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Behind The Scenes

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


Cattelan Italia Visit July 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

Our sales team spent two days visiting the Cattelan Italia Showroom in Vincenza, Italy. 

Joined by Paolo Cattelan himself, this was an excellent opportunity for us to view some exciting new pieces of the Milan 2017 Collection and develop our knowledge on new finishes that will soon be available across much-loved favourites such as the Skorpio, Spyder and Elliot Keramik tables.

The impressive and vast two storey showroom featured a range of dining tables, coffee tables and sideboards showcasing three new Ceramic finishes that Cattelan have added to their collection; Zinc Brown, Glossy Calacatta Gold and Matt Calacatta Gold each backed on 12mm of glass to help enrich both surface appearance and strength. We liked the way Cattelan have not attempted to imitate marble but rather created high-quality ceramic finishes that take on an appearance of their own.

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As Pictured Above from Left to Right: The Cattelan Italia Ceramic Zinc Brown Finish and Spiral Coffee Table.

On the second day, we were given a factory tour where we gained further insight into Cattelan's unique production process. When sourcing materials and crafting products, Cattelan carry out almost every single stage of production by hand.  The detail and care taken to get each product right is exceptional. For exciting new additions such as the Dumbo Chair each sheet of leather is cut one piece at a time with all upholstery details carried out by a small team of just 4-5 seamstresses and their sewing machines.

Extending this approach to larger pieces such as the Spiral Coffee Table, we were also able to witness frames being welded by hand. These unique, first-hand demonstrations outlined the distinctively personal touch and outstanding attention to detail that goes into each and every product.


Calligaris Visit: Day Two

Monday, 7 November 2016

In addition to mechanisms and forms, finish is key when considering a products usage. The end of our teams first day in Italy allowed them to visit the Connubia Calligaris showroom, it was here that Calligaris enthusiastically introduced Fenix, the latest addition to their line of materials.

Demonstrated on the Baron Counter Table they were able to assess exactly how durable and resistant this material is. Ideal for a communal everyday piece like the Baron, the team were amazed to witness how a simple scratch can be easily removed by placing a cloth and a cool iron over it for a few seconds.

Following a busy first day of product testing it was time to recharge over some authentic Italian food. The second and final day was spent exploring the largest of the two Calligaris factories, primarily a storage and packaging point for products which are waiting to be shipped around the world.

 

Pictured Above Left to Right:  Calligaris Match Coffee Tables and Eclisse Table Base ready for shipping

Introducing new designs is an exciting prospect for us at Lime, so the chance to witness the prototype room in this factory proved to be a highlight of the trip. As well as viewing products not yet in production, the team were excited to see a sneak peak of tests for a leather upholstered Basil Chair, currently available in polypropylene this is already a favourite for us at Lime so we are thrilled at the prospect of this contrasting finish making it into our showroom sometime next year.

On returning back to the UK we would like to give a special thanks to Eros, Vera, Marco, Mr. Calligaris and the rest of the Calligaris team in Italy for providing such an informative and enjoyable trip.


Calligaris Visit: Day One

Monday, 31 October 2016

At Lime we enjoy making every effort to expand our product knowledge so that we are thoroughly equipped to advise you on the brands we offer.

Earlier this month our sales team were very excited to have the opportunity to spend two days in the Calligaris showroom and factory in Italy. As a brand that radiates creativity visiting the heart of production offered direct insight into Calligaris' new 2016 collection.

Following an early morning flight, our team joined the fabulous Calligaris team and day one consisted of a unique tour of the main factory and the chance to trial a wide range of new Calligaris sofas and chairs. Keen to road test new designs the team eagerly slumped into unique pieces such as the curvaceously formed Sweet Sofa, announcing it was much firmer than they had anticipated and offering comparisons between the Glammy and Danny sofas, both of which offer similar seat pads with varying leg options.

 

Pictured above from Left to Right: Calligaris Lazy Armchair and Odyssey Extendable Table

Instantly impressed by the comfort of its domed structure the Igloo Chair has now became a keen favourite at Lime and is surprisingly comparable to the Venus Chair that consists of a very similar form yet with a slightly more opulent feel.

Learning about innovative mechanisms are a keen fascination for us, Marco from the Calligaris team eagerly demonstrated how to effectively utilise the movement of a range of extending tables. On this occasion the Eclisse proved to be a show stopper for our team. Featuring a built in 'One Finger Mechanism' with a feature base that remains central, should you be seeking a table that extends with absolute ease.

 


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