Milan Design Week, Fiera Milano, is a week of inspiration for designers, architects, artists and all who are thrilled to observe the latest in design. The buzz around this week begins months before the actual event, with expectations of it being “the most impressive week of the year”. Taking in the exhibit, actually exceeds these expectations!
Picture this: the expansive space of the Salone Del Mobile where 14 pavilions house the most creative exhibition stands. A number of showrooms, shops and galleries organizing events called ‘Fuorisalone’ scatter nearby. During the day one can gaze at new collections and expositions and in the evenings, there are spectacular parties everywhere. Innovation and creativity energize the whole event.
A Decorilla designer Colinda van Iperen sorted out a few themes and trends for us that will define the world of interior design in 2015.
When it came to designing this 1264 sq.ft. penthouse apartment in New York City for an on-the-go tenant, the goals were simple: modern and comfortable. The client wanted timeless furniture, stylish lighting, and accents with impact. Decorilla’s team took on the challenge and the results were a design that spoke to the client’s city sleek and masculine interior design aesthetic while creating an atmosphere of home away from home.
People spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, interior design plays an important role in creating functional, beautiful spaces that also maintain our well being. In celebration of Earth Day, let’s take a closer look at some of the design decisions in this project that have our health and the environment in mind.
Whether you’re about to list your house or you feel like it needs a little love, you might be wondering how to increase curb appeal without going whole-hog on your exterior. Luckily, there are plenty of quick and easy updates that can be made to your front yard that will make a big impact with a small investment.
Here are some of my favorite ways to spruce up any exterior:
Patterns are found everywhere in our natural and designed worlds. From the gorgeous curvy spirals of asea shell to sharp geometric shapes of a city skyline, these repeated designs make an aesthetic difference in our spaces. But, enhancing an interior design is more than simply throwing in elements of pattern. There’s a bit of a science to it. While sticking with solids is a safe way to go, there’s no reason to shy away from pattern in a room when it adds richness and design interest.
Spring is definitely in the air (as your allergies might be letting you know ;)). Visibly, the budding trees and blooming flowers are making the grand announcement of a new season. What better way to freshen up your decor than by using Mother Nature’s art as inspiration? Since the beginning of time, floral elements have decorated spaces in a variety of ways no matter what the style preference.
Startup office design has come a long way since garage space beginnings and the token ping pong table. Collaborative zones, comfortable furniture, and motivating decor accents are becoming standards for thriving working environments as seen in the popular companies we know and love.
But, what if you don’t have the budgets of Google, Facebook, or Pixar?
No matter! It is absolutely possible to encourage productivity and inspire your team with a creative, well-designed business space that does not break the bank. Here are some tools that can bring your regular office design to a new level of excellence while saving you time and money.
When it comes to small spaces or even large open floor plans, having ways to partition a space can come in handy. It is helpful in distinguishing areas of use in a home like separating the bedroom area for rest and that of the office where productivity takes place. Having distinct areas also offers options for developing design styles. Your kitchen, for example, may have a sleek, contemporary look while your living room may lean more towards a transitional style, embracing comfortable pieces for kicking back.
Have you ever tried to picture a new mod sofa in your rustic living room or imagine what an accent blue wall would do for the rest of your bedroom? Ever purchased that gorgeous side table only to find it does not quite fit?
Designing spaces has often meant taking a level of risks that could lead to style mishaps or expensive mistakes.
How do you get around this? Making sure you know what you’re getting beforehand helps.
Today visualization of interior design and architecture is best illustrated in 3D renderings. Through these images, you get a clearer understanding of what a space can look like without relying on the imagination. They are so realistic, they seem like photos themselves! Not to mention that they contribute greatly in making design more affordable.
Still not convinced 3D design is for you? Here are 3 great reasons why:
Modernizing a living room can be challenging especially when you’re working with the traditional design of an older home.
A young family of four came to us wanting a multi-functional and modern look for their 1940’s living room. They wanted contemporary accents and a fresh light color palette. With contemporary style in mind and wish to entertain guests, their goals included:
redesigning the fireplace
updating the lighting
showcasing unique decor pieces
keeping the overall look white
They wanted to find an interior designer to meet their needs while staying within an affordable budget.
Known as a “unique experience to discover the unexpected” Maison & Objet is Paris’ popular trade show that has been bringing the latest design trends of global markets for 20 years! Designer, Lesya Bukaytis, acted as Decorilla‘s eyes and ears at last week’s incredible event. Her general impression? “Design is seen as more playful, toy-like and shiny. Sense of humor is the new must have.” With an overwhelming number of exhibits to witness, Lesya brings up her favorites!