Health and fitness is always a hot topic, but in recent years the wealthy have been showing an increased focus on maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. This, naturally, is showing in the ways they're choosing to have their homes designed - there appears to be a consistent focus on personal fitness and more involved luxury home gym designs.
As the modern world becomes increasingly reliant on addictive smart technologies and the global political stage becomes increasingly disorientating, wellness has become a hot topic. Indeed, with anxiety on the rise and awareness surrounding mental health improving, consumers are on the lookout for spaces, products and lifestyles that will help them achieve a calm and peaceful mind in a hectic world.
One of the most mind-blowing things we saw at this year’s Milan Design Week was the pop-up store from Gucci décor, a stunning two storey boutique showcasing the brand’s homeware collection. Creative director Alessandro Michele managed to ‘Gucci-fie’ an entire apartment and every inch was taken up by the fashion house’s own furniture, porcelain, dinnerware and other home furnishings.
Recently we had the great pleasure of chatting with the exceptionally talented Ashraf Hanna. Ashraf is known for his masterful ability to turn pottery and glass into beautiful organic shapes that would be at home in both traditional and contemporary spaces. As big fans of his work, we were very keen to discover more about his journey and how his Egyptian origins have influenced his style.
What inspired you to get into ceramics?
This March the esteemed auction house - Phillips - will be hosting its ‘Important Design’ auction this March, showcasing some of the 20th century’s most respected designers. Incredible pieces from the likes of Max Ingrand, Gio Ponti and Ugo La Pietra will be on offer, giving collectors the opportunity to get their hands on some exceptional works.
One of the best features which every Chanel store has is the way that they are all different inside. While the overall feel will be unmistakably glamorous, each shop will have its own highly detailed and bespoke interior. The latest Chanel store to embody this design approach is the 'Townhouse' in London. Found on Walton Street in trendy Chelsea, it shows just why this French brand remains one of the most celebrated around.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Never is this truer than when selecting antique items for your home or work space.
Of course, the piece you purchase may already have the antecedence that makes it valuable. Or, your acquisition could grow in worth in the coming years. However, the true value of vintage items is in the pleasure they bring to you. Discovering a truly special piece is a wonderful feeling that doesn’t come around often.
The intimate relationship between scent and emotion has been studied by scientists around the world for decades. Research has shown that the olfactory cortex is one of the most powerful parts of the brain when it comes to processing stimulation. This area is located right next to the hippocampus, which stores long-term memories, and explains why specific scents can make us nostalgic.
From October to December 2018, art enthusiasts were treated to an enlightening and expansive exhibition by Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro. The display, which was entitled 'The Moving Moment When I Went To The Universe', covered a range of new additions to her renowned collections. These works included previously unseen paintings in the 'My Eternal Soul' series, a special adaptation of the 'Infinity Mirrored Room' series, and an array of flower sculptures and painted bronze pumpkins.
Many of us would probably take up permanent residence in a spa if we could.
Did you know, for example, that stress accounts for most workplace illness? Indeed, millions of working days are lost to it each year. So having somewhere to completely detox and unwind at home at the end of the day could do amazing things for your health and wellness.
Between October 26th and November 27th, the Galerie Collection in Paris played host to six very special Chilean craftsmen. Le Chili à Paris exhibition was a success by any measure, and a wonderful celebration of the art and craftsmanship of truly unique designers from South America. (more…)
Creating the right space for your employees can be a real challenge, especially when you're limited with by space and/or budgets. But there are a few techniques that can be used to great effect. We specialise in the kind of office design layouts that promote wellness, and we're happy to share some of our interior design knowledge on how office design affects productivity.
50 years ago, wellness just meant the opposite of sick or unwell. It’s a term that mushroomed in use during the 1980s and 1990s, as gyms and workplace started to take notice and wellness grew in popularity and importance. It wasn't long before wellness design started to follow suit.
Based on the border between Utah and Arizona, Amangiri at Canyon Point is located near Lake Powell and the well-known Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument. Amangiri Utah is an exquisite example of hotel design with wellness very much at its heart, making it right up our street.
Luxury interior designers Blackpop launched their exciting new range of wallpaper, fabrics and rugs at Decorex, part of the London Design Festival, in the city this September.
The Blackpop new collection, dubbed the Collector’s Collection, is inspired by Sir John Soane’s Museum, one of those hidden London gems that’s a real treasure trove of antiquities and wonder. Based in the city’s Lincoln Inn Fields, it is the historic home, library and museum of the distinguished nineteenth-century architect Sir John Soane.
It's hard to believe, but Autumn 2018 is already upon us. Let’s consider the latest autumn design trends to suit the cooler months, taking cues from the latest moodboards and fashion catwalks.
The home is a sanctuary - it’s a place where you can relax and wind down after a long day. But it’s important to remember that when it comes to the design of a home, or even a public space, one size doesn’t fit all. What many people fail to understand is that successful interior design is not just about making a property beautiful and stunning to behold; when done correctly it has the opportunity to enhance people’s lives.
Here we look at why interior design is important, and why you should consider having your home professionally designed.
From art deco glamour to the radical 80s, the twentieth century was a hotbed for interior design.
During the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution overhauled the way we lived, shopped, and decorated our homes. This lifestyle revolution laid the foundations for people to stretch their creative legs inside their own dwelling spaces. Form and function began to blend, as interior decoration became simultaneously more accessible and more Haute Couture.
The late Azzedine Alaïa was known for his uniquely elegant perspective on design, which has now been translated into Maison Alaïa's first London store.
Renovating or refurbishing a space is an exciting time, but it's also a stressful one. No matter if it's a room in your home, a commercial office space, or an entire building in the hospitality sector, getting luxury design just right is no easy task.
For many, the solution is using a luxury interior design service. Let's take a look at some of the key benefits of using an interior designer so that you can understand how it could add value to your property and project.
The look, feel and ambience of a space can have a huge impact on our overall sense of wellness. The way a space is designed can not only influence our mood but also affect the activities we perform there to keep ourselves healthy. Here are just a few of the wellness interior design trends we've been seeing recently.