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in Furniture, Interiors

Mayday Mayday

Who’s seen a Mayday light before? It is an iconic design created by Konstantin Grcic in 1999 and produced by Flos from 2000 onwards, easily spottable in interior design magazines. It generally comes in two colours, bright orange and black but for its twentieth anniversary Flos has released 2,020 Limited Edition numbered pieces in special packaging. The limited edition Mayday light has a die-castaluminum handle/hook embossed with the designer’s signature and serial number.

It is a collector’s item for design lovers on sale for a very reasonable price. I might have to get it (don’t tell my hubby please).

Photos by Bastian Achard, courtesy of Flos.

in Interiors

Cristina Celestino for Fornace Brioni

Italy is famous all over the world for its exquisite craftsmanship passed on from one generation to another, as well as its creativity and ability to design timeless pieces. In Italy there are a lot of family businesses that manage to reach across the world. Versace, Brunello Cucinelli, Trussardi, Natuzzi are only a few of the family run brands in our country: everyone knows that Italians are family people.
These companies have managed to succeed, survive and make a name for themselves because they managed to preserve the quality of what they produce but also to embrace the future and identify and collaborate with the right talented professionals.

Fornace Brioni was created in 1920 by the Brioni family and since then it has produced terracotta floors. The factory is near Mantova, in Gonzaga and is still run by the fourth generation of the family (Alessio and Alberto Brioni).
Fornace Brioni is having a period of extreme popularity thanks to its history in making terracotta floors and its partnership with Italian architect Cristina Celestino, creative director of the brand since 2007.
Cristina Celestino has designed some special collections for Brioni: Scenografica that takes its inspiration from the work of the set designers during the Baroque period; Giardino delle Delizie inspired by the grottoes in the Reinassance gardens; Giardino all’Italiana based on the idea of drawing nature.
Here are a few images of Fornace Brioni collections designed by her.
No wonder they are everywhere on Instagram.

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