Tired of the same predictable style? Is it time for a total contemporary overhaul? Well then let the living room in the chic Parisian Villa Alesia be your inspiration and guide. With a minimal aesthetic and avant garde accents, you’ll never look at lounging around the same way again. Now sit back and grab a glass of champagne because here’s how to get the look.
All-White Leather Sofa
There is no doubt that the sofas in this Parisian living room steal the show. For such strong statement pieces, it’s best to look to some of the top modern furniture designers. Take Derin Design, for example. Founded on the simplicity of well-defined lines that give their furniture pieces a sense of movement, these urban sofas are art pieces in their own right. What’s nice about Derin’s selection is that although they are extremely stylish, there is still the all-important element of comfort – remember we are looking to create a chic living room, not a stark gallery space. Take for example the Easy model. Definitely of the safer side of the Derin Designs spectrum, the clean lines and thin metal legs give this sofa the illusion that it’s floating. For a slightly stronger statement, the Pit system is designer Aziz Sariyer’s modern take on the sectional. With the blond wood base, metal legs and cool cream color, this sofa is a stylish breath of fresh air. A more bold option would be the Slide Two, also designed by Sariyer. With its pop of blue (also available in other colors) and asymmetrical layout, this is a clear statement piece.
The best thing to accentuate an ultra modern sofa is a statement coffee table. For this type of room, less is more in terms of design. You want your sofas to steal the show and the coffee table to blend into the room as a clean and simple center piece, something to display a piece of art or a well-curated selection of coffee table books. The Shadow coffee table from London’s Go Modern is a great example of simplicity and style. Made in Italy, its hidden base and matte white lacquer make it a very cool piece, especially when grouped together for bigger spaces. Another example of contemporary Italian design is the Jesse Glenn coffee table by Jesse Furniture. With its minimal shape and matte or lacquer finish, this table comes in square and rectangular shapes to suit any room. For a modular option, the Woodstock coffee table (also Italian made) from the company Mohd is designed by Jean-Marie Massaud. Formed by a series of horizontal slabs, it can be lined up or stacked to create a more textured, interesting piece.
Retro Bubble chair
What contemporary cool living space could be complete without a retro-inspired bubble swing chair? Perfect for that inner child in you, a swaying nook to read a book, or rather, your new issue of Dwell or Architectural Digest magazine, this swing is a must. For something very similar to the one in the Alesia apartment, this clear model from Eurway is suspended by a chain that hangs from the ceiling with a selection of inner seat cushion colors. Keeping with the natural color palette, this hanging white rattan model from Serena and Lily is less modern than the orb, but will blend in more seamlessly with your gleaming white walls. A colorful seat cushion will also help you add a little pop of personality. Finally, for a hanging chair that’s white, glossy and shaped like an egg, you’ll definitely make a bold statement with this retro model from Overstock.com made of fiberglass and reminiscent of the Swinging Sixties.