Classic Blue is the color that, according to Pantone Color Institute experts, will better interpret the character of 2020. It is a universal shade “reminiscent of the sky at dusk”, “a boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky that encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
This color appeals to everyone, from lovers of chinoiserie to modernists. Universal as it is, a Classic Blue fits beautifully into timeless settings adding always a touch of sober elegance. For these reason we often use it in our decor proposals, matching it with french lines, handmade carvings and cast brass details.
And a few months ago we started using it also in our decorative experiments for the next Salone del Mobile…stay tuned!
Duck Green is an elegant shade of intense green that is becoming increasingly popular in interior design. Named after the deep green plumage of a mallard, Duck Green is a fashinating hue because it is strong but subdued, perfect for give a sophisticated touch to interiors. Our style office has developed a fabrics proposal on this color, mixing it with neutral colors, black finishings and golden accents. Here is the result…
The classic silk damask is a fabric with a warp and weft of identical color, in which, however, the design stands out noticeably from the background by contrast of shine. The final product is enchanting because the fabric becomes two straight ie without the wrong side!
China was the first country to introduce ornamental motifs in fabrics: the Chinese emperor Wendi of the Sui dynasty had owned a damask dress since the fifth century. Over time, damask began to be produced in India, Persia, Syria and Byzantine Greece. Towards the sec. XII, the city of Damascus surpassed all the other countries so much for its beauty and originality of designs, that its silk fabrics were sought everywhere. And, from the heart of the Middle East it was sold in Europe. The West impressed by the high quality and value made it ceremonial, priestly clothes and used it in the furnishing of churches, palaces and royal residences.
Today, with its regal charm, damask is widely used in fashion and in the furnishing of luxury interiors. We like it very much in pastel shades, mixed with fabrics similar in color, but different in texture and composition and combined with golden finishes and shellac.
For many people, autumn is the most melancholy season of the year. For us, instead, autumn is fantastic and it is a great source of inspiration…
Autumn light is magic: the colors of nature become suggestive, romantic and poignant and create combinations of absolute elegance. Just like the one between brown and light blue to which we were inspired for our new Louis XVI style living room with precious hand-carved details and refined cotton velvet.
The cheerful, interesting shape of the pineapple has been a popular motif used by interior designers throughout the last years. However the pineapple as decoration is not new…already in the 18th century it was used as a symbol of power, wealth and hospitality by architects and craftsmen whom sculpting pineapples into the architecture of buildings, on gateposts, on fabrics and furniture. This curious looking fruit has inspired we too for design of our last bedroom presented during the last edition of Salone del Mobile Milano.
We have used the pineapple’s shape, colors and patterns sparingly alongside white finishings to add a colonial feel to our classic bedroom. We made precious carvings on wood and chose sophisticated textures similar to those of pineapple.
Finally we added pieces with gilded and mirror details and decorative elements to recover the historical use of the pineapple as a signifier of wealth.
One of our favorite activities is renew classic items using decoration and color. The best example of this is rapresented by our Jungle sideboard, a classic model in Louis XV style proposed in a modern version, enhancing sinuous french tradition shapes with a jungle inpiration decor. The single parts that makes the decor are hand made on each single piece. They are made of gypsum applied on each piece and left in place for 24 hours.
The leaves that compose the decoration are done one by one, engraving gypsum previously put on the wood surface with small chisels. Shapes and three-dimensionality of each element are hand made by using different dimensions chisels, sandpaper and brushes.
Leaves, well refined, are painted and shaded one by one with different tones of color. Once the brush decoration is done, the sideboard is refined with another color layer and with traditional settled patina. Palms, ferns and huge leaves shapes, that are super fashion these last year, inspire this gypsum decor.
The jungle theme is softened by the sage green neutral color, giving to this item a chic and warm taste, ideal to refurbish both modern and traditional rooms.
Every year we prepare something special for Salone del Mobile.Milano … This time we presented a new interpretation of the classic Chinoiserie bringing this decorative art on a modern material like glass and leaving the traditional realization on wood practiced by the French cabinet makers in the 18th century.
We started from a Louis XVI model kept in the company’s historical archive and we made an exclusive chest of drawers of oriental flavour, using a mix of ancient techniques and fashionable materials.
The decoration of this piece goes through delicate manufacturing stages that make it unique and customizable in the smallest details…
DRAWING ON GLASS
This is the stages that takes the longest and requires the most attention because the glass is painted reversed and the final result appears only at the end of processing, when the glass is turned around. The drawing is placed underneath the glass and traced with a black outline, trying to keep the trait accurate although working the other way round.
COLORS AND GOLDEN LEAF
The imaginary landscapes, dragon and colorful birds, Chinese pagodas and the human figures which compose the drawing are painted using bicomponent colours for glass painting. The classic hues of Chinese decorative art – brick, ocher and brown – are mixed with accents of red and precious gold leaf in order to give a refined and modern vision of a classic theme.
The decorated glass panels are sprayed with matt black lacquer in order to fix the drawing and enphasise the details of the scene. Once dry, they are placed on the front, sides, top and drawers of the furniture, made of beech and ash wood.
The precious gilded brass details placed on the drawers come from an original design and are handmade using sand casting. First, a wooden model is made, which the engraver uses to make the lines which characterize the design. Then, the engraved wooden model is used as a master for the mould made of casting sand, a special material into which the molten brass is poured. At the end of the process the mould is broken, in order to extract the brass piece which has the intended shape.
The 18th century’s artistic spirit and manual skill live again in the elegant oriental-inspired decorations and in the small details of this new chest of drawers. An exclusive creation which can be placed in different settings, a timeless beauty that can infuse and transform everyday surroundings, leaving behind outmoded distinctions between antique and modern, oriental and Western.
The romantic style is very popular in home decor and interior design. It makes a room elegant, warm, calm and most of all confortable. In our opinion the best way to get a romantic atmosphere is to choose French style furniture from different ages and sumptuous decorations of elaborate taste, which never lead to excesses. The secret, for us, is a balanced mix of pastel colors, ornate decor, floral patterns, curved lines and natural light, without ever forgetting the French technique of layering texture and color…
This year more than ever we agree with the choice of the Pantone Color Institute experts. We think that the Living Coral will not only well interpret the character of next year, but will also be the right color to create the classics of tomorrow, pieces that escape the austere gloom of the past and take on new liveliness and colour, stylishly furnishing the present while keeping the classy elegance of its origins.
Living Coral is a warm, peachy orange nuance with a “golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”. According the experts it symbolize “our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits”.
“PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color”
In 2019, therefore, we will have a good excuse to use coral, one of the colors that we believe are most suitable for enlivening the more classic pieces and for emphasizing a design with not very elaborate shapes. The right color to create a discreet luxury that does not shout but whisper to our senses.
A Century after the birth of Art Deco, we have decided to reinterpret one of the most exciting, rich and glamorous periods in the history of design by creating a unique piece, with a sumptuous yet measured style.
Here is our exclusive Art Deco cabinet, characterized by contrasting geometric shapes, elegant bright rays and rich glares made with precious materials such as Makassar ebony, mother-of-pearl and shiny brass.
The decorative elements of the early 20th Century avant garde have seen a return in the last years and inspired the entire design of the cabinet, conceived as an aristocratic symbol of the early 20th Century, the elite of an industrialised society aware of the appeal of the artistic avant garde, whilst still wanting the luxury and elegance of the past.
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