W Hotel Designers of the Future Award 2013 at Design Miami Basel

Each year three young designers or studios are selected for the W Hotel Designers of the Future Awards, and are given the opportunity to develop a commission for a specific piece that will then be shown to the audience at Design Miami. Additionally, in the long run, they can eventually work with W Hotel on … Continue reading

Interior Designer May Daouk’s Beirut Villa

Interior designer May Daouk spent time working in New York for Bunny Williams before moving home to Beirut, Lebanon, where she renovated this stunning villa. A mixture of French, Italian and English furniture are placed with Middle Eastern accents that give the home a sophisticated but bohemian and feminine essence.  This gorgeous piece of real … Continue reading

Baccarat’s New Lighting Series

Most definitely some of the most interesting pieces presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last week were the Maison Baccarat’s new lighting series. The legendary house commissioned some of the most prominent names from the contemporary design world to revisit existing historical pieces or develop new ones.  Jean-Marc Gady revisited the Crinoline chandelier, one of the Baccarat collection’s … Continue reading

Milan Design Week: Aria and Avia by Zaha Hadid

This week the Salone Internazionale del Mobile opened in Milan, showcasing the latest home-furnishing designs from all around the world. This year marks the Salone’s 52nd edition and features a strong focus on innovation. These light suspensions have caught my eye and attention. By renowned architect Zaha Hadid ‘Aria and Avia‘ are two sculptural pendant lamps for Italian brand Slamp. Aria … Continue reading

Hexagon Boutique, London

  Hexagone Boutique, a brand new French lifestyle shop has just opened in Islington, on trendy Camden Passage. It is a real gem of a shop, full with fantastic French brands and products, careful sourced, with high ethical standards. Whether you are looking for a satchel, candles, ceramics, children’s items, or just for a browse, … Continue reading

Tiqo by Manifiesto Futura

I have a thing for minimalism, especially when design is concerned; I cannot get enough of the ‘clean’ trend. This probably explains why I fell in love with the Mexican design studio Manifiesto Futura after seeing in a newsletter the work they did recently for the tequila-based alcoholic drink Tiqo. Manifiesto Futura is an independent multidisciplinary design studio … Continue reading

CONNECT by Carolina Fontoura Alzaga

I have been thinking recently about the words ‘artisan’ and ‘craft’ and, how they tend to often be thrown around with no real meaning. No, you cannot use craftmanship to describe everything and anything. These words have specific meanings, we should use them to celebrate the work of artists who devote their to perfect their … Continue reading

The Fantastic Vander Urbani Resort in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana’s romantic, medieval streets and bridges along with its Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture create the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous Vander Urbani Resort. The  latest member of the Design Hotels‘ (follow the link, you won’t regret it) architecture and interior design was assigned to one of Ljubljana’s best local design practices, Sadar+Vuga. With their vision … Continue reading

A Tribute to Andrée Putman

French interior and product designer Andrée Putman passed away a few days ago in Paris at the age of 87. Putman was a true visionary and, a source of inspiration for me. I am always in awe of genuine creative minds; Putman, as a true visionary and also as a woman was one of my … Continue reading

Home Inspiration

Do you know this feeling of only wanting to stay indoors, perched on a beautiful and comfortable chair, reading books, magazine or browsing the web on your iPad for inspiration? Some call it “January blues”, I call it my “mood of the week”. And what is more fitting to indulge this feeling than a beautifully … Continue reading