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Vitra’s new idea of shelf

Perhaps only people from the UK will understand this but sometimes I can hear myself saying “I want that one” with the same tone of voice of Matt Lucas playing Andy in the brilliant comedy sketch show “Little Britain”.
Yes, I want those beautiful shelves that look like natural protrusions of the wall, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra. The Corniches come in three different forms, sizes and colours for a honest price and they are wide enough to hold books or be used as a coin tray or wall pocket.  They have a lot personality by themselves which means you can display successfully even an ordinary object  (just be careful to get the proportions right). 
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Ikea PS 2012 – part II


I have to say, sometimes Ikea products look much better in the catalogue. I’ve already spoken about the Ikea PS 2012 “Ikea’s new eco design vintage collection” but after having had the chance to examine the Ikea PS 2012 collection, I have to say that some items were a little disappointing. 

For instance, the floor light Ikea PS 2012 looks a bit odd, it’s only 66 cm high and the material of the lampshade looks cheap, it looks a bit like cheap mosquito net. I can only picture it in a little girl’s extremely girly bedroom but in my opinion it’s not worth it (119 euros in Italy). On the other hand, the Ikea PS 2012 pendant light looks good and the real added value are the range of colours (blue and yellow being my favorite). The best piece is definitely the outdoor chair by Wiebke Braasch.  
The Raskog trolley is not part of the PS collection but it’s worth a mention, it’s in a lovely mint green and can be used to keep a room tidy and display anything, from magazines to fabrics to kitchen bits and bobs. 
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Smoking barbeques


I’ve just spent an amazing weekend in Worcestershire, United Kingdom and I have to say when it’s sunny, Britain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The countryside was lush and painted with flowers, the rivers were flowing, the people were cheerful and the peacocks jumping around. The perfect time for lunch with friends and family with one of these interesting barbecues.
The ones with a star are available on a budget, the others  are more pricey, the pig barbecue is  unfortunately the most expensive . 
From top left/Dall’alto a sinistra:
Eva Solo : “Table Grill”
Eva Solo : “Grill Globe
-Barbecook : “Puuur
-Focus : “Sigmafocus” bbq
-Astor : “Bruce” grill
-Mom : “Walzer” coal grill 
-Traeger :  “Lil’ Pig” grill
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Wedding list

One of my best best friends has just got married, so I’ve decided to post some ideas about useful and practical wedding presents. He is an engineer, the kind of guy who is very clever and very rational, who buys objects only for their practicality and good value, so I’m not optimistic that he will fall in love with any of my ideas because, although they are practical, they are also guilty of being too vainly beautiful, but one of them might inspire some of you though.
How much is taste a factor when we fall in love? I mean, most of the time we fall in love with people we like, people who are to our taste: some like blondes, some like them fat, some shy, some quirky. Taste though changes over a life time, that’s perfectly normal and natural, so can we blame our partner if he or she changes their tastes at some point? 
While selecting the items for this wedding wish list, I came to the conclusion that, yes, taste can change and sometimes we don’t even understand what other people’s tastes are, therefore it’s important to buy a present that is of good quality and practical. Perhaps this is the secret for good marriage: marry a quality and practical person, a person who has got substance and a person practical enough to make us feel comfortable in discussing problems in the relationship. A bit like the presents I’ve picked: your taste might change or perhaps I haven’t meet your taste to start with, but they are quality, practical objects that you’ll always happily find a space for in your life.

Alessi:  kettle with bird Michael Graves

 Flos: table lamp Gun_Bedside Gun by Philipp Starck            
– Missoni Home:  linen
Kartell: table Jolly by Paolo Rizzatto 
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Ikea’s new eco design vintage collection


Let’s be honest, they are very good. They anticipate needs and trends, they are eco, they are affordable, they are geniuses when it comes to marketing, they are talented at copying and transforming popular designs, they are not shy with colours and they have shops that make most human beings believe that they can’t live without at least a sliver of Ikea in their homes. Last but not least, they have just increased their production in Italy (1 in 3 Ikea kitchens sold in the world is made in Italy).
The 7th PS Collection will be in stores in August in the Usa and it was recently presented at the Milan Furniture Fair. The 46 pieces are inspired by Ikea‘s past designs and are made with innovative materials.
I have put a pink star on the things I like the most, however I have only seen the collection in the catalogue and it is always best to see them in store.
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It’s time for some wall clocks

Time is going fast and it’s about time to have a fun time watching the time. 
My favorite is the green cuckoo clock, the Cucchino Green by Barbero Design, made in Italy. The funkiest has to be the black Rainbow produced by Karlsson, a Dutch brand that sells a lot of wicked clocks at good prices. The most useful, without a doubt, is the chalkboard clock Tabla by Enrico Azzimonti for Diamantini e Domeniconi with a hidden sliding drawer containing chalk and a rubber (check their website for some more cool cuckoo clocks, especially Icona). The most elegant must be the Rnd Time by Rnd Lab, where Rnd stands for ‘random’ because you can randomly hang the numbers on the wall as you like. The one that goes with any style and is the best for the environment is the Recycle Bike Wheel clock from Pixelthis. 
I have to be honest though, it was very difficult to pin down only 5 clocks, at some point I had to make a decision because I was getting kind of obsessed with clocks and I saw many I like (and also because otherwise this post would have been finished next Christmas). 
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Cool ergonomic chairs

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Lets face it, there are not many cool ergonomic chairs but having a good posture when working at the computer, painting or simply chatting with friends is essential. I spend a lot of time in front of a screen and I find myself bending like Mr Scrooge. In my book, the coolest ergonomic seats are Tip Ton by Barberosgerby for Vitra and the Move stool by Varier.
The Tip Ton is a one piece moulded plastic chair with a curving rocker. It’s durable, recyclable and apparently improves concentration. When tilted forward, it allows you to sit with a straight back.