Journal

Poltrona frau

08/06/2018

Introducing an exciting new addition to the Studio Italia collection.

Poltrona Frau.

A hundred years young.
 

An international brand name representing design, elegance and perfection of Italian-made products.

Coming from solid Italian origins with an international reach, Poltrona Frau is a leader in top of the range furniture, and is a spokesman throughout the world for the values associated with the design and production of Italian-made goods. Expertise craftsmanship to obtain the best from leather and from the exclusive Pelle Frau® leather, modernising them while keeping their original, natural softness, warmth and tactile qualities.

New collection in store now.

Studio Italia_Flexform_new showroom. Feb 2018

31/01/2018

Studio Italia_Flexform_new showroom. Feb 2018

Founded in Italy in 1959, Flexform is one of the pioneers of modern Italian design. Already a familiar name in the local design scene, a newly renovated Flexform space has just been unveiled.

Occupying a 250 square metre space with a fully glazed frontage at 25 Nugent Street, Grafton, the showroom is presented by luxury furniture retailer Studio Italia.

An in-house design team from Flexform Italy designed the space to reflect the brand’s ethos of discreet and enduring elegance. This ethos translates into an earthy and neutral material palette featuring travertine wall panels, dark timber slatted ceilings and bespoke metal screens that speak of understated and approachable luxury.

“Flexform’s current campaign slogan is ‘Home at Last’ and as such we want this showroom to make you feel at home,” said Valeria Carbonaro-Laws, director of Studio Italia.

The collections displayed on the showroom include iconic pieces by Italian furniture maestro Antonio Citterio, such as the Groundpiece, the Cestone and the Adda sofas.

Launched in 2001 (and the brand’s bestseller since), the Groundpiece sofa redefined the notion of comfort with its revolutionary proportions that offer a comfortable depth and generous cushioning hovering just over the floor. The Cestone sofa features arm and back panels in woven leather or suede. A sophisticated checkerboard that creates a prestigious piece when placed in the centre of a room. The Adda sofa is one of the latest editions, and was showcased at Salone Del Mobile 2017. It features soft cushions that slide over the metal structure, original lengthwise stitching produces a gentle hollow on the surface which accentuates the natural folds created by the act of sitting.

 

There is a separate space dedicated to Flexform Mood – the Mood collection takes its inspiration from the beautiful furnishings produced in Europe during the last century, reinterpreted to update the image of sofas, armchairs, tables, beds and lamps. The wide range makes Mood an ideal choice for the residential and contract markets, hotels and lounges. Mood products are found today in elegant public and private spaces all over the world, from a penthouse in Singapore to the halls of hotels in Hamburg or Paris.

Home at last | ADDA advertising campaign

14/09/2017

FLEXFORM presents its new advertising campaign. Make yourselves comfortable.

FLEXFORM presents the Adda sofa. It does this in a wonderfully natural location facing the Dolomites. Ideally it is a Sunday morning, a time for relaxation when everything slows down and you can finally enjoy your own space and take some time for yourself. A couple has just got up, he says something to her and for a moment stops reading. She listens to him with a mug of coffee in her hands. A relaxed scenario, a perfect moment. Finally they have the chance to spend some time together, to sit comfortably on the sofa and enjoy things with each other. To fulfil their desire for beautiful things with a few special essentials. Like the Adda sofa by FLEXFORM. Just arrived at Studio Italia.

Poliform Beds Promotion

25/07/2017

To ensure the highest quality of rest: this is the purpose of the Poliform beds collection, which combines the pursuit of the comfort with a constant aesthetic evolution. Twelve different models that explore different stylistic concepts, joined by well-researched materials, with components and accessories that ensure the best daily wellness.

Poliform interprets contemporary private spaces: night-time interiors where wardrobes and walk-in closets become elements that define the architecture of the interior. A new concept of storage systems, offering the utmost compositional versatility and an exceptional variety of solutions for furnishing interiors. Selected Poliform Beds 30% off August 1st-19th.

Rodolfo Dordoni has designed the beds Rever and Laze for Poliform. The first has enveloping and elegant proportions, with a touch of austerity. Suitable for large bedrooms, thanks to the headboard inspired by the lapels of a jacket, it shows an individual aesthetic that puts in a great proportion the classic and the modernism. Laze favors softness, thanks to a padding that puts emphasis on the materials and the sensations, with the cover available in fabric and in leather.

Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform draws Jaqueline, a snug bed with a very personal touch thanks to the colored insert on the headboard, and Ipanema, with a thoughtful style in which the frame and the coating make up the exotic geometries that bear its name, combined with as refined as essential color contrasts.

Three proposals are designed by Paolo Piva. Arca, with a polyhedric character with a wooden base, fabric with a bottom fold and with different possibilities for the headboard: high or low, in wood, fabric or leather. Onda is a modern element of furniture, characterized by a strong personalization. The light structure makes a contrast with the capitonné in the headboard. Finally Teo, a bed that is cozy from the first glance. The two proposals from Carlo Colombo are Park, with its lightness in the horizontal development and Memo, a piece of the highest value, with wooden details and a very stylish feeling. 

Knoll classics sale

01/06/2017

‘Life changes, but quality endures’ is the essence of the Knoll brand. A collection of iconic pieces from the great modernists that have stood the test of time and become modern day classics. Florence Knoll studied under some of the greatest 20th century architects, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In 1941 she moved to New York and met Hans Knoll who was establishing his furniture company. With Florence’s design skills and Hans’ business acumen and salesmanship, the pair, who married in 1946, grew the nascent company into an international arbiter of style and design. Florence also seeded contributions with her friends Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, and Mies van der Rohe

Eero Saarinen met Florence Knoll (né Schust) whilst studying. Florence spent all of her free time with the Saarinen family, including summer vacations to Finland. Florence and Eero developed a brother-and-sister-like relationship that would last the rest of their lives. Florence later recalled that her history with Eero made him her most honest and, often, harshest critic. When Florence joined Knoll in the 1940s, it was an obvious choice for her to invite Eero to design for the company. Saarinen designed many of the most recognizable Knoll pieces, including the Tulip chairs and tables and the Womb chair. Eero, who was known for being obsessed with revision, took a sculptural approach to furniture design, building hundreds of models and full scale mock-ups to achieve the perfect curve, find the right line, and derive the most pleasing proportions. His designs, which employed modern materials in graceful, organic shapes, helped establish the reputation and identity of Knoll during its formative years.

Harry Bertoia, a gifted artist was invited to set up his own metal shop in a corner of Knoll’s production facility. Having also studied with Bertoia, Florence was sure that he would produce something extraordinary if given the time and space to experiment. Today Knoll carries on Harry Bertoia’s legacy of innovation, inspiration, and beauty with the Bertoia collection, which has been in continuous production around the world since its introduction in 1952. Warren Platner graduated in 1941 with a degree in architecture but it was his furniture collection for Knoll, however, that earned Platner worldwide recognition. Originally introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner Collection is an icon of modern furniture. Platner personally formulated the production techniques for the complicated designs with each chair requiring over a thousand welds and more than one hundred cylindrical steel rods.

Regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘less-is-more’ approach to design was the gold standard for many generations of modern architecture. He was selected to design the German Pavilion at the Barcelona Industrial Exposition of 1929. His design, a rhythmic arrangement of horizontal and vertical planes of glass, stone and metal was an experiment in free flowing space. With no discernable distinction between rooms or inside and outside, the design fundamentally challenged the architectural ‘boxes within a box’ standard of the time. Inside, Mies included the Barcelona Chair and Ottoman, designed to offer the King and Queen of Spain a place to rest (they in fact never sat down). The Barcelona Pavilion and the chairs it contained are universally recognized as milestones of modern design.

In honour of the great designers Florence Knoll, Bertoia, Platner, Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe we will be offering huge savings of up to 60% off during the Studio Italia Knoll Classics Sale June 1st to 17th.

Milano report 2017

15/05/2017

Each year the world’s leading furniture design companies display their prototypes and showcase pieces to the world at Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest furniture and design show. And every year we travel to Milano to see for ourselves the latest releases and order new displays for the showroom, returning with a fresh approach to what we can offer our discerning clients here in NZ.

The direction for this year was a mature, calm and timeless design that reflects a wish to relax - concentrating on quality and significant detailing. The palatte included warm burgundy hues, rich greens, luxurious marbles and woven leathers. Metals still feature heavily and included black chrome, glossy champagne and burnished bronze. The timber finishes on offer ranged from the warm tones of Italian Walnut through to Smoked Oaks and Black Elm.

The highlights this year, without a doubt, were Poliform and Flexform – both manufacturers having doubled their stands from previous years. You can’t underestimate the incredible investment in these displays - giant walls clad in marble, internal courtyards lushly planted and not to forget the new furniture designs showcased. Each new piece represents hundreds of hours of research and development and careful liaison between the architect and manufacturer. The collaboration between designer and manufacturer further cements their position on the design landscape – Flexform’s co-lab with Antonio Citterio and Carlo Colombo and Poliform’s with Emmanuel Gallina, Jean-Marie Massaud, Rodolfo Dordoni and Marcel Wanders.

Visit the Milano 17 section of our website and take a look at what our brands presented this year. We have beautiful new pieces arriving every month, with the first of the Milano 17 new releases instore end of June.   

A word from Valeria

23/03/2017

Ciao everyone and its a genuine pleasure to present our new website www.studioitalia.co.nz - a showcase of beautiful contemporary Italian furniture, kitchens and wardrobes. We hope it will become the leading online resource for discerning furniture buying customers, interior designers and architects alike. Truly its been an exhausting, but ultimately satisfying project, taking more than a year to complete and we hope it encapsulates our deep love for outstanding contemporary Italian furniture, kitchens and wardrobes.

As business owners, we recognised that having a magnificent showroom for our products wasn’t enough in this fast-paced digital age. We know our prospective customers and current valued clients are very heavy users of digital technology and we needed a website that would reflect our brand and values. We are extremely proud of the resulting website. I am from a generation of retailers that understand that first impressions are paramount, and although I would admit to not being overly tech savvy, I absolutely know having a first class website is vital.

All our market intelligence told us, customers search for information and inspiration online as their first step on the path to purchases. From a user experience point of view, the Studio Italia website is at the very leading edge of digital technology, providing users with a simple and logical navigation path to which products and services interest them the most.

We’ve had wonderful experts in digital design and most recently, digital advertising working behind the scenes and with out front-line team to develop this new website. We hope everyone loves it as much as we do. We hope the look and feel is reflective of the Studio Italia brand and our outstanding product designers who are many of the world’s best with numerous awards and innovations to their names. I would personally welcome any feedback you may care to share either on the phone 09 523 2105 or email me on [email protected]

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Our New Website is Live!

21/03/2017

Our website has been designed to showcase the best in quality Italian designer furniture, wardrobes and kitchens available in New Zealand. Here, you’ll discover a wide selection of styles for indoors and out – matched by impeccable service and knowledgeable advice.

We want the user experience to be as user friendly as possible so we would love to hear your feedback.

We hope you enjoy!