Remember a while back I wrote about Think Glass,
a company that designed some of the most cutting edge glass
countertops? Well they are pushing the design envelope again, glass
Well let me just say Glass Flooring, they do bridges and tiles and
platforms and oh my they are taking my breath away, take a look.
They’re gorgeous right? I’ll just file these under avant- garde. How could I not?
This is a collection called Roza by Dan Pirsc for Lasvit. A
company based in Prague, Czech Republic that designs, develops and
creates original design objects made of glass, crystal, and other
precious materials. “Lasvit” is a blend of two Czech words – love and
light (láska and svit) and yes…. I am falling in-love with their lights.
Functionality wise, these lamps shines its iridescent light
through Piršč’s artful recreations of the Rose’s petals. That means a
bountiful blush in tones of pink: corals, salmons, and fuschias with
just a hint of darkened yellow at petal’s edge, maintaining the organic
aspect of the rose in the wild.
Interesting lamps and lightings has always been one of my secret
pleasures. Lighting can either make or break a design composition and
trust me; crappy lighting does not go unnoticed. It’s a very important
fact that consumers should keep in mind as they make lighting
selections. As for Lasvit, their elaborate and artistic approach to
such functional objects, serves only prove that point. Dare I say that
they are certainly pushing the boundaries of the norm and status-quo of
the lighting industry?
Suggestion to my readers:
Looking to bring an unexpected twist to one of your rooms? Consider
new lamps, sconces and chandeliers. They are so many gorgeous and
affordable ones on the market right now. Don’t go for the ones that are
“meh” try adding some wow factor; you will never tire of the
spent the whole week between Christmas and New Year reading. Yup! I got
an e-reader for Christmas. It’s my new toy and I love it! What’s most
exciting is that I am able to buys books at a fraction of the cost than I
would spend at a book store. A digital book averages around $8.99 some
are considerable less. I then crawled the web looking for e-books
discounts, I was able to find some for 35% off; that book is now $5.85.
What an invention! I can carry around a library of books wherever,
whenever. No more treks to goodwill to give away books. No more trying
to find space on the bookshelf for yet another book. And oh the trees
the trees we will save.
Gasp! A fleeting thought. What will happen to books? I love
books, I even love the smell of new books, I first laid eyes on my
husband in a bookstore for heaven’s sake. I AM A BOOK WORM. They have
now even instituted SMARTboards in classrooms, touch screen technology
is coming at us determinedly fast. I see what some of us have grown to
love so much fading away in the distant future; a future, where paper
books are considered collectibles. I felt my heart sinking when a loud
bell in my mind went ding ding ding! Collectibles, yes collectibles.
I predict that with the phasing out of paper books to electronic books, hard bound books will become even more valuable. They will be collectibles.
Depending on title, author, publisher and date published some books
will fetch more than others. But how do we preserve some of what we
Ta dah…. introducing Juniper Books.
Juniper Books assemble complete book collections for your home
library – from dozens to thousands of volumes – fully customized based
upon the interests, design preference, and budget …..
……Whether you want to build a collection of leather bound literary classics, a wall of books in a particular color and/or binding style, or just a few shelves with good quality histories and biographies,
Juniper Books can design a home library for you. Our knowledge of
literature, history and art is broad, our sources for new, out-of-print
and antique books are diverse, and our creativity and understanding of
the aesthetic possibilities of books are boundless.
I came across this company while thumbing through a magazine and was
delighted that they are so accessible. As an interior designer I see
great value in their service, not only because a library of bounded
books is aesthetically pleasing but also the potential value of
investing in preserving some of the books you already own. Here’s my
suggestion, give it some thought, start looking at your library a little
It’s not enough that they have been seducing our audio senses for decades. Bang and Olufsen’s is doing it to us again! Their sister company Sea & Touch Marbella has created these really awesome home theater chairs. Check it out
Ergonomically design, the Creation Cinema Chair features an armrest
rest integrated joystick that controls the chair’s mechanism, lighting
and surround sound control. The headrest of each chair has some
component of the surround sound audio installed. Nice right? It’s
available in a large variety of the highest grade single-tone or two-
Do you want it now? Not yet! The Creation Cinema Chair will debut at
Amsterdam’s Integrated Systems Europe exhibition from February 1-3,
2011. I have reached out to them to find out when can we expect to have
this available to the US market.
Will keep you posted.
Every now and then I’ll come across a furniture line that makes me
smile, not just the “parting of lips” kind of smile, but the “warming of
the heart” smile. They just dare to be different and it works! I have
been meaning to post a picture of this piece for quite some time now.
It the Lexa Chair and Ottoman by Neoteric Luxury .
Shown here in the bleached havana and corn husk (I swear this picture
does no justice). A statement piece, using custom fabric of your
choice to make it fab, fab, fab! It’s best feature is its comfort, I
literally had to pull myself out of this chair. Neoteric carries some exceptional lines, but the above by far is my fave.
Here are a few more pieces that made my list.
The DoDo (that name should have gotten some serious thought in their marketing department) luxury bassinet by Spain’s Baby Suommo has
me tilting my head. I am not sure whether I like it or not. It’s
innovative, artistic, cutting edge cool but it seems so cold. Hmmmm…. I
get no fuzzy feeling about putting a newborn in it.
The idea of the design plays on the idea of a baby being inside of an
egg. The lining made from natural silk and the glossy exterior from
high quality wood, it has 360 degrees multi-directional wheel for quiet,
Price $9000 US
(My head still tilted…to the right)
Something must be in the air but I am really feeling hot wall covering right now. Not long ago I wrote about
some really impressive faux textured wall paper. Not only were they
beautiful to look at but a pleasure to touch. Since then I have been
paying close attention to all the new products that are on the market
for wall coverings. Today I am excited because Settecento has a new line out called “Croco-Tiles” (Cute right?)
Italian mosaic and ceramic tile company established in 1969 is a huge
producer of cutting edge of mosaic tiles. Here we see them displayed as
wall coverings, but trust me, the applications are endless. In Europe,
there are gaining the reputation of the “it” company for mosaic and
ceramic tiles, and I can see why.
The collection is divided into two subcategories: The Croco-Classic
which are the darker shades and the Croco-Joy are much brighter,
colorful ones. You can get creative and spice up the solid colors by
adding a Decoro Wave or a Decoro Point to the tiles. The Wave forms a
vertical wavelike shape that is placed off-center with a different
Crocotile color. The Point is a similar wave concept except the tile of a
different color is placed in a circular formation. Delightful!
I had the opportunity to speak with someone in their office and guess what…. it available in the US. Yeah
I want this and I want it in my home now! I am guilty as the next person
of leaving stuff in the sink. I would just love to place my dishes and
utensils in the sink and press a button and viola it a wash cycle! It’s
called a Dual Eco Automatic Sin designed by Ahha Project for Electrolux. This is the kind of innovation that I am excited about.
Here’s how it works, turn on the faucet, clear the dishes and place them on the racks in the sink.
When the rack is full, simple rotate it out of the way, where it will
enter into a wash mode and on the other side is an empty rack ready to
be filled. Cool huh?
When it's done you unload.
It‘s smart savvy, creative, and super efficient. What do you think?
I came across Sicis Next Art via Kitchen and Residential Design and my heart literally went “thump thump”.
Designer Carla Tolomeo definitely broke the boundaries between art
and function by creating pieces that appear to have been plucked from a
garden. Sicis widely
known for their mosaic art, unveiled their encrusted mosaic chairs and
settees that are so detailed, each piece has that distinct eye catching
bejeweled look. They are undoubtedly aesthetically magnificent works of
art, and transcend the expected utility of mosaic. Quite exotic and
celebrates mosaic in a way that is entirely new without appearing
Not your atypical home pieces for sure, but you would more likely find
one of these chairs in the lounge of one of the finer boutique hotels
around Miami Beach.
As Paul suggested
is this a marketing ploy to have you talking about the company? Maybe,
but this would keep them on my sourcing short list for a high profile
Carla Tolomeo blaze on with your bad self!
My critical eye never ceases to find what could be designed
better, but at times I’ll visit a restaurant, hotel or even someone’s home and
think “yeah this done!” the colors coordination is cohesive and expresses the right
ambiance, the unique pieces placed ever so perfectly, the draperies are the
right length, weight and fabric (this is so important, that I’ll have to do a
full post on it).
This post is a hat-tip to The Tides Hotel in Miami Beach,
which is the tallest and most elegant Art Deco Hotel on Ocean Drive since its
original opening in 1936. I had the opportunity to stay here in 2002 and was mildly
impressed. Since then the hotel went through an entire renovation and redesign
with Kelly Wrestler design firm at the helm. Today it’s funky, chic place to
hang out and stay if you are in town.
What I love most about the update, is that it’s glamorous
and it looks as if the process of design was effortless (which means it wasn’t!).
The colors are soothing and transitions through the entire place except for the
coral bar which puts you in the mood to “ham” it up a little. Since it’s a
little on the pricey side the rooms ranges about $500 to $5,000 per night, the
guest are little bit more laid-back and not the flashy crowd that South Beach
is known for.
Well I must admit that The Tides continues to be the bright
beacon of Ocean Drive.