Isola Design District Makes Their DDW20 Experience Virtual

Dutch Design Week 2020 wrapped up on the 25th of October, with Isola Design District having a marvelous nine days of exhibitions. The digital event received great feedback from designers and design professionals alike, so much so that it will be kept online throughout the end of the year! More people will now have the opportunity to explore the creativity on show virtually, as we navigate the uncertain times and restrictions of 2020.

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We want to share a handful of designers who haven’t shown at DDW prior, but whose work made real marks on the industry. During Isola’s two exhibitions – Materialized and Isola Design Gallery – Studio Grama, Studio Joachim-Morineau, Rive Rhoshan, Maria Pita Guerreiro and Carolina Giorgiani received an array of positive attention. Materialized covered bio materials and sustainable design, while Isola Design Gallery showcased collectible and bespoke pieces.


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Is The Cost To Reupholster A Sofa Worth It?

Sometimes if someone has a really high-quality sofa with worn fabric, or is just particularly attached to the sofa, they might consider reupholstering it. The process involves taking the couch completely apart, removing all of the seams and fabric, and applying new fabric and seams. 

Depending on the amount of labor and cost of fabric, this might end up costing you more than a new sofa. In this guide, we’re going to share a cost guide so you can decide for yourself, whether or not it’s worth it for you.

Average Cost to Reupholster a Couch

Reupholstering an old sofa can cost anywhere from $600 to $4000 depending on the fabric and the labor rates. However, most commonly the average cost is $1,750. If you’re using a relatively small sofa and inexpensive traffic, you might be on the lower end of the spectrum. But if you’re having a larger, elaborately … Read the rest

The COVID Question: How Is the Pandemic Shaping Residential Architecture?

The pandemic has uprooted long-standing ideas about fundamental things: where we live (and with who), how we work (and where), and how to balance the myriad tensions balancing isolation and freedom, public health and personal pleasure.

No discipline is immune from these ground-up revisions — including architecture, which usually evolves over years, not months. For many homeowners (current and prospective), the must-haves are different from what they might have been in March. Here, we speak with Walter Marin, founder and senior principal at Marin Architects, about how the covid crisis has roiled residential architecture — especially as it affects Gen Zs. Will they prioritize living alone, when roommates represent both an uncontrollable risk and omnipresent company as they WFH? Will they accept the trade-off in isolation to live with high-risk parents? And will they still buy into the age-old story of coming to the big city to make their … Read the rest

How to Place a Rug Under a Sectional Sofa

When it comes to DIY interior design, your area rug serves as the piece that pulls everything else together. But when you’re dealing with sectional couches, it can be difficult to arrange your home decor properly. Should the rug be centered under the sofa, or it is okay if the design is asymmetrical? This post will answer those questions for you today. 

5 Ways to Place Your Rug with a Sectional Sofa

1. Centering it in the L

The most commonly used styling option is to center the rug in your sectional seating area. While doing this it’s important to make sure there’s enough floor space around it for every other piece of furniture. If that’s not possible, it might be better to center under the coffee table instead so that you have enough room for your other pieces to fit well around it.

2. Place it partially under your

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DMTV Milkshake: Natalie Nixon on Staying Buoyant in Troubled Times

This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Natalie Nixon, author, creative strategist, president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC and all-around seer.

Natalie Nixon’s The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work would be an inspirational read in pre-pandemic days – read in the middle of the biggest paradigm shift in how and where we work (and think), it’s bracing, and necessary. In this week’s DMTV Milkshake, Nixon helps us lay a road map for the future of creative work. “A guiding principle for me is the idea of buoyancy,” she says “Back in March, when Covid-19 became a reality for us in the United States, I started signing off all of my emails with ‘Stay buoyant, Natalie.’ The reason why buoyancy is super-relevant right now is because buoyancy conjures up this ability to relinquish control. I’m a swimmer, and one of the first things you learn when you’re swimming … Read the rest

Polyester Couches: Durability, Benefits, Drawbacks, Cleaning & More

Looking for a new sofa but not sure which type of upholstery is for you? You might be interested to know that polyester has become an increasingly popular upholstery material in recent years due to its affordably and positive attributes. Today, we’re going to share what those are and everything you need to know to decide whether polyester living room furniture is for you.

What is a Polyester Sofa?

Polyester sofa fabric is made with synthetic fibers which may include microfiber, canvas, faux leathers, velour, satin, tweed, or twill. It is often used to upholster furniture because it stands up well to sun exposure as well as daily use and traffic.

Its long term durability and tight-knit makeup make it a popular pick for outdoor furniture as well as for families with children and pets.

Polyester Couch Pros

As we stated before, as synthetic fiber, polyester upholstered furniture is strong … Read the rest

Bang and Olufsen’s New Remote Operates Under a Halo Effect

Bang and Olufsen’s latest home audio device, the Beoremote Halo, is a bit of an unexpected throwback – at least functionally – an aluminum ring-shaped console system reintroducing the tactile connection between music and listener in a singular control device, harkening to a pre-app/network audio-era when home audio systems relied solely upon physical remote controls.

The Danish audio brand is renown for their sculptural interpretations of home audio intended to flex visually as much as aurally, and they don’t disappoint in this department with a design piece intended to be as much fashionable as functional, free-standing device or wall mounted.

The Beoremote Halo’s main function beyond looking oh-so-nice is to connect and control any of the brand’s high-end Beolab speakers – including the Beolab 90, Beolab 50, Beolab 1 8, Beosound Shape – alongside any of their more affordable multi-room speakers the Danish brand offers. The system displays current … Read the rest

Top-Grain Leather vs. Bonded Leather Sofas: Which Should You Choose?

If you’re considering buying leather furniture, you should know that you have a lot of options available. It’s very important to make sure you know what kind of quality leather you’re getting because there is quite a bit of difference between each type.

Two of the most popular among them for sofa upholstery are top-grain and bonded leather. Previously we did a breakdown of the best leather sofa brands and the overall best leather sofas. We also compared leather and fabric sofas. If you missed those articles, we’d recommend checking them out before making a decision.

In this article, though, we’re going to define each type of leather, share their benefits, and show where you can buy the best leather sofas.

What Is Top-Grain Leather?

Top-grain, or top layer leather, is the outermost layer of the hide and is considered to be the highest quality portion of the … Read the rest

Blueair Blue Air Purifiers Find Inspiration in the Scandinavian Landscape

Air quality has entered into the forefront of many people’s minds lately. And while we cannot always control the quality of air outside, air purification indoors is something all households can improve almost immediately with the introduction of an efficient HEPA-grade air purifier. Blueair’s latest line of Blue Pure Auto Air Purifiers improve on their highly rated performance with the addition of several notable upgrades, including an aesthetic addition of five optional washable pre-filter colors inspired by the natural landscapes of Scandinavia.

The Swedish air quality appliance brand’s air filtering solutions – particularly their Blue line – soften the presence of what can be an intrusive presence within interior spaces with the combination of simple cylindrical or square designs covered with pre-filter fabrics. The newly updated line of Blue Pure Auto air purifiers now can be customized with five optional washable pre-filters in hues derived from the Scandinavian natural landscape … Read the rest

Loveseats: What They Are & Why They’re Called That

Have you ever wondered why a smaller sofa is simply referred to as a loveseat? In this post, we’ll explain what a loveseat is and how it got its lovely nickname. We’ll also talk about the history of loveseats and everything else you’d want to know about them.

If you’re interested in specifics about modern loveseats, you can check out our guide to the most comfortable loveseats out now. This post is more of an informational history of the furniture piece.

What is a loveseat?

A loveseat is essentially a two-seat chair. They are traditionally recognized as a two-seat couch, with or without armrests, where two people sit next to one another.

They can also be two-seater pieces of furniture where the seats are facing each other in an “S” shape so that both parties are facing one another.

Why it’s called a loveseat

The term “loveseat” has changed over … Read the rest