Instagram has grown to become a go-to source of inspiration for many a design enthusiast. Whether it’s for design inspiration or to understand what makes your favourite designer tick, following some Instagram accounts is worth your while. Today, we share those that have made the Moody Monday list.
Be prepared to feast your eyes on beautiful interiors to stimulate all the senses. His bold and colourful style always comes through. The designer, ceramicist and author also shows off his home decor collections.
In this highly competitive world of 21st century retail design, more retailers are innovating brilliantly. Many are starting to create experience-based alternatives for customers which ultimately rival their fledgling e-commerce counterparts. These are not your regular brick and mortar stores, these multi-brand ventures instead transport customers into a world of design and luxury in a way that is particularly appealing.
Otherwise fondly known as concept stores, they create a sense of luxury which appeals to the discerning consumer. One iconic concept store which has received a lot of admiration is 10 Corso Como.
Founded in 1991 by Former Italian Vogue Fashion Editor, Carla Sozzani, the store began at a time when even the concept store idea was not known. It was pretty revolutionary in its days. Having begun as an art gallery and bookshop, nowadays they’ve become one of the world’s hippest retail stores with branches in Milan, Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai.
Each store has been tastefully designed with bouts of personality. They showcase and sell eclectic works of art, architecture, fashion, food, music and culture with design which embodies individuality and luxury. So if you’re planning to be in any of these cities, a shopping trip to Corso Como is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.
All images sourced from http://www.10corsocomo.com/
Barbecues, picnics in the park, kite races. It means one thing, we’re officially in summer. We know it may not always feel like it though. You’re probably looking forward to all the wonderful exploits and family gigs planned for the season. If you’re the hosting type, a few barbecues are probably on the cards. To make this happen, your garden needs to be in tip top shape.
Let your garden reflect your personality and be as unique as you want it to be. Read on to discover some contemporary planters we think will inspire you. Just a few changes can make all the difference.
With a design which reflects a traditional knitting pattern, The Knit planter is a new-wave weave, inspired by the art and nostalgia of knitted textiles. We love the sturdiness and classic elegance of these products. It is made from a UVA- resistant plastic which means the colour won’t fade and it will be easy to clean too.
The Adan Planter is quite a conversation starter. Created with the design of a thinking face, it is crafted as a statement piece with a white matt finish. Perfect for indoors and outdoors. With its crisp white palette, it will show off brightly coloured plants and flowers well.
The Soma planter is made from lightweight concrete and wood to create a contemporary object of beauty and function. Handcrafted with a natural aesthetic to live in harmony with nature, it was designed to age beautifully over time if used outdoors.
Whether you can cook up a storm or you can eat up a storm, nothing stops you from having a kitchen you’re proud of any day. Isn’t the kitchen really the heart of the home? Yes, for most of us at least it is. It’s where you get fuel for the day and perfect your culinary skills for that long-awaited dinner party.
You know you’re ready for a kitchen revamp when kitchen catalogues become your bedtime reading. Or maybe, the idea of a trip to your favourite kitchen showroom sounds more attractive than a few extra lazy hours in bed.
Look no further for inspiration to get you planning out your next kitchen design. We’ve sourced some great modern kitchen examples to get you salivating over.
Sleek and understated, this kitchen’s all-white colour palette is anything but boring. All you need sometimes are a couple of bar stools and colourful pendant lamps. The statement lighting is perfect for the island.
When you’re looking to infuse a je-ne-sais-quoi quality, a statement backsplash like the one in this modern kitchen will do. The cabinets have a stylish look and finish which is bound to appeal to both men and women alike.
If exposed brick rocks your boat, then you’ll love this modern industrial style kitchen. Fully kitted with stainless steel appliances and surfaces set with a backdrop of a brick wall, we love its rustic appeal. The use of copper also warms up the look of the space. Perfect match.
Obviously not one for the fainthearted but if you love a bit of colour, then why not go all out. Colourful tiles make a whole lot of difference in this eclectic Brazilian kitchen. What’s not to love about the vibrancy? The combination is perfect.
From 22 – 26 June 2016, a special design event will be taking place at Olympia in London. For four full days, guests of the Spirit of Summer fair will be invited to feast their eyes on product collections from over 450 independent designers and boutiques ranging from fashion, gifts, artisan food and drink.
Organised in association with House and Garden, the House fair which is wholly dedicated to the home will be on too. With over 100 prestigious interiors brands cutting across furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, wall coverings, you’ll have so much design choices on offer.
If you could do with new ideas and inspiration for all the rooms in your home, then this is the event for you. Quality British design will not only be in abundance but showing you how to enhance your interior space with beautiful products and furnishings is of utmost importance to the organisers.
So whether you’re looking to revamp your home or redo a new client project and are looking for some inspiration, look no further. It comes round once a year, you don’t want to miss it. Enjoy the spirit of summer.
Chances are you would have come across mid-century patterns if you’re into interior design. Very popular in the 50s and 60s, minimalism and simple repetition ruled with this trend.
Even today, they’re still very much in vogue. You can understand the appeal for these designs. They’re striking, geometric, reminiscent of things we can all relate with and at times nostalgic. Nowadays, it is more common to find people seeking interesting modern interpretations.
What’s not to like about the sheer simplicity in the patterns used? The bold contrasting colours are a staple which means they’re nothing but bold and beautiful. A perfect match for anyone who likes full on colour.
Going down memory lane, a textile designer well known in her days for brilliant designs was Lucienne Day. The ‘Calyx’ which she designed for Heal’s in 1951 was the fabric that brought her fame.
Orla Kiely is another lady whose name rings a bell when it comes to mid century patterns. Her designs are literally on everything.
Even some designs like this Aquila wallpaper design in our Stellar collection have been said to have mid-century feel to them too albeit a modern take. We sure didn’t see that coming but we’re more than happy to take the compliment.
With applications on wallpaper, fabric, wall art and even custom headboards, you’ll agree that these designs are very versatile. Inspired? Why not look to infuse this into your home?
Did you know we just launched a new collection? Sure you’ve either met us at ICFF, heard about it on social media or one of our newsletters. Well, yes we launched our new ‘Stellar collection at ICFF a few weeks ago.
Anyone who has exhibited at a trade show knows how tiring and full on they can be. But it’s all a labour of love. We enjoy making connections with potential and existing clients. To top it all off, the feedback to the new designs was fantastic.
The Moody Monday stand
Amidst the great time we spent at our booth, we were sure not to miss out on all the contemporary design on offer in the Javits centre. A stroll round the hall packed with eager exhibitors, and we found some interesting products.
As far as product design goes, outside of our product lines, one of the areas that continues to fascinate us is lighting design. Grab a seat and enjoy the highlights from the Moody Monday perspective.
It’s been over 2 weeks since the Milan Design Week 2016. We weren’t there but we kept our ears pealed to the ground. One of the notable highlights was the impressive pop up restaurant designed by Tom Dixon in collaboration with leading quartz manufacturer, Caesarstone.
The interactive installation called “The Restaurant” was based at the Milan Children’s Museum (MUBA) in the historical Rotonda della Besana in Milan. It was made of four conceptual kitchens. With inspiration from the four elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire, each kitchen creates a multi-sensory experience for guests.
The British designer, Tom Dixon designed each dining area to feature colours and materials based on each element whilst showcasing Caesarstone’s designs. Tom’s product design also features albeit with secondary prominence. We definitely have a soft spot for his lighting ranges. They are so exquisite.
“In Milan this year, we wanted to collaborate with Caesarstone to inspire architects and designers through a radical interpretation of how food and surfaces can interact in different ways, delivering a food experience that challenges all the senses in an exercise of materiality, luminosity and texture. Reflecting on the four medieval elements, we have created totally distinctive smells, tastes and visual experiences within each room.” Tom Dixon.
“Stellar is a luxurious, contemporary design collection inspired by the boundless beauty of the sky and space.”
Debuting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in May 2016, our new collection ‘STELLAR’ is inspired by the boundless hidden beauty of the sky and space. This luxurious, contemporary collection of designs captures the dualistic nature of the skies with a colour palette evoking both dawn and dusk.
The ‘STELLAR’ collection consists of four wallpaper designs in varying colour ways, three fabric patterns, two cushion designs, four coasters and a set of matching fabric, coaster and placemat designs.
Moody Monday will be launching STELLAR at ICFF.
Level 1, Booth 2503
Jacob K. Javits Center, New York
14 – 17 May 2016
For more details, visit our exhibitor profile at ICFF. Come and say hello. We look forward to seeing you.
Long gone are the days when office spaces were clinical and lacked personality. Thankfully we’ve moved on from multitudes of white cubicles and stark boring set ups. These days, companies are paying more attention to the design and quality of their workspaces. The usual suspects like Google, Pixar, Skype get top marks in this department. But they’re not the only ones making a change. We share two other examples that show creativity and character in office design.