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Issue 60 - The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

Issue 60

The Kitchen and Bathroom Issue

HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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Materiality, three ways: The art of outdoor upholstery with Talenti
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Materiality, three ways: The art of outdoor upholstery with Talenti

Talenti, a celebrated name in luxury outdoor furniture, embraces the transformative potential of upholstery through multi-material collections that celebrate craftsmanship, storytelling and the Mediterranean legacy of alfresco lifestyle.


Talenti, the renowned Italian design house based in Umbria, embraces a philosophy where creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship seamlessly intertwine. With the rich cultural legacy of the Mediterranean as the brand’s backdrop, Talenti’s developed a unique design language – one that effortlessly blends the boundary between indoors and the outdoors, establishing a continuous relationship with the natural world. Leveraging its commitment to functionality, bold exploration and technological innovation to enhance a harmonious connection with nature, Talenti creates high-end modular solutions that celebrate individuality and thrive in any outdoor environment.

Casilda Collection

Material selection has always played a pivotal role in Talenti’s designs. Carefully selected textiles coalesce with exquisite shapes, yielding luxurious outdoor furnishings that are both stunning and versatile. Talenti’s recent collections shine a spotlight on this transformative potential of upholstery. From the minimalist elegance of the Casilda collection to the nautical narrative of the Cruise, Talenti’s ranges showcase a triptych of distinct upholstery styles – each a nuanced exploration of texture and form.

Cruise Aluminium Collection

Finding softness amongst rigid geometry

Designed by Ramon Esteve, the Casilda collection challenges the traditional notion of outdoor upholstery – here, it is not merely an accessory, but the defining feature.

The rigid geometry of clean lines and industrial, powder-coated steel frame creates a minimalist backdrop for the expressive softness of the upholstery. Accentuated by the fabric straps, the large padded cushions become the wonderfully dominant feature, placing comfort and sensual experience at the heart of these elegant designs.

Reflecting Talenti’s commitment to functionality, the collection’s modular nature allows for endless configurations and bespoke seating arrangements that can evolve with the changing needs of outdoor spaces, while the signature quick-dry foam ensures luxurious comfort in any weather conditions.

Cruise Aluminium Collection

In reimagining the rudimentary proportions of conventional outdoor furniture, the collection emphasises the role of upholstery in creating sophisticated sanctuaries where comfort and tactile pleasure reign supreme, while soft materiality and geometric design intertwine.

Multi-materiality and the juxtaposition of textural exploration

Carlo Colombo’s Tressé collection embraces upholstery as a means of textural exploration – the refined eco-woven leather, reminiscent of Bottega Veneta’s iconic designs, intermingles with plush cushions, blurring the lines between natural and luxurious.

This unexpected combination of high fashion and outdoor functionality achieves an intriguing fusion of refinement and subtle edginess to the arena of outdoor furniture. Reminiscent of Bottega’s signature ‘intrecciato’ design style, Tressé’s stunning textural juxtaposition of fine, man-made leather and padded seats is further enhanced by the confidence of tubular aluminium frames, creating a striking visual aesthetic that highlights the bold intentionality of materials on display.

Tressé Collection

Upholstery as vehicle for synergy and storytelling

In the Venice and Cruise collections, upholstery transcends its functional role to become a storytelling device.

In Venice, a collaborative collection by Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba, teak wood, synthetic rope, and weather-resistant fabrics weave a serene narrative loosely inspired by Venice canals. Evoking the contours of boats on the watercourse, the alluring oversized soft cushioned seats are supported by inconspicuous solid wooden bases, as if they were weightlessly floating. From there, akin to handcrafted railings of a boat, the back and armrests emerge in a textural celebration of an elevated, yet romantic aesthetic.

Venice Collection

Shifting proportions and employing symbolic elements like rope wraps and tartan or cordonetto patterns, this multi-material collection highlights upholstery as a device with immense potential for synergy and storytelling.

Created by the same design duo, the Cruise is yet another collection that explores the power of visual storytelling through upholstery. Available in both teak and aluminium, the collection echoes the sleek lines of luxury yachts and coastal escapes. Braided nautical ropes, used as a textural accent throughout the collection, establish a sense of understated cohesion, while exploring the visual symbolism of maritime tradition.

The collection’s luxurious and expensive pieces are elevated by the choice of fine, albeit hardy and weather-resistant materials. Through a harmonious fusion of refined textures, enduring materials and generous forms, the Cruise conveys the universal spirit of sea-bound travel – creating stunning synergy between the designs, the inspiration behind them, and the promise of outdoor living they strive to inspire.

Cruise Teak Collection

Talenti’s recent collections explore different aspects of upholstery to create luxuriously versatile, modular outdoor havens that seamlessly respond to the needs of their users, enhancing the connection with nature. And while the collections offer a distinct rendition on the potential of upholstery, they all have one thing in common – Talenti’s commitment to sustainability through the use of innovative, green materials. The brand’s innovative use of textures translates into enduring products engineered to stand the test of time – and enhance our connection to nature in the face of harsh weather conditions.

Through a tapestry of form, texture and storytelling that celebrates Italian craftsmanship and a harmonious blend of natural inspiration and cutting-edge design, Talenti’s multi-material, weather-resistant collections empower us to celebrate individuality, embrace change – and enjoy a more sustainable, luxurious, and fulfilling relationship with the world around us.


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HABITUS has always stood ahead of the rest with a dedicated Kitchen and Bathroom issue of exemplar standards. For issue 60 we have taken it up a notch with our Guest Editor the extraordinary, queen of kitchen design, Sarah-Jane Pyke of Arent&Pyke, speaking directly to Kitchen and Bathroom design with some increadable insights.

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