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Posted in architecture, bathroom, interiors by menno1976 on April 22, 2010

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


Colourful India-Green

Posted in photography by menno1976 on April 20, 2010

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Posted in interiors by menno1976 on April 20, 2010

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

Pavé by Kreoo

Posted in design, furniture, interiors by menno1976 on April 17, 2010

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.



Posted in design, fashion by menno1976 on April 17, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I met the lovely Marian van Essen, a talented artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She invited me to her wonderful studio to show me what she had been working on…we had a very interesting chat about life, death and mourning and she told me about traditional and forgotten mourning rites.
Apparently people used to wear mourning buttons as a sign of grief. These were usually intricately carved or faceted black buttons, with a symbolism of their own, such as the rope, which stands for the thread of life and inlaid pearls, which stand for tears. I was quite impressed by Marian’s collection of beautiful mourning buttons.

Marian has been looking for a contemporary mourning token, so she developed the parlAmore, a disc made of Onyx (for releasing the past, protection and transformation of negative energies) or red Jasper (which is said to have a soothing and healing effect on body and mind). The little mother-of-pearl button attached to the parlAmore can easily be replaced by a button of your choice (of a dearly departed) to create a mourning button with a specific character, a new way to carry with you a tangible memento of your loved one.

The parlAmore comes in a gorgeously handmade Alder wood box, wrapped in a white linen cloth (furoshiki style).

More info on parlAmore or interesting facts on mourning: