Monthly Archives: January 2015

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The fine art of modern Italian sofas

When it comes to a purchase for you home which merits serious consideration, few individual pieces can provoke as much deliberation as the sofa. It is, after all, as much a visual focus point for the living room as it is a source of comfort and relaxation. It needs to be welcoming, it needs to be durable and it needs to be gorgeous.

Modern Italian furniture is famous for ticking all three of these boxes, allowing you to create the exact effect you want. Think in terms of personality, how should your living room reflect you? Remember, once you’re done serving them a delicious home-cooked meal, this is the room your guests will be spending the most time in. Do you want your sofa to match, coordinate or contrast with the rest of the décor?

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Compare or contrast?

If you’re looking for a matching sofa to blend with your room and create a unified, seamless look then you may want to replace your existing furniture with a matching set. The Class family of contemporary living room furniture from beloved designer, Vibieffe, is a set which combines the elegance and simplicity of Italian design philosophy with a rewarding sense of comfort. By combining the Class High Back Sofa with two matching High Back Chairs, for example, you’d be bringing cohesion and unity to your living space in a range of colours to match your other furniture.

On the other hand, picking out striking and dynamic pieces to stand out can breathe new life into a room. The Jelly Sofa, another Vibieffe piece, is a distinctive and inviting design which you can literally sink into. On the other hand, the Itaca Sofa from Contempo brings a bold use of lines and a futuristic feel to the front room. Depending on how your existing room is set out, either piece could provide a real talking point for your guests.

Speaking of your guests, consider complementing your existing sofa with a luxury Italian sofa bed and show them just how far your hospitality and good taste extends. The days of awkwardly-folding, lumpy affairs are over with gorgeous pieces like the Club sofa bed and the New Tank sofa bed. Both retain the chic simplicity of contemporary design philosophy without sacrificing functionality and comfort.

Throughout all this, remember that Belvisi furniture is built to order by our trusted suppliers in Italy. There are all kinds of ways these innovative sofas can be customised to fit your existing space, and the range of colours we offer is impressive. From deluxe Italian leathers to select fabric patterns, we’re sure to have the right options for you to mix and match with any environment.

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Accessorise. Accessorise. Accessorise.

While thinking of how a new sofa will interact with the rest of your living room, it’s worth noting that a few simple touches are often all it takes. The right accessories are as important for your home as they are for your outfit when it comes to bringing it all together.

Smaller living rooms with cosier furniture combinations can be made to instantly look more open and spacious with the addition of a well-chosen mirror. The same effect is achieved in larger, more sparsely populated rooms by a proper use of lighting. When you’re bridging the gap between two pieces of contrasting furniture, the right coffee table can act as a tasteful go-between.

If all this has put you in the mood to explore what you could achieve in your living room this spring, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scope of ideas open to you. Here at Belvisi we’re proud to offer a full interior design service to go with our furniture range. Whether you’re just looking for the perfect sofa to round off a cosy living space or a whole new spring look for your living room, come and visit our showroom in the heart of Cambridge for an espresso and a chat, or call us on 01223 327463.

New Modern kitchen worktops in FENIX NTMTM

New Modern kitchen worktops in FENIX NTMTM

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A great innovation. Stosa is now making its kitchen worktops in FENIX NTM™ too – the new, futuristic, 100% Made in Italy material based on the latest thermoplastic resin. Thanks to the use of applied nanotechnology, it’s even self-healing. The new Stosa kitchen worktops have amazing properties: they self-heal any tiny scratches simply by means of exposure to heat. Just moisten the surface with a piece of damp kitchen paper, then pass over the scratch with a hot iron to repair the damage. Your worktop will look brand new again.

The surface of the new FENIX NTM™ material is resistant to digital fingerprints. It has a pleasantly soft feel and an extremely matt finish. It guarantees perfect furnishings that can withstand knocks, scratches and abrasions, are hygienic and easy to clean, suitable for contact with foodstuffs, anti-mould, antistatic, waterproof, resistant to dry heat and rubbing, resistant to acid solvents and domestic reagents, with wonderfully intense and deep colours. The new Stosa worktops are available in a range of classic and trendy colours to ensure a striking effect. Come and find out all about them! At Belvisi Furniture you can find all the latest news, visit our Showroom we are at 56 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DP

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Sideboards: Beyond the dining room

With the new range of luxury sideboards from Artigiana comprising our Titolo range of modern Italian furniture, here at Belvisi we thought it was time to shine a fresh light on these prestigious and charming pieces.

Sideboards saw their heyday in the 19th century when the possibility of a dedicated dining room became a reality for more households. Trends have changed over time and today our open-plan approach to interior design often isn’t compatible with a dining room. However, a tasteful sideboard to match your kitchen furniture can bring some of that deluxe old-time class to the modern home.

Many homeowners opt to include a sideboard in their line-up of furniture for the extra storage space it offers. Items which find a home in the kitchen but don’t get the rigorous use of most utensils are discretely stored away, with the flat top used to display fine china, lighting or other valuables to brighten up the kitchen and add unique character. It’s all about mixing elegant form with robust function.

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The evolution of luxury Italian furniture

So far so good, but you only need take a look at additions to our new Titolo range like this white gloss sideboard or this contemporary wall unit in order to fire your imagination. Their combination of world-class Italian craftsmanship and innovative storage makes a compelling case for their inclusion in any room.

The key here is storage. The elegance of these cutting-edge pieces of contemporary Italian furniture is matched by their capacity for discretely and securely holding all the many knick-knacks of modern life. Imagine one of these gorgeous sideboards as a TV wall unit, an understated, chic way to underline your TV and squirrel away batteries, wires or set up a games console.

There’s no need to limit this kind of thinking to the living room. Bedrooms and studies are both rooms where TVs are often placed, bringing with them the need to store accessories. This goes double for the bedrooms of teens and young adults for whom the quest for enough places to put (or hide) their belongings is a never-ending one.

Using a luxury sideboard to accompany wall-mounted decorations is a theme you can explore in real depth. A sideboard beneath one of these gorgeous mirrors or a favourite painting can create a characterful and cohesive-looking ensemble to decorate your home.

Remember that open-plan approach to interior design so beloved nowadays? By topping a long sideboard with a matching hutch you can even partition a multi-purpose room to lend definition to an otherwise open space.

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Imagine your dream home

If you’ve taken inspiration from some of these ideas, the next step is finding ways to apply them in your own home. Remember that the Titolo range of deluxe Italian sideboards is a Belvisi exclusive which you won’t find elsewhere in the UK.

The beauty of our service is that all our furniture is custom-built to order in Italy. Do you need one of these sideboards with a slightly reduced width to fit a narrower hallway? Have you found the perfect wall unit for your enormous prized TV but just need it that tiny bit longer? These are the kinds of requests we accommodate on a daily basis.

Whether you’re looking for one piece of furniture to complete the look and feel of your perfect home or redecorating from the ground up with the help of a full interior design service, we can work with you to accommodate your desires and create the home you’ve been dreaming of. Just visit us in our showroom in the heart of Cambridge for an espresso and a chat, or contact us via our website.