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18Furniture can be renewed every season, just like clothing. The Spring-Summer 2020 furniture trends are nothing but the mirror of the deep desire for colour and lightness that we are feeling right now. After a long and very strange winter, due to the Covid-19 emergency, the lockdown has been lifted. The sun, the blooming trees and the spring air remind us that we are approaching summer. And even our houses, inside and outside, can “wear” the perfect shades and materials for this season.

There are many home furnishing styles: there are those who prefer minimal accessories, those who look at old fashioned shapes, and those playing with decorations. But every style can have a link with contemporary furniture trends. Let’s discover all the living room furniture trends, but also the news for the courtyard and the garden, of this Spring-Summer 2020.

Summer living room decor trends

The living room is the environment of the house we live the most: for some it can be the dining room, for others it is a separate space. However, it is generally the place where we pay the most attention to furniture. This year, it will be even more important to make space, because living in airy and bright environments, now more than ever, is becoming essential for a healthy lifestyle.

Sander table
Sander table, lacquered metal structure and glass top; Suri fabric chair, Cosmopolitan sideboard.

The 2020 furniture trends suggest using a few large accessories and limiting decorative objects. After an economic and social crisis like the one we are going through right now, after all, priorities are back in order. Essential pieces, therefore, but precious. The sideboards are back, a passe-partout piece of furniture that can be used as a wardrobe, sideboard or chest of drawers. Round tables (that have a wider optical effect than rectangular ones); chairs with essential shapes, only a few frills, but lots of colour.

Summer 2020 furniture colour trends: yellow and orange

Vitaminic, energetic and sunny yellow cannot be missing in your home and in the garden this summer! Tables and small pieces of furniture lend themselves well to this trendy tone. Orange is its faithful companion: for some seasons now, it has come back in all its nuances. Bontempi Casa has made terracotta, the autumn version of orange, the best colour of last autumn-winter season. With summer it returns to cover the leather of coffee tables and armchairs, to represent a warm and lively environment. These homely tones can be combined with white and khaki.

Summer 2020 furniture colour trends: pink and neutral shades

Pink, the feminine shade “par excellence” but now expanded to a wider audience, dresses the interiors and exteriors of those who have a vaguely retro home. Pink gives brightness and radiance to the environment, and ever as in summer 2020 it is a trendy shade that makes your home brighter. Interior designers call it Cloud Pink – that recalls the shade of the most evocative sunsets. Perfect for curtains, wallpaper, lamps and rugs.

And finally, there are neutral colours, like beige, taupe, ochre, cream white – those that never go out of fashion. Perfect not only for curtains, rugs and sofa covers, but also for tables or suspension lamps, cushions for outdoor stools and covered chairs. Their light touch serves to dampen the energy given by the more powerful colours: the combination of both is essential for a harmonious as well as trendy home.

Summer 2020 furniture trends: materials

One key word: lightness, like the one we need so much in everyday life, especially now. After a winter spent in isolation, there is nothing better than dressing the house with delicate, airy, light fabrics. Let’s say yes to quality cushions on the seats also on the terrace, chairs covered with fabric, tables made of transparent crystal. Lightness expresses throughout materials.

0There is a desire that never stops, even when the years pass by, it comes back every spring. It is the wish to be outside enjoying the outdoor spaces of our homes, like the terrace or the garden. Those that represent a real extension of the house and therefore must be furnished in the same style. A crucial piece of furniture, as well as a great protagonist of summertime with family and friends, is the table for outdoors. It should be picked up with an eye for shapes and materials. The size should match the habits of the owners and fit the space that’s available. Quality materials are needed, as it has to resist to the weather and the use. That’s why Bontempi Casa tables are made of lacquered metal specifically produced for outdoors.

Fixed Sander table and Freak stackable chairs
Fixed Sander table with lacquered metal structure for outdoor use and with a scratch-resistant glass top. Freak stackable chairs and Boss stools with lacquered metal structure for outdoors, and padded seat cushions covered with fabric for outdoors.

A large-sized table like Sander is suitable for spaces such as gardens and open verandas. With its 8 seats, it is the perfect outdoor table for large families and for those who like having guests over for lunch. The elliptical crystal top expresses elegance and lightness, but the more classic rectangular variant is also available. In both versions, the central structure is made of lacquered metal for outdoors and it is designed to not obstruct the seats. This modern design adds a touch of style that does not go unnoticed – and which is also in the geometric patterns of the Freak chair back, or in the seat of the Boss stool. This is the ideal combination of products we advise to complete the furnishing of your garden or veranda.

Diesis fixed table and Hidra chairs
Diesis fixed table with a metal structure and a polished glass top. Hidra chairs with a polypropylene structure.

The size of the table for outdoors is important when it is placed in small open spaces such as a tiny terrace or enclosed veranda. In these cases, you need to pay attention to proportions to create a harmonious environment and guarantee maximum freedom of movement. Diesis table by Bontempi Casa is available in three different shapes: from the squared version with 4 seats to the two variants of the rectangular one with 6 seats. While the height remains unchanged. To further customize your favourite piece of furniture, Bontempi Casa suggests combining it with Hidra chairs, made of polypropylene for outdoors. They are available in a wide range of colours.

Outdoor tables Bontempi Casa
Vincent Coffee table with both structure and top made in lacquered metal. Galaxy stools with integral structure in polypropylene and recyclable fiberglass.

Finally, an interesting option for decorating outdoor spaces are tiny taller tables, that can be easily moved according to your needs. The height of the table can be combined with tall stools. These can be placed together to create areas for chilling out with friends during a cocktail party. Otherwise, one table with two stools could become the ideal ally for a romantic aperitif with your loved one.

What makes Italian craftsmanship so special? What the whole world admires is the result of an inimitable mix of attention to details, quality raw materials, passion and enthusiasm for business and products. You will find all these characteristics in Bontempi Casa proposals. We are a company whose history began in Ancona, Italy, in 1963 with a limited local production of furniture. Our tradition continues today on an International level, although we never forgot our values. Bontempi Casa is still a family-run company that keeps on renewing itself year by year to become an ambassador of Italian design all over the world, thanks to the constant search for quality. Although tied to tradition, the company promotes innovation in every aspect of its business, from scouting new trends to the use of cutting-edge machinery, tools and softwares, and a sustainable production process.

Bontempi Casa offers a modern Italian furniture, characterized by timeless elegance and elements that surprise clients with innovative solutions. Examples are tables such as Artistico, Fusion and Barone, whose crossed legs are designed as authentic decorative sculptures with a great visual impact. And what about the Galaxy chair, that has iconic and unmistakable design? Solid, light and functional, suitable for indoors and outdoors, it is a seat that cannot be missing in a modern home. Also, in the Bontempi Casa catalogue there are many other refined products that you can customize to make your home reflecting your personality.

Galaxy stackable chair
Galaxy stackable chair, with or without armrests, with integral structure made in polypropylene and recyclable fiberglass.

Another Italian aspect of the Bontempi Casa proposals is the chance to customize every product in every detail. Tables, chairs and armchairs, poufs and coffee tables, bookcases and all other furnishing accessories can be customized using a wide variety of materials and shades: from metal refined in different finishes to the ten types of wood, passing for crystal, laminates, fabrics and exclusive materials created by the company, all declinable in many colours ranging from classics to shades that follow new trends. The special online Configurator is a simple and fun tool you can use to get an idea of ​ the Bontempi Casa catalogues.

Let’s spend a few more words about the materials that characterize the made in Italy furniture proposed by Bontempi Casa. These quality materials are the perfect expression of the values ​​pursued by the company, such as quality and innovation. In addition to the finest woods, such as walnut and solid oak, refined crystal and Premium leather, in fact, there are innovative materials, a result of years of research and development exclusively owned by the brand. We are speaking of Melamine, ductile and multifunctional, SuperMarble, SuperCeramic and SuperCement, that maintain the charm of the original materials but elevate their performances. This is nothing but a concrete evidence of what the Italian genius applied to design can do to change your life.

Enjoying the good weather on the terrace is everything we dream of! Summer is coming so it’s time to prepare the outdoor area for the relaxing moments ahead. We must keep in mind a few tips regarding the choice of tables and chairs for the terrace and we will have the ideal environment for a wonderful summertime. The first thing to do is to see how much space we have available and decide how we want to use it. Then, let’s choose the furniture accordingly. Family lunches, cocktail parties with friends, relaxing readings… How will you spend your time on the terrace?

Diesis fixed table with metal structure and polished glass top. Hidra chairs with polypropylene structure.

Those who love having lunch outdoor will be happy to create a dining area on their terrace, choosing from the most suitable outdoor tables and chairs for this purpose. A terrace table of this type is Diesis: light and easy to move if necessary, it has an essential design to complement the environment with sober elegance and optimize the use of space. An outdoor chair that perfectly matches Diesis is Hidra, made of polypropylene, available in neutral or more vibrant shades, from powder blue to mustard yellow. This helps us to create a cheerful and fun mood! Complete everything with an equipment in summer colours, perhaps replacing the classic tablecloth with modern coloured linen runners, and the season of outdoor dining can begin.

Galaxy stackable stool
Galaxy stackable stool with integral structure in polypropylene and recyclable fiberglass.

Do you prefer eating in a traditional dining room and using the terrace for aperitifs and refreshing drinks? That’s fine: to organize a perfect cocktail party you do not need a large table set, but smaller tables to place glasses and saucers at the right time, and some chairs to create a conversation corner. Remember to leave enough space so your guests are free to move around. If you choose high tables, you can pick some practical and colourful stools like Galaxy, one of Bontempi Casa most iconic and recognizable pieces. The geometric motif of the backrest and the captivating tints are perfect for outdoor furniture used over summer. Also, the Galaxy barstools can be easily stacked one on the other and are resistant to water, rain and bad weather.

Outdoor chairs
Gipsy stackable chair with armrests and integral structure made of Polypropylene and recyclable fiberglass. Pattern magazine tables in worked metal.

Finally, don’t forget to spare a few moments for yourself, to your readings or simply to a relaxing break. Gipsy outdoor chair will welcome you just fine: its comfortable backrest will invite you to relax. Complete your outdoor corner with Pattern, that can be used as a practical coffee table where you can place a fruit basket or some drinks and it can turn into a magazine rack as well, so you never run out of inspiration.

Sitting in good company around the dining table is one of the greatest pleasures we can give ourselves in everyday life, but if the chairs are not beautiful, practical and comfortable… What kind of pleasure is it? Whether the dining table is placed in the kitchen or in the living room, the choice of dining table chairs is a detail that plays an important role in defining the environment and giving character to the furniture. Today, in fact, the kitchen is more often an open space that communicates with the rest of the house, and the chairs can represent a common thread in the preparation of the different rooms. Having overcome the old diktats regarding the combination of chairs and dining tables, then, the modern furnishing provides for many more free and creative combinations than in the past.

How to match chairs to the dining table

Today, it is common to buy chairs separately from the table, even choosing different styles, between classic and contemporary. Different chairs can also be placed altogether, because they are linked by a common element that can be style, material or colour. In the Bontempi Casa catalogue there are many options to create the combination that best reflects your taste.

Sedie e tavolo da pranzo
Cruz extendable table with metal structure and veneered wooden top. Chairs with trellis structure in lacquered metal, back in polypropylene and wooden seat.

An ideal example of furnishing accessories that help to create a common thread between the kitchen and the living area is the Polo seating family. The different variants of the metal structure correspond to the chromatic variations of the polypropylene backrest, while the wooden seat can be covered by a wide range of fabrics. Polo chairs with trellis structure have been positioned around the Cruz dining table, while the stool version is the most modern solution to complete a kitchen with a central island.

Sedie per cucina Bontempi Casa
Low stool with lacquered metal structure, polypropylene backrest and wooden seat.

Chairs for modern kitchens are comfortable as well as practical and functional, light enough to be moved without any difficulty in case you want to add a place at the table, or to reach the highest shelves. The material is also very important, it must be impact resistant and easily washable. Seventy chair is the perfect synthesis of these characteristics: it has an essential-shaped metal structure and it is covered with ecological leather or leather. The black variant of Seventy chair perfectly matches the structure of Genio table and a piece of furniture with strong personality.

Table and chairs for a modern kitchen
Seventy chairs with metal structure, padded monocoque and covered in Ecological Leather or Leather. Genio extendable table with aluminium structure and SuperMarble top.

A modern and very popular choice is also to use the stools as kitchen chairs combined with the snack top that is part of the central island. Among the many colour variations of Linda stool, covered in leather, there is certainly the ideal shade for the furnishing of your kitchen!

Stools for a modern kitchen Bontempi Casa
Linda stools with metal structure completely padded and covered in leather.

Who said that the legs of a table can’t be ornamental items? Modern design breaks all the rules and finds new creative solutions turning them into pieces of art. Et voilà, a cross-legged table – a true design piece – is ready to be admired. It is the protagonist of the design scene thanks to its originality and future-oriented look. The structure, a result of a great work, is usually made of metal or lacquered metal, while the top could be in wood, crystal, Supermarble or Super Ceramic, refined materials that help you creating a bespoke table for your house. Also, its functionality surprises us: it could be fixed or extendable, rounded or squared, it doesn’t obstruct any seats and it’s an invite to conviviality. Sitting around a cross-legged table for lunch with family and friends to go through an old pictures album or to play board games will be fun.

A cross-legged table can be the best piece of furniture to furnish a modern and elegant living room, as it creates a focal point in the area that catches the eye of the guests.

Metal cross-legged table

extendable cross legged table
Extendable Fusion table with a lacquered metal structure, wood veneer basement and top. Alfa chairs with a solid wood structure and monocoque with a padded and quilted pillow.

The metal ring structure of the Fusion table recalls a jewel, or the orbits of two planets that meet – depending on the imagination. The oak or walnut wood top creates a beautiful contrast between an old and a new style. It’s extendable so it can host up to ten seats.

cross legged table bontempi casa
Artistic table with a lacquered metal structure and a solid walnut wood top. Dalila chairs covered in leather.

Another table that is still made in lacquered metal, but with a different design, is the cross-legged Artistico table. The metal structure sustains a solid walnut wood top thanks to four long plates that embrace to one another as they were in a beautiful dance. The original structure and the combination of two different materials make this table perfect to furnish a mountain cottage that requires a touch of contemporaneity.

Glass table

cross legged table bontempi casa
Round Barone table with a lacquered metal structure and a crystal top. Kuga chairs with a metal structure and a padded and quilted monocoque.

The crystal top of Barone table is a very refined detail that highlights the cross-legged structure and helps the matching of coloured and padded chairs.

cross legged table Bontempi Casa
Artistico table with a lacquered metal structure and a crystal top. Kefir chairs with a metal structure totally covered in leather.

Alternatively, the cross-legged Artistico table is available with a crystal or an anti-scratch crystal top: a new interpretation of a minimal-chic style with personality.

February 14, Valentine’s Day, the feast of lovers. It seems that this anniversary was introduced for the first time to the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer, who associated the celebration with the engagement between Richard II of England and Anna of Bohemia in one of his poems. On February 14, 1400, the High Court of Love was founded – that was an institution inspired by the principles of courtly love, that took care of love disputes between the wealthiest couples of the English society. Since then, until today, Valentine’s Day has been one of the most celebrated pagan holidays in the world.

February 14, 2020. The shop windows are adorned with red decorations, heart-shaped toys, chocolate and candies that tell the love in the form of glazes and pralines. Gaia is thinking what Valentine’s Day gift should she give to Andrea. She would like to surprise him with something special, but at the same time she would prefer not to buy junk food or plastic gadgets. Walking through the streets of the town, she stops in front of a design showroom with many pieces of furniture. She feels fascinated by a particularly elegant living room with burgundy leather armchairs and a black veined marble table… So, she gets an idea.

sgabelli Kuga
Kuga bar stool made in terracotta-coloured leather; Alfred coffee table in lacquered metal and Pandora suspension lamp made of perforated lacquered metal.

At 8p.m. sharp Andrea is at the door, with a bouquet of red roses in his hands and a box of chocolates. With candles around, the living room is simply perfectly set up … There is also a golden lamp hanging from the ceiling just above a high table with two stools combined with two glasses of white wine. The romantic aperitif is served and the couple begins to enjoy the evening.

The dining table is prepared for the real dinner: ceramic plates decorated with floral motifs match the water jug, and the chairs are covered with a burgundy fabric that creates the right atmosphere for Valentine’s Day. Gaia has prepared all their favourite dishes, those they like to order at the restaurant, and those making them smile before ordering another portion. A basket with fresh fruit is used as a table centrepiece, while some fruits are scattered between one plate and the other, as they were ornaments, too.

tavolo Supermarmo
Echo In table with unicolor top

The evening keeps going pleasantly. Andrea appreciates all courses, and then he offers to wash the dishes. The red roses perfume the living room, after being carefully placed in a glass vase. The candles have now run out, and the chocolates have been eaten – that is yet another sign that dinner has been very much appreciated by both of them.

Before going to sleep and ending the wonderful Valentine’s evening, Gaia sits on the soft pouf in front of her desk with the round mirror – it’s her favourite moment of the day, when she takes a little self-care with face and body lotions and some beauty treatment.

scrittoio Vanity
Vanity desk, with a lacquered metal structure, top and drawer in melamine

 

Oak is a majestic tree, a long-lived plant that can last three centuries. In Italy it grows up especially in the Pianura Padana but it is also widespread in the rest of the country. It loves the sun and, thanks to its strong and robust roots, it can grow even on steep slopes and up to 600-800 meters above sea level. In the woods, it is common to see oak trees next to other green broad-leaved trees such as beech, common ash, hornbeam, wild linden, chestnut or mountain maple.

From ancient times to present days, oak wood has always been considered very valuable. Its solidity and water resistance makes it an ideal material for naval and maritime constructions, for load-bearing structures and heavy carpentry works in general.
Its peculiar scent, on the other hand, is the feature chosen to manufacture the so-called “aging barrels” for the aging of wines, the so-called barriques. Last but not least, oak is a highly valued material for the construction of solid and refined luxury furniture like those featured in the Bontempi Casa catalogue. Natural solid oak wood, in particular, is used for large tables and chairs.

Solid wood is obtained from the central oldest and most resistant part of the tree trunk. The only treatment that it requires before being used to build furniture for our homes is seasoning, that helps to eliminate the humidity of fresh wood. Its surface maintains the natural appearance of the wood, with the knots and rings that form during the life of each tree, and with the passage of time its colour may slightly darken. To exalt its natural qualities, the lateral external edge of Bontempi Casa table tops in solid natural oak retains the original shape of the tree trunk, giving the uniqueness of craftsmanship.

tavolo legno di rovere
Millennium XXL table with structure in lacquered metal and top in natural solid oak wood. Kelly chair with structure in natural solid oak wood.

With its warmth and natural appearance, oak makes every place more welcoming. Millennium XXL table is an example: solid and spacious, it seems made to host large family gatherings or cheerful lunches with friends, all comfortably seated on the soft Kelly chairs. Not only: the value of solid wood makes it suitable for a meeting room, to furnish the workplace with style and attention to detail.

sedia legno di rovere
Kelly chair with structure in natural solid oak wood and details in lacquered metal, covered in velvet. Millennium XXL table with top in solid natural oak wood.

Unalterable and long-lasting, scratch-resistant and resistant to external agents, eco-compatible and recyclable: ceramic is a natural material that has many useful qualities for the realization of furnishing accessories. SuperCeramic is an innovative material proposed by Bontempi Casa to raise the characteristics of traditional ceramics, making it the ideal material for making table and coffe table tops. It is declined in a color palette that starts from white and explores the shades of gray to anthracite. Its delicate texture satisfies the eye and can also be appreciated at the touch.

The characteristics of durability and inalterability of the SuperCeramic make the tables with top in this material suitable for every type of environment, from domestic spaces to those of offices and companies. The Genio table, with a SuperCeramic top resting on an aluminum structure, has geometric and rational lines perfect for a meeting room or a professional studio.

SuperCeramic is an absolutely hygienic and non-toxic material, therefore also suitable for kitchen tables. Water-repellent, oil-repellent and resistant to acids, the Dublino and Genio tables top is an ideal support surface on which to cook, or drink a cup of coffee (without fearing of any stains).

Dublino extendable table with steel structure and Super-ceramic top

Genio extendable table with Aluminum frame and SuperCeramic top.

Another feature of the SuperCeramic that appears evident when looking at the Genio and Dublino tables is the possibility of combining maximum strength and minimum thickness: the result is solid and compact tables, while maintaining a light and essential appearance, without the slightest impression of heaviness.

Dublino extendable table with steel structure and Super-ceramic top

 

Tokyo coffee table with lacquered steel structure and SuperCeramic top.

Another example of a furnishing accessory in SuperCeramic is the Tokyo coffee table. Minimalist and essential, it is available in six different sizes that can be overlapped and combined to meet every space requirement based on the occasion.

SuperCeramic is a modern, smart and eco-friendly choice because it is recyclable. Completing the furnishing of your home or office with tables and coffe tables with the surface in this exclusive Bontempi Casa material means making choices that will last over time, surrounding you with a simple and never banal elegance.

Originally from Asia Minor, it was later introduced to Europe by the Persian kings. Plinio the Elder testifies in his manual “Naturalia Historia” that walnuts were imported by the Greeks as early as the 7th century BC. As a royal gift, the Greeks dubbed it “Karya Basilica”, or regal walnut and considered it a prophetic tree. It is walnut wood, a precious, refined and very ancient material that conquers its place of honor in the history of furniture and art.

In Greek mythology, the walnut tree was linked to the god Dionysus. It is said, in fact, that Dionysus, a guest of the king Dion of Laconia, fell in love with one of his three daughters. Caria reciprocated his love, but the two jealous sisters began to gossip about the Dionysus who, furious, first drove them crazy and then killed them both. Caria died of pain and Dionysus, still in love, transformed her into a lush walnut tree, so that it could produce fruitful fruit. The Laconi later built a temple in her honor, and at the entrance they placed

statues carved in walnut wood depicting the three sisters, who were later called Caryatids. Art, legends and mythology intertwine with one another and tell the incredible story of this precious wood, still used today in the furnishing of the most elegant homes.

But what makes it a great support for tables, chairs, bookcases and much more? Walnut wood is not only a piece of art in itself, but also the most appreciated material by connoisseurs of design and home decor.

Bontempi provides different declinations and applications of walnut, ancient solid walnut, solid walnut, edge-glued walnut and veneered walnut.

Millennium XXL table with solid walnut wood plan

The peeled ancient solid walnut wood of the Bontempi Casa collections is a selected wood, coming from areas certified of controlled reforestation, managed according to strict environmental and social standards. A valuable feature of this wood is its unique origin: it is minutely obtained from the trunk or branches of trees in the lush American woods.

This is why Bontempi’s ancient walnut design products carry the signs of each plant’s life path. Live nodes, natural splits and variations of color palettes, testify to their authenticity and uniqueness. All the tops are externally treated with acrylic-based paint that gives protection to moisture infiltrations, maintaining the natural color of the wood.

Artistico table with solid walnut wood top

The solid walnut wood of the Bontempi Casa collection is selected from the best available on the European and American markets.For a more natural effect, the outer side edge retains the original shape of the tree trunk, giving the top uniqueness and craftsmanship.

Thanks to the particular water treatment, the solid wood tops have a protection against moisture infiltrations, while maintaining the natural color of the wood.

Detail of barked solid walnut wood edge

 

      Alfa chair with solid walnut wood structure

 

Edge-glued walnut wood


The edge-glued wood top combines the aesthetic performance of solid wood with those of veneered tops. The outer edge of the top is in fact made of real solid wood with an irregular shape, that is shaped with a radius that simulates the radius of the trunk.
The upper part of the top is instead made of fine wood that gives it the appearance of a real solid wood top.

 

Artistico table with edge-glued walnut wood top –Margot chair with legs in solid walnut
Debarked side in edge-glued walnut

 

Veneered walnut wood


The undisputed value of this material is its lightness, combined with flexibility and non-deformability, features that make it especially perfect to be used in humid environments, such as that of a kitchen.
Composed of panels of agglomerate covered with sheets of wood of noble essence, aesthetically a veneered top in noble essence has a visual impact similar to a solid one.

 

Podium table with veneeredd walnut wood top – Sveva chair with solid walnut legs

 

 

Secret desk with veneered walnut top

 

 

    Artistico coffee table with veneered walnut top