Welcome to the Essential Home Press Office
Welcome to the Essential Home Press Office
Essential Home is the epitome of bohemian retro design. Its mid-century modern lines merge from important historical references from the ‘30s and 60’s. The harmony of masculine and feminine, classic and contemporary, high and low, is integral to the brand’s sense of style. The brand deals with different, intimate and cosy ambiances that express elegance and luxury. Conveyed by the use of high quality materials, Essential Home pieces have a mid-century modern signature that makes it irresistible to us all. Essential Home gets its inspiration from anywhere really. It can be on the sleek lines of a futuristic chair, retro ads that defined a generation, classic and iconic movie stars and heartbreakers from the 60’s, you name it. Our products are a true combination of colours, matter and design. We intend to create time travels through a strong evocative connotation of the stunning era between the 30’s and 60’s. We want to create a sort of union between the past and present, delivering the perfect combination of contemporary and modern pieces.
CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC MANSION IN SAUDI ARABIA
This incredible mansion designed by Amal Qamber, founder of Atria Design studio, is located in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is a city known for its huge skyscrapers, strong sandstorms and high temperatures, due to the fact that it is located very close to the desert. When Amal designed this house, she took all these aspects into consideration, so that comfort was a detail that never failed, for this reason this house is built in stone and decorated with beautiful marbles, materials that are more resistant to high temperatures. In Saudi Arabia, the upper class community greatly values its culture and expresses it in luxury, eccentricity and gilding. As this house could be no exception, its grandeur is seen not only in its size, but also in its high ceilings, majestic entrance, the gold finishes, the patterns on the walls, and the luxury furniture that has been used. With this project, Amal intends to pass the message that "in design world we often get faced with seemingly impossible challenged but you always try and find a way to make it work and it is an endless learning process that never stops".
The dining room is on the right side of the entrance, a room that despite its neutral colors on the walls and floor is contrasting with the bold dark red and gold of Essential Home's Kerr and Patterson dining chairs. Kerr was inspired by six-time Oscar nominee Deborah Kerr, this unique dining chair in partnership with Masquespacio embraces the lead role in this fun and modern product selection due to its innovative shapes and multiple customization options. To complement it we have the Heritage dining table by Boca do Lobo with a beautiful hand-painted in the same tone as the chairs. Since glamour couldn't be missing and the room is spacious, we added a simple polished brass sideboard by Brabbu with a mirror to open up the space and reflect the wall covering on the other side. When it comes to decorative items, a more minimalist style was chosen, for that reason there are only a few plants to match the chairs and the underside of the table, which give a natural feel.
FORMAL LIVING ROOM
The formal living room was made with the purpose of welcoming guests without having to go into the living room where one privates with the family. The seating arrangement encourages intimate conversation, two large Marco armchairs from Essential Home were chosen accompanied by the fantastic Sherman sofa from Mid Century Club, Sherman is an homage to mid-century sofas, a touch of modernity, style and the same high quality materials and craftsmanship. Comfort is behind all of Sherman's design, but sophistication is the key word when looking at this mid-century piece. This sofa has a big presence in the space, accompanied by the Philip Center Table designed by Studiopepe for Essential Home, which makes for an inviting get-together. To add a more classic and glamorous touch to the room we have a service cabinet with a high-gloss green finish, the Divine Armoire by Koket.
The kitchen was designed based on functionality and the client's tastes. The preferred colors were black and white, so we see the contrast of the white cabinets with the black quartz countertops. Additionally, the green accessories bring some life to the kitchen. We also have a breakfast area with a large glass door that allows natural lighting, however a ceiling lamp, the Cosmo suspension by DelightFULL, was applied above the Vinicius dining table by Essential Home with the glass top, easy to clean, and with a beautiful black marble base that gives it a luxurious look.
The softer and calmer feeling evoked throughout the master bedroom set it apart from the rest of the home. The green décor gives you the sense of connection and a closer proximity to nature, leaving you with a profound peaceful sentiment. Composed by Essential Home’s furniture pieces such as the Zelda Daybed and Armchair, from the partnership with Studiopepe, their green tone and rounded shapes play beautifully with the prestigious side of this earthy palette space. Enhancing the luxury strand of the bedroom, the Perry Dining Chair and Kahn Nightstand with their somber and cooler tones are a premier addition to an already extremely marvelous division.
Night Fever Collection by Draga & Aurel
DRAGA & AUREL
Founded in 2007 in Como, Italy, Draga & Aurel is a multidisciplinary design studio, working in the field of furniture, textile and interior design. Draga Obradovic and Aurel K. Basedow boast a diverse background ranging from fashion to art and craftsmanship: thanks to their original methods, combined with an artistic approach to material and composition, Draga & Aurel are widely recognized for their clever reinvention of bespoke vintage design pieces. Their debut at the 2009 Salone del Mobile consecrated the couple on the international scene, creating the conditions for profitable collaborations with important international companies, including Baxter, Anthropologie, Wall&Decò, Visionnaire, and more recently Essential Home and DelightFULL. Draga and Aurel love to revisit different eras of design, as well as art, fashion, and film, and this collaboration with Portuguese brands Essential Home and DelightFULL, which celebrate mid-century design, was the perfect opportunity to do so. Together, they developed the “Night Fever” product collection that pays homage to the 1970s and 1980s, a time when the most dynamic and forward-thinking thinkers and designers from around the world were present
"Our connection with the brand was immediate. There was a beautiful energy and a perfect fit with our style right away. It was like playing the same music together Draga & Aurel"
NIGHT FEVER COLLECTION
While designing the new Essential Home and DelightFULL collection, Draga & Aurel drew inspiration from the late Seventies to Eighties—an era that brought together some of the most dynamic and avant-garde thinkers and makers across the world. Draga & Aurel have created a mix of patterns, materials, colors, shapes, and textures that express the desire to somehow break free from the superstructures, process the sentiments of a past time, and bring back something beautiful to behold and contemplate. In particular, the collection pays homage to the nightclubs of those years, which became a symbol of free expression, creativity, hedonism, rebellion, and emancipation from mainstream culture. It was an encounter between different minds and souls under the glittering lights of the dance floor.
ARMCHAIR, SOFA & MODULAR SOFA
The Greek word “XENOS” means ‘stranger’ or ‘rare’ and denotes the chemical element that can add very special and strong colors to light. Xenon was also a nightclub in Times Square, New York, popular from the late Seventies among the NYC “fashion crowd” and celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, and Elton John. It was style meeting creativity, just like the Xenon low modular sofa and armchair, pouf, and various elements that allow various compositions to be created for a very relaxing living area.
ARMCHAIR, SOFA & MODULAR SOFA
ELO is pure rhythm. It was conceived listening (and dancing) to the sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra, the infamous British band of the 70s, an explosive mix of glam, hard-rock and orchestral melodies. This modular sofa and armchairs embody all the strength of that music and the hedonism of an Era of new freedoms.
Qube sofa recalls the elements of the homonymous discotheque in Rome, one of the “cathedrals” of the Italian nightlife: industrial yet minimalist style, revised with a futuristic and high-tech touch. This modular sofa is also a subtle invitation to conviviality, it is furniture defining the space (and becoming a new space of living), the place to encounter one, two or many people.
Dress as though your life depends on it” was the motto behind the dress code at Taboo, the night organized by performance artist and fashion designer Leigh Bowery at the Maxwell Club, London, in 1985. His transformative looks have remained in history like the extravaganza of that event, which redefined what nightlife looked like. At the same time, the Taboo items give side tables new significance and a prominent role as the protagonists of the room.
We like the idea of connecting these back-printed glass tops with color pools to dip and dive into. As the fashion crowd used to dive, in the golden age of Paris nightlife, into the most iconic nightlife spots, the place-tobe for artists, designers, musicians, and creatives from around the world. Those tables celebrate the joie de vivre and the pleasure of indulging in some frivolity and “caprice” in life
Roxy is one of those high-stepping names with plenty of moxie. The glam rock band Roxy Music is one of Draga’s favorites and Roxanne by The Police is a song she loves. As well as the club. Symbol of the London punk scene in the late Seventies, the Roxy provided a platform for bands such as The Clash, The Police, and Siouxsie and the Banshees that made the history of music. Those eclectic vibes inspired the creative process behind the Roxy chairs.
Maxime table pays homage to Maxime Gaillard, the name behind a little bistro in Paris opened in 1890’s that became a legendary spot of Paris nightlife. Living the peak of its glory a century afterwards, in the 1980s, when it was owned by the visionary designer Pierre Cardin, Maxim’s has been receiving the finest of French elite all along its history.
ARMCHAIR & STOOL
The word “Nepenthe’’ first appears in the fourth book of Homer’s Odyssey, meaning ‘No pain, no sorrow’. It’s also the name of one of the symbols of Milan’s nightlife in the Eighties: the Nepentha Club has always hosted crews of models, actors, and musicians, becoming a point of reference for the so-called “Milano da bere”. The Nepentha armchair and pouf are inspired by those glamorous nights
A piper is an itinerant musician who plays the pipe. It’s also the name of The Piper Club, which wrote the history of nightlife in Rome, becoming one of the Italian capital’s most important venues and the epicenter of its club scene. This “cult” place, which defined the trends of the Sixties, Seventies, and beyond, inspired Draga & Aurel in the design of their Piper chairs.