Moooi and Erwin Olaf are nominated for 2014 Rotterdam Design Prize

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

During the 2013 Salone de Mobile in Milan Moooi and Erwin Olaf collaborated on an incredible showroom where Moooi’s new collection was presented against Erwin Olaf’s powerful photography.  The via Savone showroom became an experience more so then a showcase, with rich and powerful imagery, simultaneously integrating extraordinary art, designer furniture and inspiring lifestyles.  Titled Unexpected Welcome, the exhibition was organized as living quarters furnished with items from Moooi’s latest collection as well as many of the brand’s iconic pieces by Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, Joost van Bleiswijk, Edward van Vliet, Neri & Hu, to name a few.  Each vignette fused magnificent interior design and artistic photography by transforming realities and dimensions through hidden stories and the creative use of mannequins.

2013 Salone de Mobile showroom collaborated by Moooi and Erwin Olaf

Moooi showroom during 2013 Salone de Mobile fair in Milan

2013 Salone de Mobile stunning showroom by Moooi and Erwin Olaf

Moooi showroom became one of the most sought after attractions during this year’s design week in Milan and it comes as no surprise that Moooi and Erwin Olaf were nominated last month for the Rotterdam Design Prize 2014, one of the most coveted design awards in the world. Read More

Check out “Top 25” lists from Tripadvisor’s Travelers Choice 2012 Awards

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Tripadvisor has long been a source for fair reviews when it comes to everything travel, from hotels to restaurants, the feedback is collected from real people and that’s the most valuable asset of this trusted travel resource.  So it comes as no surprise that the aggregated information is compiled into various “Top 25” lists that, needless to say, arouse curiosity.

Select highlights include: Waldorf Astoria in Chicago as the winner of best hotel in United States while the 1st spot on the chart of world’s best, went to The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro, Belize.  Other interesting selections included Anastasis Apartments in Imerovigli, Greece which was Europe’s # 1 hotel, Caribbean Club in Grand Cayman was selected as the top hotel for the Caribbean Islands.

World’s top All-Inclusive resort went to Garonga Safari Camp in South Africa, with East Winds Inn in St. Lucia scoring top ranks as well.  Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo, Japan was selected as the most luxurious hotel in the world.  The trendiest US based hotel is the Smyth Hotel in New York City (which incorporates into its décor, our very own Naked glass armchair by Tonelli) while the trendiest hotel in the world went to Villa Zest in Cape Town South Africa.

Smyth Hotel in New York City

Smyth Hotel in New York City

The best hotel for romance in the world was the four seasons in Bora Bora, while the Andronis Luxury Suites in Greece was selected as the most romantic hotel in Europe.   For more information, visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

The 23rd Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Editor’s Awards – Part I

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

It is always interesting to see what stood out to the judges (representing leading industry design publications such as Metropolis Magazine, Dwell and Interni) from endless streams of creativity, especially after attending the fair in person and literally getting lost in the most unusual, innovative modern designs.  With that said, meet the winners and decide for yourself:

Body of Work – Vitra Tip Top chair by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

New Designer – Rich, Brilliant & Willing

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Modern interior elements inspired by this year’s Oscar nominated films

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Drawing inspiration from the 2011 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees is a bit of a far fetched analogy but one that is nonetheless fun to do.  The entertaining parallelisms between modern interiors and what the Academy selected as best picture contenders means thinking on the peripheries and delineating whether the movie is fittingly personified through its designer furniture element counterpart, which is a real challenge if you think of the messages embedded in this year’s nominees as well as the target audiences.

Gothic and intriguing: Black Swan / Nathan Modern Baroque Bed by Noir Collection

Black Swan

Resilient and resourceful: The Fighter / Rodeo Drive Marble Extension Dining Table by Cattelan Italia

The Fighter

Innovative and versatile: Inception / Gallery 127 Wall Unit with LED Lights by Milmueble

Inception

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Oscar Worthy Modern Hammock – Wave at the 82nd Academy Awards

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Since it was first introduced at the Maison&Object Designer Furniture Fair in September of 2008, Wave Hammock has been catching the world’s attention and making its mark through coveted design awards (like the 2009 Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award), honorary industry recognitions in major publications (like Marie Claire Maison and Made in Design) and through a one-of-a-kind US tour aptly titled “Catch the WAVE”. Wave’s #2 stop (after a month-long sojourn at the International Polo Club in Palm Beach Florida) is at the none other than the 2010 Academy Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge. Yes, Wave will get to cozy up to the crème de la crème of show business and serve as a backdrop to the other perk of attending the Oscars (other than winning one of course).

Wave4

So why exactly did the Wave Hammock so quickly and so profoundly became an undeniable symbol of outdoor extravagance.  Simply and mainly because it is one of a kind, a hybrid between a lounger, a hammock and a parasol, a piece of functional art, and sculptural seating solution that serves its intended purpose while centering its surroundings with outmost design aesthetics, comfort, convenience and ergonomics.

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