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The future of design

On one hand the future of design will make a more and more sophisticated, creative effort to present new shapes, and on the other hand it is going to be about improving the performance of  furniture and spaces.

In the last half century, the production and sale of objects has increased massively and the thirst for new things has intensified vertiginously.

Images circulate extremely fast these days with the inevitable consequence that they get ‘old’ within a short period of time.

When in the past the development and the popularisation of a new design used to take years, now a new product is in front of everybody’s eyes and available to buy within minutes or, we should say, clicks. Trends come and go so rapidly that being trendy is a full time and expensive job.

Because in the last few years we have been immersed in images and products and we live in a fast devouring society, being original has become very difficult.

In fields where aesthetics need to meet functionality, like interior design or fashion, coming up with a new concept or idea is even more challenging.

Design, fashion, architecture are not like music that offers an infinite combination of notes; they need to take into consideration the use of an object, they need to pursue a certain standard of comfortability and performance.

So what has the future of design got in store for us?

I believe that in the next few years designers will concentrate on inventing new shapes or looks and they will focus on giving objects, furniture, houses and clothes new functions.

Designers will stretch the limits of functionality as much as possible in order to present fresh looking and more efficient products.

We will see houses that barely look like the houses we have seen before, furnished with tables with incorporated touch screens or beds that can react to the needs of your body. We will buy textiles that don’t need to be ironed and don’t burn or shrink and it will be normal to turn the oven on using our mobile phones.

Natural elements and vintage objects will compensate this compulsion to have or experience something new all the time.

We will have wooden floors, plants and some pieces of furniture from the past in our houses to remind us of what we are, in a society that moves too fast and produces too much.

The future of design will push the concept of evolution and ponder the fact that too much evolution can turn in devolution.ù


This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader, link to this page to get more info the project.

If you want to read my interview about the Interior Design Trends 2017, click here.

The Frame by Samsung, a television that looks like a framed photo.

The Frame by Samsung, a television that looks like a framed photo.

The new look of an every-day object by Bonnemazou Cambus.

The new look of an every-day object by Bonnemazou Cambus.


Two images of the Origami house by AGi Architects in Kuwait, a building that out-dares the concept of house as we are used to think about.

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New hexagonal tiles

Hexagonal tiles have been a big trend in the last two years and a clever way to add pattern to walls or floors.

When I work on a project I always decide first which materials I am going to use. Sometimes the materials have already a big personality (for instance marble) so you don’t need to add much color. In this case, I like to add pattern, introducing differently shaped tiles or wooden boards.

Introducing a pattern in the scheme, allow you to keep the rest quite neutral without falling into boring; you can do that going for tiles of natural materials in different shapes.

Here are some examples of what you can do with hexagonal tiles. You can go for a mixture of wooden and marble floor tiles like in the top photo (Oak and marble floor by Idee & Parquet by Gazzotti), or simply go for simple grey tiles but in a hexagonal shape and combined with copper faucets (interior by Ambert Interiors), propose a wooden spectacular 3D wall (Timber Alexander tiles by Giles Miller) or provide a natural stone background to your bath like in the Porcelanosa catalogue.

If you feel braver, you can copy the solution in the bottom photo picturing the Cups Nine Cafè in Greece, and let the hexagonal tiles invading the wooden floor.

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Interior Design Trends 2017- my contribution

The prestigious website The Lux Pad  has asked me, together with some influential bloggers, what the interior design trends will be in 2017.

This is my contribution:

“In 2017 people will display a more conscientious approach to consumerism, preferring more quality solutions and natural materials. Plants are going to be the must-have decoration for the house and they will inspire the colour palette for wall paint together with Africa (ochre, rust, burgundy). Wood will be widely used, counterbalanced by materials like marble and plexiglass. The Nineties are back with velvet, geometric shapes and tartans”.

Read the entire article here.


Image from www.vtwonen.nl

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Leah Bartholomew’s art prints

Leah Bartholomew‘s website is a must see not just because of her vibrant art prints but also because the photos that present her work are very well-styled and give food for creative thought. The image below, for instance, presents a very pleasant bedroom where all the elements work together in harmony: the functional but stylish wooden furniture, the accessories, the beautifully matched linen throws, the punchy-colored art work.

Italians like white walls. They generally invest in good quality building work, materials and finishings and for this reason they go for the safer decorative option, the option that won’t bore them after a few months. When they move in their brand new houses though, they find their spaces cold and lacking of personality and often they ask me how to add color and character. The best way is to pick original art work and add colorful accessories. Keep in mind that colorful doesn’t necessary mean bright red or radiant yellow. It can mean a well thought composition of natural textiles in earthy colors, an unusual combination of hues (like in some photos from Leah Bartholomew‘s website) or plants and flowers.

I will never get tired of saying that keeping the house uncluttered and displaying only pretty objects is mandatory. It doesn’t matter if the old auntie could get upset if she doesn’t see the horrid expensive ceramic angel she gave you at your wedding on display on your shelf.  Your esthetic well being is much more important.

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About the benches by Torafu Architects and who people support

People seemed to be surprised but I wasn’t. The fact that Americans voted Trump and British voted to leave Europe concerns me but it didn’t come unexpected for me.

Many people have consciously voted for a more individualistic, nationalistic country. In a period when the huge responsibilities that capitalist countries have had in fuelling or creating conflicts and atrocities around the world are starting to be clear, many people decided, with their votes, to make a statement. They admitted that they don’t want to or they can’t take this huge responsibility, they have to think about themselves, they rather vote for a more rigid management.

Moreover these results highlight the fact that people see immigrants as a threat and a menace to their rights and stability.

I hope that our governments and we, inhabitants of the capitalistic countries, will find the way to build a more sustainable society for ourselves and for the people of poor countries.

I leave you with these thoughts and with the very supportive Dozo benches by  Torafu Architects.

The benches, made of red cedar wood and steel, incorporate canes. The simple shape of the seat is made more poetic by adding an usual element, the cane, that also functions as a support in getting up.

I love the silhoutte with rounded steel legs . It would look amazing at the end of a corridor or a bed and we wait for a public garden version of it maybe made entirely in steel.



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I need some Witamina-D

I have been flirting with the idea of producing my own furniture for a while. I already have a list of designs I would like to make. 
The problem is that I need longer days and/or a fat inheritance that would allow me to concentrate on my projects without worrying. 
I could reduce my time sleeping or try to be more efficient but it looks like I have enough things on my plate at the moment, between work, the blog, the family and my essential weekly dose of social and cultural appointments. 
Perhaps I could cut the time I spend chatting -face to face, on the phone, on Whatsapp (which I am beginning to develop a sort of hatred for, read this for more funny complaining). It has become a world of people who speak too much without saying anything interesting?  
The best solution is probably the big fat inheritance. 
So I’m hearby announcing my availability for adoption prior to a presentation of assets and bank account records!!!! No time wasters please.
In the meanwhile, lets enjoy these charming designs from Witamina D, a polish design duo that create durable, simple things, using beautiful wood. 
Mi è balenata più volte l’idea di produrre degli arredi disegnati da me. Ho già una lista di design che farei. 
Il problema è che avrei bisogno di giorni più lunghi e/o di una grassa eredità che mi permetta di dedicarmi ai miei progetti senza pressioni. 
Potrei recuperare tempo dormendo meno o cercando di essere più efficiente ma mi sembra di fare già abbastanza, fra il lavoro, il blog, la famiglia e una dose di vita culturale e sociale, per me vitale.
Forse potrei ridurre il tempo speso a chiacchierare -faccia a faccia, al telefono, su Whatsapp (verso cui nutro astio al momento, leggi qui). E’ diventato un mondo di persone che parlano troppo senza dire niente (di necessario? di interessante? a voi l’ardua sentenza).
Mi sa che la soluzione migliore è la grassa grossa eredità. 
Apro ufficialmente le candidature per la mia adozione previa presentazione dichiarazione dei redditi; astenersi perditempo.
Nel frattempo, godiamoci questi interessanti design di Witamina D
un duo polacco che crea oggetti semplici e solidi, usando bei legni. 
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Vako design

I am going to write only a few lines today as a sign of respect for all those people who lost their beloved in such a brutal attack on Friday in Paris.
The interesting designs pictured above and below are by Vakhtangi Darjania, in art Vako, a Georgian young guy who now lives in USA.  
Vako Design takes inspiration from the Socialist architecture and uses mainly plywood to create shapes that become various objects.
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The Duck and Rice restaurant in London

Last weekend I was in London and my friends Jackie and Kelly took me for a birthday treat to The Gallery at Sketch for an amazing afternoon tea (and a glass of proper champagne). On the way to Oxford Circus where I was supposed to meet them, I walked past the newly opened The Duck and Rice and I couldn’t resist to take a peek inside. 
The Duck and Rice showcases, in a blue shell, some of the biggest trends of the moment: copper beer tanks, brown leather upholstered industrial seats, gold finished lights, rich wooden floors, elaborated glass walls
The result is very classy and not predictable. The flowery blue and white walls soften the predominant masculine presence of browns, wood and leather, and brushed bronze. 
It is definitely a look to copy.
I was tempted to stop for a nibble to be honest, apparently the food is really good there, either at the restaurant upstairs or at the gastropub downstairs…next time!
If you want to recreate the same look, just get a vintage light, a wooden table, a brown leather armchair and, for instance, one of Christian Lacroix’s wallpapers from Designers Guild, pictured below (Azulejos e Belle Rives). 
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Charlie Styrbjörn Nilsson’s Ladder

I have always appreciated this young Swedish designer since last year I saw his Ladder, made with steam bent wood techniques. It is such an outstanding piece of furniture! 
I really like the Cabinet Luftig as well, the colour and the shape of it reminds me of the Chinese cabinets but with a contemporary feeling. The knobs are made of cedar, they spread a nice perfume in the cabinet and they keep pests away. The twisted ribs of the see-through doors   add interest and movement to the volume catching the light.
Charlie Styrbjörn Nilsson is definitely a designer to keep an eye on. 


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Room collection by Kyuhyung Cho

Who says that bookshelves are for books? Well, surely not these ones from the Room Collection by Kyuhyung Cho that are more for looking at than filling with stuff. 
Over the long bank holiday weekend, I went to not one but two picnics with friends and their kids in a beautiful park near the Appia Antica, here in Rome, a large area of wild nature full of Roman ruins and secret paths. We walked a lot and I saw some amazing trees with incredible trunks. I would have loved to take some photos but I am not the kind of person who always has their phone in their pocket. 
In a time where everybody is into iron and vintage I crave some nice hand-made wooden pieces of furniture or features like the ones by Kyuhyung Cho in the pictures above.
See also the amazing Corners bookshelves he designed this year (third photo from the botton), presented in the Rossana Orlandi gallery.