In my recent visit to Antwerp, I stayed at the very hip Hotel Banks. The two things I loved most about this place were the daily happy hour, with free drinks and delicious tapas, and the cool decor throughout. But the screens used to divide the different areas in the lobby really caught my eye — I had never seen something like them. They were inspired by the region's well-known ancient craft of lace making and combined with industrial chain-link fence. The intriguing fusion of these two patterns created an amazing look.
Last week I gave you my top picks for free standing coat racks, but I just stumbled upon this brilliant interpretation and I must add it to the list. You can sit down, relax, take off your shoes and hang up your coat all in this multi-functional piece of furniture designed by Brazilian studio Baíta Design. The Reindeer Chair comes in a variety of colors and heights for everyone's taste. Without a doubt, it's the perfect answer to those small foyers.
Living in a small space, I often find myself moving things around and changing the way things look in my pad. I'm the one who's always coming up with little, or sometimes not so little, projects to do around the house. I especially love those that end up with crazy, amazing results. I recently found a fantastic DIY project here that I went bananas over. Nichole Loiacono-Young, from New York City, was looking to revamp her beautiful dining room by creating a fabulous globe lamp.
It's been a week since I returned from the land of Van Gogh and it's been very hard to bounce back from the Amsterdam state of mind. I came back very inspired by its simple and yet rich sense of design. Browsing the web looking for Dutch artists and designers to showcase in my blog, I came across this unbelievable house. I knew right then and there that I had to share it with you. It belongs to Dutch artist Paula Leen whose craft is to create a sublime collection of home accessories using wool felt.
Batucada, the percussion beat used in Brazilian carnival parties, is the name given to this beautiful collection of vases, hanging lamps and trays made out of recycled aluminum by Jahara Studio. The process used to create these vibrant pieces highlights the imperfections of the objects. In Brazil 98% of the aluminum used is recycled, putting them on the top of the list of countries that recycle this metal. The designers used rhythm as the main inspiration for this collection by hammering and leaving unique markings in every piece. The combination of their simplicity and electrifying colors makes these beauties hit a high note.
Haven't you always wanted to say something funny but didn't know how to? Now you can with these hilarious Word Prints by Swede designer Therese Senneholt. They're also just what the doctor ordered to put a big smile on your face and add a little quirkiness to your pad. I'm sure there is at least one in the bunch that will talk to you. Happy weekend!
It's finally here!! The Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2010, a fundraiser event for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York, opened its doors yesterday despite a six month delay. Eighteen renowned designers were invited to decorate the 17 rooms of the six-story, 10,000-square-foot limestone mansion in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Designer Vicente Wolf, whose new book comes out this week, was in charge of the library, the room no one wanted. The House will be open through Thursday, November 11.