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Salone del Mobile or “Two Alices in the Wonderland”, Part II

I had a chance to visit this time Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the most prestigious design furniture fairs in the world, together with its accompanying content outside the fair premises. That included visiting the city center, Brera and other areas within FuoriSalone, fair program that is being shown for many times in the row now outside of the regular fair content. Second day was reserved for the furniture fair itself.

The day after we went to official fair areas, which was expectedly overwhelming. As we were not looking for anything in particular, we hit first SaloneSatelite and in  the end of the day, that remained our favorite spot. Satellites are those relatively smaller boots, mostly arranged by less established younger designers, such as Zeljka Kavran or design schools, such as New York Institute of Technology or American University of Sharjah, just to name few. This area was boosting of freshness and new vibes – it is not to say that others were not, but we found this one more to be more innovative and dynamic.

I hope you liked Salone del Mobile 2012!

(Please note that I have marked the design objects to the best of my knowledge. If there are any objections, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I can remove the picture from this blog right away.)

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Salone del Mobile or “Two Alices in the Wonderland”, Part I

I had a chance to visit this time Salone del Mobile in Milan, one of the most prestigious design furniture fairs in the world, together with its accompanying content outside the fair premises. That included visiting the city center, Brera and other areas within FuoriSalone, fair program that is being shown for many times in the row now outside of the regular fair content. My personal highlight was Tortona Design Week in Zona Tortona.

 Zona Tortona is a rather non-conventional area, which is normally populated by young people with artistic inclinations. During the time of Fiera, it transforms into an open-air art fair, with a huge mass of people checking out the design spaces and art boutiques hiding in Zona Tortona streets. We* absolutely loved the atmosphere here and enjoyed the sun, crowd and also beautiful sights and innovative design ideas!

What we have seen there was a variety of funky design commercial products, such as senz°/the orignial storm umbrella or the o bag, which I will try to cover in some next posts. There were a lot of events in Via Tortona and Via Savona as well, but what we like the most were huge pavilions and halls, all with different themes but all equally interesting. Again, it is very difficult to make a right selection but here is some preview.

– to be continued –

* by ‘we’ I mean, my host / guide / artistic advisor & my lil sis (Please note that I have marked the design objects to the best of my knowledge. If there are any objections, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I can remove the picture from this blog right away.)

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When your lap gets hot

Hihihi … I couldn’t stop laughing and smiling today: I’ve got a present this morning! In fact, I got it several days ago but only today I went to post office to take over my ‘delivery’ and I had absolutely no idea what it could be. It turned out to be this:

You might be asking yourself, ‘what is that ?!’. Well, you know probably how inconvenient it is in summer to surf with laptop in your lap. After some time it gets really hot. Now this laptop pillow allows air to circulate and the material in between takes care of proper isolation.

However, how I got it is a funny story. I have participated several months ago in a lucky draw organized by a magazine “Schweden Aktuell” and scandinavian lifestyle. I am not sure that I knew what the prize is; I was more in the mood to  drool over my favorite Scandinavian design that I have at home. And, today – voila! Scandinavian lifestyle, a store that specializes in Scandinavian brands for home decorations, such as Kosta Boda, Royal Copenhagen, Marimekko, just to name few, sent me this cute present. It could not be a better day to start of my week.

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Smile!

Last winter I went to an exhibition that I was not sure that I wanted to see (?!). But you know what – I loved it! The exhibition on Jules Cheret was truly refreshing in gloomy December days, relaxed me and brought smile on my face. Being called as ‘father of modern poster’, he was the one who brought the posters to salons and made them popular enough to be applied to furniture and product design as well. I loved that his posters exuberate with life, pleasant mood and good time, and remind us today on this parisian spirit from the beginning of the last century.

Here are some of my best shots.

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Chic winter morning

Would you like to sit on a winter morning in this enterieur?

View from the entrance door

 

There were some comfortable Barcelona chairs of Mies van der Rohe

Chair and Painting

 
And I liked also Ingo Maurer’s lamp Zettelz 5. Some notes were rather inspirational and written in languages from around the world.
Central light

 

And what if I tell you now that this was a waiting room in a medical doctor’s office? Pretty chic, huh?

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Contemporary art at home & things to keep in mind

No, I am not lazy but somehow I cannot not to share these posts with you. I find this one very inspiring and also informative.

I like the tips on how to buy art and which steps you need to undergo (I really don’t like people buying art just to have some ‘piece of art’ at home… in my view, it doesn’t really matter how expensive/cheap it is, as long as it makes you feel happy/balanced/at peace … every time you see it.) Then it gives you some practical tips on e.g. framing, arranging and organizing your furniture around it but also, links to stores as well as cool pics to get ideas from.

(I might also add here Lumas, which you find both online and around the world. Some may find it too commercial, I find it rather good if you don’t want to spend fortune on good photographs. Btw with this one I fell in love few years ago and it makes me indeed feel good and calm every time I look at it.)

Julia Christe, 'White Sands #1', source: lumas.com

Enjoy!

P.S. I have just realized that I have swerved with my topic in the end in another direction. My apologies for that – but let it be this way tonight; me being spontaneous.

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Catalog from BoConcept that inspired me for today

I got the other day a catalog from BoConcept delivered to my home, with accompanying letter that there is going to be some kind of showroom today in their stores. Well, I am not into buying any furniture just now, but it doesn’t cost anything to: a) flip through the catalog, b) even stop by and see it in the store.

I don’t want to spam you now with photos, as you can see it yourself and/or check out their inspirations, but just to share some favourite ones with you.

Carpet Hopscotch: yes, it is a bit pathetic how they play with our memories, but it still did work in my case. I must admit – I kind of like it.

Then this lamp, Woody. I like the combination of black colour and raw wood, seems smart, warm, simple yet elegant. I’ve been today in the store and it looks even nicer and classier in real. There is also a able version, which can also be very functional and pretty at the same time. Other lamps there are beautiful as well.

This sofa table is there for already some time, combination of walnut wood and ash grey glass, and functioning as storage space. There is a great danger that you can easily turn your living room in an eating space as well – that is exactly why I am SO NOT buying this one (like, ever!).

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