Creating the ultimate in comfort

Creating the ultimate in comfort

Ultimate Living has represented Italian furniture company Nicoline Italia since 2014. Here, showroom manager Katrin Eriksson dicusses some of the company's top models and looks at the trends in modern sofa design...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The Salone del Mobile – also known as the Milan Furniture Fair – takes place every April and is far more than just your average exhibition, it is an international reference point for the design and furnishings industries.

Every year, New Zealand-based German cabinetmaker Hubert Fehnker visits Salone del Mobile to form relationships with exhibiting furniture producers and to select pieces to sell in his Auckland store, Ultimate Living, which is located in Newmarket, Auckland.

Hubert established Ultimate Living in 1992 with a vision to manufacture high-quality, custom-made furniture and to sell stylish Italian sofas and armchairs that are timeless and long-lasting – and have a realistic price tag.

Alongside exclusive names such as Cattelan Italia, Bontempi and Eforma, Nicoline Italia is an important furniture company that Ultimate Living has represented since 2014.

Nicoline Italia is a family-owned company headed by Nicola Palasciano, who decided he wanted to work in the furniture industry when he was just nine years old. Based in Altamura, a large production area in southern Italy, Palasciano’s company has more than 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing sofas, armchairs and accessories and has a philosophy centred on research, technology and innovation.

The light, inviting Tortona model by Nicoline Italiarests on thin, architectural legs.
The light, inviting Tortona model by Nicoline Italiarests on thin, architectural legs.

“We love the pieces that come from Nicoline for their high attention to detail, the quality of their workmanship and their contemporary, timeless style,” explains Katrin Eriksson, showroom manager at Ultimate Living. “As each of Nicoline Italia’s models is entirely manufactured in Italy, the furniture truly stands by its ‘Made in Italy’ claim – and not many do!”

Enormous care and work are put into picking the quality leather that covers each beautiful sofa or armchair. Hides are chosen from European cattle herds and then stored in Nicoline’s caveau (vault or cold storage), where they are individually checked using two tests. The first is a technical test with machinery that checks for resistance to rubbing, tear and wear, and thickness.

The second test involves the hides being manually inspected by experienced personnel, many of whom have worked for Nicoline for years. They look for softness, appearance, colour, suitability and any imperfections. Only the very best hides are used for upholstery. With more than 15 types of leathers and up to 120 different colours, the design possibilities are vast.

In addition to their leather range, Nicoline offers a wide range of fabrics that they source from local, quality fabric houses. All the raw materials, such as the polyurethane foam used for the sofa interiors and the different woods for each frame, come from Italy. The company also uses feather padding manufactured by Cianelli, another great Italian brand.

The ultimate luxury: the Turro living room set by Nicoline Italia.
The ultimate luxury: the Turro living room set by Nicoline Italia.

Modular sofas are a strong ongoing European trend as they can be assembled to suit particular spaces within the home, such as small or large corners. Flexible moving parts are also popular, with some models allowing sitters to switch the location of the head or back rest, either manually or electrically.

In New Zealand, clients also need flexibility with their designs, as no home is the same and often windows are situated in different places and in different sizes, as opposed to Europe where most people live in standard-sized apartments.

Currently, many modern sofa forms have fine lines and feature slim, dark-metal legs and angled arm rests. They are often filled with feathers for a squishy, inviting, casual look.

Recently released by Nicoline Italia, the Assago is a modern modular sofa that works well with beautiful soft fabrics. The sofa has a leather insert detail where the colour and stitching can both be chosen, making it completely customisable. With an extendable back rest and moveable head rests, it is a flexible solution for the TV room or lounge as it transforms into a generous extra guest bed if needed.

“One of our favourite recent Nicoline pieces on display in the Ultimate Living showroom is the Trevor sofa,” suggests Katrin. “It has a square, classic line that is modern yet timeless. It looks fantastic upholstered in leather and its feather padding gives it a luxurious feel and look – it’s a sofa that will only look better in years to come.”

Other Nicoline pieces that Katrin says are proving popular with clients right now are the Tortona and Turro models, which are light, open and inviting styles that work well with either fabric or leather coverings. Sitting off the floor on slim architectural legs in gun metal, these models possess an elegant, streamlined aesthetic.

In terms of the interior colour trends right now, Katrin says, “We are seeing saturated colours, such as ochre, mustard, orange and tan, but neutrals are still the strongest tones and they are often specified in combination with those stronger colours.”

And, she says, “You can’t go past the Italian factor. We have a long relationship with Italy and know and trust the products it produces. The materials are innovative and edgy but, most of all, it is just that inherently Italian styling that we love – the cars, clothes, landscapes, wine and food are just divine!”

To see the entire range of Nicoline Italia’s furniture pieces, plus many other brands, check out Ultimate Living on ArchiPro or visit them at their Newmarket, Auckland showroom.

The brand  Assago model features moveable head and back rests.
The brand  Assago model features moveable head and back rests.

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Creating the ultimate in comfort
Creating the ultimate in comfort

Creating the ultimate in comfort

Ultimate Living has represented Italian furniture company Nicoline Italia since 2014. Here, showroom manager Katrin Eriksson dicusses some of the company's top models and looks at the trends in modern sofa design...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The Salone del Mobile – also known as the Milan Furniture Fair – takes place every April and is far more than just your average exhibition, it is an international reference point for the design and furnishings industries.

Every year, New Zealand-based German cabinetmaker Hubert Fehnker visits Salone del Mobile to form relationships with exhibiting furniture producers and to select pieces to sell in his Auckland store, Ultimate Living, which is located in Newmarket, Auckland.

Hubert established Ultimate Living in 1992 with a vision to manufacture high-quality, custom-made furniture and to sell stylish Italian sofas and armchairs that are timeless and long-lasting – and have a realistic price tag.

Alongside exclusive names such as Cattelan Italia, Bontempi and Eforma, Nicoline Italia is an important furniture company that Ultimate Living has represented since 2014.

Nicoline Italia is a family-owned company headed by Nicola Palasciano, who decided he wanted to work in the furniture industry when he was just nine years old. Based in Altamura, a large production area in southern Italy, Palasciano’s company has more than 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing sofas, armchairs and accessories and has a philosophy centred on research, technology and innovation.

The light, inviting Tortona model by Nicoline Italiarests on thin, architectural legs.
The light, inviting Tortona model by Nicoline Italiarests on thin, architectural legs.

“We love the pieces that come from Nicoline for their high attention to detail, the quality of their workmanship and their contemporary, timeless style,” explains Katrin Eriksson, showroom manager at Ultimate Living. “As each of Nicoline Italia’s models is entirely manufactured in Italy, the furniture truly stands by its ‘Made in Italy’ claim – and not many do!”

Enormous care and work are put into picking the quality leather that covers each beautiful sofa or armchair. Hides are chosen from European cattle herds and then stored in Nicoline’s caveau (vault or cold storage), where they are individually checked using two tests. The first is a technical test with machinery that checks for resistance to rubbing, tear and wear, and thickness.

The second test involves the hides being manually inspected by experienced personnel, many of whom have worked for Nicoline for years. They look for softness, appearance, colour, suitability and any imperfections. Only the very best hides are used for upholstery. With more than 15 types of leathers and up to 120 different colours, the design possibilities are vast.

In addition to their leather range, Nicoline offers a wide range of fabrics that they source from local, quality fabric houses. All the raw materials, such as the polyurethane foam used for the sofa interiors and the different woods for each frame, come from Italy. The company also uses feather padding manufactured by Cianelli, another great Italian brand.

The ultimate luxury: the Turro living room set by Nicoline Italia.
The ultimate luxury: the Turro living room set by Nicoline Italia.

Modular sofas are a strong ongoing European trend as they can be assembled to suit particular spaces within the home, such as small or large corners. Flexible moving parts are also popular, with some models allowing sitters to switch the location of the head or back rest, either manually or electrically.

In New Zealand, clients also need flexibility with their designs, as no home is the same and often windows are situated in different places and in different sizes, as opposed to Europe where most people live in standard-sized apartments.

Currently, many modern sofa forms have fine lines and feature slim, dark-metal legs and angled arm rests. They are often filled with feathers for a squishy, inviting, casual look.

Recently released by Nicoline Italia, the Assago is a modern modular sofa that works well with beautiful soft fabrics. The sofa has a leather insert detail where the colour and stitching can both be chosen, making it completely customisable. With an extendable back rest and moveable head rests, it is a flexible solution for the TV room or lounge as it transforms into a generous extra guest bed if needed.

“One of our favourite recent Nicoline pieces on display in the Ultimate Living showroom is the Trevor sofa,” suggests Katrin. “It has a square, classic line that is modern yet timeless. It looks fantastic upholstered in leather and its feather padding gives it a luxurious feel and look – it’s a sofa that will only look better in years to come.”

Other Nicoline pieces that Katrin says are proving popular with clients right now are the Tortona and Turro models, which are light, open and inviting styles that work well with either fabric or leather coverings. Sitting off the floor on slim architectural legs in gun metal, these models possess an elegant, streamlined aesthetic.

In terms of the interior colour trends right now, Katrin says, “We are seeing saturated colours, such as ochre, mustard, orange and tan, but neutrals are still the strongest tones and they are often specified in combination with those stronger colours.”

And, she says, “You can’t go past the Italian factor. We have a long relationship with Italy and know and trust the products it produces. The materials are innovative and edgy but, most of all, it is just that inherently Italian styling that we love – the cars, clothes, landscapes, wine and food are just divine!”

To see the entire range of Nicoline Italia’s furniture pieces, plus many other brands, check out Ultimate Living on ArchiPro or visit them at their Newmarket, Auckland showroom.

The brand  Assago model features moveable head and back rests.
The brand  Assago model features moveable head and back rests.

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Creating the ultimate in comfort

Creating the ultimate in comfort

Ultimate Living has represented Italian furniture company Nicoline Italia since 2014. Here, showroom manager Katrin Eriksson dicusses some of the company's top models and looks at the trends in modern sofa design...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The Salone del Mobile – also known as the Milan Furniture Fair – takes place every April and is far more than just your average exhibition, it is an international reference point for the design and furnishings industries.

Every year, New Zealand-based German cabinetmaker Hubert Fehnker visits Salone del Mobile to form relationships with exhibiting furniture producers and to select pieces to sell in his Auckland store, Ultimate Living, which is located in Newmarket, Auckland.

Hubert established Ultimate Living in 1992 with a vision to manufacture high-quality, custom-made furniture and to sell stylish Italian sofas and armchairs that are timeless and long-lasting – and have a realistic price tag.

Alongside exclusive names such as Cattelan Italia, Bontempi and Eforma, Nicoline Italia is an important furniture company that Ultimate Living has represented since 2014.

Nicoline Italia is a family-owned company headed by Nicola Palasciano, who decided he wanted to work in the furniture industry when he was just nine years old. Based in Altamura, a large production area in southern Italy, Palasciano’s company has more than 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing sofas, armchairs and accessories and has a philosophy centred on research, technology and innovation.

The light, inviting Tortona model by Nicoline Italiarests on thin, architectural legs.
The light, inviting Tortona model by Nicoline Italiarests on thin, architectural legs.

“We love the pieces that come from Nicoline for their high attention to detail, the quality of their workmanship and their contemporary, timeless style,” explains Katrin Eriksson, showroom manager at Ultimate Living. “As each of Nicoline Italia’s models is entirely manufactured in Italy, the furniture truly stands by its ‘Made in Italy’ claim – and not many do!”

Enormous care and work are put into picking the quality leather that covers each beautiful sofa or armchair. Hides are chosen from European cattle herds and then stored in Nicoline’s caveau (vault or cold storage), where they are individually checked using two tests. The first is a technical test with machinery that checks for resistance to rubbing, tear and wear, and thickness.

The second test involves the hides being manually inspected by experienced personnel, many of whom have worked for Nicoline for years. They look for softness, appearance, colour, suitability and any imperfections. Only the very best hides are used for upholstery. With more than 15 types of leathers and up to 120 different colours, the design possibilities are vast.

In addition to their leather range, Nicoline offers a wide range of fabrics that they source from local, quality fabric houses. All the raw materials, such as the polyurethane foam used for the sofa interiors and the different woods for each frame, come from Italy. The company also uses feather padding manufactured by Cianelli, another great Italian brand.

The ultimate luxury: the Turro living room set by Nicoline Italia.
The ultimate luxury: the Turro living room set by Nicoline Italia.

Modular sofas are a strong ongoing European trend as they can be assembled to suit particular spaces within the home, such as small or large corners. Flexible moving parts are also popular, with some models allowing sitters to switch the location of the head or back rest, either manually or electrically.

In New Zealand, clients also need flexibility with their designs, as no home is the same and often windows are situated in different places and in different sizes, as opposed to Europe where most people live in standard-sized apartments.

Currently, many modern sofa forms have fine lines and feature slim, dark-metal legs and angled arm rests. They are often filled with feathers for a squishy, inviting, casual look.

Recently released by Nicoline Italia, the Assago is a modern modular sofa that works well with beautiful soft fabrics. The sofa has a leather insert detail where the colour and stitching can both be chosen, making it completely customisable. With an extendable back rest and moveable head rests, it is a flexible solution for the TV room or lounge as it transforms into a generous extra guest bed if needed.

“One of our favourite recent Nicoline pieces on display in the Ultimate Living showroom is the Trevor sofa,” suggests Katrin. “It has a square, classic line that is modern yet timeless. It looks fantastic upholstered in leather and its feather padding gives it a luxurious feel and look – it’s a sofa that will only look better in years to come.”

Other Nicoline pieces that Katrin says are proving popular with clients right now are the Tortona and Turro models, which are light, open and inviting styles that work well with either fabric or leather coverings. Sitting off the floor on slim architectural legs in gun metal, these models possess an elegant, streamlined aesthetic.

In terms of the interior colour trends right now, Katrin says, “We are seeing saturated colours, such as ochre, mustard, orange and tan, but neutrals are still the strongest tones and they are often specified in combination with those stronger colours.”

And, she says, “You can’t go past the Italian factor. We have a long relationship with Italy and know and trust the products it produces. The materials are innovative and edgy but, most of all, it is just that inherently Italian styling that we love – the cars, clothes, landscapes, wine and food are just divine!”

To see the entire range of Nicoline Italia’s furniture pieces, plus many other brands, check out Ultimate Living on ArchiPro or visit them at their Newmarket, Auckland showroom.

The brand  Assago model features moveable head and back rests.
The brand  Assago model features moveable head and back rests.

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