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Contemporary Furniture from Around the Globe: Italy

Last week we explored the art that brought us to the designs of today; the experiments, movements, and innovation which created contemporary furniture.   And in that same vein, in the coming weeks we want to share with you how designers all across the globe (including here in The States) continue to stylize and create art in the medium of furniture.  So keep checking back to hear about how furniture from over the hills and far away comes to be right here in our store, in the heart of Richmond.

First, vieni in Italia! Italians have always been known for their impeccable style, their classic taste and their contribution to all things artistic.  And when it comes to furniture, expect nothing less.  Adorning our store are pieces from companies such as Alf, Jesse, Calligaris, Costantini, Domitalia, Artemide and Catellan.


Asti by Alf is a clean, fresh group that combines pure white with chrome touches.  All of Alf’s Lacquer finishes meet the toughest European environmental standards.  Alf has been producing high quality, fashion forward furniture since the 1950s.
We don’t really know what the name means, but it is pronounced “Day-fee-lay.” Despite the mystery of it’s name, this stunning Italian case goods collection is completely modular and very unique.  Defilé’s modularity comes from a wide variety of case sizes that may be special ordered with a plinth base to stand alone, or to sit atop a bench that rests on the floor (very Italian.)  This collection features Jesse’s amazing quality and attention to detail with the use of state of the art Blum drawer hardware as well as options to select wood or steel drawer pulls.


The Deja Vu Side Chair from Calligaris is reminiscent of a classic shield back chair, but there is nothing old fashioned about it. This stunning chair makes a dramatic statement in any dining room.  Deja Vu is available in several frame and fabric combinations. You may order Deja Vu in black, white lacquers, walnut or wenge frame.


Costantini is a three-generation-old Italian manufacturer of very high end furniture specializing in dining rooms crafted in exotic finishes.  Charm is one of several sophisticated designs that shows off their unique manufacturing skills. The Vanity Table Base is anchored by a large, stainless steel pedestal.  The “V”-shaped column is available in matte or high gloss ebony or in a multitude of matte and high gloss, beech-stained finishes.


The Lirica Side Chair is a generously scaled piece from one of our favoriteItalian chair-makers, Domitalia. Lirica functions flawlessly as a dining chair and is equally well-suited as a pull-up chair or waiting room chair in an office setting.  Several fabric or leather seat finishes are available for you to choose from.


The Artemide lights were never created solely for the function of seeing, or as an opportunity for formal experimentation with lamps as objects. For more than forty years, Artemide has aimed to propose light as a companion to people, as a source of physical pleasure and mental comfort. A symbol of Italian design for more than 20 years, the world-renowned Tolomeo task light from Artemide has been reinvented with cutting-edge LED technology, making it as sustainable as it is timeless.  This lamp consumes only 10 watts of power, is available in two sizes and has a two year warranty.
Founded in 1979, Catellan was originally run by couple Giorgi and Silvia Catellan, however, it is nor their son Paolo who keeps up with the day-to-day operations.  He is credited with creating The Diamond Mirror.  Faceted elegance describes the dramatic Diamond mirror perfectly. This simple yet captivating design concentrates on plain beauty and contemporary style.

If we haven’t convinced you to love ‘il stilo italiano’ stay tuned!  Maybe the Danes will strike your fancy.  And if we have wooed or wowed you, come and check out the many pieces we have from these Italian designers.

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