• getaway love, cyn • mexico, the staves • young bodies, sea wolf • pale shadows, laura groves • cherry blossoms, night beds • hot gates, mumford & sons • make it holy, the staves • feeling ok, best coast • sedona, houndmouth • exodus of the year, royal canoe •
this year really has been a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type of year, hasn’t it? certainly april has passed by in a blur of late nights, multiple cups of coffee and endless hours spent surgically attached to my macbook.
here are the tunes that have been getting me through – enjoy!
there’s just something so decadent about having an outdoor space – no matter how small – where you can sit out in the fresh spring air and enjoy a spot of breakfast with your friends, don’t you agree?
dining alfresco in the morning brings back all those lazy summer days of relaxation and restoration, where the whole day stretches out before you full of endless possibilities. it was wonderful to recreate a small moment of calm last weekend over at my bestie’s new home, breaking out a loaf of freshly baked bread, lashings of marmalade and jam, accompanied by fresh fruit and yoghurt – and copious amounts of o.j. and coffee, of course!
what does your dream outdoor space look like?
our breakfast table: jakarta patio set, aztec dinner set, liquorice side plates, aztec cutlery set, desert mugs, desert napkins, yellow soda jug and yellow wine glasses; all george at asda.
given my love of the 100% norway exhibition at ldf each year, it stands to reason that one of my favourite shows from my exploits in milan last week would be norwegian presence at ventura lambrate. a collaboration between klubben (the norwegian designers’ union), norwegian crafts and norwegian icons, the exhibition showcased the best of the country’s handcraft and design, both past and present.
presented in a rough factory setting in the lambrate district, the exhibition was designed by internationally acclaimed stylists krakvik & d’orazio. i really liked the fact that the products from each of the three design bodies were handily displayed against their corresponding paint shade, each especially designed for the showcase by paint manufacturer jotun to reflect colours easily associated with a norwegian landscape.
i’m back from a wonderful week in sunny milan tired but inspired, as my lovely pal katie would say.
it was a looong six days in the capital of design, with countless miles covered, espressos downed, new design classics spotted, glasses of aperol spritz quaffed, pasta dishes inhaled and a mere few hours of sleep snatched in between late night parties and breakfast previews.
perhaps because of the incessantly hectic pace, one of my stand-out presentations from the show was one that forced me to slow down, take a moment out and just be. the all-white cos x snarkitecture installation resembled the typology of a cave; tens of thousands of individually cut ribbons were suspended from the ceiling creating at once both a single undulating mass and individually swaying strips. the completely immersive environment created a world of reflection, exploration and interaction a million miles from the hustle and bustle of the brera design district just outside its door, offering a serene and calming space to recharge your spirit amid the chaos of the festival.
i’m off to milan today for my first ever salone del mobile experience! ever since i was asked to coordinate a shoot during milan design week in my first week as a wallpaper* intern (from the london office, natch), i’ve been eager to attend the weeklong design festival that is arguably the most important – and glamorous – in the design calendar.
my head is spinning trying to process all the exhibitions, product launches, installations, talks and cocktail party invites but i’m so excited to finally be going to the ball! i’d love it if you wanted to follow along with my milan adventures over on instagram, and do give me a shout if you’re going to be there too.
how is this for the perfect little escapist haven? the new vipp shelter is a 55m² all-inclusive nature retreat, prefabricated down to the very last detail, creating a spacious, functional, and livable industrial object that lives and breathes the wonderful world of vipp.
within the transparent shell of the shelter, nature is omnipresent. the simple steel grid structurally supports the two level space, with only the bathroom and bed loft shielded from the main living space that has been designed to facilitate an escape to nature. the landscape surrounding the shelter is purposely framed, with the dominant dark interior tones carefully selected to keep the focus on natural world outside, while the sliding window frames blur the distinction of indoor-outdoor space.