Highlights from Maison et Objet 2016.
During the month of September the gorgeous city of Paris plays host to one of the biggest and most exclusive design trade shows in the world. Celebrating its 21st anniversary in style at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, the event showcases a plethora of new and exciting products from over the top brands and emerging designers from all over the world.
After having previously attended design trade fairs in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Helsinki, and Montreal I have to say this show may just be my new personal favourite. Nothing can prepare you for your first Maison & Objet, the excitement, the anticipation, the immense joy of it all. Now I may sound like I’m gushing but for someone who lives and breathes design it was a serious honour to be in attendance. It was really quite overwhelming!
The sheer scale of the event is one thing, deciding how best to navigate the multitude of aisles is another, but nothing can prepare you for the vast amount of awe-inspiring, never before seen products on display, along with the sheer opulence and quality of the amazing display stands which are all achingly beautiful.
This is design at its very best and I am incredibly excited to share with the highlights of some of the best products in international design. It’s been quite a challenge to narrow down but I have selected 5 companies whose beautifully curated collections of homewares, lighting and soft furnishings caught my eye during the show.
AFFRESCO HAND MADE WALL PAPER
Affresco is a unique company with a unique history and a truly amazing product! Having entered the market in 2002, as a small art studio, this Russian company took an innovative approach to interior design and began offering the world’s largest exclusive hand-made wallcoverings without joints ranging from 3.26 x 10.5 meters.
They are the first company to produce digital frescoes in which they are able to transfer photographs or paintings onto a canvas. They are able to change colours, adjust image proportions, add or delete elements of an image and even combining two or more separate images into one to create entire wall murals.
Aniza’s home collection combines Mexican artisan textiles with refined European fabrics bringing together design and ancestral craftsmanship. Each region in Mexico specializes in their own weaves and symbology dating back to pre-hispanic times and ANIZA works with local Mexican artisans to support their craft and help preserve the rich cultural textile heritage of Mexico
In Europe they work with family owned companies who are still producing locally and with a savoire faire cultivated through generations. Their collections unite continents by respectfully interweaving Mexican and European textiles, showcasing their beauty through sophisticated simplicity.
ATILIERS C&S DAVOY
Quite possibly the best stand on show and one of my personal favourites, Atiliers C&S Davoy transports you to a universe of weird and wonderful; a cabinet of curiosities for those who are inquisitive enough to explore further.
If you have a penchant for distinctive, meticulously hand crafted, new and antique treasures, Atiliers C&S Davoy’s charming products will intrigue and delight you. Itis the perfect resource for those searching for something with a little ‘je ne sais quoi’. It’s the kind of store that reveals conversational pieces of objet trouvé. Offering furniture and accessories that you mightn’t be aware you were looking for, but now you’ve found them you just can’t live without!
Winners of the Interior Innovation Award 2015, Cozi is a high-end brand for lighting fixtures and furniture design that utilises the technology of 3-D printing. Hailing from Israel, founders, Yuval Carmel & Ofir Zandani are two industrial designers that combine multidisciplinary knowledge of manufacturing techniques, high-end technologies and traditional crafts.
Their products are characterised by a unique morphology, due to a thorough study of materials and a constant interest in pushing technology boundaries to the limits. Behind each work lays an idea, a vision interpreted; creating a dialog between technology and craft, between perception and tangibility.
Anyone who has ever taken a trip to New York or London is bound to have come across Jonathan Adler. We love him for his electric, bright, bold and brave designs. His signature style is one that will remain forever timeless. A potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery.
In 1993 Barneys bought his collection of pots and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Jonathan’s Adler desire to design all the bits one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, his company with over 25 stores worldwide and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally.
MARIO LUCA GIUSTI
With a collection that conveys a kaleidoscope of colour and fantastically shaped objects, Mario Luca Giusti is known throughout the world for his elegant and colourful items for the table.
One would be forgiven for thinking these products were a magnificent assortment of crystal or glass, however, they are in fact made of plastic materials.
Each item imitates the sophistication and elegance of crystal and glass; using instead a range of materials such as acrylic or melamine to produce striking, colourful designs. These are the perfect solution to outdoor entertaining without the worry of breakage.
NAGA is a French company that offers a wide range of wall decorations and objects inspired by nature, ideal for Hotel projects and luxury homes. Their wall décor and sculptures are positively mind blowing and they also have a collection of furniture pieces created by designers hailing from Thailand. Their mural creations and decor pieces are designed by one very talented woman – Muriel Dionisio.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Rory Dobner, and eccentric Englishman, artist and lifestyle brand with an exceptional amount of talent. Rory studied Fine Art foundation at Chelsea School of Art & Design before obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Honors), at Central St.Martin’s School of Art & Design. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious title of Burns Young Artist of the Year.
Today, a highly sought after artist, Rory fulfilled a variety of impressive commissions and completed interior design projects for Agent Provocateur, MTV, Soho House Group, Christian Dior, Candy & Candy, Ibiza Rocks House Hotel, Fortnum & Mason, Robert Downey Junior, Heston Blumenthal, Nike to name just a few. An impressive repertoire to say the least, however it’s his purrfect collection of cat inspired wall plates and dinnerware that had designers flocking to his stand.
Serip has been an integral part of high decoration since the 1960’s and is a company that is renowned for their spectacular indoor lighting and decorative pieces. Their luxurious signature style lends itself to organic shapes that are inspired by trees and flowers and natural beauty.
Their collection exhibits innovative hand crafted chandeliers and wall lighting designs that combine noble materials such as bronze, glass and crystal to create distinctive and unique lighting for the home.
A recognized pioneer in Finnish design, VALLILA has been forging its own path since 1935 with its unique designs that stand out. VALLILA’s in-house designers create and capture the fresh Finnish flavor VALLILA brings to its collections.
Vallila’s colourful array of products include home textiles and rugs, bed and bath and kitchen accessories as well as wallpapers. They launch a new collection twice a year, hence offering always something new and exciting!
Header image via Vallila www.vallilainterior.com
Aniza Design image via Aniza Design www.anizadesign.com
Cozi image via Cozi www.cozistudio.com
All other images taken by Sarah Radhanauth www.about.me/sradhanauth
“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you”! – Coco Chanel
Colour plays such a fundamentally important role in our lives; it can affect our feelings, our mood, and our behaviour – often without us even realising it.
Colour can make or break a space and given that colour has such a profound effect on us, it essential to have a basic understanding of colour before deciding on a colour scheme for your home.
Cool colours such a blue’s and greens create a sense of peace and calm, soft pinks can help to pacify, vibrant shades such a yellow can motivate and inspire, while intense shades such a red can over stimulate or sometimes induce feelings of anger.
While the physiological and emotional effect colour can be influenced by different factors such culture, religion, environment, gender, race, or nationality, the chart below provides a good indication of each colour and its overall general effect.
||Blues relax, soothe, and cool making us feel more spiritual and centered. Blue is intuitively chosen for bedrooms for just this reason. Blue is associated with intellect and healing and is said to instils calm and logical thought.
||Red has the opposite effect of blue; it increases blood pressure and respiration rate. Red also makes people lose track of time and stimulates appetite. Red is a powerful colour so it’s is generally best used as an accent.
||Yellow increases the metabolism and often makes many people feel cheerful, energetic, and happy. It is a mind stimulating colour that is associated with focus, creativity and optimism. However, yellow can cause more eye fatigue than any other colour and can also can upset babies.
Softer, subtle, shades of yellow are easier to live with long term than a canary or sunshine yellow for example.
||Greens represents a vast range of natural colours and for that reason, appeals to many. Like blue, greens tend to calm and relax; it’s a healing colour. It can help promote perfect balance within our psychological make up and is believed to evoke a state of positive and mental attitude.
Green is the most restful colour on the eye. For interior colour schemes, olive and sage greens have appeal due of their neutral character. Lighter shades of both are easy to live with.
||Orange is an enhancer of physical passion. Oranges are warm, welcoming, cheerful, uplifting, extroverted and vital. Melon, tangerine, and mango are bright, cheerful shades that tend to improve appetite and brings warmth and energy to a space.
||Historically, purple is the colour of kings and indicative of high self-esteem. It may arguably be the most opulent of colours. It often denotes mystery or spirituality and is believed to promote peaceful mental reflection.
Purple works best best when used in decor or artoworks rather than being used in large areas such as painted walls.
||Black denotes submissiveness and is seen to be a physically protective colour however, when used correctly, black can be timeless, classy, and sophisticated.
Dark colours generally make rooms seem much smaller than they are, and absorbs of light which can contibute to bad moods. Also, painting over black generally takes more than two coats of paint, which can be tricky to cover later. However, black can be very elegant and evokes a sese of luxury. When combined with a mix of white and bright colours it can look stiking and modern.
||Pink is an interesting colour because it has the cultural associations of being feminine, but it goes farther than that. Research shows that pink rooms reduce angry behaviour at least temporarily and encourages physical relaxation. However, pink can have a physically weakening effect if over used.
Representing softness & femininity, pink generally is a comfort colour and is favoured by many for its sweet, childlike appeal. With the one of the Pantone colours of the year being Rose Quartz, paler shades of pink have made a huge come-back in furniture and decor accessories.
||Grey tends to enhance creativity and denotes wisdom and intellect, which can make it a good colour for a home office or studio.
Grey shades painted on walls are very easy to live with for a long period of time. Grey provdes a flexible neutral background for furnishings and can look extremely stylish.
||Brown connotes credibility, and reassurance. It evokes a sense of security and also tends to be soothing and comfortable. Browns are a strong practical colour.
The right shade of brown can evoke a sense of luxury by its association with chocolate and rich coffee. It works well with spicy or warm colours.
||White can sometimes appear quite stark. Certain cool shades of white can wash out a room, making it appear cold and sterile. Other warmer shades of white can bring a clean, crisp, light and airy feel to a space, evoking a feeling of cleanliness, purity and aspiration.
White works well used in small areas as it creates a feeling of openness and will make a room appear bigger, for this same reason it is essential for use on ceilings.
Complimentary Colour Scheme
When selecting a colour scheme for your home opt for cohesive colours that co-ordinate and work well together such as complimentary colours. Complimentary colours are colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example, blue and yellow are complimentary colours, as are green and red, orange and blue.
However, creating complimentary colour scheme doesn’t have to be as literal as uniting blue and yellow. This could translated by choosing an overriding colour such as deep indigo blue and punctuating it with accents of brass or gold by way of furniture details or accessories. This creates contrast which makes the overall blue colour scheme ‘pop’ as the brass acts as a highlight.
Analogous Colour Scheme
You don’t be afraid to go bold with colour, however, if doing so it is important to keep within a particular colour palette or a family of colours. This is referred to as an ‘Analogous’ colour scheme which consists of those colors located close together or one after the other on a color wheel.
However, this type of colour scheme doesn’t mean that everything in your interior has be the same colour. To translate this into an interior scheme, just select one overriding colour for emphasis that will convey a mood and set the tone. For example, selecting accent pieces like the cushions below in varying shades of reds work well against a neutral background.
Introducing hints of complimentary colours will create contrast and make the hero colour pop! For example, a dark moody blue highlighted by accents of brass. Or as pictured below, a muted palette of dusty green and blush is accentuated by accents of brass and gold to add depth and contrast
Monochromatic Colour Scheme
A monochromatic colour scheme consist of colors that are shade or tint variations of the same hue. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker colour such as grey or black.
When opting for a monochromatic scheme, it is important to choose a lighter colour for your base such as the walls, and introduce darker, varying tones via the furniture and accessories. A popular on-trend combination incorporates shades of white, grey, charcoal and black.
Warm & Cool Tones
Colour can be divided into both warm and cool tones. When selecting colours for your home, it’s important to consider the objective of the space and how the room will be used. If energetic work is being carried out in an area such as a kitchen or study, consider introducing warmer, more uplifting tones, like red, orange or yellow to energise the space.
Alternatively if you wish to create a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere consider cooler tones like blue or green which is well suited to areas such as the bathrooms and bedroom where relaxing is a priority.
Want to learn more? See our article below to learn how to Choose a Colour Scheme from your Favoutire Things.
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Last week we introduced to you one of Melbourne’s top Interior Designer’s – Tommaso Spinzi of Spinzi Design who continues to inspire and delight us with his brave, eclectic aesthetic and a modern-European design sensibility.
Today we are excited to feature one of this designers uber cool projects based in Richmond, Victoria. Tommaso has kindly shared with us how he converted a 150 year old warehouse into a hip, modern, shared home for young professionals by injecting the home with eclectic touches that blend bespoke art and furniture pieces, with a fusion of cultural objects.
Click here to view last week’s designer profile article on Spinzi Design.
Project Type – Warehouse Conversion
Location – Richmond, Victoria
Age of Building – 150 years
Levels – Three
Bedrooms – Three
Bathrooms – Two and one powder room
Orientation – North East Facing
Square Footage – Approx. 200 square meters, over 3 floors
Time frame to complete – 2 months
Can you tell us a little bit about this property and what first triggered your interest in the project?
This is a three-story house converted from old warehouse. It is located right next to what used to be one of the most important Melbourne industrial train stations back in the day and is in the middle of what is now considered to be the stylish area of Richmond. It faces toward Richmond Hill and is surrounded by traditional terrace houses and tiny and green lanes.
I love the challenge of a warehouse conversion and its history really intrigued me. It used to be used as a warehouse and factory in a building complex that surrounded the train station and used in the past used as depot and goods trade centre.
What is the history of the property and when was it first built?
Approximately 150 years ago! The entire building was renovated in the early 2000’s.
How would you describe the neighbourhood, location & surrounding fabric?
It’s a multi-ethnic, stylish area inhabited my young professionals. There are multiple co-working spaces, creative offices and retail shops all around. There are also a few other big warehouses (New York style) that have been converted into offices and apartments.
What is the architectural style of the house?
It’s a typical warehouse. It has an expansive open space, large floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings. It’s very bright, light and open.
What changes were made to the exterior?
The property has a large balcony deck that was sanded and re-stained with a grey washed finish to make it brighter and more consistent with the internal floor.
What were the main structural changes made?
No structural changes were made. The focus was mainly on the furniture placement and the overall styling of the property so that it would suit young professionals. We wanted to create a shared, modern house with all of the facilities to suit young people, young professionals and their lifestyle.
What was the aesthetic of the interior of the house before the renovation?
Nothing at all, just a big empty space, typical of a warehouse. The large windows is a great architectural feature that makes the space very bright. It has now been completely furnished and decorated to add a twist of character and style.
What specific design details were implemented into the interior?
A highly electric modern look was achieved through bespoke art and furniture pieces, along with a fusion of cultural objects to create a young, hip shared space.
What were your main requirements and design objectives for the new space?
The main objective was to convert the warehouse look open space into a living space. The entire space is divided over three floors. This meant there were a lot of different areas to focus that needed to work together as a whole. I focused on making everything very multi-functional and flexible, with spaces that can be used in many different ways. I created a lot of spaces where people can relax as well as using them as working spaces.
In the living area, there’s a dining table, the large kitchen bench and a console behind the sofa that functions as a both work space and dining. There is another desk and work space on the ground floor with storage, bookcases and printer facility.
The lounge area could be extended into the balcony during the summer time with big glass doors that open up from the living to create a lovely atmosphere. Outdoor furniture was placed on the balcony with a cactus garden and old concrete boards make the space visually interesting and a little quirky.
Did you have a clear vision of what you wanted you to create?
I wanted to make the space livable for young professionals living together. To achieve this, I wanted to create a space that was very flexible for young people to live and work together. For example, the open plan living area can be used for eating, working, socialising, or just relaxing and reading. I thought this flexibility of the spaces would be important and valuable for people like students or young professionals who might work a lot from home. I also wanted to ensure the place where they live was as comfortable and user-friendly as possible.
Where did you draw your design inspiration from and why did you choose the finishes you selected?
My inspiration come from everyday life and feelings. Many aspects have been considered to achieve a design which is a reflection of the personalities of the people that live in the house.
The overall colour palette of the house is fresh and simple; predominantly white with washed grey, some green highlights for doors and the kitchen splashback, along with a light pine colour for the floor.
The materials for the furniture are have a consistency of colour, with some black, white and varying shades of grey. I introduced additional accent colours through textiles, artworks and books. These are all items that can easily be replaced as trends or tastes change.
What’s your favourite design element or best feature within the interior?
The openness of the space, as well as how it’s organised. We used objects of curiosity such as the bus and the masks on the wall to create unique points of interest.
What are 5 words would you use to describe the style and feel of the property now?
Contemporary, minimalist, chic, multi-functional, modern, eclectic
Industrial, open, bright, warehouse, empty.
What do you like most about the property now and what are you most proud of?
I like how it suits and reflects the lifestyle of young professionals, as this is the kind of people that live in the area. I’m most proud of the flexibility of the multi-functional spaces. These spaces created are livable and comfortable, as well as being highly practical.
We would like to thank Tommaso for providing us with an insight into the incredible amount of thought and talent it takes in creating good design and a successful outcome.
Feeling utterly inspired? Click here find out more about Spinzi Design.
Tomasso Spinzi is a top Melbourne based Interior Designer who hails from Lake Como, Italy. His eclectic style and design sensibility of marrying old with new is something that the team at Jason Agustina have a strong admiration and great appreciation for.
We first came across examples of Tommaso’s work whilst perusing the inspirational design resource site Houzz.com. We were equally impressed by the designer’s mixed European aesthetic, as much as his broad repertoire of Melbourne based projects.
Spinzi derives his design inspirations from European influences combined with other styles such as minimalism, Asian art, modern industrial and classical influences to create a balanced fusion.
We were fortunate enough to have Tommaso take some time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about his design ethos and what inspires him. Here’s what he shared:
What first triggered your interest in architecture & design?
I have always enjoyed designing and sketching and have always had an interest in architectural buildings and products, even throughout my childhood. I love the idea of being able to transform spaces and objects with my own vision.
How long have you been a professional designer?
I previously worked in an Architectural firm as an Interior designer for 6 years in Switzerland. I then re-located to Australia and have worked as a interior designer for 5 years here.
What is your experience to date?
I started in Italy, then Switzerland, as well as having some experience in New York and here in Australia as well. I created my own Interior Design business 2 years ago. I worked in architecture firms initially and then branched out into Interior Design. In Europe, the same firm often handles both architecture and interior design, so I had experience in both areas.
I have worked on projects for new construction, renovation or restoration of historical buildings, churches and villas in Europe. All have provided me with important knowledge and expertise that is invaluable for me today.
Would you say you have a signature style or design philosophy?
Projects differ and are dependent on many factors, however, wherever I can use my personal style, I like to create a modern, eclectic designs. I would say most of my designs are minimal / contemporary with a slight mixing in of old key pieces that are unexpected and interesting. I also like to implement influences of different cultures. Another way I add my own unique touch is by using sculptural pieces and focus on using artwork in my interiors.
Are there particular elements you like to implement into all of your designs?
Sculptural pieces, antiques, Italian furniture, custom-made furniture, art inspiration, architectural elements, fusions of different cultures and styles, different finishes and materials.
Spinzi Design creates unique interiors and furniture designs and provide 4 main categories of services including design consultation, furniture design, designer artworks and works management. You can view more of Tommas’ work at spinzi.com
Watch this space for our next blog – we will be featuring one of Spinzi Design’s amazing projects; a 150 year old warehouse is transformed into a modern, tri-level home in Richmond, Victoria.
We would like to thank Tommaso for his time and are very excited to see more of his fabulous designs. Spinzi Design is definitely one to watch.
A floor plan is one of the most important tools of the trade! Knowing how to produce a floor plan, helps you to accurately design and furnish a space.
Without one, it’s very tricky to identify what the best placement of furniture will be and which size will fit best within the room. Sure you can make a guess-timate but nothing beats accuracy when purchasing big ticket items such as sofas, chairs and dining tables etc.
It can become a costly mistake if the items you loved so much in the store don’t fit the proportions of the room as best they could or worse still, can’t even go through the door way or up the stairs! Measuring the space before making any purchases is the best way to ensure a successful outcome and a home that looks amazing!
View our easy to follow step-by-step guide below to learn how to draft your own floor plan and master the art of space planning.
So what does a floor plan show?
A floor plan is a drawing showing a view from above that’s drawn to scale. The information recorded shows the relationships between rooms and other elements within the space such a built-in cabinetry, columns and furniture.
Dimensions are recorded to specify room sizes, lengths and height etc. They are the measured distance between two points e.g. from one wall to another wall or from the wall to a door opening etc.
Step 1. Getting Started.
Gather the tool’s you will need to get started. You will need:
• Measuring Tape
• Paper (graph paper if you feel you can’t sketch straight!)
• A clipboard
• 3 different coloured pens, e.g Red, Blue, Black (for first timers start with a pencil first until you the hang of it in case you need to erase).
Step 2. What to do next.
1. Walk around the room (or rooms) to familiarise yourself with the space.
2. Using the clipboard to lean on, take your black pen and paper and commence sketching the outline of the room. Be sure to leave enough white space around the outside of your sheet of paper to record the dimensions (measurements).
3. Show the following room elements:
– Openings e.g. windows and doors
– Positions of any fixtures i.e. fireplaces, kitchen benches, WC’s.
– Relationships between rooms, and label each.
Step 3. Take your measuring tape and start measuring then record the room dimensions.
As a lot of information is recorded on a floor plan, it helps to use a different colour pen, in this case use a blue pen. Generally you need to note the following information on a plan:
– Wall lengths
– Door openings and widths
– Door openings and widths
– Any other fixed elements within room such a cabinetry, structural columns, fire-places, radiators etc.
TIPS & TRICKS:
- Always measure in millimetres, generally a 1:100 or 1:50 scale is used for a room.
- Measure the longest wall first. If your measuring tape can’t reach the length of the room, place a marker such as a pen or piece of masking tape to mark where the tape measure ends and then continue to measure from that point to the end of the room.
- Record the overall dimension as well as the individual dimensions. It’s quite easy to record something incorrectly by mistake, if you have an overall dimension you can work backwards to figure out what it should be.
- It’s always easier and faster to have someone assist in holding the tape measure. One can read out the dimension while the other notates it on the plan. If measuring by yourself, place the measuring tape on the floor, it is more stable that way.
Step 4. Record Lighting and Electrical Information.
Using the red pen note the locations for all of the electrical and lighting information. This includes:
– Light switches
– Power outlets
– Wall lights
– Pendant Lights
– Recessed light fittings
– Security systems
– Control panels
– Location of T.V cable
– Metre boards
– Switch boards.
Step 5. Sketch Room Elevations
Once you have recorded all of the information for your plan view – it’s time to elevate up and not the heights of things.
– Grab a fresh sheet of paper and black pen (or pencil for first-timers).
– Stand facing the wall you want to measure.
– Draw the image that you see onto the paper (this is an elevation).
– Record the position of the windows and doors etc.
– Draw a dimension line to indicate the heights of the following:
* Ceiling height
* Underside of cornice
* Door Heights
* Window Heights
* Skirting Heights
* Built in Furniture Heights
Step 6. Take photographs or a video of the rooms to refer to later.
It’s always good to have a memory prompt.
Step 7. Draw your Floor Plan to Scale!
Not that you have gathered all of the information needed, draw the space to scale using a scale ruler and graph paper, as mentioned previously if drawing up your whole house plan, stick to a scale of 1:100 or 1:50 for a room and 1:20 for an elevation.
TIP: Note the longest dimensions of the floor plan first and work inwards from there to record walls with door and window openings. Make sure you leave enough space to record all of the dimensions.
Step 8. Furniture Placement
So once you have your floor plans draw to scale you will be able to see how to place furniture and what sizes will work best.
If you have already furniture in mind, draw the items to scale on graph paper too. Then cut them out and overlay them on the plan. This will allow you move the pieces around freely and re-position them to see if they will fit in the location you desire.Once you have completed these steps you will have all the information you need to create a comfortable functional home that looks superb and can be enjoyed for years to come! Happy planning!
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