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Child Studio’s latest project

The more I look at the interiors from Child Studio the more I like them. It is the same for Humble Pizza and the spectacles store Cubitt as well, both published on +DECO.
Today we are going to look at Child Studio‘s latest project in the Saint John’s Wood district of London, not far from the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing made famous by the Fab Four. The founders of Child Studio Alexy Kos and Che Huang designed this interesting space -originally a post office- keeping in mind its history. The interior preserves the historical memory of the modernist building in which the restaurant is located and they have also introduced some distinctive Japanese elements.

The blue geometrical ceiling complements perfectly the custom-made dark cherry wood panelling perfectly. The black floor gives the space an oriental feeling when the glass block partition introduces a curve element allowing in the meanwhile the light to flow. Dotted around there are some legendary design pieces such as the Pipistrello table light designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965, the moulded plywood armchairs designed by Norman Cherner in 1958, the cast aluminium stools by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, some antique brass sconces by Stilnovo.
What can I say….another ‘bravo!” for Child Studio!

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Mãos at the Blue Mountain School

The older I get, the more I like uncomplicated interiors. This eight seater Mãos Restaurant at the Blue Mountain School in London is a good example of an interior thats charm is based on a clever use of materials and colours. The furniture is functional and complements the space: it adds colour and interest without dominating the attention. The pinewood floor with its abundance of knots gives this notable Michelin star eatery in the East End a natural look, it reminds me of the floors in saloons in the Wild West. The floor in one room is complemented by the wall colour and in the other room it complements the light grey of the painted wall and the tiled wall. In both cases, the chairs -very different from each other- introduce a new style and a new colour.

The Blue Mountain School doesn’t just host the Mãos restaurant on the sixth floor but also an events room (Grace’s), an exhibition and project space (Blue Projects) and a collection of limited edition works available for sale (Hostem Archive).

Photographies courtesy of The Blue Mountain School

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Casa Hoyos, how to drive tradition into 2020

Casa Hoyos, a boutique hotel in San Miguel De Allende, has been owned by the same Hoyos family for 4 generations. The hotel occupies a typical colonial Spanish manor in one of the most historical city in Mexico and it has been designed by AG Studio.

The 16 rooms hotel focus around the courtyard and its archways tiled with the colours of the family shield, black and peach, contrasted by walls tiled in a pungent yellow.

The choice of furniture is original, the colours and shapes of the pieces, many of which were custom designed for this project, are sapiently mixed. The result manages to be innovative and traditional at the same time, preserving the spirit of the place.

Photos by Diego Padilla
in Arts+ Crafts, Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration, People

Let’s go to Paris! JAG Gallery

And just like that, traveling has become a distant memory, if not impossible. All of a sudden, borders have been closed and our immediate area where we live has became our whole world. Who knows how long for it will be that we won’t be able to take a plane, a train or a boat on a whim, not for work, pleasure or to explore, no matter how big the urge to escape is, no matter how much we want to visit a loved one.

What I like about blogging is that it allows me to make people travel from their desks to somewhere they might not imagine themselves going to, to inspire curiosity, to show readers new exciting things and places.

After Marrakech and the YSL Museum, Rome with the project by m2ft , Milan with Spinzi Design, today we are going to fly with imagination to Paris, to the sophisticated Galerie Jag.

Galerie Jag is where curator Jessica Barouch displays a carefully selected collection of objects and furniture by artists from all over the world.

The space is a cosy apartment in the 7th Arrondissement, displaying wonderful attention to detail and “beautify” (a word Jessica uses and that I love) by displaying numerous sculptural pieces that are a part of Galerie Jag’s collection.

Colors and materials play an important role in unifying all the artistic elements: warm white, black backgrounds, wood, earthy and mellow hues.

Designed by Yuko Nishikaya
Designed by Yuko Nishikaya
Designed by Floris Wubben
Designed by Floris Wubben
Designed by Michael Verheyden
Designed by Ryosuke Yazaki

(Images courtesy of JAG Galerie)

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Spinzi Design Roots

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There are some materials that bring back memories, that carry some degree of intimacy, even if we don’t know what they are called. They change according to people’s experiences in life and some are also related to specific geographical areas. I am sure that many people who live or grew up in Lombardia associate with Ceppo stone for instance. Ceppo stone, extracted mainly from the area near Lago D’Iseo, is a natural sedimentary stone with a beautiful warm color often used in architecture and interiors all over the world.

Today, in tribute to Lombardia, a region that is being so badly affected by the disruptive force of Covid 19, we are going to look at some gorgeous designs by Tommaso Spinzi which for me evoke nostalgic feelings and have a very contemporary refinement.

Tommaso Spinzi is a young sophisticated Interior and Furniture designer with an international pedigree and a studio in Milan called Spinzi Design that offers Interior Design, Furniture Design and Art Direction services.

In 2019 he designed the Origini Collection (Origini means Roots in English) using some recovered Ceppo stone and the frames of Mid- 20th Century Collection furniture.

The inspiration came when, having moved to Milan after many years abroad, Tommaso went for a ride on his motorcycle and saw some imposing historical architecture made from this elegant grey stone that looks like Conglomerate stone.

Origini is the result of this warm feeling of revival and procured nostalgia; the collection mixes different elements of stone, metal and brass with impressive character and uses original furniture legs from the 1950’s and blocks of recovered stone.

Each piece is unique, a statement and an investment.

(Photos courtesy Tommaso Spinzi, artwork on wall Dripping Face by Alessandro Paglia)

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The Ace Hotel and New York

I feel like going to New York and spending there a few weeks if not months. I would like to spend there enough time to really be able to explore the city and slip into its folds.

In the last two years ago, I have read mainly autobiographies and biographies. I find extremely interesting reading about the developments and moods of a person who has created or done something memorable, never mind if he/she is a hotelier or a fashion designer.

The book “Just Kids” by Patty Smith have catapulted me in the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Ninety New York, in the buzzing Chelsea Hotel rooms, in the pre-HIV bars of the big Apple.

Another tassel that has cemented my attraction for a city that encorporates the entire world but still manage to be almost a state in itself.

So, just to put you in the mood, I am going to show you some images of an hotel where it would be nice to stay, the Ace Hotel, a trendy hotel in a 1904 building. Try to believe.

Photos courtesy Ace Hotel.

in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

Love at first sight: Filicudi chair

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Filicudi chair entered powerfully in my wish list. It is elegant, Mediterranean looking and with a naturalistic shape.

Designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, one of the most promising young designers around, Filicudi Chair is produced by the super fun brand Qeeboo.

It takes its name from the Eolian island Filicudi, where prickly pears grow everywhere.

The seat is made of polyethylene and the base is metal; it is ideal for indoor and outdoor in all its colors, black, white, balsam green, bright green.

It was love at first sight like for Nemo by Fabio Novembre for Driade.

I am going to have to get one, thankfully it is in the market for a reasonable price!

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‘Terra’ plates

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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.

I love Julia Pilipchatina‘s collection Terra for instance.

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.

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plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
in Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

Canopy beds

The truth is that I have always wanted a contemporary canopy bed but I would only put it in a period flat, in a country house or in a small room with a high ceiling.

A lot of people like canopy beds but some are hesitant to buy one because they worry it could look too much or because they associate it with a overly romantic look (men I’m looking at you).

The point is that now there are so many cool, linear, no frills contemporary options out there that we don’t have any excuses anymore.

Ikea used to have a very simple, yet good looking double canopy bed but they don’t sell it anymore, they just advertise a solution to create canopy bed curtains with some of their products. It’s a shame because the one they had was easy to paint and well priced.

There are other high street brands that sell pretty canopy beds ; Maison du Monde for instance sells 7 models, one being the bamboo one below.

Let’s have a look at some other options from other less known still cool brands.

I really like the Frame Canopy Bed by CB2 in matt iron with plated brass corners pictured below. The queen size costs 642 euros and the king size costs 734 euros.

Thewhite one underneath is Bed Led by Filo Design; it has got a cool shelf that can act a a bedside table and led lights on the pools.

The wooden pretty one in the pink room is from Urban Outfitters and it comes at a very reasonable price. The idea of having garlands of lights hanging from the structure is definitely to steal.

The unusual shape of the whiteXAM Design Studio’s bed makes it original; it comes in different colors but it is only sold to contractors, unfortunately.

The black and teak wood canopy bed (picture before last) is for those who like a more classic, masculine look. This is the Industrial Canopy Bed by Asian Arts but to tell you the truth you will find some very similar in other online shops.

Last but not least, it is a revisitation to an old canopy bed by RH Baby&Child , with a comfortable back and freed from too many baroque details. Check the entire collection on RH Baby&Child, they have some cool beds, above all for little girls.

It seems obvious, after having seen all these beautiful canopy beds, that we don’t have many excuses, it is time to get one!

 

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in Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

About the heat, ceiling fans and a handy lights shop

It is getting hotter and hotter here; all of a sudden, we go from wearing a jumper to not wanting to wear anything at all.

I don’t want to sound like an old lady but there are not middle seasons anymore.

After having lived many years in an hot country, I came to the conclusion that air conditioning has too many downsizes and ceiling fans are the solution. They don’t cause you fastidious sinusitis or back pain and they don’t pollute.

While searching for a ceiling fan for a client I came across the Italian online shop Lampade.it  and I was impressed by the huge selection of lights and ceiling fans they have and by the way the website is organized in many thematic menus.

Lampade.it sells designer’s lights but also lights from less famous brands; the range of prices is for every pocket.

It is definitely a useful source, even for things like light bulbs or Christmas lights.

They deliver all over Europe and in Italy for free with a minimum order.

A picked a few but I really believe that the strength of this website is the big variety of offers so this is only a small hint.

These two for instance are made of concrete:  the first one is a pendent, la second a stripe of led.

The next two are made of metal, for who likes the industrial style. Both fit well in most rooms; the first from top is vintage looking, the one below is a bit more Scandinavian style

 

The Filou light pictured below is fun and very maritime, with the knots and the red valve.

 

The online shop has also many outdoor lights. In this case too, the lamps are divided in sub-menus (recessed lights, terrace lights, solar lights, ceiling lights etc.) therefore it is easy to find what you are looking for.

I like the ones below, a bit oriental looking, they produce a mood light and the white ones, in the last photograph, above the table version.

In conclusion Lampade.it is a valid option if you need some lights or if you want to get some ceiling lights and you want to live better and help the planet living longer.

 

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