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Missana seats

I am going to show you chairs and armchairs that, I promise, would put you in a spring mood!
Missana is a Spanish furniture brand that has been in the market for years but it was relaunched in 2012 with a new fresh style and aesthetical philosophy.
They design furniture with joyfulness super-contemporary shapes and vibrant fashionable colours. This is a selection of some of the pieces I like best bu it wasn’t easy to pick they all come in various versions and in many different gorgeous colours. I highly recommend you to browse Missana website to see their full collections and don’t forget to let me know which piece you like best!

Images courtesy of Missana.

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A new adventure for Child Studio

A new adventure for Child Studio!

The creative British Child Studio duo has collaborated with British brand Floor_Story to create a colourful rugs collection inspired by the Bauhaus, an artistic movement started in an art school that operated in Germany between 1919 and 1933. The collection’s title, 19-19, gets its name from the beginning of this period and it consists in 6 handwoven wool and silk rugs, called after some of the most relevant Bauhaus female artists and designers.

As Alexy Kos and Che Huang, the founders of Child Studio, explained:

“Bauhaus aesthetic is often seen as something rather austere and unrelenting, but we have always been fascinated by the rich and inventive use of colour in the interiors & graphics produced by the artists associated with this movement. We always try to inject colour in our interior work and this project was an opportunity to tell a new story entirely through the abstract means of geometry and colour.”

The collection was photographed at the Isokon Building in London, designed by the architect Wells Coates. Many founders and key figures of the Bauhaus School like Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Breuer lived in this modernist building in the 1930’s. The wood-panelled interiors are to die for, the perfect setting for Child Studio new adventure and Floor_Story‘s gorgeous rugs!

Photos Felix Speller & Child Studio, courtesy Child Studio.

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Tropical and colonial marvel

I am working from home today. I am here in front of my computer, the cat sleeping on my lap, purring away like a coffee machine, a smiley blue sky outside. It is one of those days in Rome where you can smell spring in the air. The quality of the light, the warm temperature, the first buds on trees deceive your brain and heart, making you believe that spring is just around the corner. Part of me is hoping for another two months of cold weather, I am not sure I can resist until the summer with this glorious sun, my mind gets into a dangerous excited and playful mood that makes concentrating a hard task.

You all know I love de Gournay, a collection of hand painted Chinoiserie wallpapers called The Colony designed exclusively for the newly renovated Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

This large scale scenic mural comes from the collaboration with the French maison with Colony owner Sarah Wetenhall and de Gournay and inspired by the original mid-century mural that adorned the hotel lobby when it first opened in 1947.

The joyful wallpaper depicting flamingos, monkeys, alligators, panthers and luxurious fauna and the furniture picked by Kemble Interiors perfectly combine, achieving a look that it is at the same time colonial, feminine, humorous and tropical. 

Photography by Carmel Brantley, courtesy de Gournay.

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2019 most exciting trend, fringes!

Happy New Year! It is time to start looking at what we are going to love in 2019 and what is new out there.

One of the most exciting trends this year comes again from the past and it is fringes (you are probably going to regret giving away your Grandma’s armchair any minute now..).

If you opt for a bold color or a more conservative nuance, fringes will vest your sofas and armchairs, giving your room a more glamorous bodouir aspect!

Velvet, damask and jacquard textiles complement the use of fringes particularly well but I have also seen fringes made from the same dark brown, luxury ranch-style leather from sofas.

I love the collection Fringes by Munna, its armchairs  and the sofas (see below some examples) look fabulous from the front, the side and the back and they come in a series of vibrant amazing colors so it was difficult to pick only two to show you.

If you want to revamp an old armchair, you can copy the Gucci armchair and stud the fringe along the base of the seat, a cheap and easy trick.

Keep in mind that the fringe doesn’t need to replicate the dominant color of the seat but actually a contrast adds interest.

What to expect then? It is time to stop eating and drinking and start getting creative around the house!

“Fringes” by Munna.

GG Jaguar Armchair by Gucci.

Octopus Jaguar Armchair by Gucci.

Chair Didi by Abhika.

“Fringes” by Munna.

Antique Napoleon III armchair by 145 Antiques.

Couture Light Blue Pouf by Lorenza Bossoli for Artemest.

Crapaud Armchair by La Redoute.

Baxter T-Arm sofa by Jonathan Adler.

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Less doesn’t always mean more

Less doesn’t always mean more and this townhouse in Brentford, designed by Doris Lee, proves it. It is a blast of colours, patterns and surreal wall art.

This is probably Doris’s, a self-taught Australian born interior designer now based in London, most extravagant project.

She picked a deep blue for the kitchen and living area and brightened it up with accents of emerald green. Some walls are covered in cork, a material largely used in the Eighties in some Mediterranean countries and now back in fashion.

There are numerous types of cork wallpaper available on the market but unfortunately I can’t recommend any particular supplier because I have not used it yet; maybe one of my readers could point out a good place where to get some from.

Doris then used some fun, colourful, fairy-tale wallpaper and plenty of playful, retro wall-art and objects. The textiles are not predictable, they even add to the project.

A fun space for sure.

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Coco by Larose Guyon

I always tell my clients to invest in lights. A beautiful quality lamp is for ever.

You move it around, you change its place, you take it with you when you move and worse case scenario you store it somewhere until, inevitably, you find a place for it again.

Quality lights are better made and the details are fundamental in such a simple yet prominent object in any space.

At the end of the day lights are most lit things in your house.
Quality lamps are also generally sturdier, an important characteristic above all when speaking about floor and wall lights.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to buy a quality light. Brands like Artemide, Flos, Foscarini, Gubi have some iconic pieces that won’t break the bank and can be mixed with cheaper lights from Ikea or Muuto’s or Normann Copenhagen’s.

Then there are some lights that make a statement, that decorate the entire space with their presence, that are memorable.

These lights sometimes have important prices obviously because they don’t just fulfil their duty but they fill the room, they are  sculptures  like this one called Coco by Larose Guyon, a piece of suspended glowing jewellery.

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Punk baroque candles by Coreterno

It is time for candles, the clock turned back and we have all shifted towards a winter mood again.

Well let’s use it as an excuse to get some punk baroque candles, like these ones by Coreterno. I’ve also included some of their prints because I think they are pretty cool as well!

In her last editorial Cinzia Felicetti, editor of Marie Claire Maison Italia and a very talented writer if I may say so, underlines how we should focus on the slow change of the seasons and their magnificent beauty instead of focusing on the passing of time or the accumulation time on our shoulders. A very wise advice.

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Gorgeous furniture by Anna Karlin

Lets speak about this.

This gorgeous, sweet looking girl called Anna Karlin

……who designs the gorgeous, sexy furniture below.

I am not a green-eye monster generally but some people seem to be blessed with beauty and talent, some more than others, let’s be honest.

Now, the question is, does being beautiful help in being successful?

I think it can either help you or in the long run make it more difficult. If you manage to rely on your looks and actually invest in your personality and abilities, being good-looking is a strength. If you only rely on your looks, you generally grow fragile because you need a lot more than that to safely cruise along in this world.

But let’s speak about the gorgeous furniture collection the super talented Anna Karlin has designed.

The stools or occasional tables are very interesting and elegant.

The black planters are basically the only planters I have seen that look like a piece of furniture and not a cage for pots.

I am in love !!!

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Benjamin Moore 2019 Color of the Year

I have used Benjamin Moore paint only for one project.

The client is American and he was so adamant that Benjamin Moore paint was the best that he had it shipped from America.

After a few years I couldn’t agree more, Benjamin Moore is actually some of the best paint in the market. The product yield is good, the quality is excellent, the colors very attractive and durable.

It is a shame that it is not widely distributed in Europe (in Italy it is sold only in Milan).

Benjamin Moore every year picks the color of the year and this year the voted shade is the AF 690, a grey that in Italy called grigio perla (pearl grey).

I have used this color many times and I love it. It is a sophisticated hue and as Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence says “this understated yet glamorous gray creates a soothing, impactful common ground.”

It goes very well with wooden and white furniture and it is perfect when you want to achieve a contemporary and elegant look.

We will find out only in December which one is going to be the Pantone’s color of the year but I wouldn’t be surprise if they will pick a neutral color as well.

Photos from Benjamin Moore website

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Powder shades and a great use of (a small) space.

This place attracted my attention for the use of color: pink, a pinky terracotta, a powder pink, a powder beige-pink. The different areas and rooms are unified by the use of all these shades that the eye perceives as variations of the same pink color, when in reality they are all different colors; these shades also look more intense or more brilliant according to the amount or quality of light coming through the windows as well.

At a second glance I was hooked by the sapient division of the space.

This is a 48 square metre apartment, basically a big room divided according to functions, an entryway and a bathroom (of which no photos were published because they are probably too small or with no windows). The owners are a Swedish couple that managed to transform a problem (the lack of space) into an opportunity.

The laying of the wooden floor and the colors help separate and unite the areas at the same time.

The bedroom is cleverly closed by a 3/4 plasterboard wall and framed glass windows and doors, to let the light flow in but also makes it private when necessary (is that a stripy curtain, the one I can see to the right of the window door on the third photo from the top? I am pretty sure).

Overall it is a place full of good bits to copy, including the kitchen with its cabinets in pine plywood.

A few years ago I published another example – more industrial- of how to divide the space with glass windows,  a Paris apartment by Studio Moc.

Photos by Jonas Gustavsson for Elle Decoration Sweden through Planete Deco

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