Thursday, February 17, 2011

Furniture: Driade

The poetry of space, objects and living.

When looking for and purchasing vintage and antique pieces, I often seek character... be it smooth, worn edges on a chair, decades old, a rare frame with aged gold gilding, a personal touch written in an old, well-loved book. However, when it comes to new, more modern pieces, I seek precision; generally either slightly austere, with beautiful clean lines to depend upon, or those with undulating, artistic curves, that border sculptural pieces. Which brings me to the modern range of impressive furniture designs, shown, that seem to showcase both fluidity and simple, straight lines so well: Italian company, Driade. Perfect for a vast villa in the countryside, a chic apartment in the city, a charming townhome—the imagination is at freedom...















How nice it is to see some fabulous outdoor furniture—with great colors, designs and a multitude of possibilities. And how refreshing to learn that Driade desires to create products that may move quite easily from the inside out! In fact: "In the traditional Italian house there is little distinction between interior and exterior the outside architecture penetrates inside. And from inside it goes back outside with its porticos and terraces, its pergolas and verandas, its loggias and balconies, and with its furnishings that can look beyond the monotony of the everyday. The driadestore house rejects any principle of stylistic uniformity; it does not propose a story that has already been written, but the words of a story that everyone will weave together in different ways."

I really enjoy the direction that they have taken with their look—and with instant recognition that indoors and outdoors are connected by so many of their items. I also find the larger settings, with repetition and order to be quite interesting, giving the impression of a large gathering—perhaps a ceremony? But also, so perfect for a restaurant or beautiful café. What are your thoughts?

— images: Driade catalogs, via their website

20 comments:

  1. Wow, just spectacular choice of pieces. Quite honestly, the first two already blew me away. Needless to say for the rest. I hope you are doing good Sarah dear! xo

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  2. It's a beautiful contrast between the architecture of the buildings, the classic style of the interiors, the romantic scenery and the modern furniture. Sarah, you find the most wonderful design inspirations! xoxo
    Ada

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  3. I love how sleek these are, especially the transparent and bold colored chairs!

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  4. I've always thought that Italians make the best furniture (and shoes) and this company is a great example. This is when futniture is not longer just a piece of furniture but rather a statement, a beautiful sculpture, a character. x

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  5. The 3rd to last shot is splendid! I love how symmetrical it all is and my inner OCD self is breathing a sigh of relief, hehe. Your posts are always so inspiring, Sarah! I enjoy each one! xo

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  6. Have to agree on all of the above comments. The modernness fit's the old classic surroundings so well. I like the first and last images best, but everything is equally impressive.

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  7. Sarah! Those views in all of the outdoor photos are gorgeous! It had me instantly thinking... "I must go there NOW!" xo

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  8. These views are breathtaking, Sarah.
    I love the modern look. I will admit it has taken time to grow on me, but it has won.
    I absolutely adore all of these images.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  9. I love the first shot! That stormy sky actually looks quite refreshing with those bright chairs... i'd love to be sitting out there!

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  10. gorgeous furniture...love the juxtaposition of modern with old world interiors....
    maureen

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  11. And this is what sets the Italians apart - they are expert and fearless at pairing modern design with ancient interiors - these shots are gorgeous. I also like how Italian companies like Artemide have always done it with lighting - that is my favorite combo- modern lighting with antiques!!

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  12. WOWOWOW! Love these photos, all the interiors and exteriors are amazing beyond words!!

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  13. i have always loved their stuff ahd have even used them in a couple of projects as cafeteria seating... great shots!

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  14. Good heavens, I love the drama in some of these pictures. Wonderful and unique.

    x Charlotta

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  15. Quintessence: that is indeed a great combination!

    Punctuation Mark: that's wonderful—they certainly fit the look so well...

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  16. Oh how beautiful, they are set off so perfectly in these photo's.
    xxx

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  17. The Mediterranean is excruciatingly beautiful, but the people there also know how to live around it. They really understand how to mix the old with the new and enhance the landscape with their approach to architecture and decor. The little restaurant setup in the fourth photo reminds me of a perfect lunch I had in Cadaques, Spain. Thanks for the awesome post and the reminder of a good memory.

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  18. totally agree with you; love the way you put it into words. these are stunning!

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  19. This is a very good collection, we stock allot of Driade furniture, the face chairs are my favorite and i cannot recommend them highly enough.

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  20. Marvelous work pals, I love reading your articles.
    silik furniture

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