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Snoopy Limited Edition Matt Black

I know it could sound like I am fishing for presents for Christmas (I wish!) but I can not mention the fact that Flos has produced the matt version of the Snoopy light to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.

It is a Limited Edition of 1700 numbered pieces of the iconic table light designed by the Castiglioni brothers 1967, identical but for the matt powder finishing snout-shaped lampshade, inspired by the most famous dog in the history of cartoons.

This light is exactly like the version found in the catalogue but the snout-shaped lampshade is matt with a powder finishing instead of glossy.

A must-have for collectors and design-lovers and a sound investment.

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Not suitable for people with vertigo!

Hello my lovely readers, how are you?

I am happily busy. Work is going well, Giulio has started primary school in September and we are considering about moving house but we will have the chance to speak about that in more details later.

Tonight I will just present you a very clever and unusual idea by Scott Jarvie, a Scottish creative mind who flawlessly and successfully seems to go flawlessly from directing positions and designing tasks: the Void Rug.

The Void Rug made of 100% merino wool gives you the illusion of a void in the floor when viewed at a particular angle.

It is not for sale yet but on the process of being produced for the market in a circular and rectangular version.

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Les coléopterès

 

It is incredible how situations, things, people and intentions intertwine and intersect.

One Saturday morning in September, I found myself at the Gatsby Cafè drinking a coffee with a perfect stranger, plucked from the internet. I had seen his creations on Instagram and I wanted to write a post about Les Coléopterès, the beautiful bugs made in ceramic that he designs.

When I got up to leave, I had the impression that I had found a new friend and an interesting and engaging interlocutor (a rare commodity nowadays). This is the beauty of the net, the possibility to build a net of people, virtual or not, who share your interests.

Maurizio Minerva is a gentleman with sweet eyes who lives between Rome and Tel Aviv and works as a free-lance art-director and graphic designer, after years spent in a big communication agency.

With the intention of putting his bubbly creativity at use in different forms, he studied ceramics in Paris with the idea of developing a collection of hand-painted beetles in limited edition.

Les Coléopterès arrive in pinewood frames measuring 19 x 26 x 5 cm, wrapped accurately in beautiful paper and identified by the cool logo obviously designed by Maurizio. A perfect present, I would add. Take note, friends!

 

 

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Lucas Lamenha’s art

I have been following Lucas Lamenha for a while now.

I love his art and the fantastic worlds that he manages to fit onto a canvas.

He also includes encouraging messages in his artwork so that his art becomes somehow a manifesto of his world.

I grew up amongst my father’s paintings and Lucas’s abstract, geometrical faces somehow remind me of the mysterious silver figures my father used to paint everywhere, only in a street-art, 2.0, pop version.

Lucas Lamenha is a Brazilian, now living in his home town Maceiò, not too far from Recife.

He has just had his first international exhibition in June and July at the DSArts Viva Gallery in London, in the cool area of Dalston and he will also show his art in New York in September at a collective exhibition called The Growing Culture.

One of my new New Year resolutions (see my past but still valid resolutions here) was to read at least one of the books that  inspire the people who I inspire me so I asked Lucas to recommend a book. He said  “The boy in the striped pyjamas from John Boyne because it shows us that it is possible to have humanity even in an inhuman time in history like this. Also because it shows innocence as one of the most precious things in the world.”

Thank you Lucas, I will definitely follow your advice!

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Jayde Fish and Gucci, a dream come true

Once upon a time there was a girl called Jayde Fish who dreamt of working with the baroque, sophisticated, hyper-creative Alessandro Michele.

She had been admiring his work since he took the lead of the Italian luxury brand Gucci in 2015 and she felt that her artistic vision was intwined with Alessandro’s.

One day Jayde Fish decided to publish some of her marvellous drawings on Instagram with the hashtag #alessandromichele to state her source of inspiration.

After a while she received a message from Gucci. Alessandro Michele himself had seen a photo of her work, searched for more and wanted to use some of her art-work for Gucci’s new collection. “Do what you want with my work” she said because she totally trusted that in Michele’s hands that only something magical could emerge.

In September 2016 Gucci launched a collection populated with Jayde’s monkeys, tarots and parts of Jayde’s drawings.

“I have a fascination for the mystical, astronomy, astrology and religious culture” explained the Californian artist. “I feel that tarots are a beautiful way to think about what you are and what you want to be, every character has a deep connection with nature, the universe and the spiritual world and I feel that there is something romantic about it.”

I won’t add anything else, her drawings done in ink speak for themselves.

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An informal apartment in Rome

Tucked down a little street, near Campo de’ Fiori one of the most vibrant squares in Rome, is this apartment, a few steps from a pretty market, shops and chill-out bars, in an area in the centre of Rome where you can still find artisans and Romans sitting in bars sipping spritz. When designing this house, the architects and owners Edoardo Rosati and Olimpia Stacchi  of Architects at Work Studio wanted to achieve an informal look and there is no doubt they succeeded.

The living space is open and light but visually divided into areas of use by the concrete structure, by the beams and pillars that also serve as a support for the kitchen counter panels and dining table.  There are numerous solutions and details utilised by the two architects that make this house timeless and trendy at the same time: the 2 different sizes of wooden floor boards, the custom designed skirting boards, kitchen and the glass and steel suspended table, the wardrobe, just to quote a few. A well measured mix of vintage and non vintage furniture make the house personal without overdoing it.

The neutral colors of the walls give continuity to the space and rooms and they enhance elements like the Scandinavian style bed, the collection of snapshots, the nurse glass showcase in the living room where they keep all their memorabilia of their trips.

The fascinating view completes this apartment, a nest of the creativity and life together of this young couple.

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Kids are not perfect thankfully

I was thinking yesterday that kids grow up in such a competitive world nowadays, it is scary. To be honest they probably don’t understand it just yet, if it wasn’t for us parents, who put so much pressure on them to be perfect without realising the consequences of it. We have all the best intentions, we want our kids to be happy and successful so we try to bring them up as complete as possible according to the modern standard of this competitive society. Since an early age, they have to learn to socialise, to swim, to play an instrument, sometimes to learn a language, to be cool, to be confident and competitive, independent and intelligent, sweet but strong, creative and studious. Even if we would never admit it, we want them to be perfect and perfectly ‘sellable’ in this big market that is today’s society.

Last Saturday I went with Giulio to his friend’s party and Giulio, as he sometimes does, spent the first 20 minutes playing by himself. I had at least 3 adults asking me what was wrong with him. I like to think of myself as a logical person but I started to ponder if Giulio might have a problem.

But is it not normal, when you go to a party where you don’t know anyone, to keep to yourself for a little while? Giulio wasn’t sad, or upset, or anyhow troubled or intimidated, he was just playing by himself. He wasn’t doing what we think a successful kid should do, as simple as that.

It wasn’t him with a problem, it was me and the other adults who had asked what was wrong with him.

We love them because they are spontaneous and at the same time we do everything we can to fit them into a structure.

Kids are not perfect and if we want to raise them happy, confident and able to deal with life’s sudden twist and turns, emotions, pain and competition, we need to learn to let them live at their own pace, without trying to increase their level of perfection all the time.

Maiko Nagao seems to have figured out what makes her happy, scribbling away and creating beautiful prints that she now sells through her online shop that delivers worldwide.

To get you into the right mood to discover Maiko Nagao‘s beautiful handwritten world, I have published some of the free printables she has kindly shared on her blog; also check out her shop for the pretty baby gift boxes, funky wall art or cards or for personal customized work contact her directly.

Free print by Maiko Nagao

Free print by Maiko Nagao

Free print by Maiko Nagao

 

Free print by Maiko Nagao

 

Free print by Maiko Nagao

Free print by Maiko Nagao

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DKUK Studio

Some of my best friends from the U.K. live in Peckham, south London. Our friendship flourished in Brixton and Clapham and over 10 years later we still meet: either in south Rome or in south London.

Peckham has changed massively since I was living in the British capital, it seems only in London can areas change so radically so fast. Peckham is now a place full of cool bars and shops, populated by a lot of people wearing vintage clothes and long beards.

My friends own a very buzzing pub there called The Montpelier; if you are in the area don’t miss it for a real pint (or two) and top nosh as well.

A good example of the new Peckham life is the art-exhibiting hairdresser DKUK Salon with its new concept and funky interior by the  Sam Jacob StudioDKUK Salon was opened in 2014 by Daniel Kelly, an artist and hair-dresser who had the idea of hanging artwork in his salon instead of mirrors so that customers could really (and calmly) appreciate them instead of staring at their own image. I think this is conceptually a wonderfully presented idea (even if I have to admit I would not feel in control of my hair). This very small shop that catches the attention with walls covered in white slates and 1980’s inspired yellow graphic details.

Images are from Jim Stephenson.

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Italy vs Great Britain

I must say, even if I don’t have any British blood in me and I was made and brought up in Italy, I feel partly Brit. It might be because I lived in London for a while, it might be because, my husband, a lot of my best friends and my adopted family are English or because for so many years I have lived both lifestyles, anyway I feel in tune with the British culture almost as much as my own native one (sometimes even more!) and even if he approaches are often really diverse.

For instance, the ways of decorating houses in the two countries are very different because of the climate, the spaces, the habits.

I have asked three Brits leaving in Italy what they think the differences are between Italy and Great Britain in decorating their spaces and the results are extremely interesting and food for thought.

Read my interviews with Ashley, Michelle and Stephanie and a few lines about who they are below:

ASHLEY

After many years living in London and working in the media industry as a presenter, author and producer and almost one year in Naples, Ashley Hames decided that happiness could be in Palermo.

He is a very cunning writer and an extremely direct, honest person.

You can buy or download his latest book “Seven Days To Say I Love You” from Amazon and read some of his articles in The Huffington Post here.

Since you have now probably seen a number of Italian houses, we are curious to know what’s the difference in the approach of decorating houses between Britain and Italy. 

Home for the English is a place to watch TV, order takeaways and to sleep. For the Italians it’s a place to cook and to cement the family unit.
The Italian centrepiece will be the dining room table, for the English, it’s a swanky surround-sound television.
The home – in England – is where you invest and spend big, while in Italy you prefer to wear your money.
Both nationalities are showing off, just in different ways.
From from what I’ve seen, Italians tend to decorate their homes with lots of little things – numerous trinkets and heirlooms, heaps of framed photos, wall-mounted masks and fridge magnets. It’s a world of bits and bobs.
That suggests the Italians are messy, yet they are obsessively tidy in their personal space – a rejection of the chaos that lies outside their front door.
British homes have moved towards minimalist decluttering, but sparkling cleanliness still remains less of a concern than it is for Italians.
For the English, the public and the private – the outside and the inside – have a similar vibe. In Italy, home is about care and comfort, outside is struggle and survival.

What is your dream house like and where would it be?
My dream home would be small and simple, something like a beachfront bungalow, no neighbours, space for dogs to run, a nearby bar and cafe. But I think I’d also need a penthouse flat in town – just for weekends – to let my hair down. Everything’s about balance.

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The incredible (and busy) studio of Italian designer Piero Fornasetti.

MICHELLE

Michelle Grant is a talented photographer, graphic designer and webmaster, able to create the image of a product or brand from scratch to delivery. Born in Australia but an adopted Brit after so many years in London, she now lives in the picturesque Tuscan countryside with her two kids who speak an impeccable English and Italian with a Tuscan accent. To see her work, visit her beautiful website www.michellegrant.com.

Since you have now probably seen a number of Italian houses, we are curious to know what’s the difference in the approach of decorating houses between Britain and Italy. 

Carpet!! I miss a good wall-to-wall carpet sometimes 😀 also I think here, in the countryside where I am, there’s a definite emphasis on showing natural materials, especially with earthy painted colours, and larger grander pieces of standalone furniture. In Australia where I lived the emphasis was on cool airy spaces that let you live outside, while in the UK maximising light was important.

What is your dream house like and where would it be?

A light, bright space in stone and wood high up over the sea… somewhere like Gaeta would be ideal!!

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Wall to wall sisal for this British interior

STEPHANIE

Born in Greece, Stephanie studied in London and pursued a career as senior analyst and internal auditor in Scotland.  Tired of the demanding style of life working in the field of finance, she decided to move to Rome where she has been living for the last year (and she already speaks fluent Italian!) where she works as a language consultant for big companies. She is passionately, intelligently and successfully devoting herself to getting to know our culture.

Since you have now probably seen a number of Italian houses, we are curious to know what’s the difference in the approach of decorating houses between Britain and Italy. 

I can say that there is a vast amount of differences between your traditional British home and an authentic Italian household. First thing that comes to mind in a typical British household are fitted carpets which you may also find in the bathroom and the number of small individual rooms. The heavy dark coloured curtains and glass cabinets filled with China and small ornaments. The likes of an Italian home, you would find it being quite large open spaces filled with family picture frames and a television in every room not to mention the terrace, with a number of plants, which is used most of the year. The other thing that struck me the most is that the kitchen is the heart of the home filled to brim with a variety of pots and pans, colourful tiles and families congregate together for dinners whereby in a British home, quite the contrary, dinner is served on trays whilst sitting in the living room couch watching television. To sum up, British homes appear cosy as it’s nicely decorated minimally and Italian homes is spacious enough filled with memorable furnishings and picture  frames which leaves you feeling quite comfortable.

What is your dream house like and where would it be?

My dream house is two fold; Firstly an apartment in the city with the hustle and bustle on your doorstep. The apartment would be relatively modern with high ceilings and with pendant lamps hanging. Italian characteristics such as a big kitchen inundated with every type of kitchen utensils and a large table with at least ten chairs. Not to mention the outdoor terrace which would be covered with a variety of flowers and plants with a spectacular skyline of Rome. Venetian blinds covering the direct sunlight with colourful shutters which would be left wide open at all times. The living room would consist of a large corner sofa and large bookshelves with every imaginable art, fashion and cultural books. My second home would of course be out in the country near a lake, ideally in the regions of Abruzzo or Puglia. The house would have a wood burning fireplace in the living room which would have furniture made of wood. Cosy sofas and also a benches under the window so you can overlook the lake and the forest. The kitchen would have a double oven which would have to be green as the house would have only earthy colours. Again, a large kitchen table although this time with two long benches on either side. The master bedroom would be nicely decorated with wooden floors, rugs, dressing table and a large bed with a big wooden headboard. The bathroom would have a large bath tub and also a large open shower. The garden would be filled with hazelnut and almond trees and bushes of different types of berries and a little greenhouse for my vegetable patch. This would inexplicably be my dream house which I would tame pleasure to share with family and friends in my lifetime.

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An example of big kitchen in Palazzo Orlandi, Italy.

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