Wednesday, May 25, 2016

17 Most Functional Dining Tables for Any Setting

Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party, or having a family get-together, or catching up with old friends, we’ve picked 17 dining tables that will make every gathering a memorable one. The collection includes tables of different sizes, unique bases, style, extendable or fixed, wide array of materials and finishes.  From look to feel, we have a table for every diner, so you can enjoy your meals and conversations.

Cartesio: A wooden top and a metal matt grey base in a V-shaped design makes it an iconic table suitable for a contemporary or classic look. The V-shaped base gives more leg room for people to change their seating posture easily. The rectangular top can seat up to 12 people. The top is available in wood veneer finish or slatted oak. Cartesio is a design by Calligaris.
Details: Total height: 75 cm Width: 250 cm Depth: 105 cm (available in more sizes)

Calligaris Cartesio
Eliseo: A fixed table with a curved base in lacquered metal. The top in tempered glass electro-welded with UV rays onto steel plates for higher quality and refined beauty. This chic looking table is suitable for a décor with a contemporary setting. The table is available in different sizes and finishes. Eliseo is a design by Tonin Casa.
Details: L 260 x p 120 x h 75 cm Big Eliseo rounded corner; 200 x 105 x h 75 cm oval Eliseo (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Eliseo
Arpa: A fixed table that looks simple but has more story to it than meets the eye. A design you can choose with a top available in glass, wood and marble. The base made of multiple curved heat-treated wood (plywood) and covered in canaletto walnut or dark oak. A design by Angelo Tomaiuolo for Tonin Casa. This contemporary table is available in different finishes, colour and extendable version. Arpa is suitable for a traditional to modern setting.
Details: height 75 cm, width 200 cm, depth 100 cm. (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Arpa
Ventaglio: A table with a fan shaped base, an inspiration pulled from Italian history where decorated handheld fans were a symbol of prestige and etiquette through the turn of the turn of the 19th century. Tonin Casa pays homage to this truth in its foundation of a Ventaglio table. The top available in wood or glass and the base in bent metal available in different finishes (matt white, matt black, matt beige or matt orange colours). This rectangular table comes in fixed or extendable top. Ventaglio is suitable for an oriental, Mediterranean and ethnic set up.
Details: 200 x 110 x h 75 cm Ventaglio fixed; 200/300 x 100 x h 75 cm Ventaglio extendable (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Ventaglio
Wave: It’s a modern and refined table with a base resembling a wave. The base is made of baydur aluminum, with a glass top, allowing full visibility to the beauty of the structure. Top is made of tempered glass; spaces between top and base are made of polished aluminium. Available in fixed or extendable version with variety of finishes. Wave is apt for a décor with a contemporary setting. A table by Tonin Casa.
Details: height 75 cm, length 160 cm, depth 90 cm. (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Wave
Big Table:  A table that suggest a game of balances. An optical path that leads from one element to the next, from one colour to the next; the tilt angle of the legs suggests dynamism; the linearity of the table top adds greater visual stability. The distinct base with a scratch resistant top is designed by the Belgian designer Alain Gilles for Bonaldo. The laser-cut steel legs are available in a range of colourful combinations. The top offers fixed and extendable versions, in an array of finishes. Big Table has won the Good Design Award 2009.
Details: 200 x 100 x h 74 cm (h 76 with solid wood top) Big table fixed; 200/300 x 100 x h 74 cm Big table extensible (available in more sizes)

Bonaldo Big table
Mille: A glass top table with a number of chrome-plated steel legs that vary according to the size of the table and are glued to the top using steel plates. Instead of the usual 4 legs, the cluster of chromed legs were designed to look like ‘trees in a forest' according to the designer Bartoli Design. There is no vantage point from which to see the best side of Mille; whichever angle you look at it from it is a very special table. Mille is a fixed table with a transparent glass table top, available in different shapes and sizes. The chromed steel legs, available in variable quantities depending on the size of the table top, provide maximum stability and visual consistency. A design by Bonaldo.
Details: 180 x h 75 cm Mille round; 240 x 100 x h 75 cm Mille rectangular; 210 x 120 x h 75 cm Mille elliptical (available in more sizes)

Bonaldo Mille
Octa: Order in disorder, lightness, a filigree pattern - these are some of the characteristics that come to mind when thinking about this product, which is designed to be unusual and elegant. The name Octa derives from the Greek word Octo: eight, the number of legs that make up this table designed by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo, made of bent and welded metal rod. Inspired by the game of Mikado pick-up sticks, the Octo legs lend the table an unusual visual lightness, in addition to great solidity and stability. The welded metal base finished in chrome, black nickel or matte paint. The top is available as round, and fixed or extendable rectangular versions, in acid-treated, extra-light glass, or transparent glass. Octa has options for a fixed or extending table. The Octa table by Bonaldo has been awarded within the furniture category the prestigious 2013 Good Design Award, an international design award which is assigned to the most innovative products in the year.
Details: (Three sizes) 200 cm l x 100 cm w x 75 cm high; 250 cm l x 100 cm w x 75 cm high; 300 cm l x 108 cm w x 75 cm high (available in more sizes)

Bonaldo Octa
Prora: This table unveils distinctive nuances in the form of its powerfully expressive sculptured legs reminiscent of a ship’s hull or epitomizing a deconstructed bow (tie), which is also the meaning of Prora in Italian. Designed by Mauro Lipparini for Bonaldo. Prora is a table available both in the fixed or extending versions. The top and base come in different style and finishes. The two independent side extensions make it possible to increase the length of the table top easily, while retaining ultimate stability and solidity.
Details: (Three sizes) D100 cm x H75 cm x W200 cm; D100 cm x H75 cm x W250 cm; D108 cm x H75 cm x W300 cm (available in more sizes)

Bonaldo Prora
Still: It is a collection of six tables in different shapes, sizes and finishes. All have a common base which is characterised by conical cement legs supporting the fixed wooden top, which is available in a variety of finishes. Still is a table by Bartoli Design for Bonaldo. Awards received: Good Design Award, Red Dot Design Award.
Details: 150 cm x 150 cm x 75 cm high – Square; 160 cm across x 75 cm high - Round (available in more sizes)

Bonaldo Still
Vanessa: It is a fixed table characterised by a transparent glass table top, available in different shapes and sizes.  The base with the evocative butterfly shape in walnut-painted wood is made of multi-laminar wood veneer glued to the glass top with steel plate. Vanessa is a table by Bonaldo.
Details: 120 cm wide x 280 cm long x 75 cm high – Rectangle; 120 cm wide x 220 cm long x 75 cm high - Oval (available in more sizes)

Bonaldo Vanessa
Venezia: Named after one of Italy's most unique and romantic cities, the Venezia table from Tonin Casa.  Each leg of the Venezia is laser-cut to perfection, revealing an ornate design that elegantly plays with low passing light. Additionally, Tonin Casa presents a masterful walnut or oak veneered table top that adds a grounded presence to your living room. Available in wood, glass or glass ceramic inner tops; as well as in different finishes, size; whether fixed or extendable. Venezia suits décor or setting with ethnic or oriental look but contemporary is never less.
Details: height 75 cm, width 160 cm, depth 90 cm; height 75 cm, width 200 cm, depth 110 cm (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Venezia
Firenze: Named after the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, the Firenze table draws upon classical Italian architecture while staying true to modern design ideals. The perfect helix (wood strips combined to form a spiral sculpture) of veneered MDF wood blocks composes the base of this glass table, while the chromed foot plate reflects the spiral from below. The glass table top in available in clear or extra-clear versions. The base is available in Canaletto walnut finish or white lacquered. Designed by Nicola Tonin for Tonin Casa.
Details: height 75 cm, 120 cm of diameter (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Firenze
Capri: This table evokes Italian history and the evolution of classical Greco-Roman belief. The metal base holds the transparent glass top like two crisscrossing bands of energy, and is balanced by polished marble at the table's foot. Capri is a fixed table with the metal frame and marble base in different finishes. Designed by Angelo Tomaiuol for Tonin Casa, Capri comes in round and oval shape.
Details: round: height 75 cm, 140 cm diameters; Oval: height 75 cm, 220 x 120 cm. (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Capri
TL Kayla: A dining table by Bonaldo. The central leg has two inclined elements which, with the table top, form the letters T and L. Clean-cut shapes create strong visual impact, and the top is available in wood, glass, or ceramic. TL Kayla is available in the fixed and extending version and it stands out for the extensive range of finishes that can be combined: the base can come in painted metal and with copper, brass or pickled effect.
Details: Available in different sizes

Bonaldo TL Kayla
Colosseo: A fixed or extendable table that is inspired by the Colosseum monument and hence the name of the table. This piece evokes Italy's love for ancient Roman architecture. Like the classical arena, the Colosseo base balances structure with spacious gaps to reveal a composition as hardy as it is elegant. The fixed is available in round or elliptical solid wood base with marble or glass top and the extendable is available in elliptical, solid wood base; with aluminum guide bar; tempered glass top. Designed by Nicola Tonin for Tonin Casa.
Details: round: height 75 cm, 140 cm diameters; Oval: height 75 cm, 220 x 120 cm. (available in more sizes)

Tonin Casa Colosseo
Siena: It is the definitive example of Alf's ability to combine classical and contemporary, with a high-gloss black finish and sharp design lines. The table is finished with a glossy lacquer coat. Siena can be extended from a 6 seater to an 8 seater.
Details: L196 cm x p108 cm , h 78 cm for normal; L 160 cm x P 100 cm H 77 cm for extendable (Extends to 250 cm). (available in more sizes)

Alf Siena
We hope you enjoyed our list of handpicked dining tables to make your everyday dining at one of these a enjoyable one. To know more about dining tables read our blog on The Simply Sofas Guide to Buying Dining Tables.

Friday, May 13, 2016

4 Factors to Consider before Buying Home Theatre Seating

If you’re planning to call your friends over for a Live screening of a football match or a blockbuster movie Blu-ray release on your big screen, you would want them to enjoy the home theatre experience and make sure that everything goes smoothly as planned. Before you do so, you need to check everything from the big screen, lighting, sound to home theatre seating. Just as comfort becomes an important of any setting. The home theatre seater on which your friends and family will seat needs to be comfortable so that your guests don’t have to change their posture to make themselves feel at home. Planning a recliner or theatre seating requires some research. But, with a Stressless home theatre you don’t have to. Here are some good reasons why it’s the best in home theatre seating.

1. Adjustable Recliner: While watching that big game or movie on your home theatre system, you are likely to change your posture 300 times in a normal chair or sofa. But, with a Stressless Home Theatre seating, the recliner responds to your slightest movement so you can enjoy movies or shows back to back for hours. Stressless upholstery is made from top grain leather which is available in different colours and materials. Each seat is adjustable to your posture, thanks to the perfectly balanced Glide system that automatically adjusts to your body weight, with no buttons or levers to pull. Also, the Plus system automatically provides correct support for your head with its height-adjustable headrests and lower back support. The function is double-sided for maximum stability, functionality and lifetime use. With these advantages you can spend hours in front of the big screen without having to worry about changing posture or getting comfortable.

Home Theatre seating by Stressless
2. Happy feet: The unrivalled comfort on the Stressless home theatre seating is incomplete without the ottoman or footstool which is ingenious in many ways. Comfort and functionality comes in perfect harmony with the Stressless double ottoman and Stressless oval ottoman. The Stressless double ottoman ottoman offers ample space to rest your feet and a storage space hidden by the tabletop which is fitted over the ottoman. The tabletop serves as a handy beverage holder. The Stressless oval ottoman has a removable pillow that doubles the space as a convenient table. The pillow can be stored underneath the tabletop when not in use.

3. Room for food, drink and remote control: The sector table is upholstered like the sofa and hides a storage space under the top of the armrest. The sector table is treated as a fixed unit along with the recliner seating. The corner table is free-standing allowing you to re-organize the furniture when needed. Together these keep everything you need at arm's reach. Your remotes, popcorn, drinks or snacks can be placed on – or in the neat storage places that also function as tables.

Functional Footstool and Sector Table
4. Customised home theatre seating: Stressless home cinema solutions can be arranged in such a way that it suits any size and living space. All models can be arranged in varies set ups, and each models’ measurements vary from the others. Some of our Stressless home theatre seating collection includes - Stressless Arion, Stressless Wave, Stressless Space, Stressless Legend. These recliners are available in a three seater, two seater, and single seat to create your perfect home theater solution. They also come in high and low back editions. The brilliance lies in the flexibility of the modules.

You can visit a Simply Sofas showroom near you, test drive your favourite Stressless recliner, choose the size and colour and at the end of it you’ll get a top notch customized home theatre experience. Now you can enjoy the sights and sounds of home theater in amazing Stressless comfort every day.

Friday, May 06, 2016

The World's Best Furniture Brands at Salone Del Mobile 2016

The recently concluded world’s biggest event Milan Design Week was a grand success with over 372,151 total attendees.  The fair showcased new material, new designs and new trends. While you were able to catch a few latest updates, you would’ve missed some. Here’s what the world’s best European brands were really up to at the fair during the biggest week in design and interiors.

Herman Miller presented “The Double Dream of Spring,” an environmental installation by Michael Anastassiades during this year's Salone del Mobile. In the space, his elegant and spare Spot stools and Stasis tables for Herman Miller are shown in walnut and white oak paired with a carefully considered shade of brass lighting sculptures. These traditional works within a surrealist setting represent Anastassiades' distinct design aesthetic. 

Natuzzi made an indelible mark at the fair portraying themselves as the harmony-maker by bringing together objects and people in perfect harmony. Here are a few newbie on the pavilions at Milan:  The Herman sofa pays homage to Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. The metal exterior support – resembling a fin through which it got its name is surrounded by both the backrest and the seat giving dynamism to the structure. This sofa combines harmony, design and craftsmanship playing cleverly with shape and size.  When it comes to dining, Leggero managed to catch attention of the viewers. It’s a collection by Victor Vasilev that focuses on formal lightness paying homage to the master of industrial design Giò Ponti. Beside, a special installation "Intro", signed by Natuzzi and Fabio Novembre within the exhibition "Rooms. Novel Living concepts" was a major attraction.  At their flagship store at Milan, Natuzzi presented ‘Soul Landscapes’, an exclusive event to celebrate the places that are home to the brand for 57 years and which inspire the creations. The picturesque setting of the Palazzo Caproni courtyard in Milan, home of the flagship store, was transformed for one evening into a hidden corner of Puglia, one of harmony and nature space in the heart of the city.

Tonin Casa chooses elegance as a key to dressing at the fair. The leather varieties which Tonin Casa chooses represent the concept of beauty, its strength and elasticity. The brand’s new collection included Rea coffee table, Spiga lights (with new finishes), dining tables, and bookshelves. 'Tweet' is a collection a shelves in different finishes - white and copper with wood, for books and little things that you don't want to allow to get away. Inspired by the design of a bird-cage, it's Tonin Casa's bold and fun way to enlivening up any room. The ceramic topped table is a design and production trend that's here to stay. Heat and scratch resistant, there are advancements in developing these; you’ll see a metallic sheen on this Tonin Casa dining table, with a bent wood base. Harmony and elegance of a venetian evoke the splendor of Venice through a Venetian designed bed Veneziano.

Alf Italia: Wrapped in Italian goodness, Alf came up with new designs, new tones, new colours and collection. It launched Cartalegno, the new collection of cabinets designed by the Milanese designer banner of versatility and colour. Three models in the catalog, declined in as many different formats starting from a horizontal dresser reaching the vertical cupboard, in a refined game of details and color combinations. All models can be made in white, yellow and gray. Also, who said designers must never cut corners? Alf cabinet has edges cut with new wood tones and colours that marry beautifully. The only brand with the beauty of Italian designs that bridge old and new.

Leolux: The brand attracted many passer-bys this year. The highlights from the pavilion include Guadalupe sofa, black-white fabric "Parables" designed by artist Coen Blankwaard for the art version of the Leolux' classic Parabolica and art and the Leolux world. The Parabolica was the most attractive designs from Leolux. It is a manifestation of the designer’s flashback on his own art-history. The designs on the upholstery tell parables of the artist in black and white. The chair has deep meaning - A man, his backbone and zipper, an open heart experiencing the world, the hole in his shoe. The leather outer of the sofa encompasses the canvas, the character. Moreover, the new Guadalupe received earlier this year, a red dot award. Other new collection include: Azzurro, Indra, bora balanza. German artist and illustrator Olaf Hajek has provided Leolux with expressive paintings for more than three years. He invokes nature to portray his personal vision of the world of Leolux. The customer as a bird that feathers its nest with the most beautiful little things referring to the freedom that Leolux offers for creating a space that is full of warmth, beauty and comfort.

Bonaldo had icing on the cake as it celebrated its 80th anniversary at Milan. The brand presented an extensive range of new products including - Hulahoop, the new family of tables designed by Alessandro Busana; the young and modern "Piers" accessory designed by Roberto Paoli; Blazer Sofa that completes the furnishing offering of the Blazer family seating designed by Mauro Lipparini. When it comes to bedside lighting, there’s a new meaning to it with light beneath the darkness. Motifs are back in a big way, but as boxed combination or geometric patterns, as can be seen on the Bonaldo console. Alvar bed by designer Giuseppe Viganò for Bonaldo has many moods and is available in a range of premium leather and fabric colours. The Almond table by Gino Carollo with thick top contrasts thin diamond-shaped metal base. Bonaldo booth was selected as one of the most beautiful stand at the Salone del Mobile.

Fama caught the attention of the passer bys with Kangou fabric sofa, AdapTable Coffee table cum dining table with a button, and Arianne Love in a new burst of colours. Other pieces that sat in the pavilion include Pacific, Valentina, MyNest. Lot of pastel colours were seen in the booth remising the colour trends.

Calligaris had its flagship store at Milan. The historical Italian brand unveiled its new collection at the design week like every year. This year it amazed the audience with its strong contrasts - tables, chairs, carpets, cupboards and above all sofas. The contrast being, wood triumphs in darker shades, here and there punctuated by warm, saturated colors, with a touch in pastel shades. But there is even a light wood, with lines that refer to the Nordic style approached bold shades that characterize the colorful and contemporary design of the brand. One of the most attentions catching products was the round table with novel mechanism solving space and guest issues when the need arises. Calligaris proposed new high-impact models in which the bases become, each time in a different way, singular object of creativity. Like the fun Paper table, light and colorful, the two rectangular tables Ponente and Eclipse, the suspended table on glass base flight, imagined by Roberto Paoli, or the round extensible Tivoli, born from the creativity Calligaris team with Edi and Paolo Ciani. Annie, Igloo and Stockholm and the delicate family of Palm stools also were the works of Edi and Paolo Ciani. Dondoli and Pocci instead sign the varied collection of chairs and stools Bahia organic shape and exotic feel. The new furniture collection also includes magnificent cupboards, evolution of the old dispensation - Adam, Secret and opera - and practical coffee tables, characterized by young and informal spirit: Tweet, yarn and Upside.

NicolettiHome made a deep impression at Salone with its world of colours presenting a string of new colours and products. To name a few: Domus, Francy, and Allure. Domus Blue meaning -trust and security. Francy White meaning - purity, wholeness and completion. Allure Red meaning - energy, passion and action. Unlike the Serena sofa, Nicoletti this year has a single seater or chaise lounge Serena. Comfort in motion. Virgo sofa is another creation with primary shapes that combine comfort with lightness. This sofa balances between subtle design features and maximum essential appeal. Three new comfortable solutions and three new interpretations of living space: 
Zuma - The contemporary image of upholstered furniture in the utmost composition versatility. 
Celine - The sofa balances between subtle design features and maximum essential appeal. 
Puzzle - A solution that interprets free and informal lifestyles, expressed in a broad variety of layouts. 
Mover – A sofa with a technological innovation to support Italian style. It’s a unique combination of quality, technology and innovative design. Two tones, extraordinary comfort, impeccable proportions were the distinct features in the creations. 

Koinor: The fair was a stage for the world premiere of a unique sofa concept by Koinor. Free Motion is a family sofa that's for the individual. It allows you to not just recline at the touch of a button, but also move laterally, closer to (or further away from) the person next to you controlled by a remote. It offers complete newest dimension in seating, lounging and living. Other sofas include Lazzy in grey, Houston in blue wood, Evia, Francis and Swan recliner.

Mario Cioni: The brand showcased their latest collection inspired by ‘Neoclassic’ era of design. Its signature collection featuring handmade crystal accessories has been the centre of attraction for a long time. One of the exhibits was Harry’s glassware designed as a revisited classic, the thickness and the necessary weight, needed for the traditional whisky tumbler, is lightened with cuts and etchings that play with the colour of the drink, creating improbable iridescent ghosts. These have a unique shape in seven different designs to create your own personal collection. Another exhibit range was Luxe Bowl. Luxé bowl is the result of a modern reinterpretation of the fruit-stand which adorned the sumptuous Renaissance banquets of the Medici court. Tondo Doni the most innovative collection from Mario Cioni & Co. coined its name from the famous painting by Michelangelo – Tondo Doni that revolutionized the Renaissance painting art was also in the exhibit list. Apart from the signature collections, Mario Cioni also showcased its acclaimed creations like Persephone, a vase which, despite its impressive size, fascinates by the ethereal lightness of its forms, Katana, Brucomela and Lucescultura. Lucescultura exalts the symbiotic relationship between crystal and light. Each Mario Cioni & Co.’s pieces are born from the studying of the effect produced from the light exposition. With Lucescultura, the company looks forward, making from the source of light an absolute element of the creation.

Varier: The brand showcased its iconic products in Variable Balans and Gravity Balans in different colours. The Move chair with a rounded base tilts in smooth, gentle movements making it easy to balance as well as supporting an upright and dynamic posture.

These new designs, colours and materials could also make their home in your living space. Why don’t you start making a wish list. Visit: