British folk were slow on the uptake embracing outdoor living, the unpredictable weather did not help. The thought of shivering through meal on a fresh summer evening would have been deemed ridiculous. How times have changed. The once forgotten outdoor space is now by many considered as much as the interior and designers are filling the gap in the market with an array of desirable wares. It is not easy to find outdoor furniture to suit the design conscious crowd, so here is some inspiration from Milan 2014 to prepare you for the season and whet your appetite.
Paola Lenti introduces Bistrò (above), a closable sunshade available both in a flat and a dome-like version. Mogambo, fixed sunshade, features a hand woven cover. The sunshades can be completed by the Clique series, poufs and side tables available in different dimensions. Continue Reading…
Brands are clambering to work with Nendo the innovative Japanese design studio. Not a month goes by without receiving a new release from the company, new designs are always relevant, newsworthy and reveal the versatility of the company. In Milan they deliver yet again. And the products are not just good, the work is exemplary.
COS has returned to Salone del Mobile with an exclusively commissioned installation by Nendo, located within the renowned art district of Brera, is indicative of the studio’s playful, yet rational approach. The Nendo philosophy ‘to re-imagine everyday objects and provide what they epigrammatically call a small ‘!’ moment’ is evident in both the concept and realisation of the installation. Continue Reading…
Above: On the Rock
Lee Broom debuted his new glassware range On the Rock at Salone Del Mobile. The set consists of a wine and a champagne glass that combines exquisite lead crystal and Italian Carrara marble. Continue Reading…
Above: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas at ‘Where Architects Live”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to snoop around an architect’s home? “Where Architects Live” will fulfill your natural curiosity. Leading contemporary architects are due to reveal their own concepts of the domestic space. The exhibition conceived as a cultural accompaniment to the Salone del Mobile is devised to provide an exclusive glimpse into “rooms” designed by eight of the world’s most respected architects: Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Daniel Libeskind and Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai. Will the rooms reflect the signature style of the designers? If you are lucky enough to visit Salone Milan 2014 make sure you visit to find out.
The days of lining up pattern are long gone. The hottest wallpaper trend* is for non-repeat. Paving the way at Milan with the look for NLXL is Studio Job. Their layout allows for more of a custom made style where prints are in the placement format.
Tip: Mix multiple patterns for more of an individual interpretation.
Above: New Water Jewels basin, by Matteo Thun
This seasons colourful bathroom wares are grabbing headlines. Do they transport you back to the era of the avocado suite? Some shudder at the mention of the 70′s bathroom trend, others embrace the directional look. Which side of the fence are you on?
Would you be tempted to try a block of colour in your white bathroom? Let’s face it most of us own one and tread with caution. VitrA have new versions of their much-loved Water Jewels collection, we love the blue and white sink. Enough to tempt you? It is perfect for those who are nervous to inject too much colour into their lives.
Treat yourself :
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A simply composed mid century referenced room:
1- Use a palette of greys, yellow ‘ochre’, and black with teak wood.
2- Add a mixture of chairs – swivel and tapered leg.
3- Group plain, monochromatic patterned cushions.
4- Strip floorboards and leave natural, in keeping with a trend* for blond.