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Furniture With Character
October 1, 2010   
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Residents of big cities most often look for multifunctional furniture with character. The perfect sofa should be good for lounging in front of the TV, working on your laptop, taking a short nap, sitting down at a party and even having a quick meal.

In the latest collection from Danish chain BoConcept, unveiled in Warsaw in mid-September, all these needs are met by the Melo sofa designed specially for active people who are young in spirit. Each of the sofa’s two seats unfolds separately. You can sit up straight, in a semi-reclining position or even lie down. The Melo sofa can serve as an extra bed.

“We wanted to design a modern sofa suitable for different forms of leisure,” says designer Anders Norgaard. “We studied how people like to rest, what positions they assume, and then incorporated our observations into the design.”

Tradition in modern form: that is the briefest description of the BoConcept collection for 2011. Both the furniture and the accessories have a flavor obviously inspired by classic models from the 1960s and 1970s, but with a contemporary interpretation. The collection’s distinctive feature is its sophisticated color scheme: white, black and grays are supplemented with vintage blue, turquoise, coral and orange. The company’s designers have been guided for years by simplicity and functionality. A classic sofa with contemporary metal legs and a soft, slightly nostalgic line looks best upholstered in bright colors. An old wooden chair with a decorative pattern of growth rings looks almost like a sculpture. The message BoConcept’s designers clearly want to get across is this: We’re in favor of familiar, well-tested designs, but we say “no” to boring design.

Apart from the Melo sofa, the Occa shelf unit is another interesting product in the latest collection. This design by Morten Georgsen is the best proof that you can create practical storage systems without neglecting beauty. The Occa collection also includes functional coffee tables. The new furniture and accessories are available at all BoConcept stores around the world as of September 2010.

Poliform Beds
Furniture from Poliform has long been famous for its refined design and concern for the user’s comfort. Thanks to the input of famous designers, Poliform constantly adds new products signed with their names to its collection. One new product is the Soho sofa designed by Paolo Piva and available in five different leather-upholstered versions and 32 fabric-covered versions.

The company’s fans are familiar with the Poliform Night Collection of 13 different concepts and ideas for the bedroom. In 2010 the range of Poliform beds has been expanded to include three new models: Angie designed by Piva, Park designed by Carlo Colombo, and the Java bedroom collection designed by Soo Chan. It is worth noting that Java beds also come in a version with a canopy two meters high. All Poliform furniture is available for viewing and purchase at the Mood showroom in Warsaw, 3 Duchnicka St., which also represents the Varenna Poliform brand in Poland.

Feminine Sofa From Brühl
The latest proposals from the well-known German company include the Power sofa designed by Kati Meyer-Brühl. This is a feminine piece of furniture that invokes nature and moves away from simple cubic shapes. Its characteristic features are roundness and slope; the sofa is wider near the bottom, in a kind of A-shape, the stitching is irregular, like a wave, and even the seat is rounded in the three-seater version. The designer likes to refer to the gentle shapes of the female body. High backs and elbow rests complete this sofa.

The easy chair model called Morning Dew has a shape rather like flower buds opening up their petals in the morning. This is certainly furniture that is hard to forget, something for anyone who wants an original interior. These sophisticated armchairs are upholstered with refined and soft fabrics in white, pink and lilac.

Brühl furniture, represented in Poland by Alnus, can be ordered at outlets such as the Asymetria Studio in Warsaw, 18 £ucka St., and the Heban furniture showroom in Warsaw, 73 Trakt Brzeski St.

El¿bieta Wrzecionkowska
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