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Contemporary Furniture

The Mystique of Teak

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It’s time to soak up the sun and relax on your Teak patio furniture – the highest quality outdoor furniture you can find. And it looks like teak will continue to stay in fashion during these spring and summer months, as stylish Teak designs are hitting our decking. The Tweed chair by the Italian maker Unopiù creates a unique sculptural and decorative effect by interweaving the brushed steel structure with teak.

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As Pictured Above: The Tweed Chair by Italian designer Unopiù

If it’s versatility you want, the Cane-line Area Stool with its slender tri-legged teak base can also be used as a side table. Or if it’s a more rustic look you’re after, then the Cane-line Core Table is perfect for alfresco dining

Going along with the popularity of all-natural teak styles, one look that will be in style this year is weathered teak. As teak is exposed to the sun, the furniture gradually takes on a grey-ish look, perfect for homes looking for a neutral style. Because Teak is a dense and oily wood, the natural oils present within it offers protection from pests such as termites. The oil also keeps water from seeping into the wood. This means teak furniture can be left outside to endure years of rain, wind, heat, and cold - but don't forget, everything does need a bit of TLC from time to time. 

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  As Pictured Above: The Cane-Line Core Table, available at Lime

With teak becoming a highly popular choice for furniture, the drive for more of the wood has reached an all-time high. Unfortunately, the growing demand for teak has attributed to major deforestation throughout Asia. The latest trend will be a call for more sustainable and environmentally friendly options that are grown on teak plantations. More and more consumers are requesting teak furniture that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Some regular cleaning is also necessary to keep the wood looking beautiful. With a little care and maintenance, teak furniture can endure a long life and you’ll feel the benefits for many years to come.

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Milan 2019: The Importance of Design

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

From 9–14 April, Milan’s annual furniture fair, Salone Del Mobile hosted its 58th year showcasing the industry’s most highly anticipated design exhibitions. As established, current and future trends were heavily featured with a strong focus this year on millennial movements and technology.

Providing a visionary exploration of the future home, renowned tech company Samsung presented the 24 Hour Kitchen as an eye-catching installation that reflected on this room as the hub of the home. Visitors were inspired with technologically advanced appliances and layouts that can encourage a new, healthier chapter in our lives.

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As Pictured Above: Google ‘A Space For Being’ – ‘Vital’ Room

Google furthered this by presenting scientific proof that design at home is important for our wellbeing. Featuring three rooms with subtly contrasting interiors, A Space For Being demonstrated how light, sound, scent and texture can elicit varying psychological reactions.

The first room, ‘Essential’ imposed a ‘womb-like space’ with warm earthy tones, soft furnishings and lighting. ‘Vital’, a second playfully led room embraced vibrant colour and sharp lighting with interactive artwork, while a more minimalist third room called ‘Transformative’ featured refined wood, leather and muted tones.

Personal wristbands monitored sensory triggers and bodily reactions of visitors such as heart rate, skin temperature and motion to determine where they felt most at ease.

As opposed to collecting data, Google’s personalised reports provided the knowledge and awareness that within the everyday living and dining spaces we occupy we consciously have the ability to create an environment that suits our individual needs.

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Flexible Fitness at Home

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Hailed as the Netflix of gyms, innovative apps such as Peloton and Fiit have fuelled the popularity of on-demand workouts that can be carried out from the comfort of your own home, while offering the innovative boutique quality of leading gyms.

Busy schedules frequently impact ambitious fitness plans, but a home gym can significantly increase your weekly workout sessions, helping you to address and maintain specific goals with ease. For flexibility and time efficiency, this on-trend ability to live stream studio classes by elite instructors offers the same motivation drawn from group sessions.

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As Pictured Above: Fiit – On-Demand Fitness

Vacant spare rooms or garages at home can be cleared out and furnished with basic gym equipment, adding essentials such as yoga mats, puzzle flooring, resistance bands and kettlebells for weightlifting provide the perfect foundation for beginners. For decoration and functionality, adding oversized mirrors can significantly help to improve performance technique and minimise the possibility of injury.

Where space is limited, a living room TV or Tablet is sufficient. From cardio to strength exercises, modern on-demand interfaces feature a range of time-fixed workouts that you can join in real time as soon as you wake up or while dinner is simmering.

Childcare becomes unnecessary so get the whole family involved. Encouraging little ones to practice alongside you at home will build their confidence, emphasise the importance of fitness on their wellbeing and install a workout routine that can last a life-time.

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Coastal Calm Living

Saturday, 4 May 2019

During the summer months, trips to sandy shores serve as a soothing reminder of the positive effects such environments can encourage.

Recollecting elements that trigger the serene sensation of cool coastal calm can arouse a care-free feeling that relaxes the senses, introduced at home, these can consciously create a tranquil vacation vibe. For the modern space, set aside kitsch navy blue nautical stripes in favour of collected waterside inspired furnishings.

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As Pictured Above: The Cane-Line Copenhagen Teak Table from Lime

Evoking the naturally aged grain of harbours and coastal cabins, the Copenhagen Teak Dining Table from Cane-Line features a slatted table-top finished in a stylish sun-worn timber that will lend authenticity and warmth to any room. Extend this strong visual reference with a neutral colour palette of pebble greys or sunset-coloured pastel pinks.

Enjoy an eclectic range of knits and knots to add texture. Contemporary outdoor Rugs feature modern, all-weather fabric technology that will stand the test of time, while offering a soft feel under your feet with tough decorative rope-inspired weaves.

Keep this trend contemporary with copper and steel lighting. Conjuring marine ships and fisherman lanterns, the Foscarini Diesel Cage Mic and Glas contain industrial chain and caged elements that are remarkably stylish yet exclusively archetypical of the seas.

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