibilities to lighting around the home. Prepare to be inspired as Foscarini initiate a subtle reminder that art does not always have to be the type that hangs on walls.

Foscarini Presents: Mouth Blown Glass Process


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