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Boutique Hotels Inspiration, Part Six

This week’s hotels inspiration can be found further afield in the Luna2 Hotel, Bali.

This tastefully eclectic hotel is the work of interior designer and founder of Luna2, Melanie Hall, who has skilfully married contemporary chic with zany patterns and Pop Art. The result is actually two spaces: the Studiotel and the Private Hotel, which cater to those who thirst for adventure with a twist of opulence.

Photo: Studiotel Lobby.  ©Luna2 2015.
Photo: Studiotel Lobby.

Each space combines bold colours with statement prints to create a fun yet fresh style which is stimulating and keeps the eye alert. The contrast in design between the interior and outdoor space is very complementary – the poolside area sees the same themes toned down ever so slightly to let that sense of relaxation to settle in; though the ‘Shoot the Moon’ feature (pictured below) at the Studiotel pool ensures that the sense of joviality is maintained. The furnishings are equally interesting, making good use of slick shapes and rich colours which maintain the feel of contemporary luxury with polished metal framing.

Photo: ©Luna2 2015.
Photo: ©Luna2 2015.

Overall, the Luna2 makes us think of a playground for adults – in the best way possible. It’s funky yet chic, edgy yet playful; think Space Odyssey meets Roy Lichtenstein.

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Inspiring Designers, Part Five

This week we’re keeping it bright and bold with Basso & Brooke!

Revered for their digital prints, fashion and textile designers Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke have collaborated with many major corporations where they have produced cutting-edge work that never fails to express a strong sense of personality. If you like making a statement then Basso & Brooke are for you.

Photo: ©Basso & Brooke Studio 2015.
Photo: ©Basso & Brooke Studio 2015.

We really adore the diversity of their prints, which are often busy with a geometric, artsy style. The designs are inspiring for their bold, surreal style that sometimes borders on ‘trippy’. We’re also impressed by their ability to match their prints to such a range of products: clothing, accessories, homewares, even skateboards!

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Interview with Hannah, Marketing Intern

Hannah has been working with us for the past few weeks as a Marketing Intern. She looks after the production and scheduling of our blogs and social media content, as well as carrying out market research and the finer details such as proof reading content for our forthcoming Look Book.

We caught up with her to see how she was getting on…

How has working for Moody Monday compared to your expectations of an internship position?
The working atmosphere is much more relaxed than I originally expected, which is nice. Everyone gets on with their work and there’s a lot of productivity but without a sense of competitiveness.

What aspect(s) of the internship have you enjoyed most?
Work-wise I’ve enjoyed writing content and copy for the website and blog posts. I enjoy writing and am used to doing so in an academic context, so it was fun and challenging to write for a different purpose. I’ve also enjoyed meeting people and making new friends – everyone here is really fun and welcoming so it’s been easy to get along with my colleagues.

How will you use your experience of this internship in the future?
Mostly I’ll use my experience for future jobs as I’ve cultivated new skills such as social media management and market research. I’ve also developed other skills such as problem solving and working as a team; all great things to add to your CV!

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Photo: Hannah and Andrea working on the new Look Book.

What have you learned about designing/the creative industry during your internship?
The internship has given me an insight into running a business within the creative industry, which is something I had very little experience of before. I’ve learned that you have to be prepared to submit a lot of time, energy, and dedication to achieve the outcome you want – producing and selling your products. I’ve also learned that sometimes the creative part has to be put on hold while administrative tasks are completed – so applying for grants, attending events and networking etc.

Are there any designers/artists that you particularly admire?
In terms of fashion, I really like Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, and I used to like Luella when they were still around. I’ve discovered a few architects/interior designers while I’ve been here; people like Neri Oxman and Timorous Beasties are really cool.

What did you study at university?
My undergraduate degree is in English Literature, which I undertook at the University of Sheffield. I completed my Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh; it’s an MSc in Literature and Modernity.

What are your career plans?
My ultimate career goal is to be a lecturer at a university, most likely specialising in modern and contemporary literature. I’m applying for my PhD later this year, which is the next step in that plan. For now, however, I’m taking time out of full-time education to work and continue my academic research privately.

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Boutique Hotels Inspiration, Part Five

This week’s inspiration comes from Le Royal Monceau, Paris; a beautiful hotel with a true passion for the arts.

Part of the Raffles Hotels and Resorts group, Le Royal Monceau boasts divine opulence at every turn. Much of the interior inspiration comes from 1940s and 50s period style, the influence of which can certainly be seen in the classic glamour of both the Prestige and Signature Suites. Another design treasure is the Presidential Suite 241 which is the epitome of classic Parisian style: sophisticated, understated, just plain beautiful.

Photo: the Art District gallery. ©Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Hotels and Resorts 2015.
Photo: the Art District gallery. ©Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Hotels and Resorts 2015.

The conservative glamour found throughout the hotel is brought into contrast by the Art District, the hotel’s own in-house art gallery (pictured). The work which features in the gallery showcases the contemporary artistic culture of Paris, adding an extra dimension to this otherwise understated decorous space.

 

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Inspiring Designers, Part Four

Today we’re looking to the futuristic work of architect and designer Neri Oxman for inspiration!

Oxman’s designs are particularly striking, incorporating digital and computational design with materials science and synthetic biology to explore the relationship between the natural world and the artificial components that we build into it.

Photo: Zuhal, part of the 'Wanderers; An Astrological Exploration' collection. ©Neri Oxman 2015.
Photo: Zuhal, part of the ‘Wanderers; An Astrological Exploration’ collection. ©Neri Oxman 2015.

We find the ‘Wanderers’ collection particularly compelling, not least for Oxman’s stunning use of colour, materials, and surface textures. This project is a collaboration with Stratasys, a 3D printing company, and ties in with their collection ‘The Sixth Element: Exploring the Natural Beauty of 3D Printing’. The designs are tailored to the various environments of the planets within our solar system, and the concept behind each design is to aid humanity’s survival within that landscape through absorption and production of biomatter.

Photo: Mushtari, part of the 'Wanderers' collection. ©Neri Oxman 2015.
Photo: Mushtari, part of the ‘Wanderers’ collection. ©Neri Oxman 2015.

What we find so inspiring about Oxman’s designs is their tactile quality; you can’t help but be drawn in by the diverse textures and materials. Though beautiful, the designs are also subversive and surreal – a unique blend of science, technology, and design innovation that we can’t resist.

 

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Interview with Andrea, Design Intern

Over the past few months Andrea has been working alongside our Chief Designer, Eliza, as an intern. Andrea is currently studying Styling and Design with Academy Artemis in the Netherlands, though she has been working with Moody Monday for the past six months. As she’s nearing the end of her time in Edinburgh, we wanted to catch up with Andrea and ask about her experiences.

What three words would best describe your experience of Edinburgh and Moody Monday?
Worldly
Reality
Magnificent

How has interning for Moody Monday compared to your expectations before you arrived in Edinburgh?
Before I came I knew Moody Monday was re-branding as a company. What I did not expect was that I could help with literally everything. A great challenge!

What aspect(s) of the internship have you enjoyed most?
I loved working on the styling projects, so being highly creative. This involves setting up the photo shoots but creating the look book as well. Besides working, meeting the people at St. Margaret’s House made me happy too.

What advice would you give to other design interns?
For a long time I was quite shy about showing my designs to other people, until I noticed people actually enjoyed seeing my work. Don’t be shy – show your work to others. You will see when you do; people are supporting you., always.

How will you use your experience of this internship in the future?
Well, I always said I want to freelance or start my own business. Working at Moody Monday showed me a lot different aspects of having your own business.

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Photo: ©Andrea Koelink 2015.

What do you think is the most challenging part of getting into the design industry?
Everything should be challenging. Then you move forward and that’s something you need in life, although that is my opinion. I think the most challenging part would be to keep surprising the people who are enjoying following my blog, Poppin, over and over again with my designs and eventually my products.

Which designers do you idolise/get inspiration from?
One of my idols is Iris van Herpen, an amazing Dutch fashion designer. I recently discovered Blackpop, a designer from the United Kingdom. I think her print designs are quite amazing. And, of course, I love the work of Antoni Gaudi, especially how he found his inspiration and looked at things differently. Well, I can talk about this the whole day because there are a lot more great designers who I idolise!

What would be your dream design job? E.g. the interior of a famous building.
For me, working with prints is everything. That’s why I started my own blog about 3 months ago – Poppin. So, working with print design could be my dream job, especially if I create products with my prints.

Tell us about Poppin!
Poppin is my blog about prints, patterns, structure, and texture in fashion, interior, and exterior design. But that is not everything: for example, nature is something that can be really interesting with regards to patterns as well. We are surrounded by beauty itself – I filter everything that inspires me, to inspire you. At the moment I’m working on a first product but this takes time. When I’m ready, you will see it appear on my blog.

What has been your favourite experience in Edinburgh?
Wow, really hard question. Living abroad in general is quite an experience. There are a lot experiences and adventures I had the past five months. For example, my journey to the Isle of Skye was more than amazing. Scotland is absolutely beautiful. I tried haggis, surprisingly I really liked it! Although, black pudding not so much. During my time in Edinburgh I met great people and I’m thankful for that.

To keep updated with Andrea’s journey, follow her blog or find her on social media:
Poppin Facebook
Poppin Twitter
Poppin Pinterest

 

Photo: ©Andrea Koelink 2015.
Photo: ©Andrea Koelink 2015.

 

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Boutique Hotels Inspiration, Part Four

This week we’re in Switzerland at the 25Hours Hotel, Zurich (West).

Designed by Alfredo Häberli, the interior of the 25Hours Hotel is bursting with colourful graphics that combine to make a delicious treat for the eyes. Inspired by the city’s artistic culture, the space is coloured by intricate prints, details that echo urban graffiti art, and dashes of bold furnishings.

Photo: the Living Room. ©25Hours Hotels 2015.
Photo: the Living Room. ©25Hours Hotels 2015.

Häberli’s design concept makes for an  overall experience of wonderment and vibrancy which showcases the spirit of Zurich’s creative district.

We adore the continuation of graphic shapes and bold colours which form the surface patterns of the Living Room (pictured). The use of colour to accent particular furnishings is also a great touch.

 

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Inspiring Designers, Part Three

A change in pace this week for our inspiring designers series, we’re looking at Ryo Matsui, of Ryo Matsui Architects Inc.

Matsui’s work is undeniably elegant, clean, and stylish, with a real architectural edge. His use of contrasting surface patterns and muted, natural colours means his design concepts remain at the forefront of contemporary trends.

Photo: Project for UDS Ltd., 2014. ©Ryo Matsui Architects Inc 2015.
Photo: Project for UDS Ltd., 2014. ©Ryo Matsui Architects Inc 2015.

What we find most inspiring about Matsui’s work is its ability to present complex design ideas in a simplistic, minimalist form. His use of lighting is also something to be marvelled at; these finishes are often delicate but make such a difference to creative spaces.

Photo: Project for TOSHIBA Milan Salone, 2009. ©Ryo Matsui Architects Inc 2015.
Photo: Project for TOSHIBA Milan Salone, 2009. ©Ryo Matsui Architects Inc 2015.
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Boutique Hotels Inspiration, Part Three

This week we feature the Mainport Hotel, Rotterdam as our design inspiration.

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Photo: Lounge. ©Inntel Hotels 2015.

Mainport Hotel is presented as the epitome of modern luxury. Designer Feran Thomassen was keen to produce interiors which showcase an international influence yet maintain notes of traditional Dutch styling.

Credited with a five star rating, Mainport combines stylish interiors with intricate prints  and colourful accessories to create a space which is at once elegant and inviting.

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Photo: Waterfront Spa. ©Inntel Hotels 2015.

 
As fans of patterns, we really enjoy the contrast between simplicity and outbursts of patterns and textures strategically placed around the space. The mixture of surface textures is also compelling: smooth and uneven, natural and artificial, polished and rugged finishes. This touch really highlights the designer’s focus on contrast, and brings opposing elements together in a pleasing way.