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.

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.

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!

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Linda stools with metal structure completely padded and covered in leather.

Ideas for New Year’s Eve? If you like to organize a party at home and invite your family and closest friends, remember that during the holidays the bon-ton rules at the table are more important than ever. Preparing an elegant mise en place, using these few little tricks during the evening and gifting something special to your guests will make your party look great.

Let’s start from the end, or better, from the gift that you will deliver at the moment of greetings. The meaning of the French word “Cadeaux” is precisely “gift” or “present”. Searching through the dictionary, it turns out that it was related to the homages made by men to ladies, hence the current meaning. We can therefore consider a cadeaux as a tribute to the pleasure we feel for the company of our guests and to the memory of special moments we spent together.

The etiquette suggests preparing small gift boxes to be delivered at the end of the reception, or to have them found directly on the table before dinner. Whichever mode you prefer depends very much on the type of gift you have chosen: you can either keep the surprise effect until the end if you have big-sized gits, while the second choice is more suitable for small objects, that can also serve as placeholders. Remember, in fact, that one of the basic principles of bon-ton to set the table is functionality: the table must be used comfortably, so make sure to leave the space to place bottles and serve dishes while placing the decorative elements as a centrepiece and placeholders.


Now, how to choose the perfect gift for your guests? Gourmet ideas such as homemade biscuit sachets, olive oil, jars of spices or flavoured salt are always appreciated, as well as aromatic plants, natural soaps or scented candles. The best thing, however, is choosing a cadeaux whose meaning is linked to you and to what unites you to your loved ones. For New Year’s reception, you can take advantage of free time that the festive period allows to make your homemade gifts. Alternatively, going around Christmas markets you will surely find craft items and original ideas that will suit you.

And now, let’s kick off our New Year’s reception. It is duty of the hosts to welcome their guests and making them feel welcome, arranging the coats in a dedicated area with hangers suitable for collecting overcoats, scarves and hats. To give the evening a more dynamic twist, consider replacing the classic appetizers with a welcome cocktail and snacks to be enjoyed standing before you sit down at the table. In this way you will also allow the latecomers to arrive and settle, and the hostess will be able to check the last details in the kitchen without her absence becoming too noticeable.

Aron table with wooden frame and glass top. Mood chairs with solid wood frame and velvet upholstered shell.

For an impeccable table, the etiquette recommends a perfectly ironed tablecloth made of a high quality fabric. However, you can also go for a more modern solution, setting the table with runners or place mats if you have a table with a top made in precious materials such as crystal or SuperMarble by Bontempi Casa.

The result will however be very elegant and of great impact. Pay attention to the size of the table: remember that, between one placée and another, the ideal distance is about 50 centimetres, measured from the centre of the plate of each one. Same rule for choosing the centrepiece: large flower arrangements and candles require large tables, that leave the centre empty; otherwise, better to opt for small flower jars or other items such as pine cones or candles to be distributed on the length of the table.

Finally, the basic rule of bon-ton at the table: a general harmony should be created between all the elements laid out, from glasses to cutlery through the placemats, just like the one that will reign among the diners. Happy New Year!

Universe XXL fixed table with structure and decorative details made in lacquered metal and a SuperMarble top; Margot chairs with and without velvet-covered armrests. Puffoso pouf with structure in lacquered metal, padded and covered in velvet.

Once upon a time there was a sofa made of nubuck, the object of desire for every bourgeois salon. Elegant and refined, with a velvety touch making it cosy and pleasant, while a light lived-in effect gives a vintage allure and a sense of uniqueness.

“How to clean nubuck?” this is the question that often comes out before making this choice, because nubuck in nature is a particularly delicate material, that cannot be treated with oils or detergents of any kind, so any stains are difficult to be removed completely.

Research and development are constant factors in the furnishing industry, and apply to materials used as coatings for sofas, chairs and other accessories as well. The nubuck, for example, is reinterpreted by Bontempi Casa as waterproof nubuck, a synthetic material that surprisingly recreates the soft and velvety finish of the leather with this manufacturing process and lends itself to a decidedly simpler maintenance.

It is in fact subjected to a water-repellent treatment that guarantees easy cleaning, making Bontempi Casa furniture in waterproof nubuck suitable for every use in every room of the house, including the kitchen, without any worries.

The waterproof nubuck chairs for the kitchen and the dining room

sedia Aida in waterproof nabuk
Aida chair with lacquered metal structure, padded seat and back upholstered in waterproof nubuck. Millennium table with lacquered metal structure and wooden top.

Around the dining room table, but also in the kitchen, the padded chairs upholstered in waterproof nubuck give an elegant touch to the environment. With its minimal design, the Aida chair immediately creates a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. It is available in beige and, if combined with a table with a wooden top, it is a truly elegant choice.

How to clean waterproof nubuck if it gets dirty with some fruit juice? Simply use a sponge dampened with cold water. If, on the other hand, the stains are coffee or chocolate, better dab with lukewarm water.

The waterproof nubuck chairs for the night area

poltrona Clara
Clara armchair with metal structure, padded and covered in waterproof nubuck with contrasting border.

When a chair is placed in the sleeping area, various functions are expected: sitting to tie shoelaces, reading a book or some messages on the smartphone, placing clothes and bags that must be worn again the day after. The Clara armchair has a delicate design, a classic structure and a soft seat covered in waterproof nubuck to choose from a wide colour palette, with the details of the border to pick in a contrast shade.

Have you lit some scented candles and a few drops of wax ended up on your chair? To clean the waterproof nubuck, in this case, you will have to gently remove the wax with a spatula or a blunt knife and then remove the last residues with a cloth dampened with a specific solvent for dry cleaning.

Waterproof nubuck chairs for the office

sedia Hisa in waterproof nabuk
Hisa chair with lacquered metal structure, padded and upholstered monocoque. Tower coffee table with lacquered metal structure and natural marble top.

Even an office can benefit from the soft touch of waterproof nubuck that makes the environment more comfortable as well as professional. For those who are looking for an alternative to the classic office chair, Bontempi Casa proposes Hisa: the futuristic design of the lacquered metal structure perfectly matches with the coffee table, meeting the softness of the padded shell upholstered thanks to the waterproof nubuck fabric.

Even in the digital era, ink stains can occur. How to clean the waterproof nubuck to make the chairs come back like they were new? The solution is gently dabbing with a cloth dampened with alcohol.

Bontempi Casa flies to the United States to take part in the Autumn edition of High Point Market, the industry fair that can be considered the Fashion Week of the furnishing business. The dates to take note of are October 19th to 23rd 2019, and this is the address: 164 South Main Street, Suite 700, High Point, NC 27260, North Carolina.

High Point News

Once again, Bontempi Casa will have its dedicated pavillion located at IH505. We are enthusiastic to be part of such a great event and we warmly invite our clients and all interior design lovers to come visit us.

Check out our Instagram posts and stories using the dedicated hashtags #highpointmarket2019 and #bontempicasagoestousa.

Throwing a cocktail party to celebrate a special event, an anniversary, or simply to gather some friends with colleagues and “perfect strangers” within a joyful and informal atmosphere, is always a good idea! A wide terrace or a veranda in the garden are the ideal open-air spaces for aperitifs. The etiquette is simple: firstly, the meeting time, between 6 pm and 8 pm, therefore it’s clear it won’t be a dinner; secondly, the standing set-up.

During a cocktail party, guests expect to sip a drink and enjoy some finger food and sandwiches while standing. So, forget the classic dinner table setup. But this doesn’t mean you won’t have to provide seats and coffee tables. A tall Galaxy barstool is perfect to make the environment similar to a cool café, without going out. The choice of colour is crucial: it should be white if you are hosting a total-white-themed party, light grey or anthracite for an elegant party, mustard yellow, caramel or blue grey to create a livelier environment. Regarding the coffee tables, instead, it’s better to go for light and essential structures, such as Contract coffee table by Bontempi Casa. When needed, they will allow guests to put down their plates and glasses, without stealing the show or getting too much in the way.

The main requirement for a proper cocktail party is a good set-up space. Seats and coffee tables must be placed in order to create a few relax and conversation corners, leaving guests able to move around easily. So, they can walk around, socialize with different groups of people, and there will be the perfect vibe.

How to choose the menu for your cocktail party? Drinks will be the protagonists, but do not forget tasty finger food. If you don’t want to go for a caterer, you can choose three or four cocktails to serve with jugs and provide alcohol-free drinks as well. For the menu, you can opt for seasonal ingredients and simple recipes, easy to be served as finger food or in small aperitifs-plates, placed on the coffee tables you have set. Canapes made with fancy ingredients, quitches, couscous, cheese skewers, fresh fruit are only a few ideas.

To set-up your buffet, you can place the food on several coffee tables, so you will avoid to move people to only one corner. Also, you can get help with a food trolley, a classic piece of furniture, elegant and functional at the same time. Chic food trolley, easy to be moved around thanks to its wheels, will be your ace in the hole. Its 20s-inspired design, made of brass and a crystal top, will make you feel you are at a Great Gatsby’s party.


A white and pink-striped wall that seems to come out from a 50s fairy tale book. A balcony facing the ocean. You can see a very small dock from afar where a group of fishermen fumble about with boats and fishnets. White, perfectly square-shaped, tables covered with linen tablecloths, ceramic plates and wine glasses that have not been filled in yet. There is also a centrepiece made of green leaves and fresh fruits, picked from the orchards nearby. All around, you can hear the sound of the waves and feel the wind that blows through the rose-bay branches, the seagulls, the buzz of a cheerful bee.

It’s the beach house. It feels good, fresh, clean. It feels like a well-deserved holiday that has finally come. It’s been closed for a while, but the windows are now wide open and the August sunlight shines through. We can enjoy it only for a few weeks a year, but that does not mean it can’t feel like Home.

8.00 am

The alarm rings later at the beach house. We wake up with light heart and the head feels like a feather. It flies to the kitchen and we prepare a healthy breakfast that we can eat outside, under the bloomed rose-bay’s shadow. The chairs at the beach house seem more comfortable than the ones used in everyday life. Maybe because of the fresh air of the sea? The chairs are white, transparent or light-coloured. There is also a pouf, stuffed with a soft pillow, and a few small bookcases – to place all the books that we can finally read now.

Diesis table, with outdoor lacquered metal structure and a crystal or anti-scratch crystal top; Gipsy chair made in white polypropylene for outdoor; Boss barstool in white outdoor lacquered metal.

10.00 am

It’s time to go to the beach. We can enjoy the sand under the feet and the free time, and dive into the sea. The bravest ones go for a kayak tour, others go for a nice walk on the seashore. Everyone needs a break then, it’s lunch time.

1 pm

Rice salad, fresh tomato with mozzarella and basil, some water jugs with ginger and lemon, seasonal vegetables. Lunch is served to all our guests, friends and family. Tasting good food and sitting comfortably with a sea-view is one of the joys we miss the most over winter time.

Alis Outdoor table, made in outdoor lacquered metal; Mood Outdoor chairs in outdoor lacquered metal with prolypopylene shell.

4 pm

The afternoon at the beach house can change from day to day: sometimes we’d rather go on a boat-tour, sailing along the coastline; other times we prefer to relax in the courtyard, reading our books, playing cards and, why not, doing something we don’t usually do in winter time – such as gardening or decoupage. Otherwise, we simply feel the need to relax while looking at the ocean.

7 pm

It’s time for an aperitif. A pair of drinks on the seashore or on the balcony, a practical coffee table and two poufs in order to make the best of this romantic moment.

Tao coffee table, made in outdoor lacquered metal; and Boss pouf, in outdoor lacquered metal.

10 pm

After dinner, the beach house comes alive, citronella candles light up and you can feel a lot of joy around. Tomorrow we won’t have to work, the alarm will ring late, we will be sitting comfortably on the white chairs, with the head leaned against the white and pink-striped wall.

Furnishing a small garden does not mean abdicating beauty: it is possible to turn a piece of lawn into a corner of paradise, where you can experience unforgettable moments. Is it hard work to furnish a large garden? Absolutely not: you can recreate an intimate and magical atmosphere even in large spaces. Here are all the style tips from the Bontempi Casa team to furnish your garden, large or small. Because it’s the style that counts!

Furnishing the garden is a fun challenge because you can play with furniture of different sizes and original decorations. The first rule is using green spaces at their best, therefore space becomes the environment dedicated to relaxation. Finally, you can add some small decorations, such as sculptures, vases and more.

Garden chairs

The ideal chair for the garden is made of metal for outdoors, it has a comfortable and enveloping structure, but at the same time it’s robust and solid; it comes with a soft stuffed pillow, made of a waterproof fabric that is also resistant to deterioration. Just like Ines outdoor chair, made by Bontempi Casa for 2019 season. Its transversality in terms of colours makes it a passepartout piece perfect for every garden; it’s a comfortable seat that allows freedom of movement, it’s both elegant and discreet.

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Garden tables

Looking for a garden dining table? The answer is Sander, the Bontempi Casa table with an anti-scratch glass or crystal top, and the lacquered metal frame for outdoor. A cozy table with 6 and 8 seats. Outdoor meals with friends, after all, require a large and durable table, but why give up on elegance and style?

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Garden tables

In outdoor spaces, you can’t miss a coffee table that you can use as a table for drinks and snacks, books and magazines or a beautiful flower vase with a few candles. Vincent is the Bontempi Casa coffee table designed specifically for outdoors: it comes with a lacquered metal structure for outdoor use, and a round top available in laminated or alucompact. It’s a versatile and space-saving piece of furniture, its elegant design is suitable for small gardens as well.

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Garden pouf

In the garden, you cannot also miss a practical and multitasking pouf. Pattern by Bontempi Casa is the pouf-magazine rack made of lacquered metal for outdoors: its contemporary design with small round holes makes it a young and fresh piece of furniture. It’s available in different colours, and with a move, it goes from a seat (customizable also with pillows) to a cool magazine rack. Well, it perfectly matches the Tao coffee table, within all its different heights. In short, you won’t miss anything in your garden!

Looking for tables, chairs and outdoor furniture. Beautiful to look at but also functional, colorful and resistant. Furnishing the outdoor spaces of the house requires the same care that is used for the living or the sleeping area, with special attention to the weather conditions in which our furniture will “live”. This is where outdoor metal comes into play: indestructible and versatile, it is a perfect material to create furnishing accessories with essential and light lines, with a modern and never boring design.

The inspiration comes from the modern furnishings of the 1950s, but also from the more contemporary trend of the industrial chic style, of which metal is the absolute protagonist.

Well, it’s easy to say metal, but what material are we talking about exactly? In the Bontempi Casa catalog, the outdoor metal furniture is in lacquered steel. Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon, resistant and stable over time, to which a double treatment is applied to ensure its long life. The first step is the painting by cataphoresis, characterized by the uniform deposition of an epoxy or acrylic resin on the surface of the object, this ensures a high protection from chemical agents and other external factors, a remarkable resistance to corrosion and rust. The second is a further painting of the piece with an external powder paint and subsequent baking in the oven.

Which are the ideal metal furniture for furnishing a veranda, a terrace or a garden? These ones.

INES – The essential chair

A seat capable of combining the solidity of the metal structure with an incredible aesthetic lightness, given by simple and essential lines, that are soft and enveloping. With its strong personality, the Ines chair in lacquered steel with armrests and cushion is perfect combined with a minimalist table, to be set following a single mantra: less is more.

FREAK – The wave chair

Light and refined geometries taken from the seat and backrest characterize the Freak chair with lacquered steel structure, available in white or in different shades of gray, whose look is completed by combining the upholstered seat cushion with matching outdoor fabric matchy or contrasting. The Vincent coffee table, whose lacquered steel structure recalls its sinuous lines, is the perfect combination to create a relaxation area where you can have coffee, browse through a magazine or simply enjoy the shade.

SANDER – the table

To create an area dedicated to lunches with friends, perhaps sheltered by a pergola or an open veranda, the ideal combination for the Freak chair is the Sander outdoor table. Its slender and essential metal structure is available in the same range of colors as the chairs, and creates a beautiful contrast between this industrial-inspired material and its scratch-resistant glass and crystal top.

TAO – the round coffee table

Take a round top and “put it on” over legs that resemble the shape of an origami: it is the Tao coffee table, available in two different sizes and in different colors. One next to the other, thanks to the solidity of the lacquered steel structure, they create a perfect surface for an informal aperitif with friends or for refreshing drinks on summer afternoons.

PATTERN – the magazine rack ottoman

Top, magazine compartment, seat: Pattern is all this thanks to its inverted pyramid structure in worked steel, with a perforated pattern on all sides that gives a fresh feeling of lightness to its aesthetics. Genial in its simplicity, it adapts easily to any type of environment – external but also internal – and to different styles of furniture.