The boardroom as we know it today has been in existence since the early 17th century providing a place for people to gather together, delegate authority, and ensure that the workings of society or business are carried out efficiently and effectively.  Square tables within the boardroom have traditionally reinforced the power dynamics of a leadership team – at the head of the table you carry an unspoken message of leadership and control whilst in a middle seat you are collaborative, approachable, and a team player.  Round tables tend to create an atmosphere of relaxed informality, ideal for promoting discussion and teamwork although interestingly by moving the chair back a little, in either setting, you can claim a psychological advantage with regards to status and authority. [caption id="attachment_2594" align="aligncenter" width="488"] The unique conference table used to sign the treaty of Versailles at the end of World War 1[/caption] In today’s changing climate business...

Kuwait – a country steeped in tradition but led by contemporary vision with an appetite for the very finest design and craftsmanship.  We at  Kassavello have been fascinated by this beautiful country for some time so in their own words, it was a “hugely exciting opportunity” when they were approached by the Covet group with a chance to help a client seeking to furnish her new family villa in Kuwait with the finest items from the Covet portfolio.  “As a brand partner of the Covet group we are privileged to have access to a diverse range of exquisite and unique furniture and lighting.  To be able to collaborate with a client as passionate as we are about these products created the perfect partnership.”  Ana & Renata, Co-Founders, Kassavello. Collaborative consultation The design process began with a series of in-depth conversations with the client regarding the property, the family’s practical needs, and their aesthetic...

Prior to the outbreak of a global pandemic, back in September 2019, Dulux named tranquil dawn, a hazy pale green, as its colour of the year 2020. The soft hue is said to reflect a growing desire to understand what it is to be human at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other. Fast Forward almost a year and that sentiment has, if anything, become even stronger and reinforced since the changes in our lifestyles that the Covid 19 crisis has brought about. Many global surveys have pointed to the fact that the majority of people don’t wish to return to life as it was pre-pandemic.  They have relished spending increased time with friends and family and the opportunity to reconnect with outdoor natural spaces.  Soft pastel hues such as hazy pale green can create an ambience of calming relaxation within a living space which...

In 1858 English couturier Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris, championing made to order luxury fashion for elite women who could afford to indulge in a service that offered them a unique opportunity to channel their style DNA.  As the lines between fashion and interior design have blurred and interwoven over the proceeding years 2020 has brought the design industry to a point where, for the discerning client, their home demands to be as well dressed and exclusive as their couture wardrobe.   Not only that, but as well as creating a canvas for the ultimate in creative self-expression, the home has also become an opportunity for the client to own a narrative around their design choices – why did they choose particular materials for a bespoke piece of furniture, how has that piece been made and by whom?  The more exclusive and interesting the...

A bespoke design journey with Homes One Interiors Chelsea is arguably one of the most desirable places to live in London.  So when interior design atelier Homes One were tasked with furnishing two modern residential projects - two apartments - within the area they were keen to take a bold approach, ensuring that the properties would stand out within the marketplace through the incorporation of exquisite bespoke furniture and distinctive styling. Having collaborated on previous projects with us, the Homes One team involved Kassavello in the modern residential project at a very early stage to determine the scope and possibilities for a variety of branded items and bespoke furniture.  Not only were the aims of the project high but as with so many similar projects there was a strict timeline to adhere to and a budget to comply with.  Facilitating early conversations ensured that the Homes One design team could keep on...

In a recent interview focused on the challenges brought about by Covid-19, Luis De Oliviera, founder of De La Espada reflected the thoughts of many in the interior design industry when he said:   “It’s a moment to show a bit of vulnerability…. there are no superheroes unless you work in the hospitals.  We’re all just mere mortals worrying about money and uncertainty…. we can make statements of intent but there’s no shame in saying I’m worried.”     There have undoubtedly been a myriad of challenges brought about through the global pandemic which have changed both industry and client perspectives.  As the world begins to work through the easing of restrictions and discover what a ‘new normal’ may look like some key themes have emerged on both sides. 1. 360 degree support of the supply chain is vital to the industry’s success Despite the impetus of recent years to ensure fair and transparent working conditions across manufacturing...

The renowned 1933 essay ‘In Praise of Shadows’ by the Japanese author and novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, has been described as ‘an exercise in mindfulness’. Discussing the virtues of shadow and subtlety which imbue traditional Japanese aesthetics, Tanizaki argues that the West, through its appetite for progress is continuously searching for light and clarity which can be harsh and unforgiving, whilst the subdued forms of oriental art represent an underappreciated tranquillity. Furthermore, Tanizaki contemplates the layered tones of various kinds of shadows and their ability to reflect materials with patina and sheen such as gold embroidery and cloudy crystals. The delicacy, softness and nuances created by such contrast are praised as ‘understated’ and ‘natural’ and central to an appreciation of mindfulness. As the darker Autumn nights creep in, there is a pull towards embracing dark walls, moody blues and graphite blacks to create drama and ambience within both residential and commercial spaces....

From hanging up stockings to decorating Christmas trees, pulling crackers and eating Christmas pudding – there are a multitude of rituals and traditions associated with the festive season and yet few people really understand the meaning and rationale behind these practices. Many date back thousands of years to primitive times whilst others have been influenced by religion, popular culture and even commercial advertising. As the team at Kassavello start to hang up their decorations and get into the festive spirit we set out to uncover some of the mystery surrounding these rituals and to understand how the power of colour, texture and design has the ability to sprinkle some Christmas magic in every household. The smell of pine needles and twinkling lights glistening from top to toe is a tradition that goes back to Roman times when fir trees were first decorated at temples in honour of the Roman god, Saturn...

As the working world moves towards greater flexibility and the lines between personal and professional life become more fluid, having a calm and comfortable space in which to work at home has become ever more important. Traditional office environments can be stark and soulless but developing a private study at home gives greater creative freedom to design a scheme which is aligned to a far more personal aesthetic. Using strong and powerful lines is renowned technique to create a psychological sense of empowerment and success and, when coupled with a deep colour palette, the effect can be further amplified. A mix of sumptuous textures and exquisite finishes adds to a luxurious ambience which delivers impact and interest, particularly when layered with functional and decorative lighting. Here are some of our favourite Kassavello pieces which are perfectly placed to create a luxurious study:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1573572652522{padding-top:...

Exquisite materials, innovative design, captivating colour and heaps of creative inspiration – Decorex, the UK’s leading trade show for interior design, never fails to disappoint and this year was no exception. Our team spent a thrilling couple of days exploring everything that the show had to offer at its new location, Kensington Olympia. These are some of our highlights:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1571152518750{padding-top: 3% !important;padding-bottom: 3% !important;}"]Duistt[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2381" img_size="large" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" qode_css_animation="" link="https://www.kassavello.com/products/sofas/oscar-modular-sofa"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1571152484973{padding-top: 3% !important;padding-bottom: 3% !important;}"]Elegantly combining history and modernity, DUISTT is in constant pursuit of perfection and the collection displayed at this year’s Decorex was sublime. From a unique angular sofa, to a beautiful coffee table duo crafted from sleek glossy mahogany and cane weave, we can’t wait to see these pieces form the centrepiece of a glamorous living space.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1571152538023{padding-top: 3% !important;padding-bottom: 3% !important;}"]Coralie Beauchamp[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="2378"...