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Today, I’m resuming the “design elements” series to talk about 10 beds you should know about!

Let’s take a look at them together!

– VANESSA BED

Designed by Tobia Scarpa and his wife Afra Bianchin when they were still students at IUAV in Venice in 1959 for Gavina and later Cassina.

Vanessa features a colored metal frame with stainless steel connecting elements, playing with the curves of the iron sheet, giving the structure dynamism!

It is a visually light bed that can be matched with many styles.

(Credits: Cassina)

– NATHALIE BED

Designed by Vico Magistretti in 1978 for Flou.

Nathalie can be considered the progenitor of upholstered beds with a removable fabric headboard and unmistakable side bows.

The headboard can be adjustable and also exists in a storage version.

It is an elegant and comfortable bed that adapts to any style!

Nathalie received the Compasso d’Oro for lifetime achievement in 2020, a first in history.

Additionally, it is protected by European Design Law, which recognizes it as a work of art!

(Credits: Flou)

– ASSEMAN BED

Designed by Patrizia Cagliani in 1984 for De Padova.

It is a canopy bed with a simple, slim, and minimal structure made of powder-coated steel tubing in matte white or black, with adjustable feet.

The headboard is composed of upholstered plywood panels covered in polyester velvet.

You can choose between a white cotton canopy tied at the sides or a tulle mosquito net.

(Credits: De Padova)

– OSPITE BED

Designed by Vico Magistretti in 1996 for Campeggi, this is a foldable sofa bed, perfect for those who love having guests but might not have much space!

Its design is refined, simple, discreet, yet robust and functional.

The frame is made of waxed maple wood with a blue bar, and the mattress is made of polyester padding in natural or orange cotton. In the latter case, it plays with the complementarity of orange and blue!

(Credits: Campeggi design)

– LOWLAND BED

Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Italian-Spanish designer, in 2000 for Moroso.

It is a low bed with curved and organic lines featuring an upholstered, removable headboard and bed frame.

Essential, comfortable, and practical, it has a flexible headboard that can also be used as a support space.

It can only accommodate mattresses with standard European measurements.

(Credits: Moroso)

– FLUTTUA BED

Designed by Daniele Lago for his namesake company in 2004.

Thanks to its hidden structure, this bed appears to literally float in the air, giving the room a sense of lightness and spaciousness.

The platform rests on a height-adjustable central pivot and is fixed to the wall, ensuring solidity and sturdiness (it can support up to 140 kg).

These beds are customizable, allowing you to choose the headboard from wood, fabric, leather, or glass, along with an optional lighting kit for the platform that enhances the feeling of lightness and increases the bed’s spectacular appearance!

(Credits: Lago)

– COLLETTO BED

Designed by Slovenian designer Nusa Jelenec in 2009 for Lago.

This bed is a true nook, as you sleep enclosed by a soft barrier of plush foam surrounding the mattress.

This barrier, like the collar of a turtleneck, can be rolled up or down, fully or partially, allowing you to have a different bed each time you want!

(Credits: Lago)

– RUCHÉ BED

Designed by French designer Inga Sempé in 2011 for Ligne Roset.

This bed features a solid wood frame with a headboard and bed frame upholstered with a quilt featuring interrupted square stitching, reminiscent of the design used the previous year for the namesake sofa.

It is available with either a low (85 cm) or high (110 cm) headboard.

(Credits: Ligne Roset)

– PAPILIO BED

Designed by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa in 2013 for B&B.

This bed features a fluid and harmonious design, echoing the shape of the chairs of the same name, although the headboard is slightly less conical, yet still enveloping.

The mattress nearly aligns with the frame to emphasize the rigor of the ensemble.

It is available in fabric or leather upholstery options!

(Credits: B&B)

– BLANKET BED

Designed by Alessandro Busana in 2017 for Bonaldo.

This bed resembles a quilt that unfolds from the base of the bed to roll up then and define the headrest!

“Making a bed comfortable, even at a perceptual level, seemed to me an essential starting point. Hence the choice of the blanket for everything it represents in our imagination,” explains Busana.

The bed has a wooden and metal structure upholstered in padded fabric.

(Credits: Bonaldo)

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A small bedroom is one of the most challenging spaces to furnish because it contains the most cumbersome furniture, like the bed, which you can’t do without!

So, let’s see what to do when you have a small bedroom and want to make it functional and cozy!

– PRIORITIZE THE ESSENTIALS

If the bedroom is small, it’s best not to overcrowd it, as it might become stifling!

The bed and wardrobe are the essentials you can’t do without; everything else is extra!

For instance, you can have an integrated dresser in the wardrobe!

Consider the correct size of these elements, not just concerning the room’s size but what suits your needs as well.

Let me explain: if you’re single, there’s no point in getting a double bed; you could opt for a one-and-a-half size bed or, if you prefer, one of those single beds that, besides a headboard and footboard, also have a backrest.

With the proper pillows, these beds can transform into a sofa during the day, which can be helpful if the room also has other purposes, like a study!

The same goes for the length; if you’re not a basketball player, you can get a 1.90m bed instead of a 2.00m one.

In small spaces, even 10 cm can make a difference.

Arrange everything to have adequate space for moving around and comfortably accessing everything!

(credits: Elizabeth Roberts Architects; leroymerlin.it)

– UTILIZE VERTICAL SPACE

Especially for the wardrobe, utilize the height rather than the width.

Even if there is space for a medium-large wardrobe, look for a smaller but taller one.

The storage space will be the same, but the room will feel more open, potentially allowing space for another element.

You can also opt for a bridge wardrobe to use the entire bed wall and give the rest of the room more breathing space.

Consider placing shelves above the door as well to gain more storage space.

(credits: svenskfast.se; thatssogemma.com)

– PAY ATTENTION TO NIGHTSTANDS

Classic nightstands might not fit in small spaces, but as mentioned before, that’s not a good reason to go without them!

It’s essential to have something to place, if only an alarm clock, a book, or a pack of tissues.

Anything can serve as a nightstand, like a chair, or a stool (as long as it matches the chosen style!)

If you prefer, you can opt for two small shelves, cubes, or tiny suspended drawers.

And if it indeed becomes difficult, you can place a large shelf above the bed!

Obviously, if you’re single, you can have just one nightstand, even if you have a double bed!

Aesthetically, you can also choose two different types of nightstands, but if you want a balanced relationship, according to Feng Shui, the nightstands should be identical!

(credits: Fabmood.com; mykidstime.com)

– SIMPLE, LINEAR, AND MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

As we’ve seen when discussing tiny homes in total, it’s a good idea to choose furniture with simple and minimalist lines to avoid weighing down the room!

Ideally, all furniture should have legs to allow you to glimpse the space underneath and create the impression of a larger environment.

For example, having a shelf or a hanging drawer as a nightstand allows you to use the space underneath, perhaps with a basket that, besides being decorative, will give you additional storage space.

In a small bedroom, it might be convenient to have a storage bed or a bed with drawers.

However, this can weigh down the environment a bit (in addition to not being ideal from a Feng Shui perspective, as it doesn’t allow energy to flow freely).

Always keeping your needs in mind, consider the possibility of a bed with legs and then potentially placing boxes (perhaps on wheels) underneath.

The boxes will be more hidden under the bed, revealing some of the floor, which will visually enlarge the space.

That will also help with cleaning, as you can effortlessly move the boxes, allowing energy to flow better!

(credits: zevemomo.com; joyfulderivatives.com)

– COLORS

As you know, light colors reflect light best and help make the room airy and bright.

However, as we’ve said other times, dark colors can be an excellent option for the bedroom.

That is because dark colors provide depth and are enveloping, giving the sensation of a hug!

Additionally, the fact that they don’t reflect light can help promote sleep.

Whether choosing light or dark colors, you only have to be mindful of avoiding high contrasts that can create somewhat a boundary and visually shrink the space.

Another consideration when choosing colors is to avoid vivid colors, except in small doses of minor elements.

That is because they are stimulating and do not promote good sleep!

Great colors for the bedroom are greens, blues, and browns in all their shades, from the lightest, almost neutral tones to the darker ones!

(credits: cocolapinedesign.com; Jotun)

– MIRRORS

A mirror should never be missing in a bedroom, especially if it’s the room where you get dressed: it’s paramount to check your appearance before going out!

If the room is small, the mirror becomes essential to enlarge it and increase the light visually!

An excellent position for the mirror would be opposite the window, but this is not ideal from a Feng Shui perspective, as it reflects energy back, so it’s better if it’s at least angled.

Speaking of Feng Shui, it’s also vital that the mirror does not reflect the bed and the person sleeping in it.

That is because reflecting energy could cause insomnia or interfere with restful sleep.

If no position of the mirror doesn’t reflect the bed and you don’t want to give up the mirror, try covering it at night!

(credits: @obsessed4interiors; spazifluidi.it)

– LIGHTING

As you’ve heard me say many times, light is always fundamental!

If it’s true, as mentioned earlier, that you can use dark colors in the bedroom, even if it’s small because they are enveloping and reassuring, it’s also true that for it to be cozy, you must accurately light it!

Natural light is always the best and most preferable, so be careful not to cover windows or French doors with furniture or heavy curtains.

Use lightweight, very sheer curtains to make the most of the light.

If you love double curtains, which are helpful in the bedroom to prevent nighttime lights from disturbing sleep, ensure they only cover the wall and leave the windows completely free when they are open.

Then, plan the artificial lighting well.

You won’t be surprised when I tell you it’s crucial to have multiple light sources: a general light, preferably dimmable, and then other light points, for sure near the bed and perhaps near the wardrobe.

The light should be warm, soft, and diffused to promote relaxation!

For the light near the bed, if you only have small shelves, use wall lights to avoid “stealing” space. 

That is also a way to utilize heights, as I suggested in point two!

(credits: tlcinteriors.com.au; thathomebirdlife.com)

– ORDER

You expected this point, didn’t you?

Yes, order is vital in a small bedroom, primarily because clutter visually shrinks the room but also because it makes it far from inviting!

A room with fewer pieces of furniture (as I mentioned in the first point) and functional and intentionally chosen objects, kept well-organized, will undoubtedly be more welcoming and inviting!

Even from a Feng Shui perspective, clutter drains energy and thus disturbs sleep!

(credits: laredoute.com; heygraceann)

– DRESS THE BED

Whenever I discuss the bedroom, I emphasize the importance of dressing the bed.

You don’t need many things, as they could overwhelm the space!

But don’t forgo a few decorative pillows and perhaps a nice throw at the foot of the bed.

The bed will be super inviting, making the room, even the smallest one, truly elegant and cozy.

(credits: StyleRoom.se; apartmenttherapy.com)

– PLANTS AND SCENTS

Last but not least, to make the bedroom cozy are plants and scents!

No matter how small the room is, these two things should NEVER be missing!

For scents, a small aroma diffuser or those little bottles with sticks will be enough; You can place it on the nightstand without taking up too much space.

For plants, even only a leaf or some beautiful branches in a small vase will do, or you can utilize heights by hanging them or placing them on shelves!

(credits: bloglovin.com; amazon)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Should interior design rules always be followed to the letter to create harmonious environments that represent us?

I would dare say no!

While it’s true that general interior design rules can indeed provide an excellent starting point, it’s equally correct that they often need to be broken!

Only then can the home reflect us deeply and be supportive in our everyday lives.

Let’s look at some “rules” that we can, if not should, break!!!

1 – DO NOT MIX WOOD TONES

Avoiding mixing wood tones has been a must for quite some time, and even today, when it comes to wood, there are countless uncertainties.

Even those who love it often hesitate to use it because they fear creating a disharmonious environment.

And indeed, if one is not careful and uses wood tones “randomly,” the result may not be optimal!

At the same time, having only one essence first is almost impossible, even if you buy everything you need in the home, from materials to furniture, from a single place.

But, assuming you could, honestly, the environment might be a bit flat and monotonous.

Therefore, try not to mix more than three different wood tones but you can bring distinct types of wood into your home with due care.

If you want to know more, I recommend watching the video where I discuss this topic (if you prefer to read here is the article)!

(credits: Kindred Homestead; Milk magazine)

2 – DO NOT MIX DIFFERENT METALS

That is another myth that had been taught to me as well!

But just like with wood, sticking to only one metal risks leaving rooms without character!

In fact, it misses the opportunity to create some rhythm and movement.

Of course, one must avoid the opposite, which is an environment that’s a bit too noisy!

The magic word, as always, is balance: choose two or at most three metals and then mix them in a balanced manner.

If you want to learn more, I’ve dedicated an entire video to metals (here is the article if you prefer reading)!

(credits: interiors by Lindye Galloway Interiors and photography by Chad Mellon Photography; Studio Mcgee)

3 – BUYING EVERYTHING COORDINATED

There’s nothing wrong with buying everything coordinated (usually the bedroom and the living room), but in reality, it misses the opportunity to express oneself best!

Furniture stores often present various setups with coordinated elements, which, let’s admit, are also visually appealing, but they lack true personality!

So don’t be afraid, for example, in the living room, to choose a table with chairs of different materials, and maybe even different from the console or any TV wall unit!

In the bedroom, wardrobe, bed, nightstands, and possibly a chest of drawers can all be different!

Of course, one shouldn’t choose them randomly; they should “speak” to each other, but they can have distinct shapes, colors, or materials!

Let’s focus on bedside tables for a moment.

In the past, I’ve mentioned that the two bedside tables don’t need to be identical and that you can use different bedside tables with the necessary attention for a harmonious space.

While this remains true aesthetically, it becomes a Feng Shui mistake if you desire an equal partnership as a couple!

So, if you believe in energies, like me, and how shapes, colors, and materials can influence us and want an equal relationship, opt for two identical bedside tables!

You can still choose not to coordinate them with the rest of the furniture!

(credits: bloglovin.com; ragusa.com)

4 – ALL CHAIRS THE SAME

In the previous point, I mentioned the possibility of choosing chairs not coordinated with the table.

But it’s also possible to choose chairs that are different from each other!

They can be the same chairs with different colors or even different in shapes and materials!

That adds some movement and character to the room!

Of course, one should consider the home’s overall style and what they want to convey, but it’s absolutely feasible!

A table with different chairs could become the focal point of the room!

(credits: @solebich; Showhome.nl)

5 – MIXING OLD AND NEW

Why shouldn’t you incorporate modern elements into a predominantly classic environment?

Or vice versa, why not add something antique to a modern/contemporary space?

On the contrary, this mix can create atmospheres full of character!

For instance, modern lighting in a classically furnished room creates an attractive and unexpected contrast.

Similarly, placing an antique table or sideboard in a modern/contemporary setting adds a touch of elegance and “importance”!

(credits: living.corriere.it; Alvhem)

6 – USING LIGHT COLORS IN SMALL SPACES

Light colors certainly make a room feel airier and may appear hugger.

But, by now, we know that dark colors create a more intimate and cozy atmosphere!

Additionally, they add depth, so they won’t necessarily shrink the room if there’s uniformity among floors, walls, ceilings, and furnishings!

Especially in bathrooms and bedrooms, even if small, one can absolutely choose dark colors!

(credits: dezignark.com; ikea)

7 – HANG ON WALLS PAINTINGS AND MIRRORS

There’s a tendency to always hang mirrors and paintings on walls.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course.

But why not lean some against the wall or on a console?

Especially when they’re of medium to large size, they can create an unusual arrangement that makes the space more original, less “rigid”!

(credits: Scout & Nimble; sawdust2stitches.com)

8 – EVERYTHING MUST BE SYMMETRICAL

While it’s true that symmetry is something that calms the mind and pleases the eye, it’s also true that too much symmetry can become annoying and even sterile!

While we’ve mentioned that, at least from a Feng Shui perspective, bedside tables should match, it doesn’t mean that decorations on the wall above the bed must be symmetrical!

It’s paramount to balance visual weights well, and while symmetry is undoubtedly one way to do that, it’s not the only way!

Different sizes and colors are other valid ways to balance everything effectively!

(credits: Knoll; glamorous-design.com)

As mentioned before, interior design’s rules are the starting point, but one needs to modify and review them to create a home that truly represents you.

A home tailored to you, where you can’t wait to return to find and be yourself, a home that supports you every day!

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Furnishing a home without a design is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when setting up a home.

That is because the result may not be what you desired, aesthetically and, more importantly, functionally!

And this could cost you dearly, financially, but mainly in terms of well-being!

Let’s go through together the most common mistakes made when not planning.

– LACKING A BIG PICTURE VISION

By “big picture vision,” I don’t mean knowing precisely which elements you want to have, but rather the mood you want to create in the house.

It’s essential to start gathering some images that inspire you about environments!

You can create a folder on Pinterest or your computer.

Once you’ve collected them, use programs like PowerPoint or Canva to see them all together and see what you like or don’t.

What do the various images have in common? It could be the color palette or the style.

If the feelings you experience when looking at those images are what you want to feel in your home, then you’ve found your general idea and can delve deeper into the details!

The big-picture vision is also helpful for the future.

In fact, for a thousand reasons, you might decide not to buy everything at once, but with this big-picture vision, you’ll always stay focused on the “goal”!

Starting from this perspective, as you find the items you would like to purchase, you will create a specific mood board, placing those items close together to see whether or not they meet the initial vision.

(credits: viverelostile; Knoll)

– NOT TAKING MEASUREMENTS.

I’m sure you’ll take the room’s main measurements, like the length, width, and height.

And you’ll also measure the encumbrances of doors and windows or any architectural elements. However, what is not always considered is how to relate the elements to each other afterward. Let me explain better: it happens that if a three-meter sofa fits on paper, one might not think about how well it will work once other furniture is added!

I say this from personal experience: in my first home, I bought two sofas, one three-seater and one two-seater.

On paper, I could have placed them in an L-shape, but in reality, the space became cramped and poorly usable.

I resolved it by placing them facing each other, but if I had taken better measurements, maybe instead of one of the sofas, I could have gotten armchairs!

It might have even cost me less, but more importantly, I would have created the conversation area as I wanted and wouldn’t have been forced to put the TV in the corner!

The space would have felt lighter and definitely more usable.

It’s also paramount to see where the outlets are to avoid covering any of them!

There are other vital measurements to consider as well, which I’ve discussed here.

How can you ensure buying proportionate elements and maintaining good use of space?

Obviously, there are design programs like SketchUp or Homestyler, but it could become lengthy and complicated if you’re not skilled with them.

As mentioned other times, the best, simplest, and cheapest way is to draw the dimensions with paper tape!

You’ll immediately see if you can move comfortably between the various elements!

(credits: optimaproperties.com; thesunnysideupblog.com)

– MAKING IMPULSIVE PURCHASES

It happens to see a piece of furniture or an accessory in a store, fall in love with it, and, on impulse, buy it.

Then, you bring it home only to discover that it doesn’t fit with the rest or doesn’t fit because it’s too big.

That can happen if you skip the two previous points!

But once you’ve bought it, what do you do? You can’t always return things!

When you see something you like, look at your mood board and see if it fits well with the rest.

If something doesn’t quite match, ask yourself what it is: the shape or the color?

Then look if there’s something similar that actually makes sense with the rest.

After doing this, don’t forget to check the measurements: think about where you’d like to place it and see not just if it fits but if it risks suffocating the space or, conversely, getting “lost”!

(credits: camillestyles.com; leclairdecor.com)

– BUYING IN HASTE

The urge to have everything immediately is a bad advisor.

You risk buying something because it’s “necessary,” like a sofa, but in the end, it’s not the right one for a thousand reasons.

Don’t buy something just because you need it without being absolutely convinced and without checking, as mentioned earlier, that it aligns with your vision!

Once you’ve made the purchase, especially if it’s significant, you won’t change things immediately, and you’ll end up with a home that doesn’t fully represent you.

I know you can’t wait to have the house of your dreams, but take your time to make conscious purchases that are functional and represent you.

Only then will the house truly support you!

(credits: at_lucys_house; westwing.fr)

– BUYING EVERYTHING BEFORE LIVING IN THE HOUSE

That ties back to the previous point of wanting to have everything immediately!

Apart from the risk, as mentioned earlier, of buying things that don’t fully represent you, it could lead you to buy “unnecessary” or less functional items!

There’s nothing like living in the house to understand what you REALLY need absolutely!

While a bed and kitchen are essential, paradoxically, the rest can be acquired even after you’ve moved in!

It might sound extreme in the opposite sense now, but the reasoning should be: what can I absolutely not do without?

Start from there, looking for items that align with your mood board and the measurements of the house.

Then, enter the home, live in it, and furnish it by truly tailoring it to you!!

(credits: urbanoutfitters.com; obsessed4interiors)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Lately, especially during the live sessions with Dr. Francesca Basile, I’ve been talking about change and the importance of improving our spaces so they can always support us!

However, often, when we want to make changes to our home, we don’t know where to start!

In fact, we’re so used to our spaces that we don’t know what needs to change!

We could say we’re accustomed and don’t notice things anymore because they’ve “always been that way,” and we’ve lived with them well (or almost)!!

But if you want to freshen up your home, you should look at your spaces with different eyes!

To do this, it’s helpful to enter each room as if it were the first time, with paper and pen, and ask yourself a series of questions!

– WHAT’S THE FIRST THING I SEE WHEN I WALK IN?

Take note of what catches your eye at first; naturally, there’s no right or wrong answer!

It could be a painting, a console, a simple vase, or a photo frame!

Now ask yourself: “Is this what I want people to see first?”

While it’s correct that your home should represent you and please you, it’s equally true that if there’s something you don’t like, you might avoid or limit invitations because of it.

Moreover, if you don’t want it to be the first thing people see, actually, you don’t want it to be the first thing you see, either!

(credits: Scout & Nimble; etsy.com)

– IS THE ROOM AIRY AND BRIGHT OR DARK AND “DEPRESSING”?

No matter how small the room may be, it should give a sense of spaciousness and be as bright as possible!

Not all rooms have abundant natural light, but as mentioned other times, there are many tricks to “brighten it up.”

Primarily, use mirrors, then glossy surfaces and metals, which are elements that best reflect light!

(credits: puresaltinteriors.com; realestate.com.au)

– IS IT A WELCOMING AND INVITING ENVIRONMENT OR COLD AND “REPELLENT”?

Take a critical look at your surroundings and answer honestly.

You should feel welcomed, embraced, and immediately at ease when you enter different rooms.

If this isn’t the case, try to think of those things that would make you feel better.

It could be changing colors, using textures and materials, or personalizing with some unique objects or decorations!

(credits: @indiebohonest; marianaorsi.com.br)

– DOES THE GAZE FLOW SMOOTHLY THROUGHOUT THE ROOM, OR IS SOMETHING BLOCKING IT?

It’s crucial that when entering a room, the gaze can flow freely throughout the space.

That creates an unconscious pleasure in the mind, promoting relaxation.

There may, indeed there should, be a focal point that draws more attention, but generally, the gaze should be able to move without any “obstacles.”

Therefore, it’s advisable to remove or rearrange anything that might somehow hinder this flow of vision!

(credits: Becky Shea Design; Rafael Soldi)

– ARE THERE VISUALLY HEAVIER AREAS?

Check that there are no areas where all the furniture is too clustered and others empty.

Having everything placed only on one side of the room creates an imbalance that leads to an unconscious discomfort in the mind.

It’s good to balance visual weights and play with heights for the same reason!

Moreover, this will also help with the previous point, as it will aid in the flow of the gaze!

(credits: johnlewis.com; ruggable.com)

– WALL DECOR… IS IT TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE?

The walls are also crucial, and walls too crowded with photographs and paintings can feel suffocating!

While it’s true that empty spaces are necessary to provide breathing room, it’s equally accurate that completely empty walls can appear sad!

In addition to the number of decorations, be mindful of their sizes; everything should be proportionate: decorations that are too small will get lost, and those that are too large will dominate.

Choose elements that represent you, that hold meaning for you, and, of course, harmonize with the chosen style and colors!

(credits: cose di casa; rh.com)

– ARE THE COLORS IN THE ROOM MONOTONOUS OR VARIED?

Speaking of colors, does your palette appear varied and harmonized or flat and monotonous?

Colors must create play and contrast to add movement and rhythm to the room.

Even if you choose a monochromatic palette, playing with the same color’s saturations, shades, tones, and nuances is paramount!

If you have more than one color, following some precautions is paramount, I discussed it here.

(credits: posterstore.co.uk; Meridiani living)

– ARE THERE ANY PATTERNS AND TEXTURES, OR DOES EVERYTHING SEEM A BIT FLAT?

In addition to playing with various color saturations, everything mustn’t be smooth and solid-colored, as the environment would appear somewhat flat.

You can use patterns or textures on walls, perhaps with wallpaper!

If that seems too much, use them on curtains, rugs, cushions, armchairs, and even sofas!

There are also some slight considerations regarding pattern combinations for a harmonious and pleasant result, which I discussed here!

(credits: Jenn Feldman; furniture jolene-113)

– IS THE ROOM NEAT OR A BIT CHAOTIC?

Clutter isn’t ideal for beautiful, harmonious, and relaxing spaces; we’ve said it other times.

Check to see if there are things around that would be better stored away; perhaps you need to add a few more storage elements.

They could be baskets that, moreover, will decorate, add textures, and “warmth” to the environment!

By clutter, I also mean the visual clutter of a room that may be too full of furniture or objects.

Evaluate critically if there’s too much and if you might feel a bit “overwhelmed”; if so, try to remove some!

(credits: yanaprydalna.com; kassavello.com)

– ARE THERE PLANTS IN THE ROOM?

That is also an essential aspect of improving your spaces.

You might be tired of hearing it, but plants reconnect us to nature, making them essential elements for our homes.

You don’t need to have a jungle; sometimes, just a leaf or some branches will do, and there isn’t a room (excluding the utility room) that can’t have plants!

While real ones are preferable, if, like me, you’re not exactly blessed with a green thumb, know that it’s been proven that even artificial ones (as long as they look realistic) have the same effect on the mind!

And this holds even in terms of Feng Shui!

(credits: @oh.eight.oh.nine; afloral.com)

If you examine the various rooms of your home by asking yourself these questions, you’ll find that you’ll be able to identify areas where improvements may be needed to enhance the spaces!

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Do you have a small home and don’t know how to make it beautiful, cozy, and functional?

We’ve said it other times: a small home is definitely more challenging to furnish, but not impossible.

Nowadays, especially with new constructions, encountering this type of housing is very likely!

Let’s see what to do in the case of a small home!

1 – PAY ATTENTION TO FURNITURE SELECTION

When dealing with a small home, one might think they should opt for tinier furniture and accessories.

While maintaining a certain proportion is paramount, to have a few slightly larger pieces than many smaller ones is better.

First and foremost, smaller pieces might not be as comfortable or functional.

Also, too many pieces can create visual clutter, making the space feel even smaller.

From a Feng Shui perspective, it’s important not to overcrowd the space to allow energy to flow freely.

If the room is too full, the energy may become stagnant.

In addition to size, consider the type of furniture as well: it’s better to opt for pieces with simple, minimalist lines to avoid weighing down the space.

(credits: @elemorlovedecor_blog; @anabarcenasinteriorista)

As seen other times, it would also be ideal for furniture to have legs for being raised from the ground, creating the illusion of more space underneath and tricking the mind into perceiving greater spaciousness.

Additionally, like before, this allows for the flow of energy, making it an excellent choice from a Feng Shui perspective.

(credits: Ikea; theblushhome.com)

MULTIFUNCTIONAL AND TRANSFORMABLE FURNITURE

Very useful are also transformable or foldable furniture pieces, which you can open/enlarge or fold back depending on your needs!

There are many different types available on the market, and they can be quite aesthetically pleasing as well.

The same goes for multifunctional elements, such as storage ottomans/benches or chairs that you can use near the table or the sofa, depending on the occasion.

That allows for having fewer items that serve multiple functions!

(credits: lumisource.com; goodideatrade.com)

For making the right choice, good initial planning is crucial, where you understand how you use spaces, giving more importance to areas that you use most frequently.

For instance, if you don’t always have guests for lunch or dinner, a small extendable table in the dining area might suffice, providing more breathing space for the living room!

(credits: Amazon; Ikea)

2 – FOLLOW YOUR STYLE

When space is limited, it’s easy to feel intimidated, and when following advice (including the previous one) to opt for linear and essential furniture, there’s a risk of ending up with a result that doesn’t represent the home inhabitants.

If the house doesn’t reflect your style, it won’t be comfortable or functional, and you won’t feel at ease.

So, how do you express your style when having simple and linear furniture is essential?

Express your style through decorations!

“Less is more” is a must in small spaces, but “less” doesn’t mean lacking character!

Start with a minimal base, as mentioned before, for large furniture pieces, choosing items that can adapt to any style.

Then, express your personality with smaller accessories such as a unique chair, perhaps a designer piece, artwork, cushions, and so on.

By doing this, you’ll maintain airy spaces with character and personality – your own!

Moreover, this approach allows you to change things frequently without breaking the bank each time!

(credits: @reserve_home; flipboard.com)

3 – ORDER AND ORGANIZATION

We often talk about order for inviting and harmonious homes, but in small spaces, it’s vital to avoid visually constricting the area further!

Again, in this case, “less is more” is truly significant because it makes it easier to maintain a tidy home.

Having too many things scattered around isn’t ideal, even from a Feng Shui perspective, as it tends to stagnate energy rather than allow it to flow freely!

Tools for organizing drawers and closets can help maintain order.

There’s a wide variety available on the market, ranging in size and price to suit every need and budget!

Organizing drawers and closets effectively will allow for easy access to everything.

When items are practical to take out and put away, it’s much easier to maintain order!

Additionally, you can consider other storage elements such as benches, ottomans, or baskets, which not only serve a functional purpose but can also be decorative.

Among storage elements are still storage beds or beds with drawers, which are undoubtedly convenient but not recommended from a Feng Shui perspective due to the potential energy blockage.

If you want to utilize the space under the bed, it’s better to use boxes, perhaps with wheels, so you can move them around during cleaning and, thus, stir up the energy!

(credits: cherishedbliss.com; Etsy)

4 – MAXIMIZE BRIGHTNESS

In small spaces, it’s essential to have airy and bright environments.

Therefore, maximizing natural light is vital!

To achieve this, it’s important to keep windows and French doors clean and free from obstruction by plants, furniture, or curtains!

For privacy, use lightweight and filtering curtains.

If you prefer double curtains and want a thick and colorful one, use an extra-long rod so that, when it’s open, it doesn’t cover the window but only a part of the wall.

Pay attention to the color of the curtains, as they will tint the light filtering through and subsequently alter the perception of colors in the house!

(credits: Cille Grut; inredningshjalpen.com)

If your home isn’t so bright, help duplicate the light with mirrors, glossy elements, and metallic items!

However, avoid overdoing shiny or metallic elements to prevent the environment from feeling too cold!

Strategically position mirrors; practically, placing them in front of windows maximizes reflected light because they capture more.

However, from a Feng Shui perspective, this “sends back” the entering energy, so it’s better to position them laterally to invite energy to enter!

(credits: decoholic.org; Nordic design)

PAY ATTENTION TO COLORS TOO

Colors also play an important role in light reflection, and white is the ultimate reflective color.

From the live with color expert Claudia Piolatto (if you missed it, you can find it here), we understood that avoiding pure white is better because it can cause glare and tends to create somewhat sterile environments.

However, there are more than 150 shades of white, so you can absolutely find the most suitable one.

It’s not mandatory to totally eliminate colors!

For walls, choose light colors that aren’t too vivid and avoid strong contrasts (which visually shrink the space).

Feel free to use stronger colors in accessories and objects to add rhythm and character.

(credits: @anthology_creative_studio; article.com)

N.B. The bedroom could be an exception to light colors, and here’s why.

Dark colors create a cozy, intimate environment akin to a warm embrace, which is particularly important in the bedroom!

So, if you like them, feel free to use them!

Since the bedroom is primarily for resting and sleeping, prioritizing brightness at all costs can be overlooked.

However, I still advise maintaining consistency with the colors, perhaps opting for richer versions or toning them down with gray or black in the case of very vibrant colors.

That will maintain a sense of harmony throughout the space!

(credits: Pella Hedeby; Studio Enass)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

The home is not just a roof under which to eat and sleep but a LIVE place that supports us in every aspect, especially our psychophysical well-being.

The home should be that place where we feel good, where we let down our defenses, and where we rediscover and are ourselves!

To truly make it so, it’s paramount to pay attention to some details.

Let’s see them together.

– YOUR HOME SHOULD REFLECT YOU

An essential aspect of having a home that supports well-being is that it’s designed to represent you 100%.

Sometimes there’s a tendency to follow fashion trends, partly because they please the eye, partly to impress others, but this is a mistake!

Your home should exude your personality in every detail and be furnished with intention!

Each space should be designed to honestly support your lifestyle and personal way of being and living in the home.

Therefore, the choice of furniture, materials, and colors should be made based on your personality, as mentioned a moment ago.

They should please your eyes, of course, but also your body and soul, and they should speak of you!

Always start with a list of things that are important to you to create environments that are comfortable and harmonious for you.

(credits: luxesource.com; breyi.com)

– FUNCTIONALITY AND USABILITY

The same house and room can be furnished in many different ways, not only in style and colors but also in layouts!

It’s essential, first and foremost, that everything is arranged functionally for your way of living in the space.

As mentioned other times, consider the primary function for each room and then plan everything else around it.

An example I always give is the living room: is the primary function to entertain guests or watch TV?

You can see how the arrangements would differ!

Everything should be arranged functionally for you (you’re always at the center of everything!)

When functionally positioning things, it’s also vital to ensure that everything is easily accessible.

You should be able to move around the rooms and access everything without “jumping over obstacles” or moving things around.

This ease of access will make everything flow more smoothly, and you’ll enjoy every space totally.

Moreover, this fluidity will also make cleaning easier, making it, I won’t say enjoyable, but at least not stressful!

funzionalità e fruibilità casa che supporta benessere

(credits: Isabelle Dimang; optimaproperties.com)

– LIGHTING

Light is essential for psychophysical well-being.

It has been shown that in Nordic countries where the population experiences very few hours of daylight for many months of the year, the incidence of depression is higher.

Therefore, it’s paramount to have a bright home and to make the most of natural light first and foremost!

Sometimes, rooms tend to be dark, and in these cases, it’s vital to implement some strategies, such as using glossy materials (without overdoing them because they can make the environment feel cold) and, above all, mirrors.

Mirrors strategically placed, more or less in front of the window, can double the light in the room!

Another helpful trick is to use shiny metals in the lamp stems, chair and table legs, handles, and frames, for example!

Metals will also help reflect light.

It goes without saying that artificial light is essential as well.

Every room should have proper general lighting to see everything well.

However, as you know by now, this isn’t enough; it should be supplemented by other sources of light that can create atmosphere and be useful for activities (for example, a lamp near the couch, especially if you enjoy reading!).

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(credits: studio mcgee; Studio-design-HDm2)

– MATERIALS

We’ve mentioned this other times: buying furniture and accessories made from natural materials is essential.

That is good for the environment, we know that, but it’s also good for us.

Warm materials like wood provide a pleasant sensation, even if unconscious because they connect us to nature.

The same goes for fabrics, such as cotton, linen, wool, or velvet, because they are free from synthetic substances and are much more pleasant to the touch (often also to the eye).

Natural materials are free from chemicals that are often harmful, so using them for furniture coverings, accessories, and fabrics means creating healthy environments.

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(credits: hoskelsa; @oh.eight.oh.nine)

– COLORS

Colors have an incredible psychological impact on us (I discuss it here), so they should be chosen carefully.

The calming colors of nature, such as sand, greens, and blues, are always an excellent choice for relaxing environments that connect us to nature.

It’s also a good idea to prefer warm tones or at least warm up cooler tones with the proper materials.

Neutral colors are very suitable for cozy and relaxing settings.

By neutral colors, I mean any color desaturated with white for a lighter tint or black for a darker color!

To have vibrant spaces, play with the tones and shades of colors from the palette, and dare with walls of intense colors.

If you love bright colors, use them to add character, maybe not in large quantities, but in accessories and decorations (the famous 10% of the 60-30-10 rule: I discuss it here).

(credits: habitatbyresene.co.nz; @rcpa)

– PLANTS

Undoubtedly, this point won’t surprise you; we’ve mentioned it many times!

Plants have a calming power because they mentally connect us to nature, which relaxes us.

This power is visual, so even though it’s better with authentic plants, it still applies to artificial ones.

Authentic plants have an added bonus, which is their ability to purify the air, and, of course, this is a great thing!

There isn’t a room in the house that can’t have plants, except maybe for a windowless bathroom or a storage room.

You can even put them in the bedroom!

Decorate with plants: get some tall ones that reach the ceiling, and get some small ones to put in your compositions on consoles, bookshelves, and tables.

You can even use just branches or decorative leaves; they have an elegant, minimal effect!

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(credits: harlowejames.com; Scout & Nimble)

– GET RID OF THE EXCESS

For those who aren’t minimalist at heart (like myself, I admit, I’m not), it’s easy to “accumulate” many things.

That impacts our homes and, therefore, us!

When you have a lot, it’s much harder to clean and keep everything well-organized, and things end up occupying important spaces (both in sight and drawers and closets).

It’s vital to get rid of what no longer serves a purpose, what no longer represents us, what no longer has meaning.

I know it’s not easy, but there’s a trick here too!

First of all, DON’T do everything at once; after a while, you might get tired and give up, rearranging everything as before.

Dedicate an hour a week, 10/15 minutes a day, whatever suits you best, and start with one room and one closet and then continue.

You don’t need to get rid of everything RIGHT AWAY; for the things you’re unsure about, only start by setting them aside!

HERE A TRICK!

Find a corner where you can keep a bit of temporary clutter and put everything there that you might not use anymore or doesn’t fit but, for various reasons, you find it hard to let go of.

Once you’ve tidied up the whole room, look at the result and savor how it makes you feel.

At that point, you can look at everything you’ve accumulated with different eyes and decide, with greater awareness, what to do with it.

Some things might find their way back to their place, which is fine, but it won’t be the same as before because you’ve made space!

Most of the things, however, will leave your home, I’m sure of it.

Of course, you don’t have to throw everything away; what’s in good condition can be given away or sold.

Believe me: this work will create space in your home, sure, but also in your mind!

(credits: Pins studio; lillytaylorinteriors)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Let’s start the new year by exploring together the 2024 home trends!

I want to remind you that these are suggestions and trends, and it’s not obligatory to follow everything, so only take what eventually resonates with you.

– FAREWELL TO PURE WHITE KITCHENS

For years, completely white kitchens have been in vogue, primarily to evoke a greater sense of cleanliness and also for their undeniable brightness!

Now, the trend is not to completely abandon white but to opt for a warmer shade, a more “buttery” white.

That alone will make the kitchen less cold and, allow me, aseptic!

The addition of wood elements, unique materials for lamps, distinctive handles, and the introduction of plants and wicker will make the environment decidedly welcoming!

This approach to designing kitchens will allow for a timeless kitchen that will never become tiresome and can potentially evolve over time with small changes like handles or other decorative elements!

(credits: virtuves.lv; jennymartindesign)

– GRAY, YES, BUT WITH A WARM UNDERTONE

Among the neutral colors used in interiors, gray is one of the favorites because it is a versatile color actually.

However, this year’s trend will be to use grays with a warm undertone to create inviting and cozy spaces.

If you’re wondering what an undertone is, I’ve discussed it here when I talked about neutrals!

Cool grays, compared to warm ones, create colder and duller environments.

That can have an impact on mood, giving a sense of depression.

It’s true, though, that cool grays provide a feeling of freshness, so they don’t need to be wholly avoided.

The trick, as always, is to balance them with warm elements, such as wood!

I would only suggest avoiding dark, cool grays; opt for lighter ones, as they can be “warmed up” more easily!

(credits: cocolapinedesign.com; H&M home)

– ENOUGH WITH CLASSIC MINIMALISM!

The two previous points lead us to bid farewell to classic minimalism with its austere forms and lines, pure white, and cool grays, ushering in a style that can be described as more livable and “sustainable”!

The trend is to embrace warm minimalism, Nordic style, or wabi-sabi.

They all share the foundation of “less is more,” but the aim is to make the spaces warmer and more inviting!

Moreover, there’s a focus on being more flexible, allowing individuals to bring their own personality and character into their homes!

It will always start with neutral colors and attention to functionality – typical of minimalism – but softened and made more welcoming.

(credits: rikreainteriors.it; ruemag.com)

– TERRACOTTA COLOR

Speaking of warm tones, a color that many believe is making a comeback is terracotta!

That applies both to tiles and as a general color scheme.

Indeed, it’s a warm and enveloping brown color that makes spaces decidedly inviting and relaxing.

While it might not be among the colors of the year proposed by major brands, if you look at the color palettes they suggest to pair with their choices, you’ll notice many hues leaning towards brown!

Terracotta color can vary in saturation or tend towards red and pairs easily with many others, such as blue or green!

(credits: Living with Lolo; elmueble.com)

ZELLIGE-STYLE TILES

There has been a significant use of large tiles in recent years, even for wall coverings, to minimize the visibility of grout lines and create a more cohesive and uniform look.

Now, the focus has shifted towards zellige-style tiles, which are small, square, or rectangular tiles that appear handmade, as they are not “perfect.”

The edges are irregular, and there are variations in shade, even in solid-colored tiles.

They have a highly glossy glaze that reflects light beautifully.

And they are incredibly versatile.

Rectangular tiles, in particular, can be arranged in numerous patterns: vertical, horizontal, herringbone, and more.

Their irregularities are the distinctive features that make them special and create unique, timeless environments.

(credits: amyepeters; zweidesign)

– IRREGULAR-SHAPED RUGS

In recent years, organic shapes have become highly trendy (and continue to be), and this trend has extended to rugs as well.

You’ll find many rugs with unique shapes that serve as decorative accents in various spaces.

They are undoubtedly distinctive and, at times, playful, often used in expansive areas.

However, be cautious of nearby elements; the risk of creating chaotic environments is around the corner!

For consistent and harmonious spaces, other elements should have similar characteristics.

They pair well with furniture, especially sofas and armchairs, featuring organic shapes!

However, their irregular shape might make it challenging to arrange furniture uniformly.

For this reason, if you like these rugs, I’d suggest using them in small doses, perhaps in an entryway or to create a unique reading/relaxation nook.

(credits: tapis-studio.com;etsy.com)

– VINTAGE

With increased attention to sustainability, there’s also been a growing focus on the materials used in homes, leading to a rise in utilizing used and vintage furniture.

That trend we’ll see quite a bit in 2024, as it allows individuals to step away from the market of mass-produced industrial furniture and acquire unique and original pieces.

(credits: anthologycreatives.com; maisons du monde)

– BIO DESIGN

As mentioned earlier, there’s a greater emphasis on sustainability and nature.

We will witness increasingly sustainable homes with the use of natural materials, even in furniture and accessories.

That not only allows us to contribute positively to the environment but also to breathe “cleaner” air and let energy flow more freely in our spaces.

The growing desire for a connection with nature means we’re bringing more of it into our homes!

The inclusion of plants, water features, and fire elements, in addition to materials and curved shapes,  is an actual must.

And if you love a fireplace but don’t have one, I suggest looking at bioethanol fireplaces: they come in various sizes, from purely aesthetic to those capable of heating spaces!

(credits: Studio AG Arquitetura; planikauk.com)

What do you think?

Is there any trend you like and plan to incorporate into your home?

Let me know in the comments!

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

And here it is, the Pantone Color of the Year 2024: Peach Fuzz (13-1023).

The Pantone Color Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary with a delicate and soft peach color this year.

“A velvety and gentle peach whose all-encompassing spirit enriches the mind, body, and heart”

is how the company describes this delicate and simultaneously fresh color.

It’s a color we can define as neutral and calming but full of positivity, definitely very different from last year’s vibrant Viva Magenta!

The Viva Magenta, in fact, was a cochineal red, intense, and meant to galvanize the spirit and build inner strength.

This color is enveloping, delicate, and radiant, aiming to help strengthen empathy and compassion in a indeed tumultuous period.

“PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time to enjoy a moment by ourselves”

Those are Leatrice Eiseman’s words, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

How to use this color in your home?

As mentioned earlier, it’s a delicate color that allows you to incorporate it into any home, whatever the style!

You can confidently use it on the walls, keeping in mind that, being a warm color, it may visually shrink the space a bit.

You can use it indiscriminately in all rooms, creating warm and inviting environments!

(credits: Manoj Patel Design Studio; Spoonflower)

(credits: Stacy Zarin Goldberg; the nordroom)

Regarding the walls, you can also use this color with wallpaper.

It works well in not overly large furnishings, such as a pouf, an armchair, a bench, or chairs.

You can incorporate paintings and objects with this color without any problem.

Of course, fabrics like blankets, pillows, and rugs can feature this color!

(credits: Jotun; Fanci home)

(credits: ruggable; the nordroom)

If you’re looking for wallpaper, fabrics, or rugs in this color, you can check out Spoonflower or Ruggable, brands that Pantone has collaborated with for his color of the year 2024!

Peach Fuzz is a color that easily complements many colors, both warm and cool tones, and pairs well with wood!

Pantone offers us 5 color palettes that are not the easiest to use:

– LIBATIONS

Consisting of a sophisticated mix with a sophisticated and elegant mood.

The colors create subtle and refined contrasts.

It’s a palette that blends well with various styles.

(credits: Pantone)

– FLAVOR FULL

It’s an engaging palette but not the easiest to combine because there’s a risk of creating “harlequin” environments.

Especially the first two colors (Mango Mint and Party Punch), it’s preferable to use them in small doses as accent colors!

(credits: Pantone)

– HYBRID HUES

It’s a true dichotomy of various colors that can indeed be harmoniously combined, although appearing quite discordant.

They are intense colors, mostly dark, so be careful not to weigh down the environment!

(credits: Pantone)

– PEACH PLETHORA

It is a monochromatic palette that embraces various peach tones, from the lightest and delicate to the most saturated and vibrant.

This palette, as well, is not the easiest to use because there’s a risk of a decidedly Barbie effect!

If you love this palette, use the softer colors as a base (principally Pristine, Honey Peach, and Peach Puree) and incorporate the more saturated ones in small doses, in decor items, and, perhaps, in a few cushions.

(credits: Pantone)

– PAIRINGS

This palette is composed of decidedly vibrant colors.

Excluding Peach Fuzz and Little Boy Blue, with which you can be a bit bolder, I would use the other colors sparingly.

(credits: Pantone)

Do you like this Pantone color of the year 2024? Will you use it? Let me know in the comments!

(credits: Pantone)

I hope this article has been helpful and enjoyable for you. If so, let me know in the comments!

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested, I would be honored, and it will help me gain more exposure.

If you feel that your home, or any specific area of it, doesn’t reflect your personality enough, don’t wait any longer and book your consultancy!

Today, we return to the Design Elements column, discussing 5 historic and famous design chairs (you can find 10 more here!).

1 – THONET 214 CHAIR

Designed by Michael Thonet (an Austro-Hungarian cabinetmaker) for the eponymous company in 1859, it is an undisputed icon in furniture history.

Since its inception, this chair has remained the most successful and widely produced globally.

It is the first seat made from steam-bent wood, with a seat woven in straw.

It is known as the Bistro chair because it appeared in bars and restaurants in Vienna.

Due to being one of the first industrial products, the chair was sold at significantly lower prices than handmade chairs.

Comprising only six pieces of wood assembled with ten screws and two nuts, it has an essential and light appearance, featuring a classic design that also complements modern styles.

The renowned architect Le Corbusier described the chair as “the best design product in history for its ability to integrate technique and style.”

This chair is displayed as a work of art in many museums, such as the MoMA in New York and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

(credit: Thonet; @emmamelins)

2 – WASSILY CHAIR (formerly B3)

Designed by Marcel Breuer (Hungarian architect and designer, a prominent figure at Bauhaus) in 1925 and produced by his own company, Standard-Mobel Lengyel, in Berlin; then, the company was later absorbed by Thonet in 1929.

The chair gained recognition and mass production in the 1960s when Dino Gavina met Breuer and suggested reimagining the chair for his eponymous company (which was later bought by Knoll in 1968).

The name of the chair was also Gavina’s idea: Wassily, in honor of Wassily Kandinsky, a friend of Breuer and a great enthusiast of the chair.

It appears that Breuer drew inspiration from his Adler bicycle in using steel tubing to design and construct this chair.

That turned out to be a brilliant idea because steel tubing was readily available in large quantities, effectively initiating the production of steel tubular furniture.

Breuer employed the techniques of local plumbers to bring the chair to life.

The seat, backrest, and armrest are bands of eidengarn fabric: cotton treated with wax and paraffin, calendered by passing it between two rollers!

That is an innovation, a new material created in the furniture workshops of the Bauhaus, where Breuer served as the director.

Initially, the chair featured steel and black textiles, and later, to “soften” it, a version with cream-colored ones was introduced.

It is also available in red and other softer colors.

In 2019, for the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, a limited edition was crafted with black tubing: 500 units were produced, each bearing the Knoll seal, Breuer’s signature, and a unique serial number on the base.

(credits: Bauhaus; Knoll)

3 – CESCA CHAIR (Formerly B32)

Designed, like the previous one, by Marcel Lajos Breuer in 1928 and currently produced by Knoll, the Cesca chair draws inspiration from two historical seats: the MR10 by Van der Rohe and the Thonet 214.

It features a steel structure (similar to the Wassily) quite akin to Van der Rohe’s design, though more angular, while its seat and backrest are made of wood and Vienna straw, reminiscent of the Thonet 214.

Being a cantilever chair, it deviates from the traditional four-legged design, relying on a single tubular structure for support.

The combination of structural innovation and classic seat and backrest materials gives the chair a contemporary and versatile appeal, making it suitable for integration into various styles.

The carefully composed structure makes the frame visually lightweight yet remarkably durable and flexible.

It’s a very comfortable chair, available with or without armrests and with upholstered seats (and optionally backrests) for added comfort.

Interesting fact: given the resemblance to Mies Van Der Rohe’s chair, Breuer faced quite a few legal issues, to the extent that he couldn’t claim ownership of this chair and had to stop designing with tubular steel.

Despite everything, his name remained associated with the chair in various industry magazines.

In the 1960s, when the Gavina company acquired the design rights, Breuer was once again credited as the designer, and the chair’s name changed from B32 to Cesca after Breuer’s daughter, Francesca.

The Cesca chair remains one of the most imitated and best-selling chairs in the world.

(credits: tamsinjohnson.com)

4 – LOUIS GHOST CHAIR

Designed by Philippe Starck (French architect and designer) in 2002 for Kartell, the Louis Ghost Chair playfully nods to Louis XV-style armchairs and is crafted from polycarbonate.

Classic-baroque in style but modern in materials and production techniques, it took two years to perfect the injection molding process, ensuring the chair could be produced in a single mold without any joints or attachments.

This process, today, has been further refined, with a significant portion of the polycarbonate sourced from industrial waste from cellulose and paper production.

That reduces carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in a 60% reduction in environmental impact.

Due to its transparency, the chair is suitable for any setting and looks perfect even around an antique wooden table.

Undoubtedly one of Kartell’s best sellers, it holds the title of the world’s best-selling chair, despite not being the first transparent chair by the brand, which is the Marie.

In addition to the pure transparent version (crystal), you can also find the Louis Ghost Chair in other delicate colors, always maintaining its transparency, as well as in white or black.

You can also find original transformations, such as Teddie bear, Barbie-themed, with wings, illuminated, and more.

You can find it virtually everywhere, from restaurants to theaters, in numerous homes, and even on television.

Surprisingly, it has made appearances in religious ceremonies as well. In 2007, during an outdoor celebration with Pope Benedict XVI, we saw religious figures seated beside him on Louis Ghost chairs.

Even Queen Elizabeth II sat on a Louis Ghost Chair in 2018, sitting next to Anna Wintour while attending Richard Queen’s fashion show.

(credits: H2 Design and Build; Teresa Sapey)

5 – MASTERS CHAIR

Designed by Philippe Starck in 2010 and Eugeni Quitllet (Spanish designer) again for Kartell.

The Masters’ Chair features a distinctive backrest that, at first glance, appears to be an aesthetically pleasing weave.

However, it is, in fact, a tribute to three iconic chairs: the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen, and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames.

The profiles of the backrests of these chairs are overlaid and intertwined, creating a chair that, in itself, becomes an icon.

The chair is made from polypropylene, a material similar to expanded polystyrene, known for its high mechanical elasticity and durability.

It is lightweight, comfortable, stackable, and available in many colors, including metallic finishes.

These features make it highly versatile, and it earned the Good Design Award in 2010 from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

The Masters’ Chair also exists in a tall stool version suitable for kitchen islands, peninsulas, and bar counters.

(credits: Kartell; Lauren Nelson Design)

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