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Extending Tables to Get Your Guests Talking
Friday, 24 September 2021
As autumn and winter start to draw in, we find ourselves moving inside for our festivities, and no doubt the dining room will start to play an important role in your upcoming hosting engagements. A dining table shouldn't be a challenge when it comes to accommodating extra guests; this is where the extending table comes into its own. And it needn't be purely practical; we’ve selected some out-of-the-ordinary designs to 'break the ice' and get the conversation started at dinner.
Pictured above: Tyron by Cattelan Italia and Hey Gio! by Connubia Calligaris
The Tyron Table by Cattelan Italia makes a bold statement with an X-shaped sculptural base and sleek ceramic top, it’s sure to showcase a daring design aesthetic. Or the Hey Gio! Table by Connubia Calligaris with its retro flair; it features a tapered wide stem base which supports a table top in a choice of ceramic or melamine finishes. The butterfly extension matches the base in colour, not the top — making for an unexpected twist on opening.
Pictured above: Bridge by Bontempi Casa
The Bridge Table by Bontempi Casa brings a lighter look with a subtly bridge-inspired metal base and decorative details in your chosen contrast finish. Extending tops complete the look in glass or marble-ceramic.
Pictured above: Sunshine by Calligaris and Delta by Bontempi Casa
The ceramic top of the Sunshine Table by Calligaris is supported by a unique frame of contrasting curved and 'L' shaped elements. And to combine contemporary aesthetic with a bolder design feel, the Delta family by Bontempi Casa feature a contemporary angular frame that elegantly intertwines and overlaps creating a diamond shape, which can then be finished with contrasting decorative details. An extending table top can be selected in glass, ceramic or wood versions.
All these designs come with extending options allowing you the freedom to have space when you want it, and then house guests comfortably when the occasion arises.
Colourful Mix & Match Finishes
Sunday, 19 September 2021
Gone are the days when interiors had to be muted and tonal to stay stylish; for many years now designers have turned to brighter and bolder colour palettes to fearlessly create masterful spaces. An easy fix is to add a splash of colour onto a wall or ceiling, whether that be carried throughout an entire space or kept to a feature — but to truly explore the subtle science of colour, why not try to mix and match?
Pictured above: Yo! by Connubia Calligaris and Polo by Bontempi Casa
You can use contrasting colours, or play with similar tones, using great designs to draw the colour play into the entire space. Try a mix of contemporary Vela Chairs by Calligaris, or the retro Yo! family by Connubia Calligaris with mix and matched legs and seats, to really bring a bold pop of "wow" to the room. If you like this concept, you can explore further with contrast seats and seat backs on the Bontempi Casa Polo range of chairs and stools — from the simple Polo Chair and Bar Stool, to the bold Polo Spider Leg and Polo Wood Leg Chairs, you can really introduce colour the way you want to with these stylish designs.
Pictured above: Cosmopolitan Sideboard and Lexington Bookcase by Bontempi Casa
For adding blocks of colour, the Bontempi Casa Cosmopolitan Sideboard family gives you the design power to combine a range of finishes on cupboard fronts, tops, even the grooves and joints of the units; meaning you can truly dazzle in your choices. The designs come in a range of sizes — something to fit every space.
Continuing the theme of contrasting colour against the wall, the Lexington Bookcase by Bontempi Casa makes a geometric statement with its frame, whilst adding pops of colour with the additional shelving pieces. The bookcase can be customised with as few or as many as you want, adding an exciting element to the space with dimensional colour-play.
With so many ways of delivering colour into your space, you’ll easily find new and innovative ways to bring this trend to life.
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Ceramic is an innovative material that allows us to truly combine practicality and design. This hardwearing material enables fluid shapes and beautiful patterns to be used, yet maintains its structure and resists scratches — adding durability to many designs. We’ve curated some showstopping ceramic tables to give you a bold and stylish dining space.
Pictured above: Butterfly Table and Arenal Keramik by Cattelan Italia
Take the Butterfly Table by Cattelan Italia with its infinity loop ‘butterfly’ base made of either titanium or bronze lacquered steel — this stunning design will get everyone talking. Or the Skorpio Keramik Table by Cattelan Italia; with a geometric sculptural metal base and ceramic top in a host of finishes, this contemporary design is becoming a classic.
Pictured above: Makalu Keramik and Skorpio Keramik Table by Cattelan Italia
The Millennium Table by Bontempi Casa is a striking design with an angled metal frame base in a choice of colours that intertwines and overlaps to create a truly unique shape, and supports a ceramic top in a variety of extending and non extending styles.
Pictured above: Millennium Table and Glossy Grey White Ceramic Marble by Bontempi Casa
For an understated look, the Universe Table by Bontempi Casa features a lacquered metal frame made up of supporting ‘H’ shaped sections, complete with decorative details in contrasting metals. Again the base supports a luxurious top available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and finishes.
Pictured above: Glossy Noir Desir Ceramic Marble and Universe Table by Bontempi Casa
So take a daring step into the world of modern design and give your space a ceramic statement, knowing it can withstand the realities of every day dining.
Thursday, 9 September 2021
We’ve come to know the carver chair simply as a dining chair with arms, often found at the end of a table where the head of the household would sit — and traditionally, carve meat. We’ve seen them gain a lot of popularity in recent years with more of us turning to a more comfortable and relaxed experience when dining. The addition of arms provides a place to lean — and a little extra something to push against when getting up!
Pictured above: Rhonda and Zuleika by Cattelan Italia
We like the bold update given to the style in the Rhonda Chair by Cattelan Italia. Its luxurious padded leather seat and stylish metal frame gently curve around to truly hug the sitter. Or for subtle elegance, why not explore the Zuleika Chair by Cattelan Italia, with a curved back that slopes effortlessly into the armrests and envelops the seat.
Pictured above: Evelin by Porada and Margot by Bontempi Casa
For a take on this timeless design that's more traditional in appearance, the Evelin Chair by Porada adds a stylish twist, with solid ash frame, padded seat and rounded backrest. The thick frame design takes a maximalist approach to a simple concept. Or the Margot Chair Wood Legs by Bontempi Casa mixes the welcome of a fully upholstered seat and armrests with a simple-but-bold wood frame.
Carver Chairs have made their permanent mark in our interior arsenal, and we don’t think that will change anytime soon.