Bentley Home Office Furniture Milan Design Week

  • April 21, 2024

Bentley Home has introduced its first home office furniture and unveiled a new collection celebrating over a decade of luxury furniture design at Milan Design Week 2024. The collection, showcased in the historic Palazzo Chiesa, includes six new pieces that embody lightness and contemporary luxury.

This year marks Bentley Home’s first venture into home office furniture, featuring the Wilton desk designed by Francesco Forcellini. Notable elements of the desk include its dynamic form and curved details, offering a sense of lightness and an innovative dual-shell profile. It features integrated drawers and is available in bespoke finishes like Liquid Amber and Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore.

The collection also includes the Bollington office armchair, which complements the Wilton desk with its minimalist and organic design, capturing the essence of Bentley‘s elegance.

In collaboration with Federico Peri, the new Loftus sofa introduces a modular concept with floating cushions and integrated marble or leather side tables, showcasing a blend of geometric lines and organic shapes. This piece, alongside the Wilton desk and Bollington armchair, highlights the collection’s focus on innovation and sustainability.

Carlo Colombo contributed to the collection with the Chilton seating line and the Langport bed, each piece reflecting Bentley’s iconic design elements. The Chilton armchair and chair feature sinuous curves and a dynamic exterior with bands of veneer. The Langport bed offers a sophisticated design with customizable panels and integrated ambient reading lights.

Chris Cooke, Head of Bentley Design Collaborations, emphasized the collection’s dedication to customization and the fusion of traditional craftsmanship with modern design, stating, “The new collection for 2024 is characterized by dynamism and a lightness of touch. It is a meeting of design minds — all of whom share a commitment to translating and elevating Bentley’s distinctive design DNA into contemporary furniture.”

The Bentley Home Atelier also featured a

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Concrete in furniture and home decor

  • December 10, 2023

Hyderabad: Concrete, once confined to heavy construction and industrial uses, has transformed, infiltrating furniture and interior design. Its evolution revolutionized perceptions of this versatile material. Traditionally a structural cornerstone in buildings and infrastructure, concrete’s durability, strength, and adaptability have spurred designers and architects to explore its potential in creating innovative, aesthetically pleasing furniture and interior products. This exploration covers concrete’s history, manufacturing, advantages, limitations, and diverse applications in design.

A Brief Evolution of Concrete in Design

Concrete’s design journey traces back through ancient civilizations like the Romans, renowned for their use in structures like the Pantheon. Its significance escalated during the Industrial Revolution, but its artistic potential emerged in the 20th century. Visionaries like Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright experimented with concrete in architectural projects, sparking interest in its interior applications.

Manufacturing Process Crafting concrete furniture and interior products involves blending cement, water, aggregates, and sometimes additives to form a moldable mixture. Once poured into molds, the concrete cures and solidifies, yielding a robust final product. Diverse aggregates—sand, gravel, or crushed stone—alter the piece’s appearance and texture.

Advantages of Concrete in Design

Durability: Concrete’s exceptional endurance ensures longevity, making it a sound investment.

Design Flexibility: Its malleability allows for diverse design possibilities—from minimalist to intricate creations.

Aesthetic Appeal: The raw, industrial beauty of concrete complements modern and contemporary interior designs.

Fire Resistance: Inherent fire-resistant properties make it a safe choice for interiors.

Sustainability: Eco-friendly, especially when sourced locally, with recyclability for future projects.

Customization: Pigments, aggregates, and additives allow for unique colors, textures, and finishes.

Versatility: Used for tables, countertops, sinks, shelves, lighting fixtures, and decorative items.

Limitations and Challenges

Despite its advantages, concrete presents considerations for designers:

Weight: Concrete’s heaviness can pose challenges during installation and transportation.

Cracking: Improper curing or structural stress might lead to cracks,

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Contemporary Italian Designer Kartell Continues to Innovate After 70 Years in Business

  • November 8, 2023

When family legacy meets excellence, the result is usually iconic and mind blowing. This is the case of Kartell, a family-run plastic contemporary furniture, founded after the Second World War in 1949, and currently run by second and third generation members of the family. As Lorenza Luti, Marketing and Retail Director puts it, the reinvention of Kartell through the years is the secret to how the company has remained successful and competitive in the furniture and interior design industry. 

With over 70 years of innovation and creativity, Kartell is widely regarded as a symbol of progressive Italian design. Describing the core of Kartell’s operations while speaking to Dianna Lammerts on Founder’s Story, Lorenza said “Kartell has always been committed to laying solid foundations for the future, and reflecting them in products that are conceived and manufactured thanks to investments in technological innovation, creative design solutions and new, advanced and sustainable materials.”

Lorenza mentioned that because Kartell’s goal over the past three decades has been to turn plastic into a rich material—something it wasn’t before—the brand has come to be associated with creative plastic usage. Furthermore, the company is up to date with its environmental sustainability goals. As a result, the premium plastic that serves as Kartell’s primary production source is 99% recyclable, meaning neither during nor after production is there wastage or the release of gas or contaminated water. What’s most astounding is that Kartell returns any item or design that doesn’t fit their creative criteria to the machine, where it can be chopped, redone, or transformed into something new. 

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Midcentury modern design in 10 essential pieces | Entertainment News

  • September 16, 2023

Decade after decade, midcentury modern design continues to appeal. The New York Times noted a resurgence of the style in 1998. Nearly two decades later, there came another wave. Fast Company deemed it the “pumpkin spice latte of interior design.” It’s a style “Mad Men” popularized in the current century; its designers—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and more—are named in reverent whispers among design circles.

Even casual design fans have likely heard the phrase “midcentury modern design” before. It is an influential design movement that became popular in the United States in the mid-20th century. Heavily influenced by German Bauhaus design, the midcentury modern aesthetic favors clean, simple craftsmanship using a blend of natural and human-made materials.

Although the style’s heyday is roughly placed from 1933 to 1965, it truly took off post-World War II, an era soaked in optimism, first with the Allied victory and then eventually as the U.S. set its sights on space. Because of the war, the U.S. became a production powerhouse, and output from mining, construction, and manufacturing doubled between 1939 and 1944. As soldiers returned home to rebuild their lives, the need for housing and furnishing increased, fueling designers (many of whom were émigré) to turn to the latest technologies developed during the war and to the global influences for inspiration.

Interestingly, midcentury modern wasn’t born until 1984, when author Cara Greenberg coined it for her book “Mid-century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s.” Since then, midcentury modern has become not just a style, argues Fast Company, but a “byword for ‘design’ itself,” or perhaps just taste.

So, which furniture pieces are essential to the era? Singulart used historical information and context from museums, experienced furniture resellers, and designers to compile a list of

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The Best Furniture at NYCxDesign According to Dwell’s Editor-in-Chief

  • June 6, 2023

The Millennial aesthetic has officially aged out. People still love ceramics. Sofas are only getting larger. And other observations.

New York’s design week used to be an insular event, with industry people confined to a convention center or mingling among themselves over warm white wine in a showroom or two. But this year, NYCxDesign ran for nearly a fortnight—with events, exhibitions, pop ups, and parties all over town. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is still the reason for the season, but everything spilling out across the city has given the design world a very public face. Whether or not you can tell a Bellini sofa from an Ikea couch, the mood for the last 10 days or so was that design is officially a thing in New York. And if you weren’t in town to take it all in, don’t worry. I hit the streets with photographer Ike Edeani, who has shot this excellent house and many others for Dwell, to find some of the best work out there.

First Stop: Dumpster Diving With Catalog Sale and Marta Gallery

Let’s all say a final farewell to arched doorways, tasteful pastels, and Memphis-inspired flourishes. The

Let’s all say a final farewell to arched doorways, tasteful pastels, and Memphis-inspired flourishes. The

Marta owners Heidi Korsavong and Benjamin Critton invited Avi Kovacevich (of startup auction house Catalog Sale) to show his collection of chairs salvaged during a road trip across the U.S. Made from cast-off materials and other found detritus. They range from a chair constructed from cardboard boxes to an old tire strung with leather straps.

Marta owners Heidi Korsavong and Benjamin Critton invited Avi Kovacevich (of startup auction house Catalog Sale) to show his collection of chairs salvaged during a road trip across the U.S. Made from cast-off materials and other found detritus. They range from a chair constructed from cardboard boxes to an old tire strung with leather straps.

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Then, they asked contemporary designers to create their own masterpieces from cast-off material in just three days.

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Midcentury Modern Furniture Owes Its Popularity to the Welfare State

  • May 27, 2023

Praise of Danish
design mounted quickly in the U.S. through exhibitions, magazine articles, and
word-of-mouth. Taft relates how Wegner was approached by a members-only club in
Chicago in 1949 hoping to acquire 400 chairs, a number far beyond the capacity
of the Copenhagen workshop that produced them. Danish chairs became a bragging
right with devotees memorizing the shapes and mentally cataloging the available
colors of upholstery. The appetite for Scandi furniture was so voracious that
knock-offs proliferated. Genuine producers began affixing metal plates, stamps,
and brands to the underside of their furniture. One would not be surprised to
see their dinner guest surreptitiously peering under the Chieftain looking for
where the wood had been marked by a hot iron in the Danish workshop.

The heyday of artisan
furniture, however, was brief. Keeping production in Denmark, or even in
Scandinavia, did not last long. In 1951, Juhl began designing for Baker, a
furniture company from Michigan; the idea was to sell his designs to a larger
mass market by scaling-up production. Yet it was never clear how the level of
quality could be maintained outside of the Scandinavian welfare state with its
unique compromises between government, industry, and labor. In an American mass
market, it would be difficult to make elegant joinery using Fordist production
techniques (and to pay artisan wages to assembly line workers). As the scale of
production increased, it was more difficult to maintain the myth of “Nordic
naturalness” and wood forms that represented a closeness to nature. In fact,
even the teak was being supplanted by razor-thin slices of rosewood pasted onto
furniture facades. 

Meanwhile, loose
legal protections for furniture design meant that fakes and copies
proliferated. Well-heeled tourists in Copenhagen could visit the immense
furniture showroom Den Permanente near the central station to see

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This self-taught furniture-maker crafts heirloom-quality pieces with modern appeal

  • April 11, 2023
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Meet The Makers | Apr 6, 2023

By Caroline Biggs

Todd HewittCourtesy of Last Ditch Design

Todd Hewitt doesn’t pay attention to trends. The Los Angeles–based founder of Last Ditch Design is on a mission to make furnishings that blend utility with elegance and, more importantly, stand the test of time. “I am committed to providing tailored pieces for those who appreciate functional design and sustainability,” he tells Business of Home. “Each design is built for those not just interested in how things look, but how they work, wear and feel every day that you live with it.”

A self-taught furniture-maker and designer, Hewitt spent 27 years honing his skills for artisanal brands such as Los Angeles–based Lawson-Fenning—where he served as a design consultant—and Henrybuilt (as the Seattle company’s director of production). “At Henrybuilt, I developed a strong eye for the details and an impeccable standard for quality—everything was considered, no aspect too small,” he says. “With Lawson-Fenning, I gained a renewed appreciation for the joy and preservation of hand-crafted heirloom furniture.”

A Silas lounge chair in progressCourtesy of Last Ditch Design

In November 2022, he launched Last Ditch Design with LD2, a 30-piece line of minimalist, made-to-order items. “I spent a year prepping, designing, fabricating and developing the website before launching,” he says. “My goal with this collection was to launch a range of products across all categories that felt cohesive yet broad enough to be considered for all areas of the home.”

All of Hewitt’s case wood works are crafted by his own hand at LA Woodshop—a cooperative space for local artisans and makers—using a medley of durable raw materials including walnut, ash and oak. “I’m driven by elements of Scandinavian and midcentury design,” he says. “I try to let

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Style at Home: Inspiring spring 2023 trends

  • April 5, 2023

After the past few years of nonstop neutrals trending, in 2023 we’re anticipating a return of color in home decor, paint colors and bedding. With the return of color, we’re seeing that creating sumptuous, inviting spaces is top of mind for designers and homeowners alike. There’s a focus on creating restorative rooms, with a big trend toward creating luxurious bedrooms and reinventing modern takes on classic textiles.

Here are a few of our takes on the trends you’ll see popping up like crocuses this spring season.

Bold colors in living rooms

Introducing color to your living room can sometimes feel as daunting as it does dazzling. While many might first run to throw a new can of paint on the walls, you might instead look to your furniture. A colorful sofa (or chair or accent table) is an exciting way to liven up a living space.

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In this bold and beautiful design, a fern green sofa pops against the warm neutral tones in the pillows and rug. Typically when introducing color, I carry the theme throughout the design. But in this case, this statement sofa is bold enough to act alone. This earthy color story is the perfect backdrop to the dash of blue found in the skirted swivel chairs, artwork and tabletop vignette. Because these colors are all muted in tone, they don’t feel overwhelming to the eye. It’s a perfect introduction to color without going over the top.

Keeping it New Traditional

Bringing traditional into modern day, New Traditional style emphasizes the comforts and conveniences of modern life while still maintaining the refined elegance of traditional design. New Traditional furniture tends to favor shapes and styles that have stood the test of time, but often in a

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Design world: Luxury furniture maker Marta Sala teams up with designer Federico Peri

  • April 3, 2023

Portland design reporter Damon Johnstun will cover the 61th edition of Salone del Mobile, the prestigious furnishing and design show, April 18-23 at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. The trends and products that debuted during Milan Design Week last year are showing up in showrooms. Here is a designer spotlight:

Marta Sala Editions’ furniture blends classic elegance with contemporary style, using precise lines and shapes, and luxurious fabrics such as cashmere, wool and linen.

Italian entrepreneur Marta Sala, who founded the brand in 2015, remains involved in every aspect of operations to ensure that each piece meets her exacting standards and honors the legacy of her family, including her uncle and mentor, Luigi Caccia Dominioni.

Sala, who studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, is widely recognized as a leading figure in the design industry. Her furniture is distinguished by its attention to detail, high-quality materials and timeless aesthetic.

Over two decades, she has collaborated with some of the most talented designers and artisans worldwide, including Gio Ponti, furniture/”Ignazio Gardella and Carlo Mollino. Recently, she teamed up with up-and-coming Italian designer Federico Peri to create the Memory Lane collection. The collection, with with brass and other metals, includes a table, chair, bar, applique and screen.

Peri, an architect by training, is appreciated for his innovative and contemporary approach. His work with clean lines, geometric shapes and a focus on materiality and craftsmanship, results in pieces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

— Damon Johnstun


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• Caterina Fabrizio leads Dedar fabric house into an

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Mitsubishi Electric and TMEIC Develop Electrical Motor-design Support System Incorporating AI

  • October 21, 2022

Contributes to workload and lead time reduction by dramatically shortening time to achieve same results as existing methods

TOKYO, September 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that together with Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) they have developed a electrical motor-design support system incorporating Mitsubishi Electric’s Maisart®* AI technology to dramatically shorten the time required to produce electrical motor designs that achieve the same performance as conventional design methods deployed manually by skilled engineers. TMEIC plans to adopt the system for internal operations in FY 2024.

The new system can be used to design electrical motors for pumps, compressors and fans application in industries. When designing such motors, design engineers conventionally must repeatedly adjust design specifications to balance performance versus design, such as power efficiency versus motor size. For engineers with limited experience, it can be especially challenging to balance specifications to satisfy all requirements, often requiring them to implement time-consuming trial-and-error testing, which later must be checked by skilled engineers.

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