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Piero Lissoni Color Collection

Three years ago we saw many blue walls, two years ago many black walls and last year we saw many pink walls and burgundy walls.

Lets hope in 2018 we will see many natural and bio-friendly painted walls.

We can start with Piero Lissoni Color Paint Collection for Kerakoll for instance; they are water based, odour-free and free fromVOCs, formaldehyde, alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO), coalescing agents, plasticizers and heavy metals. It also comes in 100 beautiful shades.

This is the future of paint, I hope.

I really like the green, terracotta red and metal blue in the first three photographs from top in the chalky extra-mat finish @GEL PAINT.

Piero Lissoni –art director for prestigious brand like Alpi, Boffi, De Padova, Lema, Living Divani and the designer behind some iconic pieces of furniture- knows what effect, performance and quality is looking for when picking a paint for his projects, so who better than him could have worked with Kerakoll for a new line?

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I ♥ Diederick Kraaijeveld

Diederick Kraaijeveld‘s art was one of the best things I saw in Milan this year at the Fuori Salone.

I was wandering around the Spazio Rossana Orlandi when my eyes were caught by two beautiful wooden sculptures on the wall representing New York water tanks. I discovered later, watching a cool video on Diederick Kraaijeveld‘s website that they were made by scrap wood from old water tanks.

The two pieces were hanging in one of my favourite corners of the Fuori Salone, as I mentioned before the Spazio Rossana Orlandi. I didn’t have the chance to meet the artist unfortunately so as soon as I sat down (a rare event during the Milan Design Week), I went online to discover more about him and his art.

Diederick Kraaijeveld, pictured in the piece below, travels all around the world to find the right pieces of scrap wood to make his realistic art.

He reproduces anything from people, to iconic objects, to cars in different sizes: some pieces are quite small, some bigger (the All Star for instance) but all equally detailed.

I fell in love with the two water tanks I saw in Milan, the light was laying elegantly on them enhancing the variety of shades and textures of the different wood (see my photo below).

You can see more of Diederick Kraaijeveld‘s pieces on Oudhout website.

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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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Hotel Panache in Paris

Nowadays budget hotels set trends and serve as an inspiration.  
We have already seen some pictures of the colourful Hotel Henriette in Paris with some amazing ideas to copy and a selection of images of the super cool Mama Shelter’s Hotels designed by Philip Starck; today it is the turn of the Hotel Panache, located near the Grands Boulevards and Gare du Nord. 
The beds, the wallpapers, the old black telephones on the wall, the seats in rusty orange velvet, the golden details….a must see!
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photos from Carton Magazine and the hotel’s website.
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A French illustrator in Barcelona: Lapin

Today I came across this cool wall mural (below right ) by French illustrator and urban sketcher (I love this definition!) Lapin.
For this project he repreposes some of his most popular sketches and the fun part about it is that your kids can color in the figures.
Think about how many hours it could keep them occupied while you sip your glass of wine reading my blog on the sofa!
They are produced and sold by The Wallery and they come in different sizes (200×150 cm, 159 euros).
Of course, because I am a very curious creature, I did a little research about this Frenchman who likes hats and I discovered a very talented illustrator with an enchanting view of the world.
In the last few years Lapin has used his magic pencil for many projects and customers, designing walls, stickers, lights, labels, publishing sketch books and cooperating with the fashion industry.
A few days ago I took a photo of some labels he designed in a shop without knowing they were by him.
It is destiny, I can’t refrain from showing these off.



Photos from Lapin website.
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Rose Quartz and Serenity, Panton colors 2016

This year the Panton Colors of the Year are Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919 (click here to see the 2014 Radiant Orchid, and here to read about the Panton Queen’s Color Guide ).
The reason for this choice is expressed on the Pantone website: “as consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”
I am really fond of pale pink and I often use it in my projects for walls.
To celebrate these tender colors (even if they picked two colors which makes me think they couldn’t agree on one) I want to publish a photo from House and Garden I have had in my archive for ages and I love.
in Furniture, Ispiration

Christmas gift ideas

Every year I make a list of advice to inspire you and help you buying Christmas presents, not an easy task for most people (see the 2014 Christmas presents post here and the 2013 one here or the category presents).  
This year I propose you  presents for different kind of people.

For the warm hearted

from Ohhio

For the gentleman: 

from Men’s Society

For photography lovers: 

from Colors magazine

For the plants lovers:

from Boskke

For who has just moved into a new house: 

from EverMade

For who has lost it: 

 And for who wants to lose it:

from Haeckels

For the extravagant: 

For the sweet tooth: 

from Ikea


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Grid inspiration


source Apartment Theraphy
source What I would buy
Quaderna table by Zanotta
Wallpaper from Ferm Living
Superstudio archive’s image


Uno dei miei design preferiti da sempre è il tavolo Quaderna di Superstudio per Zanotta del 1966 e prodotto e venduto con successo fino ad oggi.
Questo tavolo è disponibile con piano rettangolare e quadrato in due misure e basta. E’ uno di quei pezzi di design attorno a cui devi adattare l’arredamento della stanza e non il contrario.
Adoro questo tema a quadretti su sfondo bianco anche in altre declinazioni, lo trovo sempre elegante.
Può essere riproposto in un bagno o in una cucina con piastrelle bianche e stucco per fughe nero, una soluzione per molti versi molto conveniente. Una volta ho fatto per un cliente piastrelle bianche e stucco giallo, molto carino.
Anche il set di lenzuola a tema è una meraviglia o come una poltrona vintage può acquistare un look più grafico e contemporaneo se rifoderata con un tessuto ‘quaderno a quadretti’.
E’ un design semplice ma con tanta personalità e un’ottima tela su cui inserire inserti di colori (il set di scatole Hay serva da ispirazione).
Hay Box Box 3


Vladimir Blosom showroom
Unison duvet cover set


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Urban Jungle Bloggers: “Plants and flowers”

Another exciting challenge from Igor and Judith for Urban Jungle Bloggers entitled “Plants and flowers”!
I had this great idea about using edible flowers and plants but unfortunately I don’t have the time to find any pretty edible flowers that are only sold in selected shops.
It is sometimes better to keep it simple when decorating and in life too. This pretty little plant is a symbol of this message: it is robust, it doesn’t need too much care, its flowers last a long time and it is economical to buy. I bought it almost 2 months ago and it is still full of cute pink flowers.
The top photo is on a Platner table, in the photo below on a 1940’s chest of drawers next to a Kartell Bourgie light and in the bottom photo it is next to some Moroccan ashtrays. 

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Paper flowers

Hello everyone, the flowers pictured below are by Livia Cetti, a floral and still-life stylist and crafter. They look real but they are actually made of tissue and crepe-paper. 
These beautiful images  are from Design Sponge but there are many more on her website The Green Vase, it is worth a visit. 
I love all this pink, it is very romantic!

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paper, textile flowers
paper,textile flowers
paper, textile flowers
paper textile flowers
paper, textile flowers