Chelini Defines Italian Eclecticism

Chelini vignette at #MO16 in Paris

This vignette drew me into the Chelini stand at Maison and Objet.

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.

Chelini brought sumptuous upholstery to #MO16

This massive mirror and the softness of the upholstery made me long to curl up in the Chelini stand at Maison and Objet.

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.

Chelini brought both retro and classical elements to #MO16

The retro feel of this upholstery collection made me declare the Chelini stand at Maison and Objet a favorite.

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.

Chelini brought a mix of old and new styles to #MO16

The Chelini designers are mix-masters, as is evident from the new collection at Maison and Objet.

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!

Chelini mixing old and new styles at #MO16

The charm is in the details with the Chelini brand, a favorite collection of mine at Maison and Objet.

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.”

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    • Glamour is definitely the word, Zina! I did want to just move in! Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to comment. Hope you’re staying safe in the snow!

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