How Italian Design Brands Are Shaping The Future of Luxury

As the new design season is upon us, we thought it was a good time to address the ever-evolving design climate out there. With the constant current of trade fairs and design festivals, product innovation and fast technology, we foster those pioneering Italian brands that are keeping luxury furniture design timeless and future-proof. It’s not about style trends, but the important and exclusive properties that these brands embody to protect our world. We search for unique products and brands at design shows, ones that create bespoke pieces that have been handed down from ancestry and are promoting a sustainable, environmentally friendly future making them untouchable business models in this dynamic industry.

Ethical living with VG New Trend

In our era of conscious shopping and ‘think before you buy,’ we tune into sustainable luxury; eloquence that is also eco-friendly, and VG New Trend are setting a benchmark for this with their use of alternative materials. Founded in 1991, the Treviso-based brand specialises in furniture, lighting, furnishings and fascinatingly, artificial botanicals that range from aloe plant to roses. At Salone del Mobile earlier this year, they broke new ground when they launched EticaLiving, a concept with Slow+Fashion+Design that takes classic features in its collection, and redefines them with sustainable materials. Plus, they ensure all is handmade in Italy to allow their customers to get to grips with journey of the design, while still offering a tailor-made service that promotes a zero-waste future in the luxury market.

Bespoke choices from Borzalino

From opulent forms to minimalist silhouettes, there is an endless universe of design styles to choose from. However, luxury is about exclusivity and bespoke designs. Enter Borzalino, a company who have been offering custom options for over 40 years with its Tuscan, handmade armchairs and sofas. The artisan brand ensures the protection of its quality by using natural dyes for its leather, steering away from artificial colours to produce designs that are eco-friendly and not harmful to the environment. Furthermore, the options of finishes, from marble and wood to fabric and leather, remain limitless yet special and can instantly transform the essence of the piece.

Design heritage from SALDA Arredamenti

One of the first Italian furniture firms to exist, family-owned brand SALDA are also at the forefront of offering a refined tailor-made experience. A true representation of fine luxury, they create pieces that are not mass-produced, but entirely exclusive. Its heritage begins in 1890s at nobility and wartimes when they built wooden propellers for planes. This high craft from its aviation background and deep knowledge of antiquity and decorative arts is imbued in the eclectic classic contemporary furniture collections that are handmade in the North of Italy. This bespoke excellence and attention to every little detail is also developed in its superb post sales services too. Whether at a trade fair or in the residential environment, they deliver an idiosyncratic experience that reflects its offerings.

Seora’s material world

A summertime favourite, luxury outdoor furniture and accessories brand Seora also have a firm focus on materials. Crafted in Northern Italy, and inspired by nature and the sea, its exceptional quality harnesses technology within its advanced materials. For example, the wood used is the same as in making acclaimed Riva boats! These exceptional boats that can be found at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show use lacquering techniques that Seora also adopt within its collections, seamlessly catering to multiple environments. Find some of its eloquent best sellers, like the Riviera sun beds dressed in Loro Piana fabric and Oyster side tables with white Carrara marble tops at Nammos Beach Restaurant, a crown jewel of Mykonos, Greece, and the SLS Baha Mar Hotel, in Bahamas. Read more here.

Officina Luce is ahead of its time

This Florentine lighting brand’s roots lie in the jewellery industry. The decorative and sophisticated models weave passion and mastery with technology and tools while still preserving its traditions. This inimitable quality of refined materials and bespoke choices often takes a significant amount of time to produce, but Officina Luce are changing this with their impressive lead times. Its fierce teams are changing the market and ensuring customers have what they need at a faster rate, whether it’s a geometric light, or one of its more embellished fixtures.

Luxury design is about exclusive bespoke quality, shown in these industry game-changers. They are manufacturing unique pieces that have a heritage and are not overused. They are also tapping into the future with sustainable options and environmentally friendly methods. As we’ve almost finished London Design Festival, we know it takes time to navigate and research where to go and discover this type of high-quality design. It is easy to get lost among the various installations and exhibitions open across the city. Wouldn’t it be great to get all of these events, Focus, Decorex, London Design Fair, Design Junction etc, not to mention the parties and numerous events, under one umbrella brand in one location and website? Just a food for a thought.

Case Study: Seora for Nammos and Baha Mar

Carefully crafting slices of paradise on eternally sunny Greek and Bahamian shores

Over the years, we’ve developed powerful and long-lasting relationships between our partners, eminent manufacturers of high-end furniture and lighting, and their clients, interior designers and luxury establishments across the globe. The secret to our ongoing success is our ability to focus on the solution and its delivery, regardless of what the problem may be. Let’s be honest, the world of interiors is never problem-free. But, with the right solution, the end results can be simply breath-taking.
The MSH Agency standards apply across the board, from guiding interior design brands to our superb portfolio of manufacturers, to liaising with all sides involved throughout the project development and the execution and delivery, where attention to detail is essential.
So far, our track record speaks for itself.

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A STUDY IN EXCELLENCE

This is why today we’re proud to present a new case study, starring our luxury outdoor furniture and accessories brand, Seora, and two of the world’s most beautiful and downright fabulous locations: the Nammos Beach Restaurant, a crown jewel of Mykonos, Greece, and the SLS Baha Mar Hotel, in Bahamas.

Being able to offer a sumptuous summer with all the high-end amenities and plush pleasures is not an easy feat, but Seora was able to rise to the occasion with some of its most beautiful designs. 

The tropical paradise is no longer a hyperbole ;)

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THE CHALLENGE

Both Nammos, Mykonos, and Baha Mar, Bahamas are prime locations, darlings of luxury travel magazines and often recommended as summer’s hot spots. Therefore, their standards have been and will always be of the highest level—from the quality of their design and furniture, to the ambiance they create through lighting and sound, and, of course, the hospitality services.

Granted, the venues were already legendary for their delicious foods, buzzing nightlife, sublime beach experience, and their refreshingly brilliant drinks. But it was time to do something more with them, to bring it all to a new and better stage and further define the concept of a luxurious holiday in Mykonos and in the Bahamas.

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THE STRATEGY

For this, they turned to Seora, a brand which is well-known for its award-winning sculptural beach furniture, gorgeously handcrafted, piece by piece, in Northern Italy.

The iconic Seora Lounger made the rounds in the media, in high end residential and hospitality projects all over the world, including Dubai. It became even more famous when Cate Blanchett posed on it for the Silhouette eyewear campaign.

Needless to say, it didn’t take long for Seora to expand its horizons and began crafting outdoor and beach furniture elements that bridged the gap between comfort and technology. Building a reputation for exquisite design, high quality materials and craftsmanship, and even higher levels of professionalism, Seora was the obvious solution for Nammos and Baha Mar.

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THE NAMMOS, MYKONOS EXPERIENCE

Back in 2016, it was time to breathe new life into the world famous Nammos, a prime attraction of the Greek island of Mykonos. Forever sun-kissed and with pale blue waters lapping at its sandy shores, Mykonos is known to be a favourite destination of beachgoers everywhere, including ourselves.

Nammos is popular for its sublime taste experiences, combining the eclectic Greek spirit with the freshest treasures of the sea. Where fish is involved, Nammos is definitely the place to go for exquisite dishes and a plethora of flavours that further confirm the standards of this high-end venue.

Therefore, the renovation project had to be on par with the restaurant’s superb menu.

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Conceptualized by its founder, Anthony Logothetis, Seora isn’t just an award-winning outdoor furniture brand with its production based in Italy. It is a statement of style and functionality since it seamlessly blends design and technology to provide more than a simple lounging experience.

The full-scale beach renovation project was themed around the luxury superyacht ambiance.
— Anthony Logothetis, Seora

Combining the smooth and pristine textiles with the magic of the sea and based on solid and innovative structures, Seora’s designs reflected the Nammos ethos and the prestige atmosphere of Mykonos. It worked perfectly for the venue’s owners, and thus the project was pushed forward into production.

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The proposal included some of Seora’s bestsellers: Riviera sunbeds with Loro Piana fabric upholstery; the gorgeous Oyster side tables with white Carrara marble tops; the beautiful Amalfi storage boxes for the main beach. It also featured the uber-stylish Tuuci parasols with custom turquoise striped Sunbrella canopies, elegant Alessi champagne ice buckets and branded Designers Guild beach towels for a complete experience. 

Seora also completed four private cabanas as a part of luxury experience offered by Nammos where they supplied Belvedere daybeds, fitted with solar panels, Azure deck chairs, and Portofino stools.

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Seora’s brilliant lead times and incorporation made all the difference. On top of that and because of their artistic quality and premium materials, the sunbeds and the side tables, in particular, laid the foundations of Nammos’s superior comfort and dedication to a lavish lifestyle. The rest were just brilliant details that breathed new life into Nammos, until Conde Nast Traveller Magazine named it the best beach club in the world.

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THE TREASURES OF BAHA MAR, BAHAMAS

The design team selected to revamp the palatial SLS Baha Mar had their work cut out for them. The five-star hotel made a name for itself by combining its luxury experience with elements of creativity and community, turning it into an irresistible Bahamian retreat that connected the more discerning global traveller to the local spirit.

With two-hundred-and-ninety-nine rooms, classy décor and a vibrant dining and nightlife portfolio, the SLS Baha Mar needed only the most beautiful and stylish furniture for their exclusive Privilege Pool.

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Enter Seora at this point, with the Grand Belvedere Daybeds and Cabanas, upholstered in remarkable Loro Piana outdoor fabric. The furniture set completed the Privilege Pool’s astonishing look, drawing the admiration of every single client as it reinforced the SLS Baha Mar’s reputation as the perfect Bahamian slice of tropical paradise.

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The best part of the Seora daybed, according to the hotel’s designers and most of the brand’s clients, for that matter, is the technology—smartly integrated into its design without disrupting its structural flow or aesthetic. With this nifty feature, the Seora daybed became a pioneer in the world of exterior design.

This is the world’s first sunbed with embedded solar panel chargers, the perfect solution for our smartphones.
— Anthony Logothetis, Seora
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THE RESULTS

We worked tirelessly with Seora to meet the clients’ budgets and lead times, even where bespoke modifications were involved. As their representatives, we’re thrilled to say that both projects were a resounding success, as Seora created and delivered magnificent beach designs to two of the world’s most precious and luxurious locations.

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Like we’ve said many times before, a happy client makes a happy designer, and a happy designer is the basis of our professional standards. In this case, expectations were even exceeded, as evidenced by the new looks of Nammos and SLS Baha Mar’s Privilege Pool.

To find out more about our brands, click here. If you have a challenging interior design project and think we can help with tight deadlines and bespoke lighting and furniture from our brand portfolio, please do get in touch.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 25th December

We’d like to start off by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, and nothing but light and joy to brighten up this festive season! The last day of our Interiors Advent Calendar is upon us, and we’ve chosen a super design to wholeheartedly recommend.

Diane Hill is an incredibly talented painter who specializes in creating unique and simply stunning designs for interior surfaces. Her client portfolio includes industry heavyweights such as Helen Green Design, Candy and Candy, and Wynn Casinos, as well as celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow, and, most notably, the interior of “the most exquisite Rolls Royce to date”.

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If you’re looking for a last-minute gift to bedazzle someone you hold dear, the Felicity Giclée Print in neutral tones is an excellent option, available in three different sizes. The art print is of archival quality, on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag heavyweight paper, making it perfect for any wall display. 

Inspired from the Chinoiserie art that dates back to the 18th century, the Felicity Giclée Print depicts a mesmerizing snippet of the divine paradise dreamt up by westerners of the Far East. The original artwork was meticulously hand-painted onto silk, and skillfully transformed into a high-quality art print. The neutral tones allow its introduction into almost any setting—personally, we think it would look amazing in the lounge or living room area, or on a bedroom wall where the sun can greet it every morning.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s edition of our Interiors Advent Calendar, and that you’ve found at least one perfect gift to give this Christmas. We certainly enjoyed putting it together and, twenty-five days later, we admit that we were incredibly inspired by each pick. We’re already looking forward to next year’s design collections!

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 24th December

It’s Christmas Eve, and our Interiors Advent Calendar is slowly, but surely, coming to a gracious end. On the twenty-fourth day, we’ve decided to look at one of our Italian brands for lighting inspiration. As you probably know, there are different types of lights—from the essential to the decorative and, given the festive season, it’s the latter we want to pay attention to.

Officina Luce, revered around the world for their unique decorative lighting fixtures, propose this gorgeous piece, known as the Anima Floor Lamp. As its name so eloquently suggests, the Anima could easily embody the soul of a design-conscious home, where style and practicality converge to offer something truly memorable.

Its main structure is made of walnut, with decorative details in a smooth combination of satin and polished light gold finish, on top of a polished marble base. It features four strip LED lights and fume crystal shades, as it delivers a splendid soft light.

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The Anima is perfect for both residential and hospitality settings, and we can safely venture in placing it in an office environment—the end result will always be the same: a stylish, elegant and timeless light with the type of minimalist sophistication that is never easy to accomplish. Watch this short video of Anima pendant and get in touch for catalogues and pricing.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 23rd December

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and we are all getting ready for one of the more… mystical nights of the year, when the bright lights and warm spirit of Christmas converge in our homes for carols, eggnog, holiday movies and mince pies. However, if you’re still shopping for Christmas, we’re happy to make a suggestion, as we’re in the twenty-third day of our Interiors Advent Calendar—and we can’t overlook the home fragrances, can we?

We’re looking at Acqua dell’Elba this time—the entire fragrance line is simply to die for, but the home diffuser is what we’re focused on. What’s the perfect interior without the fine scent of the sea tickling our senses?

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The Isola d’Elba home fragrance diffuser comes with the promise of summer and the ocean breeze, a delightful antithesis to the crisp winter mornings. Following along the lines of the Acqua dell’Elba’s brand ethos, Isola d’Elba is a vivid homage paid to the wonderful Elba Island, a little slice of paradise in the Mediterranean Sea, part of Tuscany’s panoramic archipelago.

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Defined by blue skies and turquoise waters, sprawling palm trees and a plethora of stunning beaches, Elba is one of the places that spring to mind whenever we’re looking to escape the greyish mundane, the noise and the traffic. And that is exactly what the eponymous home fragrance does—though in smaller quantities; it helps one escape from the enclosure of the city and brings forth the promise of a loving sea.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 22nd December

We are twenty-two days into our Interiors Advent Calendar and it seems to be getting more inspiring, more beautiful the closer we get to Christmas! From our past experiences with Christmas shopping for design pieces, we’ve learned that nothing works better as the perfect finishing touch to a study or living space than a truly special chess set. For the twenty-second day of our Interiors Advent Calendar, we are hereby thrilled to show you this year’s “piece de resistance”.

Aerin’s Shagreen Chess Set can be purchased from Harrods, and it is an absolutely stunning work of design. Presented in a Shagreen box, the chess set features inlaid burlwood and embossed shagreen with brass hardware.

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It is a timeless creation that retains the traditional chessboard style, with a contemporary twist given to the chess pieces, designed in streamlined shapes that beautifully complement the black and gold aesthetic.

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Complete with elegant brass detailing, this Aerin chess set could easily become a gift for more than one generation, one that will make Christmas truly memorable for someone special. Unique chess sets are not easy to come across, and we were genuinely excited to find this hand-crafted work of art at Harrods this year—and a serious contender for our “Potential Family Heirlooms” list.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 21st December

High-quality seasonal decorations are not always easy to come by, especially when you’re putting together the perfect Christmas interiors. Today is the day we look at faux floral home décor elements, for two solid reasons: they are timeless and reusable, and they’re a friendlier choice when you’re environmentally conscious.

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For the twenty-first day of our Interiors Advent Calendar, we’re pleased to bring VG New Trend back into the conversation, purely because they’re not just fabulous creators of furniture and lighting pieces, but also because they are, by far, one of the best brands to work with where artificial flowers décor is concerned.

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The Eternity Bowl Red Berries are a Christmas favourite, entirely artificial and hand-crafted to perfectly replicate nature’s best. Each stem, each leaf and each berry is crafted with authenticity in mind, producing these gorgeous bouquets that add a splash of colour to any setting.

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Image Courtesy: VG New Trend

Whether you’re looking to liven up certain parts of the hallways or reception areas, or you’re aiming to amp up your dinner table game with a stunning centrepiece, we’re confident that this particular floral arrangement will do the trick. Part of VG New Trend’s objective to deliver unique and stylish designs, faux florals are an integral part of a design and environmentally-conscious interior. Contact us for catalogues and pricing.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 20th December

Christmas is just around the corner! Is everyone as excited as we are? If not, and if you’re worried about muddling through the Christmas shopping list at the last minute, we’ve got you covered. For the twentieth day of our Interiors Advent Calendar, we’d like to let you know that you can never go wrong with a design book.

And, as it happens, Assouline and Katharine Pooley have collaborated on “Journey by Design”, featuring nineteen stunning interior projects, displaying a variety of designs from properties all over the world. British designer Katharine Pooley is renowned for her truly refined and sumptuous interiors, often infused with a lifelong zest for adventure.

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Ms Pooley is no stranger to travelling around the world, as she is well-known for her indulgence in mountain climbing whenever she gets a chance. Her journeys are clearly reflected in her designs, defined by boldness, eclecticism and daring experiences.

From the rustic country charm of Forter Castle in the Scottish Highlands, to a stylish beach villa on the Palm Islands of Dubai, to the golden-red tones of a private residence in Doha, Qatar, Ms Pooley’s exquisite attention to detail emerges from every setting, every niche and every finishing touch. 

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Congruent with her passion for travelling, Ms Pooley also owns two boutiques in Knightsbridge, London and Doha, Qatar, besides her design studio. Both boutiques feature splendid, curated accessories which she sources from all over the world, including crystal vases, cashmere throws and shagreen boxes, each designed to add a touch of luxury to any room. Needless to say, the book encompasses all of that and more, through its showcasing of Ms Pooley’s sumptuous taste and expertise.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 19th of December

We’ve dedicated our careers to bringing design inspiration and high-quality interior pieces not only to our clients—both private buyers and design studios but also to our wonderful audience and followers. It is one of the reasons why we decided to make an annual tradition out of the Interiors Advent Calendar, so we can present you with some of our best findings of the season.

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This year, and on the nineteenth day of our Interiors Advent Calendar, we’ve turned to Borzalino, one of the new additions to our brand portfolio, for some living room inspiration. Their BSeries coffee tables come in a variety of shapes and size, all marble tops mounted on metal, and they’re truly one of the most versatile and eloquent collections we’ve ever seen.

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Some of our favourites include the low side tables made with fine marble or Travertino stone, on lacquered and galvanized metal legs, perfect complements to both leather and textile sofa settings. The line also features Sahara Noir and Carrara Arabescato marble tops on Vulcan Grey-finished legs, as well as more neutral compositions, such as Daino Reale marble on a Sand Gold metal base.

Whichever you choose, these gorgeous design pieces are created with a variety of interior spaces in mind. The best part is that you can also customise each table to best fit your design needs, in case the ready-made options are not your kind of “perfect”. 

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Borzalino offers a great turnaround time for custom orders, alongside the guarantee of high-end Italian craftsmanship. When it comes to design, we have to face it—the Italians know exactly what it’s all about, and the BSeries coffee tables are just one of the many fine examples in our portfolio. Get in touch for catalogues, pricing and custom orders.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 18th of December

What is Christmas if not to pamper and make our loved ones happy? That, of course, includes our four-legged loved ones. Have you thought about what to get for your dog yet? Well, we’ve found something for the eighteenth day of our Interiors Advent Calendar we’re confident you’ll love—not to mention the pup… the pup will be over the moon.

Luxury British brand Savoir Beds has just introduced the ultimate dog bed, and it is, by far, the best gift for the pooch this Christmas. The mini-bed is filled with natural materials, including 100% lamb’s wool, bringing the comfort to some ridiculously wonderful levels. Each piece is lovingly hand-crafted with the same techniques and attention to detail employed in the manufacture of all Savoir Beds, since 1905.

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The design features removable and washable covers, bringing that much-needed dose of practicality into an ultra-stylish doggy bed concept. And just like the Savoir Beds for humans, each Classic Savoir Dob Bed is customised and made to order. There is no end to the styling possibilities, making it a gorgeously decorative and smart addition to the family home—and the dog will love it 24/7.

One of our favourite designs is the geometric blue and white fabric from Travers with Dedar piping, making it a sumptuous throne, worth your classy pooch. The cosy cushion pads are upholstered in faux suede from Kirby, and the Harlech legs are brass-plated, making this not just a dog bed, but a statement of style.

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Another great version is the Classic Savoir Dog Bed with a tartan design, which sort of resonates with the Christmas spirit by default. Its bold, country-styled colour palette is complemented by luxurious golden brass legs. 

The Greyfriars 100% wool tartan was created by the Grassmarket Community Project, dedicated to supporting vulnerable people, helping them become a part of the community and developing new skills. So, if you’re looking to make your pup happy and support an initiative that empowers vulnerable people, we reckon this bed’s a winner.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 17th of December

As far as the Christmas dinner table is concerned, you can never go wrong with accents of gold and high-quality glass and crystal serveware. Which is why, on the seventeenth day of our Interiors Advent Calendar, we’d like to propose a stunning black and gold contrast setting by VG New Trend.

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Founded in 1991 in Treviso, just 20 kilometres away from Venice, VG New Trend have made a habit of blending art with design and local artisan traditions in order to deliver stunning and unique pieces of home décor. The brand’s hometown can teach us all about the art of beautiful things, architectural proportions and the use of different materials and multicultural sources of inspiration when it comes to designing the perfect interiors.

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True to that ethos, this superb set of black and gold dinner plates is characterised by a modern and elegant design, imbued with the intricate details of centuries’ old craftsmanship. It’s one of our favourite lines of dinnerware currently out there, and almost all of the designers we work with are always happy to add these into their residential and hospitality projects.

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Defined by a cultured and moderately ostentatious luxury, VG New Trend’s exquisite objects are always authentic and unique, never conformist and always rich in that “je ne sais quoi” that we’re all eager to infuse into our stylish interiors. So, if you’re looking to add that extra dash of fabulous to your dinner table this winter, you might want to start with these beauties. Contact us for catalogues and pricing.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 16th of December

Perhaps one of the best ideas for a Christmas gift, the jewellery box is always a wonderful opportunity to experiment with style and design, as almost all such pieces are timeless creations that transcend the temporary sparkle of the winter holidays.

For our sixteenth day of the Interiors Advent Calendar, we’ve turned to Artemest once more, where we discovered the absolutely stunning Gigli Luxury Hinged Box by Bianco Bianchi. It’s the one-of-a-kind work of expert craftsmanship, part of the luxury collection signed by Bianco Bianchi.

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A gold-plated bronze hinge keeps the lid attached to the box, whose wrought-iron structure features intricate details—striking elements of artful design, hand-made with small chisels. The lid’s engraved sections reach depths of 3 to 4 millimetres and are filled with inlaid coloured marble slate, the final result being a superb floral pattern.

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The rest of the box is covered in gold leaf, while the interior is lined with black velvet, making this a must-have as a decorative object and absolute show-stopper. 

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We’re particularly fond of the combination of gold with natural greens and soft whites used on the lid, making the Gigli box a versatile and discreet splash of colour into any interior.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 15th December

Devoted to style and design as always, on the fifteenth day of Interiors Advent Calendar we’ve decided to look at a variety of home complements by Hermès, because the French are the undisputed champions of “classy”.

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The iconic Paris brand, with branches in fashion, jewellery, fragrances and home décor, has grown into an absolutely gorgeous monster that we simply can’t get enough of. As far as interior accessories are concerned, Hermès does not compromise in its designs and materials.

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This season’s selection of trays (ranging from ashtrays to key and change trays) is no exception, as the French brand continues to explore the fine line between graphic elegance and intricate patterns, occasionally embellished with equestrian motifs.

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Our personal favourites include the superb Cheval d’Apparat, Savana Dance and L’Effet Domino trays, made from fine porcelain with a suede goatskin base, but there are other equally beautiful models to pick from. Nevertheless, whichever you choose, it will make a simply unforgettable Christmas present, and a wonderful addition to virtually any interior.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 14th December

We’re now halfway through December, with Christmas Eve just ten days away. Excited? We certainly are! This year we’re taking our Interiors Advent Calendar to the next level, and the fourteenth day is what we think is a great example of what happens when style and design meet right in the middle.

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Created by Casa Botelho as part of their Martini collection, the Kangaroo side table promises to be a signature design piece in any environment. Its functional versatility is only matched by its exquisitely simple design, and we’re simply head over heels with it.

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The Kangaroo was inspired by the most iconic of all Martinis, classically known as the “vodka martini” and a favourite of James Bond, whom we all remember for his “shaken, not stirred remark”. And just like 007, this side table is disarmingly seductive and sophisticated.

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Available in a variety of settings and finishes, from solid steel to polished brass, pitch black, artisan bronze, black Florentine and brushed brass, this remarkable work of design works beautifully in any space—from the bathroom and hallways to the study, the bedroom and the living room. You simply can’t go wrong with it.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 13th December

It would be unfair to not do something special for the men in our lives—whether they’re fathers, brothers, husbands or simply great friends, Christmas is a great opportunity to surprise them with unique and wonderful gifts.

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And nothing makes more of an impact than this stunning Gentleman Trunk by Royal Trunk, available through Artemest. Our design object of choice for the thirteenth day of the Interiors Advent Calendar is an absolute must-have, as it exudes the kind of masculine elegance that is otherwise rather difficult to capture.

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This gorgeous beauty case was created for men, and it’s meant to store various pieces of jewellery and watches. The exterior is covered in precious, high-quality leather, with handles cast in full brass and hand-made nails. The leather is top-grain calf, and the trunk is entirely crafted in Italy.

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Its interior is entirely lined in microfiber, featuring an extractable mirror at the top with a tray, as well as three drawers for watches, and one large bottom drawer. It’s a practical and stylish way to compartmentalise one’s more precious belongings, whilst the mirror provides that ounce of vanity we all need—particularly in the morning, prior to heading out to the office.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 12th December

The twelveth day of our Interiors Advent Calendar is dedicated to the fine art of glass, given how a substantial part of our winter festivities revolves around fine drinks such as wine, champagne… or water, for those of us driving. Nevertheless, it’s always a great idea to present your guests with stylish glass pieces as part of the drinks service, and we’ve found the perfect way to do it.

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Designed by Rachel Bates, the Peacock Magnum Set Rose is a stunning crystal collection created exclusively to complement a very special collaboration with Laurent Perrier. To celebrate the Cuvée Rosé and the uniqueness of its history, its production process and its bottle design, Rachel Bates drew focus to the colour of the champagne brand, itself.

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Prior to 1968, making non-vintage rosé champagne was simply unthinkable. It was in the midst of a cultural revolution that Bernard de Nonancourt, a visionary of his time, gave the brand its credentials. Laurent Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé combines real structure with freshness, and a soft, vinous character that is not easy to reproduce.

In line with this ethos, Rachel Bates’ peacock crystal set offers a fine bead and an elegant contour, exposing Laurent Perrier’s colour from a delicate raspberry tint to a hint of salmon. Available in clear or rose crystal, the flutes and the cooler can be acquired along with the Cuvée Rosé, and is sure to make any evening as elegant and as lively as the champagne itself. 

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas

Interiors Advent Calendar - 11th December

On the eleventh day of our Interiors Advent Calendar, it’s time we look at ways of making the little ones happy, too. For what is Christmas if not the joy and sheer delight of unwrapping presents under the tree—experienced by children and adults alike?

Georg Jensen proposes six beautiful home décor pieces for the kids’ room. The Alfredo Aquamarine set holds six, instantly recognizable creature figurines—the octopus, whale, turtle, dolphin, seal and fish, each lovingly hand-crafted from the smooth oak. The fish is cast in aluminium, as a finishing touch and memorable accent to contrast with the warmth of wood.

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According to Georg Jensen’s design philosophy where the kids’ room is involved, children are born with boundless imagination, and they need toys that will encourage them to further nurture their creativity, and to introduce them to the wonderful possibilities of playtime and storytelling. Alfredo Häberli’s underwater animals were created with this philosophy in mind.

These pieces can be stacked up and arranged in countless ways, giving kids plenty of under-the-sea amusement. Because of the choice of materials and colours, the Aquamarine Set can easily be considered a timeless design, and it will easily outlive the childhood, becoming a family heirloom to remind us of that time of perfect balance between fantasy and reality.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 10th December

Our Interiors Advent Calendar continues with the mission to provide exquisitely stylish entertainment for the Christmas dinner and beyond! It’s a lot easier and sure to leave your guests with a lasting impression if you use an elegant trolley for drinks. 

Nothing says “cool” like eggnog and champagne served with the help of an Arteriors Rupert Bar Trolley, available from LuxDeco and also featured at Holiday House London, in Natalia Miyar’s media room. And by the way, today is the last day to visit it! The effortless Art Deco style displays an antique brass finish on contemporary design, making this an absolute showstopper in any design-conscious space.

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Its geometric lines compose two parallel circles, holding two mirrored shelves, creating a trolley that exudes simplicity, elegance and charm. Artfully crafted from solid iron, this gorgeous piece is plated in antique brass, with an aged allure that contradicts the modern design.

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The shelves stay true to the overall composition, featuring a hand-applied antique mirror pattern, and its four legs rest on rubber caster wheels, making it incredibly easy to move the piece from one room to another. 

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For the less raucous evenings of any season, the trolley can be used as an elegant storage solution, making it an absolute winner for all the days of the year.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 9th December

The Interiors Advent Calendar wouldn’t be truly “us” if it didn’t feature some of the marvellous marble creations from one of our Italian brands. For the ninth day, we’ve decided to look at jewellery boxes again, but this time on the marble side of things.

Gum Design have teamed up with Dedalo Stone to create the Disgelo Marble Jewellery Box, part of a series of boxes made from the iconic Bianco Carrara marble and clear Plexiglass. These exquisite pieces recall a time when the earth was covered in glaciers and ice, as the contents appear submerged beneath as if lost in time.

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Each box was handmade in Italy and crafted from the finest Carrara marble available—the same high-end materials used in Dedalo Stone’s ready-made and custom interior designs. 

Gum Design is an Italian design studio helmed by Laura Fiaschi and Gabriele Pardi, whose disciplinary focus is delightfully broad, ranging from industrial and graphic design to art direction for companies and events. It sort of made sense to bring such multifaceted minds into the project, to work with a material as versatile and as timeless as Carrara marble.

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The Disgelo jewellery boxes can be purchased from Artemest, and they’ve definitely made it onto our Christmas shopping list. It’s fairly difficult to get Christmas gifts wrong with such simple, yet eloquent design pieces, don’t you think?

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.

Interiors Advent Calendar - 8th December

The eighth day of our Interiors Advent Calendar draws focus to this gorgeous and simply different camera-inspired decorative flower pot by Seletti, available through Amara.

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Its stylish design is meant to tickle the visual senses of any photography lover out there, and the cement material makes it perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Its neutral tones are ideal for using it in pretty much any design setting, and not just as a flower pot. 

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Restyle it as a vase, a pencil holder, or simply leave it empty, if you wish—either way, you’ve got a design winner on your hands with this beauty.

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Furthermore, there are additional complementing designs available separately, to amplify or even complete the look with a full photography-themed Seletti collection.

All of the products featured on our annual Interiors Advent Calendar can be seen on our Pinterest board. You can also find inspiration on our Instagram or follow us for regular updates on Twitter, or you can browse our brands for more information and design ideas.