One of my favorite stands at Maison & Objet in Paris last month was Italian manufacturer Chelini, whose vignettes presented such a seamless mix of modern and antique-inspired styles I wanted to move right in! The sumptuous hand of the gray chenille upholstery fabric and the roomy comfort of the sofa and pouf in the images above and below particularly thrilled me displayed as they were with the massive mirror and ornate table.
Further bringing eclecticism into the mix was the generously scaled piping on the sofa and a floor lamp that feels as if it must have been born in the raucous 60s when experimentations in minimalism were all the rage, though it was not. The metal geometric lamp is included in the new releases, the interior of the lampshade covered in gold a hallmark of the Chelini brand.
The fifties-inspired sofa and armchair in the images above and below have bases of mahogany and are covered in cotton velvet upholstery with contrasting piping and buttons for that quintessential retro feel. Again, the manufacturer paired the pieces with ornate furniture and classical accessories for a perfect blend of old and new. In the image below, the more modern coffee table is included in the new collection introduced at #MO16.
The manufacturer—based in Scandicci, Italy, a province of Florence—has been producing elegant furnishings for over a century. The outlook I intuited in the juxtapositions of traditional and modern lines is an intentional one for the Chelini brand. “We show how the classic and contemporary worlds are complementary, and not at all opposed,” its principals explain. “We intermingle creations in an atmosphere of elegance and thoughtful simplicity, which emphasizes a redefinition of great taste.” I second that opinion!
There is a look-book on the Chelini site that shows more of the company’s products in case you want to take a look. The #MadeInItaly brand has my vote for most sumptuous upholstery at the fair!
Text of Chelini Defines Italian Eclecticism © design blogger Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Maison & Objet paid for Saxon’s travel to Paris but the support in no way influences her opinion or sways her coverage. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here, Stranded on the Road to Promise and Four Florida Moderns. She also maintains The Diary of an Improvateur as a platform for her literary travel and design adventuring. Saxon will be leading a workshop at the Design Bloggers Conference in March titled “How to Make Your Writing Sing.”