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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.

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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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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?

in Arts+ Crafts, Interiors, Ispiration, Outdoor

Dine under the sea

Sliding into the cold, rough North Atlantic Ocean, there is a unique semi-submerged restaurant called Under near Lindesnes, in Norway.

Based in an incredibly powerful setting, Under offers its guests a unique point of view, five and half metres under the water, and a simple yet sophisticated menu.

The restaurant, designed by the Snøhetta studio with precious contributions from several local partners, is perfectly integrated into the craggy shoreline and at ease in the midst of the often sudden weather changes.

The style is essential and the real decoration is the magical rarefied light coming from the big windows looking into the deep water and the sea life it contains.

Watch the video on You Yube where the chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard explains the philosophy of the restaurant and you’ll be looking for an excuse to go.

Photos courtesy of Under.

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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.

in Interiors, Ispiration

+deco at the Salone del Mobile

It is almost that time of the year, on Tuesday the 58th edition of the Salone del Mobile is going to start.

As usual, I am going to wear my press badge, go, live it and write about it. This year, I am not going to stay for long, only two full, crazy days, but as usual I am going to walk for about 100 kilometres around the fair and the FuoriSalone.

Every year, I secretly look for something different, what is original, interesting people, new ways to use colors, fresh trends etc. This year I am going to look for the next timeless pieces.

If you don’t do it already follow my Facebook page or Instagram page for real-time photos of the Salone del Mobile and FuoriSalone and keep reading +deco to read my thoughts on the most famous interior design event in Europe.

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Please let me use Nuvolette wallpaper by Fornasetti

It is hilarious, I have been trying to use Nuvolette wallpaper by Fornasetti for years but every time I propose it to a client along with other options, they never go for it. They all recognise that it is gorgeous but they find it a bit unsettling, perhaps too nostalgic or simply too tempestous.

Don’t get it me wrong, I wouldn’t use it all around a house, I would put it on a wall or a entryway but it is the same for the wallpapers I love, better in small dozes.

A part from that, it is a classic, a safe choice because it is above fashion and it will never become outdated. It has a repetitive, strong motif and the fact that it is white and grey makes it very elegant.

Nuvolette was designed by Fornasetti , it is produced by Cole&Son and distributed by vary suppliers; it comes in different colors or intensity (for instance darker or in light blue) but my favourite is the classic version in light grey.

I would advise anyone to use it in small quantities on walls large enough to appreciate the design or contiguous walls.

Another wallpaper my clients like but don’t dare pick for their homes is Calico, designed by Rachel and Nick Cope.

And you, what do you think? Do you like Nuvolette by Fornasetti? Would you have it in your house?

in Interiors, Ispiration, People

Creativity is fuelled by curiosity

Many things have been said and many more things are going to be said about Karl Lagerfield now he is dead, I don’t think you need me to state the obvious.

I just wanted to pay homage to an incredibly creative person and reiterate that creativity, as I stated many times before, is fuelled by curiosity.

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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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One of the most exciting hotels in Scotland

There is so much to discover about the Fife Arms Hotel.

The first thing I have noticed and loved was the tweed wall upholstery designed by Aramita Campbell (Aramita, what a cool name!) in the living rooms and corridors (as seen in Marie Claire Maison).

As you probably know by now, I am a tartan fan, in fashion and in interiors.

The second thing that jumped into my eyes was the art displayed in the property: the eighteen century art and features together with the sophisticated contemporary pieces complement and enhance the spirit of this magical place.

The Fife Arms is no doubt one of the hottest hotel in the Highlands, Scotland. In the Victorian time the mansion was a coaching inn, it now hosts 46 rooms and suites, a bar, a restaurant and a park designed by the award winner Jinny Blom.

The project was run by Russel Stage and Moxon Architects who managed to put in effect Manuela and Iwan Wirth‘s vision, two well-known Swiss art gallerists.

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Photographs by Sim Cannetty-Clarke

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