Dining, the Italian way

Dining, the Italian way

The dining room is a central part of any home; an area of relaxation, of discussion. It’s over meals where conversations are shared, where family and friends are valued, and relationships strengthened. This is dining the Italian way. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The traditional Italian dining room has always been a place of reverence in the design world, with Italian designers continuing to shape the contemporary dining landscape. Here’s a look at some of the most notable pieces of designer Italian furniture.

Stratos Keramik Table by Cattelan.
Stratos Keramik Table by Cattelan.

The sideboard

A sideboard has many uses, not least overtly enhancing the style of the dining room. Traditionally, the sideboard was used predominantly for serving food however contemporary uses range from a display surface to storage. If your dining room has the space for a sideboard, the right piece can inject a unique sense of appeal to the room’s decor - adding an additional touch of elegance. “Sideboards are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in the dining room in terms of possible uses,” Ultimate Living’s Katrin Eriksson says. 

“They’re a central part of preeminent Italian designer and manufacturer Cattelan Italia’s offering, and something we’re seeing a huge uptake of in New Zealand homes. There’s something undoubtedly elegant about Cattelan's sideboards, with everything from three-dimensional geometric doors to leather upholstery on offer.”

The Kayak sideboard incorporates a unique geometric design that serves to almost propel itself into the space, catching the light in different ways across the juxtaposed angularity of the doors. “Similarly, the Labyrinth sideboard injects a stunning juxtaposition of form with a decadent display of interlinking forms that draw the eye from detail to detail, across layer and shape.”

The mirror

Mirrors have been known throughout history as an item of decadence, and of luxury. While today they are a common product, a designer mirror can offer a window into history and a contemporaneous luxury. In smaller spaces, mirrors are a great way to increase the feeling of space, or draw the outdoors inside by reflecting the surrounds. Designer mirrors often become a piece of art in their own right, enhancing the aesthetics of the space.

“The Stripes Mirror is one such example that looks absolutely stunning in the dining room. Comprised of mirrored crystal strips joined together to create a fragmented whole, the effect is dramatic and beautiful,” Katrin says. 

“Similarly, a freestanding mirror can be an elegant addition to a dining space. Image is a piece by designer Gianvittorio Plazzogna that was released in 2018. Doubling as a coat cook and hat stand, its unique curvature is reminiscent of a feminine form, akin to the contours of an evening dress. This type of piece can add an interesting and evocative element to a dining area.”

The dining table

The dining room table offers a place to congregate, to relax, to converse. It is also a significant design element of any home - often taking up a generous portion of the kitchen or dining area. “The right table will offer both aesthetics and functionality, combining carefully crafted forms and materials,” Katrin says. 

“One of the standout options for dining tables at the moment is the range by Cattelan Italia that allows for a choice of bases and tops, each that works seamlessly with the next. For example, you may select a ceramic top in a curved rectangular form, or a burnt, walnut or natural oak top in different shapes and sizes. 

Stratos Wood Table by Cattelan.
Stratos Wood Table by Cattelan.

The chairs

Like the table, chairs are a vital part of any successful dining room design. “The Dumbo Chair is a contemporary take on the classic dining chair, with a range of customisable options including synthetic or leather fabric, and walnut stained ashwood, burned oak or stained ashwood. The beauty here is in the classic simplicity captured in sleek curvature and elegant lines,” Katrin says.

Dumbo Chair by Cattelan.
Dumbo Chair by Cattelan.

The lights

Lighting is another important part of creating that perfect ambience in a dining area. In larger spaces, the option to incorporate designer pendants or chandeliers over the dining table provides an opportunity to select lighting that will add a unique appeal to the room and offer a sense of the owner’s personality. 

There is a vast array of options in terms of lighting, and in most cases, there is scope to incorporate various lighting solutions in the same room, be it pendants or lamps, in combination with ambient lighting, Katrin says.

“One piece that offers a stunning yet unique option for overhead lighting above a dining table is the Cloud Lamp. Designed by Oriano Favaretto in 2016, the Cloud is a handblown glass pendant that surrounds an LED bulb. The translucency and irregularity of the glass creates a distinct feature, with the ability to select as few or as many individual pendants as desired to make up the feature.”

Akin to clouds or bubbles hanging delicately in the air, the translucent nature of the forms allows for the design of a large hanging pendant composition that doesn’t take away from views or reduce the feeling of space in the room. 

The Cloud Lamp.
The Cloud Lamp.

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Dining, the Italian way

Dining, the Italian way

The dining room is a central part of any home; an area of relaxation, of discussion. It’s over meals where conversations are shared, where family and friends are valued, and relationships strengthened. This is dining the Italian way. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The traditional Italian dining room has always been a place of reverence in the design world, with Italian designers continuing to shape the contemporary dining landscape. Here’s a look at some of the most notable pieces of designer Italian furniture.

Stratos Keramik Table by Cattelan.
Stratos Keramik Table by Cattelan.

The sideboard

A sideboard has many uses, not least overtly enhancing the style of the dining room. Traditionally, the sideboard was used predominantly for serving food however contemporary uses range from a display surface to storage. If your dining room has the space for a sideboard, the right piece can inject a unique sense of appeal to the room’s decor - adding an additional touch of elegance. “Sideboards are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in the dining room in terms of possible uses,” Ultimate Living’s Katrin Eriksson says. 

“They’re a central part of preeminent Italian designer and manufacturer Cattelan Italia’s offering, and something we’re seeing a huge uptake of in New Zealand homes. There’s something undoubtedly elegant about Cattelan's sideboards, with everything from three-dimensional geometric doors to leather upholstery on offer.”

The Kayak sideboard incorporates a unique geometric design that serves to almost propel itself into the space, catching the light in different ways across the juxtaposed angularity of the doors. “Similarly, the Labyrinth sideboard injects a stunning juxtaposition of form with a decadent display of interlinking forms that draw the eye from detail to detail, across layer and shape.”

The mirror

Mirrors have been known throughout history as an item of decadence, and of luxury. While today they are a common product, a designer mirror can offer a window into history and a contemporaneous luxury. In smaller spaces, mirrors are a great way to increase the feeling of space, or draw the outdoors inside by reflecting the surrounds. Designer mirrors often become a piece of art in their own right, enhancing the aesthetics of the space.

“The Stripes Mirror is one such example that looks absolutely stunning in the dining room. Comprised of mirrored crystal strips joined together to create a fragmented whole, the effect is dramatic and beautiful,” Katrin says. 

“Similarly, a freestanding mirror can be an elegant addition to a dining space. Image is a piece by designer Gianvittorio Plazzogna that was released in 2018. Doubling as a coat cook and hat stand, its unique curvature is reminiscent of a feminine form, akin to the contours of an evening dress. This type of piece can add an interesting and evocative element to a dining area.”

The dining table

The dining room table offers a place to congregate, to relax, to converse. It is also a significant design element of any home - often taking up a generous portion of the kitchen or dining area. “The right table will offer both aesthetics and functionality, combining carefully crafted forms and materials,” Katrin says. 

“One of the standout options for dining tables at the moment is the range by Cattelan Italia that allows for a choice of bases and tops, each that works seamlessly with the next. For example, you may select a ceramic top in a curved rectangular form, or a burnt, walnut or natural oak top in different shapes and sizes. 

Stratos Wood Table by Cattelan.
Stratos Wood Table by Cattelan.

The chairs

Like the table, chairs are a vital part of any successful dining room design. “The Dumbo Chair is a contemporary take on the classic dining chair, with a range of customisable options including synthetic or leather fabric, and walnut stained ashwood, burned oak or stained ashwood. The beauty here is in the classic simplicity captured in sleek curvature and elegant lines,” Katrin says.

Dumbo Chair by Cattelan.
Dumbo Chair by Cattelan.

The lights

Lighting is another important part of creating that perfect ambience in a dining area. In larger spaces, the option to incorporate designer pendants or chandeliers over the dining table provides an opportunity to select lighting that will add a unique appeal to the room and offer a sense of the owner’s personality. 

There is a vast array of options in terms of lighting, and in most cases, there is scope to incorporate various lighting solutions in the same room, be it pendants or lamps, in combination with ambient lighting, Katrin says.

“One piece that offers a stunning yet unique option for overhead lighting above a dining table is the Cloud Lamp. Designed by Oriano Favaretto in 2016, the Cloud is a handblown glass pendant that surrounds an LED bulb. The translucency and irregularity of the glass creates a distinct feature, with the ability to select as few or as many individual pendants as desired to make up the feature.”

Akin to clouds or bubbles hanging delicately in the air, the translucent nature of the forms allows for the design of a large hanging pendant composition that doesn’t take away from views or reduce the feeling of space in the room. 

The Cloud Lamp.
The Cloud Lamp.

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Dining, the Italian way

Dining, the Italian way

The dining room is a central part of any home; an area of relaxation, of discussion. It’s over meals where conversations are shared, where family and friends are valued, and relationships strengthened. This is dining the Italian way. 

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The traditional Italian dining room has always been a place of reverence in the design world, with Italian designers continuing to shape the contemporary dining landscape. Here’s a look at some of the most notable pieces of designer Italian furniture.

Stratos Keramik Table by Cattelan.
Stratos Keramik Table by Cattelan.

The sideboard

A sideboard has many uses, not least overtly enhancing the style of the dining room. Traditionally, the sideboard was used predominantly for serving food however contemporary uses range from a display surface to storage. If your dining room has the space for a sideboard, the right piece can inject a unique sense of appeal to the room’s decor - adding an additional touch of elegance. “Sideboards are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in the dining room in terms of possible uses,” Ultimate Living’s Katrin Eriksson says. 

“They’re a central part of preeminent Italian designer and manufacturer Cattelan Italia’s offering, and something we’re seeing a huge uptake of in New Zealand homes. There’s something undoubtedly elegant about Cattelan's sideboards, with everything from three-dimensional geometric doors to leather upholstery on offer.”

The Kayak sideboard incorporates a unique geometric design that serves to almost propel itself into the space, catching the light in different ways across the juxtaposed angularity of the doors. “Similarly, the Labyrinth sideboard injects a stunning juxtaposition of form with a decadent display of interlinking forms that draw the eye from detail to detail, across layer and shape.”

The mirror

Mirrors have been known throughout history as an item of decadence, and of luxury. While today they are a common product, a designer mirror can offer a window into history and a contemporaneous luxury. In smaller spaces, mirrors are a great way to increase the feeling of space, or draw the outdoors inside by reflecting the surrounds. Designer mirrors often become a piece of art in their own right, enhancing the aesthetics of the space.

“The Stripes Mirror is one such example that looks absolutely stunning in the dining room. Comprised of mirrored crystal strips joined together to create a fragmented whole, the effect is dramatic and beautiful,” Katrin says. 

“Similarly, a freestanding mirror can be an elegant addition to a dining space. Image is a piece by designer Gianvittorio Plazzogna that was released in 2018. Doubling as a coat cook and hat stand, its unique curvature is reminiscent of a feminine form, akin to the contours of an evening dress. This type of piece can add an interesting and evocative element to a dining area.”

The dining table

The dining room table offers a place to congregate, to relax, to converse. It is also a significant design element of any home - often taking up a generous portion of the kitchen or dining area. “The right table will offer both aesthetics and functionality, combining carefully crafted forms and materials,” Katrin says. 

“One of the standout options for dining tables at the moment is the range by Cattelan Italia that allows for a choice of bases and tops, each that works seamlessly with the next. For example, you may select a ceramic top in a curved rectangular form, or a burnt, walnut or natural oak top in different shapes and sizes. 

Stratos Wood Table by Cattelan.
Stratos Wood Table by Cattelan.

The chairs

Like the table, chairs are a vital part of any successful dining room design. “The Dumbo Chair is a contemporary take on the classic dining chair, with a range of customisable options including synthetic or leather fabric, and walnut stained ashwood, burned oak or stained ashwood. The beauty here is in the classic simplicity captured in sleek curvature and elegant lines,” Katrin says.

Dumbo Chair by Cattelan.
Dumbo Chair by Cattelan.

The lights

Lighting is another important part of creating that perfect ambience in a dining area. In larger spaces, the option to incorporate designer pendants or chandeliers over the dining table provides an opportunity to select lighting that will add a unique appeal to the room and offer a sense of the owner’s personality. 

There is a vast array of options in terms of lighting, and in most cases, there is scope to incorporate various lighting solutions in the same room, be it pendants or lamps, in combination with ambient lighting, Katrin says.

“One piece that offers a stunning yet unique option for overhead lighting above a dining table is the Cloud Lamp. Designed by Oriano Favaretto in 2016, the Cloud is a handblown glass pendant that surrounds an LED bulb. The translucency and irregularity of the glass creates a distinct feature, with the ability to select as few or as many individual pendants as desired to make up the feature.”

Akin to clouds or bubbles hanging delicately in the air, the translucent nature of the forms allows for the design of a large hanging pendant composition that doesn’t take away from views or reduce the feeling of space in the room. 

The Cloud Lamp.
The Cloud Lamp.

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