At the Salone I was really impressed by the minimal design of bathroom fittings and kitchen taps manufacturer CEA.
I think the SWITCH collection is their most interesting design, I’ve never seen a light switch-design being used in bathroom taps before! I tested them myself in Milan and these fittings are very user friendly.
What I find great about the company is that it strives for making more efficient fittings (limiting capacity to 5 lit/min opposed to the standard of 12 lit/min). Furthermore CEA has developed a system that supports the installation work of the wall fittings, getting rid of the built-in parts and constitutes a universal joint for all the wall fittings, deviator taps and thermostats.
More wonderfully sleek design by CEA here
Spanish rug manufacturer Nanimarquina‘s colourful booth attracted a lot of attention at the Salone. I spoke to the people behind the brand and they explained that Nanimarquina is a Care&Fair member (all rugs are manufactured without using child labour), which made me appreciate their products even more!
The rugs are available in rich, exotic colours, although neutral colours are also available. I especially liked the contemporary take on ethnic patterns.
for more info on the Care & Fair programmes click here
So I just got back from Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan and loved it! I spotted a couple of trends such as combining organic and synthetic materials, psychedelic flowers, and rough, tribal, natural shapes and materials.
I really liked Pavé by Kreoo (owned by Italian marble processing company Decormarmi). These stools look like giant pebbles with driftwood and they can turn around a built-in axis.
DrFranken sent me his latest wonderfully detailed airbrush illustration of a leopard, which inspired me to look for more feline art.
Either feared or revered, different species of felines have continued to intrigue us throughout history. We have attributed them with different aspects, which in particular,
are connected to authority, warfare, power and protection: King of the animal kingdom, Lord of the Jungle, sacred to the Egyptian goddess Bast, trickster, symbol of bravery, etc.
Hope you enjoy these kitties!
Ok..as you might know I’m a big Goldfrapp fan. They’re about to release their latest album titled “Head First” and the website has been restyled to fit the new theme which is a modern take on eighties retro-futurism. I’ve seen this trend popping up here and there and even though it’s really over the top, I sort of like it. (I’m usually more into organic, natural styles)
Retro-futurism is characterized by streamlined shapes, the fantasy of a utopian society, exaggerated sci-fi buildings and vehicles, geometry (especially triangles), a cool palette (purple, fuschia, electric blue) and of course lots of metal.
Check out these images for some retro-futurist inspiration!
retro illustrations via http://creativenerds.co.uk/inspiration/25-beautiful-retro-futurism-designs/
Although I’m a total tea fanatic, I never pay much attention to how I serve it. Then I saw these trivets….