Furniture and Interiors by Porro

I had a ball browsing through the Porro website last night. It seems to me that all the products have a nice look about them, possibly due to the result of the designers involved and their passion for simplification. This seems to be a common theme in a lot of furnishing companies, it’s more of an amalgamation of peoples works to create a finished collection. Finished is maybe the wrong word to use, as it’s always changing and developing …

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DISCIPLINE – Living With Mario Bellini

I’m always on the lookout for a series that can inspire me on a more consistent basis, today’s post features world renowned Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini. The short film was produced for Discipline who are a new brand that I’ve not come across before, but they seem to be promoting an interesting array of designs in their online shop, also representing different designers in a more foreword thinking manner. Making the education …

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Bathrooms by Agape Srl.
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While browsing one of my favorite picture blogs, I came across the image below on the left. The purity and warmth is what stopped my scrolling fingers. All of the images featured on this page come from Agape Srl., an Italian company headquartered in Roncoferraro, Italy (a part of the Mantua province). Agape specializes in bathroom fixtures, all of which have understated qualities that speak boldly when used in correct environments …

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Lamps and Lighting by Foscarini

One aspect of my office that’s severely lacking is in the lighting department, I’m pretty fussy, as you can imagine, and I’ve had a problem finding good quality lights that don’t take up too much room. A Serge Mouille piece for example is beautiful, but they’re very large and the price is pretty off-putting, there has to be different options out there that I haven’t already seen before. Plus, it’s not that often that you get a space big enough in a house …

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The Tables of Carlo Scarpa

Today I thought I’d bring across some stark looking design for all of you to admire. This furniture by Carlo Scarpa is sure to hold well against the cold weather that we’re experiencing here in the UK, and it was the perfect remedy for me over the weekend. I decided to sit through a short film early Saturday morning that had been produced by SIMON last month, as it hadn’t got many views I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular but I was instant …

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Hand Blown Glassware by Sempli Design

How about we add some superb glass tumblers and vessels into the mix today. I’m a big admirer of functional items that serve a humble purpose in day to day life, often the ones we take for granted and that slip in to the back of our mind without a second thought. These tumblers by Sempli remind me of this exact scenario, and surprisingly they haven’t gone unnoticed in this day and age where we tend to favour flamboyancy and egotism. You’ll see …

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Ovale Cutlery Collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Mass production has its place on this website and society in general, as a designer myself I take a lot of inspiration from these industrial products that now shape our technological world. Naturally as we’ve progressed as humans we have looked to manufacturers to meet our consumer needs. One DVD title I often revert back to is Objectified and is played on my TV or computer every now and …

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Bruno Munari, The Man and his ‘Useless Machines’

If you’re a designer of any sort you’ve probably come across or have even read a book titled ‘Design as Art’, written by Bruno Munari. I purchased this book many years ago now and his thoughts and words have stayed with me, in fact it’s still sitting on my shelf today and I often refer back to it for inspiration. If you don’t know about Bruno he’s one of the most inspirational design …

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Boiacca Table by LucidiPevere

As a man that’s not particularly fond of so called ‘cold’ objects this particular project that I’m showcasing today was up in the air for a while. I’ll explain why as we go on but I have to admit recently I’ve been drawn to items with more substance and character rather than strict minimalism, I think it’s important to find that balance which is sometimes lacking in the design world, particularly in this day and age. A lot of …

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Franco Albini Catalogue by Nilufar

Over the weekend I was pretty lucky to stumble across this amazing imagery that features Franco Albini’s works, some from the past and others that are more recent. I’ve actually discussed Mr Albini before when I pointed out his beautiful desk produced in 1958 by the one and only Knoll. This specific imagery comes from a catalogue produced by Nilufar, an Italian design gallery, who put together some vintage Franco Albini photograph …

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Riola Church and Parish Centre in Italy, Alvar Aalto

You probably already know this but I’m a massive fan of Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, his works never fail to inspire and impress me. Also, every time I research the man I come across new information that I’ve never seen/heard before, the Alvar Aalto architecture file is a particularly great resource to use. A website that has fantastic explanations on every build that he’s ever design …

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Enzo Mari and his Sedia 1 Chair

I’m sure you’ve seen this imagery of Enzo Mari before and his Sedia 1 chair but I couldn’t help but pull it up on my own terms and explain a bit about why I like it. Recently I’ve dived back into my “Super Normal” book by Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa which has inspired me heavily to go routing around more. For some reason after reading an interview with Jasper I wanted to revisit Enzo’s works and see if there were …

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