Complements That Favour Relaxation In The Bedroom

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Complements that promote relaxation in the bedroom.
Furnishing elements and accessories that make the sleeping area a more conducive environment to sleep.

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Sleeping well is not optional: during sleep the body regenerates itself, a fundamental phase of psychophysical well-being. Sleeping poorly or badly can cause many problems, there are several studies. From mood swings to worsening of the immune system, from weight gain to the simple inability to concentrate the next day: failure to rest often has negative consequences. There are many factors that can affect the quality of sleep. Stress, anxiety, worries, health problems. But sometimes we do not realize that even the bedroom itself can alter the way we sleep.

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And let’s not just talk about the quality of the mattress, which, of course, is essential. Even when we are awake we are strongly conditioned by the environment in which we find ourselves. The moment of night’s rest is no less important. Some environments can make it difficult to fall into a long restful sleep (too noisy, or too hot, for example).

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According to feng shui, a thousand-year-old oriental tradition applied to architecture and furnishing, regular shapes and natural materials should always be preferred, and the accumulation of objects and disorder should be avoided. However, it is not necessary to apply the principles of feng shui strictly to understand that in a clean, tidy, cluttered room you sleep better than in confusion. The less furniture and objects are around you, the less the brain will be stimulated in the resting phase. In addition, numerous studies state that it is necessary to disconnect, separate from technology at least 2 hours before going to bed. In addition, it is very useful to furnish the room with sober colors, light, embracing pastels, relaxing and earthly nuances. Do not underestimate the importance of a soft, warm light point. A heavy curtain to create darkness. A carpet that makes pleasant contact with the floor of the room. There are many elements that can promote relaxation.

Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture radiates warmth, relaxes the senses and can adapt to any decor as well as being eco-friendly. You have the feeling of being immersed in nature, into calm and serenity.

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Warm rugs

There’s nothing like a soft carpet to sink your bare feet into before going to bed or in the morning when you’ve just woken up. So, soft rugs, made with natural fibres and with warm and welcoming colours.

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Design Curtains

External noise and natural light are two elements that can drastically reduce the quality of sleep. For this reason, it is important to place the sleeping area in a silent part of the house where light can only penetrate indirectly, as well as having good windows (with double glazing) and blackout blinds. But if for logistical or economic reasons you cannot intervene structurally, at least opt for blinds and insulating design curtains.

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Design Meets Art

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Design meets art: BD Barcelona Design Art Editions.

 

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Many years of collaboration that has given life to unique contaminations between design and art. From the first collaboration with Salvador Dalí, one of the major artists of the 20th century, followed by bringing the work of Antoni Gaudí to the market, BD has merged the work of great artists with their innate ability to breathe life into visual concepts, combining artistry, inspiration and craftsmanship with a quest to continually broaden BD’s horizons.

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Seeking out new talents and working across cultures and disciplines to create a vibrant, artistic collection that includes work by not just the grand masters such as Ettore Sottsass but also international talents including Jaime Hayon, Oscar Tusquets and Lluís Clotet.

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The most prestigious collaborations:

Oscar Tusquets Blanca

A true polymath whose career spans many decades and disciplines. His immense creativity is one of the driving forces behind BD Barcelona, the company he helped found, his boundless talents bring together the worlds of architecture, art and literature. An important figure in the international post- modern movement, early in his career he forged a close friendship with Dalí an attraction in many ways between opposites but that nonetheless produced memorable works that first established BD Barcelona as a company driven by art and pure creativity. Relentlessly curious, he continually blurs the boundaries and explores the limitations of his various creative worlds. Painting his perhaps his true vocation, a medium he has returned to throughout his life, selected most recently to be part of the London Biennale, his paintings have been exhibited throughout Europe. A recipient also of some of the most distinguished cultural awards from the Gold Medal for Fine Arts, to being made a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order of Arts and Humanities in France, he is an artist in the most profound sense of the word. His work is in the collections of such major museums as the MoMA in New York and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.

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Salvador Dalí

A sheep with a drawer in its stomach, a chair that wears heels, these truly surreal works of art could only come from the mind of Salvador Dalí. Pioneering, avant-garde provocateur, Surrealist, as famous for his personality as his work, a true icon, his legacy remains unrivalled in the current century. Famously social, his many creative collaborations included the Parisian Jean-Michel Frank for whom he first drew Mae West’s iconic lips and produced the sketches for furniture that can been seen in his paintings. Thanks to their close ties to the Dalí Foundation and the talents of Oscar Tusquets, Robert Descharnes and Joaquim Camps, BD Barcelona have brought these master works from sketchbooks and paintings to reality.

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Antoni Gaudí

Gaudí is synonymous with the city of Barcelona, his architecture instantly recognizable, his most famous works, places of pilgrimage for devotees of art and architecture, the world over. An architect whose artistry and singular vision was realized through many materials, his famous mosaic technique, as well as sculptural forms in wood and metal. His work is deeply rooted in nature and though much of it is highly decorative it is also ingenious in form and was conceptually far ahead of its time. BD Barcelona were the first company to bring the furniture and fittings Gaudí designed for his buildings to the market, preserving all the rich details and using the same materials, a perfect partnership of modern and historic Barcelona.

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Jaime Hayon

Folklore, fantasy, history, the circus, animals, indigenous art, his native Spain and the cultural influences of his travels can all be seen in the vibrant artistic world of Jaime Hayon. His universe is at once sophisticated and playful, characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that fuses humour with unbridled creativity. A powerful interplay between tradition and rule breaking. His work has been in major galleries and museums worldwide and is in several permanent collections. He has a long association with BD Barcelona who were among the first companies to recognize the maverick talents of this prolific artist.

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Ettore Sottsass 

Irreverent, provocative, non-conformist, ground-breaking: a post-modern master, are just some of the terms applied to Ettore Sottsass whose wildly innovative work has had an enormous influence on many contemporary artists. His association with the avant-garde Memphis Group is well known, but in fact, back in 1972 almost a decade before they formed he had forged a relationship with BD Barcelona, one of the first designers to work with the then, fledgling group. His Metsass table from 1972 looks as contemporary today as it did decades ago, his BD designs include the Knossos lamp and Manhattan ashtray and the notorious Shiva Vase, now in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Always experimental in his approach to form and colour, his work is truly iconic. Influenced by both ancient civilizations and contemporary culture, a man who looked to the future for inspiration and whose legacy is an integral part of the history of BD Barcelona.

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Textile Folding Doors

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Design textile folding doors at the service of your projects.

 

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A bit of history

Dooor is the project of a young entrepreneur who decided to make use of the experience gained in the family business, a company specialising in the production of folding doors that was founded by his grandfather in 1962.
The folding door made its debut in the 50s, inspired by the ideas of various architects on modern housing: it is a furnishing accessory that can be used to open up, divide or screen off an indoor area according to the desired layout.

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The Dooor brand’s collection of folding doors maintains these unique functional features while broadening its aesthetic horizons, thanks to new printing techniques and the use of high-tech cladding materials.
The result is an architectural element with a minimalist look that connects spaces seamlessly, but which is also decorative and capable of adding a distinctive and highly individual touch to the rooms in which they are used.

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Famous architects and designers

The character of an interior is determined by the cut of the spaces, by the psychology of light, by the intuitions of the designer who transforms a volume of full and empty spaces into a versatile habitat. What allows the space to be divided without sacrificing the sense of the whole are the thresholds. Curtains, doors, windows and sliding walls are thresholds. A synthesis of these elements is the bellowed door, a bizarre twentieth-century idea used by architects and designers from all backgrounds and backgrounds. The reducibility of space, the separation of environments, the declaration of a function, the break between what is public and what is private are the results that a folding door offers. There are many memories of mythological interiors where these doors have played a significant role. With clutter due to suggestions, here’s a selection. Eileen Gray, from the mid-twenties of the last century, designed two residences with Jean Badovici. In Roquebrune, Cap Martin and Paris, she used devices to create hybrid surfaces. They were not doors, they were not tents, they were limits, spatial divisions that expanded or reduced the space according to the pulling that could be imposed. These separations that borrowed intelligent ideas from the mechanics and culture of outdoor became an element of absolute novelty for the typological innovation that represented, for the ease of construction, for the simplicity of the materials. But it was not only the French modernists who asked themselves these questions, in fact at the beginning of the 1930s Franco Albini in Milan for the furnishing of his home Peiti separated the sleeping area with a black waxed canvas curtain armed in a chrome-plated steel structure.

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Apartments in Milan designed by Gianfranco Frattini, 1957-61 Courtesy Gianfranco Frattini Archive

However, the Italian champion, also in this matter, was Gio Ponti, who already in 1954 at the tenth International Exhibition of the Triennale in Milan presented a stay of a “uniambiental home” with a folding door. The project was signed with Gianfranco Frattini, Alberto Rosselli and Antonio Fornaroli. What Ponti called “great space to live” was achieved through a creative and unprecedented use of sliding doors with bellows. He did so starting from the design of his house in Via Dezza 49 in Milan. The project conceived between 1955 and 1957 has almost no doors, Ponti replaced them with sliding doors with bellows. They were perfect for composition and decomposition in space, they had sound absorbing properties. With Joe Colombo, between 1969 and 1972, bellows doors became the symbol of a futuristic domesticity where modular devices could become fluid, compact, promiscuous and individual at times. This was the case with “Visona 1” for Bayer AG, which first at the Interzum Exhibition in Cologne and then at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan defeated the public and critics with an idea of a house that could be packaged, transported, revolutionary and without a hierarchy between inside and outside. A sleeping and eating machine with rails, joints, mirrors and transformable furnishings where the walls were made of laminated plastic, the slatted curtains, the yellow hood of the bed. A hyperbole that also at the MoMA in New York during the exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” generated amazement and debate. This time it was the “Total Furnishing Unit” that pushed the dynamism of the interiors towards a continuous state of transformation.

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Interior of Visiona 1 designed by Joe Colombo, 1969 Credits Ignazia Favata – Studio Joe Colombo 

No less important were Gianantonio Mari, always on the occasion of the same exhibition, with the “Modular Equipment for new domestic enviroments”, Alberto Rosselli with Isao Hosoe and the “Mobile house” extendable thanks to sophisticated macro bellows. An explosion that then seemed to fade even if the use of the folding door appeared in the interior designs of some key figures of the eighties delivered to the literature of the sector. These included Toni Cordero, Paolo Deganello, Massimo Carmassi and Gabriella Ioli. From that moment on, the bellows door seemed to become a sophisticated habit or a quotation from the past or, in the worst case scenario, an obligatory choice for rooms with results or dental surgeries. Yet the themes of the economy of space, of functionality and discretion of decoration have no time, on the contrary, they are overwhelmingly affirmed in the contemporary practice of interior design. This is precisely where the modernity of a design idea lies, which returns to the public’s attention with its hybrid and intelligent form.

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Gio Ponti’s apartment in via Dezza, Milan 1956-57 Courtesy Gio Ponti Archive

About DOOOR product

Dooor is like a blank canvas in an artist’s hands: pure potential

Opening system
Dooor folding doors feature opening systems designed to enhance spaces of various kinds. The door can have lateral opening, bilateral opening, centred central opening, decentred central opening, multiple opening.

Track
The aluminium track is the product of a technology in which steel pivots connect multiple modules, permitting potentially infinite length. The accuracy of this alignment adds fluidity to its movement. This element may be visible (when the door is folded), built-in, curved, standard or adjustable.

Closing system
The closing systems on Dooor folding doors represent a combination of accuracy, minimalism, elegance and practicality. There are two possible closing systems: with an aluminium profile or without a profile. In both systems, the door is closed by a magnet, which may be integrated into the profile or set into the wall. Use of a special closing system with a latch or with a latch and lock using the European cylinder system (optional) makes for more solid closure.

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Are you ready to create your own project? The Textile Folding Doors are available in our shop! Take a look and let your imagination run wild!

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The Trendiest Poufs

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The trendiest poufs: the must-have accessory for the new season!

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The pouf is the must-have accessory of the new season, for your living room area of course. Multifunctional, practical and contemporary, once inside the walls of the house is fun the perfect location to make room for the new tenant. Often the pouf is placed next to the rug, on which it creates a new support point useful both as an extra seat and as a low table.

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We have identified six special irresistible shapes and sizes, which with the right colours and perfect materials will make your interiors even more welcoming! Here are 6 trendy poufs that you can’t do without anymore!

1) Elephant Pouf

Elephant Pouf Sancal, designed by Estudio Nadadora, is a collection of modern poufs particulary suitable for the decoration of public areas. The design is simple and is characterized by geometric squares and rectangles that have had their edges rounded to give a slightly more welcoming feel. Fun and versatile, they can fit into any setting: as a seat at the foot of a bed, a stool in a chic café or as small islands in a hotel reception. Elephant Pouf Sancal is available in two sizes and in three different versions, also with a wooden tray.
The feet are available in two finishes: copper or graphite. The tray is in slatted oak in a wide a choice of stains. The upholstery is fixed.

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2 Tonella Pouf

The Tonella pouf Sancal, designed by Studio Note is the new entry in the Tonella’s family. It was presented for the first time at the Salone del Mobile 2019 in Milan where it was possible to admire the two new models of poufs which can be well combined with the other Tonella members: the sofa, the two armchairs and the stool. The seat is plane and contrast against the outer area’s quilting, which follows the lines of the “staves”. The metal support is available in two different finishings: bronze or nacar. The Tonella pouf by Sancal is available in a wide range of upholsteries in order to satisfy all user’s tastes.

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3 Chat Pouf

Chat Sancal, designed by Estudio Nadadora, takes part of a collection composed by a stool and a pouf. The Chat pouf can be ordered in a wide variety of upholstery: lycra, cotton, wool, leather or synthetic leather.

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4 Diamond Pouf

Diamond Pouf 1 Sixinch designed by Pieter Jamart for Sixinch is a versatile pouf with an original and modern design that is suitable for bedrooms, bars, libraries or living rooms. It is characterized by the diamond pattern that gives a touch of elegancy to the environment. It is made of a special polyurethane foam produced in Belgium. Thanks to this high resistant material Diamond Pouf 1 Sixinch is suitable also for outdoors. It’s possible to choose among a wide selection of vibrant colours.

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5 Meeting Point Pouf

Meeting Point pouf Sancal, designed by Luca Nichetto was presented for the first time at the Salone del Mobile 2019 in Milan. Meeting Point takes part of Turati Collection an represents a pouf system which also integrates tables. The circle is the dominant shape, representing the station’s hole-like windows that open onto galleries and platforms. Upholstered seats with a diameter of 60 or 90 centimetres are accompanied by round wooden or metal tables of different sizes and finishes. The thin steel legs, coated in textured black epoxy, create an illusion of levitation, as if the seats and tables are suspended in mid-air. The metal table tops are available in textured black or a gold finish while the ash tables are available in all the colours of Sancal’s chart. The seats can be upholstered in a wide range of elegant fabrics or leathers. The Meeting Point pouf by Sancal is perfect for the decoration of several spaces: homes, offices, halls, public spaces…

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6 Party Pouf

Party Pouf Sancal represents a revolutionary concept in soft seating. Designed by Luis Eslava Studio it’s a piece that can be reconfigured in the blink of an eye and that can be used for the decoration of domestic or professional spaces. The Party pouf can be upholstered in fabric or synthetic leather in a wide choice of colours, with removable covers. It is not available in leather.

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Back to Vintage Style

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Back to Vintage. The style that is coming back in fashion to save the environment, the wallet and regain the quality of the past.

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Vintage style has never really gone out of fashion. Many have been and still are  the lovers of this lifestyle, which in this period, more than ever, seems to have become a necessity. There are many reasons: economic crisis, environmental crisis, nostalgia for the quality with which objects were built in the past … The vintage mania has spread to all fields: clothing, home furnishings, travel, publishing, art and music…

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But how is this full of charm style affecting interior design?

Decorating a house in a vintage style means surrounding yourself with personality, character, imperfections and charm. It is not necessary to randomly fill the house with lots of vintage objects or furniture, instead it is enough to choose carefully some pieces to be able to completely transform an environment creating an impressive visual impact.

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It is advisable to start with small objects or a single piece of iconic design furniture that expresses all that there is to express. Don’t be afraid, in any case, to mix styles or colours (this is the beauty of interior design)… But without exaggerating!

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Another secret to giving a touch of vintage style to an environment is to mix objects or/and furniture with neutral colors. Neutral colors have the ability to highlight the “imperfections” and the “lived-in” aspect of vintage.

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These are our tips for incorporating the vintage style into your beautiful home. If you liked our article “Back to Vintage” have also a look at The Minimalist Style

 

 

 

Flexible Home Working Spaces

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Flexible home working spaces. There is a growing need to transform some domestic environments into small temporary offices.

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The life of all of us is increasingly nomadic, unpredictable, subject to sudden and unexpected changes that lead us to change house more often than once, or to live it differently depending on the periods of existence and the phases of the day. Work contracts are increasingly limited in duration or involve “smartworking” phases: this leads people to work even from home, making it necessary to transform some domestic environments into small temporary offices. In this context, there is also a growing need to create coworking environments, thus saving costs and increasing productivity, sharing and interaction.

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Shared spaces, more and more hybrid. No walls, barriers or other obstacles. Versatile multipurpose tables, monoblock kitchens, comfortable sofas for drinking tea or discussing business. Everything must be flexible, convertible and above all smart!

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Get the look:  Circuit Sofa

Bulky furniture is replaced, for example, by mid-room furniture or temporary glass walls, possibly in a transparent finishing. One of the things modernist architecture has taught us is to make places dialogue, whether they are the rooms of a house or the interior with the exterior. Where it is possible, to connect spaces, to knock down walls and let light in, which is the true luxury of today.

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The today goal is to move from the partition to the screen. For this reason, the use of screens is back in fashion, but with a different value compared to the privacy function that they had in Liberty contexts of the early ‘900. Today they become real decorative elements. Screens of ultra modern and innovative design, discreet but at the same time almost indispensable for the pleasant visual impact they create.

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In this age full of work uncertainties and radical changes, many people rent warehouses or large apartments, making them both offices and houses to live in. The design is therefore minimal, “light” but very functional. The kitchen becomes a dining room, a working station, a canteen and a meeting place for coffee. The living room can be transformed into a meeting room or a place to receive customers, depending on requirements. Everything mixes, everything changes over and over again.

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My Holiday Home in Formentera

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My holiday home in Formentera. On holiday in the Balearic Islands, enjoying the sea and the sun in a house full of charm.

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Formentera is one of the most exclusive destinations to spend your summer holidays. Wonderful beaches, crystal clear water, trendy clubs and nightlife all night long. Being one of the most popular destinations, Formentera is very expensive in terms of accommodation, so it is advisable to rent or even buy a holiday home, away from the town and surrounded by nature so as to enjoy the tranquility of a magnificent island.

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What is the best way to make a holiday home cozy, chic, and comfortable at the same time? Now we will introduce you to our ideal holiday home through photos, tips and much more…

The Furnishing Style

The furnishing style is typical of the one of the islands in general, but in a softer, more essential and sophisticated version: white, wood and wrought iron are mixed with pastel shades that recall the colors of the sky, the sea and the surrounding vegetation such as light blue, green but also pink or red, the important thing is not to exaggerate too much with the color so that the visual impact does not result too “violent”.

Ideal dining room

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Ideal living room

A few frills, but great care in every little detail. From the choice of upholsteries, colours to furniture and accessories, from vintage pieces to plants: everything speaks of relaxation, serenity and well-being – and isn’t that exactly what we look for when we go on holiday?

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Ideal bedroom

Wooden furniture to create warmth and white walls to give light to the bedroom.

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The Outdoor style

But the real gem are the outdoor spaces, to be shared in company. So let’s give vent to creativity with tables, chairs, deckchairs, sofas and garden armchairs always trying to combine design with quality and comfort.

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The Minimalist Style

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The minimalist style. That’s how your home has to look to be truly minimalist.

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Minimalism is considered the purest expression of modern aesthetics; it entered our homes at the end of the last century as a manifesto of intentions, making the cleanliness and simplicity of its forms the rejection of a lifestyle dominated by the values of consumerism and emptiness appear. However, once the image of bare austerity that had characterized it in the nineties has been overcome, Minimalism changes, becomes softer and warmer, generating welcoming environments made of light and harmony.

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When the Minimalist style was born:

The expression “minimalism” spread in artistic contexts during the sixties, but its roots lie in the European cultural climate of the early twenties. Immediately after the First World War, indeed, in a climate of change and desire to overcome past experiences, Minimalism sees the light as an ideological movement even before as an aesthetic expression. Its origin is closely linked to the birth of the Modern Movement and Functionalism which, starting in 1919, were developed in the Bauhaus, a school founded in Germany by W. Gropius and which has become the most important forge of thought and experimentation in the fields of art, design and architecture. Minimalism contrasts with the historicism that had already emerged in art and architecture at the end of the 18th century. Through the elimination of ornamentation, considered useless and the legacy of an outdated culture, we want to enhance the beauty of what surrounds us. By eliminating what is superfluous, materials and forms are enhanced, there is no longer room for individualistic artifices and an essential, simple, universal design that is comprehensible to all is achieved. Its peculiarity is an aesthetic made of clean lines, flat surfaces, pure geometries and natural materials.

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Why the Minimalist style is so popular:

Minimalism continues to be successful thanks to the universality of its principles. In an age marked by excesses, frenetic rhythms, artificial images overloaded with colours and details, the minimalist house marks the space of order, balance and serenity. The use of natural materials, first and foremost wood and stone, the use of a few colours – with a preference for white to maximise the diffusion of light – the simple geometries of the square and rectangle and, finally, the renunciation of objects that are not considered essential to everyday life, make up relaxed, intimate environments, where one can find oneself and take refuge from external chaos.

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Let’s discover now how to give life to the house of our dreams:

The Living Room

Minimalist style doesn’t mean monastic life. Renouncing the superfluous in order to enhance the function of everything must, however, give rise to comfortable and welcoming environments, which invite you to rest and release well-being. The space in the photo conveys all this: a rigorous environment with clean, clean lines, no frills, yet warm and inviting thanks to the generously cushioned sofas.

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The Dining Room

Here are other excellent examples of how minimalism and the home intimacy can coexist in perfect symbiosis. The dining area of these houses has been stripped of all frills: nothing disturbs the eye, nothing distracts from the function. And yet, if you look closely, there is nothing missing that could limit its use, nothing that would affect its practicality.
At the same time, the feeling we have is of an intimate and welcoming environment, far from the cold image that often accompanies the idea of minimalism.

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The Studio

The studio is the home space where calm and order cannot be lacking, regardless of a life inspired by the principles of Minimalism. The need for balance, the need to withdraw into an introspective and reflective dimension impose the choice of a few, highly studied elements: a table, a chair and a lamp. Here, more than elsewhere, the lines become clean, the materials authentic, the basic colours suggest concentration.

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The Bedroom

The bedroom is the real test  for those who want to try their hand at a minimalist lifestyle. In this environment, indeed, it is easy to lose sight of the rigor that leads to peace and balance. The minimalist bedroom is therefore sober, with sheets that are strictly white or, at most, grey. And the same can be said of the walls. The only colors allowed to interrupt the whiteness of the linen are those of wood or concrete, strictly natural.

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Decorating a Small Living Room with Style

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Decorating a small living room with style. Our best tips for a small and cozy living room.

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Houses and apartments are getting smaller and smaller. In large cities, square metres are being drastically reduced and, as a result, the number of rooms available is also being reduced. In this context, the living room is often sacrificed and combined with the kitchen at the risk of losing welcome and even style. Let’s see then some tips for decorating a small living room with style!

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Multipurpose decoration

It’s the must for every season, indeed furniture and decorative objects have different functions. This not only saves space, but you can also change the decoration every time you get tired without your pocket suffering. For example poufs which can be turned into little benches or low stools which can be turned into coffee tables.

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Product in the picture:  Elephant Pouf

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Product in the picture:  Tab Stool

Another possibility is to buy a TV cabinet that incorporates drawers or shelves, so you can use it as a space saver. As for accessories, there are glass glasses that serve as vases, candle holders or ice buckets. If you have a wicker basket, you can use it to store blankets, pillows, magazines or anything else that comes to mind.

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Product in the pictures:  Edge Cabinet

Choose small but comfortable sofas

The huge sofas with multiple seats occupy an entire corner of the room, if not more. Even an L-shaped sofa is a nuisance for small spaces: it recharges the room too much and leaves no room for other things. One or even two small coloured sofas will be a winning choice!

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Product in the picture:  Party Sofa

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Product in the picture:  Barnaby Sofa

A great way to use the space is to combine the sofa with one or more poufs so that it acts as an extra place that you can move from one room to another in case of need.

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Products in the pictures:  Chat Pouf

Light, neutral and pastel colours

Light colours,  in pastel and neutral tones give a sense of spaciousness and luminosity. They represent a safe bet for a small living room. If you want to give a touch of more vivid color, take advantage of fabrics and accessories such as cushions, lampshades, blankets or carpets and place them in strategic points of the room. This way, you won’t overload the space and break with the monotony.

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Products in the pictures:  Copla Sofa Copla Armchair

Playing with lighting

In a small living room, lighting is your best ally. If your room is provided with windows, take advantage of the natural light that comes in and do not use shutters or dark curtains. Also, do not put large furniture in front of the windows.

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Product in the picture:  Rew Sofa

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Product in the picture:  Float Sofa

For what concerns the artificial light, it’s always better to avoid putting extravagant ceiling lamps that make your living room smaller. Use table lamps or floor lamps at strategic points, such as next to the sofa or on a coffee table, so that everything is in harmony and space remains free in the center of the room.

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Product in the picture:  Obi Sofa

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Product in the picture:  Tonella Sofa

Central and side coffee tables

Coffee tables and side tables are of great help in the case of small living rooms: they can serve as a small central table or be placed on the sides of the sofa to rest things.

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Product in the picture:  Dumbbell Side Table

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Product in the picture:  Tortuga Side Table

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Product in the picture:  La Isla Coffee Table

Bookcases to exploit the heights

For a small living room, order and cleanliness are essential. Also verticality. The more shelves or vertical furniture you use, the more space you have. As small as a living room, playing with heights is very useful to get the most out of the floor space, especially in long rooms where there is more chance that any furniture, floor plan or accessory will stay in the middle of the room.

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Product in the picture:  Climb Bookcase

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Product in the picture:  Crash Bookcase

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Product in the picture:  Shelf Tower Bookcase

 

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The Bauhaus and Knoll World

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The Bauhaus and Knoll world. Knoll celebrates its ties with Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus school of architecture.

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This year marks the centenary of the Bauhaus and for this occasion Knoll has decided to celebrate its ties with Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe and the famous school of architecture through special editions and a renewed commitment to give a future to the history of architecture and design. Having roots in the memory of a community and making them live in the present is a duty and a responsibility reserved for a few: an honor without doubt, but also an act due to a history that was born particular and then become universal. Like the one that unites the whole Knoll world and the Bauhaus, a scenario in which one of the most intense battles for the affirmation of that modern industrial style of which Knoll will be and still is an absolute emblem has taken place.

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Today when we talk about Knoll we think of an abacus of materials and compositional elements of the project that are not only those of the modernity of Bauhaus, but, we can say, those of always, of all the timeless modernity. And then, as now, it is the people and designers who keep the company’s identity clear, and who have always made it possible for an author, when he designs for Knoll, to marry its vision, becoming part of its history.

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Just as it happened when the liaison between Bauhaus and Knoll was created, bringing Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer into the company respectively, two great personalities were involved: Florence Knoll, who recently passed away, and Dino Gavina. But let’s go with order.
In 1930, Mies became the third director of the Bauhaus, a school of which he will try to respect the critical spirit on which it was founded, while underlining the mission of adaptation to industrial modernity of the new German design class. The architect had just returned from the experience of the German Pavilion at the Barcelona Expo in 1929, which had made him world-famous thanks to an architecture capable of combining the essentiality of the archetype and the synthesis of the manifesto, a paradigmatic expression of the famous “Less is More”.

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In 1928, Mies was involved in research into rationalist metal tubular furniture, the symbol of modernity, with the MR20 chair-chair, from which other variants (chaise longue and armchairs) were created, which were later brought together in the MR collection. But the absolute emblem of this modernity is the famous Barcelona, the armchair that the master designed for the Barcelona pavilion at the 1929 Universal Exhibition, a true contemporary throne that today is re-presented in limited edition. This chair is a bridge between past and future – as only icons can do – that recalls the intersection of the saddle curulis of the Roman kings, here made of a chrome and polished metal that reflects the surrounding space. It is clear that Mies van der Rohe does not want a seat without history, but wants to give a future to memory, launching a new aesthetic sense based on dryness rather than redundancy. What he will bring with him from his experience in teaching is precisely this idea of a timeless modernity, of the possible union between past and future on the basis of a new way of producing, which overcomes the barriers between industrial and artisan.

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Breuer, on the other hand, is a designer who best sums up the Bauhaus ideals, of which he was first a pupil and then a teacher. When in 1922 he attended the lessons of Wassily Kandinsky, who introduced the influence of pictorial abstractionism to the school, he learned to perceive the potential of the essential form.

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Symbol of this cultural debt is the Wassily armchair, which uses the metal tube as its supporting structure, probably deduced from that of bicycles. With it the deconstruction of modern furniture is fully underway and the next step will be a cantilever seat, the Cesca, able to renounce even two of the usual four legs, which will be absorbed in a structure as elastic as visually and physically light.

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For Breuer, the need for experimentation did not become extinct during the Bauhaus years, but soon the German political climate also led to emigration, first to Europe and then to the United States. Here – like Mies – he will find a second home, teaching at Harvard, thanks to the support of Walter Gropius, who also emigrated for similar reasons. In 1966 his Whitney Museum in New York (now MET Breuer) was opened on Madison Avenue, one of the symbols that made Manhattan the cultural epicentre of the contemporary world. And it was precisely from New York that a road began that led Breuer’s design to be produced again in Europe, this time in the Gavina factories in Italy, and from there again distributed throughout the world thanks to Knoll International. A story that still today confirms that modernity resides as much in historical facts as in the spirit of the time that renews the choice.

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