Spotted at Ambiente: The Rise of Balloon-Inspired Designs

March 14, 2015



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Art in the City’s 16 inch balloon dog figurines.

On my recent trip to the Ambiente design fair, I spotted some balloon-inspired designs–furniture and objects which brought back fond memories of those iconic balloon sculptures of my childhood. Looks like Read More…

Glam Up the Garden: Fashion-Forward Garden Hoses

March 6, 2015



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Never before have garden hoses been this glamorous. 



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Swedish company, Garden Glory, brings high style into the garden with their colorful fashion-forward garden hoses that hang out on whimsical antler-shaped wall mounts. Put them in your garden and you’ll soon … Read More…

Going Whole Log at Ambiente 2015 in Frankfurt

March 3, 2015



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Distilling down the top trends and themes from an international design fair the size of 60 football fields (that’s 1300 tennis courts) is not a simple endeavor. Nonetheless, as I trekked in Frankfurt mid-February through the massive designfest otherwise known Read More…

Design-Centric Indoor Plant Lights For Urban Living

February 12, 2015



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I continue to be enamoured with Italian lighting design brand Bulbo, whose fashionably functional pieces I featured during my last BlogTour to Milan Design Week in April 2014.



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Bulbo will be exhibiting their design-centric LED-powered vegetable garden systems at LOFT,Read More…

America Goes to Frankfurt: Ambiente 2015

February 2, 2015



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The United States will soon be exporting a bit of America to Frankfurt, Germany where it is this year’s partner country at Ambiente, one of the world’s most important design trade shows.



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American designer Scott Henderson’s Bud Vase for Read More…

A Milan Secret Garden and Wellness Concept Lab

June 30, 2014



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What was once an historic movie theater within the green Parco Trivisio of Milan’s fashionable Brera design district, debuted last year as a secret garden and wellness concept lab for Gessi, the Italian Private Wellness Company.



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Photo: Gessi

Appropriate to … Read More…

Falling in Love With Sexy, Stylish Dekton at Salone del Mobile in Milan

April 22, 2014


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I ran my hands across its smooth, solid surface, and fell instantly in love. Dekton at Salone del Mobile welcomed my touch as I embraced its strength and sheer brawn, its steadfast tolerance of anything under the sun, including the Read More…

Private Tour of Secret Venetian Palazzo and Garden

April 21, 2014



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Photo: Haupt and Binder.

If I’d ever imagined a sumptuous antique-filled palace with verdant gardens spilling onto Venice’s Grand Canal, well the Countess Anna Barnabò’s Palazzo Capello Malipiero Barnabò would be this vision. And so I found myself absorbing it Read More…

Milan Design Week 2014 Preview: Angelo Grassi Grows Vegetables on Furniture

April 2, 2014



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Fuorisalone is where Angelo Grassi’s Ortofabricca will be on view.

I’m packing for my trip to Milan Design Week where I will be joining a stellar team of eleven design bloggers on the Modenus BlogTour. From Milan, I’ll report back Read More…

Geometric Medici Chair Goes Outdoors

March 29, 2013



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Last fall I fell in love with a sleek red chair in the window of the Conran Shop in London.



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To mark their 25th anniversary at the Michelin Building, Jasper Conran had commissioned more than 50 designers to create custom … Read More…

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