Metal-Mix Bar Stools
Saturday, 17 July 2021
We have seen a rise in the use of more industrial materials and designs in recent years, and the contrast between man-made and natural has never been more popular. From the warm glow of wood or softness of leather, to the bold sharpness of metal, these sources offer great balancing elements for your interior.
This fusion is prominent in bar stools, offering some really stylish and bold design options. Here you’ll find a selection of some of our favourites to help you introduce a metal-mix into your own spaces.
Pictured above: Oleandro and Gala by Calligaris
The Oleandro Bar Stool by Calligaris is both elegant and stylish, featuring a metal frame with cross supports, and a statement curved backrest complete with a round seat, all available in a selection of fabrics and finishes. The Gala Bar Stool by Calligaris is a truly bold and opulent design, with a straight back upholstered seat and a feature metal frame complete with sleigh legs and a practical footrest.
Pictured above: Mood by Bontempi Casa and Arcadia by Cattelan Italia
For a contemporary twist on a classic design, the Mood Bar Stool by Bontempi Casa offers slender lacquered metal legs and a carefully shaped seat, all available in a range of finishes. Or for a more subtle introduction of the blend, the Arcadia Bar Stool by Cattelan Italia is an understated design with a solid wood frame, upholstered seat, and a sleek metal footrest for that touch of elegance.
With so many options available, we’re sure you’ll find a way to introduce this trending fusion of elements to your own spaces with ease.
How to Introduce the ‘Rattan’ Style Trend
Saturday, 10 July 2021
Basket and rattan-style furniture is very on-trend at the moment, being used across a wide variety of styles — from retro, to boho, these natural weave designs are becoming a firm favourite both inside and outside our homes. As the Summer months draw in, you’ll want to spend as much time lounging around in comfort outdoors as you can, and that’s where this trend really comes into its own. The furniture is comfortable and the basket weave allows for air to pass through, keeping you cool and breezy — not to mention it adds great texture and depth to a space too.
Pictured above: Breeze and Basket by Cane-line
Some of our top basket weave and rattan-look outdoor pieces can help you to introduce this look yourselves. Take the Cane-Line Breeze 2 Seater Lounge Sofa, its simple aluminium sleigh leg base supports a beautifully hand woven seat with refined armrests and a subtle inclining backrest, making this design one that can easily complement a wide range of garden themes.
If you're looking for a minimalist design, the Cane-line Kingston 2 Seater Sofa features a curved silhouette and comes in a range of muted tones, suiting a backdrop of forest greens and azure blues to really enhance the vibrance of your space. And for those spaces that require more retro inspirations, the Cane-line Basket 2 Seater Sofa features a bold frame that sits flush to the floor and, as with all Cane-line sofas, weather resistant cushions.
Pictured above: Cane-line's Nest range
To explore this trend even further, why not look at the Nest Cane-line range which features innovative rattan inspired designs to mix and match such as the satisfyingly round hand-woven Nest Footstool, the similarly stylish Nest Coffee Table, or the elegant Nest Lounge Chair.
There are so many ways you can introduce this trend to your garden spaces, you’ll find the most challenging part of the process is selecting your favourites.
Thursday, 1 July 2021
With all the staying in we've had to do over the last year, we’ve all longed for connections to the outside, so it isn't surprising that many of us are introducing natural elements into our homes. In particular we’ve seen wood take the spotlight, showcased in its natural glory; grains, imperfections, knots and all, beautifully crafted into designs that fulfil our functional needs, whilst keeping us right on trend.
Pictured above: Ekero and Kanto by Porada
Take the Ekero Side Table by Porada; its bottle-shaped marble base supports a lipped-edge top in canaletto walnut allowing you to bring some earthy tones to your living areas. For a bolder natural statement, then a sideboard gives you plenty of storage, whilst really allowing natural wood to take the focus. The Kanto Sideboard by Porada is a quietly confident design featuring cutaway-handled cupboards, available in several finishes, on a minimal metal base. Continuing the elegance is the sleek Lake Sideboard by Calligaris, a pleasingly oval-shaped design complete with a recessed ceramic top. The cupboard fronts and frame come in a choice of finishes.
Pictured above: Lake by Calligaris and Aurora by Pacini Cappellini
If you’re looking for a bolder statement piece, then take a look at the Aurora Sideboard by Pacini Cappellini. This stylish design features a peekaboo grid to one end, mirrors inside, and hinges that wrap around the sides. The design comes in a choice of canaletto walnut veneers, with contrast matt lacquered finishes for the interior.
These are just a few examples of ways you can introduce more natural wood into your space, adding shape and depth, and offering one simple way to feel more connected with the outside.
Coat Stands On Display
Thursday, 24 June 2021
Even a simple fixture like a coat stand can be an opportunity to showcase your personality and set a tone of voice for your space. Giving your guests an opportunity to get to know you and the language your interior speaks right as they enter your home is a great conversation starter, and will highlight your attention to detail.
The following are some of our top picks — to stand out regardless of whether they're covered in coats or not!
Pictured above: Oscar by Cattelan Italia and Flamingo by Porada
The Oscar Coat Stand by Cattelan Italia echoes the timeless structure of a teepee, featuring six interlocking solid wood sticks on a travertine marble base. This striking design makes for a great standalone piece, but also functions incredibly well. Continuing the branch like structure to designing is the Flamingo Coat Stand by Porada, this time featuring curved legs and arms that come together to form an elongated hourglass shape. Available in a choice of natural, stained or lacquered woods.
If you want to utilise your space in a different way, why not take a look at the Tube Coat Rack by Pacini Cappellini which takes the standalone element of a stand and places this on your wall. Featuring vertical metal tubes that support four wood shelves, two vertical mirrors, and of course hooks, allowing you to find a home for much more than just your coat.
Pictured above: Tube by Pacini Cappellini and Battista by Bontempi Casa
Stripping back to its origins, the Battista Coat Stand by Bontempi Casa is a minimalist and contemporary design, featuring a rounded base supporting a singular cylindrical rod that extends upwards where hooks branch out at the top. This simple yet striking design provides you with all the elegance and function you need, and comes in a selection of finishes.
Take some time to take the coats down, and consider the design underneath; you’ll be surprised at just what can shine through.