Delightful Design + Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral

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Lush Living Coral is the Pantone color of this year and in its most innovative embodiments in textiles, ceramics, furniture and decorative objects we can see a sense of classic modernist daring as well as bright minimalism.

 

In many ways this hue reflects other trends in design innovation including a new way of pairing bright almost Memphis style colors with classic mid-century. modernist design elements. We have a few favorite objects and furniture ideas that take this vibrant color and imbue it with design sensibility that pushes boundaries in style, form and tradition. One can go either opulent modern with high-end details or feature statement pieces in the delightful color.

 

Enjoy our curated pick for beautiful designs with Living Coral color. 

 

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The gorgeous Marie Chair by Essential Home combines the velvet plush coral with gold grid design.

 

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Coral colors can be added as more nuanced statement pieces in muted tones like this American Modern Russel Wright pitcher from Eclect Design, an elegant classic form beautifully revived by California-based Bauer pottery.

 

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Gan Low Stool | Nendo 

Color, tradition and form come together in this vibrant piece. Designed by Japanese studio Nendo, this coral Aram low stool is inspired in part by the traditional Indian technique that works with iron wires in circles. The table is constructed with powder-coated stainless steel wire.  We have admired the designs of Canadian born designer Oki Sato for some time, whose works are found in stellar collections including The Museum of Modern Art. This year Nendo was named the AW Architektur & Wohnen Designer of the Year.

 

 

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We also look the curvilinear lines and smooth silhouette of the coral covered sofa from Allsteeloffice, an unexpected subtlety of color and surface. Living coral is perfect for statement pieces for the home or office.

Four Beautiful Modern Kitchens

In North America holiday season is fast upon us, and many of us are thinking about our cooking and entertaining spaces. Some of us are even renovating before the season really gets into full swing!! Now, while we all love the perennial appeal of a white crisp kitchen whether traditional or nordic style, there is so much to think about when it comes to choosing a space with depth, character and layered hues. We hope you enjoy our gallery of sophisticated kitchens distinguished by elegant combinations of natural materials and mid century modernist classicism.

Stunning Kitchen #1: A Historic Space with Contemporary Flair

 

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This grand space takes historic architecture and marries it with the most au courant of kitchen style, Archetipo 10, courtesy of L’Ottocento.

 

Stunning Kitchen #2: Depth in Color -A Contemporary Aesthetic

 

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A gorgeously romantic and modern space with sable colored stone counters and dark wood cabinetry complemented with original BTC Cosmo Pendants, such a stunning picture of contemporary style and taste. Courtesy of BTC. 

 

Contemporary Kitchen #3: Go Black with Luxurious Texture

 

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This stunner of a space takes Nero Venato tile in the most beautiful of grays and mixes it up with gorgeously veined stone, offset with noir countertops and dramatic lighting. Courtesy of Original Style. 

 

Modern Kitchen #4 -Pared Down Modernism

 

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If using your kitchen table for parties and or a working and family space is a definite, then the choice of a farmhouse table is clear. But the rustic look is beautifully made unique and stylish with modernist lighting fixtures such as these BTC Fin Pendant lights, adding style and ambient lighting. Courtesy of BTC Original.

 

 

Fabulous Bedrooms

Decorating a bedroom is always a personalized project that should encompass style with comfort and touch of sensuality and character. Focus walls with faux weathered historic looks, great wallpapers, ornate beds, classic sheets and Bloomsbury House style…we love all these amazing looks for your new bedroom…

 

Elegant Black and Gold

 

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Luxxu – an ornate luxury look with a sumptuous contemporary feel.

 

Hollywood Regency Goes Tropical

 

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Dreamy blue….Somewhere between fairytale, mid century modern and art nouveau we jut love this king sized Ariel bed in luxury velvet cloud from Sweetpea and Willow

 

Snow White Classicism

 

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The delicacy and freshness of white…a classic choice with a touch of femininity,  Romantic Ruffles Bed Linen, The French Bedroom Co

Boho Eclectic Style

 

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Eclectic style, art, patterns, Kantha quilts combined with metallics and Block Print Strip Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball

 

The Beauty of Sustainable Handmade Artisan Textiles from Marigold Living

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Marigold Living is an independent company sourcing handmade traditional textiles from  India artisans working within a unique model based on fair pricing while valuing the legacy of artistic technique and tradition.

Many of these complex and extraordinary textile techniques and visual handwork traditions are in danger of becoming extinct for myriad reasons such as everyday financial pressures faced by the artisans, changing trends in style, and even the replacement of handmade textiles with new technological printing and embroidery techniques. Inevitably with such automated techniques, there is a loss of intricacy, variation and tradition that can only be passed down from person to person.

Marigold Living founder Shreya Shah explains:

“Traditional practitioners of craft face competition from quicker techniques that result in less inconsistencies and allow for large-scale production. Printing techniques like screen printing and even digital printing, can replicate the “look” of a hand block print, as can power loom weaving versus hand weaving. 

With the proliferation of these modified techniques, there is a meaningful dilution in the aesthetic of the final product in my view, and a slow erosion of the richness one can get in a handmade object made using traditional techniques.”

 

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“Many of these artisan shops are not incentivized to follow the laborious authentic techniques. Instead, driven by global demand for cheaper Indian “handmade” textiles, many artisans have already jumped ship to the larger scale segment of screen printing, and taking short cuts in block printing at lowered prices. I hope to create products for this market using the traditional crafts and traditional designs, updating them without losing the rich underlying cultural aesthetic. “

 

 

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What inspired you to begin this company? 

I have had a long-standing fascination for handicrafts in general from my early life – having grown up in Mumbai and surrounded by exposure to exhibitions, specialty stores, and home-based businesses that carried some of the finest handcrafted saris and home linens. The beauty of heritage textiles was part of our family life, and both my mother and older sister were a big influence on me. We would always seek out unique, regional, specialty saris for my mother’s daily wear, and for social occasions for my sister.

While my education and career have always been in business and finance, the early beginnings of Marigold Living actually happened while I was getting my MBA at NYU in 1995. It was striking to me that there was very limited, if any, availability of high quality textiles or handicrafts from India in the US, so I decided to make that my project for an Entrepreneurship class. Of course, it took several years before I could take on building the business due to my demanding career in finance, but I am excited to have officially launched the brand this past March of 2018.

 

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Any important stories you would like to share about your artisans? 

In my view, the bigger story of artisans in India is their inherent knowledge of techniques – weaving, hand printing, wood block carving, dyeing, embroideries, etc. It always fascinates me as I discover more communities about how esoteric the skills and even the aesthetics are by region and community. They each having their own heritage that is passed down through generations. In our modern-day consumerism, we are quite unaware of the wealth of knowledge that is at the risk of being lost. Similarly, these artisans are also sometimes unaware of their own level of expertise, because they have been making things for their own use for centuries. They are not fully able to capitalize on it, due to lack of exposure and education to make things that would be exciting and beautiful for a modern-day consumer.

 

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Tell us more about the Women Artisans….

The women artisans often work on their craft alongside working in their homes and taking care of their families. For example, my applique line (fine hand stitching of cutouts) is done by women in a remote rural region at the border of India and Pakistan. This community migrated from Pakistan in the 70’s and they all settled in this one region which is still quite underdeveloped the women have been taught to do this applique work by their families over generations.

 

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The work arrangement is flexible, and women work on it at their own pace and get paid per piece completed. The area would require government permission to even visit, but my supplier organizes this work, sending the textiles to them and assigning pieces to women looking for work. The process can take up to 3 months to get an order completed.

 

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And Parsi Embroidery….

I have also visited a small town in Central India where I get my Parsi embroidery done. While my supplier is herself from the Parsi community and is fully knowledgeable about the heritage, today Parsi women do not make the embroidery because it went out of fashion. Luckily, the craft has survived and embroiderers from other regions with embroidery skills are able to recreate the intricate designs. While exploring the local market in this town, my supplier pointed me to shop after shop carrying “shadow work” embroidery designs on saris, which is a more casual local embroidery style. There is a pocket of this artisan community there that does that type of work and I am very keen on cultivating it to make table linens.

 

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Can you tell us a bit about a few of the traditional printing techniques used?

Hand block printing, resist printing and bandhani tie-dye printing are a few of the various techniques I have used so far in my collections. Block printing is the process of hand-stamping elaborate designs engraved on wooden blocks onto cotton or silk fabrics. Resist printing is a technique where patterns are hand block printed on white fabric using a dye-resistant paste (typically made with mud or wax), and then placed in a dye bath. Once the resist is removed, the eye-catching patterns remain in white against a striking colored background.

 

 

 

 

Bandhani tie-dye printing is where several points in the fabric are tightly tied with thread to create numerous dots, before dipping the fabric into vats of colorful dye. The tied knots are then opened, forming a delightful pattern of white spots against the colored background.

 

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Tell us more about the investment in traditional Indian artwork and the people you work with, and how you support them in the work and lives. 

The handicraft sector forms the second largest source of employment in India after agriculture, with millions of artisans working in it – as the majority of the population in India (~70%) still lives in rural areas. It’s also important to note is that Indian crafts have been world-renowned for centuries, sought after by both aristocrats and common people. This was until the advent of Industrial Revolution, when mechanization changed everything.

The block printers, weavers, embroiderers that I meet in the course of my work are prolific in their work, they have the concentration and the skills required to produce high quality work, all done by hand. These skills are passed down from generation to generation, and the knowledge is deeply ingrained in each artisan community. However, with lack of direction on fashion and keeping it relevant for the modern-day consumer, handicrafts remains a largely disorganized sector that is still operated as a cottage industry. A majority of the artisans do not have the benefit of education either.

 

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A Contemporary Palace in London by Rafael de Cárdenas with Boca do Lobo

 

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A luxurious glimpse of the Manuel Cabinet by Boca do Lobo in an impossibly beautiful modern London home designed by Rafael De Cárdenas.

As many of you know, we adore the inventions of European luxury design innovators, and love the design fairs and trade shows the most of everything we do. Our taste is varied but we have an affection for interiors and pieces that mix historic narratives with contemporary sensibility and luxury materials.

After all, it’s not just the richness of the visual experience, but it’s about real artistic talent and skill as it takes a certain orchestration and sense of daring and order as well to combine eclectic elements like ornate decoration, modern lines, historic spaces……

And so New York designer Rafael De Cárdenas’ design of the Glebe Place Residence, London achieves just this, taking traditional Portuguese pieces with the most modern elements to create a livable yet gorgeous space that takes our breath away.

 

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This stunningly luxurious home has six bedrooms, and three dining areas and is decorated with an understated palette of Portland limestone, hardwood and other natural surface materials. The designer uses metallic accents and brights to lend a regal sensibility while also echoing the most contemporary of aesthetics.

 

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Each room is thematic, and one particularly gorgeous dining room stars Boca do Lobo’s Portuguese motif  D. Manuel I cabinet from Boca do Lobo’s Limited Edition Collection. A beautiful light colored table with soft furnishings graces the room, accented unexpectedly by the floral wallpaper in classic colors and shades.

 

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Like so many of Boca do Lobo’s artwork pieces that are also absolutely functional, in the grandest of ways,  the D. Manuel cabinet is made with a copper leaf finish surface and an elegant black lacquer gradient. Handcrafted traditional solid mahogany legs are artfully finished in high gloss black lacquer. The design reflects the decorative traditions of Manueline Style, a composite Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation with elements of maritime motifs, named after King Manuel I of Portugal who was known for his support of Portuguese maritime exploration.

 

Visit the Boca do Lobo site and learn more about Rafael de Cárdenas and Rafael De Cárdenas and Architecture at Large, NYC. 

Extraordinary Walls by MOKO

 

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Today, innovative wall covering newcomer MOKO Interior produces 3D wall coverings made of real wooden veneers of 5 layers, all gorgeously designed and produced in Hungary. The creations are like sculpture and create stunning atmosphere and presence. The size of the panels alone are astounding  — one standard piece is 94 x 94 centimeters and as such the walls are architectural elements in of themselves, and the company often will design features for a custom space as well, a boon to designers. In fact, their panels inspired Marcel Wanders to design a new motif for MOKO -to debut very soon.

 

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The designs are not composed of solid wood but rather thin wooden layers, and one panel weighs only 10 kg, so they are easy to install and transport. As well inside the panel there is an empty space which can be filled with sound absorbent materials to create an acoustic version of each motif.

 

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It’s such a pleasure to be able to interview the people behind these amazing inventions…..

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the creation of the company? What drove you to create the product?

We always had the idea in the back of our minds -the desire to see if we could create  bent 3D wall panels. At first, it seemed impossible to “force” the wood to this shape.

How long did it take to develop these wall panels?

It took us one and a half year to develop it and to push the boundaries of the material.

Can you share more about your staff and creative team?

We have a team of 50 people based in Hungary, including designers, production team and sales department. Zsolt Karajz is the lead designer, who invented the motifs of MOKO. The production team is led by Zsolt Szabó, wood expert. We have a showroom in the city centre of Budapest with 8 wall surfaces showing different MOKO solutions and a professional sales team led by Krisztián Szetei, managing director.

Where are the materials made?

We only use the best quality wood originated from forests planted for production purposes. Most of the veneers we use are custom made for us. Our team is committed to environmentally sustainable solutions. We work with FSC certified wood veneers only and make sure that the adhesives and surface treatments used are eco-friendly also.

 

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What is the process of manufacture and handicraft?

MOKO Interior deals with the design and manufacturing of mainly handcrafted multilayer structured wooden wall coverings. On the one hand the curved shapes and the visible surface treatments (grinding, polishing, staining and oil layers) require the highest handicraft that cannot be replaced by any machinery. The real value of the MOKO panels lays in the bare-handed craftsmanship. We intend to create the highest quality products, excluding mass production in the classic sense.

On the other hand, for some parts of the production process (molds of the patterns, bending the veneers, drying the surfaces) we only use high-tech computer-controlled machines for quality assurance.

What are the challenges of working with wood? We all know the story of making bendable malleable plastics to create organic sculptural furniture, such as the tale of invention for mid century modernist furniture like the Eames….

Bending an inflexible material was a big challenge, because the wooden veneers break very easily so we had to develop a special production technique to create the standard collection. The curved shapes we design require the highest handicraft and a long process of experimentation.

 

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As an extreme result we managed to manufacture the Volga Corner which is special because the panel itself is also bent and follows the shape of the corner.

A bit about the craftspeople who make the wall coverings?

MOKO Interior started as a family business, in some way everyone was connected to wood. The people working in the production have a special perspective and sense for creating wooden surfaces.

What are some of your most interesting and challenging projects?

We realized a project in San Francisco last year, in Dolores Park, where the client requested a completely customized solution, inserting a staircase between the panels.

 

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Other exciting projects?

At the moment we are working on two challenging projects, one is based in Canada and the designer is planning to put MOKO panels around an artificial fireplace.

The other project is located in Dubai. We produced a bespoke sized panel with a new motif designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the lobby and the corridors of the Opus Hotel. The realization of this project is scheduled for the end of this year.

 

Learn more about the vision of MOKO. 

 

 

Top Creative Interior Design Resources

Top Creative Interior Design Resources – A repost / guest post from the Lladro Blog 

When it comes to finding interior design resources and ideas, we know that online sources are quick and easy ways to see the most visually inspired projects as fast as possible. It is like being able to visit the top designer’s studios in person, see the most bespoke and inventive rooms in a moment. If you are also into seeing designs, objects and interior design leaders’ projects in person and close up, events are an important interior design resource as well.

This is our special gallery of a few of the numerous top design fairs, shows and exhibits allover the world, held almost every month throughout the year. Explore imaginative and beautiful events and sites featuring some of the most interesting interior design resources these days.

 

Interior Design Resource #1 – Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

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This exciting fair runs from February 7-11, 2017  and has much to offer in interior design resources. One of the most exciting features this year is the must-see Hayon DNA Gallery. In honor of the prolific and exciting Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, this is a site specific and unique installation that includes humor, invention and fantasy. On view are sculptures and functional objects all laid out in themes such as Sculpting Form, Fantasy Play, Craft Heritage, Flora Fauna and Folk Culture.

 

Interior Design Resource # 2 – Maison & Objet, Paris, France

 

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From all the incredible premieres of amazing designs, decorative items, artwork and interiors this annual exhibition is one of the top international interior design resources.

Pictured here is a colourful and captivating vignette showcasing the work of Antonio Facco who was nominated as a rising talent in this year’s Maison & Objet event. This very special show features rising talent, established icons and new technologies among many other design and decorating delights.

Interior Design Resource # 3 – ICFF, NYC 

 

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ICFF is a destination interior design resource and fair of the best in international furniture design. This year it will be held on May 20-23, 2018 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. 

The special NYC show is like an unlimited resource for new design, decor, interior design, industrial design, artistic innovation and more. Artists, designers, decorators and collectors flock to the event to see what’s new in the design world and get inspiring ideas and select the best in luxury design.

Interior Design Resource #4 – IMM in Cologne, Germany

 

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Coming up soon is the famous IMM (International Interiors show) in Cologne Germany. This beautiful grisaille themed room is by Tommy M. Industrial chic meets the most architectonic sculpture sensibility, with layers of luxurious texture and fabrics, a vision of contemporary modernism and regal luxury.

 

Interior Design Resource # 5 – Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

 

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Salone del Mobile Milano will be on view once again from 17th to 22nd April 2018. This is a destination for anyone looking for the best in design, here you will find the most avant-garde, the most luxurious, experimental and classic contemporary vision imaginable. With an eye on global culture and innovation, there will be more than 2,000 exhibitors this year.

Whatever your style, needs or passion we suggest any of these creatives events as well as trending sites like Dezeen and Archdaily.

And one should not forget both print and online version of top decorating magazines such as House Beautiful,  Elle Decor, or the Swedish version. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for a home build, do visit this exciting blog by our experts as well.

Décor Trends for Spring

Décor trends for springtime fun. If you enjoy Scandinavian style, artistic and modern touches but want some fresh ideas welcome to our gallery of spring time decor ideas.

Bunnies are the star of the show here, but with a twist, from artistic textiles to art prints, sculptures and bedding, modern whimsy rules.

 

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When paired with Scandinavian hues and texture, pink is made warm and modern. Offset by gray and a sweet but edgy art print, this room is fresh enough for spring and stylish for the most discerning of art and design lovers. We love the dusky colors and this delightful creature Miss Della.

 

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For those of prefer subtle spring time or easter themes in their modern decor, why not the Ferm Living Rabbit Mirror from Einrichten Design.

 

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A charming touch of spring with this rabbit sculpture from SS18 Scandi Main, B&Q.

 

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Bunny Print Wera cushion cover with pompoms from Dekoria

 

 

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Bring spring with something woodland and fun like this SNURK Furry Friends Duvet Set from Cuckoo Land.

Décor Trends – Innovative Gray Living Room Ideas

Searching for gray living room ideas? Looking for a way to add depth and update your space? Paint walls in a pale dove gray, add brownish toned grey furnishings to act as a canvas for your modern furnishings, floor coverings, and surreal porcelain collection. Add Asian inspired artwork for a palatial feel.

 

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Gray is a hue that is edgy and reminds one of the splendor and evocative wear of Gustavian style castles, the patina of time seems stylish and elegant. Much of this color’s popularity seemed to take off after designer Abigail Ahren’s dark colour palette took the world by storm, and inspired many a decorator and discerning homeowner to look for these smoky tones and gray living room ideas in particular. After all, gray works well in contemporary spaces as well, particularly as an industrial décor touch, or as a way of layering a more traditional space.

Innovative Gray Living Room Ideas – No. 1 – White with Gray

 

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Pure white is a classic colour for floors and walls, and layering grays brings warmth and elegance to your space. When choosing grays vary the hues, and allow multiple textures to emerge.

In this room, the fireplace embellishments contrast beautifully with the soft gray carpet. The beauty of this room is in part to the curated arrangement of details from different eras, blending stories and history together.

 

Gray Living Room Idea – No. 2 – A Gray that is Almost Green

 

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This historic gray by Farrow & Ball has a green mossy undertone that lends an air of elegance and depth. It’s light enough for a small space. Traditional style and elegance is truly evoked with this old world palette, and the warmth of leather, wood and texture come together beautifully. Natural light accents the depth of color.

 

Decorating Idea – No. 3 – Layer Hues

 

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This lovely gray living room utilizes grays in a number of ways, pale cloud gray walls, a modern yet cozy chair, and the traces of gray patterning on the rug. Offset by gold accents including a remarkable geometric table, gorgeous chandelier and modern art. A truly beautiful yet livable space, one can easily imagine spending wintery evenings next to this fireplace.

 

Gray Living Room Idea – No. 4 -Smoke and Gold

 

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Charcoal gray makes this room from Luxuu a truly stunner, luxuriously appointed with the dark gray velvet Saboteur Armchair, and a haute design brass and marble side table. Using gold and gold accents adds an air of opulence and modern design.

 

Gray Living Room Idea – No. 5 – Blend Industrial Chic with Eclectic Style

 

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Industrial grey surfaces as a background for ornate and eclectic decorations, artwork and lighting work splendidly. This lovely vignette showcases a brilliant blue velvet sofa, regency style table showcasing a porcelain Lion by Francisco Polope. Small spaces become transformed when these kind of dynamic combinations come together so artfully.

Whatever style or space, gray can be used beautifully to accent a preexisting theme, add layer and texture, warmth or even act as a canvas for your art collection or eclectic style. Choose from the palest of cloud grays, smoky dark colours, charcoal to black and even silvery touches. From gray molding to gray floors, this is a surefire way to add a level of sophistication.

This blog is a repost from the guest blog on Lladro’s website here. 

Muuto -Leading Talent in Contemporary Design

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One can spend hours looking at the sculptural pieces by the fine designers of Muuto, an innovative and visionary Scandinavian design company offering furniture and decorative accessories that are distinguished by a graceful beauty.

 

Imagine the unfurled leaf shiny surface down, creating a well of space, like a human palm, the matte color of this underside subtle and full of shadow, color rich yet tonal, the quiet of a forest floor.

 

This is how the organic shape of many of Muuto’s pieces seem to evolve, texture and form orchestrated to become functional, understated, light weight, and sculptural. So many of the pieces seem a marriage of manmade architectural beauty and biomorphic shaping….coming together to create form  that one cannot help but respond to….

 

It is with great pleasure that I share my short interview with Christian Grosen, Director of Design at Muuto.

 

Christian, the Muuto designs have an architectural sensibility to them, particularly the furniture, and yet almost every piece is distinguished by an attention to texture, can you tell me how these elements are woven so beautifully together? Is there a certain process to make functional items so usable and so beautiful? 

Christian Grosen…It’s the result of a close dialogue between Muuto’s creative team and the external designers. From the very beginning of a project we are aware of balancing the contemporary and the lasting qualities of a given design. A design must live up to our design values which also touches upon an architectural appearance and attention to detail and material.

 

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Who do you find to be the most inspiring in terms of historic designers? 

I’m a great fan of Jean Prouvé. He somehow managed to create his own unique and absolutely stunning design universe. The Danish designer Poul Kjærholm is also one of my idols. I had the pleasure of working on his designs together with his widow Hanne Kjærholm when I was at Fritz Hansen. She taught me how to achieve beauty and logic in a design through understanding the character of materials.

In what ways do natural materials inform your aesthetic? 

Each material has its own character. I think it’s important to understand the material and to use it in the right way where aesthetics, function, quality and price become a coherent whole.

 

 

Muuto shootWorkshop Chair designed by Cecilie Manz

 

Most interesting series or project? 

I’m very proud of the Workshop Chair by Cecilie Manz. It’s an archetypical wooden chair – cool, contemporary and attractive, yet lasting in its appearance. I’m sure it will be in the collection for decades due to it’s high level of craftmanship and inherent lasting qualities.

 

 

 

 

And as for yourself Christian — may I ask -did you always make things or design -when you were a child for example -what was your first creative memory? 

Always…I remember building all kinds of stuff in the workshop in my parents basement. I grew up on a large brewery which was a great playground and inspiration for a kid. I remember I found scrap metal and wood in the brewery’s containers and build my own imaginary machines and constructions. There were always an aesthetic hierarchy in the way I used the materials – indirectly I guess it’s more or less the same I do today.

 

Shelving, Scandinavian, Bookcases, Bookshelfs, Modern Decor, Storage Ideas, Contemporary House, Design Ideas, Decorating, Danish design, modern interiors
Stacked Storage System, Oslo Designers Julien De Smedt and Anderssen & Voll

 

shelves, unique shelf, display shelf, contemporary design, contemporary furniture, Scandinavian design, innovative design, interior decorFolded Shelf Designed by Johan-Van-Hengel for Muuto

 

MUUTOBase Table with Bell Lamp, Designers Mika Tolvanen, David Geckeler and Iskos-Berlin

 

Muuto, Mika Tolvanens, barstool, pink decor, natural wood furniture, bars, kitchen island ideas, contemporary design, contemporary furniture, Scandinavian design, innovative design, interior decor
  The Visu stool designed by Mika Tolvanen

 

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