INTERIOR TREND | TERRAZZO

4 April 2017

 

Terrazzo is having a bit of a moment right now and I’m loving it! Originally created by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material most terrazzo now consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material, poured with a cementitious binder. After it is cured it is ground and polished smooth or otherwise finished to produce a uniformly textured surface.

A new take on Terrazzo is Marmoreal an engineered marble for architectural surfaces by the British designer Max Lamb. The word ‘marmoreal’ means ‘marble-like’ and is composed of approximately 95 percent marble and 5 percent polyester resin binders.

Another fascinating adaption are the Bentu Lights made from recycled waste and the stylised printed Ferm wallpaper above complete with metallic speckles and the triangle ruler from Danish designers Hay.

For more design and interior trends and the latest product launches follow me on Instagram at the Salone del Mobile in Milan where I’m meeting some old and new blogging buddies at the DDN Safari Blog organised by Design Diffusion.

Follow the hashtag #ddnbloggers to see what we get up to.

 
 

1 + 6 | Bentu Lights

2 | Wallpaper

3 | Ruler

4 | Marmoreal Chair

5 | Flooring

 

 

 
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PLACES TO GO | LE COUCOU RESTAURANT, NYC

21 March 2017

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It’s a feast for all the senses at Le Coucou, voted NYC’s best new restaurant in 2016 by Time Out.

Run by Chicago-born chef Daniel Rose and supported by Stephen Starr the food is evidently first class due to Rose’s obsession about ingredients and his immersive training in France where he spent the past 10 years running his own successful restaurant Spring.

But I want to focus on the interior design of the space which is set within SoHo’s hip 11 Howard hotel in NYC. The dining room oozes French charm and sophistication though on closer inspection you discover the industrial bones of the building which come through in the white-washed brick walls, pale wooden flooring and the Crittall style windows and dividing doors. Yet interior designers Roman and Williams have managed to inject some cool sophistication and decadence by adding plush banquette sofas and vintage style upholstered chairs as well as the quintessentially French table linen. I like the touches of colour coming through in the olive green upholstery and slate bluey-grey sofas as well as the dark wooden dining furniture which adds some warmth to the large space.

Roman and Williams are interior mega stars having worked for Hollywood A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow as well as designing such iconic hotels as the Ace and The Standard Highline to name but a few. Known for their rich, dark and layered look they managed to make the space decadent but contemporary at the same time.

I can’t help but be drawn to the sumptuous bar area which features a hand painted mural by New York artist Dean Barger based on 18th century French landscape paintings. The bar itself is centred in the small space and features classic dark marble top and brass taps framed by a large liquor display set within a guilt mirror. The feeling is intimate, romantic and authentically French with a large crystal chandelier and original vintage sofas.

You’ve got to hand it to Roman and Williams it’s an interior that caters for the Francophile East Coast elite and I suspect will look even better with age adding more shabby to the chic.

 

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MORE INFORMATION | Le Coucou
PHOTOGRAPHY | Ditte Isager via Roman and Williams with thanks
VIA | Yellowtrace
 
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IKEA INSPO | HERRINGBONE WORKTOP

20 March 2017

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Some Ikea inspo today I found over the weekend. Isn’t the walnut herringbone table/worktop just gorgeous?

The dark polished wooden surface gives a bit of a luxurious, masculine edge and works so well with industrial elements like the black metal trestle legs and vintage style work lamp. I quite like the grey herringbone throw too since I always get cold sitting at my desk. Great styling by Pella Hedeby as always and shot by Kristofer Johnsson.

It seems the herringbone worktop is not yet available in the UK but it can’t be long now… #hurryupikeauk

 
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STYLING | Pella Hedeby
PHOTOGRAPHY | Kristofer Johnsson
 
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SPRING NEWS FROM STELTON

16 March 2017

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ABOVE | Circle water bottle

 

Some Spring news from Stelton today who seem to have heard my silent plea through endless hours of hanging out in the cold playground and added this new aesthetic and functional thermos cup to their I:cons collection.

The To Go Click cup has a state-of-the art ‘smart click’ function that lets you open and close the cup easily so you can drink from the full 360 degrees of the cup as if there were no lid. And in case you wondered about the environment rest assured the cup is also BPA- and phthalate-free.

Another icon I’m pretty excited about is the strikingly beautiful Circle water bottle with it’s unique open/close function. The twisted design provides a natural physical connection with the bottle, starting from the ergonomic grip provided by its twisted design. Designer Maria Berntsen says,

“It is the intuitive feeling for the nature of the material and the sensuousness of the form that is important to me. I’m always trying to work out a form that I feel speaks to your senses. You have to feel like touching the form/design and feel joy in surrounding yourself with it in your daily life”.

I couldn’t have put it better myself.

And to finish off I have to mention the gorgeous new soft colours of the To Go Click cup and the iconic EM77 vacuum jug – designed by Erik Magnussen in 1977 – which are inspired by Scandinavian evenings by the sea and sandy beaches with gentle summer breezes.

Spring I’m ready for you.

 
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To Go Click cup in soft new shades

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I:cons EM77 jug

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MORE INFORMATION | Stelton
STYLING | Maria Grønborg & Caroline Bahrenscheer
PHOTO | Brian Buchard
 
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INTERIORS CRUSH | YOGA STUDIO IN CONVERTED WAREHOUSE

13 March 2017

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Starting the week off with a crush of epic proportions, the interior of this yoga studio in a converted warehouse in Sydney was designed by Karen Abernethy who translated the spiritual concept of light and reflection beautifully within this space.

Yoga has been a bit of a lifesaver for me for a long time now. I initially got into it because of work stress, mental as well as physical, sitting at the computer for 12 hours a day takes its toll eventually on neck, shoulders and back. I continued with my practice through both pregnancies and after a few crazy sleep-deprived baby years got back into it thanks to a wonderful local teacher.

I can’t rate the benefits of yoga high enough. For me it’s as if my whole body gets stretched, bent and simply wrung out from top to toe with the added benefit of a relaxing meditation at the end of it. Not just my body feels calm and energised but equally my mind is given much needed perspective from the daily grind and stresses of family life.

So you can imagine how my heart skipped a beat when I came across the Humming Puppy Yoga Studio. The actual studio space sits above the reception and changing rooms at the top of the warehouse for minimal disruption to your flow. The floor is covered with black plywood panels and there are thick dark curtains to restrict the incoming light helping to create the perfect atmosphere for meditation and reflection. Elements of the old warehouse are very much embraced by leaving the ceiling exposed but painted in black and giving the brick walls a distressed white wash.

The reception area and changing rooms below are separated by a mesmerising transparent angled screen which appears to shimmer and change colour as you move around. I think I’m most in love with the locker area though which is kept intimate and dark setting you up for your session. And please check out the stunning water fountain fed by a single pipe coming out of the dark from above – simple, elegant and functional.

Namaste friends.

 
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INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE | Karen Abernethy
PHOTOGRAPHY | Katherine Lu with thanks
MORE INFORMATION | Humming Puppy Yoga Studio
 
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