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You’ve found the perfect place that defines exactly who you are. Your boxes are unpacked, but now comes the daunting task of how to take the college grad out of your decor and put in the grown up, savvy man that you’ve become.
Fortunately you’ve been convinced by discerning friends to get rid of all the furniture that saw you through years of World Cup parties and endless nights of studying, and you’re ready to revamp your living quarters into something contemporary and mature. You’ve got some funds and a new sense of taste, but the question remains: what exactly is it that you want and where do you get it? What is the move for great bachelor pad furniture?

Viesso, the L.A. based furniture suppliers, have created an amazing online system for choosing furniture and decor that’s just right for you. Not only do they carry the most contemporary and functional designs, they also let you customize almost any style that strikes your fancy. Rather than a painful reality, you can now have fun deciding what pieces will work best in your space according to how you envision yourself lounging, entertaining, and working when you’re at home.
Here are some tips on how to furnish your bachelor pad for ultimate comfort and usability:

The Sectional

Whether you’re a total recluse or a party boy, a sectional sofa is always the right solution for unwinding and relaxing after a long day. Imagine yourself sprawled out, newspapers settled on the ottoman as you peruse the information of the day. Remote at hand and Netflix ready, you wait for friends to join you for the evening, with plenty of room for all. Perhaps tonight is the night that you’ve invited someone special over to share a bottle of wine and good French cheese. The generous space that a sectional affords will put anyone at ease, with no pressure to get too close until the moment becomes inevitable.

Buying a high quality, modern sectional that’s built to last is Viesso’s specialty. This item is probably the key to bachelor pad furniture. Take the Dekayess Chaise sectional with ottoman to match. With the option for left or righthand seating, this sectional provides flexibility with modular pieces that can be arranged as you like. With sensual rounded arms to give it a simple grace, and a low profile and shallow depth that allows it to fit in tight spaces, here you have a great option for any type of living room area. Imagine the Dekayess in a deep brown or other neutrals. Clothed in a durable fabric, it is eco-friendly with 100% natural fibers that speak of your commitment to going green.

Bar Accessories

Let’s take a moment while we’re here to discuss the value of an essential element that needs to be a part of your entertaining encyclopedia: bar accessories from Arne Jacobsen’s Cylinda line. Without a doubt one of the handiest of tools when it comes to making your guests feel doted upon, this set is the apotheosis of design and function, defining the good life that you are coming to represent. Included are all the necessities for making the perfect martini or daqueri, with an impeccably made cocktail mixer and spoon, shaker, ice bucket with tongs, two liter pitcher with strainer, small glass coasters, and a serving tray.

The Bed

Without a doubt, your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. We cannot celebrate enough that you have finally chucked the futon, and in thanks to yourself, you’re now ready to make that important decision to get something respectful and stylish for your dreaming pleasure.

You’ve got a lot of choices here, but why not first take into consideration a platform bed in a Japanese-inspired style. The Worth bed is a stunning piece that begins with a low profile hardwood frame with matching symmetrical nightstands. An upholstered leather headboard adds luxury to this queen or king size beauty and you can choose from subtle color combinations such as walnut and white bonded leather, wenge and white leather, or wenge and dusty grey leather. With its pine slatted mattress support system, you are destined to have a nightly experience of bliss, knowing you have graduated to a place you deserve.

If a platform isn’t your cup of tea, Viesso’s Broome Bed with its masculine lines and simple, tailored angles might be just the right thing. This bed comes with an exquisitely tailored split headboard that features goose down filling divided by a middle seam. With its leather upholstery, the headboard and frame are structured around a chrome steel base and a frame containing flexible wooden slats that float above the floor, allowing air to circulate under your mattress. In dusty grey, plum, or white, this bed makes a subtle statement that implies stability, taste, and an always attractive devotion to comfort.

Bedding

Speaking of beds, let’s turn to the next natural progression, which is your bedding. Once again, Viesso offers a range of options when it comes to quality and design. Using natural materials that keep your bedroom free of toxins, you can select eco-friendly, organic pieces in a variety of colors and patterns.

A great example is the Heather Gray collection of sheets designed by Area out of New York. In one of a kind patterns, these exquisite sheets are made of spun yarns woven into soft cotton percale that glide over the body like a smooth, intoxicating wave. A mini flange creates a beautiful detail, emphasizing the attention to quality and design, along with a simple elegance.

The Simone sheets, made by the same company, are created out of pure linen and sport impeccably made French seams. Their fitted and flat sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers come in white, natural, charcoal, and a luscious midnight hue.

Lighting

When it comes to accents for bachelor pad furniture, it is essential to think about what kind of lighting you need for your home. Obviously you need something practical that gives you ample opportunity to see what you’re doing. Here there is nothing more stylish and contemporary than the Berlin Pendant lamp, which brightens even the most remote corner with its rustic glass exterior. Easy to hang, the lamp is hardwired and matches any decor with its refreshingly minimal look.

Sad but true, one of the most neglected aspects of lighting in a bachelor pad seems to be ambient lighting. It is always confounding that those who want to create a mood when a mood needs to be created lack the fundamental tool that can make it all happen. Of course you are not expected to have glowing candles in every nook and cranny, but the least you can do is to have a few lamps at hand that disseminate something soft and alluring. In comes, yes... the Aluminum Antler lamp with its natural walnut or cherry shade. On a recycled aluminum base, the clear cord is not channeled through the lamp, but instead descends directly from the socket. Stable and stunning, here is a genuinely masculine piece that shows your softer side without compromise.

The Eco Fireplace

Okay, here comes the tour de force, the thing that puts the “W” in wow, that distinguishes you from the crowd, that makes the most powerful statement about your character and your dedication to being the coolest cat in the ‘hood. Burning clean domestic ethanol, the Eco Fireplace is the modern replacement for the conventional log-burning hearth and guess what? It’s portable. This means that you can put this baby anywhere in your home, be it the living area to give a spot of warmth and comfort as you finish writing your novel, or the bedroom where it can weave a magic that no candle can supply.

Imagine an autumn evening in your spacious loft where your gorgeous Oxygen Fireplace is lighting up the night. A free-standing rectangle that requires no ventilation stands before you in the room. With its sleek lines, a shell made of rust-resistant stainless-steel, and a removable screen made of low iron-toughened glass, it is the perfect contemporary art-piece. Your guests sit on your judiciously placed sectional, sipping wine that you recently brought back from the Tuscan Valley, warming themselves with great conversation and the heat from the flames as you sit back, knowing you’ve created an impeccable evening that no one will forget.

Imagine a cold winter night in your one-bedroom apartment. From your platform bed you watch the flames from your Mercer fireplace cast dancing shadows on the ceiling. In its marble composite shell with the beautifully styled wide burner you’ve lit with the long lighter, you control the fire with a remote wand that you place on the built in nightstand. Wherever you place the Mercer, it is an emblem of renewable green energy that carries no toxins and gives you the right to claim a truly green title.

For more information on decorating your bachelor pad and other home décor ideas, contact us or call us at 877.8.VIESSO.

One of the hallmarks of contemporary furniture is in its ability, like any art form, to reflect what is going on in modern culture. And like any art form, the paradigm of the chicken and the egg holds true: contemporary minds helping to shape a new way of thinking by creating and developing advancements that ignite the imagination, or through the perception of our constantly evolving lifestyle, making new work that harmonizes with each new vision. Whatever way you look at it, Viesso is at the helm of providing clients with the most contemporary designs that correspond with the present and the future in a way that mirrors how we look at our world. Representing innovative designers who are dedicated to creating efficient, sustainable, functional, and aesthetic furniture, we are committed to taking our clients a step further when it comes to filling spaces for living, lounging, relaxing, socializing, working, and more. And we've curated some amazing dining and seating solutions that have been used in many restaurants and cafes.

A Cutting Edge Approach

One of the ways we feel validated in our work is via the exceptional clients who are coming to us for new ideas. Just a glance at this impressive group speaks volumes about how our various furniture lines are being viewed by the most up and coming, progressive leaders in today’s marketplace, no matter the field. These clients are proof of our cutting-edge, forward minded approach to design, as they themselves represent the true wave of the future.

Starbucks Dining Table

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Starbucks is one such client, and we built many pieces for them including the one above. Known for breaking the ice when it came to introducing cafe culture into the United States, this company has the bead on what it takes to create a comfortable setting for people to enjoy a good cup of java, work on their laptops, conduct a business meeting in a cool environment that takes away the pressure, meet up with friends, or enjoy the beginnings of a new relationship. Building custom bamboo tables for them based off of our Plyned design to use in many of their retail locations has been the proclamation of a mutual commitment to sustainability, a clean aesthetic, and longevity represented in the durability of the materials.

Other Forward-Thinking Companies

Another unmistakably forward-mover in today’s culture is Google, for whom we also designed materials. The modular pieces we created for Facebook’s offices reflect their desire for clean lines combined with comfort and flexibility. Other clients include Naia Films, OTIS School of Design, GLiving Studio, the Crown Plaza Hotel, Flight Bistro and Social Lounge, Edge Bar, and Nikki’s Bar in Venice, California. Being featured on shows such as MTV Real World Home, Wired House, Blush TV Show Home, ESPY Awards, and Celebrity Apprentice, has been yet another affirmation that more and more contemporary companies are getting on the bandwagon when it comes to streamlining their tastes as they move towards the latest innovations in design.

Reflecting Your Views and Values

At Viesso we believe that the kind of furniture you choose reflects your views and values. Our appeal is through our emphasis on modernity with a pared down aesthetic. This strict attention to minimalism that does not sacrifice comfort or beauty speaks of moving forward, understanding the value of functional solutions, and being mindful of how we treat both our home and our external environment. The ultimate example of this is Ethnicraft, with eco-friendly material and manufacturing.

Eco-Friendly Protocols

One of the most obvious indicators of a contemporary, open mind is where we see clients selecting a lifestyle that is more and more Green. Starbucks, Facebook, Google, and many other similar companies have made this decision by using eco-friendly protocols. At Viesso, we strive to represent the apotheosis of environmental awareness in the choices we make regarding the use of sustainable, local, and non-toxic materials. Bamboo, alder, and other local woods are our preferred choices, along with fabrics and fills in natural fibers, natural latex products, and the like. We are rapidly becoming identified as a company that cares, which is drawing consciously aware clients to our side.

Creating Furniture We Need and Use Ourselves

Like you, we are invested in technology, have busy lives that make new kinds of demands on us everyday, and are always appreciative of anything that makes our day-to-day living easier. We create furniture that we need and want to use ourselves and are always looking for functional solutions to the question: how can we do this better?

Customizing Our Designs

Offering the possibility to customize our designs that relate to each client’s needs has given us the edge in our industry, especially with our online store providing a more convenient shopping experience, whereby you can select pieces from the comfort of your home or office. The various designers we represent, including our own brand, creates an opportunity for creating an environment that is unique and eclectic, with each piece embodying not just its function, but also a whole-hearted artistic appeal.

The Essence of Modernity

Because we believe in promoting a sleek, contemporary style, we have come to represent the kind of furniture that is courageous yet understated. We are not afraid to create pieces that multi-task, like our beds with storage units underneath them, or our sofas that incorporate end tables elegantly built into their structure. To us, modernity consists of the less-is-more philosophy, which implies less clutter and more efficiency. We are constantly inventing new ways to make furniture that complies with this aesthetic. With an organized home or office space comes clearer thinking. With clearer thinking comes more productivity. With productivity comes more leisure time. And with more leisure time, comes the true essence of appreciating life and all of the beautiful things it has to offer. At Viesso, our mission is to offer these beautiful things at both ends.

 

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Living Essentials For a Modern Society

With nothing but enthusiastic feedback from our clients, who keep coming back for more, we are proud to provide living essentials for a modern society. For more information on how to order from our online store, or to visit us in our Los Angeles showroom, please contact us or call at 877.8.VIESSO.

Many of Nanda’s creations are the result of gaps in the market. That is, he looks for products for his own home and when he can’t find them, he makes them. Of course, he doesn’t just make them.  He makes them his own.  All of Bend’s products are made from hot-dip galvanized iron thick wires, hand crafted and sculpted to be everything from chairs to light pendants.

 

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In addition, Bend’s products have powder coating finish that comes in a variety of colors. Particularly striking and original are their new pallets of metallic gem tones and neon brights, which add a unique, fun, and energetic life to their products. And the pure whites make for a strong contrast.

 

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Since the start of Bend Goods, a Los Angeles based company, the same tight-knit team has worked out of the founder’s home, which serves as a stunning showroom for their stunning products as well as a living/work space. The infusion of color, power, and vitality instantly draw you to the amazing array of goods. If you have yet to see Bend’s Instagram, you are missing out.  Besides its’ display of aesthetic creativity, it proves Bend Goods go with everything, work everywhere, and suit everyone! 

 

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Furniture and accessories made from metal would make one think that these belong outside – and they do look great outdoors, but Bend Goods’ products look just as good inside a home. And though their goods may appear to be just contemporary, they pair well with traditional furniture. They also create amazing work places, enlivening sleek contemporary commercial spaces to smaller, more intimate quarters.

 

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And the products last! The metal frames are perfect for creating durable pieces.  But just because they use such a lasting material, don’t be fooled. Their furniture is comfortable and well as robust!   In part, this is because Nanda himself came from the automobile industry, sculpting the prototypes for vehicle interiors.  He understands how to make long-lasting, functional items ones people will actually want to use, knowing they will feel good as well as look good.

 

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In fact, that is what Bend Goods is all about – the best of all possible worlds. Beauty, flare, function, and comfort, all locally designed and built. They are a company worth looking at with products worthy of furnishing your life at home and at work.

 

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Now that you are in the market for new furniture, you may be wondering where to shop. If you’ve been searching for a place to buy furniture in Los Angeles, you’ll be pleased to know that one of the world’s best furniture shopping destinations is located right here in LA.

If you’re not convinced that leaving your computer behind and venturing out to the furniture store is the best idea, then you should know what you’re missing out on! Here are the reasons why the West Hollywood Design District in Los Angeles is the best area to shop for furniture.

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LA is such a large city that it can be difficult to know where to go to shop for modern furniture. These days, most people search online for furniture that can be easily delivered and simply buy whatever they can find. But, what do you do if you need interior design advice, you want to see the furniture in person, or you’re just looking for a little variety?

The solution? Come to the West Hollywood Design District. When it comes to modern furniture, the West Hollywood Design District offers an unparalleled shopping experience that you simply won’t find elsewhere.

Where Is West Hollywood Design District?

Located at the crossroads of Melrose Avenue, Beverly Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, the West Hollywood Design District is a walkable district featuring an unrivaled shopping experience with luxury products, services, and experiences for those who prefer the very best.

The West Hollywood Design District was originally organized as a business improvement district in 1996. Today, this square-mile area features a concentration of more than 300 high-end businesses, specialising in home décor, fashion, art, beauty, dining and more. While most people think of the area as just the Pacific Design Center, it’s really much more than that.

The History of Furniture in West Hollywood

In fact, West Hollywood, as a whole, has always had its unique character and it has been associated with furniture and interior design since its early roots. One of the most influential names in modern furniture, Herman Miller, known for the Eames Lounge Chair and Noguchi table, opened its showroom on Beverly Boulevard in 1949.

In 1975, the Pacific Design Center, was built by architect Cesar Pelli, who is also the famous architect of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The award-winning Pacific Design Center is the West Coast’s leading resource for traditional and contemporary residential and contract furnishings, fabrics, floor coverings, architectural products, wallcoverings, lighting, kitchen and bath products, and accessories.

The Center features nearly 100 brands and is designed to serve the needs of professional interior designers, decorators, architects facility managers, and decorators. Despite the major influence of the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood is a major hub for innovation. In fact, the appetite for modern furniture design is so large that small furniture boutiques are able thrive here alongside the flagship stores of international brands.

These days, LA's design scene is also busier than it has ever been. Artists, designers, and entrepreneurs are flocking to the LA, particularly the Eastside, and are creating a culture that is uniquely WeHo. The West Hollywood Design District is home to the highest concentration of design businesses in a single area on the West Coast.

Innovative and Luxury Furniture Designs

This is the best area for quality and amazing designs. Trends are born here because the West Hollywood Design District attracts people with big ideas from around the world. From its colorful people, established businesses, and top-notch hotspots, West Hollywood is the place for unique style and eccentricity.

Here you’ll find the world’s top luxury brands, located in a few pockets on Beverly Blvd, Melrose Blvd, and La Brea Ave (where Viesso is located). Whether you want to explore emerging talent or you want help selecting the best tried and true furniture designs for your home, you'll find it all here.

Explore, Browse and Shop

As for the perks of shopping in person in the West Hollywood Design District, you’ll get a full range of price points, some major international brands, as well as, boutique ones, and very knowledgeable salespeople in the stores.

Some will argue that shopping online can help you to find the best deals around. This is true if you are only looking for the cheapest furniture with generic designs. But if you want a comprehensive furniture shopping experience with someone to guide you on the best pieces to select for your home, the West Hollywood Design District is the best place to shop in person.

 

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Finding outdoor furniture for your home is tricky. Not only does the furniture have to be attractive, it must also be able to withstand the elements so that it will last for years to come. Finding outdoor furniture that is ideal for your home means that you evaluate every furniture option based on several factors before you select the best choice. To help you make the best decisions for your outdoor space, here are the top 5 things to look for in modern outdoor furniture.

1. Quality

Outdoor furniture has to be able to stand up to hot summers and cold winters to make it worth investing in. Furniture that is made from aluminum, plastic or PVC are good options for outdoor furniture because they can stand up to changing weather conditions and don't require much in the way of maintenance. One amazing brand for aluminum furnture is Fermob, with dozens of outdoor desings. Steel and wrought iron, on the other hand, will rust easily if they are not weatherproofed or painted on occasion.

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Pay attention to the fabrics, as well. Fabrics that are intended for outdoor use are generally fade resistant and are UV protected. They should be able to stand up to outdoor use for at least a few seasons. When you are select fabrics for outdoor use, opt for fabrics that have high thread counts and are made from heavy duty fabrics.

You should also inspect the furniture to ensure that it doesn't have flaws that could cause it to wear out before you anticipated having to buy new furniture. Make sure chair legs are solid and sturdy. Furniture that uses stainless steel screws are a better option because they won't rust. For wooden and wrought iron furniture, make sure that the furniture has been properly weatherproofed with the coatings covering all exposed surfaces. Wooden furniture may also require UV protection.

2. Style 

When you shop for modern outdoor furniture, you want to make sure that your furniture doesn’t only serve its functional purpose. Selecting furniture that is also beautiful can add to the outdoor experience. Look for furniture that features handcrafted details, natural materials, and modern upholstery patterns for the best results. Brands like MamaGreen do an excellent ob if using high quality fabrics along with craftsmanship for many tears of use.

While it’s nice to think of your outdoor space as your own personal oasis, you also need to consider the neighborhood that your home is located in. If your outdoor furniture is visible to the neighbors or can be seen by people walking or driving by your home, opt for outdoor furniture that blends in with the exterior of your home. You shouldn't select furniture that will take away from the curb appeal of your home.  

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Many times people don't realize how much comfortable outdoor furniture can improve their experiences. However, you should remember that comfort is just as important for outdoor furniture as it is for indoor furniture.

Choose furniture that can be be used with plush cushions, especially for sofas, chairs, loungers. The cushions will help to keep you cool on hotter days and will allow you to enjoy your outdoor furniture for hours.

To ensure that you furniture doesn't attract mold and mildew, opt for outdoor furniture that has cushions with lightweight fillers. You should also select cushions that feature the same patterns on both sides of the cushion so that they can be turned periodically to ensure that they retain their shape.

4. Functionality

If your outdoor space is limited, you should invest in outdoor furniture that has earned top ratings for functionality. Some ideas are sectional pieces that are modular, or versatile tables with expandable tops. You may also prefer chairs that stack so that they can be easily stored away when not in use. To make it easier for you to move your outdoor furniture, choose furniture pieces that are lighter in weight or have wheels. The products from Cane-Line accoplish this with style.

If you want to make the most of your outdoor space, choose furniture that will comfortably fit in the space. You shouldn't choose furniture that is too large or too small for your space. Before you shop, measure the area that you plan to furnish. Leave up to 2 feet of space between furniture pieces for high traffic areas and 1 foot of space between each furniture piece to ensure that the items don't look crowded.

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5. Materials

When you shop for outdoor furniture make sure the materials not only work with your aesthetic, but for your space. If you're close to the ocean, it’s best to get outdoor furniture that is made from  316 grade stainless steel to prevent corrosion due to mist from the ocean. One option for amazing duraility is concrete, like the products from DeWulf.

If you have small kids and are in a very hot climate, be careful with metal that gets too hot so that the children don’t get burned on furniture that has been out in direct sunlight. Wood furniture is a better option and won’t get hot enough to burn skin. Wicker is also a good option if you have children because it is easy to keep clean. 

Sleeping with the right pillow can dramatically increase your comfort as you sleep. However, finding a pillow that meets your needs can be complicated. If you are searching for a better pillow, here are the reasons why you should sleep on a latex pillow.

Why Natural Latex Pillows?

There are so many options available for fillers, including down, polyester, memory foam, buckwheat hulls, and latex. To make matters even more complicated, price does not necessarily correlate with performance. In addition, most pillows only offer the best comfort under a limited range of conditions.

If you want to get better sleep, consider a latex pillow. Although, finding the right pillow is strictly a matter of personal preference, natural latex pillows have become quite popular among people from all walks of life because they can provide ideal performance regardless of your preferred sleep position. Natural latex pillows are also highly recommended because they are durable, yet supportive and soft.

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Natural Latex Pillows Provide Head, Neck, and Shoulder Support

Your pillow is roughly 20% of your sleep surface. As a result, it is essential to have a pillow that can accommodate your natural body shape so that you maintain proper posture as you sleep. To ensure a comfortable sleep, you need a responsive surface to rest your head on that will provide pressure relief in all of the right places.

For people who prefer to sleep on their sides, a pillow should provide head and neck support so that the spine is maintained in a straight, horizontal line. For people who prefer to sleep on their backs, a pillow should provide support for the natural curvature of the spine, with support for the head neck and shoulders.

Latex responds to pressure by molding to your shape to create the ideal level of support for your head, neck and shoulders. Latex pillows are denser than fiber, down or memory foam, so they provide more support and help to keep your spine aligned as you sleep. You can also find ones that are molded to a specific shape to provide support as you sleep in your preferred sleep position.

In addition, some latex pillows are made from torn up latex pieces that you can remove or add filling to adjust the pillow to your perfect comfort level. This is a feature that you won’t find in other types of pillows because the softness or firmness levels for these pillows have already been predetermined by the manufacturer.

Unlike other pillows which can lose their shape quickly, a natural latex pillow is also impression-resistant and it can retain its shape for years without flattening or taking on body shape. If you are looking for a pillow that offers an ideal level of support, a natural latex pillow is a top choice.

All-Natural Latex Pillows

One of the easiest ways to promote wellness is to opt for a pillow that is free of dangerous chemicals. Latex pillows are all natural, so they are better for your health in terms of reducing your exposure to environmental toxins.

Natural latex is derived from the sap of the hevea brasiliensis, or rubber tree. The latex milk that is used to make natural latex pillows is sustainably harvest by making cuts into the tree that allow for the collection of the latex sap without killing the tree.

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This process ensures that the latex that goes into a natural latex pillows is free of harmful chemicals, unlike chemical-drenched synthetic fibers, such as memory foam, which can release chemicals into the air of your home for years.

You’ll spend roughly a third of each day in bed. As a result, you should choose your bedding carefully since your pillows can be a significant source of toxins if you choose synthetic fibers or other pillow fillers that can attract allergens.

Natural Latex Pillows Are Recommended for Allergy Sufferers

Natural latex pillows are also recommended for allergy sufferers. Some types of pillow fillers, such as down, can trigger allergic reactions in people, making them an unsuitable choice for sleep. In addition, since there is no way to wash a down pillow, the allergens simply can’t be removed through repeated use. Over time, pillows can also collect allergens, which is why replacement of most pillows is recommended after just 2 years.

 

 

In contrast, natural latex is hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It is an excellent choice for people who suffer from allergies because it will not support the growth of mold, fungus, bacteria, or mildew. Natural latex pillows are also resistant to dust mites, which can infest mattresses, pillows, and carpeting and lead to respiratory problems.

Natural Latex Pillows and Temperature Control

If night sweats are a problem for you or you prefer a pillow that doesn’t change its temperature as it gets cooler at night time, a natural latex pillow is the best option. The cell structure of a natural latex pillow ensures maximum breathability. Natural latex maintains a more consistent temperature than other pillow fillers to ensure that the latex won’t get too hot or cold as room temperatures change during the night.

Some pillow fillers can change shape because of your body heat or from room temperature changes. However, a natural latex pillow will retain its firmness regardless of the room conditions to ensure that you sleep comfortably without you having to constantly readjust the shape of the pillow.

A Natural Latex Pillow Is Your Solution for Better Sleep

These are just a few benefits of using a natural latex pillow. Once you’ve used one, you'll understand why they have become so popular. They provide instant comfort and offer the best combination of support, softness, and health. If you are looking to improve your sleep, natural latex pillows can provide the results that you are looking for.

 

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We’re all familiar with the top Italian brands from fashion to automotive designs. Brands, such as Ferragamo, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, and Ferrari, are globally renowned and offer the best that Italian design has to offer. This unique perspective extends to the home, as well. Italian-style homes are often extremely luxurious to the point of being breathtakingly beautiful or offer smart designs with just a touch of opulence.

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However, what does Italian design even mean? Let’s take a quick look at the origins of Italian design so that you can get a better understanding of what Italian design actually is.

Traditional Italian Design

Historically, Italian design dates back to the Renaissance era of 15th century Florence, Italy. This period was dominated by architectural stone combined with baroque décor. Upon entering today's Italian-style homes, you'll find similarly inspired styles that blend Modern Italian with the Old World Ornate Italian designs.

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The Italian tradition of understanding beauty, art, and the good life can be found in almost every aspect of the home. Italian-style homes aren't just luxurious, they literally offer top-quality detail and the finest craftsmanship from the walls, to the floors, and furniture. It’s about timeless design in all things.

Marble, terra cotta, and stoneware of all types plays an important role in defining the look of Traditional Italian-style interior design. Not only are the colors carefully chosen, they also are intricately placed to create a look that is elaborate, yet elegant.

Gilt trim is extremely popular in both Modern and Traditional Italian design and you'll find it everywhere from tile to furnishings and accessories. Adding items to your home that feature gilt trim is a defining look that you should consider if you prefer the layered luxury of Traditional Italian design for your home. The stately elegance of Traditional Italian design should be reflected in every room of the home, include the bedroom and especially the bathroom.

Modern Italian Design

However, the tradition of Italian design didn’t end. It has continued on even today. In modern times, Italian designers continue to be revered for their attention to detail and innovative style choices.

Modern Italy has produced some of the greatest furniture designers in the world, such as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass. Gio Ponti was one of the most important designers of the mid-20th century. Although he is revered in the architecture and art worlds for his work, he also designed furnishings under the name Domus Nova, creating a series of chairs that were considered highly innovative for their time. These designs were the Superleggera and Distex and the Billia lamps, which are still well-known.

Ettore Sottsass is another furniture designer that can be considered as one of the biggest influencers of Modern Italian design. Born in Austria, Sottsass grew up in Milan. His designs are bold and stand out for the use of bright colors and fun shapes. Sottsass’s work along with Memphis, as the group called themselves, spans many types of furniture items and borders on the impractical. However, his work does reflect an individualistic and sometimes quirky take on everyday objects that can be used to make a home interesting and unique.

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As a result, Modern Italian interior design is vastly different than the homes of the earlier centuries. However, it still has many things in common with its historical predecessor. In Modern Italian homes, you'll still find plenty of open, well-lit spaces. In addition, the designs also try to bring as much of the outdoors into the home as possible. This might be done by adding giant windows or floating ceilings.

Modern Italian design has also taken on somewhat of a more modest approach with urbanization increasingly requiring interior designers to make more careful choices in the use of space in smaller homes. Modern Italian-style homes that look uncluttered and offer plenty of storage options are preferred by many.

To keep in line with tradition, minimalist furniture with clean lines and sexy curves are still welcome. A couple examples of this style is the brand Modloft or sohoConcept. Although simple black and white colors may be found throughout the home, occasionally, you will find a decidedly over-the-top decorative element, such as a gleaming chandelier.

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How to Recreate Italian Design in Your Home

If your plan is to design your home in Italian style, it is important that you can identify the right décor and invest in only the best quality furniture. You may even want to consider hiring a designer to help you put your ideas together. When it all comes together you can create a look that is uniquely yours yet mirrors the principles of sophisticated design.

Whether you are inspired by the traditionalist designs or would like a modernist approach, just invest in the best items you can afford and use unique items whenever possible!

Scandinavia is an area of Northern European made up of several states, including Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and sometimes, the Danish Faroe Islands, as well as, Iceland and Finland. It has a cultural and regional entity that is very distinct from the rest of Europe, with these countries having managed to remain at peace with one another for nearly 200 years, despite differences between the different countries.

 

Given the limited nature of raw material resources available to the region and the harsh climate with 9 months of winter, the natural world has remained a significant influence in Scandinavian design, with ingenuity being a necessary adaptation for the Scandinavian peoples.

 

With a long tradition of craftsmanship, there has always been a heightened appreciation of design for this region. In fact, handcrafting remained in place for far longer in Scandinavia, in comparison to the rest of Western Europe and America, given the late arrival of industrialization to the region. Industrialization in Scandinavia did not begin until the 20th century, in contrast to the first industrial revolution, which occurred in the UK near the end of the 18th century.

 

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Over the past 200 years, Scandinavian design has evolved and is now a major influence in modern furniture design. Danish design also emerged as a prominent contributor to Scandinavian design philosophy with many of the designers that are most well-known from the mid-20th century hailing from Denmark. 

 

Danish design was originally developed in the mid-20th century and was influenced by the German Bauhaus school. Drawing on the Scandinavian tradition of craftsmanship, simplicity, and functionalism, many Danish designers used new industrial design techniques to form a basis for industrial production of their designs. 

 

The establishment of The School of Arts and Crafts at the The Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1930 played a major role in the development of furniture design in the country, thanks to the teachings of Kaare Klint and Hans J. Wegner.

Scandinavian Design Interest in Modern Times

With the reintroduction of mid-century design to pop culture in recent years, people began to gain new interest in the furniture designs of the 20th century by designers that have since become internationally renowned. 

Scandinavian design of the mid-century period is generally understood to be furniture created during the period after World War II through to the end of 1960s. The original mid-century modern movement in the U.S. was heavily influenced by Brazilian and Scandinavian design at the time.

 

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Cutting-edge designs from Danish designers, such as Arne Jacobsen, Børge Mogensen, Finn Juhl, and Poul Henningsen defined this period, with their works being featured in exhibitions in America and Europe. American designers were also influenced by Danish designers, notably Charles and Ray Eames, the designers of the famed Eames lounge chair.

 

In addition, these designers became widely known by the average American consumer after Hollywood actors, actresses, and musicians began purchasing their designs from furniture manufacturers that had taken up production of the most popular Scandinavian and mid-century modern designs.

 

Given the sheer number of influential Scandinavian designers, the popularity of Scandinavian design today is not surprising. This growing interest is a spin-off of the world’s ongoing obsession with mid-century design.

 

Although Scandinavian furniture was originally designed with the idea of making it available for everyone to enjoy, it also attracts the elites in the world of art and design collecting. Scandinavian furniture is highly regarded as works of art with rare pieces of original Scandinavian furniture fetching high prices at auction.

 

Scandinavian Design Principles 

The design philosophy of Scandinavian design is characterized by simplicity, functionality, and clean lines. Minimalism is an important concept that is echoed through these designs in order to create furniture that contributes to a simple home environment that is designed to improve one's daily life.

Materials

Materials are generally chosen for their beauty and durability. Lightly colored woods are often selected to make Scandinavian furniture, with teak and oak preferred. In some instances, pine may be used. However, it is often treated with special oils that are designed to reduce the yellow tones of the wood.

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Shell Lounge Chair

In addition, metal and plastic are two other materials that are often used in Scandinavian furniture. These materials offer designers more flexibility when it comes to shape and color options. 

For the upholstery, natural fabrics, such as linen, cotton, wool, and leather are key choices for these designs. Scandinavian design places a strong importance on the organic, which has lead to the adoption of sustainability and eco-friendliness as key factors in the selection of the materials to create new furniture. 

Craftsmanship

Quality craftsmanship is of optimum importance as furniture should be made to last. The designs are often crafted using a 360 degree design methodology to ensure that the furniture looks good from every angle.

Contrast 

One of the features that is echoed throughout the majority of Scandinavian furniture designs is stark contrast. Designers often choose to emphasize contrast by featuring bold colors alongside natural materials, such as wood, leather, and metal.

Scandinavian homes often feature white or off-white interiors as a means of magnifying the natural light that enters the home. As a result, this contrast provides balance in a space that would otherwise look rather sterile without these touches of color.

Shape

Abstract shapes are often used to transform everyday interior design elements, such as chairs, sofas, tables, lighting, and accessories. Although the natural finish is often maintained, the resulting shapes of the materials are significantly distinct from those that would occur naturally.

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Giraffe Floor Lamp

Geometric, free form, and organic patterns are common given this design style's emphasis on nature. In addition, rounded edges are a common feature of Danish furniture. Rounded edges offer modern appeal and are designed to eliminate distractions and to make furniture surfaces easy to move around. Scandinavian furniture designs tend to also feature lighter and more airy frames. 

 

If you're inspired by Scandinavian design, Viesso can help you select the right furniture for your home. We carry a few brands like Skagerak, Innovation and Vifa.

 

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When it comes to outdoor furniture, you’re looking for something durable and comfortable, but still stylish. Don’t end up with furniture that’s difficult to clean or will be a rusted mess by the end of the summer. Instead, choose furniture made out of the finest materials, ones that are made to withstand the elements all year round. We've done the research and seen all kinds of options, and these are the best materials for outdoor furniture:

 

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Synthetic Wicker

Ninety-nine percent of the time, outdoor wicker patio sets are made from synthetic wicker. Also called resin wicker, it’s made to look like natural wicker, only it is much more durable.

 

Natural wicker is made from plant materials, and is a technique that has been utilized by cultures all around the world. It was used even by the Ancient Egyptians to make wicker baskets. As beautiful as it is, unfortunately natural wicker is susceptible to rain, sleet, snow, and moisture, making it a poor choice for outdoor furniture (sorry Ancient Egyptians).

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Synthetic wicker furniture is made from resins that are extracted from plant matter, which are capable of hardening permanently. High quality resin material is very dense, so it is extremely durable in all outdoor conditions. This synthetic wicker is:

-Stain resistant

-Infused with UV Inhibitors that prevent fading in the sun

-So durable it won’t break, chip, or scratch.

-Sometimes 100% Recyclable  

 

It is easy to clean, and can be quickly hosed off or gently scrubbed to remove dirt or spills. Synthetic wicker is used to make stylish outdoor tables, chairs, and loungers, perfect for a natural look that stands up to outside forces.

 

Teak

For natural furniture that also durable, teak is a great outdoor furniture material choice. Teak is a dense, close-grained hardwood with a natural oil content that makes it resistant to the elements. It is actually one of the few woods in the world containing this natural oil which repels water, keeping it from warping, cracking or becoming brittle. If you doubt its durability, most outdoor furniture at ski lodges is made of teak, so it can clearly withstand dozens of winters and still look beautiful. You can even find century-old teak park benches in England made from dismantled ships!

 

teak outdoor furniture

 

The same resins and oils in teak that protect against weather also serve as repellents against insects like termites and marine borers. 

 

Another benefit is that outdoor furniture made from teak wood doesn’t need paint or varnish! The wood starts out as a honey-brown, and will eventually fade to a patina grey. A natural teak sealer will help maintain the brown color, but grey teak is a striking statement on its own.

 

Buying FSC-certified or reclaimed teak like what is used on the Oko Collection is a great way to ensure that your furnishings are environmentally friendly, perfect if you’re working on going green.

 

Concrete 

No more furniture that warps, rots, stains, splinters, sags, or falls apart if you forget to bring it indoors in bad weather. Concrete is the way to go! This material is going to withstand the harshest elements. Even hurricane season is no match for this stuff, it's the superhero of outdoor design. It’s one of the oldest, strongest, and most durable materials that humans have ever made. And with lines like the DeWulf collection it can be sexy as well. Who knew?!

 

concrete outdoor furniture

 

It brings a cool, modern feel that also seems timeless. Concrete can be poured into a huge variety of shapes, but works great as a sturdy dining table, side table, or cool chair. These pieces bring heft to your backyard, and are something you can enjoy for generations. High-quality concrete furniture is hand-finished to produce a smooth, buttery feel, and can be found in five different shade options. It’s much nicer than the sidewalk-grade concrete you might be imagining.

 

Sunbrella

Hands down, the best fabric for upholstered outdoor chairs and sofas is Sunbrella. These fabrics come in dozens of great colors and patterns, and are completely durable and fade-resistant. Traditional dyeing processes only leave color on the surface of fiber, so they easily fade. Sunbrella fibers are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments, making Sunbrella fabrics resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight.

 

sunbrella outdoor furniture

 

The fabric is also engineered to resist mold and mildew, so you don’t have to work to keep them clean. If they do get dirty, it can be cleaned with bleach, because the color is so concentrated. Sunbrella is also a smart choice for an umbrella, because it prevents 98% of UV radiation from passing through.

 

The fabric can be found on ready-made furniture, used for custom pieces, or you can purchase pillows, table cloths, and other items made from this high-tech fabric. If you’re craving an outdoor space that’s just as comfortable as your living room, a Sunbrella covered sofa is the way to go.

 

Aluminum

Powder coated aluminum is an excellent choice for outdoor use due to its highly weather resistant finish. The coating provides a scratch-proof surface, keeping the furniture safe from rust and UV damage. Aluminum furniture is also incredibly light-weight, perfect for rearranging if you’re entertaining, or moving to the garage during the winter. It has all the style of a heavier metal like steel, but none of the heft.

 

aluminum outdoor furniture

 

Aluminum can also be molded into a variety of intricate shapes, creating a artisan-looking piece of furniture for less. It can be painted in any color imaginable, perfect for incorporating a vibrant side table or chairs into your backyard design. Aluminum creates a versatile range of outdoor furniture that works with any space. Just take Fermob for example. It's been featured in Paris since the 1800s including the iconic chairs seen all around the famous gardens and Eiffel tower.

 

Stainless Steel

 

Stainless steel is heavy, making it very strong and durable. No wind storm can blow this furniture away, and it's timeless look seen at a lot of luxury hotels and pools. The properties of steel also make it rust resistant, so you won’t need to move it inside once the season ends. Easy breasy.

 

stainless steel outdoor furniture

 

Steel furniture is often made of recycled metal, making it a green choice for your backyard. It’s a breeze to clean and maintain, so once you put it outside, you don’t have to worry about it. It can be coated in any color you like, or you can let the natural metal look shine.

 

 

You can’t go wrong with any of these modern outdoor furniture materials. You can also check out our most popular brands, like MamaGreen, Fermob, Cane Line, and Dewulf. Decide what your needs are for durability, then you get to decide which you like best! 

 

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