Thursday, 25 November 2010

Frozen Yoghurt madness

Snog (a colloquial British term for "kiss") was the first frozen yogurt brand to hit British shores and Snogging mania has swept the island nation with its bold name and brand concept. The quirky but inviting environment was inspired by "The Eternal Summer;" to make customers feel positive and put a smile on their faces......Fancy a snog?

or maybe...

Yummo Yogurt and Smoothies....The interior of this self-serve yoghurt and smoothie shop is modern and casual. The fun and friendly nature of the Yummo logo makes this brand accesible. The logo is applied to the brand's stationery, T-shirts, and packaging and is an important feature of the interior design.Self-service has never been so much fun before....


 what is your choice?...

Monday, 22 November 2010

Mini lighting "seminar"

Decorative lighting is something like "architectural jewellery", with that in mind I came across three light fittings that are wonderfully weird but that can transform a space into something completely out of the ordinary. The central concept of good lighting is that a change in the light will affect a change in our moods and experience.We should carefully choose the correct light fittings for any space because light can define movement within a space, expose colours and textures.




Friday, 19 November 2010

H&M Home collection

H&M has just launched its HOME collection in the UK. It's time to give our homes an H&M update.The fantastic new home textiles concept is inspired by the latest catwalk trends, featuring gorgeous fashion-focused pieces with nods to Parisian 20s glamour and 40s utility chic styling. From gorgeously girlie cushions, to dressing gowns, and tablecloths - there's a homewear style staple to suit everyone!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois

Roche Bobois unveils an exciting new collaboration with fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Roche Bobois is delighted to unveil an exciting collection of furniture designs created in collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier, France’s most revered and much-loved ‘enfant terrible’ of the fashion world. Reflecting Gaultier’s trademark originality, playfulness and wit, the new designs will delight and entertain while also impress with the meticulous attention to detail found in the craftsmanship and construction of each hand-finished piece.
When asked to compare the processes of designing clothes to designing furniture Gaultier explains:
“I only know how to design clothes, so in a way I ‘dressed’ the furniture.
A further evolution in the long-standing core expertise of Roche Bobois in fine upholstery the collection offers a celebration of high glamour.

Mah Jong
Modular elements: hand-made padded seat cushions, backrest cushions and corner units. Headrest mechanism for straight, optional.
Seat cushion: L. 95 x H. 19 x P. 95 cm
Backrest cushion: L. 95 x H. 53 x P. 40 cm
Mah Jong floor cushions from £ 895

Mah Jong

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Impressively different and unique Hotels'

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam Zaandam, Netherlands

 Just twelve minutes on train from Amsterdam, Zaandam was the world's first area of industry and, thanks to Dutch architects-WAM architecten, it's rich history is being translated in a thoroughly modern way with their fantastically unique design for Inntel Hotels' new property. Using the iconic green wooden houses of the Zaan region, and the assumption that a hotel is your temporary home,as inspiration - Wilfried van Winden has created a truly unique structure by creating the illusion that various examples of these traditional houses, ranging from a notary's residence to a worker's cottage, are randomly stacked upon one another...

Hotel Viura Villabuena de Álava, Spain

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Betulla store in Rome

Carola Vannini is an interior architect based in Rome. Her approach to design stems from her diverse international experiences and respect for the use of existing contemporary architectural languages. Her design strikes a balance between the best of old and new.

The Betulla store is a wide space where fashion meets architecture. Clothes, colors and materials all melt in order to create a magic flair that reminds of northern lands. Grey concrete and rough wood, cover the walls while contrasting with the floor’s total white. Clothes are hung on an iron structure and look like precious sculptures emphasised by the rough walls veneering.How beautiful?

Monday, 8 November 2010

Andy Martin

Andy Martin has created a range of works from furniture and product through to restaurants and bars, to residential properties both in the United Kingdom and internationally. He is known for his use of light and dark space, natural light and playfulness with materials.Here are several pictures I picked out from restaurants and residential projects. His studio is based in London and I will be working with him on an upcoming project.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Personalised Christmas gifts

Here are some ideas of bespoke gifts for your loved ones for the festive season approaching...

1.Square breadboard or cheeseboard, 4 x 25cm square, £115 (including personalised engraving), and round breadboard or cheeseboard, 5 x 38cm diameter, £175 (including personalised engraving); both by the Oak and Rope Company, from 
2.Lavender filled linen hearts with bespoke embroidery, by Follie, 17cm long, £30 each, from
3.Felt cushion, “Silhouette”, with bespoke illustration and text, £120 at Monogrammed Linen Shop. 
4.Small leather jewellery roll (red), 20 x 9cm, £145 (plus gold stamped lettering at 5.95 a letter), at Smythson.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Beautifully decorated cakes and muffins

Cooking and in particular baking has always been something I tried to avoid as a small child but slowly slowly I understood that their is beauty and creativity hidden in every recipe. Dawn Paidoussi's simple yet  beautifully unique creations should inspire all of us to spend more time in our kitchens....


1 cup flour sifted
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
vanilla extract
2 tbspns plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk

Mix all dry ingredients and add all liquids.
Beat well !
Spoon into cupcake papers ~

half way and bake at 180 for 20 minutes.

1 cup icing sugar
1 tbspn butter
a little warm milk
Beat together till fluffy and spreadable.


Thursday, 4 November 2010


Since 1952 MOROSO has been designing its sofas, armchairs and accessories with well-known designers such as Ron Arad, Carlo Colombo, Enrico Franzolini, Marc Newson, Toshiyuki Kita and Patricia Urquiola.
I visited Moroso’s London showroom the other day and met Steen Olsen, Country Director of Moroso Ltd. In a very friendly atmosphere, Steen introduced me to the world of Moroso and all its wonderful furniture items.
I have made a selection of several pieces that I think are uniquely made and designed. Patricia Urquiola’s Bohemian collection gives a contemporary touch to the classic capitoné and the Bouquet armchair designed by Tokujin Yoshioka leaves you with a scent of freshness and a romantic atmosphere.The armchair I am sitting in is from the Diesel-Moroso collection where large cushions upholstered in leather define its shape and support the unique comfort. Too comfy for words to describe....


Monday, 1 November 2010

Poliform Christmas cooking event-Wednesday,December 8

Italian Style pre-Christmas event with innovative chef Riccardo de Pra at Poliform's flagship showroom in King's Road, SW3 London, on December 8,10:30am-12:30pm.Book your place in advance to enjoy italian delicacies and explore five floors of poliform's living,dining and bedroom furniture whilst having a sip of Prosecco. The Varenna Kitchen showroom is linked on two levels to the Poliform space and it will be there among the beautifully crafted modern kitchens, where the event will take place.