Yearly Archives - 2017

LED lighting KONCEPT : a new look at modern LED lamps in Boston

City Schemes is proud to be the first furniture store in Massachusetts to display and offer to it’s customers a new LED lighting concept by California based  KONCEPT light manufacturer.

The company was established in 2002 and since then scored to it’s record 46 international design and manufacturing awards from all over the globe. The flagship model Z-BAR displayed in our Somerville, MA store as a floor lamp and as a desk lamp.

Also we display entire range of KONCEPT’s floor lamps. High quality, elegant unique design and modern look makes KONCEPT lighting a natural choice for City Schemes customer  s who demand the best.


Keeping The Workplace Clean For The Benefit Of Everyone

If you think about it, you spend more time at the office than at home. This is why companies make sure that they design the workspace with productivity and functionality in mind. This also means using comfortable and ergonomic furniture as much as possible. However, regardless of how beautiful a workspace is, it won’t really matter in the long run if it’s cluttered, disorganized, and unclean. There are plenty of benefits of working in a clean workspace and these are some of the most important ones.

Employees are Healthier

Employees are the lifeblood of a company. It is important that companies do their part in maintaining their employees’ good health and well-being. On most days, an in-house cleaning staff will be enough to maintain the cleanliness. However, companies should make it a point to get the office professionally cleaned at least twice a month to make sure all dust, grime, dirt, and possible allergens are eradicated. Hiring a commercial ceiling cleaner should help in reducing the spread of viruses and foul odors in a shared space.

Furthermore, a clean and tidy office will reduce the risk of accidents. According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics, “there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported by private industry employers in 2016.” The only way to avoid these accidents from happening is to make sure that a workplace is clean and well-maintained.

Employees are More Satisfied

There’s a reason why companies hire professional interior designers to layout and design a conducive and safe workspace – to ensure that employees and customers are happy and satisfied to be there. A company’s office is a reflection of the company’s image. Nowadays, companies heavily invest in modern and contemporary office furniture to make sure they make a great first and lasting impression on customers and at the same time, retain the satisfaction of their employees. After all, no one wants to work in a messy environment.

Assets are Preserved

Speaking of furniture and equipment, these things are expected to last years and years. But in order for that to happen, office furniture and equipment must be properly maintained. Carpets, tiles, and furnishings will also need to be regularly cleaned. This way, the company’s assets are preserved, and the company can avoid unnecessary replacement costs in the future.

The bottom line is, when employees are happy, they are more motivated and inspired and that equates to productivity. It’s the same thing with customers and business clients visiting the office. If they see that the office is well-maintained, organized, tidy, and everyone is moving efficiently, this gives an impression that the company values cleanliness in the workplace and shows that they truly care. 

Contemporary urban dining tables by SoHO Concept

Tables have played a role in interior décor for centuries. They act as a unit in the home to bring people together. Though practically every type of table can serve this purpose, the dining table is particularly meant for such a role. A dining table acts as a centerpiece to a room, when compared to other types tables, and so it has the most power when it comes to creating a space for family and friends to come together in comfort.

Dining tables are especially suited for this role in both size and design. The average size of a dining table makes it particularly perfect for a large group to come together and have enough space to be seated in a communal fashion without feeling like anyone’s personal space is being invaded.

Dining tables are also able to handle such a function in the home because, in today’s market, manufacturers incorporate a range of designs when creating dining tables. Such focus on style allows dining tables to act as an extension of one’s personality. When a dining table fits the owner’s particular preference it becomes more welcoming.

sohoConcept understands all the subtleties that come along with a dining table. They understand the importance of size, shape and design influences when it comes to creating a personalized and yet social atmosphere. The Tango Table with a white lacquer top captures the zeal around modern and contemporary styles with its color, slim base and circular shape. However, the Tango Table with wood fits more comfortably inside a cozy and casual setting, due to the warmth of its wood top.

Having become a major player in the manufacturing industry since its inception in 2000, sohoConcept’s main focus is on contemporary trends. Its lineup of products, whether chairs or dining tables, captures a wide range of tastes and guarantees customer satisfaction.

3 Tips To Make Your Basement Work for You

Although the basement isn’t usually included in the square footage of a property, it can still add value to the overall price of the property especially if the finishes are high, according to industry experts. This is enough motivation to turn that dingy old space into something more functional for the whole family to enjoy. Discover a few simple ways to make this happen.

It Can Be Done On A Budget  

There are a number of ways to turn that underground space into something that’s a little more appealing. One of the best ways to achieve this and still keep within a tight budget is to use what is already there. Basements that already have a fireplace fitted can make proper use of the feature as a focal point. Owners can also make use of the windows, no matter how small they are and treat them like art fixtures. If the basement has a cement floor, a simple layer of screeding goes a long way. Strategic lighting also goes far in a place previously considered dank and dark.

Use Paint to Its Full Potential

When paint is used right, it has the ability to transform a space without much else needed. An accent wall and the right tones make the word of difference. Those who have exposed brick in their basements can turn things up a notch by using the brick itself as an accent by choosing a paint that will enhance its rustic appeal. Painted floors are also making quite the comeback which is great news for those who don’t all the hassle of carpeting or laminate floor installations.

Clever Use of Accessories in Dead Spaces

Basements are notorious for having strange corners and areas that contain elements such as heating systems and storage. Once these areas are cordoned off behind dry-walling and closed doors, they create strange dead spaces that may feel out of place. These spaces can easily be transformed with some clever shelving and perhaps even cozy reading nooks. Wood paneling is another nice touch to add some ambiance to these areas.

No longer the dank and dark spaces they were before, basements are now coveted spaces for movie rooms, the man cave, and even a playroom for children. Those who work from home also have the opportunity to transform the space into a separate office area without encroaching on the rest of the house.

Modern and contemporary office chairs by SoHo Modern

Whether you have built a home office for yourself or go to a nine-to-five job at a run-of-the-mill corporate building, your workspace is an area meant for productivity. Such spaces are specifically designed in order to enhance your work output and keep you focused. This is why offices include units like a desk, a desktop and cabinets. Another piece of furniture that plays an important role in pushing productivity in the office space is the office chair.

An office chair sets itself apart from dining chairs and recliners in both style and features. To begin, most office chairs will have rollers at their base to allow people to have easy maneuverability. Other standard touches that an office chair will include are lumbar support and an adjustable seat. These factors help people move about their space with ease in order to work at a high level for long periods of time.

sohoConcept has made a name for itself since it was founded in 2000. It is a company that consistently proves its ability to create a balance between style and function, and its range of office chairs is proof of that. Take the Tulip Office Arm Chair with its elegant body that is softened by its curved arms. It is perfect for an office space that wants to keep in touch with the most up-to-date styles. For a more modern and colorful workspace, the Adam Office Chair will fit in comfortably with its bold shape and sharp lines.

sohoConcept has a deep understanding of today’s workforce and the different ways that an office space can be set up. The company knows just how important each little piece of furniture is to creating a space that enables a strong work ethic. It is also aware of the way that little personal touches of style can help people feel more relaxed and comfortable throughout the workday.

Contemporary dining chair by SohoConcept

Though chairs are not as essential as a bed or counter, they do play an extremely important role in the house. They provide any space with a sense of coziness, because they act as a welcoming tool, an invitation to make yourself comfortable in a home. Just try to imagine going to a friend’s home for dinner and finding the dining table without any chairs set about it. It would be difficult to feel welcomed into the home.

Despite chairs serving such a utilitarian function in the house, manufacturers create a broad lineup of styles. This is because chairs can, as they generally do, fit in a variety of settings. There are general styles that better conform to a dining set than they would to an office space. One can see that sohoConcept understands this by looking at the company’s wide range of dining chairs.

Founded in 2000, sohoConcept has become a renowned manufacturing company. Its focus is providing customers with clean-lined furniture made from the highest-quality materials, guaranteed to last a long time. This mission helps sohoConcept take on modern and contemporary styles. The straightforward designs allow the company to be bold with color patterns and create visually aggressive pieces of furniture.

Such design styles are on full display in sohoConcept’s lineup of modern dining chairs. The Prada Fully Upholstered Dining Chair features a curved back that contrasts heavily with its slim base, making it perfect for a modern setting. For a more contemporary space, the Polo Flat Dining Chair is perfect with its sleek frame and open body. Despite being able to make a statement with any of its products, sohoConcept can also provide more neutral pieces of furniture for a casual environment, such as the Polo Sled Dining Chair.

Livingroom Contemporary Sofas by SohoConcept BNT

Sofas capture the heart of the home. Even the most modern and trendy sofas inherently exude a sense of warmth. They are one of the primary pieces of furniture that help bring people together. Whether it is a couple trying to have an intimate moment or an entire gathering of friends, a sofa provides the space and comfort needed for these situations to go smoothly. Due to a sofa’s ability to handle so many different types of social situations, the style and size of your sofa can say a lot about you.

sohoConcept understands the different hints that a sofa can drop about its owner. A small two-seater sofa will suggest someone who is private and most likely does not have kids, while a sectional suggests someone who really enjoys being able to fully relax with friends or family.

In order to provide for the various tastes of its customer base, sohoConcept provides a diverse lineup of sofas. For a room that needs a touch of elegance, take a look at the Taxim Sectional Sofa with its buttoned seats and straight lines. The Laguna Sofa is the epitome of the contemporary age with its sleek body and slim legs. It proves the power of minimalist design. To add a special twist to your home, the curved body and unique contours of the Harmony Sofa will stand out in any space. No matter what style you are going for, sohoConcept has a design to fit your preference.

As a company that began in 2000 and has made a name for itself in less than 20 years, sohoConcept understands the trends of today’s society better than most companies. With a renowned team of designers, each of sohoConcept’s products showcases long-term durability, thanks to the use of high-quality materials and a clean-lined structure. Guarantee you’re satisfied with a sofa from sohoConcept.

A Clean Home With Dirty Air?

Cleaning products are a big business: according to Statista, their sales account for $61 billion in the US alone. You only have to look down the cleaning aisle of any grocery store to see a wide range of cleaning supplies, for everything from window cleaning to mould removal. Have you ever considered though, that the cleaning products you are using may actually be making the air in your home dirtier? 

Breathe It In 

We often think of air pollution as a problem that affects the outside world, and something we can do little about individually – cars that other people drive, factories, forest fires – all are outside our control. Furthermore, part from picking where you live carefully, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.  However, recent research suggests that indoor air pollution is a major problem, and that it may actually be the air inside our homes which is more harmful to us. 

An Inside Problem 

Every item we bring into our home that releases fumes can be particularly irritating to those who suffer from respiratory problems like asthma or skin sensitivities like eczema. We then often use cleaning products on them, which just compounds the problem and increases the levels of chemicals in our homes. 

A Natural Solution 

The easiest way to avoid indoor air pollution is to think carefully about what you bring into your home: whenever possible, buy items made from natural substances, which in general will off-gas much less than man-made chemicals. For example a leather chair will contain far fewer chemicals than one covered in an artificially manufactured acrylic fabric. When you do buy a new item of furniture try to air it outside for at least a few hours, or if you need to bring it straight inside then ensure the room is well-ventilated for a few days after purchase. 

Green Cleaning 

Choosing your cleaning supplies carefully can make a huge difference to the air quality in your home – there are ranges of natural and eco cleaners out there that are much better for both the environment and you.  However, make sure to read the labels carefully – the regulations around ‘natural’ labelling are quite lax, and products often contain synthetic chemicals. 

A better solution is to stick with nature’s cleaning supplies – hot soapy water and elbow grease are often the best cleaners around, and vinegar and baking soda will make most things gleam again, thanks to their natural cleansing properties. Additionally, air fresheners – contrary to their name – are actually a major indoor air polluter. A much better way to keep your home smelling fresh is to keep it well ventilated, or use an air purifier.  If you miss the ‘clean’ smell you used to get from your old air freshener, it may be worth trying an essential oil diffuser – they release a pleasant smell without all the harmful chemicals. 

There’s a limited list of things you can do to stop outside air pollution, but you can control what comes into your home. So, ensure your cleaning products are as natural as possible to keep the air in your home fresh and clean.

Living room chairs and loungers by W.Schillig

giuudita-54820-high-back-chair-by-w-schillig-newThough many people might initially overlook the importance of a chair, chairs do play a vital role in the home. They accentuate the vibe of a table or counter by extending aesthetic influences, and they also provide a means to connect different elements of a room together. On a more direct level, they are the furniture that helps keep family dinners or a dinner party going. Having a comfortable chair keeps people seated and relaxed so that they can enjoy a whole meal without having to move.

The functionality of chairs cannot be understated and W. Schillig understands this. However, a chair’s functionality does not force its shape or style to be simple. As chairs play such a unique role in the household, manufacturers tend to create a diverse lineup of chairs to meet the many different preferences of its customer base. The perfect combination of function and style can be seen in the expansive lineup of contemporary chairs that the company has available.

No matter which type of setting you are trying to create, whether modern or traditional, W. Schillig has a chair to match your personal preference. The WOOW Tufted Lounge Glider Chair is perfect as a standalone piece in a modern setting with its slim and curved body. The STAN Chair works perfectly in both residential and corporate spaces with its chrome base and the option to come armless. To help extend a cozier vibe, one cannot go wrong with choosing the Nino Swivel & Glider Chair. Its curved back and thick seat create an enclosed and comfortable space.

With over 1,200 employees and 70 years of market experience, W. Schillig creates chairs that are the epitome of style and comfort. With each chair from W. Schillig you are guaranteed “The Ultimate in Comfort.”

City Schemes has the best selling chairs and loungers from W.Schillig on display in Somerville showroom.

Leather and Fabric Sofas / Sectionals by W.Schillig in Boston

Outside of the bed, a sofa is the most important and comfortable piece of furniture in the home. It is one of the central pieces of furniture when dictating a room’s style and it also plays a role in deciding the level of functionality of a room. This is because of the many responsibilities that a sofa can take on in the home, which can be determined heavily by the party size that the sofa can accommodate. A two-seater sofa sets a more intimate atmosphere while a sectional is for those who like to entertain large gatherings.

The planned function for a sofa home dictates its appearance and size in the home. However, the level of comfort should always be maintained. This is something that W. Schillig believes in tremendously. As a company that has remained a powerful force in the industry for 70 years, W. Schillig has consistently created innovative sofas and other pieces of furniture that maximize comfort. Its team of over 1,200 employees craft top-quality sofas that will live up the company’s slogan: “The Ultimate in Comfort.”

With your comfort guaranteed, the only real choice is deciding which sofa best suits the environment that you want to create. W. Schillig has a wide and diverse selection to help make sure that you can find exactly what you are looking for. If you are trying to design a room around a more modern style, then look at the bold and stylish Boow Sectional. Its straightforward aesthetic and slim legs help it stand out in multiple settings. For a more contemporary setting that maximizes luxury and the current trends, the Allie Power Motional Sectional is a beautiful piece to take home. For a homeowner that wishes to create a more vintage or cozy environment, the Heidelberg Sectional makes a perfect statement with its low body and wide seats.

City Schemes is authorized dealer of W.Schillig in greater Boston area and has a wide range of their products on display.