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Thursday
Sep192013

RELAXED SOPHISTICATON

There's nothing that makes me happier than a beautifully designed home collection, especially when created by world-famed designer Paola Navone. Well, perhaps delicious food, shopping and traveling. Ok, but back to what's making so excited today. The multi-talented Italian designer recently launched her tableware and furnishings collections exclusively designed for Crate & Barrel. All three collections, Como, Mallorca and Riviera, are "dedicated to many different houses... joyful and delicate, imaginative and poetic, classic and timeless." The collection has an air of simplicity and a relaxed sophistication that make the pieces an easy fit with any style. It's fresh and elegant at the same time. What can I say? I'm totally crushing on it. This is one not to be missed!

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Friday
Jun212013

MY TOP 10: OUTDOOR CHAIRS

I want to give Summer the welcome it deserves by celebrating these amazing outdoor chairs. I'm overjoyed to see there are so many cool outdoor seating options for every taste and budget. Some inspired by the past and others simply futuristic, these faves of mine will make any patio or poolside shine. Enjoy your Summer!

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Saturday
Jun012013

CELEBRATING AN ICON

Someone is celebrating a landmark birthday—and it's not me. Actually, the iconic Hans Wegner‘s Shell Chair is turning 50 and to commemorate the event Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has partnered with textile company Maharam to create 20 new re-editioned Shell Chairs—each with a different textile and coordinating wood frame. Although it was hard to pick, these are some of my faves. I just love the fabric/wood combo on them. If you want to take a look at the other 13 just click here.

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Friday
Nov162012

SIT DOWN WITH NOBODY

Danish design company Hay never stops to amaze me. I fell in love with their furniture and accessory collection when I visited their flagship store in Copenhagen, and now I'm crushing on Nobody—an industrially produced chair made strictly from textile. The chair is molded in one piece and in one single process, resulting in a light weight and stackable chair meeting modern demands of sustainability in both materials and production. Its design is inspired by a piece of cloth used over a chair to protect it. Using a technique borrowed from the car industry, the Nobody chair is manufactured from a 100 % recyclable material made from used water and soda bottles. Amazingly, the production process neither requires an internal frame, plastic, screws, glue or any other type of reinforcements. I'm a big fan of this chair's modish vibe and the powerful statement it can make in a room.

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Thursday
Oct252012

A CHAIR OUT OF THE BOX

I've seen several interpretations of cardboard furniture, but this latest find, by San Francisco-based designer Dan Goldstein, is one of my favorites. The Re-Ply Reclincer is made with just four layers of upcycled heavy-duty corrugated fiberboard that are cut, laminated, molded and folded into a strong, comfortable shell. The triangular steel base that supports it allows the chair to comfortably rock and recline. You can then use your creativity to dress it up to match your home decor. I'm impressed!

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Wednesday
Aug222012

CHAIRS WITH A CAUSE

Pioneer chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver has challenged a select group of artists and designers to lend their creativity and customize Arne Jacobsen's classic Ant chair. The one-of-a-kind designer chairs will be auctioned off to raise funds for his The Better Food Foundation which trains unemployed youngsters to become professional chefs. Designer like Paul Smith, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey for Burberry are among the famed few invited to participate in The Big Chair Project. Each chair, like the ‘Truly Scrumptious’ by Julien McDonald, above, is quite unique in its own right. These are some of that caught my eye for their funkiness and creativity. You can take a peek at the rest of them here.

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Thursday
Jul192012

PAST AND PRESENT

Danish design has been in the vanguard for decades. We've all come to know and love the classic traits that have made this style an international force. While in Copenhagen, I paid a visit to the Danish Design Center, Denmark’s knowledge centre for design, and was able to see some very cool exhibits. One of my favorites was Denmark by Design, an exhibit showcasing the development in Danish design from 1945 to 2010 and how it has become an integrated part of our everyday lives and mindset. The exhibition also explores the new generation of designers and companies that will design the decades to come and maintain Denmark's position as a leading design nation. The pieces were displayed by decades in a very clever way, giving a clear scope of the extensive contributions by Danish designers to modernity. I enjoyed everything about it, particularly being surrounded by so many iconic pieces of furniture I love and use in my everyday life, like Arne Jacobsen's Egg and Ant chairs and the Pantone chair by Verner Panton.

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Tuesday
Jun192012

CREATIVE MINDS THINK ALIKE

There's nothing that will keep creative minds from creating, especially when talented ones join forces—like German product designers Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, who teamed up to create Studio Besau Marguerre. Besides product design, their services range from interiors design to visual communication and branding. I'm glad I came across their site–it's a wonderful source of inspiration and eye candy. Take for instance this DIY project they worked on for Brigitte magazine. It's overly clever how they came up with these beautiful vignettes of chairs that have been refurbished together with the materials used for the transformation. Plus each of the chairs turned out simply gorgeous and give you some unique ideas to try on your own... right? If you have a few minutes and want to enjoy some of the behind-the-scenes happenings of the shoot, click here.

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