Michael Amini, the creative and business force behind AICO Furniture, has an obvious flair for the dramatic. His furniture designs over time have consistently proven to be industry leaders in the fashion-forward industry of home décor. He is not subtle…instead, he uses oversize design elements, unusual materials, and fashion concepts that other furniture designers would not dare contemplate. This is what makes him so popular...what he does is simply not available anywhere else.
His partnership with Jane Seymour on several collections has only reinforced his position as an industry leader. Their most popular group has literally taken the furniture industry by storm…the indubitable Hollywood Swank, now featured in Architectural Digest and other high-end fashion publications. Nobody else has married “bling” to classic design like the team of Amini and Seymour. Their bedroom group must be one of the most popular in the country. Certainly when our customers come into our store, this is the very first bedroom they gravitate to. The bed features a wing shaped headboard that is adorned with a crystal button tufted upholstery, unique drawer fronts, and a swivel lingerie chest that makes it a showcase piece for any home. The finishes (Metallic Graphite, Creamy Pearl, Pearl Caviar, and Platinum) of the collection are enhanced by the alligator vinyl wraps, such as the dark “Amazing Gator”, “Crystal Croc” or “Black Iguana”)
The newest High Point Market introductions include a combination of Michael Amini original designs and several collections that build upon his collaboration with Jane Seymour. One of the most dynamic groups in this latter category is the Beverly Boulevard Collection, a striking contemporary contrast of colors and materials. It is a West Coast post-modernist fantasy, but accessible in its ability to blend in certain pieces to existing Amini collections.
We will be presenting the new Beverly Boulevard Collection on line at Carolina Rustica within the next week, and like so many of the other collaborative groups, we are positive it is going to generate a lot of interest. The other new Amini/Seymour introductions include Overture, an eye-popping collection featuring ultra-modern materials, and Cosmopolitan, a worldly-inspired collection with a rich wood tone, subtle designs, and a moderate scale. We have ordered floor placements for both of these collections. Also forthcoming is Wembley Estate and Tuxedo, the latter being another contemporary-inspired grouping that will blend with a number of AICO modern stylings.
We will also be featuring online the best of the Toledo Platinum Collection, an upholstery grouping that has gorgeous flowing lines, a large scale with configurable options that includes a sensual sectional and ottoman grouping that beckons you to relax!
Of course, the most popular groupings also continue to grow with us here at Carolina Rustica, such as the AICO Cortina Collection, which occupies a large part of our floor, and the Villa Valenzia group. Both of these furniture collections are large scale. They demand a space of significant proportion in order to be truly appreciated. They also create a sense of security and well-being….imagine curling up in the monstrous AICO Villa Valencia canopy bed, with its towering, massive columns and intertwining sculpture…it is truly a masterpiece of construction and design, a majestic piece of furniture that we have found with no other suppliers. It is one of AICO’s most expensive groups, since it uses many different elements and combines stone with wood in a Classic Chestnut finish, but it also continues to be a best-seller. Critics who thought that the scale was simply too grand are now reconsidering this best-seller!
The Cortina bedroom is an Amini furniture design that also shares some of that large scale, but it is more flowing and features a gentle Honey Walnut finish. The Cortina Sleigh Bed is also on our floor and it gets tremendous response…the striking design flows in a gentle arch, to cradle you in its embrace. It is a solid collection with lots of detailing, including stone detailing on the headboard and stone tops on many of the bedroom pieces.
There are so many other wonderful AICO furniture groups to choose from…as one of the most dynamic and innovative designer, Michael Amini continues to build his global presence with furniture collections that exude an upscale, dynamic lifestyle. And after all, doesn’t that describe you?