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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Fien Muller/Hannes van Severen day bed as seen at the recent Milan Furniture Fair
Laura Birns
Laura Birns, a member of the Americans Society of Interior Designers goes to all the top new furnishings shows on the planet.  In her most recent “Design Matters” blog she posted a gallery of what she considers the best of show for 2015.  Each week for the next month,  will feature creative designs from a different international show as seen through the eyes of one of San Diego’s top design talents.

Three hot concepts caught Laura’s eye at this popular Italian show.  First was the Fien Muller/Hannes van Severen day bed.  The creative duo are the best at intersecting the realms of art and design.  For the day bed, the designers used various textiles to accentuate its three components: the side where you lie; the end where you sit and the cushion.

B&B Italia's Maxalto Fulgens armchair
Second, the B&B Italia Maxalto Fulgens armchair shows off how its designer Antonio Citterio has reinterpreted traditional forms create a cozy chair.  He created a continuous wooden structure with a wide back, plus armrests to increase the sense of comfort.   Those curved wings would come in handy on the next redeye flight to Milan.

USM Haller Modular Furniture System

Next, Birns selected a sleek component from USM Haller Modular Furniture classic system that comes in 55 new surfaces.  The new and simple laminate surfaces blend into minimalist living environments and work harmoniously with both unfinished surfaces and classic sideboards.

NEXT WEEK:  Hot design from New York Design Week.

Birns operates a full service interior design service based in San Diego’s North County.  For more on Laura and to subscribe to her newsletter contact her at or 760. 438.0731.  Her webpage is

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