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Unskilled Worker’s art (Gucci already knows)

Everybody speaks about Gucci and Alessandro Michele and rightly so.

I have been following Lallo –as he called himself on Instagram- since he became creative director of Gucci in 2015.

I have always sustained that creativity needs to be fed by culture; the most creative people in the world are curious, they  read book, observe, travel, watch movies, learn from other artists.

Alessandro Michele is an incredible example of this concept. A photographer I work with showed me a few weeks ago some photos of his studio and the first thing that came to my attention was a long table covered with art books and different memorabilia.

His fashion is influenced by paintings, cinema, the world.

Alessandro Michele is also very good at discovering or using new talents, like  Jayde Fish , who he “met” in Instagram and whose illustration were used in SS17 collection but also before then.

Today it is the turn of Helen Downie aka Unskilled Worker , a British painter, discovered by photographer Nick Knight but soon made part of Alessandro Michele’s stuble.

P.S: And speaking about culture, her charcters’ eyes remind me of The Portrait of  Wally by Egon Schiele…

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in Color Inspiration, Interiors, Ispiration

Elegant and masculine: Hotel National des Arts et Métiers

Paris must have the most beautiful hotels in the world.

I have written a number of posts about Parisien hotels on +deco but there is always something new to show you, like the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers, a real gem designed by Raphael Navot.

The hotel is elegant, timeless and masculine which, in a period characterized by  pink and gold abuse, is refreshing.

The use of colors, from the light blues to the earthy red and green, is masterful .

The grey marble staircase is a sculpture. The geometrical design makes the granite floor look like a soft rug.

The linen tapestry painted (picture below) with Japanese ink by Gael Davrinche is a poetic representation of the mood of a sea sky.

The rest is elegant and sober, for a calming experience.

And you, which one do you like best between the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers shown here and the Hotel Henriette or Hotel Panache ?

Photos by  Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

in Arts+ Crafts, Furniture, Interiors

A new version of Sketch by artist David Shingley

Since India Mahadavi did Sketch  in London, it has been copied and copied and copied again. To be honest India Mahadavi herself has proposed a similar formula in some of the shops of the luxury fashion brand Valentino.

After Sketch, pink velvet, rounded seats, Fifties table lights, restaurant sofas and polychrome marble became mainstream.

A good part of the success of this looks comes from David Shrigley‘s drawings that have given this sensual space an edge.

The British artist has recently selected 91 sketches to give Sketch a new feeling; this new collection of art is more of an impact and more colourful.I could show you some of the single pieces but for me it’s about the together.

It is an art to read and not just to watch; like a nice library in a house, it is food for conversation.

I have been to Sketch for a champagne tea and I can assure it is an embracing place where spend a few hours.

If you want to have a better look at David Shrigley‘s drawings or know more about his work, check his cool website.

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Kiki Slaughter’s studio in Atlanta

I love studios: most of the times they tell a story of passion, not just work.

Kiki Slaughter’s studio in Atlanta is a dream-come-true with big windows, an industrial feeling and the harmonious colors of her paintings all around.

Kiki Slaughter’s latest creation is Oh La La in Verdigris wallpaper for FEATHR, part of   Oh La La wallpaper collection.

This wallpaper with a palette of “soft mint, seafoam and viridian with brick brown and terracotta”, as perfectly described on FEATHR’s website, represents the experimental, spontenous painting approach of this American artist.

Check out the Italian sculptur Davide Dormino’s studio or the fashion designers Antonio Marras’s or Stella Jeans’s  studios and tell me which one is closer to your style on +Deco.

To see some pretty water-colored cushions, check this post.

Photographs by Jimmy Johnston

in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

70’s, the 2018 trend

This year as well I was asked by the super cool American online magazine The Lux Pad to write about the 2018 most prominent trend in my book.

I believe that the new year is going to bit about pattern; this is my contribution:

“2018 will see a new trend coming straight out of the 70s. We have already got used to decorating with tiles, bold patterns, unusual shades and vintage furniture, but this year we will go for even more pronounced graphics in ceramics, in a combination of colors that we considered dull – if not ugly – before like brown and orange or mint green and gray.

Vintage 70s inspired pottery will be proudly displayed and new versions of 70s designed tiles will make our floors much more interesting and eye-catching.” 

Click here, to read my 2017 forecast.

Tiles by Bisazza

Tiles by Bisazza

Ceramics by K+R

Wallpaper from Wallpaper from the 70’s

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in Interiors, Ispiration, Outdoor

Christmas in Cornwall

This was second consecutive Christmas by the sea.

Last year we went to the Caribbean (here are the photos of an incredible place we discovered in Dominica, where Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp used to hide from the world), this year we spent it in Cornwall, two different fascinating scenarios ruled by powerful seas.

Corwall is the south western tip of Britain, bordered to the north and west by the Celtic sea and to the south by the English Channel, famous for its dramatic cliffs, its cute fishermen villages and a history of mining.

If you are not lucky enough to be able to travel to the airport in Newquay (there are only a few routes available), you can fly to Bristol and hire a car (it takes between 3 to 4 hours driving according to where you want to go in Cornwall) or travel to London and get a train down (time varies again from around 4 to 5 hours).

Summer is the best season, the weather is better and it allows you to fully enjoy the stunning nature, including the beaches (even if, I warn you, some of you will find the water too cold to bathe in for more than 3 minutes).

During Christmas, the weather is extreme and quickly changeable but overall quite rainy; it is much warmer though than the rest of England.

Here are a few photos of the south of Cornwall,  to get you in the mood.

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Mousehole

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The Ship Inn Pub in Porthleven

The Ship Inn Pub in Porthleven

Giulio and Isobel drawing in The Ship Inn Pub in Porthleven

The Tate Gallery in St.Ives

The Tate Gallery in St.Ives

The Tate Gallery in St.Ives

A pint of amazing ale at The Lamp & Whistle in Penzance

 

Fish and chip shop

A café/vintage shop

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Good Last Minute Christmas Presents

It is that time of the year when people start feeling compelled to spend money: stock up on food and booze, decorate the house as much as possible, buy presents, even small useless things.

I have never been a compulsive buyer, I have always found shopping satisfying but only when I buy things I use, and in the last few years I have become even more practical, I buy less but better. Moreover I have never been that Christmassy so I am not at risk of overdoing it.

In a world where buying has become a compulsion that effects our environment and our society, it is not just important but also modern and clever to make different choices.

If you are not ready yet to give up this Christmas present thing and you are still wondering what to buy for your beloved, I would like to propose some alternative ideas.

  • PLANT A TREE

In a world that needs to breath more, planting a tree is precious act of love. I have planted a few through the website Treedom

but there are a number of valid options on the net. You just have to pick a tree according to your budget, pay for it and then give or send all the details to the person you are giving the present to. This person will be able to follow the growth of the tree and monitor how much oxygen the tree produces.

It is literally a breath of fresh air buying a tree for someone.

  • GIVE AN EXPERIENCE

Instead of buying a probably useless object or something people have an abundance of (which nowadays is most things), give a person an experience.

This doesn’t mean buying a hot air ballon trip but could mean organizing something nice with your beloved. For instance you could take them to the cinema and cheekily open a bottle of bubbles while watching the movie or you could take your mum for the best tea in town.

  • DONATE TO A CHARITY

Donate some money to a charity that help kids, homeless or people affected by natural disasters is highly satisfying because with a small sum you can do a great deal.
Donating some money to a place you have been to or you would like to visit with the person the present is for an has been affected by a hurricane or tsunami for instance, is a particularly thoughtful present that your friend will appreciate and understand.

  • BUY SOME FABRIC

Alex always makes fun of me when I propose buying some fabric as a present but if you think about it, it is a brilliant idea: people can use it in many different ways making their own or having cushions made for them, tote bags, shawls, tops, little decorative flags, travel bags etc. It can be easily stored and if they don’t like it that much, they can still use it because it is one thing to wear a pair of earrings you don’t like but it is another to have an underwear bag made out of a fabric you wouldn’t have picked.

  • GIVE SOME SHARES IN A CROWD-FUNDED BUSINESS

This is my favourite because it is the most original. I am sure your friend will appreciate the originality of the idea as well as the possibility of having a small share in a potentially successful business.

One of my suppliers once told me he bought a friend of his 10 scratch card for every year since she had been born for her birthday . The birthday girl received 400 scratch cards and won nothing, not even 2 euros.

This is a totally different cup of tea. When you take part in crowd-funding you are helping someone realise a dream, in many cases you contribute to the making of a cool or useful object or service and in the best case scenario you invest in a potentially growing idea.

  • BUY A BOOK

I think books enrich people and they can be such a personal present as well if you choose well. And after all if you’re enriching those around you you benefit from being around more enriched people, it’s a win win!

I hope I have convinced you to at least think differently about some of your Christmas presents and invest in something that could have a bigger impact on the receiver and less impact on an increasingly excessive materialistic world.

If not check my post “A few good ideas for Christmas presents” or “Christmas Gift Ideas” or “Christmas present post”.

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My picks from Tiffany’s Everyday Objects

I have never desired to have breakfast at Tiffany‘s even if I always wanted to look like Audrey Hepburn (I suspect I am not the only one…) and I have always found the classic Tiffany’s green annoyingly a shade to light to be cool so when I learned that Tiffany had launched a new Home & Accessories collection my expectations weren’t particularly high when I checked it out.

I was actually surprised though to see a few pieces that I would like, shiny and well made enough to remind you that they are made by a jewellery brand and to realise that the Tiffany green looks good on porcelain.

These are my favourite bits so far with prices in euros and dollars:

in Furniture, Interiors, People

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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