Interior Design Trend – Exposed Brickwork

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Exposed brick wall trend is raw, unfiltered, and primal, perhaps indicative a previous life of the space or of a life that earned a new meaning.  Interior decor is full of controversial fads and the exposed brick wall is one such statement.  The origin of this interior trend can be traced to globalization of manufacturing and de-industrialization of urban neighborhoods, more specifically the conversion of abandoned factories whose products are no longer needed or have moved to an overseas production plants.  Repurposing former industrial spaces for residential purposes left traces of rustic aesthetic that feels “naked” but also evocative of history.

When it comes to the decor of such spaces, it is a hit or miss with plenty of times when the unfinished element is inflated in an unflattering way.  However, more times than not, this unique design element builds momentum because of its flaws and subsequently makes everything else in the space look and feel “pulled-together”.

Check out these amazing examples that make the exposed brick feel like an integral and necessary decor element.

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio dining table with Bolero pendants by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Oxford sideboard, Kos occasional table collection and Flag floor lamp by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

Drop wine rack by Cattelan Italia

2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A blend of citric yellow and refreshing green, this particular green hue suggests positivity, hope and new beginnings.  “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute when introducing the color to the world.

Greenery is known as an invigorating color whose presence proves to have a desirable effect on well-being and overall healthy state of mind.   As Laurie Pressman, vice president at the Pantone Color Institute explained, “Greens help our heartbeat to slow down, help us to breathe and pull ourselves away from a world tied to flat screens and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world.”

Unlike a richer, jewel-toned green that signifies luxury, Greenery is a simpler shade with a yellow undertone that is more suggestive of minimalism rather than opulence and of modern elegance instead exaggerated flamboyance.  Pantone 15-0343 is this year’s neutral and can be used as such in any space and within the context of many stylistic twists.

In interior design, Greenery is perhaps too bold to be the main color, and is better utilized as an accent and a complement to a variety of color schemes from cooler to warmer tones.  It is also the perfect color to interject into any space through its literal interpretation, in the form of actual greenery.  By bringing the outside in, green becomes independent of any décor and design constituent.

With the beginning of the year behind us, it is time to think about how this color can translate into our everyday space.  Will it be through a dining chair like Cattelan Italia’s Vita that’s paired with an-all white Ray Drive dining table?  Paralleling the color scheme of white and Greenery, Presotto Italia shows that this refreshing color combo chosen for one of its I-modulART wall unit compositions belongs in the modern living room.

If desiring one or two statement pieces that will embody the prominent focal point of a space, then look no further than the velvet upholstered Structure armchair by Bonaldo, edgy Flow sideboard by Presotto Italia or the Metal glass table lamp by Foscarini for Diesel.  All of these intricate and highly illustrative accents evoke everything that Pantone intended to convey with their 2017 Color of the Year choice.

Greenery - 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

Does the term “hand-made” really applies to glass?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

One would typically associate hand-made techniques with upholstery, woodworking and other crafts-driven creations, with glass not really being linked to having anything to do with non-machine driven process.  And yet, Fiam’s iconic sculpture-like coffee table proves that glass is a material that can be indeed used to construct an entirely hand-made design.  The Atlas statuesque coffee table is one of Fiam Italia’s most distinguished productions.  Designed by a renowned British sculptor Danny Lane, Atlas coffee table incorporates tiers of straight and curved edge 20mm thick glass molded entirely by hand into refractive and reflective surfaces.  Danny Lane is an renowned sculptor and it’s of no surprise that his masterpiece for Fiam is a collector’s item with museum worthy character.

Atlas coffee table by Danny Lane for Fiam Italia

Atlas cocktail table close-up details

Atlas coffee table close-up

Atlas coffee table production process

Designer Profile: Konstantin Grcic

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

To the naked eye, Konstantin Grcic is the epitome of raw industrialism, because just by briefly looking at his most accolated work, the common theme of minimally essential silhouettes gets the spotlight time and time again.  Perhaps this is not as surprising given that the very origin of today’s modern design, the Bauhaus movement and Grcic share the same German roots.

Iconic modern designs by Konstantin Grcic

Iconic modern designs by Konstantin Grcic

From an early age, Konstantin Grcic found inspiration in the functionality of common objects, starting his career in cabinet manufacturing and eventually studying design at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.  Once he set his foot in the world, Grcic’s immediate stylistic impact had a very particular signature, favoring simplicity and essentialism to access.  His passion for architecture and innovation became the common denominator repeatedly seen through the multitude of collaborations that Grcic had over the years.  Among his more groundbreaking partnerships is the one with Magis, which in 2003 produced one of the most iconic modern furniture pieces, fittingly named Chair ONE.  Other legendary contributions to the design universe included Mayday table lamp for Flos which earned Grcic his first Compasso d’Oro Award; Osorom table/chair for Moroso; as well as various products for the likes of Vitra, Driade, BD Barcelona, Establish & Sons and many others.

At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Konstantin Grcic earned the “migliore designer” award which celebrated his creativity and purity as well as his innovative adaptation of new materials in a modern context.  The judges applauded Grcic’s successful illustration of new design ‘while remaining true to his own rigorous technical and expressive language.’

Designer Profile: Marcel Wanders

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer and architect considered to be one of the most talented, forward thinking innovators of our generation.  With a truly unique style that is easily recognizable, Marcel Wanders has made his mark on the design world setting out to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make…exciting dreams come true.” Known to seamlessly combine styles and materials with historical influences, Marcel Wanders conceives each of his projects, be it an interior or a product, with exhaustive attention to detail, intertwining opulence and exclusivity to instill an utterly unique sensory experience onto the space or the object.

Marcel Wanders is the co-founder of Moooi, a Dutch manufacturer of innovative, modern furniture, lighting and accessories as well as the interior mastermind behind notable architectural wonders like the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Kameha Grand hotel in Bonn, the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami, Quasar Istanbul Residences, and the Villa Moda flagship store in Bahrain.  Among his unforgettable collaborations are products for Mac Cosmetics, Alessi, Cappelini, Bisazza, Moroso, Kartell and Flos.  Marcel Wanders is the winner of numerous design awards, curator of extraordinary art exhibits and creator of provocative advertising campaigns that shattered boundaries between perception and reality.

With decades of artistic footprint on the global design community, Marcel Wanders continues to surprise with his ingenuity and imagination like this year’s tribute to the notorious French monarch Louis XIV with Le Roi Soleil Chandelier for Baccarat.  Infamous furniture designs like the Dream platform bed for Poliform or the Flare table for Magis as well as his more recent work for Louis Vuitton in the form of the highly voluptuous lounge chair reaffirm Wanders’ philosophy that “Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason”.

Famous designs by Marcel Wanders