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Colour Watch: Plum

Monday, 14 August 2017

From fruity purple to full-bodied red, as we shift towards Autumn / Winter, plum has been recognised as a leading colour choice for interiors.

A broad palette, Plum perfectly personifies the glamorous and decadent undertone prevailing current trends. Choose deep dark purple hues with the opulent texture of velvet upholstery for a dramatic accent in living spaces or indulge in plums more fruitful side to inject an exotic glamour with an air of fun sophistication.  

As Picture Above from Left to Right: The Calligaris Jungle Table and Saint Tropez Chair

Showcasing a vibrant 'berry' end of the spectrum, Calligaris have paired the Jungle Table in light Natural Oak with a plum inspired backdrop. This contrast demonstrates the notion of juxtaposing such an intense tone with unrefined mediums to create a pure contemporary space with a sultry ambience. As seen in the new Saint Tropez Dining Chair, splurges of gloss in the form of a patterned oxide red seat create a lustrous feel, whilst emphasising this seasons continued inclination towards layers and textured combinations.

Varying shades of blush pink can balance the superiority of plum. Coupling this less intrusive shade with soft shapes will create a welcoming and soothing feel against plum's passionate character.

Posted in  Trends

Glamorous Tufting

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Responding to stylishly rounded forms, the Calligaris 2017 collection introduces 'soft' versions of their most loved dining chairs.

Additional padding and decorative tufting become a key feature for designs such as the Igloo and Annie. The traditional feel of tufted fabric has recently developed a modern appeal, by injecting texture and dimension into on trend fabrics such as velvet.

Accentuating Annie's subtle curves, the sumptuous new 'soft' variation features charming tufting detail on both the seat and backrest. Calligaris demonstrate how this particular technique, when paired with enriching jewel toned colour palettes such as deep blue or emerald green hues, prompts a timeless combination of plush glamour that can be infused into any contemporary space.


As Pictured Above from Left to Right: The Calligaris Annie Soft Chair and Igloo Soft Chair - Coming Soon

Previously featuring everyday fabric upholstery, the Igloo Soft transforms into an entirely different chair. This naturally spacious, deep rounded design with extra padding and an eye-catching quilted feature becomes the ultimate call for comfort. Embracing this typically 'old world' texture excites a charismatic aura in comparison to its more formal predecessor. With Terracotta set to remain a key colour trend, by incorporating classic quilting or tufting, this quintessentially rustic hue evolves into a luxurious vintage style accent.

Style alongside natural materials, including dark woods and creamy marbles for a blend of unconventional glamour.


Posted in  Inspiration

Staying Around: Circular Tables

Monday, 31 July 2017

Circular designs are continuing to dominate interior trends.

Following this year's strong inclination towards soft and bulbous upholstered furniture, new additions from brands such as Bontempi Casa have seen classic designs including the Artistico and Millennium Dining Tables reproduced in the form of low coffee tables with elegant round tops.

Cattelan Italia has skillfully transposed this theme in their latest collection, offering an array of spherical inspired creations. Opposing conventional flat tops, the Spiral Coffee Table features a quirky spiralling glass top with a concave centre and levelled outer section for quintessential coffee table functionality.  The transparent smoke glass top finish exposes a curved frame; strongly emphasising the fluidity of this striking centrepiece.


As Pictured Above From Left to Right:  The Cattelan Italia Sting Coffee Table and Spiral Coffee Table

Featuring less imposing circular tops, The Sting Coffee Table has a coordinating shaped base on an elegantly tall stem. Available in six sizes and varying heights, on-trend layered cascading compositions become a key feature of this collection, created by combining the desired amount of pieces to suit your space.

Devoid of sharp edges, this distinctly sinuous form will render a delicately calming, alternative side table for either the bedroom or living room in contrast to angled square designs. The free flowing concept of the Sting allows for each composition to be conveniently used elsewhere when required. 

Finished with a luxurious Ceramic top, the delicate linear stem adds a bold black accent, inviting sophistication into the desired space.

Posted in  Trends

Manutti Visit 2017: Air Collection

Monday, 24 July 2017

Our recent visit to Manutti's hub in Belgian offered a great appreciation of the raw materials used to create this exclusive outdoor range.

Air is a sleek and minimalist collection of Coffee Tables, Modular Sofas, Day Beds and Dining Table options. Exotic Iroko Wood becomes a key characteristic in the form of the stylish frame base feature on this collection. Derived from a range of wood finishes which also features Teak and Aged Teak, Manutti is part of a non-profit organisation called Trees4Trees which sources timber from ecological plantations using environmentally friendly forest management. 


As Pictured Above from Left to Right: The Manutti Air Outdoor Dining Table and Sofa with LED Lighting

Available in two sizes, the Air Dining Table is a relaxed design. We particularly like the earthy 340cm Quartz Ceramic top table option. Manutti ceramics are composed of a mixture of sand, clay and natural stone that have been rinsed, mixed and atomised into tiny particles.

These particles form a plate which is laid out in a 3mm layer and pressed with 180-ton pressure.  This is then backed in a tunnel oven at an extreme temperature and finally cooled for a few minutes with cold air turbines. To produce the end result, two of these plates are glued together forming a light and practically imperishable 7mm tabletop. Stylish for both indoors and outdoors.

Manutti's hard-wearing and sustainable materials create a deluxe range that merges harmoniously into any contemporary outdoor setting. 

Posted in  Brands We Love

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