Entries from April 1, 2012 - April 30, 2012
What a treat to start the week. Est magazine is treating us to a magnificent 5th issue celebrating their first anniversary. Congrats!! They've put out a wonderful issue piled with gorgeous photography, drool-worthy interiors, inspiring features, delicious color trends and lots, and lots more. But don't take my word for it. Here's a sneak peek of what you can expect from our friends at Est. Happy Monday!
I'm always looking for inspiration in everything around me, one being special and meaningful quotes and thought-provoking phrases from others. So and idea came to mind: why not share this source of inspiration with you on a new Sunday feature called quote / unquote. I hope you enjoy it.
Inspiration via Ylva Skarp
I've come across many multi-functional, space-saver pieces of furniture, but this slick desk is one of my favorites. Deskbox is a brilliant wall-mounted desk/cabinet unit designed by Israel-born, UK-based designers Yael Mer and Shay Akalay of Raw Edges studio for Dutch furniture company Arco. It has a retraction system that allows it to easily open and reveal a comfortable work space, and close to its original compact form. Either way, it's a beautiful piece of furniture.
This sophisticated and vibrant Parisian attic has a splendid collage of art and contemporary design pieces curated with functionality, comfort and aesthetics in mind. Located in an eighteenth century building, this modern loft used to be an abandoned appliance warehouse. The colorful decor is the ultimate reflection of the artistic spirit of its owners, artist Miguel Chevalier and his partner Renata Sapey, general manager of the Kartell flagship store in Paris. What a stunner! Have a designful weekend.
What do you get when you leave a stack of cardboard sheets alone in a room with some of Europe’s brightest engineers? How about this amazing line of furniture made completely, you guessed it, of cardboard. Australian company Karton is all about keeping things simple and easy. By following their basic fold and tab system (without the need of any tools or glue), you can put together a whole bedroom essemble, a complete office, funky storage units and even a dining room table that will give your guests plenty to talk about. Besides being an impossibly strong, exceptionally handsome and conveniently cheap way to sleep, sit, store or live, these designs are also 100% recyclable. BTW, if you're digging this fun and unique decor concept, you will also love these other cool versions here and here.
This fine pad is a shining example that bringing your work home can be a good thing. For interior stylist Joanna Lavén, creating a sensitive mix of internet furniture bargains from Ebay with fun decorative arts is her thing. Being fond of the 1950s style and attracted by slick shapes, she creates beautiful environments both at work and at her central Stockholm home. Her secret for a picture-perfect room: keep them simple and clutter-free, and try to keep cables neatly organized and out of sight when possible. A gal after my own heart!
It's hard to believe this jewel of an apartment is barely 420 square-feet. The whole studio was so cleverly planned that they were able to accommodate a living area, an eat-in kitchen, a cozy sleeping quarter and even a small home office—all done exquisitely with plenty of style. The use of black and white was key to giving the space a cohesive look and a feeling of continuity, which makes the pad seem more spacious that it actually is. The combination of styles is delicious, particularly the mix of pendants in the dining area. What's not to love about this charming home?