Italian design has become synonymous with pristine contemporary interiors that whisper, rather than scream perfection. This refinement is by no means an accident. Interior design began as a hobby of the Italian nobility that dates back to Roman times. Above creating historic architectural wonders, they designed interiors for maximum comfort, functionality and aesthetic appeal. Over the centuries, the once ornate styling was slowly pared down into simpler, more durable structures.
Today, Italian interior design is easily characterized by strong lines that work best in the context of light, open spaces. Reflective surfaces and glass that draw the exterior into the interior, is another strong feature that lends itself to simple dramatics and the subtle impact of objects in a room.
Here in the UAE, we are blessed with large living areas and perennial sunshine; the ideal context for sleek, sophisticated furniture. With home often being the centre of our social life, ultra-modern Italian kitchens and long dinner tables are the order of the day. And with the cooler months stretching out before us, stores such as B&B Italia at Mall of the Emirates offer the best source of intelligent interior and exterior furniture to transform your home.
Molteni & C, one of the best-respected Italian furniture-makers, have recently launched Finasi, their first store in the UAE presenting three of their best-loved brands. The group specializes in exquisitely designed high-end pieces that are extremely technologically advanced and functional. “I firmly believe that from design and architecture perspectives, Dubai is one of the most dynamic cities,” explains owner Carlo Molteni. “Our products compliment the modernism and innovation here very well.”
Regionally popular brand Fendi Casa caters to those with more elaborate taste. Still in keeping with contemporary form and function, the legendary design house infuses luxury and glamour by way of fabrics and furs, as well as a generous distribution of their famous Fendi logo on sofas and bedcovers.
If you’re new to Italian design however, before you invest in that bedroom suite, you may want to start small. Essential homeware by Alessi, who make everything from anthropomorphic eggcups to classic kettles and beyond, provides the perfect starting point for your love affair with Italian design.
B&B Italia, Mall of the Emirates, Tel. +971(0)4 340 5797
Finasi, Al Ittihad Road, Tel. +971 (0)4 297 1777
Alessi, Boutique 1, JBR Walk, Tel. +971 (0)4 425 7888
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