Casual luxury

Fine materials in dark colours

A new interior design trend sets the stage for living spaces in a dark and dramatic way: anthracite lacquered steel, black natural stone, exquisite fabrics and fine woods are combined in the "casual luxury" look in such a way that they appear high-quality, warm and relaxed. In addition, the casually luxurious furniture and furnishings also offer special comfort.

Sep 15 2021

Dublin armchair by BoConcept (Design: Henrik Pedersen) 

Sculpture to sit on: The Dublin armchair is a personal retreat where you feel at ease. Due to its generous proportions with a soft upholstery, it offers great seating comfort. The armchair has a sturdy metal frame and stands on a graceful matt black lacquered steel frame, which forms a charming contrast with its tall shape. Its dark brown upholstery fabric made of chenille yarns underlines its sculptural form with fine shiny effects.

Dublin armchair, a sculptural piece of furniture with a comfortable seating feel © BoConcept

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Siena Riga by Création Baumann  

Elegant appearance: Siena Riga from the Graphics & Elegance collection is a semi-transparent curtain fabric made of taffeta. Its pattern consists of wide, slightly irregular block stripes in three harmoniously coordinated dark shades. The elegant fabric can be used to create modern or classic interiors with an extraordinary look, in private rooms as well as in the contract sector.

The curtain fabric Siena Riga elegantly sets the scene in the room © Création Baumann

Tadao III Table by Draenert (Design: Patric Draenert) 

Luxurious dining place: with its round natural stone top and base lacquered in matching colours, Tadao III attracts attention. A fine stone rim borders the conical table base towards the floor and makes it look lighter. Due to the natural material, the colour of the black Orobico stone top can sometimes be lighter, sometimes darker, due to white banding and inclusions. In any case, this table creates a strong and mysterious accent in the room. 

Bossa F45 by Leicht Collection  

Kitchen in slate black: Dark shades make a bold statement of pure elegance in the kitchen. As with the slate-black F45 fronts of the kitchen island combined with fronts from the Bossa range in walnut on the tall cabinets. Carefully planned lighting accents, which provide both suitable working light and cosy illumination, set the kitchen ambience impressively centre stage. The sculptural character of the kitchen unit is further emphasised by all-round lighting below the worktop. Inside, the carcass surprises with its carbon grey colour.

In the Bossa F45 kitchen, dark shades make for a glamorous appearance © Leicht

Blow by Pulpo (Design: RSW Design and Christian Stapelbroek) 

Floating light sculpture: The glamorous Blow lamp is a homage to the traditional art of glassblowing.  It consists of three steel rods that can be moved and rearranged with lampshades made of coloured glass. Due to a special bracing of the rods among each other, the luminaire seems to float almost weightlessly in space. Its shape captures the moment when the glowing glass is blown on before it is shaped. The light sculpture is illuminated by long-lasting and energy-saving LEDs.

Liv by Rolf Benz (Design: Luca Nichetto) 

Geometric austerity meets casual comfort: the Liv sofa system by Luca Nichetto brings a touch of luxury to any room, especially in dark upholstery fabrics. With Liv, eight different frames serve as flexible supports for individual combinations of seat cushions, sofa backs and side sections. Two different seat depths and backrest widths offer a variety of design options in combination with integrable shelves. The shelf frames are available in black or umbra grey. For the shelves, there is a choice between polished natural stone in Graphite Brown or Carrara and in clear glass with a lacquered underside in Black, Umbra Grey or Marrone metallic.

With the Liv sofa system, geometric lines meet casual comfort © Rolf Benz

Moment by Sahco  

Mysterious fabric: Moment is an exquisite jacquard fabric with fine stripes interrupted by a leaf-like pattern. Its design is said to be reminiscent of embroidery on antique Japanese kimonos. The sophisticated yarn-dyed textile comes in moonlight black and ebony white. In the black version, the Moment curtain brings a mysteriously elegant atmosphere to the room.

The Moment curtain fabric creates a mysteriously elegant atmosphere © Sahco

Remy Daybed from Schramm

Relaxing lounger as an oasis of peace: the Remy Daybed promises pure relaxation thanks to the high-quality and comfortable two-mattress system from Schramm. There is room for the compact piece of furniture in a variety of places, in the study or guest room, in the hotel or holiday home. By removing the topper, the modernly designed relax lounger can be converted into a bed for restful sleep with just one handle. Two back cushions provide a comfortable seating feeling and the casual look of Remy.

Remy Daybed, high-quality recliner with a casual look © Schramm

High-quality furniture and furnishings can look luxurious yet casual in a dark colour scheme. The key is to combine different materials and surfaces in a varied mix so that the sophisticated look does not appear cool. 

Author: Heike Edelmann 

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