One of my obsessions are jewels. In particular I like the necklaces with geometric and minimal shapes. A good example are those designed by the Spanish designer Eva Dueñas. Forms and materials recall the Art Decò.
I love rugs. In particular I adore the CC-Tapis carpets. Their products have a modern design and beautiful colors. They just released a new collection called Oddie, gorgeous as ever.
All undyed but with bright colors, run-down effect but with brand new technique, the “Oldie” collection seems to like the contradiction.Thanks to a new knotting technique, the bright colored cotton warp is randomly visible through the undyed himalayan wool pile, resulting in an all natural “OLD” effect, obtained with no use of acids or any other chemical product.
Cc-tapis was created in 2011 by the traditional Persian house Maison Chamszadeh, founded in 1943 and well known in France for the quality of its handknotted rugs. The main headquarters are now in Milan, where a team of designers innovates through a new approach to the traditional methods. Undyed raw materials, innovative weaving patterns and techniques are key part of the process. All cc-tapis ® rugs are completely handknotted by expert Tibetan artisans in Nepal. A strong respect for the materials and for the culture of this ancient craft is reflected in the company’s eco-friendly approach to every step of the production, ranging from the hand spinning of the softest Himalayan wool to the use of purified rainwater for the washing of the final products, making each one of cc-tapis rugs unique. No chemicals, acids or artificial fibres are ever used in the process. Far from mass production, cc-tapis aims to offer a tailored service to those who understand and enjoy a high-end product, where a three month production time contains a story of ageless culture.
Closer is the most eclectic of Zucchetti's recent creations. Dynamic, flexible and iconic... this new showerhead reinvents the movements we associate with showering. In Closer, Zucchetti has interpreted modern life and created a product that captures the taste and sensitivity of a public that is searching for new experiences in the bathroom, both from a sensory and functional perspective. Designer Diego Grandi’s starting point was an aim to bring the normally static bathroom space to life, through an object with strong expressive potential and plenty of scope for dynamism.
«My aim - the designer explained - was to create an item with a broad range of uses and with almost total flexibility. The concept is simple: the name comes both from your movement towards the water, and from the water that follows you».
Closer has a linear, simple and evocative design, which with elegant reserve incorporates high-tech features, the result of the incessant research carried out by Zucchetti to ensure the company stays at the cutting edge in all areas. At the moment Zucchetti and Diego Grandi are working on an extended collection to expand the original idea into multiple products, whilst ensuring they remain recognisable.
Johan van Hengel is a furniture and product designer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Within his work he searches for subtle surprises by redefining form, materials and production techniques or by creating new contexts for familiar objects. His aim is to design simple, elegant and useful products that become relevant additions to the living environment.
The Gorgeous Kitchen is the latest work of the London studio Blacksheep. The restaurant's interior is designed with a perfect mix of materials and patterns. The colors of the wood and metal tones blend perfectly, and suggest a refined and elegant atmosphere.