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Volant by Patricia Urquiola

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I know, we haven’t got a government, we haven’t got a pope, we are about to lose our President of the Republic and our hope is running on low at the moment. I should feel blue but I feel pink (and who wouldn’t) thinking about the Volant armchair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso (again, I know, I assure you I’m not obsessed with them but it is just that they are such a prolific and talented couple!). I love the combination of pink and orange and the relaxed, hippy look to it. I want it! And you?
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Oka China pretty dishes

 
To relieve the tension of these critical election days in Italy, I am posting something pretty and light.
Oka is an English brand that sell shabby chic furniture, accessories and fabrics at affordable prices, similar in some ways to the french franchising Maison Du Monde. They had recently realised a new collection of “China Tableware”; most of the crockery is not really that exciting and is quite predictable, but the dishes above are really pretty. They come in different sizes and considering that they are sold separately so you can mix and match different design. They would also look good hanging on a wall but careful, I wouldn’t dare do this in a city house, it would be much better in a country house or a restaurant (as I did in one of my previous projects).
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Paper lights

I moved to my new house the day I left the hospital having given birth to my son Giulio, 16 months ago. We moved to a bigger flat overlooking a park in a central and characteristic area of Rome but we know that this is not going to be  where we are going to live in the long term so we didn’t spend too much money on doing it up or furnishing it. For Giulio’s room, I bought a simple paper light (that I painted) that it is pretty, cheap and gives lots of light (some suspensions don’t).  You have to keep it simple sometimes so have a look at the selection of paper lights. From top left, clockwise:
  • Contempary Pendant Light di Hiyoshiya Co, Ltd
  • Paper lanters by Made in China
  • Vate by Ikea
  • My Space Blue Paper by Taj Wood & Schererer
  • Midsummer light by Tord Boontje
  • Varmluft by Ikea 
  • Modern Paper Lamp by Gervasoni 
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Unusual shapes: Nova from Chevalier Edition and Crux by Kinnasand.

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One of my teachers at High School who had a brilliant mind, used to explain the concept of comedy, climbing onto the desk wearing his jacket inside out because, he used to say, it is the unexpected that make us laugh (we laugh when people fall, when they say things they shouldn’t etc). I think that in design what attracts our attention is often a new perspective, an unusual solution, a different life or shape given to an ordinary object: it’s making extra-ordinary the ordinary.
Following this thread of thoughts, I always present in my blog, some products or work that do, in my opinion, exactly that. Here we have the Nova rugs, designed by Studio FRST for Chevalier Edition, on the cover of the last issue of Elle Decor. Uneven shapes are, according to the magazine, the new trend of the season. Who cares about trends, I think the idea of creating a rug that it is not rectangular or round, in itself is good enough.
The long one on the cover is Crux by Kinnasand, hand weaved in many different colours. I love it.
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A few good ideas for Christmas presents

 

 

    

I have to admit it, I’m not a big fan of the lead up to Christmas. I enjoy it when it arrives but I get quite nervous thinking about all the organisation. Perhaps it is because I come from a warm country and it feels less Christmasy, the pressure to buy the right presents and the pressure of pretending that I like the useless presents I receive, call me Scrooge but I can’t be bothered sometimes. However, in trying to embrace my inner Christmas I would like to list some affordable ideas for presents. TELL ME WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE VIA EMAIL O IN UN COMMENTO (related to design and decoration) and I WILL PUBLISH IT IN MY NEXT POST. You never know, the right people might read it 😉

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Is Vola by Arne Jacobsen over-priced?

 
 Look at this tap called Vola. Pretty, don’t you reckon? It could give a lovely splash of colour to a modern lacquered white kitchen, for instance. That’s what I thought and was tempted to use it in the flat that I’m renovating at the moment to add a bit of spiciness to a medium sized, average kitchen. The only little problem is, that, it costs a fortune. It costs over $1000, over £1000 , over 1000 euros. It costs too much in my book. It is definitely striking and comes in funky colours, it’s designed by Arne Jacobsen but at the end of the day it looks quite ordinary when you consider how much you’re paying for it. I wonder if there are colorful taps out there that stretch the imagination but not your wallet?  What do you think? 
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H&M cushions

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Hello everyone, I’m back from holiday full of energy. I love this season, I love the end of the summer, the positive drive that we often have after the holiday and the cosiness that the imminent autumn brings.
I would like to thank all of you, all the people who read my blog periodically and all the people who just pop in. This blog means a lot to me, it coincided with an important period, a meaningful passage of my life. In fact I started +deco just after I had my first child, taking advantage of a few months of maternity leave, the first time span in my life where I wasn’t studying or working (in the last few years I  have been working far too much). I love selecting, thinking and creating my posts. I hope this shows. 
After this open hearted introduction, lets get back to ‘business’. These lovely cushions are from H&M Home. The quality is not great but they look good and they are affordable. Also the basic models -like the velvet ones above- come in many cool colours, perfect if you need to spice up a room. Check the website out, there are often sales (generally the best items are not reduced in price) and promotions on. Many of you might have to buy online, because H&M Home is only open in a few countries, unlike the clothing shops that  are widespread.
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The retro New York chair

I really like the retro feel of the new chair New York by Sergio Bicego for Saba Italia and it looks very comfortable (it was presented at the last Salone del Mobile but I didn”t have the chance to try it). It comes in different colours and has reversible cushions; its structure is in iron rod.  I would have probably chosen other colours for the upholstery of the models in the catalogue though, what do you reckon?

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The comfortable Maxima chair at the Radisson Hotel

Chairs first of all need to be comfortable (it’s not accident that one of my first posts was about ergonomic chairs*).  I tried the Maxima chairs by Sawaya and Moroni at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rome and they are very comfortable and solid. The top floor of the hotel, where the photo was taken, has a wonderful 270° view of Rome and a chill out bar by the swimming pool. The entire floor looks like a sailing boat on the city’s roofs. The rest of the hotel is nice, with a few nice design pieces and ideas but needs an update.
*One of my best friend is still taking the mickey out of me, every time we want to buy a present for a common friend he proposes to get a cool-ergonomic-chair (see my previous post). I take the chance to openly tell me that he is a muppet
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