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The Yinki Ilori colour explosion

Like Camilla Walala, Yinki Ilori has made bright colours his signature style. Yinki has been spreading colours around London (where he lives and works) and on the Instagram for a few years now and he has recently launched a homeware collection inspired by his British-Nigerian upbringing. The collection includes cushions, rugs, mugs, table mats, plates, tablecloths, socks, prints with different geometric patterns and color combinations, all very joyful. I have selected some of my favourites to show you but check the Yinki Ilori online shop to see the full range.

Images courtesy of Yinki Ilori

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Virgil Abloh x Ikea, not long to go

Finally, on 1st November, the much anticipated Ikea collection designed by Virgil Abloh is going to be available on stores worldwide.

Markerad collection counts 15 pieces: 3 rugs, a wall clock, a shopping bag in two sizes, a tool box, a day bed, a chair, a table and a wooden cabinet, sheets, a mirror and a back lit Mona Lisa art work.

Like basically everything designed by the polyhedral American fashion designer, artist, DJ, entrepeneur, the collection is probably going to be a big hit. Ikea long anticipatory advertising campaign has created a lot of expectation.

I think I will going to get the Temporary wall clock, the piece I like best!

(Photos courtesy of Ikea)

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Kids furniture that adults will envy

Hello my lovely readers,

I hope you are well. I am very well, I have a lot of things on these days. I am about to start a new project, the renovation of a 140 square metre apartment thankfully at a walkable distance from my house and I have so many exciting ideas. I hope I will be able to put them into practice.

My new website is almost ready, I will be launching it soon together with a video presenting my interior design shopping experience.

As I said I’m full of ideas and things I want to do that sometimes I think I should open a studio that follows various projects with the help of many different people working alongside me.

In my studio I would definitely have the Bambi Chair and the Marshmallow Chair from Kinder Modern (an online shop selling some incredible kids design furniture) even if I am too big to sit on them.

Below is a selection of cute products that you can find in Kinder Modern designed by various designers.

The rugs are really interesting and perfect for people who love color, not just kids.

Of course the prices are far from retailers like Ikea but we are speaking about pieces of design that you will want to display even when you sons and daughters leave the house for college.

The more inspiration, check the colourful prints by Castle or the clever furniture by Rafa Kids.

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Not suitable for people with vertigo!

Hello my lovely readers, how are you?

I am happily busy. Work is going well, Giulio has started primary school in September and we are considering about moving house but we will have the chance to speak about that in more details later.

Tonight I will just present you a very clever and unusual idea by Scott Jarvie, a Scottish creative mind who flawlessly and successfully seems to go flawlessly from directing positions and designing tasks: the Void Rug.

The Void Rug made of 100% merino wool gives you the illusion of a void in the floor when viewed at a particular angle.

It is not for sale yet but on the process of being produced for the market in a circular and rectangular version.

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Seletti and Studio Job present “Blow”

It is Wednesday night. Last weekend is a distant memory and next weekend an oasis in the distance.

You need a bit of fun and here it is, Studio Job latest sparkling, pop collection for Seletti, unsurprisingly called Blow.

I would buy the Hot Dog sofa and the rugs for a hostel, the Neon Lamp Mouth for a single client and the Banana light for myself.

P.S: To see  the cool Bisazza mosaics by Studio Job, click here.

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Ikea’s limited collection Stunsig

Ikea has just launched Stunsig, a limited edition collection available since June in the Swedish brand stores worldwide.

These fun tableware, cushions, rugs and bedding were designed by uprising  artists and designers Frédérique Vernillet, Malcolm Stuart,

Pinar & Viola, Steven Harrington, Team Hawaii and Tilde Bay.

Ikea’s limited edition collections are increasingly more interesting time after time;  people even use their fabrics  to make clothes, that says something, which says something.

I particularly like the black and white graphic rug and the unusually shaped colorful rug and the eyes patterns.

And you? What is your favourite design from Stunsig collection?

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White in the City (but everywhere really)

In less than a month I am going to the Salone del Mobile, this time accredited as a blogger and not as a professional so expect many photos.

I look forward to finding out what it is truly original in the furniture world (but we will speak about this later on, closer to the date) and to visiting some of the events organized in Milan, in what is called the FuoriSalone. I am very curious to see, for instance, the White In The City installations.  In some of the best locations in Milan, some super famous architects and designers were invited to give their interpretation of the color white. The event is sponsored by Oikos, a paint producer and directed by Giulio Cappellini.

I asked myself, what is my interpretation of white?

White for me represents a start.

Starting is one of the most important phases in everything. White is the beginning.

In spaces and art work where there is no white you can be sure that at some point there was some white (white paint used to mix color, white furniture repainted, the walls before being painted etc). White is the background and the only color that goes with anything.

In art white can be predominant (see some artwork by Burri) or the background (see for instance some artwork by Keith Haring)

Starting something new or different has a enormous importance in our lives and it is the first step of another very important stage which is changing; this is why, I associate the color white with the concept of hope.

In interiors white is the color, in the sense that it is the only color, that it never goes out of fashion.

Not many people are going to paint all the walls of their house green and leave it like that for more than 2 years. It was sometimes said that white is the safe option but i would actually define it as the classic option, classic meaning that it always works.

Below some images prove the fact that white is everywhere, always.

One of the room in the Hotel Room Mate Giulia designed by Patricia Urquiola (who partecipates in White in the City).

Loley carpet by Studio Libeskind (partecipating in White in the City).

One of the room in the Hotel Room Mate Giulia designed by Patricia Urquiola (who partecipates in White in the City).

The photographer Paulina Arklin made white a life style choice.

An example of how, even in a very eclectic and colorful space, white is present (source http://littlegreennotebook.com/)

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Italy vs Great Britain

I must say, even if I don’t have any British blood in me and I was made and brought up in Italy, I feel partly Brit. It might be because I lived in London for a while, it might be because, my husband, a lot of my best friends and my adopted family are English or because for so many years I have lived both lifestyles, anyway I feel in tune with the British culture almost as much as my own native one (sometimes even more!) and even if he approaches are often really diverse.

For instance, the ways of decorating houses in the two countries are very different because of the climate, the spaces, the habits.

I have asked three Brits leaving in Italy what they think the differences are between Italy and Great Britain in decorating their spaces and the results are extremely interesting and food for thought.

Read my interviews with Ashley, Michelle and Stephanie and a few lines about who they are below:

ASHLEY

After many years living in London and working in the media industry as a presenter, author and producer and almost one year in Naples, Ashley Hames decided that happiness could be in Palermo.

He is a very cunning writer and an extremely direct, honest person.

You can buy or download his latest book “Seven Days To Say I Love You” from Amazon and read some of his articles in The Huffington Post here.

Since you have now probably seen a number of Italian houses, we are curious to know what’s the difference in the approach of decorating houses between Britain and Italy. 

Home for the English is a place to watch TV, order takeaways and to sleep. For the Italians it’s a place to cook and to cement the family unit.
The Italian centrepiece will be the dining room table, for the English, it’s a swanky surround-sound television.
The home – in England – is where you invest and spend big, while in Italy you prefer to wear your money.
Both nationalities are showing off, just in different ways.
From from what I’ve seen, Italians tend to decorate their homes with lots of little things – numerous trinkets and heirlooms, heaps of framed photos, wall-mounted masks and fridge magnets. It’s a world of bits and bobs.
That suggests the Italians are messy, yet they are obsessively tidy in their personal space – a rejection of the chaos that lies outside their front door.
British homes have moved towards minimalist decluttering, but sparkling cleanliness still remains less of a concern than it is for Italians.
For the English, the public and the private – the outside and the inside – have a similar vibe. In Italy, home is about care and comfort, outside is struggle and survival.

What is your dream house like and where would it be?
My dream home would be small and simple, something like a beachfront bungalow, no neighbours, space for dogs to run, a nearby bar and cafe. But I think I’d also need a penthouse flat in town – just for weekends – to let my hair down. Everything’s about balance.

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The incredible (and busy) studio of Italian designer Piero Fornasetti.

MICHELLE

Michelle Grant is a talented photographer, graphic designer and webmaster, able to create the image of a product or brand from scratch to delivery. Born in Australia but an adopted Brit after so many years in London, she now lives in the picturesque Tuscan countryside with her two kids who speak an impeccable English and Italian with a Tuscan accent. To see her work, visit her beautiful website www.michellegrant.com.

Since you have now probably seen a number of Italian houses, we are curious to know what’s the difference in the approach of decorating houses between Britain and Italy. 

Carpet!! I miss a good wall-to-wall carpet sometimes 😀 also I think here, in the countryside where I am, there’s a definite emphasis on showing natural materials, especially with earthy painted colours, and larger grander pieces of standalone furniture. In Australia where I lived the emphasis was on cool airy spaces that let you live outside, while in the UK maximising light was important.

What is your dream house like and where would it be?

A light, bright space in stone and wood high up over the sea… somewhere like Gaeta would be ideal!!

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Wall to wall sisal for this British interior

STEPHANIE

Born in Greece, Stephanie studied in London and pursued a career as senior analyst and internal auditor in Scotland.  Tired of the demanding style of life working in the field of finance, she decided to move to Rome where she has been living for the last year (and she already speaks fluent Italian!) where she works as a language consultant for big companies. She is passionately, intelligently and successfully devoting herself to getting to know our culture.

Since you have now probably seen a number of Italian houses, we are curious to know what’s the difference in the approach of decorating houses between Britain and Italy. 

I can say that there is a vast amount of differences between your traditional British home and an authentic Italian household. First thing that comes to mind in a typical British household are fitted carpets which you may also find in the bathroom and the number of small individual rooms. The heavy dark coloured curtains and glass cabinets filled with China and small ornaments. The likes of an Italian home, you would find it being quite large open spaces filled with family picture frames and a television in every room not to mention the terrace, with a number of plants, which is used most of the year. The other thing that struck me the most is that the kitchen is the heart of the home filled to brim with a variety of pots and pans, colourful tiles and families congregate together for dinners whereby in a British home, quite the contrary, dinner is served on trays whilst sitting in the living room couch watching television. To sum up, British homes appear cosy as it’s nicely decorated minimally and Italian homes is spacious enough filled with memorable furnishings and picture  frames which leaves you feeling quite comfortable.

What is your dream house like and where would it be?

My dream house is two fold; Firstly an apartment in the city with the hustle and bustle on your doorstep. The apartment would be relatively modern with high ceilings and with pendant lamps hanging. Italian characteristics such as a big kitchen inundated with every type of kitchen utensils and a large table with at least ten chairs. Not to mention the outdoor terrace which would be covered with a variety of flowers and plants with a spectacular skyline of Rome. Venetian blinds covering the direct sunlight with colourful shutters which would be left wide open at all times. The living room would consist of a large corner sofa and large bookshelves with every imaginable art, fashion and cultural books. My second home would of course be out in the country near a lake, ideally in the regions of Abruzzo or Puglia. The house would have a wood burning fireplace in the living room which would have furniture made of wood. Cosy sofas and also a benches under the window so you can overlook the lake and the forest. The kitchen would have a double oven which would have to be green as the house would have only earthy colours. Again, a large kitchen table although this time with two long benches on either side. The master bedroom would be nicely decorated with wooden floors, rugs, dressing table and a large bed with a big wooden headboard. The bathroom would have a large bath tub and also a large open shower. The garden would be filled with hazelnut and almond trees and bushes of different types of berries and a little greenhouse for my vegetable patch. This would inexplicably be my dream house which I would tame pleasure to share with family and friends in my lifetime.

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An example of big kitchen in Palazzo Orlandi, Italy.

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New ways to do geometric

Geometric is a big trend this year; it came back into fashion with the invasion of concrete tiles and consequently of geometric patterns for floors to spread then to textiles and wall coverings. 
There are many nice designs out there but what I wanted to propose here are some different uses of geometrics. The tiles Dandelion pictured in the photo top left are designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Marrakech Design. They are hexagonal tiles that can be installed with multiple layouts depending on how you turn them when installing. Bolon (top right photo) offers an innovative alternative to carpeting, the Bolon Studio carpet: tiles in five shapes and different colours that you can combine as you like (and easier to replace in parts if the carpet gets damaged or its is stained). 
The Circus wall paper by Cole & Son (below, photo by Paul Raeside from Living Etc.) is used to create a colorful decorative background, a valid and economic alternative to big sized art work.  
In the picture below,one of the possible uses of the cards made of synthetic paper by the Loco collection by Ixxi. Each square is  formed by two cards printed on both sided that you can arrange as you like creating your personal art work.
The wooden wall shelf Doppelt by Fundamental Berlin (above) adds character to a corner and allows you to display some of your little treasures. 
The Circus wall paper by Cole & Son (below, photo by Paul Raeside from Living Etc.) is used to create a colorful decorative background in this space with an arch and it offers a valid and economic alternative to big sized art work. 
As you can see, using the lateral thinking, you can combine shape, use and pattern to create refreshing products that gives a certain degree of uniqueness. 
 

 

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Urban Outfitters’s rugs

 

 

Hello, I had just bought a rug for Giulio’s room when I saw these beautiful rugs from Urban Outfitters. I have been to Urban Outfitters dozens of times but for some strange reason I keep forgetting that they also sell furnishings.
As you probably well know by experience, buying a rug is not an easy task. 
There are two main issues: price and size. Price, because the lack of quality really shows in a rug and decent rugs cost a lot. On the other hand-buying a second hand one, for instance an old handmade kilim like the one I bought for my Giulio’s room, is a slow, sometimes unfruitful job, because it is almost impossible to find a rug you like, with the colours you were looking for, at the price you can afford and with the right measurements. We are going to speak about this further in the next post (in order to answer to your emails!) but in the meanwhile I wanted to propose  another option, the trendy collection of rugs by Urban Outfitters
I really like the first and the second one, from top left, what about you?
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