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The Green Box

Hello,
I hope you have had a nice September!
I love September (read the post about the amazing La Minervetta Hotel for a complete September praise) and I am full of meaningful resolutions for the new year (my head is still set on scholastic years) most of which are based on time and energy optimization.
Almost two years of pandemic have left me and, I suppose, many other people, with a decreased ability of focusing due to the amount of time spent at home in an environment that push you to multi-task and be connected for too long. The book Deep Work by Cal Newport has really helped me to reflect on some aspects of our increasing inability of focusing and pinch down what I want to improve in my daily life regarding time management.

To illustrate with an interior how important is to use your time well, I want to show you a project where the space has been used notably and where a green box has became the focus and the core of the project.
The project by Ester Bruzkus Architekten is refereed to as The Green Box for obvious reasons. As Ester Bruzkus founder of Ester Bruzkus Architekten has explained to us:
“Before we transformed the top-floor apartment into a cozy home for a Berlin couple living a vegan lifestyle, the empty apartment had floor- to-ceiling windows on two sides and exposed concrete walls on the other sides. It was raw and cool and open – and there was something nice about that to hold onto in the new design. So rather than create a series of conventional rooms that would close off the sense of openness, a single millwork box was positioned away from the walls to make rooms between it and the existing walls. The box, lacquered in a deep green, works with warm golds and violets and brown tones to play off the cool concrete ceiling and wall, contrasting materials and colors, and carefully crafted details to make a home that is at once cool and cozy.”
I am very impressed by the choice of the green: it is the perfect shade for such a prominent feature, not ordinary but not too loud either.

“The kitchen takes up one of the long sides of the green box (hidden within is also a roll-out modular sauna!). Sheets of natural green-and- violet quartzite work with the lacquered wood. The cooking island combines the quartzite and the lacquered wood with black-tinted glass, and is covered by a playful and sculptural lighting by PSLab, who provided all of the lights for the apartment. An important detail of the green box is that the ceiling is part of the box and is held away from the concrete ceiling. In this way, the “box” is not just a freestanding object but it makes rooms.

“The kitchen counter, back and shelving are made from natural green- and-violet quartzite. The millwork on the green box is lacquered wood, some of which is detailed to have a strong rhythm of ribs.”

In addition to the deep green of the central millwork are a rich palette of other materials – travertine, marble, limestone, quartzite, glasses of different characters, brass, stainless steel, and rich colored fabrics. Because the owners are vegan, no animal products were used – for example, the carpet is hand-tufted from botanical silks.

The bathroom occupies the space between the green box and the existing wall. Sinks are made from green marbles, black steel and pink basins; the shower and bathtub are made from a pale limestone that harmonizes with the other tones. The design also uses the simple geometry of the circle in a number of ways: in the design of handles for the cabinetry, in an oversized round mirror, and in a circular skylight that was built above the shower.

“The headboard is an exuberant design by Josef Frank (produced by Svenskt Tenn). The bedroom is located between the green box and a floor-to- ceiling glass wall to an outside terrace.”

I love this project. It is functional, elegant and with plenty of personality; these very important characteristics ultimately the most important aspect is how rational is to space where you live. A bit like my days…

(Photos by Robert Rieger, courtesy of Ester Bruzkus Architekten )

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Child Studio’s latest project

The more I look at the interiors from Child Studio the more I like them. It is the same for Humble Pizza and the spectacles store Cubitt as well, both published on +DECO.
Today we are going to look at Child Studio‘s latest project in the Saint John’s Wood district of London, not far from the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing made famous by the Fab Four. The founders of Child Studio Alexy Kos and Che Huang designed this interesting space -originally a post office- keeping in mind its history. The interior preserves the historical memory of the modernist building in which the restaurant is located and they have also introduced some distinctive Japanese elements.

The blue geometrical ceiling complements perfectly the custom-made dark cherry wood panelling perfectly. The black floor gives the space an oriental feeling when the glass block partition introduces a curve element allowing in the meanwhile the light to flow. Dotted around there are some legendary design pieces such as the Pipistrello table light designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965, the moulded plywood armchairs designed by Norman Cherner in 1958, the cast aluminium stools by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, some antique brass sconces by Stilnovo.
What can I say….another ‘bravo!” for Child Studio!

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Mãos at the Blue Mountain School

The older I get, the more I like uncomplicated interiors. This eight seater Mãos Restaurant at the Blue Mountain School in London is a good example of an interior thats charm is based on a clever use of materials and colours. The furniture is functional and complements the space: it adds colour and interest without dominating the attention. The pinewood floor with its abundance of knots gives this notable Michelin star eatery in the East End a natural look, it reminds me of the floors in saloons in the Wild West. The floor in one room is complemented by the wall colour and in the other room it complements the light grey of the painted wall and the tiled wall. In both cases, the chairs -very different from each other- introduce a new style and a new colour.

The Blue Mountain School doesn’t just host the Mãos restaurant on the sixth floor but also an events room (Grace’s), an exhibition and project space (Blue Projects) and a collection of limited edition works available for sale (Hostem Archive).

Photographies courtesy of The Blue Mountain School

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Missana seats

I am going to show you chairs and armchairs that, I promise, would put you in a spring mood!
Missana is a Spanish furniture brand that has been in the market for years but it was relaunched in 2012 with a new fresh style and aesthetical philosophy.
They design furniture with joyfulness super-contemporary shapes and vibrant fashionable colours. This is a selection of some of the pieces I like best bu it wasn’t easy to pick they all come in various versions and in many different gorgeous colours. I highly recommend you to browse Missana website to see their full collections and don’t forget to let me know which piece you like best!

Images courtesy of Missana.

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A good example of how to use colours and some thoughts about the present

A friend of mine have just left a comment below one of my posts on Instagram noting that I have published quite a bit of beautiful hotels recently and if that hides a desire to travel. Yes, it does. In the last few weeks I have felt a bit caged. I miss exploring. I can’t even got to see an exhibition! Museums in Italy are open Monday to Friday until 18.00, basically they are open for retired people who probably don’t go anyway considering they are the most vulnerable age. We need to be more patient, things are going eventually to settle down even if I wonder if they are ever going to be back to how they were.

Going back to the my recent obsession for hotels, today we are going to speak about Hotel Les Deux Gares. Located between Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est in Paris (hence the name), this small hotel has everything you need, including a gym and a lovely atmosphere. The interiors were designed by British enfant-prodige Luke Edward Hall and they are an excellent example of how colours can transform a place. The young designers has cleverly mixed vibrant greens, yellows, pinks and light blues with touches of red, geometric patterns, stripes, fringes, leopard and much more. The space look so cohesive though because the main colours are recurring even if used in different ways: light blue can be for instance a sink, in a stripy fabric, a wall, the background of a wallpaper, a door frame.
Totally inspiring!

Photos courtesy of Hotel Les Deux Gares.

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A new adventure for Child Studio

A new adventure for Child Studio!

The creative British Child Studio duo has collaborated with British brand Floor_Story to create a colourful rugs collection inspired by the Bauhaus, an artistic movement started in an art school that operated in Germany between 1919 and 1933. The collection’s title, 19-19, gets its name from the beginning of this period and it consists in 6 handwoven wool and silk rugs, called after some of the most relevant Bauhaus female artists and designers.

As Alexy Kos and Che Huang, the founders of Child Studio, explained:

“Bauhaus aesthetic is often seen as something rather austere and unrelenting, but we have always been fascinated by the rich and inventive use of colour in the interiors & graphics produced by the artists associated with this movement. We always try to inject colour in our interior work and this project was an opportunity to tell a new story entirely through the abstract means of geometry and colour.”

The collection was photographed at the Isokon Building in London, designed by the architect Wells Coates. Many founders and key figures of the Bauhaus School like Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Breuer lived in this modernist building in the 1930’s. The wood-panelled interiors are to die for, the perfect setting for Child Studio new adventure and Floor_Story‘s gorgeous rugs!

Photos Felix Speller & Child Studio, courtesy Child Studio.

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Tropical and colonial marvel

I am working from home today. I am here in front of my computer, the cat sleeping on my lap, purring away like a coffee machine, a smiley blue sky outside. It is one of those days in Rome where you can smell spring in the air. The quality of the light, the warm temperature, the first buds on trees deceive your brain and heart, making you believe that spring is just around the corner. Part of me is hoping for another two months of cold weather, I am not sure I can resist until the summer with this glorious sun, my mind gets into a dangerous excited and playful mood that makes concentrating a hard task.

You all know I love de Gournay, a collection of hand painted Chinoiserie wallpapers called The Colony designed exclusively for the newly renovated Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

This large scale scenic mural comes from the collaboration with the French maison with Colony owner Sarah Wetenhall and de Gournay and inspired by the original mid-century mural that adorned the hotel lobby when it first opened in 1947.

The joyful wallpaper depicting flamingos, monkeys, alligators, panthers and luxurious fauna and the furniture picked by Kemble Interiors perfectly combine, achieving a look that it is at the same time colonial, feminine, humorous and tropical. 

Photography by Carmel Brantley, courtesy de Gournay.

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A pick on Dedar 2021 textiles

Today we are going to have a pick at Dedar 2021 textile collections. I have selected the ones I like best and the ones that I think you would find more interesting but don’t forget that Dedar has a full range of plain colours fabrics of any kind and for any use. In fact I would say that Dedar strength is plain colours, geometrics, abstract, essential sophisticated fabrics.

Which one is your favourite? My favourite are Ukiyo Mongatori collection but also Oolong and Eneide.

Ukiyo Mongatari collection
Oolong collection
Nimbus collection
Tabularasa collection
Scarabeo collection
Viridiana collection
Vuk collection
Eneide collection
Magnolia collection

(Andrea Ferrari Studio photography)

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Alfhild Külper’s deep work

There are some books that have the power to ignite awareness. When you finish reading them, a seed has been planted and a new awareness has been introduced . These books become part of what you ultimately are.

At the moment I am reading “Deep Work” by Cal Newport. I don’t know yet if it is going to be part of the books that make me but I can tell you that it has already given me food for thought.

Deep work is what we do when we focus and concentrate for a stretch of time. It is quality, on-task work produced in a state of total focus. It is what artisans do all the time: they devout their attention to what they are creating, every step is important, every distraction could compromise the final result. It is what Alfhild Külper does when she makes her beautiful wool creations. With a busy, frenetic job as a head of design at a luxury fashion house, Alfhid was looking forward to engage in something more hands on and felt the urge to make something intricate and soft.

She has started creating beautiful, hand knotted rugs inspired by nature. Each piece require many hours of patient attention, many hours of deep work.

Alfhid Külper rugs are pieces that last forever, that combine tactile and visual emotions.

(Photographies courtesy of the artist)
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Maison Souquet lavishness

Here we are already half through January. I have started the year slowly, work is slow and I am slow. I am distracted and lethargic; the only things I feel like doing is practicing yoga and drinking wine (a bit bipolar, I know). I am trying to pick myself up and find a bit more concentration and liveliness. Is anyone else feeling like that?

In the meanwhile I day dream of interiors that can shake me from this sort of numbness. The one I am showing you today is beautiful in a lascivious way: it is an eruption of opulent colours, sophisticated patterns and lavish materials. Maison Souquet re-proposes the original spirit of the building, a former pleasure house during the Belle Epoque in the area of Montmartre in Paris. Together with another gem, Maison Athenee, Maison Souquet is part of the Maisons Particulières Collection founded by Sylviane Sanz and Yoni Aidan. The interiors were designed by Jacques Garcia, a legend in the interior design world. Each room is different but equally enchanting and sexy.

I am sure a night in Maison Souquet would shake me from my torpor.

Photographs courtesy Maisons Particulières Collection.

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