DDN Blog Safari at Salone del Mobile

A week has passed since I returned from Milan and I am still overwhelmed with all of the impressions from Salone del Mobile. This has been an unforgettable week and from now on I will be planning my travels around this special week in Italy! Hopefully I won’t miss a single Salone for the rest of my life!

Never ever have I experienced a week so full of mind-blowing inventions and alluring designs! Driven by the impulse that kept me looking for new trends, I was so excited to spend a week in Milan. I have been a dedicated follower of everything connected with the Salone and for years I have been observing every single story that my friends uploaded during this most important design week! Little did I know – it was much better than I expected it to be!

I am still paving my way through hundreds of pictures that I would love to share with you, but let me start with one of the first events that I attended at the Salone – The DDN Blog Safari – organized by one of the most influential design magazines in Italy!

During the tour, a group of international bloggers was given the chance to take a peek behind the scenes of a few major italian interior brands and also speak to their designers. I am very honored that I was given the opportunity to be part of this tour! Being an artist myself I am always very interested in the creative process every designer experiences.

classic details at Gianfranco Ferre
classic details at Gianfranco Ferre

The visit to the different designers allowed me to keep my eyes open for a look that transcends all styles, and let’s begin with one of the most exuberant styles: Gianfranco Ferré and Roberto Cavalli. Both do evoke a luxurious and an elegant atmosphere, each one of them in a slightly different way. You know, I am a big fan of classic details in interiors and these snapshots prove that it is been a fest for me to swoon over their elegant details like antique plastering, soft velvet drapery or lavish prints of plants!

velvet drapery at Gianfranco Ferre
velvet drapery at Gianfranco Ferre
lush prints at Roberto Cavalli Home
lush prints at Roberto Cavalli Home

It was very interesting to be able to listen about the design process of Gallotti & Radice and to get to know that they cooperate with some of the very best young designers like Studio Pepe. It’s like I told you, I am not only still going through the hundreds of images from Milano, but I am also ‘going through’ my memories and talking to some of my friends from Milano made me realize, that I was not the only one who discovered the big presence of gorgeously colored mirrors.

Golden geometric details - a collaboration of Gallotti & Radice with Studio Pepe
Golden geometric details – a collaboration of Gallotti & Radice with Studio Pepe
colored mirrors by Gallotti&Radice, Copyright Gallotti& Radice
colored mirrors by Gallotti&Radice, Copyright Gallotti& Radice

Artemide left me speechless! Maybe it was my personal background, because we are working on our home and still are in need of gorgeous lighting, but Artemide’s lamps were pieces of art with slight interpretations of details from the age of Art Nouveau. For me, a never ending love affair! ❤

Spectacular lighting at Artemide
Spectacular lighting at Artemide
Spectacular fringe lighting at Artemide
Spectacular fringe lighting at Artemide

One of the very raw and minimalistic approaches was JCP – by using materials like metal wires, leatherstraps, stones in a very unique way, I truly loved their quote on their way of seeing design:  “JCP is an imaginative universe that transforms our normality by encouraging us to reflect on our own way of life, here on Earth.”

fine details from JCP interiors
fine details from JCP interiors
JCP stand at Saloni der Mobile, copyright JCP
JCP stand at Saloni der Mobile, copyright JCP

Also, love at first sight was the stand of Artflex. Lots of velvet with moody hues mixed with fresh splashes of yellow.. The striking lamps left a great impression – simply because they look like art installations on the wall! ❤

Colorful details at Artflex
Colorful details at Artflex
Colorful, moody details at Artflex
Colorful, moody details at Artflex

Kartell does not need to be introduced to interior design fans, but still, let me tell you, the product display alone left us speechless! Design fairs tend to be challenging when it comes to photography, and some photos do not do justice to the installations and objects. Still, I am trying to translate all the beauty of Kartell at Salone in only a few images – challenging to make images as vivid as reality but just take a look at this colorful looks:

Colorful details at Kartell
Colorful details at Kartell
Colorful details at Kartell, copyright Kartell
Colorful details at Kartell, copyright Kartell

And here goes an incredible fun fact – when you see Mr. Berlusconi himself hanging at the very same stand, as you do, you simply KNOW you are experiencing one go THE MOST important designers of the fair! Thank you, Poliform and Natuzzi!

moody details at Poliform
moody details at Poliform
Poliform Desk at Salone del Mobile, photocredit: Poliform
Poliform Desk at Salone del Mobile, photocredit: Poliform

Talking about the creative process of the designers, it was truly interesting to experience the history behind the creative sketches of Claudio Bellini for MDF  !

sketches by Claudio Bellini for MDF, Copyright MDF
sketches by Claudio Bellini for MDF, Copyright MDF
sign filo sedia design by MDF, copyright MDF
sign filo sedia design by MDF, copyright MDF

If you need gorgeous shelving ideas, you can find them here at Annibale Colombo – here is a wonderful example for all kinds of interiors:

Mettitutto Stefano Boeri for Annibale Colombo, Copyright Annibale Colombo
Mettitutto Stefano Boeri for Annibale Colombo, Copyright Annibale Colombo

Usually, interior fairs do take a lot of energy but this time I came back as energized, as I have never been before! Ok, and the LA DOLCE VITA didn’t hurt either;-)

Thank you for this gorgeous opportunity DDN – and for all of you, if you like to see the video of the tour, you can take a sneak peek here...

Westwing Christmas Workshop

It was late summer and one of the hottest days when I started to work on the concept of this very special project with Westwing. Speaking of working anti-cyclical as a stylist: ideas for Christmas have to be finalized when it’s blazing hot outside! Well, this is what I did when everybody else was laying by the pool, enjoying the warm weather. I am so happy, that Westwing approached me this early during the year: the clear, light & bright atmosphere outside certainly had a big impact on the concept we finally created for Christmas. It was November, when we finally came together again & now that I can see the results, I am more than happy we created a concept for a white Winter Wonderland!

white balloons and art deco ceiling
white balloons and art deco ceiling

I was asked to create a workshop for a special & festive mother-daughter day. Celebrating the love between mother and daughter is something very close to my heart. I know from experience how shared adventures strengthen the bond between mother & daughter – something that we experience together can never be taken away from us. It simply is the the best memory you can create ❤

Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother - daughter day
Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother – daughter day

This is why I was so excited to create this day filled with beauty for these two gorgeous mom & daughter couples: Delia & Johanna, and JudithLou  ❤ Just take a look at these B E A U T I F U L ladies – such a treat to spend a day with such breathtakingly talented & wonderful women!

Delia Fischer at Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother - daughter day
Delia Fischer at Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother – daughter day

But let me start from the very beginning: the location of our workshop was the absolutely breathtaking apartment of my beautiful, beauuuuutiful friend Susanne. One of my resolutions for next year is certainly to pay her another visit in Munich!

Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother - daughter day
Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother – daughter day

I certainly love to decorate the table, especially for special occasions. If you are a little like me, you probably have been to a few events where the decoration was so exuberant, that you could barely see the person seated across from you. Of course this can a relief at times 😉 but I wanted to keep the decoration as low, as possible. The garland you can see on the table above is one of my favorite things to make for Christmas, it is so easy but so impressive. The wonderful team of Westwing also created an exclusive video, especially for you, if you would love to learn how to make a low & asymmetrical floral arrangement for the table… Also, imagine my excitement: I could decorate with the brand new Basic Line of Westwing products that will be available next year! A dream come true to every stylist to be able to work with shiny new products!

Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother - daughter day
Westwing Christmas Workshop, mother – daughter day
Christmas Balloon with Hellebore (Christmas Rose) baby breath and spanish moss - staying Anastasia Benko for Westwingnow.de
Christmas Balloon with Hellebore (Christmas Rose) baby breath and spanish moss – staying Anastasia Benko for Westwingnow.de

Even though the table garland & the cute Christmas balloons were our favorites, something was missing! The scent of Christmas & this is also a reason why I decided to create a Christmas wall made of fir, pine & white flowers like baby’s breath.

Christmas Flower Wall made of pine,fir & baby's breath
Christmas Flower Wall made of pine,fir & baby’s breath
Christmas Flower Wall made of pine,fir & baby's breath
Christmas Flower Wall made of pine,fir & baby’s breath

Yes, this is me above, looking very happy to be working on one of my dream projects! I hope, we have brought lots of inspiration for your holiday season! I know for sure, that I will be making a Christmas wall again next year!

Christmas Flower Wall made of pine,fir & baby's breath
Christmas Flower Wall made of pine,fir & baby’s breath

Thank you so much to the wonderful team of Westwing for giving us the opportunity to experience such a beautiful day!

Have a gorgeous holiday season, A. XO

copyright photos: Westwing 

Autumnal Flower arrangement

moody autumnal flower arrangement with chrysanthemums and dried leaves
moody autumnal flower arrangement with chrysanthemums and dried leaves

Every year I am having a difficult time saying goodbye to summer. This year was even more difficult, because I invested so much time into my brand new flower bed in front of our house. But then again, year after year, I discover new colors and forms of autumnal leaves, sticks and branches… By adding those abstract looking pieces to my arrangements all the abundance of summer seems to be forgotten and the arrangement gains a charming, yet lavish look. There are ways to make rich flower arrangements at any time of the year, even in autumn or winter! This arrangement was made with four chrysanthemums and gathered branches & sticks from the woods. A gorgeous addition to interiors and cozy days at home, don’t you agree?

A. XO

 

pale chalky blush wall

I have a studio that I painted white when we moved into the apartment where we live in now. It used to be my little white cube and I used to work in this studio for the past few years. But: north facing rooms can be very challenging for photography- especially during those winter months, when there is little to no light.  Over the past years I found new ways & places to work on my photography and realized, that this room was really wasted as a store room instead of being a real photo studio. I am very lucky to have this hideaway but I no longer wanted to use it as my storeroom, because working from a storage is never fun.

dried hydrangea on antique linen cloth
dried hydrangea on antique linen cloth

I love colors that have a dusty & chalky appearance. It immediately creates a relaxed and cozy atmosphere – this is what I wanted for my new home office. I wanted a peaceful shelter from where I can work for days & days, without getting distracted. This is why I decided to paint my walls first. Northern light tends to be bring out the cooler tones, I created a pale chalky blush with the smallest addition of yellow and a slight hint of black. This way the color of the walls will help the natural light to bounce back. What I have learned over the past years is, that it is best not to fight the nature, but to let the cool & dark light into the northern rooms and embrace it by painting the walls in a darker tone. I am not finished with this room yet but can show you a first impression. I could look at this wall color all day – and it truly is a pleasure to work in my new painted home office now.

pale blush interiors with an antique amphorae and dried hydrangea
pale blush interiors with an antique amphorae and dried hydrangea

 

Photo workshop by Sabrina Rothe

Photo Workshop by Sabrina Rothe
Photo Workshop by Sabrina Rothe

Last weekend I had the chance to visit the gorgeous home of Sabrina Rothe. Not only does she have the most amazing photo studio in her home, she also has a gorgeous garden, a hidden paradise in the middle of Cologne. I didn’t take too many pictures, as I wanted to respect the privacy of this gorgeous home but then again, I wasn’t there to swoon over her gorgeous home… I was there to learn a few tips & tricks from a real pro. Just look at her portfolio of gardens – do I need to mention that I would LOVE to visit every single one of these gardens?!

Studio Sabrina Rothe
Studio Sabrina Rothe

My heart skipped a beat when I entered her studio: it feels so good to see that I am not the only crazy person collecting pots & vases but also all kinds of planks & boards.
Thanks to 1000gutegruende Sabrina and her amazing team created a wonderful workshop, a day filled with tips and tricks.

Studio Sabrina Rothe
Studio Sabrina Rothe

As a self-taught photographer it was very interesting to learn stuff I only have heard of in theory, like the ‘golden section’. Also, I was able to correct some of the mistakes I have been making in the past, just because I had no-one to show me and because I didn’t know better. Because of her and her dedicated team I already practiced on sharp and bright images and can’t wait to apply all the newly learned knowledge to my future work. So excuse the bad quality of the images above: I snapped them with my phone and didn’t use my big camera, I was just too busy listening and soaking  up all the knowledge and beauty 😉 But so you know, I was very happy today, as I was practicing the things I learned there and hopefully I can show you some crisp and bright images very soon…

This last image is a styling I made in her studio. With her help it turned out to be an image that inspires me to go out in the garden, wanting to get my hands dirty again…

rustic table with antique prints and plants
rustic table with antique prints and plants

I will be closing all these praises with a promise: as soon, as I learn of another workshop by Sabrina, I will let you know and for those of you living in Germany – it sure is a treat to every heart of a photographer.