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Brand Focus: Bunakara

Posted on August 04, 2016 | 0 comments

Featuring Q & A with Bunakara owner/designer Joana Aranha and company architect Marta Aranha.

All photographs courtesy of Bunakara.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #1

For each installment of “Brand Focus,” we highlight one of the amazing manufacturers and their products offered here at Dwelling & Design. This month, we are excited to tell you all about Bunakara, a hot new company set to take the design world by storm with its current collection of home furnishings. Inspired by knowledge, traditions and emotions of the past -- combined with present inspiration and their own unique vision – they produce pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.

In fact, “not be found” has become a tagline for the company, and motivation for creating their one-of-a-kind products. Look closely at some of the pieces (shhhh it’s a secret… unzip one of their pillow cases and look inside!) and discover thoughtful messages or other “hidden” details. Other signature characteristics include -- brass ferules on table legs, Flower of India beaded rose (think “charm bracelet”), and single paint-dipped furniture legs.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #2

Joana Aranha has literally turned the tables in the furniture design realm, and offered-up her own solutions by creating items she couldn’t find anywhere else. And this über creative, memorable and mysteriously-fun product line is the triumphant result!

 

Dwelling & Design reached out to Bunakara for more information and insight into their creative process. We were fortunate enough to receive a Q & A session with Joana Aranha and her sister Marta, the Bunakara company architect. Let’s get into the conversation.

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How long has Bunakara been in business? 

The conception of the collections took place throughout 2014. Joana’s wonderful  ideas were first designed and water-colored  creating the visual expression of Bunakara’s collection. Technical drawings and the execution of the prototypes was the next step and production followed.

In January 2015 we revealed it at the Atlanta’s Mart and the response was really good. So we went in April to High Point which confirmed the enthusiastic welcome clients gave to the brand.

We would say that 2016 is the launching year of Bunakara. 

Where do you get your inspiration for the designs?

Joana Aranha, heart of Bunakara and head of creation, always goes back as far possible in search for inspirational elements in a dialog between her cosmopolitan soul and her artisan essence. Although Joana has her roots in Europe, a land of history that inspires her creations, it is in India that she celebrates heritage and nourishes savoir-faire to create the objects she does not find anywhere else.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #5

What is your favorite product and why?

It is very difficult for Joana to pick one product since the whole collection reflects what she really loves. If only you could see her when she holds the fabrics…. And the extremely keen eye for proportion when it comes to the furniture.

But since Joana has to choose, on textiles her favorite is the Patchwork story because of the incredible mix of velvet, linen, cotton, buttons and embroideries. A patchwork of a story, the mix of old techniques.

Regarding Furniture the piece that Joana can’t resist is the two stripe chair with the back covered with fabric. It’s an Icon, the chair that is completely unexpected, that surprises the client. Actually this one was the first creation of Bunakara, maybe that’s why there is a special connection.

Tell me about the red flower and why it’s included in every piece?

It is the iconic signature detail, a tiny beaded red rose with a fabric-wrapped stem. Inspire by a red flower Joana once cupped in her hands in New Delhi, represents the soul of Bunakara, the “beginning of everything”. The flower of India insignia hangs from all the Bunakara pieces.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #6

Thanks so much to Joana and Marta for providing us with more details about Bunakara!

 We invite you to stop by the Dwelling & Design showroom to see all of the new Bunakara pieces we recently received… you really have to see them for yourselves! What do you think about this exciting new product line? Please leave your comments below!

 Cheers,

D&D

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For additional questions or inquiries, call 410.822.2211 or email info@dwellinganddesign.com.  Find store directions here.

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Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #2

Posted on May 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #2

(Annnd we're back!  In continuation of the blog detailing our recent trip to Spring 2016 Highpoint Market, we present you with the second half, including more highlights, insights and pretty pictures... hope you enjoy!)

We see a continuance of oriental inspiration from The Far East and Middle East (think India and Persia); characteristic combinations of angles and curves that convey a spirituality and mindfulness of the different earthly elements (land, water, wind & fire) and how – rather than clashing -- they instead work together, in harmonious dance and balance. We even caught glimpses of freshly refined Eastern-Industrial fusions that engaged our curiosity. After bearing witness to these new trends we must say that we’re revved-up and ready to create some of our own pairings and vignettes utilizing similar themes.

 

 And then there are always occasions where it’s good & wise to KISS. Keep it simple stupid, right?? An array of “primitive” goods & décor were available and on display, reminding us that one shouldn’t always strive to reinvent the wheel. Simple, large and useful glass bottles, great for filling a specific space or need (garlic and chili pepper-infused EVOO, anyone?) though visually not imposing due to actual clarity of the object. So the glass is full and empty, get it?? (Sorry, but we enjoy pointing out the irony in things sometimes.)

So, on second-thought, how ‘bout we spare all of the over-elaboration (K.I.S.S., remember!), while we take a couple deep breaths, and give you a list of the cool “primitive” items we noticed at market (…breathe…):

  • Alternative-colored natural woods resembling lumber from ancient, reclaimed bog oaks
  • Thick wood-slab cutting boards and butcher blocks
  • Solid, simply-shaped stone seating (think Flintstones) for both indoor & outdoor applications
  • Heavy, imperfect metal hardware

We think these items pair VERY well with gray paint-palettes, other metals (such as appliances), and industrial-themed environments. That is all. Moving on…

 

 

Art

We enjoy abstract art quite a bit and found a nice showing of lively large-scale pieces at market this year. Triptychs are still in the fold, adding interest and versatility in choosing how the works can be displayed. Additionally, they produce a shadow-box type of effect that gives a much more contemporary look and presence, as opposed to your standard gold-framed artwork.

Art-deco made its’ requisite appearance with forever-classy themes of black & white, geometric patterns and architectural details. Oh, and we can’t forget something else we found most humorous (and we might as well end on this note) – ANIMAL PORTRAITS!!!

 

We hope you enjoyed reading some of the observations from our trip. We truly had a blast exploring the market and getting new ideas & inspiration. If you find yourself irresistibly excited about any of these things, or daydreaming about new ways to update or transform the style of your home, we would love to help make your visions come true!

For more pictures from our trip, check out our Pinterest page, here.

 

Cheers,

D&D

 

P.S. Please enjoy more random photos below:

Don!

Mindie, Rick Brownlee and Fiona.

Rainbow scooters.

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Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #1

Posted on May 04, 2016 | 0 comments

Spring 2016 Highpoint Market Trends & Highlights - Part #1

So Don, Fiona & Mindie made it back safe & sound from their trip to North Carolina and the Spring 2016 High Point Market. They gleaned quite a bit of inspiration from this year’s offerings and selected an abundance of new items to feature in-store as well as incorporate in upcoming design projects.  We have so much we want to show & tell you about, that we're breaking the blog into two parts!  One this week, and the next in a couple days.  Without further ado, here are our observations and what got us most excited at market.

 

Textiles

Much spontaneity and fluidity in the new patterns & motifs, including themes of “watercolor” (as-in the painting method)-- whether it be expressed if the form of abstractions, or as specific earthly elements like coral and garden greenery. As usual, nature continues to be a strong, if not the strongest, influence when it comes to new designs. In addition, we picked-up on a complimentary “bleeding ink” expressive style that translated very well to home décor items such as draperies, pillows and place settings.

We insist on having a great variety of flavors to choose from in the realm of fabrics, so we also fell in love with simple, colorful symmetrical designs and anything with "pop-art" influence, because fun is a critical ingredient in our endeavors, and life in general!

 

Lighting

Attention! Florals have made their way to the lighting department in a big way this year. Instead of your typical bulbs above the bathroom sink, how about plugging-in something a little out-of-the-ordinary with these beautifully-designed elements, providing some artistic whimsy to an otherwise predictable situation? You are sure to receive plenty of “I want those!” compliments from your guests when they step aside to freshen themselves up and take a gander at these fantastic bathroom components.

Also, think outside-of-the-box, or perhaps hasten back to Old World times with very attractive passageway lighting for either indoor or outdoor scenarios. See picture below.

 

Furniture

Skirts… sexy patterns and contrasting-colored skirts! What a fun way to dress-up your upholstered furniture. This can actually be bold or subtle, providing a delicate compliment of color or a unique pop of personality to the pieces themselves, which then carries over and assists with the color scheme for the rest of the room. We like denim blue paired with navy patterns and also think it’s pretty smart to take neutral in a different direction, like khaki w/ hot pink or lime green!

 

Some interesting Rustic-contemporary designs were unveiled, often coalescing in an “industrial middle ground”, and other times bypassing it completely. With these latter pieces, it appears the designers are consciously utilizing older, rough-hewn materials in applications that have typically been regarded as clashing or faux-pas in more modern or contemporary installations. Perhaps it’s this generation’s way of recognizing and paying respects to artisans of the pre-electric past and reimagining or repurposing these elements as they see fit. Depending on the success of this brave and unusual collaboration, they could certainly prove that old dogs can learn new tricks.

Check out more pictures of the Spring Show on our Pinterest page:

http://www.pinterest.com/dwellingeaston

And look for Part #2 of our blog in the coming days!  Thanks for "following us around"... we hope you are enjoying our designers' inside glimpse thus far!

Cheers,

D&D

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