Pantone Colour of the Year: Coral
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Renowned colour institute, Pantone, recently announced ‘Living Coral’ as its 2019 Colour Of The Year.
Fusing a representation of the modern world this bright, pinky-orange choice symbolises the energetic aspects of colour found in nature with the vibrant rush of digital technology and social media that is heavily immersed into our daily lives.
As pictured above: The Bonaldo Lovy Sofa From Lime
Described by Pantone as ‘sociable and spirited’, Living Coral delicately maintains the nurturing aspects we have seen in its selection over the past couple of years. This life-affirming yet warming hue embodies a universal desire for ‘optimism and joyful pursuits’ that ultimately ‘enable connection and intimacy’.
An elusive, enlivening presence that is indicative of the mesmerising colours displayed below the sea, the Lovy Sofa by Bonaldo demonstrates how to utilise Living Coral and its golden undertone as a plush textile finish on furniture to punctuate and add playfulness into your space.
As a bold wall covering, Living Coral alludes to the protective role coral reef plays when sheltering a myriad of colour and living organisms that reside in the underwater ecosystem; transposing an intimate, cocooning ambience we need at home.
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Sunday, 13 January 2019
Seeking character and one-of-kind designs, artisan-inspired products became increasingly popular last year. In 2019, this shift is set to continue with a strong focus on sustainability, presenting an era of furniture that brings both purpose and practicality.
Moving forward, the second-hand aesthetic that sustainable design conjures is set to take a back seat in favour of modern clean lines and slick materials. For the environmentally conscious, Calligaris present a pivotal selection of eco-friendly ceramic tables, with responsibly recyclable options that are chic and maintainable.
As pictured above: The Calligaris Omnia table at Lime
Offering remarkable strength and durability, both the Eminence and Omnia feature a tough ceramic table top that is exceptionally resistant to scratches, stains, impact, temperature and chemical products. Crafted from a 2mm thick porcelain tile merged onto 8mm of tempered float glass, opt for this quintessential ceramic design for a suitable all-round everyday table at home.
Easy to clean and hygienic, ceramic is a safer option for grazing. From on-trend decorative food displays to mucky toddlers, this finish does not absorb or emit harmful substances, making it suitable for contact with food, with the added benefit of thermal resistance that will withstand shock from hot pans and plates.
An essentially earthy style statement with longevity, consider your space and coordinate this artisan material in a range of finishes including white, dark grey, hazelnut, cement or sophisticated marble for an instantly grounding table with added elegance.
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The Environment - Future-Forward Furniture
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” Mother Teresa
Eco-friendly, better for the planet, or environmentally safe. These are all terms used in the definition of sustainable.
But how sustainable is our furniture? There are certain characteristics that make any furniture sustainable – the use of materials, the manufacturing process, transportation from where it was manufactured, and how useful it is.
Sustainable furniture is made from materials that have certain characteristics. These materials may be recycled. Anything that is made from materials that had previously been used for something else and are then reused in the making of new furniture.
As pictured above (from left to right): Sits Sofas maintain an Environmentally Friendly Ethos and Look for Certification from Authorities such as the FSC
Sustainable furniture can also be made from a material that is renewable. Bamboo grows easily and can be replaced quickly, so it can be used as a renewable resource, so cane chairs may be a popular choice. Bontempi Casa is renowned for its non-polluting, metal-free and plastic-free paints. Its manufacturing processes and finishes are emission-free and many of its products are recyclable.
Using sustainable materials is only part of producing sustainable furniture. Responsible manufacturing practices matter just as much and have a great impact on our planet.
Manufacturing practices have to be safe for the environment, which means that manufacturers should make sure that they do not pollute the environment by checking carbon emissions, and they should practice fair trade and not harm communities or destroy sensitive environments to find material for their products. Look for certification from authorities such as FSC, or the Forest Stewardship Council.
Since transportation of finished products or even raw materials for manufacturing also uses energy, responsibility in transporting is also part of producing a sustainable product.
Any furniture that increases efficiency by providing greater utility for the user, such as multifunctional furniture is always a good option. It will take up less space and effectively solve the problem that it was meant to address. For instance, the Calligaris Quadro Bar Table is the perfect space-saver, made to operate easily and is a useful piece of furniture. Bonaldo Sofa Beds are also great examples of multifunctional furniture.
Sits also maintain an environmentally friendly ethos and work closely with the local community. Skilled seamstresses and upholsterers craft each product, while Sits work hard to source as many eco-friendly materials as possible.
The future of the planet and of next generations depends on us. That is why we must invest in environmental sustainability, through the responsible use of our resources and not continue to live in a throwaway society.
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The Heritage of Cattelan Italia
Friday, 4 January 2019
"Home is the symbol of precious things,” Giorgio Cattelan
Giorgio Cattelan, was the youngest of a family of seven children, the son of a well-known carpenter of Thiene, a small town in the province of Vicenza. Giorgio loved the aroma of wood in his father’s workshop and cultivated the art of creating furniture – a tradition that continues to this day with five of the seven brothers.
Cattelan Italia was founded in 1979 from an idea by Giorgio and Silvia Cattelan, who started their marble-based furniture company, making products such as dining and coffee tables for the export market.
In 1989, to meet the growing market demand, the collection expanded with the addition of stools, chaise longues, sideboards, TV units, bookcases, mirrors and lamps. Using a variety of contrasting materials, from wood to glass and leather to metal, each stunning product is created with taste, style and comfort in mind.
As pictured above: The Diapason Table by Cattelan Italia was designed in 1980 and remains one of its bestsellers
The minimal Diapason table, designed by Studio Diapason in 1980 and Italian creative Emanuele Zanere’s iconic Valentino table are two of the noteworthy products from the company that remain bestsellers.
Paolo Cattelan, together with his brother Lorenzo entered into the family business in 1995, assisting their father in the management of different activities. Paolo says, “Our goal was to immediately grow with quality, both through the value of products, and promoting a ‘Made in Italy’ aesthetic that is an absolute icon of elegance and know-how. These were decisive years, not only from the commercial point of view, but also for the unfaltering values that our family business model has always wanted to preserve.”
Lorenzo followed the brand image, drawing on its strong creative spirit. In 2002 he moved to Tuscany, in the Chianti DOCG region, to manage a winery with premium wine and a farmhouse with a 100-year-old farm.
With its acquisition in January 2011 of ARKETIPO, the world-renowned Florentine company, known for its prestigious refinement of its products, Cattelan Italy entered the world of upholstery design, driven by Lorenzo.
Paolo Cattelan CEO, is now a key figure in the evolution of trade and production of the Company, having a thorough knowledge of the market. He travels most of the year, both to sustain relationships with top clients, and to experience new countries in economic expansion. He is the protagonist in making stylistic choices, design and distribution.
Today, Cattelan Italia is present in 150 countries around the world, with over 350 stores, the Company continues to open new markets and consolidate strategic ones. Cattelan Italia has expanded its presence in major international fairs, such as Milan, Cologne, Paris, Valencia, Moscow, Kortrijk and more.
Cattelan’s versatility and expertise in developing and combining different materials into its designs has allowed the business to stay ahead of the luxury furniture sector’s evolution.
“Keramik has been a hot, ongoing trend,” says Cattelan. In 2015, the company developed a new technique that allows for ceramic surfaces that look like marble to come with “harder, heatproof, waterproof, scratchproof features.” As a result, the “demand for marble tops has come back to life.”
The design of the furniture from Cattelan Italia stands out because of the amount of time and attention paid to the smallest of detail. Every single curve or twist you see on a Cattelan Italia product has been carefully thought through. Besides their beautiful designs, Cattelan Italia is famous for its innovative use of unorthodox materials in the production of pieces. The subtle choice of materials for specific pieces makes them stand out.
While most designers prefer to use hand-drawn sketches in their work, Cattelan Italia has proven that using technology to design and render pieces gives them an edge on competitors. They are able to create stunning designs and place them in a fully rendered mock-up room so you can see how the finished piece will look in any space
Catellan Italia continues to impress more than 40 years after their founding. Many of its designs can be found at Lime Modern Living.
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