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Apartment in Sao Paulo

Thursday, 20 August, 2015

This Sao Paulo apartment is a fresh reminder about how successful simplicity can be. No frills necessary, just thoughtful design. Architect Alan Chu chose to use ceramic ventilation bricks (cobogó) as building blocks for walls and furniture in this home – the idea came out of budgetary necessity but on top of that it pays homage to modernist Brazilian architecture. It’s always cool to change the context of a widely used building material.

(It almost looks like wallpaper if you squint your eyes!)

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Open-air Showers

Thursday, 13 August, 2015

Nothing says summer like having a shower in the open-air. If you haven’t had one yet this season you better get outside and find one before summer’s end!

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The Outdoors

Tuesday, 4 August, 2015

Being outside feeds our souls, whether it’s deep in the woods or by the pool in the tropics or even if it’s being on a small patio that’s filled with plants. Here are a few places we wouldn’t mind spending the afternoon.

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Pups + Pillows

Friday, 17 July, 2015

Kaya’s not the only one that loves to cuddle up with Eskayel…!

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Marble

Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Marble in its natural habitat is so beautiful, as seen in this Italian Carrara marble quarry. Below is a round up of some marble design that we like.

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Bathroom sink by Altamarea Bathroom Boutique, part of the luxurious Must collection.

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Book matched marble in an Antwerp bathroom, by architect Dieter Vander Velpen.

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These tiles by Lithos Design are a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional marble inlay. Lots of cool patterns in their Opus collection.

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A minimal French apartment in Paris with architectural curved marble by Francois Champsaur.

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Left – A dining room with gold floor to ceiling storage and dramatic dark marble floors.

Right – Classic Kelly Wearstler interior with patterned marble floors that almost mirror the ceiling pattern.

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Marble print surfboards made by Haydenshapes for an installation in the Alexander Wang flagship store in Soho.

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InHale table by Ben Storms. This monumental block of over 200 kg of marble is carried by an inflated metal cushion, in which it snugly sinks into.

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Sweet and simple pink marble table by Sean Woolsey.

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Kitchen accessory by Studio Lievito. The sphere crushes spices and salt. The cylinder rolls out the dough and beats the meat. The cube scales the skin of the fish. The prism provided with a sharp blade chops vegetables. Pretty cool!

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PINK + BLUE

Tuesday, 2 June, 2015

Beautiful glass tables by Nendo

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Pink water / Blue water from two inspiring instagram accounts

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Silver and cast acrylic tea light holders by Sophia Thomas

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Our Cocos – cay pouf

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Meike Harde’s wooden aquarelle collection

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A stunning shot from Loup Charmant’s instagram page

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And some shots from around here…

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Some nice spaces

Thursday, 7 May, 2015

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April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 14 April, 2015

On this grey spring day we must remember that wet weather is what our flowers need to bloom. Here is an inspiring reminder.

Falling Garden is a beautiful installation by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger where a diverse collection of botanical oddities are suspended within a 17th Century Venetian church. One of the coolest things about this piece is that despite it’s aesthetic appeal and dainty whimsy, these objects are incredibly unexpected and sourced from all over the world. Some examples include: plastic berries from India, waste paper from Venice, thorns from Almeria, nylon blossoms from a dollar store, pigs’ teeth from Indonesia, seaweed from Seoul, pigeons’ bones from San Staë, silk buds from Stockholm, wild bore quills from the zoo and rubber snakes from Cincinnati…! It’s also cool that visitors were invited to view the installation by lying on the floor.

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Ai Weiwei’s beautiful and conceptual work titled “Blossom” consists of intricate white ceramic flowers oozing from dilapidated spaces. It has been installed on Alcatraz and several hospital ward cells and medical offices. His comment on the piece does a better job conveying the meaning behind the work then I ever could so I’ll leave it at that: “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”

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TeamLab has created a now familiar (thanks to Random International’s Rain Room) interactive installation with over 2300 alive and growing floating flowers. As in the rain room, the work responds to human presence, highlighting the idea that the viewer and the flowers are of the same root.

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Instagram Roundup: Nicaragua

Friday, 10 April, 2015

A selection of photos from our recent trip back to Nicaragua.

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Illustrations by Ketevan Ignatova

Friday, 10 April, 2015

We wanted to share some work by painter and graphic designer Ketevan Ignatova whose work is impressively intricate. We like the maximalist room collages.

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(Ketevan doesn’t have a website but if you’re interested in finding out more we can put you in touch via email)