Calligaris: Mixing the Old with the New

We are inundated with choice wherever we turn. And in today’s digital age we are used to having everything waiting for us in a second, in a click. It’s the same if we’re shopping for our home, for our interiors, there is a wealth of choice and an abundance of popular, and not so popular products waiting for us to find them.

So how do you choose? How do you find those pieces that you’re really going to love and cherish in your home for years to come?

Part of what I do gives me the opportunity to go behind the scenes, learning the stories behind a brand, and sharing that with you. I only do it if I truly love what I see, and think it worth sharing. And I hope this helps you make a decision about what to put in your home. Or at least give you some inspiration.

A little while ago I visited the Tottenham Court Road, London showroom for Calligaris in celebration of the store’s anniversary, and was blown away by their history, and their collection. It’s smart, modern, contemporary and chic yet steeped in traditions and a wealth of family history.

Calligaris showroom Calligaris windowAn Italian company, they started making chairs in 1923. Antonio Calligaris started his small artisanal business by producing the “Marocca” chair, which was a typical model of the Manzano area in Friuli. This continued until in the 19602-1980s the Calligaris family modernised their business, keeping up with the changing times. At this point, the company was run by the third Calligaris generation. Today, Calligaris is present in over 70 countries around the world including major cities such as Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Moscow, Shanghai, New York, Washington and of course, London.

Dining calligaris Calligaris seatingWhilst they have their roots firmly planted in their Italian heritage, this is a brand that works well in the UK. The clean lines, smart design, and quirky styling makes it a perfect fit for a British home.

With chairs at the heart of what they do, I’ve taken their very popular Parisienne dining chair and styled it, both in my home and in the countryside where I live.

Calligaris chair interior Calligaris parisienne aquamarine chairThe Parisienne chair is entirely  made of polycarbonate, lightweight and stackable. Available in abundance of different colours, I’ve chosen aquamarine as it’s a great fit for my home, and I’m just drawn to anything green and blue at the moment. I’m a big fan of mixing the old with the new, so putting this at my old, charity shop dressing table is the perfect combination, and I think it looks fabulous. I just love the way it picks up the light, reflecting it beautifully, yet allowing the eye to see through to the furniture beyond.

The Parisienne chair is also suitable for outdoor use. So of course, what better way to showcase its style, class and contemporary design than by the water.

Chair outdoors Parisienne chairThis lake is just a mile or so from my house, along a country path, which was the best setting for taking a few pictures of the chair in the great outdoors. Just look how stunning it appears against the bridge and the winding pathway below.

Calligaris Parisienne chairI think it’s safe to say that Calligaris has firmly landed in the UK.

If you want to find out more about the Parisienne Chair you can do so HERE. It currently retails from around £156.

What do you think of the Calligaris style?

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. becky
    May 3, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Oh that is a lovely chair isn’t couldn’t fail to feel happy in that chair!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      May 3, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Absolutely Becky, thank you.

  2. Carole King
    May 3, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    That aquamarine is a lovely colour choice Jen and it looks fab in your bedroom. I’m just trying to imagine you out in the country with a blue chair under your arm LOL. x

    • Jen Stanbrook
      May 3, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      It was quite a morning actually Carole lol, definitely got some funny looks 🙂

  3. karen jones
    May 3, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Oh be still my beating heart ! That chair is divine ! Love the colour ! (did I just say that ) x

    • Jen Stanbrook
      May 5, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Haha, well there’s hope for you yet Karen! 😉

  4. Cate
    May 4, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Beautiful and stylish, it looks like a classic with a contemporary twist! X

  5. Katy
    May 5, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Love the colour of the chair and it looks perfect at your lovely dressing table. That design looks like it would be very comfortable, too x

  6. Arianna
    May 5, 2016 / 11:41 am

    Love the look of that chair and beautifully styled. I’m impressed you took it out for a walk in the country! The things us bloggers do hey?! 😉 xxx

  7. Eve
    May 12, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Mixing old-fashioned furniture and modern architecture/style is something I am Up for with both my hands. All you need is a little bit of imagination and there you go. Great pictures btw.

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