Vvladimir Kagan is the designer of many enduring pieces of Mid Century furniture and he is still going strong today. I came to know him through his iconic Serpentine sofa and I fell in love instantly, such an elegant and timeless design. But the velvet Erica chaise above also took my breath away, so seductive and glamorous.

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THE MARBLE TREND

The marble trend is seen everywhere right now, and not just the stone material itself. There is a lot of marbling going on, in fabrics, wallpapers, rugs etc. Even in watertaps, as you can read in my previous post on the Watermark Collection. The name Marble is derived from the Greek “Marmareos”, which means glistening.

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Ii came across the Watermark Collection this morning whilst browsing the net. And wow, did I find something special, I just had to share it right away. This Brooklyn company creates the most beautiful and unusual watertaps. The company was established in 1976 by Herman Abel. He had a passion for metal finishes and invented a secret formula that he applied to his watertaps.

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Bedside tables

Ii am sharing some bedside tables inspiration today. And I am not talking about those traditional nightstands, the mini-cabinets with 2 or 3 drawers. Although practical (you can hide lots of stuff in those drawers) they are not exactly original, are they?

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Ii am starting a new Category today: Cool Places. Every so often stories of new restaurants or clubs enter my mailbox. This was the case again today, and I just have to share this Milan restaurant with you: Carlo e Camilla Restaurant. It’s like few other restaurants you have ever seen. Located in an abandoned 1930’s Milan sawmill, it is owned and re-designed by art-director Tanja Solci.

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Ggreta Grossman (1906-1999) was, in an era when few women earned public acclaim for their accomplishments, one of the leading figures in the design world. During the 1940’s- and 50’s she enjoyed the spotlight in numerous publications in newspapers and sophisticated lifestyle magazines focussing on her designs ranging from industrial, interior and architecture. Her work was exhibited in museums worldwide, including the MoMa in New York and The National Museum in Stockholm.

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High and Ornate Ceilings

Hhigh and ornate ceilings make me think of Paris, ooh la la. I love these airy, bright and white interiors. Especially combined with a “less-is-more” interior design, neutral colors and rich materials such as velvets, silks and bronzes. This lets the ornate mouldings and panelling play the starring role.

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Concrete Interiors

Cconcrete interiors may seem “cold” at first glance, but I think the opposite is true. Concrete is so versatile, it can be used for walls, floors and moulded into any form imaginable. Due to its historic industrial use, concrete is seen a lot in old warehouses and city lofts.

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Color of the Month

Wwell, I have just come back from Switzerland where I did some skiing and enjoyed some highly needed R&R in the spa. Lots of fresh snow, unfortunately not a lot of sun…. and after this overdose of winter white landscapes, snowcapped mountains and wooden chalets I am now definitely ready for spring!

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Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler: I am sure for most of you in the States this Designer Star is by now a household name. However, this potter and (interior) designer is not very known in Europe yet. This could be due to the fact that we Europeans are not (yet) used to his signature style of bright colors and glam, seventies style pop culture inspired furniture.

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