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March 31, 2021

Modern Shapes for the Home | All new Kristina Dam design

stone objects  Lacuna shape

I already showed you one of my favourite Travertine objects for the home by Kristina Dam the other week: 3 Travertine accessories for your home As a fervent lover of all things sculptural for years it is great to see so many people embracing new shapes for their home. Although many big brands jump on the wagon, the original makers and artist will survive and still be there when the hype is over. And their objects will still be found in my home. You know when you really love something right! 

Using design objects in various shapes and materials from the collection by Kristina Dam is a great way to start decorating your home with modern Vases, Candleholder and Sculptures. I really love stone and ceramic having a smooth chalky surface combined with the raw of the base, the Lacuna Shape is all up my alley. 
Lacuna shape
Lacuna Shape


block sculpture

The smooth sandstone plates of the Block Sculpture lock seamlessly into each other forming this sculpture


Monolith vase

Monolith vases made of grey stoneware. 


offset candle holder
The Offset Candleholder is no ordinary candleholder, but rather a sculpture also capable of holding a candle. A graphic and bold designed piece of accessory.


images courtesy Kristina Dam






March 29, 2021

A cast aluminium brass chair by Vincenzo de Cotiis

brass chair private home

Whenever in Milan I try to visit Vincenzo de Cotiis, see some pictures I took during my latest visit here: ANTHOLOGY | Vincenzo De Cotiis During the exhibition where next to his own, the work of several of my other favourite designers was shown. Today I love to show a few images of the cast aluminium brass chair by Vincenzo de Cotiis and how it is used in this private home designed by Vincenzo. 
cast aluminium brass chair
cast aluminium brass chair
A cast aluminium brass chair by Vincenzo de Cotiis in a private home

pictures courtesy Vincenzo de Cotiis

March 25, 2021

Serene elegance in this kitchen with a tiled Travertine splash back

backsplash kitchen travertine tilesA friend of mine is redesigning her boyfriend kitchen, changing a few important details, like the backsplash and cabinet doors and the balcony attached to the kitchen. I already wrote about Rowson Kitchens before, have a look here if you missed it: New reeded glass door ideas for your kitchen
and I was pleasantly surprised when she showed me the main inspiration for their kitchen renovation. We both loved use of vertical tiles. 

March 22, 2021

An earthy dream space by MNMA Studio | Dois Tropicos

Terracotta vases brick stairs

What a space, after seeing the first pictures I fell in love with the earthy tones, the curves, the use of materials and the overall feeling of calmness. Designed by MNMA studio, Dois Tropicos is a beautiful wellness space : botanic store, yoga class and restaurant in Brazil. A contemporary element that, when opened, brings back some lost time of ancient forms of construction, a slow passing of time, contact with earth, a feeling of coming home. 


The concept of the project is a hybrid space, there is no determination or boundaries. A place that integrates gastronomy, the practice of yoga and botany, where people can feel in every way the importance of spending time to take care of themselves, slowly and with pleasure. A commercial space that creates a homelike hosting experience, using nostalgia and natural matter, crafted by artisan hands that desire to achieve not perfection but real environments. 

ceramics vases brick countertop
ceramic vases on shelves stairs


wellness facade folding doors


Materials and local craftsmen

Materiality builds the crossing planes that then become carriers for a tonal rhythm; the resulting immersion brings up new intimacy to the architectural space. All materials were thought to reverberate the connection between nature and external spaces.

The soil reacts allegorically to the sunlight movement along the day, turning walls, ceilings and the floor not into limits or boundaries, but into canvases for the light to express itself gradually in various forms. (As it is possible to enjoy comfortably great and authentic food, full of flavours).

The material used was created by a process of cooking the subtle varied colours of earth into bricks, allying the technical drawings to the empirical exercise of craftsmanship. The same material was projected onto walls and ceilings, honouring and expanding its plasticity; it expands our senses, bringing texture, tone gradation and detail to the delicate gesture of drawing spaces, even inviting us for a pause to feel the smell of wet earth when it rains.

The staircase was built using raw materials, some leftovers, but although there was a precise drawing, the result is both gestual and intimate, due to small imperfections. By contrast, the facade is technological, drafted and executed with precision, thought to allow sun and wind in, to avoid artificial air conditioning systems.

The façade is made of polycarbonate panels designed specifically because of its translucid properties and durability. These panels were assembled in aluminum frames that rotate and slide to create different opening patterns.Externally, the back patio was not pavimented to allow for drainage and was covered with granite gravel for mechanical resistance. The furniture and all main floor is all made of handcrafted bricks, using different earth tones and textures, made by local craftsmen
Text: MNMA Studio 

spa and store in earthy tones
shower
washbasin bricks
stair in natural materials
restaurant bar in bricks
restaurant counter and tables


Images Andre Klotz via MNMA Studio, with thanks!  

March 18, 2021

3 Travertine accessories for your home



Travertine is still going strong and lots of seventies coffee, dinner tables found their way back into our homes. I really love how travertine is also used for different smaller accessories and collected a few of my favourites.

I previously showed you a lot of beautiful new books, in my opinion one of the best styling objects at home. Have a look at how I styled the books at home here: Styling with coffee table books The 'Equi bookend' made out of Travertine stone beautifully complements our styling. A versatile bookend also available in marble, designed to subtly assist or counterweight our books and magazines. Equi can be placed in several different ways, and can even be used as a sculptural element in its own right.





Sculptural, enticing and stylish candleholder in Sandstone and Travertine. "The Offset" by Kristina Dam is not only a sculptural piece but also used as a candleholder.... Love it! 

Another beautiful travertine accessory is the centrepiece pictured below by Belgian Dôme Deco, one of their new travertine home accessories. 



 





March 14, 2021

5 facts to remember when looking for the right sofa

saba sofa
©vosgesparis

Oh my.... such a struggle to find the perfect sofa, being it one of the most expensive and defining furniture pieces in our home makes the choice even more difficult. Most of us also have to save quite some time to buy a sofa of a few thousand euros, the pressure is high and the choice is enormous.

Every sofa has a few pros and cons, sometimes the seat is too deep, then the sofa is too bulky or I simply find it boring. What I did find out during all this time at home is that I mainly use the couch to chill, watch a movie or have a power nap. The seating depth, which was the deciding factor for my current sofa (the Stockholm by Bolia) seems less important if I honestly look at how I really use a sofa. Comfort and a luxury feeling seem way more important at this moment and of course it has to fit my home. If only we could try out sofa's at our homes before deciding. 

Something else I also gave up on is drooling over a Living Divani or Mario Bellini sofa, pictured below, I simply do not have that much money to spent on a sofa! I also stopped looking for curved sofa's, really love them but seeing them everywhere now I think they became too trendy and almost mainstream in a bad way and will bore me really soon. When it comes to choosing the right sofa I wrote down five points I thought were important for me personally to remember when choosing a new sofa... scroll further!

Eyeswoon Mario Bellini sofa by Nicole Franzen
© Nicole Franzen


5 important facts to remember when looking for the right sofa

- Lounging and the possibility to make different arrangements.
- Light in color, different whites and beige are favourite.
- A piece with an open end is a favourite.
- A separate square module to slide on could also form the open end.
- The possibility to form a corner sofa or two opposite each other.


Looking at my personal wishes, a modular system or sofa with additional items to enlarge or rearrange the setting,  is what I should look for. Choices, choices, not my strongest quality! Nevertheless, I have found a number of sofas to choose from let me know on Instagram what you think. On Instagram I also had a questionary some time ago and you gave me lots of suggestions, thank you! You can find 3 stories with them in my latest 'home highlight' you might need to click through a bit. 



Saba pixel sofa


I first saw the Pixel Sofa by Sergio Bicego for Saba during Milan Design week where I also made the first picture. Italian design featuring a series of elements that can be freely combined, thanks to an exclusive connector created by Saba Italia. In this way the arm- and backrests can be removed from the bases to form endless new arrangements. The feather-padded seat cushions feature special quilted covers which highlight the limitless possibilities for mixing the fabrics in the Saba collection to create a new and unique sofa every time. Thanks to the distinctive shape of the back- and arm-rests, the overall width and depth of the sofa are surprisingly small, without penalizing its handsome good looks. 

The covers are fully removable, which in my opinion is always a plus, especially with white sofa's. I have always dreamed of a kind of an island in the middle of my room. I only have one large wall in my living, lots of windows on two sides and 2 other small pieces of wall. This kind of sofa would do the trick, but might become to big in my 23m2 room. 

Ferm living Catena Sofa

5 important facts to remember when looking for the right sofa

- Lounging and the possibility to make different arrangements.
- Light in color, different whites and beige are favourite.
- A piece with an open end is a favourite.
- A separate square module to slide on could also form the open end.
- The possibility to form a corner sofa or two opposite each other.


Looking at my personal wishes, a modular system or sofa with additional items to enlarge or rearrange the setting,  is what I should look for. Choices, choices, not my strongest quality! Nevertheless, I have found a number of sofas to choose from let me know on Instagram what you think. On Instagram I also had a questionary some time ago and you gave me lots of suggestions, thank you! You can find 3 stories with them in my latest 'home highlight' you might need to click through a bit. 




Catena sofa by Ferm Living
A more loose fit with the Catena Sofa by Ferm Living, I remember testing it at imm Cologne last year year and how comfy it was, like most modular sofa's lots of possibilities and different modules with or without armpits, I particularly love the open end of this model. Something I find difficult when looking up sofa's is that often the back of a sofa is not shown in catalogues or on the website. 

Jax sofa HK Living

The sofa above and below is the Jax from HK Living I really like as well. It is a bit formal but the curves are beautiful and it looks like a comfortable couch. 


Jax couch by HK Living



Mags sofa by Hay

A long time favourite.. The Mags sofa by Danish Hay, here in a soft version, high or low armrests can be chosen, lots of different fabric and leather. What I remember and did not liked about this sofa by then was the low seat, something I now would love more than when I was looking for a higher seat and a sofa with high legs. 



Montis Domino18 sofa

Also first spotted at imm the Domino 18 by Dick Spierenburg for Montis, another modular system with endless possibilities and beautiful fabrics. 


 
March 10, 2021

An ornamental stone centrepiece by Frederic Saulou

Stone centrepiece
Not that much physical is happening these days in Design land and I thought it was a good moment to look into the little archive of interesting design and designers I have collected over time. It actually became me quite large as I keep saving images, while new collections and press releases come in at the same time. One day I love to make a post about new collections and other days I feel more like showing you the designers I found myself.

March 4, 2021

Bringing colour into my home with Yumeko bedlinen

I really love this time of the year and always feel so inspired to change things around when the first glimpse of Spring is in the air. I love my home and its latest changes, I still need to work on some major details though, to be honest there are a few, think new curtains or changing that couch, not because it is too old but because I want a lighter overall look. I would love to be able to make some quick decisions, but a new couch or curtains are not the most affordable changes and with the many options and brands around I want to choose wisely for each room. 

March 2, 2021

A hanging bookshelf | New design by Imperfetto lab

bookshelf

In between hills filled with cherry and olive trees, cultivated plains and piles of recyclable steel and iron, Verter Turroni and Emanuela Ravelli live and work together with their three children creating the most beautiful and unexpected design projects.