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Cool…100 chairs by Marni

27 April 2013

Cool…100 chairs by Marni

Marni designs are characterised by their awkward elegance and bold patterns and colours.  Like their famous clothing line, the 100 chairs unveiled at this year’s Salone would fit beautifully into the luxe Marni stores-adding that certain ungainly charm that is synonymous with Marni.

The 100 chairs exhibit is part of a project supported by Marni to help rehabilitate Colombian ex-prisoners who are resettling into their new lives.

The designs range from simple upright chairs to rocking and armchairs.   The chairs consist of a metal frame to which woven PVC threads are applied.

These chairs have a certain retro charm made with a playfulness that is truly Marni.

 

 

 






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Cool…Moooi Unexpected Welcome

23 April 2013

Cool…Moooi Unexpected Welcome

Over the next few weeks, we will cover some of the new releases from Salone del Mobile Milan.   This is probably the largest and most important  trade show for the furniture industry and it is very prestigious to be represented here.    I usually avoid trade shows like the plague and have too many projects on at the moment to attend.     I like to buy via more unexpected routes but I do enjoy the pizazz of this show.

Moooi’s display was a standout.   The Dutch brand used their customary moody lighting with patches of bright light- very Carravagesque.  A combination of undresssed mannequins and overscale images of people formed the backdrop.    The whole set up was very Dutch, very 17th century but very contemporary all at the same time.

The warehouse space was divided into smaller room displays with Belgium’s Studio Job contributing the lamps and China’s Neri and Hu  (love their stuff) providing lacquered red tables, adding punch.   The large portraits were by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf.   These objects formed part of Moooi’s new collections for 2013, but old favourites like the Smoke chair were used as well.

 











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Magical Boxes

16 April 2013

Magical Boxes

Have you ever seen these cool hideaway boxes?   You cleverly do some sliding, twisting and turning and…voila…the box opens!

My kids couldn’t leave the store without buying one of these and an elephant of course.   A reminder of all the elephants we saw on our trip.











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Cool…ombre

14 April 2013

Cool…ombre

Ombré interiors have been around for a couple of years now.  You can see ombré from everything from wall colours, shower curtains to cakes and nails.   The word ‘ombré is french for shaded.  The gradual variation in tone is quietly elegant and complex.   To be really successful, ombré tones need to be used in moderation, but add an interesting twist to a traditional colour.

Ombré tones are usually added in textiles in the dying process but you can also create an ombré effect by using tonal grades in colour blocks- like you can see in the stairs or the cake.   Whichever way you do it- it is a way of being bold with colour without going over the top.   The shading can give colour visual interest and can create an optical illusion of spaciousness.

 

 











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Cool…margarete hausler

11 April 2013

Cool…margarete hausler

This year at Maison et Objet, Margarete Hausler’s cushion designs were featured in this year’s ‘Trend” section.  Now we aren’t about trends here at Eclectic Cool, preferring to stick with designs that are tried and true but with a bit of a twist.   However, I think her cushions are here to stay.  Simply made, Margarete’s design have subtle details that give them a unique twist.   The soft  linen is  washed with natural dye, creating an ombre effect.

I love the natural quality of the pillows, which look great en mass but also look good slotted into more formal settings, giving a rustic edge both pleasing to the eye and fingers.   I am also totally in love with the large shopper totes.  I have been staring at them for a couple of days in the store and I still can’t decide which colour I want.   Classic and edgy black or bright yellow?  Hmmm…to be continued….

 











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Cool…Coach, Ometesando

10 April 2013

Cool…Coach, Ometesando

OMA has designed leathergoods purveyor, Coach’s, new Tokyo store.   The Dutch architects conceived the store as open shelving- each box has the dimension 180 cm by 52cm- just large enough to display any of Coach’s products.   The design allows the products to be viewed from any angle as well as allowing the exterior to change and evolve over time.   

This is not the first time OMA has collaborated with a fashion brand this year.   In January, Prada launched their Men’s A/W2013 fashion collection using OMA’s new furniture designs for Knoll.  Entitled ‘Tools for Living’ the collection comprises of moveable tables, chairs and storage designed for contemporary living.   

 











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Postcard from Kandy, Sri Lanka

5 April 2013

Postcard from Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy is Sri Lanka’s cultural capital.   The heart of Kandy’s culture is a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth- you can see the golden casket that it is kept in.  Sorry for the blurry image- it was crowded in there.  Unfortunately you can only see the tooth once every five years.  It is so venerated that every devout Sri Lankan Buddhist should make it to see the tooth sometime in his or her lifetime.

The temple itself is typical of Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka, but it is filled with beautiful details such as paintwork & fine wood and stone carving.

 











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Cool…treehotel

4 April 2013

Cool…treehotel

I would love to order one of these flat packed and build it somewhere. Designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, this beautiful design blends in the landscape that surrounds.  The interior is lined with pale wood that also complements the reflective exterior.  You can buy one here.











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postcard from negombo, sri lanka

1 April 2013

postcard from negombo, sri lanka

I’ve been a bit offline these days-been chilling in Sri Lanka where the internet connection is patchy to say the least.  I realized there is a difference between hotels that advertise internet connection and places that advertise internet connection that actually works.   Oh well, I have some now even though it is really, really slow.

Negombo is a town on the coast just outside Colombo.   A walk along the beach revealed quite a traditional lifestyle, though lined with hotels, the beach is mainly unspoilt with fishermen working the sea.   The fishing boats provided lovers with the opportunity to spend some quality time with each other while enjoying the crashing waves.

We stayed a the Jetwing Lagoon– which was a great place to unwind and with a cool 100m pool.  The rooms were spacious and the breakfasts delicious.  I especially enjoyed my share of string hoppers- rice noodle cakes topped with freshly grated coconut and palm sugar.   The local curries were packed full of flavours and the seafood as fresh as you could hope.











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