living roomIndustrial Dining Room, Milan
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There are so many things that are successful about this particular dining room. But for me that tree introduces a simply fabulous color and texture.
A large bonsai in a dining room, which appears to be a formal upright bald cypress, gives the impression of dining in the forest. The art of bonsai began in China more than 1,000 years ago; the word bonsai means “tree in a tray.” The Japanese adopted the practice through Zen Buddhism, through which the art was modified and refined. At first, bonsai trees were found only in Buddhist monasteries, but bonsai became an art enjoyed by nobility before finding its way to the general public.
A great combination of details makes for a very interesting backdrop for dining. The Venetian-inspired walls in salmon pink are a great contrast to the modern furniture, including the tansu-style sideboard. Notice the spectacular bonsai near the window.
The dining room walls were inspired by the case cantoniere [keeper's cottages] typical of the Italian railways," Dellatorre says. "They have the characteristic red color. In this case, I simulated a broken plaster, as if it had been ruined by time."
The wall treatment gives this space a weathered charm that works well with the drama and elegance of the furniture.
Look at other shades of reds for a completely different look. This lovely dining room uses a muted shade of red in the painted wall treatment, adding to the inviting and understated Old-World feeling. The long table, high-backed dining chairs and Murano glass chandelier add the necessary glamour to this concrete room.
This is the type of room where the addition of a green plant can make all the difference. Against the exacted lines of the table and chairs, and the textural concept of the walls and artwork, the organic quality of the plant brings literal and figurative life to the space.