Salone del Mobile 2017 | Workplace

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The third part of the Salone del Mobile posts is ready for your eyes at last! And this time it’s all about workplaces! It was a special section this year with Euroluce. As in our studio we have a lot of projects about office renovations imagine our enthusiasm when we found it out…It was very very interesting and we left with a lot of extra knowledge, company contacts and inspiration.
The sad thing is that in Greece now it’s quite difficult to apply or even propose(!) that avant-garde of technology but even though it’s more than good to know all these stuff.

So, at the first group of photos I have 2 big companies, Fantoni and La Palma, that impressed as a lot. With Vitra (that I missed to take photos unfortunately) had the most minimal and with elegance design without leaving out the technology and funcionality. I saw desks that you can load your preferences (from high, chair settings, lighting brightness, temperature and I don’t remember what else!) and customize them as you like, so when you change working place you can load all of them to another desk and feel like yours immediately!
Also, there is a photo from the installation A Joyful sense at work. Its purpose  is to breathe new life into the theory of office and workplace design by setting its sights squarely on people, in terms of their needs, emotions and experiences.
According to it, the workplace of the future will be adaptive, unfinished, vibrant and evolutionary, tailored to reality and capable of accommodating the comings and goings and needs of the workers and the way in which they use it. It will be smart, fast-paced, flexible, evolutionary and contemporary: human beings will be the key focus in a fast-changing environment. It will be happy, nourishing, fertile and sustainable – both environmentally and ethically, in terms of respect for people’s feelings, history, culture, diversity and rights.

Continuing with seating! In this area you can have countless choices…our favorite is Quinti and arper, with which we collaborate already and we are super happy. We love them and you can see why! Also, Andreu World had a very interesting booth design. I loved the velvet fabrics of Quinti, and even more in these dark colors, and the minimal design and elegance of arper.

We saw a lot of interesting alternatives of beautiful and contemporary workstations and shared break areas. Workplaces are cooler than ever! Some of the companies I distinguished were True, Estel, Nowy Styl Group. Sound absorbing separators, cable management, technologies, flexible break areas, organisation of working surface are some of the features that made you wanna work there! (Give me some work to do!…ok almost…)

Another characteristic was greenery! As a decorative element or as a recycling result on furniture and surfaces. As people spend more and more time at offices it’s necessary to bring nature inside and go on board with a more earth friendly style. Also I noticed a trend to offer workplaces beyond the ordinary, always have something to intrigue your imagination. Officine Tamborino, Sesta are two of them.

Last but not least, 3 companies that caught my attention: Montana, Florim and Unifor. For their design, for their products and their booths. Montana had a retro feeling and something that an architect could relate I think. Florim had a very interesting booth, with impressive xlarge surfaces that could cover anything. And very nice decoration with their materials as stationery. Unifor, on the other hand was something else. Their booth almost confusing, but with cool neon phrases on top of the walls and very very impressive tables. Super minimal workstations, desks and meeting tables with the minimum leg support, so that you couldn’t stay untouched.

I’m not sure anyone on this blog would be interested in workplaces but I thought it was mind opening to be there so I wanted to present them all to you! And, of course there were so many more companies that had a lot to say but here we have just a glimpse of the whole of it! Salone del Mobile was a huge experience in general and I hope I can make it again in the future, I hope you enjoyed these posts!

For more Salone del Mobile check the previous posts here and here

All photos taken by me and Ira Papadaki

Salone del Mobile 2017 | Euroluce

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‘Arrangements’ by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

The second big sector of Salone del Mobile this year was Euroluce. To tell you the truth I didn’t believe I’d be so impressed! To begin with, I saw Michael Anastassiades’ creations by my own eyes…only this could be enough. Except him though, the whole visit at Euroluce was a big experience! I felt deeply inside that lighting can be a piece of art and  really move you.

Some pavilions were very imposing, with the best of all (I could say best of all at the Salone) the pavilion of Flos. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. At first, it covered a whole block, roughly 10,000-square-foot, it had 2 floors (2nd only for vip members), with its perimeter closed, leaving only some narrow slots to have a sneak peak and raise your curiosity…and the texture of the facade was folding here and there like a concrete cloth. Beautiful! An architecture work only by itself.
So you entered the pavilion from one point and started a root very well organized, like you were in a museum. Starting from the exterior lighting fixtures, with greenery everywhere, like you were in a garden at night and continuing with several rooms that in every each of them you had something magical to discover.

Below you can see some of the creations of Michael Anastassiades that impressed me the most. He uncovered there his new collection of “arrangements”, a modular system of geometric light elements that could be combined in different ways, creating multiple compositions as individual chandeliers. Each unit simply attaches onto the previous one as if resting, balancing perfectly as part of a glowing chain’, explains the designer. I was totally fascinated by them! Check more about this series here.

At the following group of photos you can see some really interesting creations like Philippe Starck’s, in a room full of mirrors and lighting elliptical frames to create an eternal inception environment, in the name “Plus Belle”. You can see me and my friend P. posing in some of them, it was our hobby there! Other designers are Formafantasma, mobile chandeliers by M.Anastassiades in his own booth and some of the exterior lighting environment from which I don’t remember the designers.

Overcoming the sock by Flos, we continue with another apocalypse, the booth of Vibia. Beautiful design of the booth itself, beautiful lighting creations! I loved almost everything there, unfortunately it was very crowded when we visited it that I have only few photos to present. The hanging lighting spheres in combination with greenery was just amazing!

On the next group of photos I have some of Foscarini with the really impressive set up of their booth, a very cool interactive lighting system that you could change the brightness by moving your hand-not touching, unfortunately I don’t remember the designer, and [sygns] with neon installations.

You thought you’ve seen enough? Not yet!!! Below I have another apocalypse that amazed me at Euroluce: Davide Groppi. His linear creations were just fantastic! So minimal, almost imperceptible, presented the essence of light.
Also, I have some shots from Kundalini‘s booth that I liked a lot, and from Servomuto‘s booth that was very very interesting. If you want check them here, here and here.

Continuing, I have various shots by several big names such as Artemide, Panzeri, Louis Poulsen and more.

To sum up, I could say that minimal design, linear and discreet yet with such and intensity, making a big impression, the trends in lighting world got me full on board!

If you want more of the Salone del Mobile expo check the other post I’ve made here!

All photos by me and Ira Papadaki

Salone del Mobile 2017 | Only few of what I saw

So, I went to Salone del Mobile in Milan and it was fantastic!!! We were all the girls and the senior architect of the studio where I work occasionally. It was an spontaneous decision that went really good…imagine 6 girls crazy in Milan! It was our first time and personally I still haven’t absorb all the information… It was a huge experience for sure! We spent 2 days only at the Salone and 1,5 day in Milan but it was enough to shake us 🙂
At first the exhibition is huge…..you walk and walk and walk and you never have enough! And have in mind, in all that walking you carry so much weight of the catalogues, proper exercise!
We were so thrilled to be there and see for the first time all these big brands, touch the surfaces, sit at the couches (which it was necessary to rest our feet from time to time!) see the forefront of the interior design in general. Other than that the pavilion’s design was equally interesting or even more sometimes. Our cameras were on fire and our shoulders ended up dead!

At the first group of photos you can see some branding signs that impressed me as an exhibit and what could start better this post by some big brands themselves!

As you can see on the top group of pictures, the people visiting the Fiera were countless! If you have agoraphobia it’s not the place for you. Outside on every corner people were sitting and resting, like us above talking about what you’ve seen until that time! Of course the same situation were happening inside, at every pavilion, especially on big ones where you should be an acrobat to take a photo!

I should warn you that this post is quite big, I couldn’t make it smaller, although I tried!  This year Salone, except Furniture, had the Euroluce and Workplace section that will follow in another post. So, be patient!

At the next group of photos you can see some spare views, mostly about outdoor design. I really liked the way to depict a pool at Dedon, of course Patricia Urquiola was everywhere something special and my favorite pavilion of all: the one of De Padova! You could go there just to relax from all the fuss, so zen and calm.

Usually, what attracts you the most is the feeling that each pavilion brings you on and not their products. The way they designed them and what tricks they used to show the philosophy of the company. One cool technology trick was at Zanotta’s pavilion where led walls were showing people moving like if they were real users in life. Check it below.

Unfortunately I’m showing you here only the photos that were ok, without a lot of crowd but believe me there were so many more amazing stuff!!

Living room design had it’s honor of course, huge spaces with large sofas, coffee table synthesis and decorations to make you drooling! I should notice that the mid-century style, marble, brass and of course high quality wood are still at the first line. And the master of all: tropical decor…palm trees, any trees, greenery everywhere! At some places you thought you were in the jungle.

Luxury living, as you may notice, especially when it was about dressing rooms or boudoir and bar furniture. The detail of the design, the finesse and material quality that were used was incredible. Also, I think everybody would want these benefits at their home, don’t you!?

On the next group of photos I have some pictures by Thonet, Vitra and Rimadesio’s pavilions. Only some sneak peaks to feel the concept. Especially at Rimadesio the crowd was unbelievable, I was lucky to take even these detail photos!

Object’s design and decorative vases were also something to admire, check these Egyptian style pots, I loved them! And if I should point out one designer that had his moment in Milan this year should be Jaime Hayon. He was everywhere and I loved him.

And I shouldn’t miss the 2 glass companies that impressed me a lot: Glass Italia and Fiam! Taking glass material in another level.

Next you can see 2 big companies I already loved but now even more: Bonaldo and Baxter. Notably, Baxter’s pavilion was very imposing, exotic yet luxurious environment, low lighted and beautiful textures. I spent some minutes laying at the most comfortable sofa there!

Another element that stood out at these interior environments were lighting fixtures! Besides Euroluce, among all the furniture etc. lighting is very important and at some examples I was more fascinated by them. So, here is a small collection to see what I’m talking about…

Libraries and shelving units couldn’t be missing from this post! Only by the best. Words are needless…

As every single detail was studied and everything had a role, I should notice that decorative synthesis were pieces of art! Sometimes they used just material schemes to decorate a wall or table and it was admirable. Because what is more beautiful than a circle of marble?

Last but not least, the people! Except from being innumerable they offered sometimes some really good snapshots! Of using the furniture, or examining and photo shooting them and posing on them. Of course I was one of them (last photo) 🙂

More of the photos are mine and some of my friend’s Ira Papadaki.

 

 

Pink for Spring | Bathroom

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Pink cabinet, cement floors and white marble, beautiful! Check it here

Everybody knows that the color of spring is pink, right? But what would you say about pink color in the bathroom?!
Don’t say it’s too girly, too bizarre or whatever before check these bathrooms out!
I think pink can be very sophisticated and smooth and it can give a joyful personality to the room. Of course, you should keep the rest of the space very minimal and quiet so that it won’t be tiring.
Below I have some examples of how pink color can make a bathroom really interesting and fresh. Like Spring! Look at it on the tiles or on some cabinet,  just in the shower curtain to add a cute tone or maybe just by pink neon light? From just a detail to the whole room pink bathrooms are an eye treat! What do you think?

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Ok, maybe this is quite girly with gold accessories but I’d love to wake up there every day! Check the rest of it here

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Pink glossy bricks on the walls and a vintage atmosphere for this bathroom. Check the rest of it here

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Pink with some red only on the floor. Perfect for a country house. Check out this company it’s amazing!

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Pink neon light is enough to create that ambience. Of course not in your regular bathroom, it would be too tiring. Here it’s in an office building, girls-of course-bathroom! Check it out here!

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Pink shower curtain, a free standing bathtub and some greenery! Image via DesignLoveFest

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Full pink in everything, yet very simple design. Image via milano.de

Lily of the Valley, Paris

Lily of the valley_Paris 01If I was living in Paris I would pass by this super cute cafe-tea room almost every day! At first it would cheer me up just by being there, then I would like to eat everything on their menu! Especially that cheescake I saw at some photos…
Lily of the Valley is a tiny tea bar but it’s quite eye-catcher despite its size! At first, what gives all the mind-travelling atmosphere is the flowery ceiling of course. Very imposing, don’t you think? Coated all over with false greenery, hanging coloreful flowers and keeping the rest of the space in white tones with romantic touches completes the fairy tail image. Floral fabrics, tea cups and tapestry in the bathroom, cute cake stands filled with delicacies. Also, very clever is the use of mirrors that reflects all this greenery and create reflections of light, making the space seem larger.
Designed by Marie Deroudilhe, a designer based in Paris, is located in the Northern Marais of Paris offers moments of joy to any passer by.

Lily of the valley_Paris 02 Lily of the valley_Paris 03 Lily of the valley_Paris 04I love also some materials and details that complete the romantic-natural look as the “ruined” graphic floor that gives an aged, retro touch and the white painted stone wall on the one side. I think it couldn’t be cutter, like a small oasis in the city. I already imagine myself eating brunch with a friend on a Saturday! Any of you that lives in Paris go for a visit and tell us how it was!
Tres jolie je crois!

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Photography by Julie Ansiau

Outdoor Rugs for a cozy patio

See how a rug can give so much style! Moroccan ambience to your patio. Mamounia sky for The Rug Company

See how a rug can give so much style! Moroccan ambience to your patio. Mamounia sky for The Rug Company

Now that the weather is real hot (at last I could say!) we want to spent our summer afternoons and nights outside, and we should. I’ll show you today how a rug can be used for these spaces and upgrade them a lot! I don’t know if you have a patio, a balcony, a backyard or nothing but these examples will give you some joy for sure! If you do have an outdoor space at your house after this post you’re gonna go for some shopping! Maybe you’re used to see rugs and kilims only inside the house but I assure you they are great for your patio too! They add some color and warm feeling that make you want to stay outside all the time. If you put also some floor cushions and lounge armchairs, if you have plants and flowers (greenery always gives many points) and maybe a beautiful tray with refreshments you’ve made a small paradise! Enjoy…

You can overdo it of course with rugs! If you have a lot of space get bold! Beldi Rugs have a lot of them

You can overdo it of course with rugs! If you have a lot of space get bold! Beldi Rugs have a lot of them

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Beautiful balcony with a cat! Love it just because of the cat… Carpet of natural fibers is a very good idea for an outdoor space. Source unknown

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Boho style with rug and cushions. Extra feautures the lantern and the built mantel. via interieur designer

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Black and white balcony. A cozy sofa with some cushions and a rug, nothing more. via oh what a room

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Light and airy with pops of color through disctintive furniture. I love it! Source unknown

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Boho style and fairytail atmosphere under the trees! I have no words for this patio… source unknown

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Black and white balcony with almost nothing! Ikea products with inspiration. via deco crush

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And if you don’t want to put a rug outside, if you want this idea with a twist, why not painting one? Brilliant! See here how to.

Wooden headboards

1. slab headboardRecently, I had to search for wooden headboards for a bedroom in the country. I collected so much of this that I decided to make a post about it! There are so many options to make your room from country to super minimal that the only thing it connects them is the wood as a material.

In the first picture there is one of my favorites, the wood slab, unrefined and natural. It’s a statement headboard for sure! You can see more about this here, where you can have a more complete perspective about the wood slab headboard. In this picture it makes the room cozy and warm with a rustic touch, but it can be used in a more modern bedroom as well.
Some other examples of country atmosphere are the following. Very eye-catching don’t you think? I love the old shutters as an idea in combination with the luxury chandelier. Shabby chic style in 2 simple moves! The next, is an ethnic masterpiece! A carved panel above the bed totally fills the room! With earthy tones and small traditional details as furniture you can complete the look perfectly.

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Ethnic style with carved wooden panel. Source unknown but you can see something similar in white here

The following is a DIY project that gives the personal element in bedroom. I think that the wood pallettes are too worn-out but this is something easy, simple and very sweet for sure. The next with colored, geometrical schemes is something else, it could lighten a total white bedroom with sauciness in a cottage!

Colored geometry on these wooden headboards from Urban outfitters. See more also here.

Colored geometry on these wooden headboards from Urban outfitters. See more also here.

And then, we have the textured wood headboards in simple geometry schemes as well. Funny and classy at the same time. I love them!

Wooden simplicity with texture. Via simplistiic - source Linxspiration

Wooden simplicity with texture. Via simplistiic – source Linxspiration

Wooden geometry with tropical atmosphere. via domainhome. Source Romain Ricard

Wooden geometry with tropical atmosphere. via domainhome. Source Romain Ricard

In the meantime the weather today in Athens is completely different, the sky is almost black and we’re waiting a real storm in a few minutes, all I want is hide on these bedrooms and cover up with the blankets for the whole day!!

Office of the week

garden officeGood morning everyone! How do you feel this monday, ready for the new week? I’m not! I’d like some more hours of sleeping please… That’s why I chose this workspace today, to cheer me up and inspire me for work. Isn’t it a small paradise? Like you work in the jungle and this is your shady, cool working spot where you can create stuff in peace. Industrial and raw environment but with the element of nature everywhere giving a sensitive touch. Ok, now I’m ready of going out, thankfully it’s a sunny day! Have a nice week!

photo via vintage blog

Patios to relax listening opera arias

Well, not exactly, these are just some places I’d prefer to be this morning! Today I wake up with the melody of this song:

“Summertime” by Maria Callas

In fact it was yesterday afternoon that I was driving in the highway, the sky was magnificent with a beautiful sunset and suddenly the radio put this song…I felt like I was in a movie scene! Amazing moment… So, that’s why I wanted to hear it again today and from that moment I’m listening to opera arias with Maria Callas, I’m totally in the mood for a beautiful patio spending holiday time! That’s why I found the cutest gardens, balconys etc that inspired me, to share them with you! Have a beautiful morning!

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beautiful view in this outdoor sofa-bed. Via Casa tres chic

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Rooftop Garden. I love these tropicalia armchairs!!! via pinterest, source unknown

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Modern Colonial home in Merida. via pinterest, source unknown

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Beautiful calming porch via onekinddesign

Pink for Spring!

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Tulip chair with pink cushion photographed by Janis Nicolay | via Desire to Inspire

One sunny day is enough to help the spring get inside me! I’m so looking forward for this season every year! It’s not my favorite-summer will always be the king-but I’m always thrilled for this changing of weather, nature and mood of people! So, inspired by spring today, I collected some environments that have this joyful spirit, with one common clue: pink color! What color would be more suitable afterall? Especially for this blog… Decorate with pink to bring the spring in your home!

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Bar cart with flamingo wallpaper via Rue daily

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Pink elegance by artnau

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Florist Chair by Knauf and Brown | via Leibal

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Gorgeous outdoor chairs “Baia” by Paola Lenti | via Style park

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Pink Smeg fridge photographed by Claus Bellers&Thomas Ibsen | via Bolig magazine

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Hot pink wall with bright colors – eye candy! By Frillie designs on flickr

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Pink sheepskin and tolix chair in total white environment…not bad right? via Lauren Conrad

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One of my favorite color combinations: pink with red! Photograph by Lisa Cohen, styling by Indianna Foord | via Vogue magazine

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A flamingo in the house always brings pink in the house! via Milk Magazine-Designerbox

PS. See some more pictures with flamingos in the house in an old post here