Classics from yesterday and tomorrow now together

Every year, along with the Maison et Objet exhibition, the Paris Design Week invites design lovers to a series of discoveries and events in the heart of the capital. The 2018 edition will go through the new Monolithe showroom in Saint Germain des Prés.

Monolithe édition

Monolithe is settling in Saint Germain des Prés

Monolithe will receive amateurs and professionals in its new premises, 4 rue Madame. A beautiful address in a typically Parisian street of the district with a unique character. There, you will find the Monolithe édition collection in an inspiring presentation : the Klec bookcase, the L88 lamp, the Eora chair, the Hansel and Gretel tables, the Charles & Elie bookends.
To « dialogue » with the contemporary edition, some rare furniture from the 1950s and 1960s, selected by Emmanuelle Vidal, antique dealer and decorator, and the soul of Monolithe vintage, complement the decor.

Among the most beautiful pieces, a desk by Pierre Guariche, a set with lounge chairs and a coffee table or a dining table by Gérard Guermonprez. The opportunity to verify once more that refined shapes and materials, created and designed as close as possible to the item’s funtion, complement each other perfectly, regardless of their age.

New mirrors with round or oval shapes, manufactured in materials already used in the collection – marble, brushed brass, stained oak – the creations signed by Pierre Dubourg are not only used as image reflectors but they also are part of the decor like a painting. The tinted glass and Silestone that adorn the mirrors’ surface are forming a kaleidoscope reflecting textured light effects, sometimes smooth, sometimes velvety. Designed as abstract art works, the mirrors can be hanged in any position, following the decorator’s instructions.

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How to choose a sofa color for your living room

When you’re picking a new sofa for an existing color palette, you have the tough work of trying to re-anchor your space. Of course, there’s been a long-standing false dichotomy about whether your sofa should be a neutral element or a statement piece. Why not both? A neutral color has traditionally served to unify a room, whereas a bold color has meant that the sofa is the star. Instead, we’re seeing a preference for a new kind of neutral. How to choose a sofa color for your living room? With an eye to colors that are warm, sleek fabrics, and polished hardware, you can integrate muted colors into your space for a room that is color-forward without being overtly “statement.”

ASKING YOURSELF HOW TO CHOOSE A SOFA COLOR FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM? WE CAN HELP.

How to choose a sofa color for your living room? We understand your stress. When you invest in a sofa, you’re making a huge home decor decision. As your largest piece of furniture, the color of your sofa will largely determine future decor choices. From paint color to throw pillows, your couch has a very wide range of influence. And while neutrals are tried and true, you might find yourself hankering for something a little different.

MATCHY-MATCHY

Matching your sofa to your wall color is a good, safe choice. Of course, that thinking ties you to a specific wall color and sofa color… for a long time. Instead, try thinking of your wall or sofa colors as the beginning of a palette. What is the neutral that will best work for your color choices? If you love pinks, reds, and oranges, your best choice might be a soft camel tan. Tend towards dusky blues and sage greens? Look for a grey with similar tones. Instead of planning your room around a single piece, focus on the colors that you gravitate towards naturally, and collect pieces in that palette.

CONSIDER YOUR MATERIALS

Your lifestyle dictates the best material choice, but for this post let’s assume you’re a clean, functional adult who can take care of things. Quality leather is a timeless material. It ages well, cleans easily, and holds up to common household pests, such as dogs and children. It also manages to stay cool in the summer and get cozy in the winter. A leather sofa also allows for other textures to have play in your space without overwhelming. You can keep your space fresh and up-to-trend by adding funky throw pillows or a blanket, but rely on the solid goodness of a clean leather backdrop. Leather also tends to be available on that new neutral scale: deep chocolate browns, caramel tans, olive greens, and clay-reds. Of course, leather isn’t always the right choice for your lifestyle.

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Perfect finnish: Secto Design’s artisanally produced lights

“How many (insert noun of your choice here) does it take to change a lightbulb?” opens the old joke standard. In the case of Secto Design, it’s more of a case of how many woodworkers does it take to craft a quality-first, distinctive Secto lamp?

If you were to head up to the town of Heinola, in Central Finland, you’d discover that the answer is fewer than you think. You see, in spite of its position as a global lighting brand for discerning architects, Secto Design certainly keeps it real. Its busy factory employs just a couple of dozen craftspeople – home-grown, Finnish cabinet-makers every one of them.

Secto Design products never forget where they’re from.

Each and every piece that’s produced is authored, as it were. Initialled by the artisan who constructed it. Know this: it’s no easy task making a Secto lamp. Its formal reduction and simplicity belies its innovation, the latter requiring a great deal of know-how, patience and perfectionism. The diligence and passion of the team, however, means that they can nonetheless respond to even the largest of orders.

High-quality, PEFC-certified Finnish birch veneer is form-pressed into blanks, which are then cut into slats. These are sanded and finally connected using rings of aircraft plywood. The slats are then glued and nailed to the rings. A proud craftsperson’s signature may be one thing, but that doesn’t mean the lamps avoid a rigorous quality inspection before leaving the factory.

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