We’re still buzzing from our trip to Milan’s Salone del Mobile and all the incredibly inspiring new designs … lot’s of striking exhibition sets and new products – including Italian furniture-maker supreme Bonaldo. And one of the things that we love about Bonaldo (we know, we know – we’ve mentioned ‘love/Bonaldo’ in the same sentence before) is that there’s always an interesting little back story to everything they do.
Their Octa table (Octa’s Greek for eight… but you knew that…) is also the number of legs supporting this fabulous new table, with a look, we’re told, inspired by the traditional game of Mikado or pick-up sticks! Definitely a major game player as far as we’re concerned.
We see no ships… well we do with the Prora table! A great re-working of Maurio Lipparini’s classic for Bonaldo with a metal base, curved to look like the bow of a ship! This version has a fixed top with a new finish in beautiful natural walnut or greige walnut. Totally inspired, slightly mad but we love it and it’s a real show-stopper!
In the bed department… designer Alain Gilles (remember the great Welded table from him – Red Dot Award/Best of the Best?) has come up with Contrast. And we think he’s got yet another award-winner with this incredible ‘Alice-in-Wonderland’ style super-sized headboard – and very, very cleverly designed so that you can change the headboard cover whenever you like. What a great idea … a bed with multiple personalities. Now that’s different!
And then there’s Joe. Simply Joe. A beautiful bed designed using one perfectly calibrated curve, connecting the headboard with the base. So simple, and according to the designer (clever old Lipparni again) “without ostentation or over-design”. We like it – although being Italian there’s always room for a little bit of ostentation, and Joe has a piped perimeter border which ever-so discreetly says: “hey, take a look at my curves!”
Wondering if ‘sartorial stitching’ has had it’s day? Absolutely not. We spotted it in Milan a couple of years ago and it’s still going strong and used beautifully here on the Eureka bed. Great big, over-sized zig-zag stitches run around the perimeter of the headboard adding a touch of colour (or just great detail if you go for a matching colour) and enhancing the luxurious quilted effect. Gorgeous!
Click here to see more of Bonaldo’s great designs. And keep an eye out for our newsletter, coming soon, which will have a special 10% off all Bonaldo voucher in it.
Stand out gorgeous at the Milan furniture fair was Italian designer/manufacturer Tonelli, who make superb high quality glass furniture. World famous for their research and experimentation, Tonelli are way ahead of the field with innovative glass design.
These masterpieces in ‘glass art’ (they really are!) not only look stunning but feature perfectly mitred joins, seamless glass panels and shatterproof glass – and in the five years we’ve worked with them we have never had a breakage!
Among the Milan highlights for us were the eye-catching Bakkarat glass side tables designed by D’Urbino for Tonelli, with a thick central twisted glass post and mirrored base. And when you look at them from above you get the amazing illusion of looking down at a crystal. Pretty cool!
Also pretty cool was the Penrose glass console table by Isao Hosoe – a fabulously angled asymmetric table that comes in a clear or extra-clear (with less of a green tinge) glass.
And from the European king of design Karim Rashid (anyone catch his talk at the May design Series last weekend?) the Veer coffee table. It’s got a perfectly shaped oval glass top and a really unique design feature to the base – a choice of plain edges or lacquered white or yellow highlights, which very cleverly picks out the shape.
Looking for a pretty sideboard? Then the Liber glass sideboard should do it! With a smart T shape, the coloured drawers are optional and come in white matt lacquer or name your RAL colour (we’re quite partial to the pink). And cleverly, this sideboard has no ‘back’ or ‘front’ so the drawers can open on either side. There are also some great Liber storage units available with the same clever styling.
And…. we’re very excited about this. The showpiece of Tonelli’s stand at Milan and designed to commemorate their 25 years in business (*small drum roll*) VU 200. A fabulous mirror/stunning piece of wall art by Giovanni Tommaso Garattoni. If you’re looking to creates the illusion of more space or reflect tons of light in a cunning way, this is a great piece of design. It’s made of extra clear strips of glass welded and positioned by hand, side-on to a mirror back. Love it! And if this size isn’t quite right for you there are lots of different size options to choose from.