As Autumn begins and daylight recedes, our minds are often drawn inside towards the heart of the home. Visions of sipping a cocktail in the warmth of an elegant living room or eating a sumptuous feast around an opulent dining table are distractions from the end of summer days. Often September is the time that homeowners begin to think about the pinnacle of indoor entertaining – the festive season, and the ways in which they can make improvements and adjustments to their entertainment spaces over the next 3 months, to create the optimal atmosphere....

2018 saw 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals globally – that’s the number of trips taken abroad for holidays/leisure time. Even more remarkably, it’s a rate that’s steadily growing by an average of 4% per year. If you add on business trips and staycations, where holidaymakers choose to stay in their own country, it’s not surprising that there is a phenomenal momentum within residential design to emulate the sleek finishes and elegant aesthetic design of five-star hotels. Increasingly, interior designers are being asked by clients to directly replicate a particular hotel suite or to source a piece of furniture that they fell in love with in the lobby or hotel bar. At Kassavello we are fortunate enough to source pieces for both commercial and residential projects and often see trends bridging the two before they are filtered down to the high street....

From the earliest documented chairs in ancient Egypt through to iconic designs such as the 17th century Wainscot, the 18th century Fauteuil and early American Chippendales, no other item of furniture has been invested in with more care, design and craftsmanship than the dining chair. Swaying between practicality of form and in latter years, style over substance, the evolution of artisan techniques means that today neither comfort or exquisite design need to be compromised when selecting a chair. Here at Kassavello we thrive on selecting the very best dining chairs for our curated collection of branded furniture....

In the early 1900’s F.Stuart Foote, founder of the American Imperial Furniture company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, claimed to have invented the coffee table whilst helping his wife prepare for a party. He simply lowered the legs of an existing dining table to make a centrepiece from which coffee could be served. However, Foote’s claim to this invention is disputed by many and in fact the humble coffee table is likely to have emerged from a much more complex set of historical and social circumstances. Here at Kassavello, we love to understand the story behind each of the pieces in our collection – from their historical roots through to innovative methods of craftsmanship that enable the creation of exquisite pieces....

The life of a designer can be frantic at the best of times so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to step back from the day to day pressures of projects and take time out to get inspired. Maison et Objet, the bi-annual industry gathering of thousands of product designers, brands and interior designers provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. From elite design houses such as Fendi Casa and Missoni through to boutique artisans, Maison et Objet never fails to inspire the Kassavello team and January’s Paris exposition was no exception. ...

There was a time when velvet was the height of sophistication. In both fashion and interior design, a flash of velvet would signify wealth and status, as well as good taste. Over time, the fabric fell out of favour but, here at Kassavello, we’ve always had a soft spot for this softest of furniture adornings. Which is why we were so happy to find that velvet was back en vogue, and going strong for 2018....