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The kitchen is one of the most lived-in places in the home, a space to be shared with family and guests during lunches, dinners and informal aperitifs. Therefore, it is important to create a versatile, cosy and comfortable environment, and to choose the most suitable chairs, taking into account the available space, the different usage requirements, but also comfort and design. Finding the right chair is not easy, not least because of the vast number of products on the market. The first thing to do is to distinguish between the dining room and the kitchen proper. Generally speaking, a chair that is designed for the living room (dining room) will not fit the kitchen.

Kitchen furniture: why it is worth starting with the chairs

Carefully assessing the size of the space in which the chairs will be placed is the first, indispensable step. If space is plenty, one can opt for a large table and comfortable seating, perhaps even with armrests. On the contrary, if the space is small, also chairs and table should be tiny. Going into the specifics, one must consider that the minimum size for a person sitting is 50 cm by 60-70 cm. A chair usually has a seat width of 45-55 cm, depth 45-60 cm and is 40-50 cm high from the floor, with a minimum backrest of 38 cm.
The chair must always be chosen according to the size of the table, especially in relation to height: a table is on average 72-75 cm high, even 80-85 cm if it is an antique one. For a chair to be considered right for a table, the distance between its seat and the lower edge of the table must be greater than 30 cm. In this way, the legs of the diners will be able to move easily and overlap. Pay attention also to the ease of storing and sliding the chair under the table, so that the table legs do not get stuck with those of the chair.

Kitchen chairs: tips and curiosities

When furnishing the kitchen, one must focus on creating a comfortable environment that returns cosyness, but without neglecting functionality. In this respect, the material the chairs are made of is very relevant and the possibilities are endless: wood, steel, aluminium, polycarbonate or polypropylene, leather, faux leather, fabric, wood fibre, plexiglass, resin, wicker or rattan. Hygienic, practical and easy-to-clean products such as plastic, stain-resistant fabrics, wood or metal (adding a cushion to soften the seat) tend to be preferred . One of the best tips to follow is to go for a mix of natural fibres, e.g. linen, and man-made fibres such as polyester. In this way, strength, pleasantness and ease of cleaningare combined.

In aesthetic terms, one can choose stylistic continuity with the table or total dissonance. The first option involves purchasing chairs in colours and materials that match those of the table or, even better, those of the kitchen top. Even a single graphic or chromatic detail recalling other kitchen furniture elements is enough to create homogeneity and give character to one of the most important rooms in the home.

If, on the other hand, you go for the shock effect (stylistic dissonance), you have to completely decouple the choice of table from the choice of chairs. For example, ultra-contemporary chairs under a super-classic table.

Which chairs are perfect for a modern kitchen

To highlight the most suitable models for a modern kitchen, let’s start by clarifying those that should definitely not be recommended.

No to chairs with a backrest that is too high, especially in an environment as lively and dynamic as the kitchen.

No to chairs that are too heavy. They will be moved frequently and must be light and manageable.

No to chairs that are actually armchairs and perhaps even have a sloping backrest.

No light-coloured chairs, which are more exposed to stains. Modern kitchens are daring, offering bold, strong, sometimes even fluorescent colours.

No to chairs with armrests. They can bump into the table and above all do not respect the essential, geometric, clean lines of contemporary kitchens.

Modern kitchens often feature glass, almost futuristic tables. Combined with these tables, resin chairs workparticularly well. While transparent methacrylate chairs are an excellent suggestion to give modernity to a dark wood table.

Bontempi: Sedia Ines
Chantal, the kitchen chair by Bontempi Casa

Among the endless models of chairs on offer in the design world, those in leather are certainly the most sought-after: this is not a trend, but a success that has lasted for decades. Leather chairs with a modern design are a must, not least because they lend character to any type of environment: for example, they fit perfectly in the home as well as in a professional context. And matching them is not difficult: they satisfy the aesthetics whether paired with classic furniture complements or ultra-modern elements.

Leather chairs: a guide to choice

Leather and hide are timeless materials, they are constantly and absolutely up-to-date, elegant and versatile. Perfect for embellishing the living room, the bedroom, a reading room, that special corner of your home, or an office. The choice between hide and leather is basically a matter of personal taste: the only aspect to be taken into account is that leather, being softer, lends itself better to seating. While hide , evidently harder, is more used for backrests. As they age, both materials soften and acquire a pleasant colouring and texture, which makes modern leather chairs a timeless design element. Of course, some care is needed: leather and hides have to be cleaned and treated with special products and often the presence of pets and small children jeopardises their durability.

In terms of style, subjective taste is the discriminating factor, but there are some general rules: if you are looking for a leather chair to be the absolute star of the room, it is best to opt for a model with an original, modern, futuristic design. Or, just to distinguish it from the rest of the furniture, you can choose a chair with a vintage flavour, which will give a retro touch to the room.

Modern leather chairs: interior design in purity

It may seem a marginal aspect, but establishing, from the outset, where the chair will be placed helps to choose the most suitable model, style and material. The function shapes the choice: if it will be part of the living room furniture, together with sofas and armchairs, it should have a style and colour that is in line with the rest of the layout. If, on the other hand, the chair is going to occupy a specific corner of the house, perhaps next to a coffee table for sipping tea or reading a book, it should be comfortable, cosy and with a distinct personality in terms of aesthetics. An eloquent example of this is Bontempi’s Drop chair. A chair with solid wood and lacquered steel frame with conical, lattice and swivellegs. Its Upholstered shell is covered in ecological leather, Premium ecological leather, technical velvet, Mambo fabric, Lulù fabric, Waterproof Nabuk, Printed Waterproof Nabuk, Pure Virgin Wool, Velvet,  Filed Kvadrat fabric tailed Kvadrat fabric and Premium Leather.

Bontempi: Sedia Drop
Drop, the living room chair by Bontempi Casa

Leather chairs: compare models and find the best ones

Modern leather chairs are often upholstered: these models are characterised by a wooden or metal frame. Prominent among them is the chantal chair by Bontempi Casa. Leather chairs with a chrome-plated steel frame are also original and impressive, they have a sled-like design instead of the classic four legs.

Whoever has to choose leather chairs for the kitchen, must check that the total height does not exceed 90 cm, because in the kitchen, movements are faster and more frequent and a high backrest would become an annoying obstacle. Chairs with armrests and chairs that are too heavy should also be avoided.
In terms of style, there are many combinations from these macro categories:

Modern leather chair. Contemporary style, no frills, geometric lines, bold colours. Perfect for reading, watching TV, receiving guests.

Design leather chair. It serves as a comfortable seat, but also stands out as a piece of furniture. There is no need to add other accessories or furnishings: it is already an item that attracts the gaze of those entering the room.

Scandinavian-style leather chair. The Scandinavian style has been booming in recent years, thanks to the quality of the materials and the feeling of well-being they convey. A chair inspired by the Nordic style is suitable for any environment, just choose the colour that best matches the other furniture.

Leather and metal chair. Another great classic that rightfully belongs to the history of design: the leather and metal chair immediately characterises a living room with great personality.

Bontempi: Sedia Chantal
Chantal, the living room chair by Bontempi Casa

Down filled sofas represent the ultimate expression of softnesscombined with aesthetic rigour. They are always made following precise dictates in relation to the quality and origin of the raw material: certified goose down. These sofas are ideal for those who want a basically  soft and fluffy seat that adapts to the posture of the body when lying or sitting.

Choosing down filled sofas means standing out 

Goose down has always been synonymous with exclusivity and the highest quality. This type of material is considered noble because of its intrinsic nature, which results in giving an extraordinary softness to sofas. Basically, goose down is an organic material and, like wool, is considered a natural flame-retardant , it requires no special treatment and is considered optimal for high-security furniture. Goose down is also antistatic, hypoallergenic, hygroscopic and insulating. In particular, the down cushion is presented as an envelope sectioned into several compartments: within each section, the ideal amount of down is inserted to create the cushion and make it the soft and cosy element that will be the star of the sofa.

Among the many models that stand out for originality of design and excellence of materials is the Bontempi  Dakota sofa collection. It is a true furniture system that combines the modularity of its elements with dedicated accessories to meet the needs of design, comfort and functionality. The generous use of goose down inside the cushions ensures a high level of comfort, as well as giving the whole room a lively and cosy feel.

Bontempi: Divano Dakota
Dakota, the living room sofa by Bontempi Casa

Down filled sofas: how to find your way around 

Not all feathers are the same , and on the market it is easy to come across sofas that are generically named to as down filled. In these cases, the filling may differ in appearance and quality characteristics. The best fillings obviously remain those made of goose and duck down, whose special features are easily recognisable by their lower weight compared to other fillings. On the other hand, somebody thinks that goose down is far too soft. Thus, to avoid the classic and annoying sinking effect, many brands opt for a mixed solution: they only use natural down for part of the sofa’s internal volume, for example in the backrest. And they complement the rest of the structure with a polyurethane foam core. This special padding mix generates impeccable seating comfort and a tidier, less saggy upholstery appearance. But the percentage of polyurethane foam is also important in establishing whether a sofa is a quality one or not: there are low/medium densities of polyurethane foam (5-10-15-20-25) and there are high densities (30 and up). The density identifies how many kilograms per square metre it takes for the foam to yield. The higher the density, the better: the upholstery of a quality sofa has a density of 30/35 hp for backs and seats. The upholstery of a cheap sofa is made of polyurethane with a density of 15/20 hp for backs and seats.

Upholstered sofas: which to choose and where to place them

When deciding which is the most suitable model for your needs among different sofas, it is a priority to establish the type of use you intend to make of it. The offer is vast: classic or modern sofas, modular sofas, round or rectangular sofas, small sofas, modern leather or fabric sofas, sofas with pouf or armchair, extendable sofas or with peninsula. Those who opt for a classic upholstered sofa usually want it large and soft, suitable for relaxation, to be placed in the living room close to the television or in the centre of the room as the focus of the conversation area.

A long-lasting upholstered sofa must have a frame made of solid wood  and not chipboard, as is often the case with cheap sofas. The upholstery can be made of different materials: lately, polyurethane foam is favoured for its resistance to deformation, alternatively foam rubber or latex in silicone flakes are used. Colour is also of great importance: a dark upholstered sofa will appear larger and more imposing, while a light one will make spaces appear lighter and more airy. As far as upholstery fabricsare concerned, they range from leather to various fabrics to synthetic fibres. Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen and wool, which are washable but tend to be very delicate, can also be used.

The expression marble effect table, hides a conceptual dilemma. Is it better to choose a real marble top, i.e. to favour natural stone. Or go for the so-called marble-effect materials: for example, porcelain or ceramic tiles that reproduce the veining of marble but offer more guarantees in terms of impact resistance and ease of cleaning. In this short guide, you’ll find all the tips for a conscious and informed choice.

The undeniable charm of marble tables

If in the history of furniture so many big-name designers have tried their hand at designing marble tables, it means that this piece of furniture is a real must. But in addition to purely aesthetic remarks, there are also practical considerations to be made: marble is a natural stone, a limestone rock composed mainly of calcium carbonate, and comes in different colours, with more or less obvious veins. It is a strong and durable material but its surface is delicate: it it affedcted by wear, scratches and stains. Precisely for this reason, the slabs often undergo finishing treatments to make them more resistant and provide a sort of waterproofing. Nevertheless, the porosity of stone facilitates the absorption of liquids and oils: the risk of stains attacking the surface remains real.

On the other hand, its beauty is such that it is difficult to give up the privilege of caressing a marble tabletop: it is almost a spontaneous, natural, automatic gesture.

Often combined with a wooden frame, marble tables become true works of art. And, according to the latest trends, they are also proposed for kitchen furniture

Bontempi: Tavolo Artistico in SuperMarmo da salotto
Artistico, the living room table in SuperMarble by Bontempi Casa

Marble effect tables: inspiration and advice

Marble-effect materials can stand against virtually everything and are visually almost indistinguishable from the original: they reproduce the appearance of natural stone in both colour, veining and finish (which can be polished, matt or brushed). Moreover, they are not affected by grease, the first enemy of natural marble, and are very easy to clean with any type of detergent.
Among the most commonly used materials to reproduce the marble effect are glass ceramics, super ceramics and porcelain stoneware. Pressed and baked at very high temperatures (up to 1200-1400°C), these materials reach the state of vitrification, are completely water-repellent and very resistant. Porcelain stoneware and ceramics can be placed in both classical and important settings, as well as in contemporary and minimalist contexts : ensuring a touch of elegance and personality.

Why buy a faux marble table

Versatility is the key word. Those who opt for a faux-marble surface also gain total freedom in the design of the table: in terms of choice of shape (round, rectangular or oval as the latest trends suggest), size, andmatching with other furnishings in any area of the home.
Faux marble tables are suitable for any environment:
Dining tables: often large, for gathering many guests.
Coffee tables: also small in size but with original shapes.

Kitchen tables: often matched to the material of the island or worktop.
Meeting room tables: to welcome customers and employees on a surface with a strong aesthetic impact.
Outdoor tables: for a tasteful touch and to make the indoor and outdoor layout homogeneous.

Bontempi: Tavolo Artistico in SuperMarmo
Artistico, the SuperMarble table by Bontempi Casa

Bontempi SuperMarmo: technology and refinement 

The Bontempi SuperMarble is an innovative, unique material that combines the extraordinary characteristics of marble and transforms them into something that is modern and functional. It is born from the combination of glass and porcelain stoneware, to which is added a perfect marble print that echoes the natural shine and streaks of the most precious stone in the décor world. The result is an almost indestructible material , resistant to impact and the wear and tear of time, with a colour palette that can evolve according to taste and current trends. Particularly refined is SuperMarmo Choco: a warm and enveloping finishthat embraces the mouth-watering shades of chocolate with its nuances. In its play of chiaroscuro, we see the natural colours of the earth, from the deepest to the lightest beige and cream.

Bontempi: Tavolo Barone in SuperMarmo Choco
Barone fixed round table with lacquered steel frame and SuperMarble top

Now that smart working has become an everyday occurrence for millions of people, the creation of an office zone within the home becomes indispensable. But how should one go about furnishing a home office? Today, the preference is to create a hidden or seemingly closed area that can fulfil several functions: checking email, keeping household accounts, writing, editing photos and videos on the computer. But even when furnishing these spaces, it is always the love of beauty and the desire to create a place that is in harmony with the rest of the house that predominates.

Inspirations and tips for a home office area 

For those who have the possibility, good initial planning would always be recommended. It is not easy, in fact, to create office areas if one does not have sufficient space or if there is no dedicated corner designed on the floor plan of the house. If, on the other hand, the home-office is to be built on an existing house plan, the advice is always to favour  order and aesthetics. Order means opting for strong composure: choose workstations with as many drawers as possible or at least closable areas, so as to keep the workflow alive without having to put everything back every time. Furthermore, by closing doors, doors or drawers, you do not live with the anxiety of having a cluttered office on view in your home.

A small home office to be furnished with big ideas

If your home has a very small footprint, you have to come up with ideas that are highly practical: furnish a small home office, as if it were a container of pure abstraction, but still functional. For example, a small home office can be created in the entrance of the house, if the structure has spaces or niches to be exploited. It is then essential to choose the right colours: a studio, even a small one, must transmit serenity and concentration and for this reason the choice of neutral, light colours in continuity with the rest of the house is fundamental. Choose a too dark colour could be cumbersome and make it more difficult to concentrate, especially in an already small  space which will appear even smaller and more oppressive.
Those who have a large office space at home can really enjoy themselves. In addition to the furnishings typical of work areas, a high-standard office  almost always offers a sofa. Among the many Bontempi collections, it is easy to find a quality sofa, capable of lending character and personality to a office, even a domestic one.

Dakota: divano Bontempi Casa
Dakota: the sofa by Bontempi casa

Furnishing the home office: things you cannot do without

To furnish the home office, there are certain pieces of furniture that you cannot do without. A desk: whatever its size, the important thing is that it contains everything essential for working. If you want to give the room more prestige, you can insert a table in place of the desk. For example, Bontempi’s  Bridge : rectangular and barrel-shaped table, fixed or extendable, with frame and decorative details in lacquered steel.
A chair: better if ergonomic, given the prolonged use for several hours during the day.
An ottoman or an armchair: every now and then a change of point of view helps to think better, to get new ideas and to work with a different perspective.
A bookcasepossibly made to measure, if you have small niches available.
A lamp or spotlights: a good lighting is essential for all types of work.

Charlotte: libreria Bontempi Casa
Charlotte: the bookcase by Bontempi casa

Vintage or minimal: what style to furnish your home office with

A modern, minimalist home office favours geometric lines: a contemporary design, simple, inconspicuous furniture. In this concept, space is the main protagonist, so furniture elements must be reduced to the essential. Metal will be the material par excellence, also in its lacquered versions.
In a studio with a vintage flavour , on the other hand, wood will be the dominant material. Most vintage desks stand out for their characteristic inlays, as well as the decorations on the legs of the frame. Indispensable will then be the chest of drawers on the side, the bookcase and, perhaps, the so-called “bankers’ lamp” in opaque green glass.

An outdoor setting can become truly exclusive if one chooses quality furnishings that make it as attractive and liveable as and more than an indoor space. The privilege of outdoor living passes through the choice of ottomans and armchairs designed specifically for the outdoors: furniture made with fabrics and materials suitable for the weather. Functional, durable, flexible and design-oriented elements that combine aesthetics and practicality, with the aim of providing relaxation and comfort for guests and owners.

Outdoor ottomans and armchairs: tips and inspiration

First rule: indulge yourself, let yourself be stimulated by the great variety of existing models. Colour, modularity and comfort characterise all the outdoor collections, which include armchairs, ottomans and benches. Armchairs, in particular, are the indispensable element of an open-air living room that is both comfortable and elegant, so as to favour convivial occasions. To choose the best outdoor armchairs, it is essential to identify the correct proportions and symmetries that will enhance them within the available space. Ottomans, on the other hand, represent a quirk that communicates style and passion for design: the desire to complete the outdoors, filling any empty spaces with the originality and whimsy of a pouf. There are all kinds: colourful, small or oversized, with bold shapes, clean lines, geometric play and bold volumes.

Garden ottomans: advantages and disadvantages

The garden ottoman is a sophisticated and chic piece of outdoor furniture. In addition to being a comfortable seat, it can be used as storage and, if necessary, as a side table. Round or squarenowadays, all ottoman models are made of technical materials to last and withstand the elements. Obviously some materials, wood for example, are more fragile. While the models in metal or plastic perform better in the long run. The use of synthetic fibre is also interesting: woven plastics that recall rattan furniture but are more resistant to wear and tear over time.

Shapes and materials: classic and original ottomans

Garden ottomans are available in many types and sizes, starting with the iconic bean bag ottoman, with its classic, sinuous shape: it is the best known and most traditional model, the one that immediately springs to mind. It is a stable and voluminous beanbag, usually filled with EPS beads and lined with soft fabric to achieve a soft and elastic effect, which adapts perfectly to the shape of the person leaning on it. This type of beanbag ottoman is usually rather large and – to be suitable for outdoors – it must be covered with a waterproof fabric: certain models can also be offered at the seaside, even on the shoreline, as is often the case in luxury resorts. In this case, the fabrics must be water-repellent, UV-resistant and impervious to algae and fungi.
Among the most original ottomans, the rectangular ones are very much in vogue: they are also perfect for use as coffee tables. While round garden ottomans are ideal for creating lounge areas with individual seating, perhaps on a lawn.

How to choose outdoor chairs

Studied down to its tiniest detail, every garden, veranda, patio or pool can be transformed into an oasis of relaxation, where you can spend pleasant moments enjoying the outdoors. To achieve this, it is essential to have beautiful and comfortable chairs. They should also be sunlight resistant, easy to wash and weatherproof. Today’s trend in interior design is to maintain a certain continuity of style between the interior of a home and its exterior. For this reason, it is important to maintain a consistency of colour between interior and exterior and, if possible, continuity in terms of materials. Lately, plastic and wood have gradually been replaced by new solutions. Nowadays, iron and aluminium chairs are often chosen, made with specific techniques and covered with varnishes that guarantee greater resistance. In the case of large chairs that accommodate cushions, it is best to favour those made of textilene: a virtually indestructible synthetic fabric that can withstand all kinds of wear and tear and weather conditions. Alternatively, one can opt for batyline, a fabric that can counteract the effects of sunlight and moisture: water splashes are to be reckoned with (especially in poolside lounges). Among the outdoor chairs, Rocket by Bontempi deserves a mention for its design and practicality.

Rocket: sedia Bontempi Casa
Rocket: the chair designed by Bontempi casa

To approach the world of pendant lamps, one has to start by making a distinction: pendant lamps are often confused with chandeliers. Instead, they are two separate categories, albeit within the same sector: lighting. Lamps have only one thing in common with chandeliers: they are also hung from the ceiling, but unlike chandeliers they are hardly ever used as the main light. Pendant lamps are usually combined with floor lamps. And they often feature designer lampshades.
The chandelier on the other hand has the main purpose of illuminating the room, decorating the ceiling. It differs from lamps mainly in its ability to provide complete illumination. Another difference: once it has been installed, it is rare to remove it due to the cumbersome and unwieldy uninstallation manoeuvres it requires.

Pendant lamps: how to choose the right one

Furnishing trends in recent years have shown significant growth in the production of pendant lamps, which increasingly meet the taste of broad target groups. Often, these are lamps made of natural and simple materials such as wood, fabric and glass. Particularly sought-after are pendant lamps with a minimalist design, without excessive decoration.
Before choosing a pendant lamp, it is important to study the available space and quantify the lighting effect you want to create. After this priority skimming, the design is assessed in purely aesthetic terms, opting for the model that best matches the rest of the environment. In this respect, the model stands out for the originality of its design and the quality of its realisation, Spark by Bontempi Casa. This is a lamp consisting of one to six pendants with a ceiling rose, a  natural brass frame and borosilicate glass , and a pendant lamp for cluster compositions – to be combined with the multiple ceiling rose to be ordered separately – with a natural brass frame and borosilicate glass decentretiser.

Spark: lampada Bontempi Casa
Spark: the lamp by Bontempi casa

Modern pendant lamps for furnishing the kitchen

The versatility of this type of furnishing accessory is highlighted by the diversified use that can be made of it: while initially pendant lamps were especially suitable for living rooms and living areas, they have now become a must for kitchens, especially those of modern inspiration. Very often these are glass models: glass pendant kitchen lamps allow you to play with opacity and transparency. Plastic ones, on the other hand, allow for a lot of brightness and can have traditional shapes, such as spheres. There are also models made of wood, paper, natural stone, aluminium, rubber and increasingly used today is fabric. The kitchen is a place that welcomes, that accommodates, that brings people together, it must therefore be well lit. And pendant lamps give you the possibility to create a cone of light wherever you like: on the table, on the worktop, on the hob.
There are pendant lamps for the kitchen in various styles:
Classic style kitchen pendants: a model that never goes out of fashion, it can be Art Nouveau with plain glass and floral decorations, or vintage, with soft lines and no decorations.
Rustic or industrial style kitchen pendants: a model with an iron or steel bell, dark on the outside and light on the inside.
Modern kitchen pendant: a model that experiments with special shapes, but above all in materials such as perforated plastic, bent steel or glass.

Everything you need to know about designer pendant lamps

Designer pendant lamps often feature an industrial-style metal frame. This is a very specific choice: the strong visual impact comes in a variety of types and finishes, defining the style and making metal lamps easily adaptable to modern as well as classic environments. An exemplary model of designer pendant lamp by Bontempi is Pandorawith lacquered rosette and body in the various finishes available.
Many designer pendant lamps are perfect for illuminating the office work surface and – being largely adjustable – allow accent lighting on specific objects or portions of space.
Finally, the topic of energy saving is worth mentioning: most designer pendant lamps are combined with LED bulbs. From this, comes the possibility of a significant step forward in the fight against waste: LEDs use 90 per cent less energy than conventional incandescent lamps.

Pandora: lampada Bontempi Casa
Pandora: the lamp by Bontempi casa

They are Indispensable but also decidedly aesthetically impactful. It is this aspect that characterises the chairs in any high-end furnishing context. And out of the countless types of chairs that exist, the most comfortable are undoubtedly the upholstered ones. But how to find the right compromise between style and practicality? And is it better to choose classic upholstered chairs or  contemporary design models? When it comes to choosing upholstered chairs, the starting point is to think about where they will be placed and which is their function. The destination can be the most desperate: from the most classical, around the dining table, to the study, to the entrance hall and the bedroom. Another criterion not to be overlooked when choosing upholstered chairs is the combination with other furnishings, which becomes decisive if one decides to offer different types of seating in the same room.

Classic upholstered chairs: inspirations and ideas

Choosing upholstered chairs with a classic style is always a winning move: these are elegant furnishing complements, capable of embellishing the interior of homes and offices. Often, among classic upholstered chairs, one tends to prefer those covered in leather. It is no coincidence that these iconic solutions have always been included in the offering of the most sophisticated luxury brands and are often exhibited in modern art museums. The great variety of styles and formats allows access to a vast offer, which translates into infinite possibilities of use: classic upholstered chairs in fact also find a place in modern design environments, to create a contrast that is always fascinating.

Upholstered designer chairs: the latest trends

Designer upholstered chairs retain the advantage of being comfortable and cosy, while catching the eye with modern and innovative shapes, volumes, colours and materials. They are always made according to scrupulous ergonomic principles, but they do indulge in a few quirks: for example, the choice of acid and fluorescent colours, highly impactful patterns or the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate construction materials. If, then, by modern design furniture means minimalist style, the choice often falls on upholstered chairs in total white or with grey materials and finishesthat reproduce theconcrete effect.

Why buy elegant upholstered chairs

Some call them elegant upholstered chairs, but perhaps it would be more accurate to call them timeless. Those classic models that have made their aesthetic rigour a strength. Choosing this type of elegant upholstered chairs means going on the safe side: having the certainty of conferring prestige and authority to the environment you intend to furnish. Among the many models combining elegance and design, the Chantalcollection  by Bontempi stands out. This is a chair with a solid wood frame anda steel rodstructure. Conical section legs, swivel, with and without castors in lacquered aluminium.

Chantal: sedia imbottita Bontempi Casa
Chantal, the upholstered chair by Bontempi Casa

How to choose upholstered lounge chairs

When choosing upholstered chairs for the living room, it is a good idea to begin with an evaluation of the finishes and atmosphere that the room already expresses: so that there is a consistency of colour and finish. A very common solution is to place chairs with and without armrests side by side. In such cases, one generally leaves the two seats at the head of the table the armchair because it has more space available. The models with arms are also very convenient for increasing the number of seats in the conversation area when there are guests and perhaps the living room is not large enough to accommodate real fixed armchairs. Among the various models of upholstered lounge chairs made by Bontempi Drop stands out: it is elegant, functional and design-oriented.

Drop, sedia imbottita Bontempi Casa
Drop, the upholstered chair by Bontempi Casa

Upholstered kitchen chairs: guide to their selection

In order for an upholstered chair to be comfortable in the kitchen, one must immediately assess its dimensions in relation to the table it will be combined with. A space of about 30 cm between the seat and the underside of the table should be considered, and in the case of an upholstered seat, the height should be measured to ensure comfort both without, and with the weight of a person: this is how much the upholstery will be lowered. In addition to the height of the chair, the width and depth of the seat should also be checked: it would be unsightly to have chairs that protrude in an untidy manner or are too close together.

If there is one piece that is immediately synonymous with high-end Italian design in the collective imagination, it is certainly the sofa: one of the most important furnishing elements, both within a domestic context and in a professional environment. When choosing a sofa, there is always a discriminating starting point: is it better in leather or fabric? The answer is: better made.

Regardless of the material, a solid model that is aesthetically pleasing and durable should be chosen.

Better a leather or a fabric sofa: criteria for choosing

Robustness is certainly a starting point, but there are other aspects that come into play when choosing a leather or fabric sofa: the shape and style must fit the context. Colour is key: you can opt for colours in continuity with the rest of the room. Or break away: choose a colour with a strong impact, which becomes the absolute protagonist in the room. Then there is the matter of maintenance, in the sense of washability: fabric sofas, if they have removable covers, ensure easy washing, sometimes without even having to go to the laundry. Leather proposals are potentially more fragile, exposed to abrasions or cuts. Therefore, a purely rational choice between a leather or fabric sofa is not possible: the subjective aspect always prevails in the aesthetic and functional evaluation. The Antares collection, for example, has a strong personality in both leather and fabric: its compact design and stitching make it both modern and elegant. Its slim armrests and backrests enclose generous upholstered shapes. Its minimalist lines of the structure and the high seats are an ideal combination to ensure relaxation.

Divano da soggiorno Antares firmato Bontempi Casa
Antares, sofa with minimal lines, signed Bontempi Casa

The irresistible charm of the leather sofa

Leather or fabric sofa? Those who choose a leather sofa usually tend to favour design: they want a pivotal element in terms of beauty, capable oflasting. Not surprisingly, a well-made leather sofa retains its charm, even when it is a little worn. It is essential that the leather is periodically treated with special products so that it remains soft to the touch.

On the other hand, a drawback of leather sofas is the fact that their covers are not  removable, so a proper washing is not possible: usually, one tends to clean them with a damp cloth. This is something to consider when choosing between leather and fabric sofa, especially if there are animals or very young children in direct contact with the sofa.

Why choose a fabric sofa

If the leather sofa is a great classic, the demand for fabric  sofas is increasing on the market. In recent years, there has been a hyper production in terms of creativity: the fabrics most commonly used to cover sofas are cotton and linen. But today designers indulge in creating increasingly distinctive designs in terms of shape, volume and colour.

Apart from the aesthetic aspect, it is essential to opt for a practical, durable and high-quality fabric. Poor fabrics, maybe mixed with synthetics, can quickly fray, form different coloured streaks, and give rise to small, unsightly lint pellets. The great plus of fabric sofas is that the covers of almost all of them are removable, and therefore washable. That said, it is also true that they are more susceptible to attack by mites and bacteria and tend to absorb household odours.

Artistico, il tavolo in tessuto per arredare il tuo soggiorno
Artistico by Bontempi Casa is the fabric sofa suitable for furnishing your living room

Choose between leather or fabric sofa depending on location

The doubt between leather or fabric can be resolved by considering where the sofa will be placed in the home. There are, for example, models intended for lesser-used spaces, such as entrances or corridors, or designed as supports for the living room or bedroom. They are often small in size, chosen more for beauty than for frequent use: in these cases, preference is given to leather, which is even capable of improving its appearance with the passage of time. The fabric versions, with removable covers, are more suitable for sofas that are used intensively and continuously.

While a swimming pool is undoubtedly a plus for any home, the real added value is the environment surrounding the pool. That is, the poolside space, which lends itself to truly exclusive moments of sharing, to be enjoyed with your family, friends or special guests. With this in mind, the choice of furniture is vital: chairs, tables, accessories, all elements that contribute to the creation of a wonderful poolside décor.

How to choose chairs for the garden with a swimming pool

When choosing poolside furniture, chairs play a ruling role: they must be comfortable but also give character and style to an open, cool, summery environment. First of all, the choice of chairs must start with their material: wood, metal, resin, plastic, the possibilities are many. Then the available space has to be taken into account and this impacts on the quantity of pieces to be purchased. Comfort is of course paramount for a chair, as is maintenance: considering that outdoor furniture is always exposed to weather phenomena, it is worth opting for durable solutions. A perfect example of the balance between aesthetics and practicality are the chairs and stools from the Moodcollection.

Sedia Mood firmata Bontempi Casa
Mood, outdoor chair to furnish the outdoor space, by Bontempi Casa

How to choose tables for the garden with a swimming pool

The table is one of the most important design items in any home. And so is the poolside décor, as it will have to accommodate moments of sharing with family or friends. It is therefore a good idea to opt for a versatile model that is not too bulky: use it as a countertop for a cool drink, a coffee or a drink. But also able to host a lunch or dinner, not too long, nor formal.

It is important to choose a model in line with the style of the remaining furniture in order to create a even layout visual-wise. For those who have enough space, it is interesting to consider setting up a gazebo: in that case, the table – protected from the sun – increases in centrality and importance, and lends itself to even longer lunches and dinners. Among the many models of poolside tables, one that stands out for its elegance and versatility is undoubtedly the Moontable.

Moon, tavolo outdoor firmato Bontempi Casa
Moon by Bontempi Casa is the table of the outdoor world

Poolside decoration: how to create a relaxing atmosphere

When furnishing a space with a swimming pool, whether in-ground or above-ground, it is important to set up a comfortable environment: chairs, tables, parasols, furnishing accessories, must convey harmony and relaxation. In this sense, it is desirable not to occupy too much space: the poolside furniture must allow everyone to move around freely, without creating obstacles in accessing the pool.

Pool furniture: if it is not functional it’s not beautiful

When choosing poolside furniture, one must bear in mind that this is an area that is easily exposed to water splashes. This, together with weather factors and sunlight, can lead to wear and tear of the furniture over time. Therefore, it is better to favour chairs, tables, and furnishings created for the outdoors: with specific materials and workmanship, able to withstand the climatic elements. If you want to go for wood, you can opt for teak or rattan. Alternatively, one can opt for metal or steel furniture, which have the advantage of requiring little maintenance. Wicker solutions have a timeless charm, but are often more fragile in terms of weather resistance.

 

Moon, il tavolo alto per arredare il tuo giardino
High Moon by Bontempi Casa is the perfect outdoor table

Garden with a pool: ideas to make it cosy

Poolside furniture should be thought of in relation to the moments of conviviality and sharing that it will host. Whether for family occasions or events with guests, it is right to emphasise style. An elegant design, which above all expresses cosiness, a desire to be together. Poolside tables, chairs, furnishing accessories: everything has to be organised to make people feel comfortable.