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 Snøhettastudio 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.
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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?
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 theBambi 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.
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.
TheFife 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.
I was recently asked what my religion was. I instinctively said ‘Yoga’.
It was a provocative answer but practicing yoga has surely guided my mind in the last few years. It gives me calmness, confidence and it teaches me acceptance.
I have practiced Ashtanga for a few years and then, because my timetable didn’t allowed to go to the Ashtanga Yoga School, I have joined another Yoga Center and I have started to explore different styles and practice with various teachers. In my yoga years, I have learned to focus, to let bad thoughts go, to concentrate on myself (which sounds like a bad thought but it actually means that you don’t judge yourself according to what others do) and my body has become strong and flexible.
I met many dedicated individuals who inspired me with their passion and knowledge. If they are reading the post, I want to express my gratitude.
This awareness is effecting every aspect of my life and it is making me a more centred person, willing to do good.
It is not a case that in my work as well, I tend to go for natural materials and objects that have an history.
Her gorgeous plates (shown below) look like they are made of wood and ceramic but they are actually made of clay painted like wood and ceramic; they look amazing and you don’t have the problems that wooden plates present (wood retains smells and it is effected by too much water).
I like the irregular shapes of this dishes and the combination between a color, a tiny stripe of gold and the wood look.
I started +deco a few years ago, during a transitional period of my life when many things were changing . I started to write the blog just after I had given birth to my son and after I had left my full time job to start my free lance career. Whilst writing and designing +deco, I have learnt a lot about technology, graphic design, people and myself. Somehow, +deco and myself have grown together and I have gained much more confidence as a woman, a professional and a blogger in the last few years.
I have always been the kind of person who can manage to get by without much effort. I finished university with full marks , I managed to build a nice life in London even if I couldn’t speak English much when I moved there and I had never studied it, I have always done ok at sports because I am tall and lean, I have always been able to do ok without committing too much to anything.
But at some point in my life I discovered that if you want to have control over your life, you need more, you need to know what you want and be persistent in achieving it. What you want can be whatever you like, what you enjoy or simply something that attracts you. Now, I still have a bit of road to do professionally but I have definitely become the person I wanted to be and I hope this reflects on my blog.
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