Marco Zanuso Mood boards

Marco Zanuso

I don’t usually get very excited about an armchair – but the style of this gorgeous Marco Zanuso chair is definitely giving me armchair envy!

To give you a little bit of history – In the late 1940’s Italian architect-designer Marco Zanuso collaborated with Italian manufacturing company Arflex.  What they named the Lady Armchair (1951), (shown below),  has now become an icon of modernist design.

Marco Zanuso

I found this beautiful velvet upholstered Marco Zanuso chair, being sold as a pair, on the website of Spanish company Pamono. They had a great selection on their website.  So a great place to look if you want to find already re-upholstered pieces.

Although never before being a fan of yellow, in interior design.  I have definitely started warming to this years strong, mustard tone.  After deciding on this colour, the next decision is choosing a Style.  Being torn between creating a striking contrast mood board or a more harmonious design – I really couldn’t decide. So, I thought, why not show you two very different ways that you could style your home.

The First Mood Board

styled with furniture by designer  Tom Faulkner


For the first board I have chosen a favourite designer of mine – Tom Faulkner.  I love the elegant and understated look of Tom’s designs.  Wanting to give a geometric feel to this mood board, I am using a mixture of curves and angled pieces from the collection.

My first choice, the Capricorn collection, is made from Steel and available in a wide range of finishes. The design is available as a dining, console or side table with lighting and candle sticks to match.  To bring in some geometric angles I have brought in the Phoenix mirror and Balzac side table.  I like the idea of mixing rather than matching the finishes for each piece.

Tom Faulkner Lamp

Capricorn Lamp

Tom Faulkner Pheonix mirror

Pheonix Mirror

Tom Faulkner Candle stick

Capricorn Candlestick

Tom Faulkner Table

Capricorn Table

Tom Faulkner Balzac side table

Balzac side table


The new zealand wool rug at Nest is a great inspiration for the overall colour pallet. I love the mix of greys, yellows and blush pink.  I used this to create a geometric background on the wall and it’s echoed in the cushion from Maison Popineau.

Nest Rug

Hay Rug from Nest

Maison Pompidou Cushion

Poesie Cushion from Maison Popineau

These elegant ceramics to are the work of artist  Penny Little and compliment the minimalist design beautifully. The delicate hand-formed vessels are filled with platinum lustre which reflects the light.  Each piece is free-formed from porcelain and unique in design.

Penny Little ceramic bowl

Penny Little ceramic

Penny Little ceramic bowl

Penny Little ceramic

The second Mood Board

styled with furniture by designer  Lee Broom

Lee-Broom-mood board

Now on to my second mood board – I loved the idea of putting this vivid yellow against the stark contrast of a black and white Optical theme.  Immediately, designer Lee Broom sprang to mind.  With great lighting from his Optical collection and a Split mirror which matches perfectly.

The table has layers of white Carrara and Marquina marble and acid yellow tinted glass sandwiched together.  The veins of the marble appearing through the glass give an interesting effect.  I love the quirky martini glasses with their Carrara marble bases.

Lee Broom console table

Acid marble console table

Lee Broom Optical lights

Optical lights

Lee Broom Split Mirror

Split mirror

Lee Broom cocktail glass

Cocktail glass

This Missoni cushion from Amara fits the theme perfectly.  With a side table from Davidson that had the right style compliment the design. The Bronson table has high gloss, white Lacquer tiers and slab legs in sycamore black.

Amara - Missoni Varberg cushion

Missoni Varberg cushion

Davidson - Bronson Table

The Bronson Table – Davidson

What a great discovery at Houseology – this amazing rug!  Looks as if it’s just made for the mood board.  Jonathan Adler also has some striking accessories along the black and white theme.  This box is one of my favourites – but you are totally spoilt for choice with trays, coasters and other accessories in the Op Art collection.

Eicholtz carpet Thistle Black rug

Houseology – Eichholtz Carpet Thistle Black

Jonathan Adler Box

Jonathan Adler – Op Art Lacquer box

So there you have it – one iconic chair and two designers.  Which Style do you prefer ?

I hope you are now inspired to create some unique designs for your own home.  For more ideas why not check out our mood board collection and some of our featured designer/makers.  You may also like to see Tom Faulkner featured on our Beauteous Botanical mood board or Lee Broom featured on our Summer Sorbet mood board.