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The No-Rules Approach
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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Accessible Art

There's nothing I enjoy more that featuring new talent from around the world who have something unique to offer. Let me to introduce you to K19, a recently established studio in Frenchen, Germany, whose idea was to create high-quality and original modern paintings accessible for everyone. These art gallery-worthy pieces are great finds that would make any blank wall happy.

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Design For Health

Hospitals don't need to be depressing environments anymore thanks to Lucy and Tobie Snowdowne, the masterminds behind British studio Two Create. They were hired by the Teenage Cancer Trust to rethink the hospital experience and create a space for 12 teenage patients in the newly built Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. Don't you wish other hospitals would take inspiration from this amazing ward? I'm sure it would change the concept of what hospitals should be like and make the whole patient experience a little more uplifting.

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Simplicity Speaks Volumes

Since 1921, Poland holds the Poznań International Fair, the biggest industrial fair in the country. This year, architects of mode:lina have completed a cool apartment designed for guests visiting the fair. Quotel, as they named it, merges hotel amenities with a homey atmosphere. Their challenge was to design a space that definitely stands out among other similar accommodations using easily replaceable pieces. So the designers resorted to IKEA's fab catalogue and used their products in combination with custom-made ones “to create an affordable and durable concept giving the impression of tailored interiors”. The quotes on the wall, which gave the guest apartment its name, are crazy fun. Aren't they? Enjoy your weekend :)

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Enchanting Taste

A key attribute for being a great designer is having the ability to find inspiration on every little thing we're exposed to, and conceptualize it in our work. One designer and tastemaker I find masters that talent is Kelly Wearstler, known for her enchanting take on interiors and luxury lifestyle. I have always admired her daring use of color and scale in her interiors. Her whimsical style of accessorizing is simply beautiful. The Los Angeles-based, award-winning designer has left her imprint in several international and domestic resorts and hotels, restaurants, stores and residences for a high-profile and celebrity clientele. “I am always aware of my surroundings and I spend time each day searching for beautiful and unusual things,” says Wearstler. She has an inherent affection for taking photos of the things that capture her attention and excite her, which she shares in her blog My Vibe My Life. Trust me, you're in for a treat.

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Going Industrial

I'm a firm believer that old things should have a second lease on life. That's also the design philosophy of the owners of this 1922 brick house in Copenhagen. For them, things should not pretend to be more than what they are. The most important thing is that they have a real value especially when they're original, old and have the possibility of being used in other ways than originally intended. It's clear the decor of the house is marked by their love of old things. Most of the materials and furniture used are repurposed, like the kitchen tiles which they took from a hotel demolition. They also gave new life to a large cabinet they got from a hospital and now sits tall in their living. Even the curtains are made of old tablecloths and their canopy bed in the master bedroom is made with water pipes. That's what I call industrial chic.

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Slumber Party

What do these adorable poufs remind you of? To me they look like cute little snails crawling through the floor. Right? They're designed by Dutch artist Aleksandra Gaca for Casalis. The comfy Slumber Pouf is made in a three-dimensional elastic fabric and it's highly flexible. It conforms to your body when you sit on it and spring to its original shape when you get up. These durable cuties are made with high-quality Kid Mohair, and best of all, they're washable. What a fun way of lounging while adding a great touch to a room.

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Summer Trends

• Written by UK based guest blogger Daniel Nelson, design writer for

Trends forecasting is a terribly difficult game to play, especially when new products can arrive and steal the show mid-season — all it takes is a well placed Missoni print and the direction can change. Over the past three months we have seen users in the US steer from their usual hiding place creating 'feminine' and 'classic' interiors and moving over to creating modern, contemporary living spaces. So, what does this say about the changes to interior design for 2011?  Who can say? But we do know that as we're well emerged into Summer, our minds head towards clearing space and creating lighter, airier spaces that make us feel calm and peaceful.

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Clock Wise

Here's to a passionate duo of woodworking and design professionals who work from home to create these one-of-a-kind time pieces. Everything started with one small and unforgettable clock, but as they became inundated with requests to make more, they decided to start their little Toronto-based enterprise known as Clockeee. Made of durable birch plywood with water-based lacquer stain, they have created four different collections: Industrial, Summer, Zen and the most recent, Life. Clokeees are fully customizable to your needs and made with the environment in mind. Neato!

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