I am in love with this designer’s work! Bethan Gray, an award winning Welsh designer has influences from her Indian and Arabic origins and has created a fabulous new furniture collection, that was picked out in the recent London Design Festival.
A few pieces, like the Nizwa cabinet above with solid brass overlay, have been modeled after Omani architecture and was the result of her collaboration with an Iranian traditional craftsman. Gray has a love for detail, tactile textures, and luxurious materials such as semi-precious stones, marble, wood, and leather.
A stunning interior of a house in Istanbul, designed by Turkish design studio Escape From Sofa. The combination of the mid-century modern furniture together with the black and white wallpaper is just beautiful.
Pin Pres is a playful shelving system designed by OOO My Design and handmade in Spain, that adapts to the shape of the items placed on it. Great idea for kids, it could actually make the act of cleaning up the room a playful experience! The obvious use would be for books, but I can imagine it also for storing wine bottles and maybe creating letters or words. Designed by Vanesa Moreno Serna and Nenad Katic, it comes in two sizes and 4 colors.
After creating a hotel room out of a nuclear shelter, this time conceptual artists (and twin brothers) Frank and Patrik Riklin partnered with hospitality professionals to create an open-air hotel bedroom in the Swiss Alps. The room is again part of the Null Stern Hotel and has no walls or ceiling! It is managed by the local residents, whatever that means… The bed is fully booked for the 2016 summer season, but you can reserve for the 2017 summer season! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The makers of Flyte – the gravitating light bulbs – have launched a new exciting product: Lyfe! It’s a planter that hovers over a wooden base by magnetic levitation. “A zero-gravity growing system allowing you to cultivate your favorite plants in mid-air” as they describe it. Created by Simon Morris, the project successfully launched in Kickstarter in June and already reached its funding goal. Simply magic!
I love how this filmmaker has creatively transformed an old van into a mobile studio. After deciding to embark on a creative “road show” around the U.S., Zach Both bought a van, and started to renovate the interior, taking influences from contemporary architecture. With no prior experience in carpentry, he managed to complete the work by himself and also decided to record everything down. The result was The Vanual, a website where he shares the entire process of converting a van into a camper and living a mobile lifestyle.
The iconic Watergate Hotel in Washington DC just reopened after a nine-year renovation. The new design features luxurious interiors and humorous touches that pay homage to the hotel’s historic past:
Guest key cards say “No need to break in,” reminding us of the Watergate break-in scandal at the nearby office building that led to the resignation of president Nixon. Guests are also free to take the pens inscribed ‘Stolen from The Watergate Hotel’.
Lastly, most of the furniture throughout the hotel has been custom-made to look like it’s from the 1960s and the staff uniforms were created by the Emmy-winning Mad Men costume designer.
Look at these colors!Dominique Coulon and his associates have built a great colorful day nursery for the children of Buhl, a small village in north-eastern France. The nursery is actually arranged in multiple crowns that form a solid shape – like a castle – and has been designed to echo a 14th-century castle that dominates the area from a nearby hillside.
This wallpaper is a classic: Michael Clark designed this, now iconic, wallpaper pattern, in 1959. Originally designed as a screen print, the Woods wallpaper pattern features bold sketches of trees making a unique forest repeat.
This is actually going to be our wallpaper for one of the walls of the girls’ room. I was surprised they actually liked something like this, maybe because of its “fairytale” appeal, but I am quite happy they chose it because I think it’s timeless (also, no changing wallpapers again for at least 5 years).