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There were so much to see at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 in Milano. I will have quite a few posts …

Poliform was one of the first showrooms I visited. From their very well designed web site :

Poliform’s history is that of a company, despite having achieved an international dimension, nonetheless it has maintained its family character. Established in 1970 as the evolution of a small artisan’s shop dating back to 1942, Poliform invested in new production technologies and the products have successfully evolved into functional and modular systems. 

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The monochromatic concept looks cool but I am not sure if I want to live in the showcased interiors. The living room sofa set looks functional but lacks design flair. Overall, the ambience is too dark.

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Their design would really work well in a NYC loft space with triple height ceiling. On their web site, they explain:

Poliform’s comprehensive production range carries with it the design idea of a ‘Poliform house’ with stylistically compatible component parts; a ‘global project’ for each architectural situation thanks to the exceptional versatility of its modular systems. 

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Not sure about the book shelf/display unit below. It looks nice in a company’s corporate library but at home ?

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Their marble tables looked really good, thin and crispy top with interesting legs, especially this quasi-square coffee table.

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Poliform acquired Varenna in 1996. I have always been impressed by Varenna’s dark wood, black-and-white marble, and stainless steel look of their kitchens. Check out Varenna’s web site here.

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The monochromatic concept is much more palatable when it is in the kitchen where I expect the food to provide the color in the foreground.

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No one would have the same storage jars, cups and bottles.

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Their interior and kitchen catalogs were among the most informative and substantial.

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I loved the stainless steel backsplash (which we had in Edgewater) and marble work top (our next kitchen) ?

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Varenna’s look is very industrial, reminding me of restaurant kitchen, including the galleys we visited on a cruise ship, see our post here.

poliform-11Overall, Varenna’s kitchen works for me but not the Poliform home as showcased in the Salone. Nevertheless, I like their overall aesthetic principles.

 

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