Ideas and Tips: How to Make the Living Room Larger

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Ideas and tips: how to make the living room larger in just a few steps.

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The sofa is the reference point and focal element of the living room, and it is on this piece of furniture that we must focus all our attention to make the living room larger. The choice of sofa is certainly one of the best memories we all have of when we were setting up our home. The simplest and most obvious reasoning would lead us to prefer a small sofa, and perhaps a couple of armchairs, in a small living room. This is a furnishing mistake, for the simple reason that so many small pieces of furniture “suffocate” the room!

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Get the look with:  Mousse sofa

So when furnishing a living room, always focus on the essentials: a large, comfortable and enveloping sofa, one or more coffee tables and a carpet. These few essential elements will create a functional, bright and spacious environment.

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Get the look with:  Tiptoe sofa

Another trick of many interior designers is to use sliding fabric doors to divide the various rooms in the house, reclaiming precious space, giving a touch of elegance to the house and the feeling of a larger room with more light.

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An elegant rug is a must in any self-respecting living room, a decorative element that is becoming increasingly popular in new furniture designs.
The inclusion of a rug in the living room used to be a habit that has almost been lost with the latest generations, who prefer more modern styles.

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But, in recent years it has come back into fashion as, a large rug, perhaps in light shades, will give us the feeling of open space and a larger living room. Even better if we match the colours of the rug to those of the surrounding walls, because we will also gain the light effect.

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Get the look with:  Silhouette rug

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Where to Place the Dining Table

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Where to place the dining table: tips and ideas on the best positions for the table in the dining room, living room or kitchen.

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Current interior design trends see the dining table not as a stand-alone element but as an integral part of the home. When it comes to inserting this accessory in the dining room, living room or kitchen, it is necessary to carefully consider where to place it in order to maintain the visual harmony of the environment.

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Placing the table in the dining room:

This is the most popular choice. For those who have a space to devote entirely to the dining room, the table becomes the focal point, the most important piece of furniture on which to adapt the rest of the decor. In this case, interior designers opt for placing the table in the centre of the room, choosing models with an elegant and refined design without forgetting functionality.

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Get the look with:  Barry table

In a dining room, a rectangular or oval table is always perfect for any occasion!

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Get the look with:  Pixie table

Placing the table in the kitchen:

The kitchen is a cosy, intimate place for meals shared with one’s family. For this type of environment, we recommend placing the table near a source of natural light such as a window. If you have enough space it is best to choose a rectangular table, otherwise it is better to opt for a round one that does not take up too much space but at the same time can fill a gap that would be otherwise difficult to enhance.

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Get the look with:  Pion table

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Get the look with:  Decapo table

Placing the table in the living room:

If you decide to place the dining table in the living room, you will have to design the room to create two different areas in the same space: the living area and the dining area. The table will no longer be the protagonist, but will have to coexist in balance with the sofa and with all the typical furniture of a living room: sideboard, coffee table, armchair, rugs…

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Get the look with:  Illo table

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Get the look with:  Tortuga table

One of the most important criteria when deciding where to place the table in the living room is to establish the correct distance from the sofa. You need to consider at least 60 cm of space that will allow you to move easily around the sofa and generally speaking at least one metre or a little more between the table and the sofa.

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Charles Eames

Charles Eames: the man who made design history.

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Even those who are not in the design or architecture business know, or at least have heard of, the American designer Charles Eames as the creator of memorable pieces of furniture still in production, most of them designed together with his second wife Ray Kaiser.

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Fewer know that he was also a forerunner in fields such as architecture, photography and cinematography. He also acted as a real link between American and Scandinavian design, of which he was an expert thanks to his friendship and collaboration with Eero Saarinen.

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The most famous couple of international design, the Eames family, concentrated on experimenting with new materials and adapting them to furnishings, offering with their creations “the most and the best to the greatest number of people at the lowest price”.

For years the Eames couple experimented with the idea of being able to create a shell, a single moulded piece, specially shaped to fit the ergonomics of the human body. When experiments with plywood and aluminium sheeting in the 1940s led to unsatisfactory results, their search for alternative materials led them to glass-fibre reinforced polyester resin.

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One of the most famous, iconic and best-selling chairs in the world is undoubtedly the Lounge Chair, which first appeared in a television series on NBC in the United States in 1956. Soon after its debut, Herman Miller launched an advertising campaign highlighting its versatility. Since its introduction, the chair has been produced continuously by Herman Miller in America and later by Vitra, which began making it for the European market.

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Charles Eames was the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Kaufmann International Design Award in 1961, the 25 Year American Institute of Architects Award in 1977 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Architecture in 1979.

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Multi-Functional Tables

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Multi-functional tables: versatility at the service of new user’s needs.

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When we talk about the dining room or home office, the ideas all lead to a place for meeting and conviviality or for concentration and silence. In environments where space is often limited and the office is located in a small, uncomfortable and non-functional corner, architects and interior designers recommend using the dining room as an office and therefore opting for versatile, multi-functional tables.

Modern-Contemporary Style

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Get the look: Tortuga Table

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Get the look: Pion Petra Table

As in the photos shown above, the Pion and the Tortuga tables are perfectly suited for use as a dining table, meeting table or desk. Thanks to their versatile design and the various finishes available, these tables can be placed in different contexts and combined with different styles, from modern to contemporary etc…

Minimalist Elegant Style

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Get the look:  Vestige Table

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Get the look:  Elle Chair

If you are looking for a refined but discreet style and furniture that can easily be moved around and reconfigure the room to suit your needs, then you should consider the following options: the Vestige table, perfect as an elegant dining table but also as a desk surrounded by the minimal and essential Roll Chairs

Cozy Hygge Style

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Get the look:  Nudo Desk

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Get the look:  Tea Chair

If you have the possibility of creating a small office space in your bedroom or attic, we recommend the Nudo desk, that, with its Scandinavian and minimalist design can also be used as a console or even simply as a decorative element. The Tea chair is a perfect match in all its versions, with or without castors, thanks to the wide range of available fabrics and finishes.

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Today, there are many options, and more traditional solutions can be combined with more modern or cosy compositions that can give the various rooms in the house a new “light”.

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The Office Space in 2021

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The office space in 2021: smart working and evolution in the workplace, there are many ways of designing it.

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Smart working is generally viewed negatively because it precludes contact with other colleagues, the exchange of ideas and opinions, the chance to meet new people and engage with them and, in a broader sense, forces the worker to shut himself in and leave the world outside.

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Get the look with:  Luxy Office Furniture

Because of COVID-19 this condition is necessary but experts claim that you will return to work in the office, in a different, smoother, more versatile and more effective way. Let’s find out how!

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There is a need to redesign the paradigms of the spatial organisation of offices; we can no longer think of the office as a battery of computers and desks all alike. The office must become an inspirational model for small communities. A place for sharing and motivation.

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If it is true that the ‘traditional’ office will not disappear completely, it is also true that smart working from home will not disappear. There will be a real fusion between these two solutions. The smart worker will have to be able to choose how to work and where to work. There will be fewer offices. More identity-based. More open. Specialised. Places to go when needed, not necessarily at the same time every day.

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Obviously, much more will have to be done: we will have to work on materials that can be sanitised, on laminates that are easy to clean with the right reagents, on fabrics that are easy to sanitise. It will be indispensable to facilitate the movement of furniture and its spacing in space.

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The trend for the year 2021 is that in the office, whether at home or in the company offices, the window will increasingly be the most important and focal point. No longer just as a threshold separating inside from outside, but as an opening to the world.

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Kitchen Trends 2021: The Barstool

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Kitchen trends 2021: the typical barstool is enjoying new success in private homes.

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Known since time immemorial as the typical stool used for furnishing bars, today stools are becoming part of the domestic environment, positioned next to the more traditional dining room chairs. If in bars the stool has the function of a temporary seat for a quick drink, in the home, around a kitchen counter, it takes on a function of hospitality and conviviality.

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The most typical example is in fact the kitchen stool, which alongside islands and peninsulas, or simply around the table, is perfectly suited to the increasingly common need for quick lunches and snacks.

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This type of seating is available in a wide range of models: backless, without armrests, with a wooden or upholstered backrest and with armrests.

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Whether simple, minimalist, colourful, covered in fabric or leather, stools are to all intents and purposes the new ‘home’ design element thanks to their versatility and modern style.

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Characterised not only by the “unusual” height of the legs, these seats offer special attention to materials. For a stool to sit on for a long time, it is advisable to choose a soft upholstered and enveloping seat and backrest. It is perfect to place in the home around the kitchen peninsula, to host friends for an aperitif, but at the same time it is a very elegant seat at the counter of a cocktail bar.

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If you are looking for a more minimalist or rustic style, it is better to opt for stools with metal legs or made entirely of wood.

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Are you looking for inspiration? Discover our Stool collection

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Giving the Room a New Look with the Textile Door

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Giving the room a new look with the textile folding doors.

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Sometimes very little is needed to give a new face to the home, work or contract environment. An interesting and inexpensive solution is to opt for textile folding doors. There are many types on the market to suit all needs and tastes. All you have to do is indulge your imagination and focus on the idea that best suits the style of your home, restaurant or office!

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To safeguard your privacy both at home, e.g. if you live with other tenants, and in the workplace, using textile folding doors to separate rooms is always a great idea and a very attractive option as these doors are extremely elegant, discreet and give the room an exclusive touch.

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In addition, they can be customised according to the user’s taste: from the shape of the handle to the type of upholstery, from the size to the colour. The versatility of this product allows it to be used in any environment, even in the bedroom or bathroom.

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Being sliding, these doors are also space-saving, connecting spaces much more easily, creating continuity and allowing light to flow from one room to another. Similarly, when more privacy is needed, they can be closed in an instant.

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Unlike traditional doors, which play a fundamental role when buying a house or an office because, in addition to having a clear technical and spatial distribution function, they also have a significant influence on the style of our interiors, textile folding doors can be purchased at a later date because they adapt to any style, type of environment, space and furnishings without losing their functionality.

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The details of this product are so well thought out that it becomes an important piece of furniture. There are also countless advantages: better room accessibility, full use of the available space, greater possibility of furnishing smaller spaces.

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Home Decor Trends for 2021

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Home decor trends for 2021: design and art combined together for a sophisticated and very chic home.

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Art applied to design. This will be the new trend for next year; almost a collaboration between sophisticated yet functional design and art in order to create minimal environments with surprising visual impact.

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Design is a creative process that finds inspiration in many fields. Sometimes, artistic influences from the past are brought back to the modern world. Some others are at the vanguard of other disciplines.

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Get the look with: Elle armchair

All this process has given rise to various collections consisting of furniture with artistic shapes and finishes without losing the functionality and comfort necessary to be used every day. A clear example is the Museo collection by Spanish company Sancal that thanks to the collaboration with various designers has created furniture that could be exhibited in a museum and at the same time be used in your home.

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Get the look with:  Remnant armchair

The main feature of these collections is the technical complexity of the shapes, a real exercise in abstraction and engineering to support comfort, without sacrificing strength and stability.

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Get the look with:  Diwan Lounge chair

The design is minimal and essential but not too much; the house will not look bare and “sad” but instead, thanks to the wide range of coatings specially designed, it will be overall harmonious and extremely elegant.

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The 2021 design industry will focus on honoring artistic creation in all its facets: elegance of the form, the classic references as well as a select choice of fabrics for the upholstery.

Products in all pictures: Sancal Museo furniture collection.

 

Gaetano Pesce

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Gaetano Pesce: the artist-designer conquering China.

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Gaetano Pesce is an Italian sculptor, designer and architect famous for his countercultural ideas and his unique and inimitable works. He studied architecture at the IUAV in Venice, where in the same period taught personalities such as Carlo Scarpa and Ernesto Nathan Rogers. He then attended the Institute of Industrial Design in Venice.

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Gaetano Pesce is one of the greatest exponents of Italian design, in particular of radical design. From 1962 he embarked on a career as a designer, collaborating with the company C&B (now B&B Italia) on the creation of the UP Series, a series of seven models of polyurethane foam armchairs that immediately became one of the icons of Italian industrial design. The most famous is the UP5, which takes the shapes of the votive statues of the goddesses of fertility to give life to a true manifesto of political expression on the condition of women: the society of the late sixties is not ready to recognize the many abilities of women and relegates them to the margins of the political and social scene. Well after the year 2000 Gaetano Pesce, talking about the concept of this creation of his, will argue how the theme is still relevant in some countries of the world. In 2000 B&B Italia decided to re-propose the entire series of armchairs in a modern key.

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Now Gaetano Pesce lands in China, and this too is a sign of the times. It will perhaps be one of the few exhibitions in attendance to close 2020, “Gaetano in China”, from November 21st to December 30th at Gallery Room 6×8 in Beijing, and online at salon94design.com. It will be that the motto chosen to sum it up, “May you live in interesting times”, announces itself as provocative and iconoclastic. Americans, indeed, have the idea that this is an ancient Chinese curse.

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The saying was probably invented in the 19th century by an Englishman, but it’s still a subversive idea. The implication is that we would like to live in boring times, but without trouble. History, in short, the more adventurous it is, the more it is open to the unexpected, even the negative. 2020 is a perfect example of this. A year to forget, perhaps. A year of change, terrible in some ways, incredible for the transformation of perspectives it imposes on us. Like Pesce, who, ever eccentric, has embraced volatility as a virtue.

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The deepest tragedy, for Gaetano Pesce, is the greatest of opportunities: the possibility of seeing things differently. Here he is, then, arriving in China with all the paraphernalia that counters common sense.

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Chairs and vases not functional at all, protagonists of the revolt against the standardization of the series, portraits of the female body that denounce the different condition of women…

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Gaetano Pesce said during an interview: “There was a new way for me to speak politically: not through posters or communications that are a bit obsolete, but doing it with an industrial object had a new potential for communication,”.

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His abstract objects that seem to be made of pure movement, energy transformed into matter. A variety of shapes and colors with a common point, the desire to infuse objects, images and messages with a profound emotion. That of suffering, certainly, as the year 2020 testifies, but also the possibility of change, and the joy that always follows a tragedy.

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The Salone del Mobile 2021

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The Salone del Mobile 2021: the 60th anniversary edition will be held in September 2021.

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President Claudio Luti said that the 2021 edition will be the symbol of a new start for companies and the design community; the September period, from 5ft to 10th, has been chosen as the safest date for exhibitors and visitors. All the exhibitions will be present and the digital one will also make its debut.

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This will be a special edition because it will celebrate 60 years of a leading event in the world that in 2020 was stopped by the health emergency and in 2022 will take place again in April.

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This is the expected announcement of the date, made by Claudio Luti, president of Salone del Mobile.Milano, who arrived after a series of reflections and evaluations that involved Salone and Fiera Milano because they had to evaluate the best solutions to ensure the safety of exhibitors, professional visitors, architects, designers and buyers given the continuing health crisis taking into account that the 2019 edition had over 386 thousand visitors.

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The 2021 edition will be special because the sectors, such as the kitchen and lighting, will also be on display every two years and, above all, because the physical salon will also be accompanied by the digital salon that will be present in all future editions. And that’s not all, once the Milan Show has restarted, the timing and modalities of the international initiatives in Moscow and Shanghai will be studied.

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“There is a need and desire for the Salone in Milan. Clients and designers from all over the world, as well as the press that follows us at an international level, have asked us insistently in recent months for answers on the confirmation of the edition. And this answer has been given – stressed Luti again – We will be there and we will be even more beautiful and motivated as the companies that are working to design and produce the best possible design and product proposals. After such a long time of physical and social distancing in every field, we would like to be able to think about the Show of meeting and real confrontation. To be able to come back and get excited together again with a city animated with new intentions”.

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“Happily involved” in the difficult definition of the exhibition calendar is the new CEO of Fiera Milano, Luca Palermo, who will be in office from next January 1st. “For us at Fiera it was also a moment to think about the restart through the most important Italian event and we worked because next September will be an important month for Milan. We have thought of enriching it with events and proposals by teaming up with Homi, so that in those days in Milan we will have the largest representation dedicated to the world of living and lifestyles, and there will also be fashion.” This is a strong signal, a sign of trust, of the ability to look ahead concretely as a system: Fiera Milano is at the service of companies, a platform that allows the relaunch of the Italian system and we are convinced that we will give a great signal to the country.

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An experiment is also being considered with Sea Aeroporti di Milano and Politecnico di Milano in order to obtain a health passport for visitors.
The decision of the Salone del Mobile, to move the dates, follows by a few hours the decision to hold the fashion system events in March 2021. A great sign of optimism is therefore coming from Fiera di Milano, which manages to bring together the entire economic system of Milan and the Lombardy Region, with an estimated impact of around 8 billion euros.

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