Chocolate has always been a source of inspiration, and not just for chefs and pastry chefs: artists, directors and designers from all over the world have dedicated wonderful creations to the “food of the gods”.
The chocolate palette has been a magical ingredient in interior design schemes the world over and across many different style tastes for centuries. We too have a real addiction for chocolate shades and we love evocate its with dark woods and refined marquetryes made joining by hand different grains of woods. The most elegant results are obtained with mahogany, cherry wood and rosewood.
Mixing classic lines with natural color of woods and golden accents it’s very simple bring chocolate’s warmth and richness to any space and give a true sense of luxury.
Chocolate shades are versatile and they can be used to implement many design ideas. The reason for this versatility is that brown is a blend of many different colours and therefore has an understandably amicable relationship with almost every other hue.
Chocolate evokes a particularly cosy atmosphere in natural combinations with colours such as cream, sand and beige – and these blends are currently extremely popular!
Teal is a rare, assertive, elegant color. It’s not green or blue. It’s teal! It’s the new color that did not exist, and it has replaced black in the world of luxury and exclusiveness. We love teal because it is a versatile color that’s perfect for a classic decor because it goes so well with wood. We also combined it with gold and natural hues such as taupe and beige: fabulous!
During this year we have witnessed a real invasion of “naturalist” colors in furnishings and accessories, colors inspired by landscapes of lakes, forests and woods. These are mostly balanced nuances, of neutral and muted colors, capable of bringing classic refinement to the interior.
Among these new shades, our favourite is mushroom color that can be used nearly everywhere. Although it can also be referred to as “oyster,” “taupe,” or “greige,” mushroom is itself a distinctive color—not too warm, not too cool. The most appealing thing about mushroom is its ability to work in a variety of design styles. Our style office has developed a decor proposal on this color, mixing different style and materials in an elegant set made of warm woods, soft velvets and light blue accents.
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!
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.
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.
Sage green is a fascinating hue. It’s not grey or green. It’s sage green, a muted gray green color that acts neutral but is way more interesting. We love it as a new alternative for neutrals because of its versatility: it works excellent with a wide range of decorating styles, accent colors, wood tones and metal finishes. Generally we combine it with French classic lines but recently we used it on more modern pieces inspired by the early xx century and the result was amazing! To warme its cool tones we used gilded carvings and little metal accents in brass.
We love use sage green to furnishing living rooms, because it lends the look a wonderfully warm, welcoming feel.
Despite the specific name “sage,” the hues that are contained within this category are many. Sage greens varies in lightness and saturation, but we think that with the right combination all sage green hues are stylish and stunning. A deeper sage green looks wonderfully rich when combined with furnishings and accents on the darker end of the color spectrum: burnt orange, black, and deep gold. Here’s an example!
Ultra violet is the color that, according to Pantone Color Institute experts, will better interpret the character of this year. It is a “complex and contemplative” color that, like our times, pushes on individualism, spurring people “to imagine their unique mark in the world”.
Ultra violet is a “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”. It is a bright and luxurious color that we adore because matched with gold, wood and patinated brass creates a perfect balance between the royalty and stateliness of the past and the eccentricity and unconventionality of the present.
For some time in our style office has spread the cacti mania! They are everywhere: on walls, clothes, computer desks, and now on our pieces! We find them adorable, perfect to match with the curved shapes of the French style Louis XV and adaptable to any setting, just like our furniture!
In the last few months, we are witnessing to a real pink invasion everywhere: fashion, cinema, design, home decoration.
The most pervasive tone is the “millenial pink”, a delicate and feminine shade we couldn’t resist to! So, here’s our tribute to this trend, a super-Frenchy pink lacquered chest of drawers. An hymn to feminine romanticisme and levity, to elegance and care of details, to sophistication and simplicity.
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