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Italian Design Now

Summer and travel go together, and for me I had an abundant year. Yosemite. Milan. Cape Cod. It was a WASP-y, worldly and rugged summer, and I’m grateful for the friends and colleagues that made this a reality. I will cherish this summer for a long time. Now that I have had a few weeks to get back into the daily grind of work, I keep thinking about all 3 trips. My green tent at Half Dome is my screen saver at work. I’m still finding sand in my shoes from New England (plus I’ve watched a few too many episodes of the just-adequate Turn on HBO). And I’m still finding inspiration from my trip to Italy.

You know I love Italy and Italian design {click here for more posts}, so it should be of no shock to you when I say that Milan was fantastic. The food, the fashion, the history. And the design. While in Milan I took the opportunity to strike out on my own, going to a few of the furniture showrooms that are making design news. Over the next couple of posts I’ll share with you some of the inspiration. Here is a look at two showrooms. Both are in the retro-Italian vein. Both offer a grand vision of decadence, a 1960’s Fellini vision. Both offer lessons on how to live grandly with what we have, on how to allude to grandeur. I hope that you are inspired too!

Dimore Studios exemplifies the neo-Italian look, with Renaissance and Baroque styling meeting modern design. It’s a mix that resonates with our desire to tame technology with culture, history and style.

I love the geometric rug, banquette seating and oversized cabinet with scenic panels from Dimore Studio

I love the geometric rug, banquette seating and oversized cabinet with scenic panels.

Consolle 58, in oxide brass and glossy lacquered wood

This brass and lacquer console would look great in a high-rise lobby.

Installation view Dimore Studios

A great dining table can be as simple as a thin marble slab on adjustable legs.

Lampada 61, matte black painted metal, coloured fiberglass globes

I’m a fan of this metal and fiberglass globe chandelier. Very Intergalactic.

Large tile repeat, with Dimore Studios fabrics

The custom tile in the Dimore Studios entry adds a modern touch to the traditional space. Sort of like sprinkles on a chocolate donut…more design for the sake of it.

Libreria 3, in black painted metal or oxidized brass, shelves in smoked glass panels with brass details; painted metal with brass details, or brass panels

Liberia 3 is made of painted metal or brass, with smoked glass shelving. Perfect to divide an open floor plan loft or industrial space.

Installation view, with Tatami mats and fabric covered lanterns

Metal and glass

I’m a fan of this translucent glass table edge in metal.

Tappeto, rug in bamboo silk

Nilufar is the cutting edge in vintage Italian furniture, where mid-century meets Memphis. The pieces are at the high-end of price points, with collectable pieces for sale. Nothing shabby or faded here. Perfect for the collector or individual who wants to incorporate a statement piece into a newly renovated or built apartment.

Wall light Catch, by Lindsey Adelman

This pendant by Lindsey Adelman has an implied fluidity to it.

1960's Italian meets PoMo coffee table.

1960’s Italian meets PoMo coffee table.

A key feature in current Italian design is color blocking, and color saturation.

A key feature in current Italian design is color blocking, and color saturation.

Digital collection ceiling lamp by Emmanuel Babled, in chrome, opal and mirrored Muraon glass

Diciotto chandelier by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt, made of brass and plexiglass

This brass and plexiglass chandelier is beautifully kinetic.

cool lighting

Ceiling lamp by A.Seguso, 1940s, brass, mezza filigrana glass and gold leaf

Blooms B4 A Lamp, by Bethan Laura Wood, glass and pirex table lamp

Blooms B4 A Lamp, by Bethan Laura Wood, a glass and pirex table lamp, is Memphis styling at its best.

2 moons floor lamp by Nir Meiri, in metal plastic and LED lamp

I’m a big fan of these metal and plastic LED lamps, aptly named “2 Moons”

David Bjørngaard, August 2015

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