Italians have always been considered the masters of style, from the Renaissance painters to fashion designers such as Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, and Italian furniture designers are equally as innovative and inspiring.

Italian style is sleek and elegant with clean lines and modern finishes. From exquisite traditional glassware to the latest in contemporary design and construction, the Italians have a way of producing excellence every time.

Big names such as Natuzzi, Gallotti & Radice and B&B Italia have brought the best of Italian furniture design toEngland, so we can all have a taste of the Italian look.

From Natuzzi comes the Grandelegance, a stand lamp which lives up to its name. Characterised by its large shade in a choice of white or grey brown fabric finish and comprising a nickel base, the Grandelegance is an understated yet unusual piece which is sure to provoke comment. 

Italian marble has been famed for its beauty and strength for centuries, and used to construct some of the most famous works of art in the world, such as Michelangelo’s David.

It is also a traditional material for Italian furniture construction, and one that always looks classic and beautiful.

For dark and dramatic dining, Barker and Stonehouse has the Vasilis, a dining range crafted from marble with a high gloss black and silver grain effect finish. The dining table has a striking V shaped base which is repeated in the smaller pieces in the range, while the upholstered chairs feature the same black and silver finish.

A heavyweight Italian vinyl wallpaper with a contemporary damask design will look provide the perfect backdrop to the marble Vasilis. The Belgravia Seriano Damasco Italiano features a gorgeous black damask design on a pale metallic background.

Italians are also the masters of creating a cappuccino, and you’ll need a coffee table worthy of enjoying yours at.

The Gallotti & Radice stripe coffee table from Barker and Stonehouse is a stunning piece of engineering, made from strong wenge stone and covered in grey screen printed and mirrored glass to create the distinctive ‘stripe’ effect, its available in a variety of sizes, making it perfect for any stylish living room.

Finish off the look with a B&B Italia sofa, such as the Frank from Barker and Stonehouse and sumptuous cushions such as the Italian script cushion in pure cotton with Italian words printed in calligraphy over one side.

Italian style is elegant, contemporary and effortless stylish, so why not introduce un po’ de stile Italiano into your home? Bellissimo!

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