Lots of furniture items – sofas, couches, living room chairs, armchairs, – are upholstered.
So, when we choose italian furniture of this kind, we pay plenty of attention to its covering. No wonder: quality and looks of upholstery material are of key importance for durability of the entire piece. Furniture stuff withstands great wear and tear, so if you want your item to last long, being choosy is a good idea.
When you select furniture with covers which not only look gorgeous, but also are hard-wearing, the upholstered surfaces of your sofa or armchair will look the same after decades of active use. It’s possible indeed: there exist antique furniture items still in use, which were last upholstered at the end of the 19th century – that’s how important is to pick top quality material for the covers and padding!
Since furniture makers don’t produce fabrics themselves, they have to cooperate with textile manufacturers. There are virtually thousands of diverse textiles, and some of them are considered suitable for upholstery. Among fabrics traditionally used for this purpose are, for example, velvet, damask, silk, furnishing chintz, as well as some other kinds of cotton, mixture of cotton and linen, tapestry, brocade and many others.
Besides, various synthetic fabrics, for example, certain kinds of polyamide, acrylic and polyester, have proven to be good for this purpose as well. Smooth and soft microfiber, soft-to-touch, stain-proof and wear-resistant microsuede have gained great popularity over recent years.
Textiles made of mixture of natural and synthetic fibers usually are pretty abrasion resistant, so they are also widely used for upholstery.
Q is for Quality
Upmarket furniture makers do care for quality of the textiles they use. For example, Bellavista Collection, well-known for its Italian luxury furniture, is very hard to please when it comes to such materials. Only the finest furniture leather, only the very best fabrics for upholstery – for Bellavista it’s the matter of prime concern. Bellavista is a fastidious purchaser and co-operates only with the best suppliers. One of these cherry-picked suppliers is Luciano Marcato textile editor.
Luciano Marcato and Bellavista: So Much in Common
In fact, Bellavista Collection and Luciano Marcato have much in common, especially in terms of their values. Both companies are proud of their Italian roots. Both strive to combine centuries-old traditions with up-to-the-minute trends in design – and have succeeded in it. Both focus on quality, making it the corner-stone. So, it’s no coincidence that these two companies started mutually beneficial and fruitful co-operation after their representatives had met at Milan Furniture Salon some years ago.
This year, Bellavista Collection and Luciano Marcato will be present at the Salon together. Should you be there on 17-22 of April, you’ll be able to see a collection of textiles from Luciano Marcato and Italian luxury furniture made using these textiles from Bellavista Collection in Hall 1 xLux, stand C01.
A Brief History of Luciano Marcato
Founded by Luciano Marcato in 1962, this Venetian company soon became widely recognized as a producer of high-end textiles, including top-quality fabrics for soft furnishings, curtains, and upholstery that will suit both classic and modern interiors.
Passionate by the tradition of the Italian style and at the same time, fond of innovation and modernity, the French company CASAL take over the brand in 2010, determined to combine its reliability and know-how at with the creativity of Italian textile producers and designers.
- Felice Pessi, a well-known textile stylist based in Milano, was soon appointed art director of the brand. Felice is the son of Giuseppe Pessi, one of the first textile designers of Luciano Marcato’s creative team. He controls the whole process of production: his inspirations are developed with the best Italian manufacturers who contribute to the creative process, exploring new weaving techniques and advanced printing or finishing treatments.
The new Luciano Marcato collection is a combination of tradition and latest trends: the most noble fibers as linen, silk and cotton are the great protagonists.
Its chromatic universe continues to inspire international decorators, offering a line of high-end fabrics, sophisticated and relevant to a demanding world. The key-words are elegance and timelessness.
The luxurious fabrics designed and produced by professionals from Luciano Marcato turn into stylish and elegant coverings for sofas, armchairs and other pieces. Some of them will be shown soon at Salone del Mobile 2018.
Milan Furniture Salon 2018
Milan Furniture Salon, also known as Salone del Mobile, or simply iSaloni, is an international trade show where thousands of companies who manufacture a wide range of products for home furnishing and interior design, present their innovations, share their experience, and meet one another to establish business connections. Thanks to the Furniture Salon’s collateral events, this trade show in fact is a bunch of closely related exhibitions that are held at the same time and place.
Originally organized to promote exports of Italian furniture and furnishing accessories, Salone del Mobile quickly turned into a very important event for industry professionals. It takes place annually ever since 1961, and its scale grows from year to year. When on 24th September 1961 the very first Salone del Mobile was held in Milan, there were 328 exhibitors occupying 11,860 square metres and attracted 12,100 of visitors. In 2017, iSaloni had a total of 2,400 exhibitors and 372,151 attendees from 165 countries; the exhibition area grew up to more than 230,000 square meters. 5,600 journalists from all over the world wrote and spoke of the event. As you see, the figures speak for themselves.
The territory of the exhibition is divided into three zones – design, classic, and xLux – in line with the styles of the showcased products. Luciano Marcato and Bellavista Collection will exhibit their product innovations in the xLux section, where deluxe items will be displayed.
The new collection, specially prepared for this trade show, is called Dulcechina. When creating it, designers from both companies drew their inspiration from Oriental motifs. The simplicity of the lines and well-thought out combination of colors and patterns result in the sense of overall harmony. Time will tell whether the pieces that are going to be shown at iSaloni will spawn two grand collections of textiles and Italian luxury furniture, with impressive items of outstanding quality, as it always has been at Luciano Marcato and Bellavista Collection.