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Decorating with antiques a modern apartment

After its renovation, this modern apartment should become the perfect backdrop for a decoration with antiques, as the owners had a collection of old paintings, sculptures and tapestries.

A mobile sculpture in iron, by José Onieva, leads to a second living area. In the foreground, a sofa with covers made with a Serendipity Fabrics linen. Behind, an antique chaise longue and a Belgian tapestry from the 17th century. In charge of this project has been María de la Osa.

The large windows are dressed with linen blinds that let the light through. The pair of identical sofas are from Blasco & Blasco. The flowerpots were acquired at an auction and the Persian carpet is a piece of family heritage.

Painting by Jordi Alcaraz acquired in Anmoder. The legacy armchair has been re-upholstered with an animal print fabric. Modern architecture enhances the decor with antiques as this two interesting Carlos III consoles.

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Sophisticated but simple decoration

In one of the most representative streets of Barcelona’s Eixample we find this stately apartment, whose renovation was commissioned by Circular Studio.

The sophisticated but simple decoration reflects many of the wabisabi principles, like natural woods, few but chosen decorative elements, earth colors, natural fabrics… all combined with a great selection of iconic furniture and accessories from the 20th century design.

In the living room, a pair of Brigitte sofás from Blasco & Blasco, both with linen covers. Neutral tones dominate the decoration with touches in black. Alanda coffee table is a design by Paolo Piva. Carpets by Nani Marquina.

In this working área, also with a simple decoration but full of interest, highlights a BKF chair (or Butterfly chair). Throughout the house we can see a wonderfull collection of designer chairs.

In this angle of the living room, we can see the care taken in the selection of lamps. On the wall two lamps 265 designed by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos. On the sides of the sofa, Cesta lamp on the table and TMM floor lamp, both by Miguel Milá, edited by Santa & Cole.

In the living room, another icon of modern design. Lounge Chair with matching Ottoman, a creation of Charles and Ray Eames in the 50’s, manufactured by Vitra.

Photos: Eugeni Pons

 

 

Decorating with velvet fabric (I)

Velvet is a versatile option when decorating because it works equally well in any style: classic, contemporary, retro, romantic, boho… Just use it sparingly, because if you keep it under control velvet will give a luxurious touch to your home, but if you exceed it will produce a “boudoir effect”. Here are the keys to decorating with velvet fabric:

The exact dose of velvet is always a success. In this living room decorated by Melián Randolph velvet has been used in cushions and some upholstery. Sofas by Blasco & Blasco.

Tough guy. The complex velvet weaving process makes it more durable and resistant than many other fabrics. If you take good care of it, velvet can last for generations. Always keep in mind this fabric is produced from very different fibers, as we told in an earlier post, so you can find velvet in different qualities and prices.

Generally, the shorter and denser the pile is, the more resilient the fabric will be. Deeper pile velvet looks more luxurious but is more difficult to care for.

Classic, boho, contemporary … Velvet is an extremely versatile fabric. Via: Pampa Australia

Like all upholstery fabrics, velvet is tested to determine how much abrasion it supports before showing wear or color loss. In the case of velvet fabric is recommended a value from 40.000 Martindale cycles. Depending on the use, you can choose a thinner velvet (for example, for cushions or curtains) or more resistant (in the case of upholstery for sofas or armchairs).

When you buy furniture or complements in velvet, or you want to reupholster with this fabric, check the composition and the martindale indicated by the manufacturer. Find out what type is the most advisable for the use you want to give it, its pros and cons. Remember that there are many types of velvet fabric.

Velvet is a very resistant fabric but at the same time is supple, perfect for upholstering sinuous furniture.

Patina. Before deciding on velvet it is necessary to know it well. As it is easily marked, it is not recommended for those who suffer from short-term imperfections. If you expect the velvet to remain unchanged like the first day, you’d better choose another fabric. When you sit or lean something on velvet furniture, the pile will often ruffle. Depending on the type of velvet, some more than others. These bruises can mostly be steamed out. But at the end these bruises will create a patina that should be understood as part of the natural life of velvet.