Ellen Bernhardt and Paola Vella are the creative minds behind Bernhardt & Vella, a Milan-based interior design brand that has been working alongside Bontempi Casa since 2017. Ellen was born in Germany, whereas Paola is from Assisi, although both of them have been living in Milan since 2001. It’s here that the two designers started to put together their ideas and combine their different diverse professional experiences into one vision, creating a new philosophy of design.
Their distinctive stylistic feature is indeed the ability of combining different inputs from different eras with harmony and dynamism, and mix them with contemporary details. For #bontempideluxe, the collection of furnishing accessories presented by Bontempi Casa at Salone del Mobile 2018, Bernhardt & Vella creates the Universe table and two food trolleys, Chic & Class, in addition to Bontempi Casa’s booth.
Ellen and Paola discuss their creations in this exclusive interview. They also talk about leather and metal finishes, tops with smoked glass inserts, contrasting details in brass, 1950s inspiration revisited with a more contemporary color palette.