in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration, People

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.

in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Amazonico

Please take me to Amazonico in Madrid!

Sandro Silva‘s  and Marta Seco‘s restaurant looks so inviting and apparently the food with dishes from different countries, from Brazil to China, Argentina, India, Peru, and Japan is a must try as well.

A good excuse to go back to Madrid!

in Interiors

Samantha Santana’s bold peel and stick wallpaper

I got very enthusiastic recently about Samantha Santana’s wallpaper. First of all it is an explosion of bright colours, a blast of flowers; also her wallpaper, in the peel and stick version, is very convenient not just because of the price but also because it is easy to apply and easy to remove unlike traditional wallpaper (and you can find this version as well on Samatha Santana‘s website).

It is a good idea for photo shoot backgrounds as well (and this is why it caught my attention in the first place)

Samantha Santana’s designs almost have a photographic definition that gives them depth and a more contemporary look. They are in fact much more audacious than many of the flowery country-house-style wallpaper on the market.

On Samantha Santana‘s website there is a video where she shows how to apply them onto the wall; it looks very easy.

This fabric wallpaper is printed on a woven material with green eco-friendly inks which make it even more appealing.

Before putting it up though, make yourself sure that the plaster on the wall is compact and not about to crumble (even if it doesn’t look like it is sometimes it does). It is advisable in fact to test the material on the wall first.

In any case, I am sure you can think of many different places to use this summery uplifting wallpaper!

Samantha is based in the USA but she happily delivers all over the world. She is really nice and helpful and she answers your queries normally within hours.

So, have I convinced you, shall we do a cumulative order?
For some tropical wallpaper, see here or for some other don’t-go-unnoticed wallpaper by Hermes, see here.

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in Arts+ Crafts, Interiors, Ispiration

Ancient Roman dreams

It doesn’t happen often to feel like you were catapulted in the past and feel like you are in the middle of a Roman camp, two thousand years ago, under a sky so blue that not even a painter could replicate.

These photos were taken a week ago in fact, in the breathtaking archeological site of  Circus of Maxentius, along the Antique Appia road, in Rome.

The only things that give away the fact that the images are recent are the ruins in the background. Image, instead tall walls and buildings covered in marble and decorations.

The people you see in my photos meet regularly to study ancient Roman history and replicate the ancient Roman way of living. They come from all over Italy (and some from Europe) and they travel all around the country to show people how Romans were fighting, eating, carving their instruments, dying textiles and much more. They wear faithful reproductions of Roman clothes, weapons and accessories and they speak Latin. They do it for free or better for the priceless satisfaction of educating people about a culture we all owe, cradle of civilization for most of us.

P.S: Versace must have seen the blue shields in the Nineties…

 

in Interiors, Ispiration

Wallpaper: new alternatives to tropical

I don’t know about you but I have had enough of tropical wallpapers with their palm leaves and exotic birds sprawled all over lush vegetation.

Don’t get me wrong, I like some of the classic or new tropical designs, I just get bored of a look when I see it everywhere.

I have therefore selected some new different wallpapers for those of you who are wondering what the alternatives are to the natural look.

The first one from at the top is Circus from Wall&Decò, a very glamorous alternative to a simple faded wall.

Wall&Decò always manage to come up with something different, I have to say. The Italian brand, famous also for its outdoor wallpaper (see my post), is becoming more and more successful.

The most tropical one in my selection is the second from the top, Miami from the collection Icon by Cole& Son.  It is available also in black and white but I like this variation best, it’s less visually aggressive.

The third one from top is again from Wall&Decò and it is called 17130EWC. I have picked it for those who like a more timeless, elegant look.

The dark red wallpaper matching the fabric of the sofa is Mey Meh by House of Hackney and it is for those who like to dare. Such a busy, unique wallpaper probably suits period houses best and it definitely needs a lot of thought in matching the rest of the decorative elements. In a few words, don’t choose a wallpaper like that if the rest of the furniture doesn’t go with it: for instance a white Ikea piece against such a background would stick out like a sore thumb.

Carrying on, we have Hornbeam by Farrow & Ball, in an unusual and very pretty combination of the colors divided by a frame painted in the common shade of green. Hornbeam is not a new design from the British brand probably better known for its paints, but it is a graceful option in every shade available.

The wallpaper in the bathroom (second image from the bottom) is designed by Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild and it is called Bain the Minuit-Mediterranee.

I have to say that Christian Lacroix is one of the main reason why I still follow Designers Guild that used to appeal to me more in the past.

Last but not least a striking wallpaper by Pierre Frey called Soccorro, inspired by the Maya geometrics. I am a big fan of Pierre Frey fabrics these day so I couldn’t not include one of his wallpapers even if I wished more set photos were available on their website.

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in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Seletti and Studio Job present “Blow”

It is Wednesday night. Last weekend is a distant memory and next weekend an oasis in the distance.

You need a bit of fun and here it is, Studio Job latest sparkling, pop collection for Seletti, unsurprisingly called Blow.

I would buy the Hot Dog sofa and the rugs for a hostel, the Neon Lamp Mouth for a single client and the Banana light for myself.

P.S: To see  the cool Bisazza mosaics by Studio Job, click here.

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in Arts+ Crafts, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration, People

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!

in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors

The Gatsby Cafè

The Gatsby Cafè was a former hat shop, open, when selling just hats made sense and a respectful outfit was considered incomplete without a hat.

It is under the arcades of a beautiful nineteen century square of Rome, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, not far from the central train station Termini.

Once home to upper-class families, it used to host beautiful shops frequented by elegantly dressed ladies.

The area is not as glamorous as it used to be, because in the Seventies there was a progressive decline due to the closeness to the train station and the inability of the council to preserve it. Now Piazza Vittorio is slowly but steadily improving thanks to young professionals and families moving there, attracted by the central location, the size of the houses and the prices of the properties.

With the desire to contribute to the renewal of old splendour to this square, 5 friends decided to open a trendy bar in what used to be the hat shop Galleria Venturini.

The result is the Gatsby Caffè, a successful bet.

Guided by two set designer friends, the owners kept most of the original features like the terrazzo floor on the last floor, the brass hardware, the glass showcases; then they added color (the blue being predominant), “Mad Men” inspired wall papers, vintage seats and historical objects like the old theatre posters. Young staff and happy customers did the rest.

Photos courtesy of Susana Porteiro.

in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

About Chilly’s bottles and about blogging

The best thing about having a blog is that people write to you to present their products, their art-facts or simply to signal cool stuff. That is exactly what happened a few days ago when my stylish cousin Piero sent me a message with the link to Chilly’s bottles, saying that it might be good material for my blog and here I am, presenting these beautiful objects!

In the last few years, quite a few people have asked me information about writing a blog.

I believe it is difficult for a lot of people to understand just how much work is involved in keeping a blog until you do it. First of all you need to have something to present and something to say, you need interesting content.

Sometimes you struggle to find a variety of subjects to write about and sometimes you find a couple of great ideas in one day.

Then you need to source the photos or take the photos yourself. Often the images need to be post-produced a bit or at least cut. Of course you always have to acknowledge the author of the photos or at the least the source because sharing is caring if it is done in a fair way.

The next step is the text. I write in English and Italian which is a bit tricky because I have to be careful to not lazily translate from English to Italian or vice-versa but try to deliver what I want to say in the best possible way in both languages.

The quality of my writing depends on when I write a post as well, on how tired I am or how much time I have.

I get work through my blogging but I work as well for a production studio and as a freelance interior designer and personal shopper (even if all these things are really entangled).

When you have finished with the content, you need to put in all the key words otherwise nobody will find your post.

When the post is published, you enter the social media world and honestly it feels you need a full time staff just to do that properly.

Being significantly present on the social media requires a lot of time that often I don’t have so I do what I can.

So, in brief, blogging is time consuming. So before starting a blog, make yourself sure you really want to do it otherwise you will be discontinuous.

From this analysis, it is also clear it is easier to have a successful blog, when you have money to invest in the project and people working for you.  Still if your content is not captivating, you will never get there.

Me, I love doing it and I wish I had more time and funds to invest in it but so far I can say I have had a lot of satisfaction blogging, I have learnt a lot and I am proud of what I have done.

Obviously it has taken hundreds of hours and tons of determination but that is for everything I suppose.

 

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