From Renaissance frescoes to contemporary high fashion, Italy has a celebrated history of groundbreaking artists and designers. This artistic flair is still expressed today in beautifully crafted Italian furniture and accessories. Copenhagen Imports, with seven locations across Arizona and Texas — including one in Tucson — is proud to carry premier Italian brands such as Cattelan, Incanto, Ozzio, Naos, and more, bringing the best of Italy to your home. If you’re looking to elevate your interior with magnificent design, here are five popular Italian furniture trends to explore, plus stunning examples sold at Copenhagen.
Italian design often embodies the perfect blend of function and aesthetics. It’s not uncommon to find Italian furnishings that look like works of art with their sculptural elements and creative forms. “Italian design has always been at the forefront of furniture and fashion. Really a lot of the trends that occur within Italian design stem from the fashion industry,” says Will Joffroy, sales associate and interior designer at Copenhagen Tucson.
A prime example of sculptural and structural creativity is the Latour Dining Table (shown in top banner), with a base that mimics the arcing lines of a bridge. “That’s a big thing with Italian design,” Joffroy says. “The table base often becomes the focal point of the table, and the Latour is a great example of this. Italian-made tables like to go beyond the conventional four legs, or a pedestal, to really make a statement with their shape and material.” Other examples of one-of-a-kind design include the Thriller Lamp (shown below, right), with its angular silhouette, and the Nelson King Bed (shown below, left), with its curving headboard made of leather and wood.
If you’ve always dreamed of possessing the gorgeous look and elegant presence of marble furniture, consider ceramic marble, a material popular in Italian design. Finished to resemble genuine marble, ceramic marble is every bit as stunning as the real thing, while being easier to clean and maintain.
“It’s all ceramic, but it’s a marbleized ceramic. Essentially, it’s a print,” Joffroy explains. “You get that marble look without the headaches that come with it, such as having to seal it, or worrying about staining or cracks. It’s a very stable material with a nice look.” Made by Cattelan Italia, the Nasdaq Desk (shown below, right) and the Cocoon Trousse (shown below, left) have an impressive Keramik top that will make you feel regal, whether you’re working from home or perfecting your beauty routine. Another exquisite piece is the Dorico Dining Table (not pictured), which combines a uniquely earth-toned marbled top with an equally dramatic conical base.
Fashionable and high-quality Italian furniture often means sumptuous leather upholstery. With many of Copenhagen’s Italian brands – like Incanto or Egoitaliano — offering special order options in a variety of colors and leather grades, you’re sure to find a leather that feels like it was made for you.
For instance, Incanto’s Marco Sofa (shown below, right) features protected leather upholstery that makes it a durable choice for those with families and pets. If your taste is more cosmopolitan, the Lodi Sofa (not pictured), made with aniline leather and a natural grain, exudes elegance. For your dining setup, you cannot go wrong with the Arcadia Couture Dining Chair (shown below, left), which embodies simple yet elegant craftsmanship with its quilted white leather.
Power motion seating has increased in popularity, with a wide range of Italian pieces offering customizable comfort at the touch of a button. Whether it’s a spacious sectional or a cozy armchair, Italian power motion seating harnesses technology to bring your relaxation to the next level.
“The best thing about the design for these motion pieces is the elegance,” Joffroy says. “These pieces will often not look like typical recliners.” The large and beautiful Stefano Sectional is great for families or large gatherings, while the Margaret Sectional is perfect for a smaller space. If relaxation is the name of the game, the Selfy Recliner presents itself with a wide cushioned seat, beautiful Bull leather upholstery, and a contemporary armless design.
Bold Patterned Upholstery
While solid prints are a perennial favorite, various Italian brands – such as Egoitaliano – are also experimenting with bold, funky upholstery patterns that instantly jazz up a room. “The designs, especially within the last couple of years, are really focusing on more lively colors. Designers will start with a very clean-looking form but then make it pop with a vibrant print,” Joffroy says.
A statement piece like the Bonnie Armchair, with its tropical-inspired print and purple leather accents, is great for adding a wow factor to your room. Equally bold are the Ludo Chairs (not pictured), with five available patterns and a unique shape sure to make them a conversation piece.
Italian Design Within Reach
To sum up the journey we’ve taken into Italian trends, Joffroy states, “Italian designers, especially the ones that we work with, like to take a mirror, for example, and turn it into something sculptural and artistic.”
Copenhagen’s expert design team will guide you room-by-room towards the home of your dreams. The 60,000 square foot showroom and helpful staff are at the heart of what makes Copenhagen great: high quality design and excellent service. Browse the Italian collection at Copenhagen’s Tucson location today to find gorgeous pieces for your bedroom, living room, home office, dining room, and more.
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