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How to buy high quality Italian furniture ten useful tips

Buying high quality Italian furniture can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a complex undertaking if you don’t have an interior designer who takes care of your project and a trusted supplier that helps you to select.

Here are some useful tips to help you choose and buy high-end Italian furniture.

1. List of needs

Amura Palmo

Amura: Palmo

Before shopping, make a list of the furniture you want. This way you can focus on priorities and select the furniture that best meets your needs. The list helps you a lot during the selection phase, so don’t underestimate it!

2. Design that fits your style

Sovet: Arkos

When choosing furniture, make sure it fits your style. Italian decor is known for its elegant and sophisticated design, so choose furniture that fits your personal preferences. There are many different styles to choose from, you will surely find the right one for you.

3. Space

MisuraEmme: Palo Alto

Before buying a piece of furniture, measure the space where it is to be placed and make sure you have adequate space to be able to use it.

For example, if you have to buy a wardrobe, you need to leave a free area in front of it, to allow the doors and drawers to open without problems. For chairs, sofas, and armchairs, make sure the furniture you choose fits the size of your space and that people can sit comfortably.

4. Functionality

Roberti: Atollo Day Bed

When choosing furniture, consider its functionality and usefulness. You can select products with a refined design that offer a perfect combination of functionality and aesthetics. This is a good way to enjoy your home and surprise your guests at the same time.

5. Materials

Riva 1920: Craftsmanship

High-end Italian furniture is known for the very high quality of the materials used. To choose products that will last a long time, also make sure that the furniture is well made and well assembled.

6. Colors and fabrics

Giorgetti: Production

Choose colors and fabrics that suit your environment. The best Italian manufacturers use high quality padding and the skilful use of materials such as leather and velvet have made Italian furniture famous all over the world. So, in addition to the colors you like, also choose upholstery that fits your lifestyle.

7. Variants

Secolo: Pingu X Side Table

You must follow this advice very carefully, because it’s really important!

Many furnishing products are available in different variants, so carefully evaluate the different solutions, dimensions and finishes. These characteristics are very often decisive, not only for the aesthetics, but also for the price.

When making comparisons between different variations of the same product or between different suppliers, always be sure to dig into the product details.

8. Brands

Choose only Italian furniture manufacturers and suppliers you can trust.

At Salbini we select the best furniture brands that guarantee high quality materials, workmanship and construction. We also ensure that the company choices of the producers respect the best environmental sustainability procedures. Natural resources are not infinite and it is our duty to take care of the earth.

9. Get ahead of the times

Salbini: Shipping warehouse

Decide precisely when you need the furniture and start the selection right away. In this way you will not have to settle for the availability of the local retailer’s warehouse, and you will be able to have a wider choice, as happens with us at Salbini. You can even have a bespoke product made just for you!

Furthermore, if you decide to import the furniture directly from Italy, consider the time required for shipping, delivery and assembly.

10. Budget

miniforms: Botera Sofa

miniforms: Botera Sofa

Before buying, plan your budget and keep in mind the price of high quality Italian furniture. There are many options available, so choose furniture that fits your budget and meets your needs.

In summary

Purchasing high-quality Italian furniture takes research and planning. Make sure you choose reliable manufacturers, invest in quality, consider functionality, respect the environment and plan your budget.

By following these tips, you will be able to buy high-end Italian design furniture that perfectly suits your needs and style.

Cover image: Longhi Cohen

Lighting is essential to create the right atmosphere in every room of the house. With the use of technology there are so many ways to light up your home intelligently.

Using technology for home lighting offers many benefits, including a more comfortable, safe and efficient experience.

In this video we talked about it with the Lighting Designer Filippo Cannata, who explained the importance of using technology for home lighting.

Home lighting technology

Technology has revolutionized the way we manage lighting in the home, providing numerous opportunities to improve energy efficiency and comfort.

Thanks to the use of LED lamps, motion sensors and remote control systems, it is possible to create the perfect atmosphere in any room.

Energy saving

The use of home lighting technology generates great energy savings. LED lamps consume much less energy than traditional light bulbs. Additionally, smart lighting systems can be programmed to automatically turn off the lights when there are no people in a room, further reducing energy consumption.

Remote control

Another great advantage of using technology for home lighting is the ability to control the lights remotely.

For example, smart lighting systems allow you to control the lighting using a mobile application or voice assistant. With a simple touch you can turn on, adjust or turn off the lights in any room. This is especially useful when you’re away from home.

Personalization and importance of a well-lit environment

Home lighting is an important aspect of home comfort, influencing people’s mood, productivity and health.

With smart lighting systems you can customize the lighting of every room in your home according to your preferences. For example, you can choose between different color temperatures to create the right atmosphere at any time of day or according to the activity you are doing, such as reading, watching TV or relaxing. Plus, you can program the lights to turn on gradually in the morning, simulating the natural sunrise, to help you wake up naturally.

Safety

Using home lighting technology can increase the safety of your home. You can schedule lighting systems to turn on and off at regular intervals, giving the impression that someone is always home and reducing the risk of theft or break-ins. Additionally, some smart lighting systems can be integrated with security systems to automatically turn on lights when motion is detected on your property.

Benefits for you

Ultimately, using technology for home lighting offers many benefits, from saving energy to customizing the lighting to your preferences. Additionally, smart lighting systems can increase the safety of your home.

If you are looking for a way to improve the lighting in your home, the Cannata/Salbini partnership offers our customers the possibility of essentially relying on a “genius” who takes care of every detail of the lighting project.

Perfect hob Guide to choosing between gas, electric and induction for your kitchen

Cooking is an art that requires passion and dedication. Modern technology has simplified many daily tasks, but cooking still requires a certain degree of attention and knowledge. In particular, the choice of hob is essential to obtain the desired result.

There are three main hob types to choose from: gas, electric and induction. In this how-to article, we’ll explore the differences between these three types of hobs and provide useful tips to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Gas hob

Bosch: Series 6 PPS9A6B90

The gas hob has long been the undisputed king of home kitchens. Its ability to precisely control the flame makes it an ideal choice for professional cooks and experienced homemakers alike. An open flame is also the best way to get the perfect crust on a steak or to toast peppers.

However, gas hobs require maintenance and attention. Stove cleaning is important to prevent food residue from burning, and setting the flame perfectly can be difficult for beginners.

Electric hob

Siemens: iQ300 ET875FCP1D

Thanks to their flat and smooth surface, electric hobs are easy to clean and handle. Also, electric hobs are generally cheaper than gas and induction hobs.

However, they are not very popular and there are few models available on the market. Also, only the newer and more expensive electric hobs take less time to reach the desired temperature and allow for more precise temperature control.

Electric hobs require the use of special pans.

Induction hob

Gaggenau: Series 400 VI492105

The induction hob is the most innovative and modern choice for your kitchen. Its advanced technology allows the pan to be heated quickly without heating up the hob surface, making it safe and energy efficient.

Furthermore, the temperature control is highly precise and the hob cools down quickly when switched off, making it ideal for busy kitchens or where children are present.

However, induction cooktops may require special induction-compatible cookware and are generally more expensive than gas and electric cooktops.

Tips for choosing the right hob

Choosing the right hob depends on your specific needs. However, there are a few factors to consider when choosing the perfect hob for your kitchen. Here are some useful tips:

  • Consider your cooking style: if you are an avid cook who likes to control the flame, the gas hob may be the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a cheaper and easier to use option, an electric hob could be ideal.
  • Evaluate energy efficiency: if you’re concerned about energy usage, an induction cooktop may be your best choice. Thanks to its advanced technology, it heats the pot directly, avoiding heat dispersion and making it very energy efficient.
  • Consider your budget: the cost of cooktops varies widely, so it’s important to consider your budget when making your choice. Gas cooktops are generally more expensive than electric cooktops, but less expensive than induction cooktops.
  • Evaluate the space available: if you have a small kitchen, an induction hob may be the best choice. Thanks to its advanced technology, it cools down quickly when turned off, making it ideal for small, busy kitchens.

Conclusion

Choosing the right hob for your kitchen can seem like a difficult decision, but by assessing your specific needs and considering the factors mentioned above, you can make an informed choice. Whether you prefer the flame control of a gas hob or the energy efficiency of an induction hob, you’re sure to find the ideal solution for your kitchen.

Now you can buy your new hob. If you need more information, ask our team for advice. We are always happy to help!

Cover image: Bosch induction hob

“Wood is a natural, noble and elegant material, suitable for various locations and different styles.”

To talk about it, we asked Marco Merolla, Sales Manager for Itlas and Expert in Wood Floors and Claddings for Salbini, who has been working in the wooden floor industry for twenty years.

Marco Merolla

“With its many qualities, timber floor improve life inside any home.”

If you want to buy a wood floor, you should first have a precise idea of the type you need

“All products are aesthetically pleasing, but it is important that you choose the product with the best technical features for your home.”

Itlas: “Tavole del Piave”

Don’t worry about maintenance and cleaning.

You’ll just have to use any vacuum cleaner and wash it with a little water and a neutral detergent.

“So, enjoy its comfort and forget about anything else!”

The Floating Kitchen: between lightness and design

The kitchen is where your day begins.

Where you meet your family and talk about each other. It’s the place where you host friends for dinner; sometimes it’s where anniversaries are celebrated.

A contemporary way to furnish it is the floating kitchen.

A floating kitchen is highly advisable if you wish to create a light and coordinated setting in your open space.

Modulnova: Twenty Resina

If you want to install a floating kitchen, you should consider the services running through the walls and the solidity of the weight-bearing wall, since you’ll need L-shaped steel support profiles. On the other hand, if you aren’t working on a bearing wall, some kitchen models will require extra feet, as additional weight support.

A kitchen can be wholly or just partially floating, ‘cause it’s possible to mix suspended base and columns: that means that all or just some bases do not touch the floor, guaranteeing maximum customization.

Cesar: Unit

In any way, take note that designing your floating kitchen will be much easier during a renovation.

A floating kitchen is not for everyone yet. So let’s go and see the main pros and cons of this choice.

Among the disadvantages is a small storage space, so if you are looking for practicality and capacity, we suggest a traditional kitchen.

The floating kitchen is for you, if you don’t require too much storage and love innovative design.

As for the cons, we must also say that a floating kitchen is more difficult to assemble, so rely on professionals in the industry for this service.

The appliances will have to be suspended and everything must be designed in detail. The fixing must be very careful and functional, having to support different weights.

Last but not least, the choice of dishwashers for floating kitchens is at the moment limited to few models.

Bosch: Series 6 compact built-in dishwasher

But a great advantage in choosing a floating kitchen is that it’s very easy to clean, as the bases do not touch the floor. Another pro is that any underfloor heating will be exploited to its full potential.

In summary, the main feature of floating kitchens is the sense of lightness

So, if you are tired of the classic floor-standing kitchens and want to stand out, this could easily be the right choice for you.

Special tips

Beautiful to live in and to show off, we suggest installing LEDs under the cabinets.

Furthermore, many of our Partners allow for the personalization of their collections. This means that even if a model is not represented as a floating kitchen, it is possible to make it bespoke for you.

Cover image: Twenty Resina Kitchen by Modulnova

Voltage for appliances

There are different voltages in homes around the world. To adapt to different markets, manufacturers can produce appliances with dedicated voltages for different countries, creating confusion for buyers who intend to purchase appliances from international distributors

With this guide we clarify and help you choose the best solution for your home.

Where to find the wattage of the appliance

You can usually find the wattage of most appliances stamped on the bottom or back of the appliance, or on its “nameplate”. The wattage listed is the maximum power drawn by the appliance. If the wattage is not listed on the appliance, you can still estimate it by finding the current draw (in amperes) and multiplying that by the voltage used by the appliance.

What type of electrical voltage is used in your country?

Before buying electrical appliances, you need to know what type of electrical voltage is used in your country and what type of adapter or plug is needed to plug your appliances into the outlet.

Voltage in America, Australia, Europe and other parts of the world

Most electrical appliances made for use in the U.S. work at 115 volts, most of North and South America, the Caribbean and Japan also use 110-voltage electricity, while Europe and other parts of the world have 220-volt electrical outlets. 

Generally, in the States, the common voltage connection in homes is 110-120VAC (Volts Alternating Current). While other parts of the world use 220-240VAC as the standard power supply connection for residences.

Electrical current is supplied domestically throughout Australia at 230/240volts, 50 hertz.

Simmonds House
Appliances installed in a customer’s home in Sydney, Australia. Find out more about the project.

The Plug Type I

Australia, as well as New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Argentina uses the Plug Type I, which is the plug that has three flat pins in a triangular pattern.

The Australian plug also works with sockets in China.

All the appliances you buy on our website will work in Australia, as they all operate at a range of 220v-240v 50Hz.

Use of Plug Type I in the world. Source: International Electrotechnical Commission

Will 240V appliances work in my country?

The primary concern revolves around whether or not 240V appliances will operate in residences and what are the steps required to allow proper operation. 

The solution is very simple.

To use 240V appliances with a standard 110V household voltage (Example: USA), a special connection must be installed in the house.

Your appliance connection will use either the range of 110-120VAC or 220-240VAC. Some appliances can run dual voltage, but most do not, so you must use the correct corresponding voltage, otherwise you risk damaging your appliance.

Recently, there have been an increase with using 230V appliances and equipment, the standard has been used in a broader market all over the world with the accommodation of an adapter or connection plug. For the most part, higher voltage means more power, which in turn, is capable of a more rigorous performance

In order to use higher or lower rated voltage that does not match your output, you will need to equip a transformer to either step up or step down in power supply.

Buying on salbini.com

Appliances sold on our shop all operate at a range of 220v-240v 50Hz according to European standards, so they will work in Europe, in Australia and in all the countries that have a range of 220-240v. 

For all other countries with lower voltage it will be enough to take the necessary steps and they will work perfectly.

Credits: Cover Photo Pixabay

How to create lighting for the different rooms of the house?

We talk about it with Filippo Cannata, international Lighting Designer, who explains how to manage the light inside and outside the houses.

Filippo Cannata

All the rooms of the house are micro-worlds in which life unfolds.”

Benefits for you

The Cannata / Salbini partnership offers our customers the opportunity to rely essentially on a “genius” who takes care of every detail of the project for what concerns lighting.

To create a harmonious project it is necessary for the designer-architect to involve all the professionals who must be part of it from the very beginning.

The collaboration between architect / interior designer and lighting designer

In this video interview we talked about it with the Lighting Designer Filippo Cannata, who has been collaborating for over thirty years in the realization of residential, commercial, urban and hospitality projects in various countries.

Cannata explains how the lighting project also begins with the architectural project.

In fact, light is a fundamental element of architecture and interior design, which is why it must be designed when the idea for the project is born.

Filippo Cannata

Light becomes the language through which architecture and interior design are expressed, to which the client’s identity is added”.

Benefits for you

The Cannata / Salbini partnership offers our customers the opportunity to rely essentially on a “genius” who takes care of every detail of the project for what concerns lighting.

Customs duties and taxes

Duties and taxes are imposed to protect national revenue and safeguard local industry. Almost all shipments crossing international borders are subject to duty and tax assessment, with customs officials basing this on information provided on the commercial invoice and other relevant documents.

When do you need to pay customs duties and taxes?

Payment to the authorities must be met before the shipments are released from customs

Australia

Things you buy over the Internet have the same duties applied as any other import.

For goods with a value of AUD 1000 or less, there are generally no duties, taxes or charges to pay at the border,

For goods with a value over AUD 1000, you will need to fill out an import declaration and pay duties, taxes and charges at the border.

GST is payable on most goods imported into Australia.The GST payable is 10% of the value of the taxable importation. Generally, GST is payable before the goods are released by Home Affairs. If you are an importer and are registered for GST, you may be able to defer the payment of GST by participating in the deferred GST scheme.

United States

Import duty and taxes are owed when importing goods into the United States, whether by a private individual or a commercial entity.

The valuation method is FOB, which means that the import duty and taxes payable are calculated exclusively on the value of the imported goods. Duty rates vary from 0 to 37.5 percent, with a typical duty rate about 5.63 percent.

Goods must be declared for entry into the U.S. within 15 days of arrival or prior to leaving a bonded warehouse or foreign trade zone. The importer of record declares the transaction value of the goods and country of origin, along with other information. The declarations must include an invoice and packing list (or equivalent) listing all goods.

CBP then assesses duty, which must be paid by the importer of record before goods can be released. Many importers participate in a voluntary self-assessment program with CBP.

Korea 

Korea has a flat 10 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on all imports and domestically manufactured goods. A special excise tax of 10-20 percent is also levied on the importation of certain luxury items and durable consumer goods.

Tariffs and taxes must be paid in Korean Won within 15 days after goods have cleared Customs

Asia

Generally, all goods entering Singapore are subject to a 7% GST on imported goods. This import fee is applicable for items which have a total value of SG$400 and above.

The taxable value is calculated based on its Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value and all other duties and tax charges.

In 2021, the Singapore government announced that low-value goods bought online will also be subjected to GST from 1 January 2023.

Importing through Salbini

On our site and in our quotes, prices don’t include GST and customs duties, being a tax that you don’t need to pay us.

In fact, we are exporters, not importers.

These import duties and taxes are paid by the buyer / importer upon arrival of the goods in their country.

The Salbini team offers the buyer all the assistance and information necessary to complete the procedures.

New Lighting Design service thanks to the collaboration with Filippo Cannata.

Filippo Cannata

We are very proud to introduce our brand new partnership with Filippo Cannata, an international awarded lighting designer, very well known across industry for his expertise, know-how and human values, with over 30 years of experience in lighting design for homes, museums, theaters, hotels, restaurants, airports and subways in many different countries.

Benefits for you

The Cannata / Salbini partnership offers our customers the opportunity to rely essentially on a “genius” who takes care of every detail of the project for what concerns lighting.