Made in Italy Luxury Furniture: The Reasons for a Great Success

Made in Italy.  Those three words are redolent of quality, craftsmanship and an almost uncanny sense of beauty’s quintessence.

But in a world which seeks instant gratification and low price points, the cachet and allure of the Made in Italy label may have lost some of its lusters.  Today’s consumers want it now.

They want to wander the set-piece room displays at IKEA and load up their “to be assembled” purchases on the way to the check out.   They also want whatever it is they’re after to be inexpensive.  And while there’s nothing wrong with accessibility and while some of IKEA’s furniture has become almost universally classic, what’s missing is the craftsmanship.

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New Horizons for Made In Italy

But the global marketplace has shifted.  Today, the nouveau riche in countries like Russia, China and Brazil seek out the Made in Italy label avidly.

Formerly inaccessible in the economic turmoil of these nations, there’s an emerging trend among the young and well-heeled around the world to demand the supreme quality, painstaking craftsmanship and undeniable beauty of Italian goods.  Now that they’ve got what it takes to get it, they want it and they’re buying it.

Beyond that, there is the boundless energy of Italian creativity, coupled with a passion for the extraordinary and the strikingly beautiful which sets luxury items made in Italy apart from competing goods.

And Made in Italy luxury furniture is a case in point.  Its enduring popularity and status can be witnessed all over the world, from Moscow to Sao Paulo.

Reasons Too Numerous to Mention

Perhaps it’s the surroundings.  Maybe it’s the scent of coffee wafting through the morning streets, or the hum of thousands of years of history in the air.  It could even be the sea’s scent, or the fresh mountain air.

Italy has many wonders, but what they add up to in terms of Italian luxury furniture is a pure, unblemished adoration of the pleasure of being in the presence of beauty.  That’s a pleasure worth handing down through generations of artisan families, crafting by hand the intricacy of wood inlay and veneer.

It’s worth the time it takes to create lasting treasures which export a sliver of Italy’s legendary love of beauty to distant shores, where it can transport others to the land cradled between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.

The reasons for the great success of Italian luxury furniture reside in our imaginations and our own desire to see and enjoy what’s truly and gloriously superlative.  From the Palace of the Doge in Venice to the Duomo in Florence, to Sicily’s wild rusticity, Italy is a legend of glamor, history and style which ignites the fantasies of millions.

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Sophisticated Sofas: The Elegance of Classic Padded Elements

Nothing says home quite like the comfort of a sofa.  Today, acknowledged as a necessary component of any living room, the sofa wasn’t always a part of our lives.  It’s been developed over centuries, coming to us in various incarnations to arrive at its current, iconic status.

Sophisticated sofas: the elegance of classic padded elements is all about how we came to love this piece of furniture and what it symbolizes today, as part of the modern home.  Comfort.  Relaxation.  Family.  For modern people, it seems that the sofa has always existed.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

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An Elite Past

If there’s one thing you can say for the elite of the Roman Empire, it’s that they knew how to relax.  Probably the most famed precursor to the modern living room sofa is the Roman dining sofa.

The “lectus” was also used for sleeping, reading and reclining and was prized as one of the most important items of furniture in any noble Roman home.  Because Romans enjoyed lounging (the wealthy ones, at any rate), these provided relaxed seating which allowed the indolence of wealth to lounge to its heart’s content.

But the lectus was most probably developed in the wake of encounters with the Far East, where it’s believed that the sofa’s birthplace is properly located.

But it wasn’t until the late 17th Century that the sofa arrived in something close to its modern form, in Europe.  Sparsely cushioned, it was not the most comfortable seating arrangement, but was lavishly upholstered and again – only for those of some means.

In very short order, the luxury-obsessed elites of the Continent urged furniture designers to make the “canape” (as it was called then) more comfortable.  It was slightly later that the word “sofa” (derived from an Arabic word meaning cushion) came into vogue to describe this style of seating.

So, at the dawn of the 18th Century the elegant padded elements we now associated with a desirable sofa were pioneered.

Italian Sofa Sophistication

There’s no question that the elegance of classic padded elements is most richly expressed in the boundless sophistication of Italian furniture’s interpretations of the form.

Lavishly and strikingly realized, Italian sofa sophistication spans every genre from sleek modernism to Baroque excess.  At Michelangelo Designs, we honor the tradition of Italian design excellence, with an exclusive collection of Italy’s most acclaimed furniture design houses.

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EgoItaliano is just one the collections on the floor of our showroom and warehouse.  Known for elevating the art of upholstered furniture, a sofa from this designer both thrills with its elegance and coddles with its comfort.

Silik brings the traditional and contemporary together to create uniqueness in a world of bland conformity.  If that describes your style, you’ll find it here at Michelangelo, where we cure the common.

Trade professionals find inspiration at the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA.  Come be inspired by the riches of Italy.  Impress your discerning clients with singular vision.

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A Luxury Wooden Sideboard for a Classic Living Room

Your classic living room is where you share your personal style with friends and family.  It’s a point of pride for you and a revelatory expression of who you are, when visitors join you for the evening.

And a luxury wooden sideboard for a classic living room is a prestigious addition to the space’s ambience, speaking volumes about your taste, style and what you value most in life.

Luxury is the message and there’s no medium more appropriate for sending it than the lustrous, timeless quality of wood.  Whispering of time-honored craftsmanship and painstaking detail, a luxury wooden sideboard brings warmth and depth to your classic living room.

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A Glorious Past

Also known as a “buffet”, the sideboard’s most common location is the dining room.  While this is a practical choice, the living room is often the site of gatherings which require space to arrange canapes and cocktails in an elegant display which appeals to the eye and offers entertaining convenience.

Originating in the 18th Century, the sideboard established itself in 19th Century Europe, as continental householders’ fortunes increased during the Industrial Revolution.  In Italy, where all beautiful things are revered, the sideboard is known as the “credenza”.

Today’s wooden sideboard has its origins in the homes of those prospering in the crucible of monumental change, displaying their wealth in intricate wood inlay and costly veneers.

What Does Your Sideboard Look Like?

A luxury wooden sideboard for a classic living room can take numerous forms, drawing on the styles and traditions of the time frame in which this item of furniture rose to popularity.  But you may choose to express your personal vision with an ornate, Baroque version, or an Art Deco interpretation.

It all depends on you, your vision and your taste.

At Michelangelo Designs, we understand the impulse to individuality in interior design.  That’s why we’ve gathered an elite selection of Italy’s most acclaimed furniture design houses at our expansive showroom and warehouse.

Professionals in the Trade can appease discerning tastes with the riches found here at the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA, where the cure for the common is abundantly manifested.

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Italian Craftsmanship

Michelangelo’s mission brings to the USA’s shores the ultimate in Italian craftmanship and quality.  The artisanal expression of Italy’s legacy of creating beauty is seen in the classic reproductions of Fratelli Bianchini and the world-changing hands of Angelo Capellini.

Your luxury wooden sideboard for a classic living room is here to be discovered.  Uncommonly stunning, expertly crafted and hewn from the finest woods, our selection is drawn only from Italy’s most renowned furniture designers.

The Cure for the Common

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The cure for the common is here, at Michelangelo, waiting to grace the classic living rooms of your clientele with Italian luxury.  Professionals in the Trade are invited to schedule an appointment.

Luxury Home Furniture: Made in Italy is One Step Ahead

Maybe living in an ancient loft looking out on the Campo dei Fiori in Rome isn’t in the cards for you.  And maybe you can’t find your way to that breathtaking, permanent terrace in Capri, the Mediterranean’s blue vastness arrayed at your feet.

But you can bring a slice of that inimitable glamor into your home.  Luxury home furniture from Italy is one step ahead because of Italy’s timeless traditions of excellence and perfectionism and a national commitment to honoring a setting which is painfully beautiful.

Made in Italy is one step ahead.  It’s a taste of the Campo dei Fiori, a whisper of Capri and a dash of Lake Como nestled in your home, crafted by masters of Italian furniture design.

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Where Epochs Exist In Harmony

Everywhere you go in Italy, you walk in the shadow of epochs of history.  Before even the Romans, came the Etruscans, their she-wolf still the potent symbol of Rome, suckling the twins, Romulus and Remus.

And when you’re born from a long line of artisans, you wear the mantle of generations of exacting craftsmanship which demands fidelity to a proud tradition.

Outside your door history is present, living hand in glove with the present and the future.  All these tenses of time exist in harmony in the Italian heart and mind.  The past is present in every moment of life, reflected in both reverence and innovation.

To be a creator of fine things in Italy is to not only continue a tradition but to enliven it with the moment.  This is the ongoing brilliance of Italian design and its enduring truth – that Italian culture demands both continuity and bold departure, held in a tension which creates something uniquely sophisticated.

Bringing Italian Luxury Home

Whether adding to a well-established collection of Italian luxury furniture, or starting with your first piece, the flavor of a nation steeped in sophisticated design is easy to bring home, with Michelangelo Designs.

At the first and only Italian Design Center in the USA, we bring Italy’s timeless beauty to homes, hotels and other fine establishments for discerning Trade professionals and their clientele.

Here, you’ll select from a dozen of Italy’s most acclaimed furniture design houses, from the modernism of EgoItaliano to the classicism of Carpanelli.  We don’t stop at Italy’s finest designers.  We provide endless possibilities, with over 1,000 textile selections, including rare woods and supple leathers.

With Michelangelo, your home takes on the patina of Italy’s timeless dedication to beauty and quality, creating an oasis of sophistication that isn’t too shy to make a spectacle of itself.

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Since 1985, Michelangelo Designs has been importing the riches of Italy to fire the imaginations of professionals in the Trade.  Architects, interior designers, real estate developers and retailers find the cure for the common here.

They come to us in the knowledge that we’ve created this sterling resource for them alone.  With the inspiration of Italian excellence, their creative impulse is ignited.

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Majestic, Welcoming, Elegant: The Classic Luxury Armchair

The classic luxury armchair is a fixture in elegant spaces all over the world.  From fine hotels, to high-end restaurants and lounges, to your own living room, the armchair is a symbol of coddled comfort.

From the traditional wingback, to the overstuffed chair and a half, the classic luxury armchair invites you to settle into its enveloping comfort and relax.

No living room seems like home without at least one.  Majestic, welcoming, elegant: the classic luxury armchair is a tradition unto itself.

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5,000 Years of History – The Chair

The earliest known chair isn’t a chair at all.  Rather, it’s a sculpted depiction of a chair, looking much the same as what we know today as a kitchen chair.  Dated between 2,700 BCE and 2,800 BCE, the sculptor is of a seated harp player.

In the world of the Ancient Egyptians, chairs were status symbols.  While the rich used them, everyone else sat on the floor or on stools.

The Greeks were later to invent the “klismos”, an elegant prototypical model for the Golden Age of seating, which didn’t come until the 18th Century, almost 2,000 years later.

These were heady days for armchairs, when the wealth generated by international trade gave birth to designs like the Louis XV armchair – one of the stylistic precursors to the classic luxury armchair we see in sophisticated spaces today.

Form and Function In Harmony

Through time, many cultures have adhered to traditions of sitting on the floor or reclining on low cushions.  In the West, we generally choose to sit on chairs, but Eastern traditions have been influential in transforming attitudes here, in that regard.

For those of us married to the tradition of the seated posture, the classic luxury armchair is the epitome of luxurious comfort, redolent of cool nights spent before a roaring fire in cozy study, book in hand.

And the form that our armchair takes in our imaginations can be anything but feather-stuffed, cushy splendor, to the masculine leather tufting of the classic club chair.

At Michelangelo Designs, we present Trade professionals with the full spectrum of armchairs, fit for discerning clientele decorating homes, hotels, condominium developments and clubs.  For any space in which people gather to relax and enjoy elegant surroundings, the classic luxury armchair is an integral element which offers high-level design’s enviable form, united with the demand for function – comfortable seating.

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From Italy with Luxury

Michelangelo Designs is where you’ll find Italy’s most sought-after furniture design houses.  At our expansive showroom and warehouse, we cater to individual tastes, with a stunning selection that runs the gamut from the classics to today’s contemporary stylings.

And with over 1,000 textile selections, you know you’ll find that ideal armchair.

Tufting both classic and channel.  Leather.  Velvet.  Damask.  If you can dream it, you’ll find it at the first and only Italian Design Center in the United States.

At Michelangelo Designs, you’ll find the cure for the common, from Italy with luxury.  Trade professionals are invited to contact us to book an appointment.

How to Choose the Perfect Stool for Your Kitchen, Bar or Game Room

The stool is a fixture in any setting that’s relaxed and informal.  From the bistro to the home game room, to the bar, to the kitchen island, stools are an attractive, comfortable alternative that add another dimension to your home décor scheme.

But there’s a science as to how to choose the perfect stool for your kitchen, bar or game room.  Let’s look at some of the things you need to consider when striking out to find that perfect stool.

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The Right Height

Most bar stools are fabricated in four standard heights.  These correspond to table tops, bars, counters and higher surfaces, like bistro tabletops.

But you may desire a flexible alternative, so choosing a model which includes a hydraulic lift to allow for adjustable height is the perfect alternative.  This creates the ability to use them with variable surfaces.

How Many?

Understanding the spacing of stools relative to their width and the available surface area they correspond to determines how many you’ll need.

Some stools are wider than others, with four standard sizes.  For the narrower stools, you’ll need to leave 6 inches between each.  For the wider stools, 8 inches is the accepted distance, allowing for getting in and out and turning the stool to face people sitting in the next one.

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Style

Here’s where it gets personal.  You know what you like and you know what you’re looking for in a stool that works in the environment you’re buying for.

But there are 4 standard categories stools fall into.  These are backless, low back, full back and swivel, with arms.  Much hinges on available space and personal style.  You may envision a hybrid version of one of these styles.  For example, a backless, cowhide swivel stool.

Remember that each style has its advantages and disadvantages, practically speaking.  Backless stools can readily be stored under the lip of the counter, whereas stools with backs can’t do that.  But backless stools off no support for your back.

Stools with a low or mid-rise back offer a little more support and tend to be fabricated in modern design schemes.  Stools with full backs are ideal for working at the kitchen counter or eating around a higher dining table arrangement.

PRO-TIP:  the more time you intend to sit in your bar stool, the more consideration you should give to comfort and support.  The stylish stool you envision may not be ideal for its intended purpose, so be honest with yourself and choose the stool that works with your primary use of it.

A brief cocktail before dinner and assembling a presentation package are two difference activities, requiring two different seating options.

How to choose the perfect stool for your kitchen, bar or game room is about function, form and purpose.  The height of the surface the stool is intended to service is key, but so is comfort and back support (if you intend to sit in it longer).

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How to Choose a Sofa: Finding the Right One for Your Home

The sofa is like a unifying island in the middle of your sitting or living room.  It sets the tone, as the room’s centerpiece.

It’s also a high-ticket item, so you want to get it right, as mistakes can be costly.  How to choose a sofa: finding the right one for your home is a highly personal matter, but it’s one which should be guided by certain design principles to ensure your get the piece that’s best for its setting, while meshing seamlessly with your lifestyle.

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Proportion

The room your sofa’s going to live in has everything to do with your choice.  A large room can take a more substantial sofa.  It can even accommodate a sectional solution, or more voluminously-proportioned offerings.

A smaller room lends itself to a smaller sofa, or course, but you can still manage a scaled version of a sectional, even if your room isn’t large.

Remember that it’s not going to be the only piece in the room, so scale it to existing chairs, tables and other elements in the environment to ensure the fit you get is right.

Lifestyle Considerations

Choosing the right sofa goes beyond form to function and that’s determined by you.  If your sofa is going to be the focal point of a room in which you play games, read, or enjoy quiet family time, you’ll want something comfortable, with adequate seating to accommodate guests and other family members.

Television viewers will, of course, want to orient their sofa to accommodate viewing.  It’s important to remember that the sofa will still be in use while you’re not watching, though.  Other furniture in the room should relate to both viewing and non-viewing functions.

Lifestyle also determines the style of the sofa, which encompasses a sectional approach, but which should also factor into comfort.

Leather is great for rooms with fireplaces, as it warms to make sitting or lounging on it a cozy joy.  Also highly adaptable to large families and heavy usage, leather develops a patina which can become an important element of the room’s relaxed style and is easy to clean.

Tufting and fine fabrics lend themselves more readily to formal settings and are especially at home in conversational areas, where guests, colleagues and business associates are entertained.

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Speaking Your Language

The sofa you choose should speak your language, adding something to the room that’s readily discernible as your personal style.  Saturated color and bold patterns have a place when it comes to sofas, especially if that’s who you are.

The sofa is a traditional fixture in living spaces.  It provides comfortable seating and a design element that anchors and elevates a room to its full potential.  Choose yours carefully and you’ve found an essential piece of the home living puzzle.

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How to Effectively Mix and Match Different Styles

If you’re like most people, you probably know what you like.  You have a certain style.

That doesn’t mean to say that everything you like is of one recognized style or another.  It means you see beauty where you see it. You have eclectic tastes.

And there’s nothing wrong with eclecticism.  In fact, eclecticism (the incorporation of a variety of furniture and décor styles into one environment) is a style unto itself and one that people are increasingly attracted to.

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This post is about how to effectively mix and match different styles without creating a “garage sale” effect.  It can be done and it’s a factor influencing some key home furniture and décor trends, as we speak.

Balance and Harmony

Your taste in décor and furniture may have evolved from favoring one style over all others.  Or perhaps you’re a world traveler, who spirits the wealth of the world back to your home, finding a place for the exotic there.

You may have a collection of furniture that includes contemporary pieces, mid-century modern and antiques.  You may have rustic items.  The point is, it doesn’t matter, if you can create a sense of balance and harmony when combining them.

Color is a major consideration when uniting disparate elements.  How to effectively mix and match different styles is to add a unifying element of color (and that may be more than one color in any given room – but choose no more than 3) to bind the whole together.

Group related items together in “nests” of 3.  This is a principle of design which also shows up in art and photography and is a sound way to curate items of varying design origins.  You can also group items of varying design traditions by color or shape.

Create impact with nests which catch the eye and invite it to wander through the harmonious setting you’ve thoughtfully created.

Contrast and Texture

When items of furniture are so different that you’re not sure what to do with them, put them in the same room.  In that contrast is the start of something beautiful.

Contrast Ultra-modern with Baroque décor touches.  Try Baroque, gold leaf mirrors in dialogue with a space age dining set.  Or re-vision a traditional wingback with contemporary, geometric fabric to bring it into a harmonious relationship with your Mid-Century stereo console.

Texture plays an important role in mixing and matching different styles.  The nubby eye-appeal of natural fabrics dances with the sleek modernity of modular, leather seating.  A color-saturated kilim interfaces with the Victorian orientalist elegance of a rattan settee.

But the true secret of bringing together different styles in harmony is time.  Consider each piece with care and then ask yourself how it can be part of a conversation between styles that amounts to a type of elegant eclecticism that’s stunning, while imminently comfortable.

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Essential Modern Dining Room Pieces to Elevate Your Style

The time has come to transform your dining area.  You’re busily seeking out essential modern dining room pieces to elevate your style, taking it to the next level of elegance.

But “modern” can mean any number of things.  It can mean the latest style trend, but it needn’t and to be honest, it probably shouldn’t.

Because you’re going to be living with your new dining room for a while, trends are best ignored in favor of classics.  Classics stand the test of time, never appearing dated.  Let’s talk about essential modern dining room pieces to elevate your style and a few pointers to guide you on your way.

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What Defines “modern”?

While the words “modern” and “contemporary” are often used interchangeably, “modern” refers to an era of design and certain qualities which were introduced during that era.

The 1940s can be referred to as the historical home of modern design, but some argue that its genesis originates in the 1920s and the sleek lines of Art Deco.

And sleekness is one of modern design’s most compelling features.

There are several sub-categories falling under the rubric of “modern” which apply:

  • Scandinavian (light pine, clean lines)
  • Industrial (rivets, steel, exposed pipes)
  • Minimalist (the absence of extraneous elements)
  • Mid-Century Modern (sleek, futuristic)

What all these sub-styles have in common is an absence of clutter and ornamentation, in favor of the pure lines of the furniture.

Setting the Scene

While some associate modern furniture design with muted colors, that’s not necessarily the case.  It’s often true that modern furniture errs on the side of saturated, bold color which elevates the space and creates specific stylistic points of reference.

But surfaces which gleam are another key element of modern design.  Smooth, reflective glass and steel figure prominently, realized in table tops, wall finishes and even flooring.  Lighting which is dramatic and eliminates the need for pieces like table top lamps is a concurrent design element which works with the reflective surfaces in this style to heighten their impact.

The Right Stuff

For the furniture itself, you’re looking for clean, sensual lines which are somehow organic and functional at the same time.  For ideas, seek out the work of designers like Eames and van der Rohe, who typify mid-century modern furniture design and are largely responsible for its proliferation in homes all over the USA.

For your table, materials like acrylic, glass and metal create a sophisticated modern ambience.  Surround it with chairs which speak to it and anchor the whole with a bright, geometric area rug to anchor it, keying it to modern artwork.

Suspended over the table, illuminating its modern elegance, a lamp which enlivens its gleaming surface creates intimacy and drama.

This brief discussion of essential modern dining room pieces to elevate your style will have gotten your juices flowing.  Now it’s your turn to create the ideal home dining experience, touched by the simple sophistication of modern design.

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Design Trends – Channel Tufting

We talk about tufting rather a lot on this blog (because we adore it), but channel tufting is one of our new obsessions.

Aesthetically associated with the Hollywood of the 1920s and enjoying a resurgence in the 1970s, channel tufting never really went anywhere.  It went undercover, in terms of home design.  But cast your eye about any public interior of distinction, like a high-end hotel and chances are you’ll run across it.

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Channel tufting creates an aura of glamor and opulence.  It’s arguably more comfortable to sit on, too, as it doesn’t employ buttons.  Running either horizontally or vertically, channels of fabric are created then filled with stuffing or foam.

Let’s explore one of the moment’s most compelling furniture design trends – channel tufting – and see how it can work in a variety of rooms in your home.

Opulent Practicality

We’ve all witnessed wall treatment trends like the recent renaissance of wallpaper and fabric wall coverings, as well as high gloss, lacquered walls.

But channel tufting on walls adds a distinct air of opulence that goes just a little over the top, delivering a plush finish that gets noticed.

Vertical tufting has the effect of making the ceiling seem higher, while horizontal channels add width.  Another advantage of channel tufted walls is the insulation they provided, as well as sound-proofing.

So, they’re not just gorgeous.  They’re practical!

Extra Plush In Bed

Creating a channel tufted headboard creates another level of plush for your bed.  This is the place you want to be most at ease, luxuriating, as you unwind.

Channel tufting is best employed for this purpose by either running horizontally, along the length of the entire wall the bed is against, or vertically to the ceiling, at the width of the bed.

Both headboard configurations add dimension, texture and comfort to your room.  Use a light-colored fabric to emphasis the tufting or go dramatic with an eye-popping primary color against a neutral wall.

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Seating

Channel tufting lends itself beautifully to seating and is probably most familiar to us in the form of a sofa.  This trend is so redolent of the sleek Art Deco stylings of the 1920s that it brings with it a sophistication to complement any living area.

Fabrics that work well with channel tufted seating include rich velvet.  The tactility of this fabric enhances the dimensional aspect of channel tufting, making it even richer.

Or try a Maximalist approach with a bold, printed fabric in a riotous floral.  When placed in a room with solid-colored pieces which echo the fabric you’ve chosen, you’ve created another dimension for your channel-tufted sofa by adding pattern and color – truly a Maximalist triumph!

At Michelangelo, we welcome the return of channel tufting to the world of furniture and home décor.  As we said at the beginning, tufting is our thing, but channel tufting is a level of luxe that comes with built in practically and comfort.  In short, we’re fans.

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A Modern Italian Style for Outdoor Living Spaces

Now that summer has finally come, with its sweet, warm breezes and languid outdoor living, you’re fully engaged in making your deck, patio or balcony as stunningly beautiful as your indoor spaces.

You may have your time-honored favorite pieces, pulled out faithfully, year after year.  Then again, you may be looking for a change that refreshes your summer experience.

A modern Italian style for outdoor living spaces can be as simple a change of seating or adding a colorful all-weather rug.  And while the mood matters, enjoying the glorious summer weather is all about comfort and relaxation.

Striking a balance between style and sybaritic pleasure is what a modern Italian style for outdoor spaces is all about.

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Creating Intimacy

Modern furniture gets short shrift from far too many people.  They interpret its clean, simple lines as stark – uninviting.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

All you need to do is look back through the history of modern design to find examples of what we’re talking about. Eames’s iconic lounge chair is just one emblem of comfortable modern style that refutes the perception that it isn’t comfortable.

And with modern furniture, you’re able to create the same intimacy around the fire pit that you do around your dining room table or in your living room.  In fact, sleek modern lines lend themselves to exteriors.  Unfussy and unobtrusive, they offer both comfort and style.

And when it’s modern, there’s little concern about the weather, as modern furniture interpretations very often work in materials which are resistant to heat, moisture and other elemental realities that can cause other types of furniture to deteriorate rapidly.

At Home al fresco

A modern Italian style for outdoor living spaces is at home al fresco.  It’s in the open air that it does some of its most compelling work, in terms of design.

Because of the nature of modern design, outdoor furniture in this style tends not to interrupt the setting.  Rather, it complements it.  Because of its linear simplicity, modern Italian furniture for outdoor living spaces doesn’t compete with your garden, your view of the river or the forest your house backs onto.  It’s there, but subtly so, as you enjoy the pleasures of outdoor living.

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And comfort isn’t sacrificed with modern furniture, despite the perceptions of some.  As we’ve pointed out, the famed Eames lounge chair established modern furniture as a font of comfort.  That font, when expressed in your outdoor spaces, takes the form of sunbeds, Acapulco chairs and sensually-formed tables and lighting solutions that make being outside not only a stylish way to enjoy the fine summer weather, but an imminently comfortable one.

Tradition is a nice thing to have, but outdoor living demands the beauty of modern Italian style, bringing the brief but delicious season of summer something that reaches beyond Adirondacks and fold up chairs with drink holders.

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Hot (and Not) Interior Design Trends for 2018!

Times change and so do interior design trends.  That’s not to say you should run out and replace the contents of your home.

Nope. That would be foolhardy (and wasteful).  Rather, incorporating interior design trends for 2018 may be as simple as a few key tweaks to bring your residence up to the minute.

This post is dedicated to hot (and not) interior design trends for 2018, that you need to know about.  There’s a lot of design news out there right now and a lot of it’s going to make your life better.  All of it’s going to make your home more aesthetically pleasing.

Crypton Textiles

At Michelangelo Designs’ Italian Design Center, we offer professionals in the Trade over 1,000 textile selections, so this is one we’ve dog-eared for future reference.

The demand for greater sustainability in our consumption habits extends to the fabrics we use to dress our walls, furniture and beds.  Sustainability demands that we consume less, so many of us seek durability.

And that’s where crypton textiles are making a difference.  Once upon a time, this type of fabric was universally known for its stiffness and monotonous solid colors.  But today’s rendition offers an array of patterns and a pleasing tactile quality that’s making it a growing trend in interior design.

living room eclectic style

Statement Rugs

As most of you reading will know, Minimalism is on the way out.  The practical seagrass and sisal rugs so popular in that design schema are giving way, this year, to something altogether different.

Statement rugs.

Bold colors and unusual patterns hold sway in 2018, paired with throw rugs in faux cowhide, zebra and other animal prints to create a pleasant, cozy chaos.

And everywhere you go, you’ll find abstract weaves and traditional kilims making it to people’s walls to make the most of this trend.

In general terms, the new trend toward saturated color, lush fabrics and a living space that’s filled with all the beautiful things you love is, in a word, Maximalist.  But Maximalism keeps its eye on sustainability, with the trend toward crypton textiles.  Lush excess needn’t sacrifice environmental responsibility.

So. what’s not hot?  Let’s see a couple of trends we’re happy to see the back of.

Country Clutter

The days of handpainted wooden roosters lining your kitchen cupboards are (mercifully) over. So are self-consciously whitewashed woodwork, anodized aluminum and rose gold fixtures and fittings of all kinds.   Adieu.  You won’t be missed.

Wishy Washy Colors

Blush isn’t really a color.  It’s more an absence of enough color.  This year look for super-saturated, high-pigment shades that are who they say they are.

Timidity is a thing of the past.  One of this year’s hottest trends is a farewell to blush and grey and a hello to all the vibrant colors of the rainbow.

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