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Wood and concrete for the restaurant Ryù

The Japanese restaurant Ryù in Westmount (Canada), designed by Ménard Dworkind is a very good example of natural elegance.

The interior design rotates around lines and circles, wood and concrete. Straight lines, which are in the panelling, the bar wooden chairs, the wooden strips above the bar, the lines of the concrete bricks that form the bar, the suspensions, the floor boards mix perfectly with the circles which are in the rounded seats and armchairs around the rounded tables, the rounded light bulbs of the suspensions, the hole in the base of the bar chairs but also the curve of the stripy panelling above the bar in contrast with sharp angles of the lights above the bar.

Two natural materials like concrete and wood dominate the space and combine the two geometric elements. It is all grey and a warm honey wood color inside the restaurant Ryù a part from accents of emerald green/blue (plants and upholstery) and black (the pendants, the pipes, some architectural spots lights, the uniforms).

The scraps on the walls look like an abstract painted forest, giving the dismissed wall look a new meaning.

For more concrete inspiration, have a look at the original Caso Do Coto Hotel in Porto or at Olimpia and Edoardo’s apartment in Rome or get some DIY ideas on how to use cinder blocks in your interiors.

Photos by David Dworkind.

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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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Extendable console tables by Mobili Fiver

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As usual I am having a very busy September, and October is starting to fill up as well. I have something on every weekend: friends visiting, short breaks away, working Saturdays, birthday parties: it looks like my first free weekend will be in November!

Apart from the usual work load and intense social life, I am helping a friend redecorate her house.

She has recently separated from her partner and she wants to refresh the look of her apartment (it is actually true, heart broken women willing to start again change their hairstyle or the house style).

Often, in big cities above but not only, the issue is space and budget.

My strategy is to invest in some nice lights and art, in some versatile pieces of furniture and opt for a slim sofa and armchairs to maximize the space.

Mobili Fiver has some key transformable consoles and tables at very reasonable prices. I got my friend an extendable console table that doubles as a dining table, perfect for when she has friends or the large family. The consolle we went for is called First (see photo below) and it measures 90x45x76 cm when closed  but it can be extended up to 305 cm and host up to 14 people!

The opening mechanism is uncomplicated and it has 5 easy-to-assembly extensions; according to how many extensions you insert the console can become 149 cm, 201 cm, 253 cm or 305 cm.

The price is very affordable because Mobili Fiver produces in Italy and doesn’t have showrooms or middle men, they just sell online; in this way they can cut costs and have more competitive prices.

The convenience to have an extendable console consists also in the fact that it is easy to carry and it doesn’t take much space.

It can save your life in a holiday house as well, in the terrace or garden; when needed, you can carry it outside easily.

Also the tables from the same brand have linear shapes and the same extendable advantage. Some, like the model “Easy” pictured below, becomes 220 cm long and the extensions can be put under the top of the table when closed; others, like for instance the model “Eldorado” from square (90 x 90 cm) becomes rectangular 180 cm x 90 cm.

It is worth keeping Mobili Fiver in mind, because many of us, despite how big are our houses are, don’t have enough space…or too many guests!

The extendable console First in Oak.

The extendable console “Angelica”.

A detail of the “First” console in Rustic Wood.

The extendable table “Easy”.

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Valentine Loellman’s fantastic designs

Valentine Loellman is a very cute 35 year old designer from the south of Germany and, apart from the fact that he is cute, he caught my attention for 3 reasons:

  • For his singular poetic furniture
  • For his house that is a gorgeous version of a house from The Lord of the Rings
  • And because in his ‘About’ page he has got the links to his 6 siblings’ websites who have all developed some artistic talent (my favourite being Miriam Loellman)

His furniture stands resolutely on wobbly legs, like giraffes or fawns.

They seem to be part of an elegant fairy tale and they carry the fascination of the forest because they are made of charred black and polished oak or walnut.

 

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Train your eyes

The best part of having an established blog is that designers from all over the world get in contact with you to say hello and present their designs (I have already spoken about this in a previous post about the designer Valerio Vidali) .

Last week, a lovely young Chinese designer, Yingjie Chen, wrote me an email and I discovered her furniture collection.

Despite her young age, her CV is impressive.

Her pieces are beautiful and they are foldable and can be disassembled which makes them shipping easy (as well as a reduced environmental impact).

I asked Yingjie Chen a few questions about her approach to design and inspiration:

Have you always been interested in designing objects?

I was interested in designing objects when I started my bachelor’s degree in industrial design. I enjoy problem-solving, the potential problem in the existing products and also exploring the possibility of the user’s interaction with products.

Who are the designers that inspire you?

I have been inspired by a lot of designers and architects. The person I was inspired by the most was the French Designer, Philippe Stark. His designs range from a small tooth brush to a boat and they have very strong characters. I was also inspired by I.M Pei, Renzo Piano, Frank Lloyd Wright and so on.

What everyday object do you wish you had designed?

“I wish I could have designed some cookware products, such as the blender, cooking pot and utensils. I enjoy cooking and sometimes, I realize a well-designed cooking product that could give users a more comfortable interaction and feeling.”

What is your advice for young designers?

“Train your eyes! Explore everything around you, from nature to buildings, to animals and to products. I think as a designer, you need to have a good eye to find out the beautiful things in the life and be inspired by them. What is good about being a designer is that we have the power to create functional and aesthetic products, which will improve people’s daily lives.”

You now live in Usa, what do you miss about China?

“I have studied in the USA for four years and what I miss the most is definitely my family, they have always supported my studies and career. I also miss Chinese food!”

I am sure the sweet and talented Yingjie is going to have a brilliant carrier and I hope that when in Rome she will give me a call for a coffee and so we can talk about design and Chinese food!

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Studio 140 Italian Arts and Crafts

I have known and worked with Emanuele for a few years and I am very excited about his new creative adventure, Studio 140.

Emanuele is an experienced art conservator, a skilled artisan, a volcanic designer and a lovely person.

In the last twenty years, he has designed and made many beautiful tables, frames, chairs; what I am showing you today and what you can see on Studio 140 website is only a selection of what he has created so far.

Emanuele has a unique approach because he merges the expertise of an artisan, the subtlety of an restorer and the inventiveness of a designer.

The result is Studio 140, a collection of life-lasting, beautifully detailed pieces.

All pieces can be made in any size a part from the unique pieces.

Studio 140 is also working on a new furniture collection made with scagliola, a substance made of selenite, glue and natural pigments that resembles marble or semi-precious stones.

This technique was very popular during the Baroque and it allows to make very hard-wearing surfaces with a richness of colors not possible in natural marble.

Here is a selection of my favourite pieces!

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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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I ♥ Marco Barina’s sculptures

I was born in the region of Emilia Romagna in the centre north of Italy, in the Bassa Parmense, a very flat area of this region famous for the production of Parma ham and Parmesan cheese, for its castles scattered all over the territory and for the extremely humid hot climate in the summer and thick creamy soup like fog in the winter.

Even if I have lived most of my life in Rome, I feel emiliana. I recognize it as my homeland and it is the place of my family.

In fact it is the place where one day (no hurry) I will be buried.

In this area, genial and eccentric personalities have been born. Perhaps the extreme weather forges the passions of the people living in this flat part of the world.

One of my father’s cousins is, for instance, an incredible collector of posters, postcards and antiques. His collection is exquisite, professionally archived and is constantly utilized by local media outlets.

One of my cousins is a successful reportage photographer who spends months covering the struggles in place like the Democratic Republic of Congo, wins prizes but keeps away from the limelight.

During my most recent trip back I also met a very interesting and sweet interior designer who used to own a very cool design shop in Salsomaggiore and has decorated some wonderful properties in the area. She happens to be +deco reader as well, which makes me happy.

At Easter, I went to visit the Masone’s Labyrinth as well and discovered an incredible artist called Marco Barina.

Marco Barina makes ancestral anthropomorphic figures with things he finds in flee markets.

His figures that incredibly look primitive and futuristic at the same time, stare at you with different eyes!

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Elegant and masculine: Hotel National des Arts et Métiers

Paris must have the most beautiful hotels in the world.

I have written a number of posts about Parisien hotels on +deco but there is always something new to show you, like the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers, a real gem designed by Raphael Navot.

The hotel is elegant, timeless and masculine which, in a period characterized by  pink and gold abuse, is refreshing.

The use of colors, from the light blues to the earthy red and green, is masterful .

The grey marble staircase is a sculpture. The geometrical design makes the granite floor look like a soft rug.

The linen tapestry painted (picture below) with Japanese ink by Gael Davrinche is a poetic representation of the mood of a sea sky.

The rest is elegant and sober, for a calming experience.

And you, which one do you like best between the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers shown here and the Hotel Henriette or Hotel Panache ?

Photos by  Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

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Hay for Ikea

Hay has just released a few images of the products they designed for Ikea; the collection called Ypperlig will be released in October worldwide.

This is another prestigious collaboration, after the Sinnerling collection designed by one of my favourite interior designer Ilse Crawford in 2015. One of prettiest Ikea pendant lights is part of that collection;  you can still spot this lamp made of bamboo lattice in so many cool houses and bars published in magazines.

The Ypperlig collection looks very well made, in perfect accord with Hay‘s philosophy  but at the very competitive Ikea’s prices.

I will definitely get for me and the people I work with the black stationary set; it is difficult to find affordable stylish objects for the desks (in fact at home I keep stationary in a draw)!

The red framed mirror, also available in green, seems to be a very good idea for an entryway.

Ikea is getting better even in presenting their products, the styling in the Ypperlig campaign photos is wonderful, the images are very catchy and inspirational. For instance I love the dark red wall with the pink pipe, definitely an idea to copy!

Which one is your favourite Hay/Ikea piece?

Have you already thought about what would you like to change in your house or working space in Autumn?

 

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