Icon style: 40 years of Flou

This year, Flou and its best seller, Nathalie’s bed, are forty years old. We tell about how it was invented, what is its peculiarity and what is happening to it in our days.

When in 1978 the Sicilian Rosario Messina and his comrades founded Flou, he could hardly have predicted that he would make a revolution in the field of comfortable sleep.

Icon style: 40 years of Flou

The architect Vico Magistretti and the founder of Flou Rosario Messina in 1978.

But the breakthrough did not keep you waiting. First of all, Messina asked the great architect Vico Magistretti to come up with a bed. So there was Nathalie, who immediately turned the usual way “to buy separately the bed base, separately a mattress, pillows and bed-clothes”. The Nathalie bed was already completely ready for use – the base, mattress, pillows and bed linen went in kit, the buyer could only choose a color from a variety of options. Vico Magistretti said: “We turned the traditional approach to creating a bedroom, offering people the freedom to choose color combinations. Indefatigable Rosario Messina saw the potential of this bed and supported me. ” His son, the great fan of Russian literature, Vico Magistretti, named in honor of Natasha Rostova. Unusual design and user-friendliness attracted buyers: the fabric on the base and the headboard in the form of pillows with cute bow-ties are held on special Velcro, it can be easily removed and cleaned. Or completely change, if you want to refresh the interior.

Icon style: 40 years of Flou

Advertising turn of 1979, designed to demonstrate the coloristic variety of upholstery and bed linen Nathalie beds.

In 1979, launched the first advertising campaign under the slogan “Flou remade the bed.” At a time when advertising in the magazine took up a maximum of a page, Flou made a layout for the whole spread – another breakthrough, now in the advertisement of furniture items. Advertising was that. Not only was Nathalie’s bed really comfortable to use, it was also affordable: if you translate its current value into modern money, the price for a standard double model would be only 285 euros. The resounding success of Nathalie is not surprising – before it in the world market there really was not such an easy-to-buy and use model that would fit in almost any interior. It still looks modern today. By the way, Nathalie is part of the permanent exhibition of the Triennale in Milan.

Icon style: 40 years of Flou

Designers and engineers Flou do not stand still. Now the Nathalie bed can be collected directly on the company’s website as a designer. This is a very exciting activity. First, you choose the size of the bed (there are variations from single to increased king-size) and the type of base: conventional, with storage box or with electric drive. Go to the selection of upholstery – fabric options, artificial and natural leather hundreds, and it’s not easy to decide. The next step is choosing a mattress, mattress pad and pillows, there are a lot of them, and everyone can find a suitable copy for themselves. And in conclusion you need to decide what will be the bed linen: the abundance of prints, colors and fabrics can confuse even a very determined person. That’s all, your bed is ready!

Icon style: 40 years of Flou

Now the Nathalie bed can be assembled as a designer: choose a suitable base (with or without a drawer, with electric or conventional), upholstery from a variety of fabrics, artificial materials and genuine leather, suitable mattress, mattress pad, pillows and bedding.

After buying a bed, you can contribute to further research on sleep: Flou employees will ask you to download a special application – a sleep tracker – into the smartphone and send them data after a while. The results obtained will be taken into account in the further development of the foundations of beds, mattresses and pillows. Speaking about the bed Nathalie, you can not ignore the theme of fakes – it was not trying to turn only lazy. But Flou employees carefully monitor unfair competitors and regularly sue them, each time coming out as winners.

  • Icon style: 40 years of Flou
  • Icon style: 40 years of Flou
  • Icon style: 40 years of Flou
  • To date, Flou has more than fifty models of different beds created by great designers, but the very first, Nathalie, has been and remains the most popular model. The founder of Flou Rosario Messina said: “The bed is a special place, the future is born in it, families are created, people reflect on the future in bed. So I think now, so I thought and when I founded Flou. ” Unfortunately, the creator of Flou and the creator of Nathalie’s bed is no longer alive, but their business is thriving, and each of us can touch their heritage.

    Presentation of Promemoria in Milan

    Presentation of Promemoria in Milan

    Presentation of Promemoria in Milan

    Olesya Kazakova, Ekaterina Egorova and Davide Sozzi.

    Presentation of Promemoria in MilanElliot Barnes with the companion.

    Presentation of Promemoria in MilanChiara del Vecchio, Promemoria

    Presentation of Promemoria in Milan

    Presentation of Promemoria in MilanOlesya Kazakova and Max Languev.

    Presentation of Promemoria in MilanEkaterina Siver and Alexei Nikolashin.

    Presentation of Promemoria in MilanAlina Saroyan and Alexei Lebedev

    Presentation of Promemoria in MilanEkaterina Siver and Dalia Talalayeva.

    In Milan, in the flagship showroom Promemoria, via via Montenapoleone 8, a presentation of the new collection of the brand Indigo tales (“Indigo tales”) was held. The eternal ideologue and head of Promemoria Romeo Sozzi traditionally greeted his friends with his favorite aperitif, prepared according to his own recipe, and all the evening guests from different countries of the world, including the first names of architecture and design such as Piero Castiglioni, Elliot Barnes, Pierre Bonfy, Massimo Morozzi and the team David Collins Studio, enjoyed the unique atmosphere of Dolce Vita, from year to year the impeccably created family of Sozzi.

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi (Sara Ricciardi) created the installation of “Arcadia”, dedicating it to the beauties of the Austrian castle Holleneg and Schloss Hollenegg for Design – an international program to support design thinking and design criticism for young designers.

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Richchardi is a young Milanese designer, finalist Officine Panerai Next Generation Designer Award. Industrial designer, she is engaged in social design and visual arts.

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah combines craft and technology: the ball, surrounded by velvet backstage, embroidered with embroideries and crystal, symbolizes the theme of the heritage and is called Arcadia.

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi, Arcadia and the Austrian Castle

    Sarah Ricciardi’s romantic project became one of the most popular in the instagram during the Milan Design Week 2018.

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    The Israeli Jaffa is one continuous stratification of historical layers. The newly opened luxury hotel Setai is a wonderful proof of that.

    The oldest part of the building was built in the 12th century by knights-crusaders, later the Ottomans turned it into a powerful prison, and after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the 1947 war for independence, the Jaffa police station was located here. But the ancient walls, the center of the historical district and the proximity to the sea are too good a combination to continue to leave the building with an unsightly construction.

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    In 2005, he undertook to rebuild the hotel, and a well-known team of architects from Feigin, an Israeli bureau, cooperating with the largest hotel chains in the world. Above the complex of ancient buildings was Eyal Ziv, the architect, on whose account the restoration and reconstruction of the leading historical monuments of Jaffa.

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    The process of restoration and careful reconstruction of the ancient walls of the 12th century with historical arches and stone passages took more than a decade. In the process of restoration, ancient buildings were freed from late, non-historical add-ons, and then supplemented with modern structures. The new complex of the hotel consists of 5 buildings and ancient transitions, surrounding a green courtyard with olive trees and orange trees. On the roof there is a swimming pool infinity, and from the upper floors there is a view of the sea.

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    On the first and ground floors, in historic spaces with luxurious lancet arches and semicircular arches, now the lobby and restaurant, undoubtedly one of the most amazing in all Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Some of the rooms boast old-style walls, some are brand new and modernly emphasized. Interior design studio ARA design, choosing for the hotel a respectable, laconic design, but with light eastern notes. Motives of the East flit in the picture of lanterns-lamps and in beautiful Turkish hand-made carpets, which are in each of the rooms.

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    Hotel in the fortress of the Crusaders

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    The main character of the dining room is … a good company. And, of course, a table, for which it is convenient for everyone to gather. Form, material, silhouette, capacity – everything matters in it.

    Oitoemponto: Arthur Miranda, Jacques Beck. Villa in Porto. Handmade De Gournay wallpapers have defined a palette. Black and white work by S. Short adds a classical note to the classical environment.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    For a long time the designer’s favorite color was emerald green, but now it looks like he was replaced by blue. The style of the chairs Goldfinger Adler defines as Minimalist Comfort, chandeliers Milano – Contemporary Classic. Table Caracas: brass and rosewood.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    The project of Olga Malyeva. The Oly Studio table. Chairs of the 1970s., Diz. M. Boman, upholstered in the fabric of the brand Kravet. Italian chandelier, diz. A. Seguzo (1960’s), has more than 100 pendants made of Murano glass. On the wall is the abstraction of P. Bronfin.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsLana Grineva, Head of the Bureau P H. D. Apartments in the house “Arthouse”, Moscow. Canteen. Strato kitchen, Liebherr appliances, Christian Liaigre chairs, Moissonnier table. Floor and ceiling beams Ebony and Co. Columns and paintings: art work to order.

    Apartment Didier Gomez. View from the dining room to the kitchen. The island is made to order from dark concrete under the sketches of D. Gomez. The kitchen countertop and the floor are also made of concrete, only light. Chairs from metal, diz. K. Piye. Three sconces, diz. F. Nigro for Cinna.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    Apartment Tristana Oera. Living room and dining room form a common space. Around the table chairs Superleggera, diz. J. Ponti. On the wall is a textile panel made of silk jacquard Dedar, photos by K. Molly.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    Stephanie Kuta. Table Mikado, diz. S. Kuta: marble countertop. Minotti chairs. In the mirror wall, a screen is mounted that demonstrates the Digital Shark video from Moving Design. On the wall of the photo of M. Scholler Jeff Koons with Floral Headpiece.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsOlga Freiman. For the living room walls, a gray-green color is chosen, in addition there is a lot of bronze in the interior, which has a greenish outflow. This shade combined the space.

    Studio Liturinsky & Leost. Marble grade Egeo Ondulato for sex was brought from Italy. He is calm in tone, smart on schedule. Around the sculptural table Giuliano chairs Opera Contemporary. Chandeliers of Eichholtz.

    In the dining room area, vintage chandeliers of crystal and metal attract attention.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsThe American dining designer Chad James considers it his luck: it’s cozy here, but you can feel the great style of the huge house. A pair of black metal chandeliers emphasizes the style of the room.

    Villa in Beverly Hills. Designer Jamie Bush. The DeMarco table, KGBL of marble is surrounded by vintage chairs made of amaranth, diz. A. Savigny, in leather upholstery. Left photo by K. Opie. The wall is faced with ebony. Chandelier Lindsey Adelman.

    Nancy Gabriel: 500-meter apartments in Beirut. Designer Gregory Gatserelia. The dining table is made to order by G. Gatserelia from polished stainless steel. Around him chairs Robert Hass Armchairs, the author – F. Ikili. Vase, diz. K. Shekerzhyan.

    Architect Claude Misir. Project in Beirut. A table with a metal base and a lacquered countertop is a special design by K. Missir. Chairs PK 9, Diz. P. Kierholm. Luminaire Triple Black Light, Diz. R. and E. Buruluk. Kitchen Etamco.

    Installation of a light company Bocci together with an antique dealer Mallett in Ely House. London.

    Katerina Lashmanova. The kitchen, made by the Moscow masters, was ideally blended into the front half of the house. White modules frame a panel of marble, from the same stone a countertop is made. The Sofa Chair & Chair.

    Kelly’s house and Gerald Ford in Texas. Table made of mahogany, diz. K. Kelly. The chairs of the era of Louis XVI are flocked. Striped Carpet J.D. Staron.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsThe dining room displays neoclassical decoration. The luminaires are designed by K. Kelly and executed in Syria. The painting of walls with motifs of Malaysian icicles and a mirror in the form of a solar circle fill the dining room with dynamics and brilliance.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsThe project of Alexander de Garidel. A large dining room is located next to the kitchen. On the wall wallpaper, call. Safari, de Gournay. The chairs are upholstered in crocodile skin, Mis en Demeure.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsNigel Coates. house in Tuscany. Winter dining room. The furnishings are the Crusty table and the Loop chairs, Diz. N. Coates.

    Project Didier Marien. Apartment in Moscow. Table. France, 1960, chairs of the 1960s are reabsorbed with lilac velvet. The kitchen in black lacquer is made to order.

    YoDezeen. “Green Wall” – a good decor for the architectural interior, a natural color accent. Table, chairs, light – all designed by M. Castagni for Henge.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsGerard Fevr. On the wall Les Epiphytes – painting by M. Davout (gallery Laure Roynette). Chandelier Delightfull. A round table made of gray granite, in the center of the decor is Tom Dixon. Chairs Gubi J. Fevre perebil in velvet from the call. Adamo & Eva from Dedar.

    The table should be proportionate to the room. That there was a place for movement, but the emptiness did not press. Note: the model in which the legs are very close to the corners, strictly specifies the location of the chairs. In this sense, it is more convenient to have a table with one support or legs shifted to the center. Round models are ideal for small square rooms. They rally people, create an intimate, soulful atmosphere. Everyone sees each other, participates in a general conversation. At this table, there are no more or less honorable places. Everyone is equal. Even better – a sliding circle that turns into an oval. At the butt of the oval table, unlike the rectangular table, two people can sit down, and none of them will be on the corner. Choosing a table with chairs, make sure the expressiveness of the silhouette. Especially if the room is spacious (there is a review) and you do not plan to cover the table with a tablecloth. The chairs should respond to the beauty of the table.

    Lorenzo Castillo. Private residence in Madrid. The dining room is unusual: it resembles a luxurious restaurant.

    Villa in Miami. Designer Frank de Biasie. Table and chairs, and carpet – Diz. M, Bonetti. Glamor and fun. Pink lamp, Diz. Studio Wieki Somers. two Pair chandeliers from Murano glass, XIX century.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsBowler James Brindley. From the dining room exit to the terrace. Solid glazing gives a spectacular panorama of London. On the left is a bar counter with chairs, Se Collection. Chairs – design by Jonathan Adler.

    Architects SAOTA. Villa in Cape Town. Padded dining room. The sight does not meet obstacles to the horizon line.

    Duplex of the Gucci family in Manhattan. The main room decoration is the view from the window.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    Gregory Gatsereliya.Lyustra, Diz. Studio Drift. Dining table P. Evans. The chairs of V. Kagan. Curbstones, diz. G. Gatsereliya. Gold candlesticks Spoon Candlestick, Arman. Work on the wall: A. Lanskoy.

    Fabrice Ossie. The floor is laid with spruce boards. Table of lacquered steel and plexiglas, diz. F. Ossset. Chairs One 4 Star, Diz. K. Grcik, Magis (cast aluminum with titanium coating), support the lines of the three-part work of Strange, E. Leal.

    Designer Sergei Ogurtsov. Apartment in the Olympic Village. Moscow.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    The custom-made kitchen and refrigerator are covered with polished gold leaf. Paired black ceramic vases, diz. Dal’Olio. The chairs of the 1930s.

    Dining room-living room. The project of Mike Shilov. Chest of factory B&B Italia in the finish “bronze lacquer” – an experimental prototype, not launched in the series. Table from a crystalline plate, diz. K. Lust for MDF Italia and chairs Vanity, diz. S. Giovannoni, Magis.

    The most practical table Mathematically, the most practical table is calculated: the one that accommodates a maximum of guests per unit of occupied space. They are round at eight. For each chair reserve space 70 x 50 cm. From the chair to the wall and any piece of furniture – at least 40 cm, then get up and sit down comfortably. Many believe that sliding tables are an invention of the XX century. In fact, they appeared in England in the XVII century. Houses in this country were of a modest size, and furniture makers – ingenuity.

    Ilse Crawford. Interior of the family house of the Dingerhouse Regency in Somerset County. Chairs Vitra.

    Chairs. If you want the guests to be really comfortable, choose chairs with soft upholstery: at the table we sit for a long time. In a small apartment it is useful to have folding chairs: they appear when the table grows in length, but folded up, for example, behind a cabinet. To soften them, stock up on pillows. Also save space models that can be stacked on each other, usually from plastic or bent plywood. If the table is stationary, it will be interesting to arrange around it different chairs: all different times and styles, none is repeated. And when you want to unify them, you’ll make covers.

    Apartment on the street. Ostozhenka, kitchen-dining room. The Rannak Project & Rannak, architecture and design.

    Cupboard for dishes In the dining room (a separate room or dining area) there should be a minimum of objects. In addition to the table and chairs, tableware is allowed to cover on the table was easier and faster. Typically, low models are recommended, at the height of the table (high “crush” the walls). However, in the classical interior, a high may appear – a buffet or a showcase (and the chairs here, by the way, the backs are higher), well, in modern – it is better not.

    Lisa Perry’s house. The chair of W. Platner is placed around a plastic table found on a flea market in Paris. On the walls are the monochrome abstractions of E. Kelly and B. Newman. At the staircase “Red and blue chair” G. Rietveld, 1918.

    Lighting Regardless of what kind of lamps are in the room, you need a separate one above the table. More often – it’s a model on a long cord (over a large table they put a few). High light will make the atmosphere more ceremonial, low – it will give intimacy (only food is lighted, and faces in semi-darkness). The average height above the table is 60 cm. It is very important to choose the correct light source. A warm spectrum of glow fits well: both the guests’ faces and the food look nice. Cold light will have the opposite effect. It is believed that red color excites appetite, but if you screw in the dining room a red light bulb, some products will appear on the cut raw. The candles are beautiful, but it is better to combine them with the muted upper light: after all, the food should be well lit.

    Kelly Hoppen. thickness is custom made by Bellavista. Beau McClellan chandelier is also individually made. Chairs Holly Hunt.

    “And we must remember that there is no light without shadow. Brightly lit corners need to be interlaced darker, then the rooms will become more interesting. The criteria for luxury, as it may sound banal, are different for everyone. For someone, the more gold, the better, for another, works of art are important. We try to maintain a balance between the client’s lifestyle and our ideal. Luxurious interior – above all a comfortable interior. “

    Kelly Westlist. Apartment in New York. Active parquet combines the space of the dining room and living room.

    Simple tips for everyday life and holidays

    Tablecloth Whether it is necessary is a question that interests many. If you have a table with arabesques and candelabra on your table, then, most likely, it’s better to lay a tablecloth, although not necessarily white. It is good to have many different “clothes for the table”. Classic damask (cream, burgundy and even dark gray), huge flowers, prints, stripes of the most fashionable shades … One large tablecloth can replace several narrow tracks laid along the table or across.

    The textile museum in Tilburg is known for progressive initiatives. On its website you can see and purchase the products of Dutch design stars from the museum TextielShop. The price of the festive tablecloth Graffiti from Viktor&Rolf – 135 euros.

    Wipes Paper – an option for every day. Tissues emphasize the solemnity of the moment, respect for the guests. Do not stack the napkins fan, and especially – high cones. They give the table a restaurant look, in addition, to do with a napkin like this, it needs to be well starched. It takes time, but using such a napkin is not very convenient. Cute, human-looking napkins, simply tied with jute thread, grass, string of beads, silver braid, look like human … In classical laying, napkins are usually not distinguished, they are picked up under a tablecloth.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartmentsRachel Laxer Interiors. Her installation for the Holiday House is a monochrome dining room with a luxurious transparent Lasvit chandelier over the table and a panel of Damien Hirst for Lalique on the walls.

    Dishes It’s great if there is a ceremonial service, dear porcelain is a family heirloom that will give meaning to any celebration. But they get it several times a year. In the rest of the time, something more democratic is required. Some decorators advise to collect plates of the same shape, but different colors. Some will get a gray, someone cherry, etc. Others offer to “collect” dishes of different designs, but the same color, for example, shades of blue or in red. But in our opinion, the most reliable is to “save” items of white color. This is the basis, which, firstly, will never become obsolete, secondly, it allows you to nicely serve any dish, thirdly, it will unite various objects in a variety of forms.

    Gerard Fevr. The dining room is modernly separated from the kitchen by sliding partitions. Chairs Stay, Diz. N. Zupanz Sé London. The author of the project pereobil their fabric Short-Cuts from Dеdar.

    Glasses There are precise rules, where and what to fill. We confine ourselves to the main. 1. The stronger the drink, the shallower the container for it. 2. For red wine you need large glasses, narrowed up. 3. Regardless of the drinks, the number of glasses can not exceed two or three … As in the case of plates, it is not bad to put before the guests colorful wine glasses or, conversely, the same color, but of different shapes. True, the colored glass does not allow to enjoy the color of the drink, but if the glass is old, then the pleasure from its kind will outweigh. Now again the time of crystal, put the old and the new on the table boldly. And yet the most correct thing is to buy glasses of a simple beautiful form made of transparent glass. They are appropriate both at the most solemn reception, and on a dancing buffet table.

    The grand dining room: 40 solutions plus simple tips for small apartments

    Nilufar Gallery together with Shalini Misra Ltd. The central place in the living-dining room is the 1960s Joe Ponti chandelier made of brass and opal glass. Around the tables of bronze Hosanna Visconti di Modronet – Federico Munari’s chairs of the 1950s.

    Devices With this technical word, we call forks with knives. The most practical material for them is different types of high-grade steel. To have fewer worries, choose matte. Glossy need to be wiped after washing, otherwise the surface will fade and traces of water will be noticeable. Instruments that combine different materials (for example, handles made of wood or plastic) serve less, they do not need to be washed in hot water (steel expands, and there is a danger that the handle will crack). If washing dishes can be postponed for later, then forks with knives – no. Some products (mustard, vinegar, mayonnaise) leave traces on them.

    Decorator Ken Falk from California designed a dining room in the tradition of Tony Dukett. Like the Hollywood set designer, he relied on theatricality. Fabrics by Pierre Frey. Wall coverings of de Gournay.

    Flowers The flowers on the table are wonderful. However, high bouquets obscure the guests from each other. We need low compositions and not too wide, so that they do not take up much space when, following the domestic tradition, you put all the dishes on the table at once. It is generally accepted that the table should have a single composition center (usually a vase with flowers). But it seems to us that it looks beautiful on the round table, and on the rectangular – not very, there may well be several “centers”, several vases. And next to each device is a very small container with one flower. However, the leaves look no worse than flowers (and even more fashionable). On the occasion of the celebration, your home ficus will donate a few leaves, ivy and trendescantia – a pair of shoots (they can just be put in the middle of the table). Decorative bunches of parsley, basil, tarragon. Yes, and it is good to have one spacious floor vase. It is useful when there are many guests with flowers.

    Kitchen-dining room designed by D. Langlois-Merinn. Italian mending vintage mahogany chairs from the 1950s were bought in New York. The fronts of the kitchen are finished with spruce, the texture of the tree is revealed by sandblasting. The table is made according to the sketches of the designer.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    Irina Grave designed a house for the family in Moscow with three children. Thanks to the skilful approach, the original area was nearly doubled.

    Customers purchased a house from laminated veneer lumber. There were walls, there was a roof, but no windows, no doors. At this stage, it is possible to influence the layout, which was used by the designer Irina Grave. “We moved the terrace to the south side, where the best view of the reservoir opens, the living room has been significantly expanded, a block has been added, where the cabinet, guest bedroom and nanny room – and whole apartments with a bathroom and a dressing room. As a result, the area of ​​the house was 450 square meters. m. “

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    Along the facade stretches a terrace with sofas and a fireplace. On one of the walls is decorative plaster with a suede effect. Furniture Restoration Hardware is brought from the USA. Swing doors lead to the dining room.

    “I have worked with these customers for the first time, therefore I already know all their preferences, and they trust me,” Irina says. – The family wanted to create an atmosphere of a house in nature, but that there was no sense of giving and, especially, a village hut. They categorically did not like the tree of yellow shades. To remove the yellowness (which for a long time did not yield), we tinted the beam, tried different glazes, until finally he acquired the desired milky shade. “

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureThe palette of the living room is built on the nuances of gray. Sofa Holly Hunt. Chandelier Penta. Graphic tables, diz. N, Zupanc, Sé London. Floor lamp and lamp Lilian August. Expressive art object, decorating the wall, was found in one of the galleries of Miami.

    The tree was supplemented with “urban” textures, in the house there were granite in color concrete, plaster with the effect of suede, granite, limestone. The kitchen was chosen so that its facades look like a slate. Bedrooms were decorated with luxurious wallpaper. On the floor a massive board of oak under the oil – the designer calls her shade “Scandinavian”.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    There are three fireplaces in the house, one of them in the bedroom. The portal is finished with limestone. “I like the multi-color range with small color accents, I like to combine different textures of textiles, wood, stone, metal,” says Irina Grave.

    “When the project was still at the planning stage, I rested in Miami and in one showroom I saw many suitable lamps. Something I agreed with customers on the photo, and something purchased at its discretion. From this began my “American” story: I chose and ordered the whole world, I found a transport company. Then she went to New York, Los Angeles for furniture for this and other projects. I realized: if you really want something, then nothing is impossible. In Moscow, there were not yet so many showrooms working with American brands at normal prices.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureMaster bedroom. Dorelan bed. Chest of drawers and tables of Russian authors – Archpole. Hermès wallpapers. Hinkley Lighting Chandelier

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureRight: Unusual stair rails were designed to make it safe for children. Stella armchair Works.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    Left: a fragment of the bedroom. Right: Cabinet. Table Lilian August, Chair Curations Limited, shelving Gramercy Home.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureMaster bathroom. Bath Rexa, mixers Steinberg.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureMaster bathroom. A curbstone in a brown tree.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    A table with a plexiglass base and a table top made from solid wood from Modshop, above it is a Hinkley Lighting chandelier. The wall on the left is finished with granite: with the texture of the wood, but in the color of the concrete.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    The kitchen is solved as a continuation of the dining room. The facades of the model from GeD Cucine resemble a stone. The top of the island is made of artificial stone. “Urban” materials are opposed to a “village” tree.

    Customers were asked to think over private rooms, make a ladder safe for children (hence such unusual fences) and design a large common area where the whole family could gather. The big plus was a huge (almost 75 sq. M.) Veranda with sofas and a fireplace, where the family spends a lot of time.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureLiving room. The wall around the fireplace is decorated with granite of the variety sequoia brown. The Womb armchair by Knoll International is a design classic, the model was designed in 1948 by Eero Saarinen. Plaid Ivano Redaelli.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    Outdoor furniture Restoration Hardware is made of artificial material, which looks like rattan. It well tolerates the Russian climate. For the winter, the owners clean only the pillows, furniture is left under the covers. Lamps of the same brand.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureIn the dining room, the designer created a symmetrical composition. Glass doors lead to the terrace. Due to the fact that the base of the table is made of plexiglas, it is felt that the wooden table top hovers in the air.

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furnitureSink from natural stone Glass Design. Mirror Basset Mirror.

    “Since the house is built of glued beams, there were some difficulties in planning, accurate wiring of all communications inside the bar, etc. But with a good construction team, all the issues were resolved fairly quickly. The project was completed in a year and a half. “

    Irina Grave: a house near Moscow with American furniture

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture

    © Panacom Architectural Bureau

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture© Panacom Architectural Bureau

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture© Panacom Architectural Bureau

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture© Designer of interiors Trebukhina Nadezhda

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture© Designer of interiors Trebukhina Nadezhda

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture© Designer of interiors Trebukhina Nadezhda

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furnitureThe oldest street in Moscow is Nikolskaya

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    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furnitureKrasnopresnenskaya embankment

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furnitureGod save the people

    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furniture

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    Transformer room: how to equip housing with multifunctional furnitureRosa Tudor

    The day when the area of ​​an apartment over 70 square meters is a luxury is not far off, the founder of Panacom architectural bureau Arseny Leonovich is sure. Already, small apartments and studios are the most popular goods on the housing market. In his opinion, in such conditions it will be necessary to resort to using multi-functional furniture in one room. It is able to fold, unfold, transform and integrate into the volume of the room. As, for example, built in the wall cabinet, which is converted into a folding table.

    And the wall turns … turns … into bed! Mirror in the ironing board, the closet in the sink, and the walls in the shelves. Site "RIA Real Estate" tells his readers how to equip an apartment with furniture that performs different functions.

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    British designer Benjamin Huber of Layer Design and the Danish textile brand Kvadrat created the Shift shelving from recycled materials.

    Shift is a very flexible storage system, in other words, a transformer rack that simultaneously acts as an acoustic wall panel.

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    The famous textile giant Kvadrat turned to different designers with a proposal to create new pieces of furniture from different processed fabrics. After six months of work, the designer Benjamin Hubert and Kvadrat presented the Shift transformer shelf at the recently held Milan Design Week.

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    At first glance, the rack resembles the most ordinary wall panel. However, if you lower the built-in shelves down, the panel turns into a real rack, the shape and configuration of which you can change to your taste. Shelves are supported by drop-down supports, which allow placing almost any objects in the rack without risk of falling.

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    When shelves are not needed, they are easily retracted into the panel itself, attaching to the wall with the help of built-in magnets. Therefore, no cogs and bolts are needed for assembly or dismantling of the Shift rack.

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    “Shift glorifies the power of transformation – in this case from the shelf to the acoustic wall panel and back,” says designer Benjamin Huber about the transformer rack.

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    Easy Shelf-Shift transformer

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum …

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...

    Odil Bekaffico, where he works, lives there. The complex, combining the office and the family house, was created for her architect Charles Berthier (Charles Berthier). Well, the art and design it filled the owner herself.

    The history of the house is inextricably linked with the professional activities of its owner. A quarter of a century ago Odil Bekaffico created the consulting and communication agency Action D’éclat. The enterprise grew, and after a while the office on the top floor of the mansion in the 16th arrondissement of Paris became small for him.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...

    The complex unites five interconnected buildings. On the facade of the neon installation Guardian Angles F. Morrell, 2003, Catherine Issert Gallery.

    Odile started looking for a new place, she liked the complex of former agricultural buildings in the west of Paris, built in 1873. The total area is 2000 square meters. It was enough not only for the grown up agency, but also for family apartments, where comfortably would accommodate a family with four children.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...

    On one of the stone facades is a sculpture of Crush Car J. Chamberlain. The ladder-accordion from the folded sheet of steel leads to the children’s apartments.

    The frame and roof of the buildings were in good condition, but on this positive points and ended: inside there was not even electricity and running water. As Odile says, “we got a blank canvas, allowing the imagination to clear up.”

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...A park. Sculpture Double Ligne Indéterminée B. Vienna, 2009

    The couple approached the architect Charles Berthier, entrusting him with a large-scale reconstruction. Charles was to bring the object to the proper level of beauty and comfort, to organize communication between buildings, to plan apartments, similar to small apartments, for each of the grown up children. And also to create in one of the buildings the second floor in place of the old destroyed by fire.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...Cloth Grande Indienne, author – G. Garusta, 1997. Right Toile Libre, K. Viyat, 1971. Sofa and coffee table, Diz. B. Vienna, Moussion Gallery. On the left are the Carbon Bad Tempered Flesh seats of R. Arad, 2002. Suspended lamp ZetteL’Z 5, Diz. I. Maurer, 1997.

    Berthier’s decision on the last point is brilliant: he came up with the likeness of a tower of oxidized (simply speaking, rusty) core steel – a strong accent that immediately attracts the eye and turns a pretty but banal object into a work of modern architecture.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...The entrance hall is covered with a tree. On oak buazers, a striking accent stands out from the series Questions J. Fromange, 1976. At the antique console porcelain vase Puppy J. Koons, 1998.

    Art is not only in the interior, but also outside. Actually, the renovated building with the top in the core steel is already a work of art, reminiscent of the large landscape sculptures of Richard Serra. And in addition, the owners placed on the facades a sculpture of Crush Car from the twisted car of John Chamberlain and the neon installation of Angles Gardiens by Francois Morelle. Pioneer of kinetic art and op-art, Marella is recognized in France as one of the most important artists of his generation. He worked with neon since 1963, but at first his works were not in demand: he had to wait 20 years before he could sell the first one. Today they are in fashion. In 2010, Morell performed the work commissioned by the Louvre: in a new way he designed windows in the space of the Lefuel ladder, letting in more light. He passed away in May 2016 at the age of 90.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...The office. Left work Sling Shot # 3 R. Rauschenberg, 1984. Female figure – a sculpture in the style of hyperrealism American Beauty, J. de Andrea, 1973. Nearby two sculptures B. Paget, 1975.

    Another interesting author is the 75-year-old classic Bernard of Vienna. He is well known for his monumental sculptures from bent steel beams – one of them can be seen in the garden here. Vienna surprises with versatility: he staged a ballet at the Paris Opera, where he performed as a composer, choreographer, designer of scenery and costumes; released two CDs with his own music, made a film Rolled Steel XC-10, painted wine labels, co-operated with Bugatti: painted the model Grand Sport mathematical formulas used in calculating engine power.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...On the wall there is a photograph of O. Kulik, 1999. Under her sofa Djinn, O. Murg, 1965. On the left “Girl on the chair” – work in the stylistics of pop art by J. Sigal, 1970.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...The office. Work Dead beats, D. Oppenheim, 1989. Armchair Anemone, F. and U. Kampana, Edra, 2001.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...

    In the corner of the living room a work of salt and lead P.-P. Calzolari, 1989. On the shelf is a silicone vase by G. Pesce. B. Vautier, 1984. Armchair Embryo, M. Newson, 1988.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...

    On the wall of the panel of Arman called Colère, 1986. White chaise longue – classic of design by C. and R. Eames, Vitra. Ethnic accessories from the island of Ambrim, the state of Vanuatu, and from the Amazon. In the back of the chair UP 1, diz. G. Pesche, B&B Italia.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...On the wall is the cloth Retour Vers L’enfer, J.-S. Ble, 1985. Soft Heart chair, diz. R. Arad, Moroso. Ritual mask from Papua New Guinea.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...As in the entrance hall, the wood predominates in the kitchen. The owners of the house, and above all Eric, like to cook, so they chose a professional cooker. In the adjoining dining room the giant “Cactus”, diz. Drocco & Mello, Gufram, 1973.

    The architect turned the rustic complex into a palace. From the entrance hall to the master suite there is a stately stone staircase with openwork fences made of wrought iron – it seems that she was always here, but in fact she appeared recently: before that, an aperture was gaping, and there was a haystack at the top.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...“Palace” interior cut through the zigzags of 17 Droites pour une Spirale, which F. Varini performed, 2008: from this perspective it looks like a continuous line. Contrast to the classics are the chair “9.5 °” of the Danish designer B ° Fex.

    The staircase was designed by Charles Berthier. Like many other things: a hall in oak buisers, arched doors, a black and white stone floor, a kitchen “like in a castle”. Against the background of these “attributes of the classics” fresh, brightly look modern art and design. The balance of the new and the old is something that, of course, the house is interesting.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...The bathroom in the Koriana was designed by S. Berthier. On the wall work V. Vasarely, 1983

    No less than in art, the owners of the house understand the design. They stood a high level in the furnishings, collecting the classics of the twentieth century: the things of Charles and Ray Eames, Werner Panton, Gaetano Pesce, Marc Newson, Ron Arad, Ingo Maurer. Exotic accents are Congolese sculpture, Papuan shields, military ammunition from the Amazon. Professionals consider ethnic elements in the interior a dangerous topic, requiring surgical accuracy in placement. Odile and Eric managed to observe the measure.

    Architect Charles Berthier: family house, office, museum ...Odil Bekaffico in his dressing room. Next to “Language” – Paul P. Polen’s chair for Artifort. On the wall is a triptych B. Masa, 2012.

    Craft: kitchens Poliform

    The Poliform and Varenna factories overtook the re-branding: the kitchens will be produced under the Poliform trademark. Elena Kartseva tells how these changes affected production.

    Poliform, founded in 1970 on the basis of a family furniture workshop, from the very beginning made a bet on industrialization. In the brand Varenna, which was famous in the 1950s, the same principles were transferred to their kitchens. Over the past twenty-odd years, the last differences between the main and kitchen lines have been erased, so today’s rebranding has become quite a natural step.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformRoberto Spinelli, Director General of the Division <br /> “Kitchens” Poliform.

    On verified to a second and millimeter automated production lines, it seems, the future came sooner than in science fiction films. The workshop begins with two twin pantographs, performing seemingly identical operations: saw the gray panels and cut through them the holes necessary for the subsequent installation of fasteners. In fact, carcasses and shelves are made on one machine, and on the other – corner and high cabinets for furniture on individual sizes. This division allows you to easily make adjustments in accordance with the wishes of the client.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformThe machine, controlled from the computer, makes in the walls of the furniture frame all necessary for the assembly and installation of loops and fixture holes, as well as grooves under the rear wall.

    On the same principle of division into a standard and an individual, a paint and varnish shop is also built: the parts that are special in size, shape or color are painted by hand, and varnishing of typical elements takes place on the conveyor. All panels are laid out on a moving cloth, the computer determines their size and location, spray the paint and send it to the oven for drying.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformThe machine applies the necessary number of drops of glue in the right places, and the master can only connect the parts and allow them to dry.

    The creation of decorative elements, mainly countertops and facades, takes place in a separate workshop. The raw materials come either from special suppliers, such as corian or steel, or from their own production, like laminated or melamine panels. All of them undergo the process of “cutting out” to the required dimensions, marking and cutting holes and installing fasteners.

    Craft: kitchens Poliform

    Masters examine each millimeter of panels and, if they find faults, determine what can be eliminated with the help of abrasive materials, the rest is rejected.

    Simultaneously, according to technical drawings, lightweight aluminum structures for fastening tabletops are made – for strength of thin design panels an invisible frame is required. This is a rare stage of production, which has more people than cars, which, incidentally, does not affect the pace at all. The release of the kitchen from order to delivery takes at least two months. And if the first couple of weeks are pawned for the development and approval of the project, then all the rest of the time is required exclusively for production and depends not on the workload, but only on technical standards.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformPaint and varnish shop. In a damp chamber, the master spray the paint manually on non-serial elements.

    A clear organization of work allows the factory to produce an average of about one hundred and twenty kitchen sets a week. From the very beginning of each part, assign the number corresponding to the order number. On this bar-code you can track the fate of components at any stage of production. The assembled cabinet is packed, of course, on a special machine, brought into the database and sent to the warehouse – wait for the top and doors. As soon as the tracking system gives a signal of the availability of the order, the number can quickly find all the components of the product and send them to the delivery department.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformA close-up of a lathe machine. The computer determines the position and size of the parts, applies the lacquer and sends it to the oven for drying.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformLightweight aluminum profiles, which make an internal structure to support the countertop.

    Craft: kitchens Poliform

    Furniture dowels are poured into a vibrating bowl and thanks to this vibration they themselves rise to the inner rim and move then along the groove to the installation.

    Craft: kitchens Poliform

    Storage of screws, screws, nuts and furniture dowels – all sorted by type and size, as in a pharmacy.

    Craft: kitchens Poliform

    Kitchen Trail.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformKitchen Phoenix.

    Craft: kitchens PoliformKitchen Phoenix.

  • Craft: kitchens PoliformSofa Mondrian.