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Virgil Abloh x Ikea, not long to go

Finally, on 1st November, the much anticipated Ikea collection designed by Virgil Abloh is going to be available on stores worldwide.

Markerad collection counts 15 pieces: 3 rugs, a wall clock, a shopping bag in two sizes, a tool box, a day bed, a chair, a table and a wooden cabinet, sheets, a mirror and a back lit Mona Lisa art work.

Like basically everything designed by the polyhedral American fashion designer, artist, DJ, entrepeneur, the collection is probably going to be a big hit. Ikea long anticipatory advertising campaign has created a lot of expectation.

I think I will going to get the Temporary wall clock, the piece I like best!

(Photos courtesy of Ikea)

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A pink explosion of Formica

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When I was living in LondonFormica cafes where still quite common, above all in the more run down areas; they generally opened until two o’clock in the afternoon and they used to serve classic English breakfasts or simple sandwiches (ham and cheese or similar), obviously accompanied by steaming cups of tea. When they first opened in the Fifties, these cafes introduced a new concept of catering: a cheap, faster, simpler alternative to restaurants yet not as impersonal and quick as fast-food outlets. They were new and they wanted to look new. It isn’t surprising that Formica, a relatively new affordable material, easy to clean and heat-resistant, was the preferred choice for the furniture.

These places have always trigged a sensation of cosiness and familiarity in me and when I found out that Child Studio had opened a new place in Kings Cross in London called Humble Pizza, but often referred to as the Formica Cafè, I was quite curious to see the photos.

Humble Pizza is an explosion of pinkness but what you notice the most is its Fifties feel. All that pale pink screams Fifties inspiration, it’s timeless. Pink formica covers the walls, tables, counter fronts and a subtle cherry wood framing divides the formica panels.

A mosaic tiled floor and some classic mid-century lights by European designers Poul Henningsen, Jacques Biny and Luigi Massoni complete the evocative vibrant look.

Olive green painted portions add interest and define spaces.

The two creative minds behind Child StudioChieh Huang and Alexey Kostikov(see photo below), have looked back at the history of the street where Humble Pizza is, an area buzzing with alternative creativity in the Seventies and Eighties, inextricably linked to Vivienne Westwood’s punk genius.

Evidently they wanted to create a place where people could hang out, read, exchange information and feel energized by the food and the environment.

In my opinion, they haven’t just succeeded in that but also in designing an enveloping calming place. 

It looks like they wanted to create a place where people could hang out, read, exchange information and feel energized by the food and the environment.

In my opinion, they haven’t just succeeded in that but also in designing an enveloping calming place and a place that you will want to photograph.

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Humble Pizza is a very cool cafè in Kings Cross, London. It is all pink with formica panels, chairs, tables and very inspiring Fifties feeling.

Photographs courtesy of Child Studio.

in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

The cat bed that everybody wants

This Adventure Cat Tent by Tinker Trading as sold out quickly in some colors and understandably. It is very cute, practical and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like some design cat beds you see around.

It is lifted from the floor making it easier to vacuum and it can be transformed in a hammock. The fabric cover can be put in the washing machine.

If you make some cat beds, check +deco previous post here.

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Contemporary elegance in Warsaw

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We have more than once spoken about the fact that I love old things, for their quality and the stories they have.

Very modern and bare apartments are not for me.

For me there is a contemporary elegance created by the charm of natural materials, inspiration from the past, furniture tailoring; this elegance never tires the eyes.

It is what I call the ‘well made with taste’ category.

This apartment in Warsaw, furnished by Marta Chapkra of Studio Colombe, is a perfect example of this elegance. To tell you the truth, all the work by Studio Colombe is an example of this.

The wooden herringbone floor and a sophisticated choice of colors form a background for some refined pieces. The choice of natural colors, all light, is vibrant. White is presented in different hues, it is never simply white. Textiles introduce color and structure.

The kitchen, custom made like a lot of the furniture, is original but simple.

The insertion of wooden circles, the division in panels, the two colors, the marble backsplashes are all endearing elements.

The art, small and discrete paintings, add interest without dominating the scene.

I would move into this apartment tomorrow, without changing anything.

Rarely do I feel like stating something like that but in this case the balance between the quality and the taste of the decoration has really impressed me. 
Studio Colombe‘s house looks comfortable to live in, really comfortable, full of wardrobes and easy to live in spaces.

If you want the see some more houses of this category, check the old converted church in Australia and the London former stable presented in a previous post.

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Love at first sight: Filicudi chair

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Filicudi chair entered powerfully in my wish list. It is elegant, Mediterranean looking and with a naturalistic shape.

Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, one of the most promising young designers around, Filicudi Chair is produced by the super fun brand Qeeboo.

It takes its name from the Eolian island Filicudi, where prickly pears grow everywhere.

The seat is made of polyethylene and the base is metal; it is ideal for indoor and outdoor in all its colors, black, white, balsam green, bright green.

It was love at first sight like for Nemo by Fabio Novembre for Driade.

I am going to have to get one, thankfully it is in the market for a reasonable price!

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La Plus Belle, the perfect mirror to get dressed with

Hello,

How are you? In Rome we went from wearing woolen jumpers to 30 degrees in a few hours.

I had to pack the winter stuff and take out the summer dresses and sandals in a hurry.

I took the chance to throw away a few things; like most people, I have quite a few pieces of clothing that I keep but I don’t wear, for some obscure reasons. I like them but not enough to wear them, evidently.

I also don’t have a good full-figure mirror which makes wardrobe-related decisions more difficult. The long mirror I have makes me look shorter and fatter (I hope). Sometimes, when I need an honest image of myself, I use the mirror in the lift, how ridiculous.

Flos has recently released a 205 cm mirror that would serve this purpose well, La Plus Belle designed by Philippe Starck.

It is a long oval with a led light incorporated and an optical opal silicone diffuser. The aluminium frame is available in polished gold, polished copper, polished bronze and brill fumé. La Plus Belle would add interest and a nice soft ambient light to any entryway or corridor.

Do you have the right mirror to see yourself?

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2019 interior trends (as seen in Milan)

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I was in Milan last week and as usual I saw a lot of interesting things but also trends that I had already predicted in previous years.

This is my list of the 2019 interior trends after visiting this year’s edition of ISaloni.

ROUNDED SOFAS

I predicted that rounded sofas were going to be a big trend in 2017 but the world probably wasn’t ready at the time to embrace completely different shapes of sofa and armchair so it took a while for the trend to explode properly.

We spoke about it a few months ago in the post “White is back (and rounded sofas”) and since then this look has spread even more.

At the Salone del Mobile this year Adrenalina, an Italian brand, had the best examples in my book: well made, comfortable and original.

Bigala by Roberto Giacomucci is the perfect private nest and it can come with electric sockets and a little table:

Bixib by Luca Alessandrini changes perspective according to the point of view and the base is a mix of silk and bioresin.

NEW WALL SCONCES

Wall lamps that offer ambient light, perfect for corridors or entryways are finally back in fashion. It is something that you have probably seen in your grandmother’s house but the new designs are something else, geometrical, efficient, sexy.

Nemo has two wall lights I really like, very linear, very impressive.

Wall Shadows by Charles Kalpakian:

And Tubes by Charles Kalpakian:

WICKER CHAIRS

In 2019 we will see a return to natural materials, especially wood.

Wicker will also have a renaissance.

Wicker chairs make a come back with new fun looks.

Lisetta by Elena Salmistraro for Bottega Intreccio is glamorous and funky at the same time. The four cushions in different hues make them unique.

Fratelli Boffi 5610/C LUI 5-A is a wicker throne more than a simple chair. It comes in different colors.

VERSATILE TILES

Versatile tiles are tiles that can be mixed and matched to achieve a unique (or at least different) pattern.

Versatile tiles are generally monochromatic and they come in various shapes. The idea is actually old: you can find amazing floors made of monochromatic tiles from the 1800’s and the first 60 years of 1900.

The tiles can be combined for colors or shapes and can be put horizontally or vertically in some cases.

Micro for instance offers a variety of micro tiles or mosaic tassels that you can freely combine; they are then sold in blocks.

Visit Micro‘s website to fully understand the extensions of their tiles and mosaic possibilities.

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Kids furniture that adults will envy

Hello my lovely readers,

I hope you are well. I am very well, I have a lot of things on these days. I am about to start a new project, the renovation of a 140 square metre apartment thankfully at a walkable distance from my house and I have so many exciting ideas. I hope I will be able to put them into practice.

My new website is almost ready, I will be launching it soon together with a video presenting my interior design shopping experience.

As I said I’m full of ideas and things I want to do that sometimes I think I should open a studio that follows various projects with the help of many different people working alongside me.

In my studio I would definitely have the Bambi Chair and the Marshmallow Chair from Kinder Modern (an online shop selling some incredible kids design furniture) even if I am too big to sit on them.

Below is a selection of cute products that you can find in Kinder Modern designed by various designers.

The rugs are really interesting and perfect for people who love color, not just kids.

Of course the prices are far from retailers like Ikea but we are speaking about pieces of design that you will want to display even when you sons and daughters leave the house for college.

The more inspiration, check the colourful prints by Castle or the clever furniture by Rafa Kids.

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Ikea 2019 summer collection

The month of February is going to be coloured by Ikea 2019 summer collection and it is going to put us in the mood for some good weather!

The collection is designed by Lotta Kühlhorn, Malin Unnborn and by designer group Papperian, a studio started in 2001 as part of an initiative for people with disabilities and a strong passion for art.

The colors and some patterns remind me of Marimekko first textiles.

The collection is joyful and perfect to decorate a sea holiday house.

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‘Terra’ plates

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I was recently asked what my religion was. I instinctively said ‘Yoga’.

It was a provocative answer but practicing yoga has surely guided my mind in the last few years. It gives me calmness, confidence and it teaches me acceptance.

I have practiced Ashtanga for a few years and then, because my timetable didn’t allowed to go to the Ashtanga Yoga School, I have joined another Yoga Center and I have started to explore different styles and practice with various teachers. In my yoga years, I have learned to focus, to let bad thoughts go, to concentrate on myself (which sounds like a bad thought but it actually means that you don’t judge yourself according to what others do) and my body has become strong and flexible.

I met many dedicated individuals who inspired me with their passion and knowledge. If they are reading the post, I want to express my gratitude.

This awareness is effecting every aspect of my life and it is making me a more centred person, willing to do good.

It is not a case that in my work as well, I tend to go for natural materials and objects that have an history.

I love Julia Pilipchatina‘s collection Terra for instance.

Her gorgeous plates (shown below) look like they are made of wood and ceramic but they are actually made of clay painted like wood and ceramic; they look amazing and you don’t have the problems that wooden plates present (wood retains smells and it is effected by too much water).

I like the irregular shapes of this dishes and the combination between a color, a tiny stripe of gold and the wood look.

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