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The dining table is also a central part of a home’s aesthetics, and often, a big investment. Choosing the right table is a process worth some consideration, according to Ultimate Living’s furniture expert Katrin Eriksson.

“Furniture is a large investment for many people and so it’s worth taking the time to make sure you’re making the right choices,” Eriksson says. That may not mean picking something that’s current now though – it’s an investment that is likely to last a long time if you’re choosing a high-quality piece.

While clear trends come and go in the furniture market, steering clear of the current fad and choosing a classic design will ensure your piece will remain contemporary for decades.

The dining table is also a central part of a home’s aesthetics, and often, a big investment. Choosing the right table is a process worth some consideration, according to Ultimate Living’s furniture expert Katrin Eriksson.

“Furniture is a large investment for many people and so it’s worth taking the time to make sure you’re making the right choices,” Eriksson says. That may not mean picking something that’s current now though – it’s an investment that is likely to last a long time if you’re choosing a high-quality piece.

While clear trends come and go in the furniture market, steering clear of the current fad and choosing a classic design will ensure your piece will remain contemporary for decades.

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“What we are seeing at the moment is a move towards darker, rich colours, tan leathers, and a lot of wood and mixing wood. It’s a move towards old world charm, but with a contemporary twist. In the younger market we are seeing metals, particularly gold, brass and marble are popular.”

“What we are seeing at the moment is a move towards darker, rich colours, tan leathers, and a lot of wood and mixing wood. It’s a move towards old world charm, but with a contemporary twist. In the younger market we are seeing metals, particularly gold, brass and marble are popular.”

It’s a natural aesthetic that is integrated with eccentric twists of opulent metals. And while this is a current, no doubt fleeting, trend, there are ways to incorporate this into a classic piece of furniture or dining table and chairs.

It’s a natural aesthetic that is integrated with eccentric twists of opulent metals. And while this is a current, no doubt fleeting, trend, there are ways to incorporate this into a classic piece of furniture or dining table and chairs.

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“Tables can be pieces of art themselves. Many of the Italian tables have beautifully sculptured bases and timeless designs,” Eriksson says. “One way the natural aesthetic is making its way into these classic designs is with organic-edged tables. Solid wood, hand finished, straight off the tree edge introduces softening and warmth to the popular minimalist, clean lines of the last decade.”

Ultimate Living imports tables from two Italian suppliers, Cattelan Italia and Bontempi Italia. “The materials used for dining tables are more diverse and technically advanced than ever before,” she says.

Ultimate Living’s Auckland showroom is a testament to just that with a large range of dining tables crafted from a diverse range of high-quality materials. Ceramic table tops are becoming popular as a beautiful yet very durable material, being scratch, heat and stain-resistant. “Another table top that we are finding is piquing a lot of interest is made of a velvet anti-scratch glass. Because of the treatments used, it doesn’t look like glass and has a really forgiving surface that has a warmth to it that standard glass tabletops don’t have. It’s a soft, matt surface.” The organic-edged tabletops are popular too, with a return to natural materials within classic designs.

Ultimate Living also stocks a large range of other household furniture, including Italian lighting and dining chairs and offer an initial consultation and home visits. They also craft their own range of custom-made cabinetry and wall units. Every item comes with a 20-year manufacturing warranty.

If you’re considering updating the decor in your home, be sure to visit Ultimate Living on ArchiPro here for some inspiration, or pop into their Newmarket, Auckland, showroom.

“Tables can be pieces of art themselves. Many of the Italian tables have beautifully sculptured bases and timeless designs,” Eriksson says. “One way the natural aesthetic is making its way into these classic designs is with organic-edged tables. Solid wood, hand finished, straight off the tree edge introduces softening and warmth to the popular minimalist, clean lines of the last decade.”

Ultimate Living imports tables from two Italian suppliers, Cattelan Italia and Bontempi Italia. “The materials used for dining tables are more diverse and technically advanced than ever before,” she says.

Ultimate Living’s Auckland showroom is a testament to just that with a large range of dining tables crafted from a diverse range of high-quality materials. Ceramic table tops are becoming popular as a beautiful yet very durable material, being scratch, heat and stain-resistant. “Another table top that we are finding is piquing a lot of interest is made of a velvet anti-scratch glass. Because of the treatments used, it doesn’t look like glass and has a really forgiving surface that has a warmth to it that standard glass tabletops don’t have. It’s a soft, matt surface.” The organic-edged tabletops are popular too, with a return to natural materials within classic designs.

Ultimate Living also stocks a large range of other household furniture, including Italian lighting and dining chairs and offer an initial consultation and home visits. They also craft their own range of custom-made cabinetry and wall units. Every item comes with a 20-year manufacturing warranty.

If you’re considering updating the decor in your home, be sure to visit Ultimate Living on ArchiPro here for some inspiration, or pop into their Newmarket, Auckland, showroom.

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