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...

Minimum Input – Maximum Output

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Who knew that talking about design and driving around Berlin with the new Ford KA+ would bring back childhood memories? I certainly didn’t and I am glad that this trip with Thea of Sister Mag made me recall on how deeply rooted my love for design and aesthetics is! Before we started talking about contemporary design, she drew a secret from me: when I was a little girl, I remember making my own shampoo commercials! Even before I knew product design excited, I was recreating shampoo commercials, hiding ‘ugly’ spots with foam, trying to reinvent new aesthetics. It was always the details that caught my eye, even as a kid I was driven by a subconscious force to create beauty. Little did I know that my path would allow to share my knowledge and experience about design & aesthetics 20 years later for this cooperation with Sister Mag & Ford KA+. This short trip down memory lane illustrates how important it was to follow my visions, to play with my fantasy and imagination.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

When to comes to creative work, intuition is key, but a thoroughly exercised education doesn’t hurt either. I was trained as an art historian before I started to work as a stylist and photographer. In the past years I learned to adapt all of the theoretical knowledge to my practical work and I exercise these design principles on a daily basis now. There are so many design principles to chose from and one could fill books to deepen this subject, but there are some design principles that I love to work with and they include contrast, variation of scale and variation of texture.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

When driving around Berlin and I was asked what kind of design principles were the most important ones. I had to give it a thought, but I think there are no design principles, that are more important than others. Why? I think they all work well together, a happy bunch, adding beauty to the objects. When you think about contrast, for example, it does sound like a very trivial thing. Then again, without the addition of contrast to designs, things would look dull. Here we can see the contrast of matt and shiny surfaces, the contrast of colors and the contrast of textures that adds interest and character to the inside of the car.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

Speaking of interesting objects: I am a big collector of all things pretty and not a single trip goes by, where I come home empty handed. When I go hunting for antique and vintage props, my tours often take me to the inner cities where parking space is often limited, especially in places like these I love a small city car that fits my lifestyle by being flexible and spacious. Thea even made a test where she proved how much the Ford KA+ could carry. You can watch the proof in this video here… Looks like I could fit a few antiques in this car, too 😉

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

The end of our trip around Berlin had to close with a frequent topic: form follows function – such an interesting issue in the design world! Again, it is a subject, that could fill numerous books. We live in very fortunate times where we can chose between all the different approaches to design, but it is like Thea said: “‘Less is more’ has become a general guiding principle as we strive to make as much as possible of very little.” I truly believe that big design arouses big emotions! A simple design can add a strong value to our lives, big design does not have to be extravagant.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

 

If you would love to experience the theory of minimum input and maximum output, you can join the Ford KA+ giveaway here… Good luck and see you soon from other interesting cities another interesting design topics. A. XO

All photos by Cristopher Santos for Sister Mag.

 

Fog series from Berlin

Berlin fog series - Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series – Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series - Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series – Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series - Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series – Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series - Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series – Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series - Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series – Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series - Anastasia Benko
Berlin fog series – Anastasia Benko

…one of my New Years resolutions is to travel more and is there a better way than starting this year by sharing some of my travel photography from Berlin? It was last November when I was in Berlin for a very interesting project with Sister Mag, there I started experimenting with my camera and my lens, so this Berlin Fog Series was the result of my short trip… Enjoy and see you soon, hopefully with a lot more travel photography… A. XO

…wer möchte das nicht – mehr von der Welt sehen? Das ist ein Vorsatz von mir: mehr reisen und dies ist schon mal ein guter Anfang – ein paar stimmungsvolle Fotos aus Berlin… Viel Freude beim stöbern, A. XO

Urban Jungle Bloggers book launch

I am a little late to jump on the ‘coverage wagon’ but I was busy celebrating my birthday last week 😉 The book I am going to talk about is so gorgeous, that I don’t want you to miss out on these stunning insights, especially as there is an english and a german version!
I truly had my fingers crossed, that the ‘Urban Jungle‘ book would be a huge success and let me point out, that I am writing this post 9 days after the publishing date and the english version is already sold out! There will be a second edition soon and I am so happy for Igor and Judith, who wrote this book! Bringing nature inside our homes has not only become a cute addition for the living room or a simple styling device… I has grown into a beautiful movement & community, it grows the awareness of how special, precious and unique mother nature is! I am and have always been a person who surrounded herself with nature, be it with plants or flowers, and I couldn’t be more happy for all of the #urbanjunglebloggers out there! To join their movement, just look up the fun parts on their site.

Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, English edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, English edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf

A little over a week has passed that the german publishing house Callwey launched the new Urban Jungle Bloggers book at the Botanical Garden in Munich and I am still beaming with joy that I was able to be a part of this gorgeous event with my floral workshop, but this is going to be a different post next week 😉 First of all, I would love to share this review with all of you, as it shows the breathtaking homes of some of my favorite #urbanjunglebloggers! aaaaand, wheeee….Look, who got a signed copy!

Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf

The book launch was held at the Botanical Garden in Munich – this place left me speechless! Not only do they have the most beautiful plants and flowers, but the old buildings with their antique elements add a charm that you simply HAVE to fall in love with this place!

The US home of Jocelyn Kempe in Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
The US home of Jocelyn Kempe in Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf

It’s a rainy and gloomy Sunday today so I stayed in bed, browsing the pages of this gorgeous book, and here I will show you a few of the gorgeous homes. I simply cannot play favorites, as all of the homes are truly beautiful!

Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf

So many talented people worked on this book, and these are only a few of my favorite urban jungle bloggers: JeskaJocelyn, Anette and Maren. The photographer Lina Skukauske added the most images to the book, lovely illustrations by Saar Manche and easy DIY’s make it a MUST READ!

Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, German edition, Callwey publishing house, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf

As a little treat I would love to share some of the photos from the day – taken by the lovely Cris. With these images I am waving bye-bye, wishing you a wonderful Sunday. I hope you enjoyed my little urban jungle bloggers tour and will get YOUR copy soon ❤ A. XO

Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers Book, authors I. Josifovic & J. De Graaf
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos
Botanic Garden Munich, image by Cristopher Santos