Spiral Wine Cellars: Wine, architecture and nature’s perfect shapes

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I’ve always been attracted to spirals. These natural shapes are associated with beautiful notions such as balance, progress, expansion and development. It’s a very calming symbol if I might say. One with a firm beginning but then an infinite end, allowing space for all the amazing outcomes which may appear. Spiral symbolism is not the subject matter here today though. But spiral wine cellars are. And what better way to store your favorite wine collection than in your own secret cellar? And even better, it can become the center of attraction when for example instead of a solid door, it is accessed through a round thick glass door embedded in the floor. Simply stunning! Continue reading

Nuvola Sofa: Cloud nine in your living room

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Paola Navone is a designer that certainly needs no introduction. Neither does her furnishing collection named Nuvola . Since we are all about fall and nesting in, highlighting it though does seem like a good idea. So how about indulging in a fluffy cloud and getting all comfortable and cozy? Cloud you heard me say? Were we not about to talk about comfortable furniture to sit on? Let my word play not puzzle you the slightest little bit. Cause Nuvola sofa not only looks like it is as soft and airy as a cloud, it is also named after a cloud – “nuvola” in Italian. See? We are going to be sitting in a cloud after all. Just not one in the sky, but the one having claimed a spot in our living rooms. Continue reading

Grafe Towel Warmer: Unexpected stationary for the bathroom

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It should only take a glance to realize that while looking at the Grafe towel warmer of Scirocco’s design collection, a strong correlation to office supplies and going back to school inevitably happens. What is a giant metal paper clip doing vertically or horizontally placed on the walls of our bathrooms? Well, warming our towels while looking smart, attractive and fun! Continue reading

Wind Fan: An organic take on cooling fans

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Autumn might be running its 2nd half in this part of the world, still being informed on good design of home appliances even when only necessary for the hot summer days is never a loss. This is bookmarked as a potential choice for the next season, should hot summer days decide to settle in middle Europe for some time. Or perhaps, they’ll make a good addition to the summer house… yours and ours. Having a preference to natural materials, the Wind S and L, two size versions of the same floor or table fan seem like a good choice. Jasper Startup is the designing mind behind them. Continue reading

Crystal Tilt Decanter Set: Crystal clear visions and tilted dreams

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Nambe’s products are well known for their elegance and sense of lifestyle since more than half a century ago. In fact the company was founded as early as 1951, in the tiny village of Santa Fe in Northern New Mexico. Together with time, evolution has come and the company has been introducing new collections, along with the older classic ones always keeping their value and being considered collectibles. Continue reading

Tati Collection: Charming Lines and Curves

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One of the most wonderfully designed furniture collections that I have recently witnessed is the Tati collection by the hands and minds of Broberg and Ridderstrale, two magnificent architects and designers based in Stockholm. The collection includes a desk, a coat hanger, a console, a wall and a floor mirror as much as a range of tables, like a set of side tables, sofa tables and dining tables in rectangular or round form. The basic design characteristic they feature are the rounded edges of their metal frames, combined with sleek, simple, straight lines. A very balanced interpretation, where not only curves and lines are successfully combined, but also materials such as steel, glass, marble, wood and leather. Continue reading

Steel Chair: sticks and handles

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Steel chair, unlike its name implies, is made from solid wood. Solid wood that once used to be tool handles, broom sticks, or wooden handles of rakes, spades and flagpoles, all being 28 to 29 mm thick. The color of this chair depends completely on how and where the tools were used, adding a different patina to the wooden texture depending on weather conditions for example. Continue reading

Librato: A multi functional room divider for you and your pet

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Take the following components : open plan living, your favorite pets and the occasional need for room dividers. Add them all into an equation and you come up with Librato. What is Librato? It is a room divider designed to serve the needs of your beloved four legged friends, while they elegantly get absorbed in the design of your modern home, assisting into defining these different function areas. If you thought plants, curtains or double sided bookcases are the only ways you can achieve that, it’s time to reevaluate by considering Librato. Continue reading

Demijohns: Pretty fall accessories

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Fall is spreading in this part of the world, making our homes places to be spending more and more time at. It’s a calling for making some changes, adding something new or perhaps retrieving something old from the cupboards and giving it a whole new life. How do you like antique demijohns? Perhaps you, like me, really like them for the rustic and relaxed feeling they easily add in our spaces, yet are concerned that finding the right ones might cost a little fortune. After all, antique hunting is quite often an expensive sport, unless we get lucky with our occasional flea market finds. Continue reading

iittala Lantern: Glass and fire

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Anyone loving the easiness with which atmosphere is set in our living environments just by lighting up a few candles? Almost certainly there are more than just a few out there… As fall is falling here in Europe the call to redecorate, to refresh and to add some more wintery notes at home is intense. Time for warm drinks in the company of good friends in the evening, dinners around nicely set tables, or perhaps just reading a book wrapped in a blanket. Whichever the case, adding a few flickering lights here and there will make your home’s mood cozier than ever. Continue reading