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in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

A good example of how to use colours and some thoughts about the present

A friend of mine have just left a comment below one of my posts on Instagram noting that I have published quite a bit of beautiful hotels recently and if that hides a desire to travel. Yes, it does. In the last few weeks I have felt a bit caged. I miss exploring. I can’t even got to see an exhibition! Museums in Italy are open Monday to Friday until 18.00, basically they are open for retired people who probably don’t go anyway considering they are the most vulnerable age. We need to be more patient, things are going eventually to settle down even if I wonder if they are ever going to be back to how they were.

Going back to the my recent obsession for hotels, today we are going to speak about Hotel Les Deux Gares. Located between Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est in Paris (hence the name), this small hotel has everything you need, including a gym and a lovely atmosphere. The interiors were designed by British enfant-prodige Luke Edward Hall and they are an excellent example of how colours can transform a place. The young designers has cleverly mixed vibrant greens, yellows, pinks and light blues with touches of red, geometric patterns, stripes, fringes, leopard and much more. The space look so cohesive though because the main colours are recurring even if used in different ways: light blue can be for instance a sink, in a stripy fabric, a wall, the background of a wallpaper, a door frame.
Totally inspiring!

Photos courtesy of Hotel Les Deux Gares.

in Color Inspiration, Interiors, Ispiration, People

Child Studio for Cubitts

I ended my last post about the Child Studio 3D project Casa Plenaire saying, “I can’t wait to see their next project!” and here we are!

This time the British creative duo (Che Huang and Alexy Kos) moved to Brighton to design the new Cubitts store. They took their inspiration from Martin Parr’s photography series The Last Resort featuring images of beach life. The British photographer succeeded in capturing the eccentricity of human ordinary existence with unusual chromatic combinations.

Studio Child designed the spectacles store around two colours, a cerulean blue and a very pale yellow for a modernist look. The result is fresh and contemporary.

Have a look as well at the cool Humble Cafe’ in London designed by Studio Child, a triumph of pink and formica!

Photographs courtesy Child Studio.

in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration, People

Boa Boa restaurant in Milan

Since last week things have massively slowed down in Italy and in the rest of Europe. The progressive and relentless spread of the Covid-19 has forced people to stop and reconsider their habits. The Italian government is doing a good job in keeping its citizens informed, not instigating panic and making decisions aimed at limiting the spread of this new and unpredictable disease.

To take our mind off this uncertainty let’s see what our Vito Nesta is doing. Do you remember him? I am sure you do. We have spoken about his designs more than once and a few months ago we published an interview where he explained his recent projects and he answered some questions about his creative process.

Today we are looking at one of his latest projects, the decoration of Boa Boa, an Asian-fusion restaurant in Via Pontonaccio, Milan. Vito created a fun and relaxed interior; he used mainly three colours (rust blue and bottle green), eye-catching wallpapers , lovely lampshades, velvet and a touch of gold to give the restaurant plenty of character.

The wallpapers Casablanca and Samoa are designed by Vito Nesta for Devon&Devon.

We just have to hope that Milan will be back on its feet in no time so that I can go and experience Boa Boa‘s cuisine that I have been told is delicious.

(Images courtesy Vito Nesta)

in Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Outdoor

Ikea 2019 summer collection

The month of February is going to be coloured by Ikea 2019 summer collection and it is going to put us in the mood for some good weather!

The collection is designed by Lotta Kühlhorn, Malin Unnborn and by designer group Papperian, a studio started in 2001 as part of an initiative for people with disabilities and a strong passion for art.

The colors and some patterns remind me of Marimekko first textiles.

The collection is joyful and perfect to decorate a sea holiday house.

in Arts+ Crafts, Color Inspiration, Furniture, Interiors, Ispiration

‘Terra’ plates

plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates

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.

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
plates, julia pilipchatina, tableware, clay dishes, interiors blog, black plates, wooden plates, bechance plates, blu plates
in Color Inspiration, DIY

Indigo blue fabric inspiration

Indigo Bleu fabrics by William Yeoward for Designers Guild
Aboubakar Fofana fabrics for Dara Artisans
New Year’s Eve, for my punk party, I made a waistcoat from an old pair of  jeans that I bleached by myself
I have had these jeans for ages because, even if they didn’t fit any more, I loved the result of that bleach wash, those white and different shades of light blue with anarchic spots on a base of indigo blue (see photo below). 
Why not insert this vibrant blue into your interiors as well, with some textiles inspired by jeans and by the shibori, an antique Japanese technique of dying cotton cloth?
I’ll give you some example as inspiration.
Keep in mind also that you can buy some  plain jeans fabric with different intensity of colours in a normal textile store and use it, for example, to re-upholster a sofa like in the photo above (the sofa is the Ektorp from Ikea) or try, like in my case, a DIY dye.
from Joseph Carini Carpets website
from House & Garden UK

If you like the punk effect, you can do like me and bleach some jeans fabric:

+deco, dye jeans

Otherwise there are many places where you can buy indigo blue fabrics.
I selected two for you, the fabuolous stripey textile from Komedal Road and the shibori from Cape Cod Shibori.

                                       +deco,komedal ranch fabric                +deoc, CapeCod Shibori

in Ispiration, People

I ♥ Iris Apfel

 I have my personal family tree composed of people who inspire me. They can be artists, fashion gurus, interior designer or carpenters, it doesn’t really matter what they do but how they think. It is generally filled with extremely creative people with a good historical sense and a quirky yet  sophisticated taste.  I read as much as possible about them, I watch all their interviews and they become my personal  mentors. I like to think of them as part of my inspirational ‘family’ tree. 
The new entry is Iris Apfel. She is a ball of energy and she has a brian sharper than a razor all at a modest 94 years old. Her collection of clothes and objects is incredible and she has a unique ability to put together different shapes, colors and materials and make them look like they were meant to be combined together. 
She is a genius in finding an elegant harmony in the ‘too much’ category.
Apart from being a textile designer, fashion guru, fashion consultant, stylist, she works as an interior designer as well; her house in New York is a very baroque example of her talent. 
+deco_iris_apfel +deco_iris_apfel_house_1 +deco_iris_apfel_house_2
photos by Luis Monteiro for How To Spend It
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