What is a typical home for a family with children? Light interiors, cute kids and a well-kept backyard – this is what comes first into our minds. But this house in Australia is not like that at all. This building used to have two townhouses separated by a wall, but the current owners have combined them together. The family with two children wanted to preserve the original elements of the building as much as possible: brick walls, wooden ceilings, fireplaces, arched doorways – all this was left and enhanced. Most impressive is the nine-meter wall in the center of the house, which looks like a chimney, it divides the house into two parts and attracts attention at the entrance. The three floors are connected by a staircase suspended from the wall, which resembles fire stairs on the facades of buildings. Most of the furniture and items are black, especially the kitchen – not a single accent of another shade. Nevertheless, the owners and the designer managed to create a multifaceted and harmonious space through the use of wood, plants and interesting decor. How do you like such a bold dwelling?
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The interiors of this Sydney apartment exude serenity and confidence. Delicate milky colors go well with modern furnishings in muted colors and decor in the form of books and glass vases. There are also subtle elements of the Art Deco style here: curved arches, lattice windows, gold fittings and lamps in the spirit of the 1920s and 1930s. At the same time, everything is designed so subtly and elegantly that the owners and guests, getting here, are instantly imbued with comfort and tranquility!
Despite the small size of this apartment in St. Petersburg, the owners did not want to sacrifice either style or function when they invited the designer Maria Gulyaeva to design the interiors. Client requests included a separate bedroom, working area and even a place to sleep for guests. The designer had to try pretty hard to realize all the askings: a working corner appeared on the loggia that was attached to the kitchen, a folding sofa for guests appeared right next to it, and the bedroom turned out to be not just comfortable, but very stylish thanks to the olive-colored walls and moldings. Great work with limited space!
My Scandinavian Home Partnership*: One of the things I love the most about Swedish architecture and design is that it’s made for the many – and designed to be used, day in day out, time and time again. When I first moved to this Scandinavian country many moons ago, I was mesmerised by people’s homes – and as you very well know, I still am! Swedes take so much pride in creating a practical home that’s also a feast for the eyes. In essence, every house and apartment in Sweden is like visiting a wonderful exhibition!
|Photo: Mattias Vogel / Skeppsholmen Sotheby’s|
Oh, and there’s more.
|Photo: Tim Bohman / Fastighetsbyrån|
Add a touch of Swedish Design to your home:
This year it’s all about video conference calls, and I’m sure I’m not the only one fussing over the background before each call (and selecting a great top to match my pyjama bottoms!).
How about creating a Swedish design backdrop for your calls? Pick from one of three beautiful Swedish rooms and instantly transform your home into a light and airy living space, a villa overlooking the archipelago or a cosy log cabin – no tidying required!
|Background photo: Tina Stafrén / imagebank.sweden.se|
|Background photo: Patrik Svedberg/ imagebank.sweden.se|
Photo: Patrik Svedberg / imagebank.sweden.se
Here’s how to create a virtual Swedish design background on Zoom:
1. Select your favourite room from this image bank and save it to your desktop
2. Open your meeting in Zoom and click on the arrow beside the video icon. Select ‘choose virtual background’ from the drop-down menu.
3. Click the plus icon and choose ‘add image’ from the drop-down menu
4. Select the image you would like to use for your backdrop.
And that’s it!
I look forward to seeing you over at The Home Viewing Exhibitions at the Swedish Design Museum!
*It was an honour to be curate this exhibition and promote it as part of a paid partnership with Visit Sweden.
This weekend we welcome an extra hour in bed. And what better feeling that spending it in that of a 5 star luxury hotel. But this year is not proving great for checking into a luxurious hotel, so we’re welcoming the same feeling but from the comfort of our own homes.
Top 5 tips to create a luxury hotel bedroom at home
1. Sink into the softest sheets
‘The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a 5 star hotel is the feeling you get when sinking into the bed’ says Lucy. ‘The good news is, it’s incredibly easy to replicate this feeling in your own home simply by ensuring you have the best bedding for the job.’
Freshly pressed sheets can go a long way to making the sleep experience feel instantly more luxurious. Yes, ironing bed sheets – it’s a thing.
‘Crisp, clean sheets give an instant feeling of luxury. Opt for pure cotton, high thread count linen which will help regulate temperature and moisture levels. Plus, they will feel much smoother against the skin than synthetic offerings’
2. Create a showstopper with layers
One of the easiest ways to welcome a boutique hotel vibe into your bedroom is by making the bed a stunning focal point – dressed to impress.
‘When it comes to dressing your bed, building up the perfect number of pillows, cushions and throws will have a big impact on both the style and comfort’ Lucy explains.
‘On a double bed, go for two pillows on each side and invest in a couple of pillow shams to match your bedding. Place the pillow shams on top of your usual pillows to hide them behind a more elegantly coordinated facade and instantly transport yourself to a 5 star hotel.’
It’s all about layering, as Lucy adds, ‘Next comes the cushions. Go for somewhere between three and six cushions depending on the width of your bed and group them together by size, with the largest at the back. For the finishing touch, a statement throw (or two!) is essential for a luxe, beautifully dressed bed.’
3. Appeal to the senses with serene scents
This is something hotels do best, that our own homes can lack, and that’s the ability to hit all of our senses at once. The sense of smell is key for setting a mood, and also for aiding in sleep and relaxation.
‘Lavender has long been known as a popular sleep aid, and for good reason as research highlights the calming effect is has on the nervous system,’ Lucy explains. ‘To really engage the senses, layer your scents throughout the room – candles will provide additional ambience whilst also giving a glorious hit of fragrance, whilst a diffuser will ensure your choice of aroma hits you every time you enter the room.’
4. Consider calming colours
Hotels put a lot of thought into the colour palette of a bedroom and the emotions they want to evoke in their guests. If you want to really bring the luxury hotel feel into your bedroom, it’s worth looking at your colour palette and if it aligns with the feelings you are trying to conjure up, when spending time in the room.
‘White is known for feeling bright and airy, and can help provide a sense of cleanliness’ says Lucy. ‘Green and blue are both calming colours that evoke the feeling of being outdoors. But make sure to avoid colours like red or orange which are stimulating and could diminish the all important wind-down before sleep.’
5. Consider what’s on the inside
While tempting to put all efforts into making the bed look stylish it’s just as important to consider about what’s on the inside. Good quality bedding is what will elevate your sleep to a 5* standard.
‘Opt for good quality, filled inner bedding that will stand the test of time and maintain that plush feeling after every wash’ Lucy comments. ‘Plus, make sure to fluff up pillows and duvets every time you dress your bed for that full, cosy, ‘can’t wait to dive in’ feeling.’
Enjoy the extra hour in style.
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Cleaning all the fluff out of the filter of a tumble dryer can be a fiddly and messy task. However, cleaning guru Mrs Hinch has a nifty tumbler dryer cleaning hack.
Instagram cleaning sensation Sophie Hinchcliff, a.k.a Mrs Hinch, shared her hack with her 3.8 million followers on Instagram. Speaking on Instagram stories she revealed that a dustpan brush was the quickest way to clean the filter.
Mrs Hinch tumble dryer cleaning hack
‘My tumble dryer is on so much more this time of year! I find the quickest way to clean the filter is simply using my dustpan brush!’ she wrote on her Instagram story. ‘It’s so quick and easy. Works every time!’
Mrs Hinch’s dustpan brush of choice is a classic wooden version, with natural bristles and a wooden handle. You can pick up a similar version from Amazon for £9.99.
Mrs Hinch showed a before snap of the filter to stress the importance of cleaning it. ‘Tumble dyers can catch fire if too much fluff accumulates inside them,’ she explained on her stories. ‘Make sure you clean out your dryer after each use or at least check them.’
The cleaning guru is right to be vigilant about cleaning out the tumble dryer. While some loads of washing won’t leave a big build-up of fluff, towels and bedding often do. Still, it is important to check each time.
If you are still struggling to pick up any last pieces of lint after going over the filter with a brush try using a fabric softener sheet. Swipe the screen with a used fabric softener sheet to pick up any lingering pieces.
If you want to give you lint filter an extra deep clean, you can give it a once over with a vacuum cleaner. A handheld vacuum cleaner is best suited to this task.
Will you be trying this tumble dryer cleaning hack?
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Virtual fashion will allow people to “go completely crazy” online says Amber Jae Slooten of The Fabricant
“We got huge interest,” said Slooten, co-founder of The Fabricant, a virtual fashion house based in Amsterdam. “I’ve never dressed so many people in my life”.
Slooten said that digital fashion allowed people to act out their fantasies online.
“How do we want to represent ourselves within the virtual space?” she asked. “If we can be anything, will we still want to be ourselves?”
The rising interest in virtual outfits echoes the growing popularity of images depicting fantasy landscapes that “offer a chance to wonder and escape”, according to visualisation artists.
“Given the global situation, the desire for escapism is at an all-time high,” interior designer and creative director Charlotte Taylor told Dezeen earlier this summer.
Slooten spoke to Dezeen during a live panel discussion held as part of London Craft Week. The discussion, called Textile Intelligence, featured Slooten alongside Seetal Solanki, founding director of London studio Ma-tt-er, plus multimedia artist Lauren Godfrey and textile artist Celia Pym.
The Fabricant, which Slooten describes as “the world’s first digital fashion house,” designs garments that only exist digitally.
Created painstakingly with 3D modelling software, the bespoke items are designed to drape and move as if they were real. Customers’ avatars can “wear” the items on social media platforms, gaming environments and virtual worlds.
“We create clothes that only exist in a digital space and never exist in the physical world,” Slooten explained, adding that virtual fashion allows consumers to avoid the waste and pollution associated with traditional fashion.
“We try to create a new fashion narrative for the 21st century because we really believe that we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and see if our vanity really needs to harm the planet in this way.”
Previously, The Fabricant’s garments were made to order. But in April, the studio launched the beta version of a new platform called Leela, which allows people to download a range of ready-to-wear items for their online personas.
“There were about 10,000 people that actually use the app to wear these clothes, which to us was completely crazy,” said Slooten. “People were able to create their own avatars and wear our clothes for the first time.”
Virtual fashion comes naturally to the younger generation, Slooten said, since they are comfortable with the idea of having parallel real-world and online identities.
“I’m a millennial,” she said. “I grew up with digital and physical at the same time. But the generation below us doesn’t even see the difference any more between physical and real.”
People adopt different personalities for different digital platforms, each requiring different dress codes, Slooten said.
“Your digital identities are actually looking different everywhere,” said Slooten. “For instance, your Instagram profile might be very different from your LinkedIn profile.”
The Fabricant was launched in 2018 by Kerry Murphy and Slooten, who studied at Amsterdam Fashion Institute and became the first-ever fashion student to graduate with an entirely digital collection.
“I’m educated as a traditional fashion designer,” she said. “I learned everything at my school; how to sew how to make patterns. [But] I got really sick of all the material that I was using. The physicality of things is something that I never really enjoyed.”
“The physicality made me sick, because of all the materials that we were wasting,” she explained. “I felt like a huge responsibility for the future of the industry, which I which is why I started questioning physicality altogether.”
“And then after I graduated, there were absolutely no jobs in that subject,” Slooten added. “And it made me realise that I needed to create it.”
The Fabricant’s first virtual collection was launched with a digital show with virtual scenery and models, pioneering a format that has now been adopted by many brands due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic.
“We didn’t have to ship any collection, we didn’t have to hire any photographers, we didn’t need any models,” Slooten said. “We didn’t even need to fly to the desert to photograph it”.
Last year, the Fabricant made history when a virtual dress was auctioned for the first time, selling for $9,500.
“The new owner wore it on her Facebook and on her Instagram,” said Slooten.
In future, Slooten believes that real-world fashion will become increasingly technological and sustainable, featuring smart materials that act as a second skin and are able to monitor the body.
“I feel like the future lies in materials that are smart and that are able to grow with us or even grow on us,” Slooten explained, adding that the physical world will allow people to exhibit “a more sober expression of who we are”.
Parallel to this, virtual fashion will offer people ways of being more expressive.
“And then within the digital world, we can go completely crazy. We can wear a dress made of water or have lights everywhere and change your textile according to your mood.”
Eventually, technology could make the digital and the physical worlds indistinguishable, Slooten believes, with garments offering haptic feedback so that virtual reality becomes similar to the real world.
“And this opens up even a more philosophical question,” Slooten adds. “Is it even a reality? Because if the virtual world feels like, looks like, and behaves like reality, how do we know it’s virtual?”
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The modular collection, which won the public vote for lighting design of the year in Dezeen Awards 2020, is designed to be simple and universal rather than conceptual.
The team was informed by the Cartesian coordinate system – which uses an x-axis, y-axis and z-axis to specify a location in three-dimensional space – when creating the eponymous design.
“Every designer, every day uses XYZ, it’s fundamental to how we communicate dimension and form,” designer João Fagulha told Dezeen.
“In many ways, it’s the language of design. From sketchpad to 3D program, XYZ is how design works.”
“This isn’t a modern technique, it dates back to the 17th century, and it certainly isn’t something new to us – adapting the clean lines of contemporary architecture into our work is something we have been working on for many years. “
The studio’s aim for the light was to break the design down into its purest form.
“The name itself comes from how we always label the parts of our installations to most easily install them,” Fagulha said.
To create the minimalist style, Bybeau used a triple-ring magnet that means each XYZ arm can be rotated 360 degrees to create a versatile design. The magnetic connection system is housed in a brass axis hub, while the arms are made from carbon fibre.
“One of the details we are proudest of is that the points where the axes cross are completely seamless as if they’re just balanced on top of each other,” Fagulha said.
“The secret here is how the tubes are held together – but we’ll have to keep that one to ourselves for now!”
The lights are modular and can be used on their own or become a part of a larger installation. Bybeau used carbon fibre stock that was already in production to design the LED lights.
“The only material that could fully realise the elegance of the concept was carbon fibre, which, even though new technologies allow it to be recycled, was problematic from an environmental perspective,” Fagulha said.
“However, the minimal design means that the look of XYZ will be future-proofed,” the designer added.
“We can also upgrade XYZ with new lighting solutions and technology by engineering a system that allows us to easily slide them in and out without having to change the tubes themselves.”
Among the other public vote-winners in the design category of the Dezeen Awards 2020 are Yuting Chang’s inside-out Plycelain tableware collection and Suzanne Brewer’s “Segway-style” wheelchair that allows users to stay upright.
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Esperinos is situated in the Greek capital’s Filopappos Hill area, taking over a single-storey residence that dates back to the 1930s.
The house used to have a traditionally domestic layout, but when local designer Stamos Michael was brought on board, he decided to knock through all the existing internal walls to form an open, gallery-style space.
Dotted throughout is a mixture of contemporary and classic furnishings that are meant to give visitors a “new way of experiencing the cultural universe of Athens”.
A few of Michael’s own pieces appear in the guesthouse’s living room. This includes a pine and plywood storage cabinet that’s been handpainted to feature a black-and-white chequer pattern.
It sits beside one of the designer’s lamps, which comprises two towering, rust-brown columns of powder-coated steel.
There’s also a sculptural chair by Michael that features a metal pole running through its backrest and a small stool he crafted from two blocks of stone found on a quarry in Tinos, a Greek island in the Aegean sea.
Guests can relax on a brown-leather edition of Konstantin Grcic‘s Traffic lounge chair, or on the sofa at the rear of the room which is dressed with a mismatched array of throw cushions.
A doorway looks through to the kitchen, which has been finished with emerald-coloured cabinetry and black, industrial-style shelves that display crockery.
Like the other rooms in the guesthouse, the kitchen has been decorated with a piece of modern art. All the works were curated by local art foundation Grace – founded by Michael in 2016 – and will be regularly changed throughout the year to spotlight different creatives working in the Greek capital.
The bedroom sits beneath the guesthouse’s pitched wooden roof on a newly constructed mezzanine level, accessed via a set of jet-black stairs.
Terracotta tiles, similar to those used on the balconies of Greek apartment buildings, have been used to line the staircase landing and one of the steps.
Surfaces throughout the house have been painted moss green or a rich, plum-purple hue. Michael has also carved out small sections of the walls to reveal the property’s stone structural shell.
Guests will also have access to a private back garden that’s dotted with tubular-frame seats by French architect and designer Robert Mallet-Stevens.
Including an outdoor space in the house was particularly important to Michael, who had heard elderly local residents talk fondly of gathering in gardens and alleyways during the 1960s to listen to music or watch football matches.
“People were always describing images that reflected a wonderful communal openness,” he told Dezeen.
Esperinos joins a growing number of contemporary design-focused spots to stay at in Athens, which is largely popular amongst holiday goers for its wealth of ancient landmarks.
Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, the owner of Athens’ Carwan Gallery, recently told Dezeen in an interview that the city is emerging as a creative hub, and could even be considered “the new Berlin”.
“It’s almost like if the city was sleeping for 10 years during the [financial] crisis and is now ready to bloom again,” he added.
Photography is by Margarita Nikitaki.
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Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort and designers Sabine Marcelis, Giorgo Gascia and Gianmaria Della Ratta take part in the final live discussion for the Dezeen x Dutch Design Week 2020 collaboration. Tune in from 12:00pm UK time.
The discussion will focus on how the coronavirus pandemic has made it more difficult to physically showcase projects and the impact it is having on the workspaces that designers are creating.
DDW ambassador Edelkoort will speak about her work on The New Melancholy, an exhibition created in collaboration with the Kazerne Foundation and Van Abbemuseum that combines artworks from the museum with design objects collected by Edelkoort.
The New Melancholy is a reflection on the current emotional state of the world, as defined by the coronavirus pandemic as well as a general state of uncertainty.
One of the designer’s projects for DDW this year is Rise, which is showing at a digital gallery and lets visitors control a remote high-resolution mobile camera enabling them to visit the exhibition anytime, anywhere from any possible angle.
She has also collaborated with Dimenco on Virtual Tactility, a project that explores how we can create an intimate material experience in a pandemic world.
Their project Digital Muses looks at the virtual phenomenon of camgirls – women who pose for live webcam streams – and how private spaces have evolved into virtual realms.
The Digital Muses projects is on show at DDW
As well as hearing from the creatives in our daily live talks, some of the designers’ work can be visited in our Dezeen-curated virtual tour of Dutch Design Week 2020.
The full programme for the Dezeen x Dutch Design Week 2020 collaboration can be found here.
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