3 Key Elements for Inspiring Furniture Installations

Making beautiful furniture is what we do best. We love it when designers use our products to create their own beautiful, masterful interiors. Like any puzzle, interior design projects require many pieces to complete the entire look, so when our products are one of those pieces, we’re tickled!

That being said, in order to design beautiful furniture, a big part of what we do is visualize how these pieces will be used. When we see interior designers place our pieces in their design installations, it inspires new ideas and encourages us to push the envelope even more.

Our customers are some of the best in the business. There are 3 key elements for inspiring furniture installations that work when planning a space. Check these out and we hope they inspire you too!


Nathan Anthony Elan settee & Elan chairs, photo courtesy: by Prop-n-Spoon, NY

A pop of solid color on upholstery kicks the style quotient into gear. Neutral colors everywhere, except the seating, leads to eye-catching rooms because it’s unexpected and risky.

Nathan Anthony Greenwich sofa, interior design and photo courtesy: Katrina Stumbos

Sometimes the accents are neutral and the upholstery and floor is what pops. We love it when Nathan Anthony pieces, with the unique shapes and stitching techniques, are used as the center pieces of the project. Yay!

Nathan Anthony Baron bed, Elan bench

Nathan Anthony Sabine sofa, Tetra 02-20 ottomans, Dali chairs

Nathan Anthony Sabine sofa, Tetra 02-20 ottomans, Dali chairs photo: Modish Home


Nathan Anthony Bonn sofa, photo/interior design by: Romero/Obeji Design

You don’t have to have a wide open space, but reducing the amount of furniture in the space can create the look.

Nathan Anthony Galaxie chairs, interior design and photo courtesy: Interiors by Steven G.

We call it, letting the space express itself. Hanging chandeliers and beautiful lighting is nice for a space, but sometimes it’s a break for the eyes to just let the space be. See how un-cluttered these installations are. There could be so much more added with accessories… but in keeping with the 3 key elements for inspiring furniture installations, there is little accessorizing. The look is very sophisticated.

Nathan Anthony Galaxie chairs, interior design & photo courtesy: Interiors by Steven G.

Nathan Anthony Folio sofas,interior design and photo courtesy: Luxury-Design

Nathan Anthony Folio sofas, interior design and photo courtesy: Luxury-Design

#3 ART

Nathan Anthony Haus sofa, chair and Omm chairs, Art by Sally Coates

Art elevates the decorative element of the room. Adding special pieces from your personal collection or just house hold items that are unique, whether it be graffiti art or a hand carved orb from the local flea market, these personal touches are part of the 3 key elements for inspiring furniture installations that make your home special.

Nathan Anthony Rocco sectional, interior design & photo courtesy: Interiors by Steven G.

Nathan Anthony Haus sofa, Art by Sally Coates

Nathan Anthony Sabine sofa, interior design & photo courtesy: Seed NY

So, when it comes to creating inspiring furniture installations, make sure to incorporate bold color, space around the room and art to elevate the interior vibe.

Thank you to all of the talented designers featured here for including our designs in your projects! We continued to be inspired by your work everyday and appreciate when you share you work on your social media and in magazines!

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Rhode Island School of Design ~ Part II

Part II of our blog series is on the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum – the Modern and Contemporary Galleries. These Galleries feature furniture, fashion, and interesting objects from the early twentieth century and they showcase Rhode Island emerging as “the most heavily industrialized state of the Union.” The state’s success and affluence, due in large part to the production of leading manufacturers led the way for conception of a design school and arts education.

While visiting the Modern and Contemporary Galleries, naturally our focus turned to furniture specifically. Interestingly, these displays featured designers from around the middle twentieth century who were pioneers exploring new materials and took risks in the field of furniture design. These exhibits resonated with us because we benefit from these designers in our work today. The following images are the furniture pieces that inspired us and how we discovered them influencing our designs.

Cantilevered armchair by Finnish designer Alva Aalto, (1898 – 1976), designed 1931-1932, produced in 1935, using laminated birch, paint – a warmer more welcoming version of the bent steel cantilevered chairs made by designers in the Bauhaus school in Germany at the time


Our take on cantilevered design, the Kinetic chair (bottom right)


Diamond chair, by American designer (born in Italy 1915-1978) Harry Bertoia, designed in 1952 using steel, lacquered, fiber glass, cotton tweed – this welded steel lattice chair is a study in functional sculptural forms


MR chair by American designer (born in Germany 1886-1969) Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, designed in 1927 using steel tubing, chrome-plated, cane (rattan) – the materials used here introduced flexibility and stainless steel


Heart cone chair by Danish designer Verner Panton (1926-1998), designed in 1959 using aluminum, chrome steel, plastic, wool – a humorous take on 18th-century wingback chairs


Tulip armchair by American designer (born in Finland 1910-1961) Eero Saarinen, designed in 1956 produced 1970 – Saarinen hated the “ugly, confusing, unrestful…slum legs underneath  typical chairs and tables.” He designed a legless chair strong enough to be supported by the weight from a single pedestal.


Our take on the pedestal chair, the Imagin chair (bottom right)


Architect’s valet chair by American designer Alphonse Mattia (b. 1947), designed in 1989 using ebonized walnut, poa amarelo, wenge, ebony, Delron, paint – This chair was so much fun to see; whimsical and lifelike…


We hope you enjoyed our visit to RISD as much as we did. There is so much more to see we strongly suggest you visit soon!

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All credit for this blog goes to Architectural Digest.

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