Which Luxury Furniture Should You Buy For Your Home?

The home is a highly personal space and a reflection of your personal style.  Encompassing comfort, aesthetics and hospitality, your living space is much more than functional.

If you’re contemplating adding luxury furniture to the design elements of your home, careful consideration needs to be given to your lifestyle.  A white chaise longue probably isn’t going to work in a home where small children are running around with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for example.

And for obvious reasons.

So, which luxury furniture should you buy for your home?  The furniture which is suited to your concept of beauty and comfort and which supports your lifestyle, realistically.

Scale and setting.

You love your residence.  It’s a statement about what’s important to you and about where you find the greatest joy in life.  It deserves a thoughtful interpretation.

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Luxury furniture is an investment in your home’s presentation.  Whether your home has many rooms, or only a few and whether you’re ready to fill it with luxury furniture, or start with one foundational piece, scale and setting are key.

A mid-century modern home, for example, features larger spaces which demand that its sweeping rooms be answered with furniture to scale, whether it’s traditional or contemporary.  The smaller rooms of modern condominiums require a different approach which answers the need for utility, beauty and comfort.

In either instance, it’s your personal style which dictates what works.  You may love a mixture of contemporary and traditional styles, but whatever you choose, taking into consideration the character of your home and how furniture is going to work in the spaces you’re buying for is key.

Consult with a professional.

If you’re planning to re-vision your living space with luxury furniture, investing in a consultation with a design professional is always in order.

You’re investing in international standards of quality and high-level design, so having a knowing eye on hand, as you choose luxury furniture, is a wise decision.

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A professional will immediately get a sense for what your home’s character will accommodate, aesthetically.  A design professional will also be able to discern your personal style by discussing your vision with you.

Michelangelo – the design professional’s best friend.

Because Michelangelo Designs works exclusively with the Trade, offering it exclusively Italian luxury furniture, your design professional will discover a world of ideas at the Michelangelo Design Center.

Featuring the most sought-after furniture brands from Italy, Trade professionals have access to a dozen premier design houses, encompassing reproductions of classical furnishings, traditional stylings and sleek contemporary offerings.

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For those with a singular concept, Michelangelo brings customization to luxury, creating endless possibilities for professionals in the Trade, with 1,000 textile selections, including rich leathers and sumptuous woods.

Which luxury furniture should you choose for your home?  The furniture which takes your living space to another level, with sublime design that’s uniquely you.

Your investment in luxury furniture will re-create your home as a reflection of your tastes and lifestyle. Have your designer get in touch with Michelangelo to start the transformation.

Is It Time to Invest In Luxury Furniture?

Today, the public doesn’t see pieces of design only as museum pieces, but rather products to live with every day. Buying a nice piece of design is like buying a painting or a sculpture.”

Giulio Cappellini, Art Director, Cappellini Furniture

The contemporary fascination with design, whether born from mass media, or the proliferation of global prosperity in key sectors, is a growing trend.  As Giulio Cappellini points out in the quote above, people are increasingly seeking beautifully designed furniture as an investment.

Built to last, as well as to be striking, luxury furniture is a wise investment decision.  But choosing the right luxury furniture depends on the buyer’s understanding of the history of furniture design.

Eames – as fresh as ever.

If you’re a fan of exceptional furniture design, you’ll be familiar with the name Eames.  Charles and Ray Eames released their classic Eames lounge chair for the Herman Miller furniture company in 1956.  Today, an example of this sought-after piece resides in the Museum of Modern Art, in New York City.

Eames lounge chair and ottoman

Sleek, sophisticated and endlessly elegant, this lounger, with its classic ottoman, is considered more than an icon of modernism.  It’s art.

The name Eames continues to be synonymous with style, typifying the mid-Century modern aesthetic.  The Eames lounge chair is only one example of classic furniture style that has endured through the ages to continue to make an impact today.

Quality stands the test of time.

When investing in luxury furniture, quality is the watchword.  You’re looking for items which not only speak of your style, but will continue to do so – probably for the rest of your life.  This is furniture you’ll be able to hand on to your children.

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And they won’t mind a bit.  A 21st Century problem is young people having no interest in the contents of parental homes.  But if you’ve invested in luxury furniture that’s elegant and timeless, your children will happily welcome it into their own homes, when the time comes.

Luxury furniture doesn’t depreciate in value.  Its value only grows.  That’s not just true of an Eames lounger, or a La Corbusier chaise.  It’s true of quality luxury furniture that’s crafted by masters, using superior materials and honoring centuries of traditional craftsmanship.

Is it time to invest?

So, is it time to invest in luxury furniture?  While the decision is yours, luxury furniture has a place in everyone’s home.  Even investing in one or two pieces can make the difference between a mundane living space and something truly extraordinary.

Once you’ve reached a certain point in life, you want the very best.  You also want to leave something for your children and their children to enjoy.  That’s the time to invest in luxury furniture, for your lifestyle, comfort and for the future.

At Michelangelo, we believe in the finer things in life and our selection of exclusively Italian furniture is one of them.  When you’ve made the decision to invest in luxury furniture, your next step is to have your design consultant contact us to schedule an appointment.

Making the Best of a Small Space With Your Modern Bedroom Furniture

Small spaces are a decorating and design challenge that’s being met by savvy design professionals with innovative solutions.

Making the best of a small space with your modern bedroom furniture may sound like a tall order, but when you approach it intelligently, it’s doable.

There are so many luxury brands addressing small spaces with adaptable design.  Modern bedroom furniture takes in account the challenges of small spaces, with space-saving solutions made elegant for your bedroom – your sanctuary from the world.

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A small space needn’t appear cramped.  Modern bedroom furniture solutions include elegant answers to the time-honored Murphy bed, once a staple for many homes.

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Today, the Murphy bed has been re-visioned.  By day, it’s a stylish bookcase, with a small, fold-down writing desk.  By night, it’s a bed, with little trace your workspace was ever there.

Some modern furniture designers are finding similar ways of tucking away your sleeping space by day, by creating attractive, space-conforming furniture that does double duty.

But if your bed stays in place during the day, shouldn’t it be doing double duty, anyways?  In a small space, it must.  Beds which create storage beneath the mattress are becoming a staple of manufacturers of modern bedroom furniture, making of platform beds stealthy places to stash valuables, or just a spare set of sheets, pillows and an extra comforter.

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Suspended animation.

When space is limited, creativity is demanded.  That’s why modern designers are answering the space challenge with items like suspended bedside tables.  Requiring no base, these hang from the ceiling, creating an airy illusion of additional space on either side of the bed.

Floating shelves are another trend.  Instead of traditional shelving, these can be affixed to walls, requiring minimal space for decorative items, books and other bedroom necessities.

Without the requirement for a footprint which eats available space, suspension and space-saving shelving solutions create the sense that you have more than enough room to move.

The return of the slipper chair.

The classic slipper chair is armless, which means it commands far less space than the traditional armchair.  While many don’t believe that chairs belong in the bedroom, who doesn’t like to sit down to put on their socks?

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The slipper chair answers this need, while presenting a sleek, stylish accent for smaller bedrooms.  Tucked in the corner, or as part of a compact vanity, the slipper chair is making a comeback for those with limited space, even doubling as a chair for a workspace.

Wardrobes exposed.

When space is at a premium, the doors come off.  Exposed wardrobes are a trend which allows your bedroom to feature an expansive storage space for clothing and shoes, while eliminating the need for a door.

A wardrobe door can make a small space seem even smaller.  You may find you’ll want to be less cavalier about the way you store your clothing items, but isn’t that a good thing?

Want to know more?  Contact us!

How a console table sets the tone

Console tables play a small but important role in setting the tone for your home. They are a nice addition to any entry way or living room space. Consoles set the style for the furnishings that follow. Whether traditional or contemporary, Italian furniture brands are sure to deliver!

Below are our personal picks for high end furniture that are sure to be a great first impression!

The Alpha console table is a perfect example of a contemporary furniture piece. Multiple legs supporting the console table give it a unique look. The legs add character while the simple top creates a good balance from being too busy.

This console from Rozzoni creates an elegant space. This is truly for luxury interiors with the combination of purple and gold. The angular shape of the drawers are not only eye catching but also has a functional purpose!

Another console table from Rozzoni was featured during a recent ASID NJ event. The floral pattern makes it an interesting piece that will stand out in an entry way or living room. Like the previous console, it is functional while also adding personality to your home!

This is just a fraction of the luxurious made in Italy furniture that can brighten up your home. This small collection of consoles are produced by the top Italian brands. Elevate your space through these small but significant changes! Whether you are searching for fun, decorative, or functional we can be sure to provide you with amazing Italian furniture.

Unique Coffee Tables

While traditional style living room furniture has its own charm having a unique, conversation piece is a wonderful way to brighten up your room. And what better way than to bring focus on a coffee table! You can add an interesting piece without completely changing the style of your living room. The key is opting for one that is just unique enough to stand out but still compliments the rest of your furniture.

Below we have some top picks for unique, made in Italy coffee tables. These Italian companies are always up to date with the most popular and new furniture designs.

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The Zac coffee table has such a sleek, one of a kind design. You can still store magazines like a conventional table. The table contains a space on its side where you can store items while keeping the top free of clutter.

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The Spin coffee table’s biggest feature is the ability to spin one of the tops! The clear shelf can be spun in any direction. While you can store items in this layer you can also spin in towards you to reach for them. This table is not only functional but functional in a unique way.

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The Boat coffee table and end table clearly draw inspiration from boats! But instead of making the connection obvious they are shown in a subtle way. The shape of the tables captures the boat and adds an interesting shape to the living room.

These are just a taste of what the best of Italy has to offer in term of coffee tables. Elevate you living room by adding these one of a kind Italian furniture pieces that are sure to impress your guests. Coffee tables are a small change that can make a big difference in the atmosphere of your home. Whether you want a sleek, modern, or fun Italian furniture piece there is something for every space!

 

Sofa Beds

If you frequently have family or friends visiting your home a sofa bed is definitely needed. There is nothing worse than making last minute arrangements or sleeping on a regular sofa. For this reason looking into sofa beds is your best bet! Having just the right one can make all the difference when you have guests over.

Some things to consider before purchasing:

  1. Keep in mind that sofa beds are generally more expensive than a typical sofa.
  2. Sofa beds are usually firmer than regular sofas because of the added support
  3. Size. What size would be better for your home.
  4. Mattress: Memory, Innerspring, Air-coil

Some of our top picks for made in Italy, leather and fabric options for sofa beds include:

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Sweet Sofa Bed
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Francine Sofa Bed
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If you prefer contemporary Italian furniture these options are perfect for your needs. You provide an option for your guests and also have high end furniture. This fine furniture comes in an array of leather and fabric options. So you can still have living room furniture that matches the rest of your home while also having an extra bed for guests.

 

ICFF 2017 Overview

In case you missed us during ICFF2017 here is an overview of some of our hottest items all made in Italy!

Making its debut is the elegant Oreste dining table from Opera Contemporary

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The Barrel Table and Chair brings a certain rustic charm to any interior space. Enjoy a nice glass of wine and entertain guests with these wonderfully unique items.

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One of our many new products, Oslo Chairs, come in two stunning colors and finishes. To improve comfort, the back cushion has perforated leather allowing a smoother airflow.

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This elegant desk is made of a steel frame. It also contains a leather, flip open top that serves as an extra compartment. The Flat Desk is perfect for personal use at your home office or work space.

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These luxury Italian furniture items and many more were featured during ICFF 2017. Don’t think you missed out on an opportunity to experience these items for yourself. Visit our Italian Design Center for the best of fine furniture, whether it be traditional furniture or contemporary furniture, Michelangelo Designs carries it all under one roof.

Smart Space Bedrooms

If you want to create a fun, colorful space for your child but lack the room one way to resolve this issue is to get smart space furniture. This type of furniture allows you to have more room without giving up some essential items! Smart space furniture has several uses. Instead of having a separate item for one use there are many uses one item can perform.

Here are some of our top picks for fun smart space furniture!

This bed and desk combination provides your child with a colorful space without sacrificing storage. Everything is placed just so that they will have access to their bed and desk comfortably. The added storage along the walls and below the bed also helps if there is not much storage space in the rest of the bedroom.

 

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Bunk Beds and a desk might seem like a lot to fit into a single piece but this manages to do just that! When not in use the bottom bunk bed can slide underneath the unit. The desk can then be pulled out which also brings additional storage space for any books. You can comfortably have these items that have different uses without each one interfering with one another.

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If you’d prefer to have the advantages of space saving furniture but would still like each item to have its respective space, look no further! This configuration offers plenty of storage. While still fitting a bed, desk, and shelving in a small space to work with. Your child can have enough room for a bed and desk, without the two interfering.

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These are just some examples of furniture that have multiple uses. The way they are arranged is not just efficient but also playful! They are vibrant and use interesting shapes to make the most out of the space you are working with. While it is important to comfortably fit your furniture,  doing so with bright, playful furniture adds personality!

Unique Home Bars

Including a bar into your home can be a great way to entertain guests. It can be a fun alternative besides spending time in the living room. Having a bar within your home lets you prepare drinks while still socializing with family and friends. Despite how it sounds, it is possible to have a home bar, a large space is not required. As long as you have a space within your home that can comfortably store drinks adding a bar is definitely an option.

Below you’ll find some of our unique picks for home bars. Not only can they store plenty of your favorite drinks but also display it in interesting ways. These bars not only serve as a place to store drinks but also changes the whole experience.

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Cello Bar

This Cello Case by Carpanelli is a great example of of a unique bar that can be added to any home. If you’re a music lover or admire amazing wood work this bar make a perfect addition. The upper half of the cello open up to reveal a mirror and shelving for your drinks and glasses. Once open, the upper portion serves as additional shelving to lay out the beverages.

 

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Fuel Pump Wine Bar

This Fuel Pump Wine Bar has the ability to store up to 5 bottles of wine. There are three compartments that can easily be opened by lightly pushing in the door. The highlight of this bar is the way in which wine is poured. One simply grabs the nozzle and presses the button to pour wine! Making it a fun way to refuel and serve wine to your guests. Its interactive, one-of-a-kind, and makes a great conversation starter!

 

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Telephone Booth Bar

Similarly to the Wine Bar is the Telephone Booth Bar. Instead of 5 bottles, this bar stores up to 8 bottles of wine. This bar includes an area where you can steam your wine glass before serving yourself. In this bar, the wine is poured from a rotary dial phone. Simply hang the receiver and press one of the buttons of the rotary and you’re ready to enjoy a glass of wine! Making it another fun, interactive way to serve wine and entertain guests!

 

 

Thank you for visiting us during the AD Show!

Thank you to those that stopped by our booth during the Architectural Digest Show.

To those that were unable to attend, here is a run down of the products featured at our booth!

Dmitri Bookcase

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Containing shelving on either side and storage space in the center. You can also pull out some additional shelving to momentarily place objects on top. Incorporate it into your dining room, office, or living room.

Fuel Pump Wine Bar

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Store and serve up to five bottles of wine in this bar that was a hit during the AD Show! The bar contains 3 compartments to store glasses. Simply get a glass, pick up the nozzle, then press a button to serve yourself a nice glass of vino!

Optik Buffet

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A three door buffet with a sand lacquered finish. The doors come in burned oak or walnut with maple inlays.

Portofino

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Our popular portofino table is great for office use. The interesting shape of the legs and dark wood finish is great for any office.

Karina

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Possessing an interesting design this chair has fireproof fabric. Each chair has three shades of color ranging from pink, blue, grey, and smoky grey.

Desy

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Another chair with a unique design. Available in a range of colors from white, black, red, and acid to name a few.

Butterfly Armchair

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The name says it all! The back of this armchair fans out to give it an elegant shape

Barrel Table and Chairs

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Entertain guests and serve drinks on this small table set. All in the shape of barrels giving it a rustic appearance.

Experience these and many other items in our trade only showroom at the Italian Design Center, Michelangelo Designs!

Architectural Digest Show

Michelangelo Designs is proud to announce that we will be attending the Architectural Digest Show of 2017.

From March 16th – 19th, Michelangelo Designs will be showcasing items from our contemporary line in booth #221.

Don’t miss out on this special event and register today! Click the links below

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Office Chairs

No office would be complete without an office chair. If you are going to spend long hours working at your desk find a chair suitable for you! Now, if this office is more for personal use at your home maybe you are looking for something casual. Unless you plan on furnishing a study opting for a non-traditional office chair will make your office feel more cozy.

While office chairs do offer ergonomics and a variety of settings, do they fit in your home office? Having an office at home does not mean you have to furnish it exactly like an office. Since this is your personal space adding your personality and tastes into your office chair is a possibility. If the surrounding furniture is more laid back and does not automatically scream office, having a chair that matches that environment is better.

Here’s our pick for casual, cozy office chairs!

Dama Chair:

dama2Offers the quality and comfort of a typical office chair with a more laid back appearance. This chair comes in a variety of colors to give your personal office a vibrant feel. While also being suitable for a office type space with the option of having wheels for better mobility at your desk.

Vanity Chair:

damaAnother option for a casual office chair. The shape makes it comfortable enough to sit at your work space for long periods of time. There are plenty of options when it comes to the legs if you prefer wheels or another style. Its still perfect for your work station while also adding an element of casualness.

Marilyn Chair:

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A colorful option is the Marilyn chair by Midj. This soft chair is perfect for a variety of uses. If you have a really easy going work space this chair is for you. It is available with enough color to make your space homey but it is still designed to be a comfortable chair so you can work uninterrupted.

With these selections you can see that you can venture outside the typical office chair. These chairs still have some elements that can make them comfortable for use in an office but without the rigidness that is seen in an office chair.