Sensual sofa: Design icon Dalilips

 

El sofá Dalilips
Design icon Dalilips

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) went down in history as one of the greatest representatives of the surrealist movement. He was more than just a talented painter, he also made a name for himself as a sculptor, stage designer, engraver and writer. His whole life was a synthesis of arts. Born on 11 May 1904, Salvador Dalí died on 23 January 1989. As a tribute, we’d like to tell you the story behind his “Dalilips” sofa – a Spanish design icon and one of the most sensual pieces of furniture in the world.

Next Eames Chair: 5 potential future classics

Beetle chair

Everyone knows them, or has at least admired them in a glossy magazine: iconic chairs by Charles and Ray Eames (DSW), Arne Jacobsen (Serie 7) and Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona Chair), among others. Their price may be prohibitive for many, but they still have an unparalleled appeal. They have been recreated and copied many times over – in a way, even for a design, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The originals are prized as art works and investments that are passed on from generation to generation. However, today’s designers are also creating chairs that have what it takes to be classics. Read on to learn more about these star chairs.

Size of our furniture: An evolutionary perspective

Size and scale in furniture mean more than just harmony of proportions: they are first and foremost a matter of practicality. The height and depth of a sofa can determine how comfortable a family feels when spending time reading or watching TV. A chair back that’s too low can disrupt meal and work times, while awkwardly tall kitchen cabinets can spoil the fun of cooking dinner.

8 tips to figure out your interior decorating style

Knowing what you love (and what you don’t) is the first step in creating a home you enjoy spending time in. Instead of starting out with formal names of decorating styles, which can be a bit restrictive, it often helps to first do some pondering about what you love and are drawn to in general.
Once you’ve gathered enough information, you can look over your findings and come up with a creative name for the style that’s all yours – pulling features from different looks is what makes a place your own.

Midcentury design: Viva Brazil

Photo courtesy of R&Co.
Sérgio Rodrigues’ Mole chair, 1957

An original Mole chair, with its plump calfskin cushions, adjustable leather straps and lustrous jacaranda frame, couldn’t be more comfortable. In his new book, Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture (The Monacelli Press), Aric Chen contends that the Mole and its midcentury cohorts, a sampling of which are highlighted below, deserve a place among the country’s other icons, such as Copacabana, samba, the Amazon and the nut.

Still trend or already standard: open-plan living

Generally, open-plan living refers to the main living areas of the home – i.e. the kitchen, living room and dining room – which are combined to create an open, flowing layout with few internal walls and fewer traditional individual rooms in favour of a communal living space. German architect Bernhard Kurz says, ‘[In Germany], there’s a strong tendency towards open-plan living. It’s been a request in almost all of our renovation projects – in some cases to a greater and in others to a lesser extent. But it generally refers to living rooms, dining rooms and the kitchen – home offices and bedrooms are still preferred as separate, smaller rooms.’

Great collaboration:
imm cologne at Dwell on Design Los Angeles

Arne Petersen, Vice President of Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse GmbH, Dana Teague, Vice President Informa Global Exhibitions, Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer Koelnmesse GmbH and Amanda Dameron, chief editor Dwell - © Koelnmesse
Arne Petersen, Vice President of Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse GmbH, Dana Teague, Vice President Informa Global Exhibitions, Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer Koelnmesse GmbH and Amanda Dameron, Chief Editor Dwell – © Koelnmesse

With its top-quality product ranges, the European (and especially German) furniture and interiors industry can find particularly good growth opportunities in exports right now. The USA is one of the biggest sales markets of all – and one which has not yet been fully tapped by the European interiors industry. As its economy stabilises and key interest rates begin to rise again, we can expect to see sustainable growth momentum in this huge market over the next few years.

imm cologne 2016:
A successful start to the new year for the industry

© Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer
© Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer

From 18 to 24 January 2016 at imm cologne and LivingInteriors, a total of 1,185 companies from 50 countries presented the trends in furniture and furnishings for the coming year. Buyers from the trade with decision-making authority made for a dynamic trade fair during the first five days. With around 80,000 trade visitors from 128 countries, the event recorded a slight increase (4.8 percent) in trade fair visitor numbers compared to 2014.