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Cane-line Life Made Comfortable

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

As Spring is upon us and the warmer weather is approaching, it’s time to start thinking about alfresco living. And for all your outside furniture needs, who better to go to than Cane-line – a Danish furniture brand with 30 years of experience, renowned for crafting high-end dining tables, sofas and occasional pieces for contemporary outdoor lounge settings. Its worldwide mission is to make life comfortable and add value to the places where you unwind and relax.

Cane-line is constantly focusing on quality, innovative technologies and comfort in its products, while ensuring that the furniture is made with the greatest care for the environment and the wellbeing of the consumer. The strong frames, UV-resistant materials and quick drying cushions can stay out in the sun, pouring rain or frost.

One of the highlights of Cane-line's new collection this summer is the Endless Table - a classic teak outdoor design with a slatted table top supported by square legs at each end for a smart finish. And an all-rounder for communal dining is the Endless Round Table – with a contemporary crossed legs feature.

As pictured above: The Endless Round Table 

Cane-line's Outdoor Range offers maximum comfort and minimal maintenance. And if it’s a stylish teak finish you like, then why not go for the Amaze 2 Seater Sofa. Its certified and responsibly sourced hardwood teak is ideal for outdoor use due to its high oil content. The backrest is crafted with elegant slats and curved contours for optimum comfort.

Dress it up with two Natte seat cushions integrated with three-layer QuickDry Foam, which repels 90% of rainwater, while ensuring maximum air circulation and drainage when exposed to moisture. 

This season Lime Modern Living offers a new Cane-line product that is a must for your outdoor space – the Peacock Two-Seater Sofa. This sofa features a chic fan-shaped seat in a choice of woven finish, on stylish angular wooden legs. Complement it with some Cane-line Natte cushions for the perfect finishing touch. 

As pictured above: The Flex Corner Sofa

And if you want to kick back and relax, the Flex Corner Sofa features a fully upholstered Grey Cane-line Tex fabric frame on modern Black Powder Coated Aluminium sleigh legs. The fabric cushion set is both water and stain repellant.

So, invite your friends around, don your shades and enjoy the alfresco living in style and comfort.

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Foscarini Shedding Light on Italian Design

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

In 1981 on the small island of Murano, near Venice, Foscarini was born. And it was in 1983 that Carlo Urbinati and Alessandro Vecchiato, owner and manager of the company, respectively, designed their first collection of lamps.

The year 1990 brought a team of designers to the company, such as Rodolofo Dordoni, who with his famous Lumiere lamp, combined a blown glass diffuser (white on the inside and coloured on the outside) with a hand-finished, die-cast aluminium base. Enhancing the blown glass with another material gave Foscarini prestige and the reputation it deserved. And, after nearly 20 years, Lumiere has never gone out of fashion.

In 1992, Ferruccio Laviani, replicated the success previously achieved by his colleague, by designing the Orbital floor lamp, famous for being the first Foscarini branded lamp manufactured in industrial glass.

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As pictured above from left to right: Foscarini's Lumiere Lamp and the Orbital Floor Lamp 

And it was 1993, when the famous designer, Jozeph Forakis Havana, produced a polyethylene lamp in different versions, which was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York in the prestigious collection dedicated to design. 

Foscarini then collaborated with Marc Sadler, who joined the team in 2000, signing real works of art, such as the Mite and Tite lamps, winners of the Compasso d'Oro in 2001.

The following year, Lux magazine was born – a new editorial experience for Foscarini. Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto created the famous Caboche Lamp Collection, in 2005, which inaugurated a season of great success for the company. In fact, they presented the Twiggy line and the Gregg line, in the same year and two years later, the prestigious Tress line was born, which best expressed its content of innovation and design culture.

2009 saw the signing of a licensing agreement for Foscarini and Diesel, as part of the home and lifestyle design – a partnership that offered Foscarini the opportunity to talk to a new audience and explore different ways of living.

Thirty years after the first collection of lamps, Foscarini opened two new spaces in the cities of contemporary design: Milan and New York.

After 35 years, Foscarini continues to ‘seduce, surprise and inspire’. Its lights are conceived as ‘design objects that transform spaces: to bring beauty, and stir emotions’.

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The Heritage of Porada - Porada Pride

Sunday, 10 February 2019

“Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Porada is the epitome of contemporary wooden furniture and last year it celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Its trademark is that “our products do all the talking” – solid wood accessories that over time have found new expressions and new combinations, with different materials, new functional purposes, coupled with upholstered elements giving them a distinguished look with meticulous craftsmanship.

The Porada story began in the Brianza district of Italy in 1948, with a talented furniture maker – Luigi Allievi, and a piece of wood. With this, he made a beautiful, handcrafted chair from his small artisan workshop. Luigi continued to make chairs until he had an established chair-making business. And in 1968, helped by his four sons, he expanded the production of chairs into other branches of home furnishings and thus the company Porada was born. Combining technological processes with the artisan tradition of the area, working with architects Alberio & Cerbaro, then with Martino Perego.  

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As pictured above: Porada began in 1948 with talented furniture maker Luigi Allievi taking the reins and The Infinity Table is a prime example of Porada's talented craftsmanship with wood 

Porada’s collection is wide and varied, made up of a multitude of occasional furniture developed in cooperation with designers such as Tarcisio Colzani, Patrick Joiun, Carlo Ballabio, Marconato e Zappa, Opera Design, Studio Buratti, David Dolcini, Stefano Bigi, Gino Carollo and Emmanuel Gallina, among others.

The main strength of Porada has nothing to do with the quality of the materials or cutting-edge machinery. It’s the human factor. They’re people who for years have become part of the Porada family, who treat products as they would do with something of their own, putting all their care and passion into their daily work.

As well as showrooms in Cabiette and London, in 2018, Porada opened its new showroom in Milan. With two sections: one showing hotel rooms, halls, dining and breakfast areas. And the other ‘house’ section: showing the ‘cult’ pieces from past collections.

To celebrate this important anniversary, Porada developed a room fragrance with packaging incorporating lines and colours that fully reflect the company's philosophy. It is a perfume designed by perfumery experts Paolo Fadelli and Arturetto Landi, specifically to make the Porada style differently perceived – discreet, but always current and enveloping.

So, what makes Porada so special?

Is it the Garbo chair with its characteristic classic armrest, or the sinuous and feminine Anxie with its unmistakable contoured and tapered legs? Could it be the Ubiqua bookcase system and TV stand with metal uprights – a cornerstone of current Porada style, but linked to the Fifties vintage style. Perhaps it’s the Infinity table, so elegant, with its crystal top and sculptural wooden base?

The answer is simple – it is all of these and more, as “Everything’s born from the love of the wood.” Long may it continue.

 

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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.

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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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