We love the Milan Furniture Fair – its absolutely enormous, & right at the cutting edge of the market. If its going to happen, it will happen here. We visited all of our wonderful contemporary furniture suppliers, several of whom presented shiny new collections that are actually ready to buy now! First up is Manutti Outdoor Furniture. We sell an awful lot of Manutti furniture (we are their largest UK dealer) & have been working with them for a few years now. New for 2013 are several collections.
First up is Elements, a sleek white modular collection with option LED lighting. The top plate is quartz composite, the cushions are magnetically attached to the backrests, & the backrests can be adjusted.
Next is Loop. Covered in Nautic Alcantara (as used by BMW) or Nautic Terry (as in terry towelling!) Loop is comfortable as well as beautiful, & of course fully weatherproof/waterproof.
Then there is Helios. A full collection of chairs, sun loungers & bar stools Helios is a new version of Enyo, in slightly different colourways with a few extra pieces added. This style never goes out of fashion, & quality like this is always worth having.
Finally, the beautiful Squat collection is available in a new colourway, with dark powder-coated metal frame & taupe/grey fabric. This fabric is incredible, we sat on it at the show & none of us could believe how soft it was – exactly like indoor fabric! Also new are the headrests shown here, perfect for a little extra comfort.
See the whole collection here. Manutti sell all over the world too, so if you are in Canada find it at our friends Jardin de Ville, in NZ at Dawsons.
We actually love all our wonderful contemporary furniture designer/manufacturers equally, honestly we do! They are all brilliant in their own way, each offering something different. What they all share is an attention to detail and a love of quality – and so do we.
But …top marks to the clever Bonaldo team this month for making the headlines. Not once but twice. All down to their sheer good looks and personality…
Top title and admirer of everything uber cool, Living-etc featured the Bonaldo Big Table in an inspired article styled by Sophie Brown entitled ‘Tribal Gathering’ as shown here. Sophie used one of the season’s key looks, taking influence from Africa, and blending coloured furniture, pattern and hand-crafted treasures. “Part Masai, part safari chic, bold, bright and beautiful.” And boy did it look good: beautiful translucent chairs, a chunky beaded chandelier, brightly coloured ceramic bowls and some striking artwork. Taking centre stage … our big, bold and beautiful Bonaldo Big Table. So, how did this Italian masterpiece fit in? Well, the Living-etc team borrowed our American walnut top version with the multi-coloured, lacquered steel legs (it’s had pride of place in our showroom and been much admired). Ten out of ten – great bit of styling!
And, another Bonaldo piece from us hitting the headlines, this time in April’s Grand Designs . The Bonaldo dragonfly chair armchair, designed by the multi-talented Karim Rashid (over here next month for the May Design Series at Excel don’t miss him). Italian design at its best; sophisticated, elegant and oh so clever – an armchair to chaise longue in one simple movement.
Keep doing what you’re doing Bonaldo – WE LOVE IT! If you do as well you can find our whole collection here.