An Amish inspired home story

Federico Cedrone - Eclectic Trends

Inspired by a possible Amish way of living, Italian photographer Federico Cedrone together with stylist Beatrice Rosetti has been shooting this editorial for D-Casa.

Federico Cedrone - Eclectic Trends

Federico Cedrone - Eclectic Trends

Federico Cedrone - Eclectic Trends

Federico Cedrone - Eclectic Trends

 I think the color story here is very pretty with royal blue, warm woods, pops of yellow and a hint of deep red. The Amish story, of course, only serves as a source of inspiration, and I would assume does not pretend to feature their lifestyle (to start with, Amish clothes do not have buttons:) You can see the entire editorial and some more translated characteristics over here. G, x
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4 Trends & Inspirations A/W 2015/16

Today I have a very interesting video for you featuring four fashion & lifestyle trends for A/W 2015/16 curated by Italian designer Frank La Mendola. You’ll watch loads of visual inspiration from the catwalks paired with images from art, photography, architecture and other disciplines that you give you a comprehensive all over look&feel of these four trends:


2-4 were pretty familiar to me. Actually if you see the image on 3:24, you can see a lot of similarity to the post on tribal design I was writing a few days ago.

But n#1 has been a discovery, and I am curious to see how fashion will rub off the EAST RANGES on other disciplines. May be we’ll see medal prints in home decor? Or medal decorations/pins on cushions? Any other idea? G, x

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The green home of Antonio Sciortino

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This is home of House Antonino Sciortino, a Milan-based artist and former dancer who expresses his creativity in his iron works though he looks like an all-round creative soul to me observing the images below.

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He was born in Palermo in 1962. At the age of eight, he began to forge in his father’s shop smaller objects with pieces of soft wire which were used to bind the metal bars to be processed. His passion for dance led him to Rome, where he built a solid career as a choreographer. In his free time he continued to perform works in iron always, and now, having left the dance behind, iron sculpturing has become the main business .

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The light , delicate cast-iron staircase with long rods perfectly emphasize the height of the room in which few pieces are shown with large trees and plants as real eye-catchers and prevailing throughout the entire home. It’s hard to see anything else than concrete floors, light filled spaces and large plants in terra-cotta planters on iron platforms.

Antonio Sciortino-Eclectic Trends

Antonio Sciortino-Eclectic Trends

I really like the unexpected touch on the last pic giving warmth to the bedroom with a worn out antique style rug. Picture the room without it, it would be a totally different experience. G, x

Via: Bo-Bedre | Photography: Serge Anton/Living Inside

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Earth Color Trend 2015/16

This is one my favorite color trends posts I have worked on the past years. I really love the palette and everything that refers to its origin and philosophy.

Earth Color Trends 2015/16 - Eclectic Trends

For 2015 the two major color forecast companies Pantone and AkzoNobel had predicted a color with a warm and natural background. Marsala on one side and Copper Orange respectively, were surprisingly close when it comes to talk earthy components.

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TL to BR: Patrick Demarchelier | Styling Alessandra Salaris & Photography Beppe Brancato | via Zuujab | Marazzi

These predictions have been evolved and we see today combined a range of terracotta, burgundy, rust, ocher, pale pink and cinnamon shades – all gathered together offering an utterly beautiful color range to use in our day-to-day life.

Toasted colors are authentic, warm, versatile and have become timeless. And if you feel you want to contrast the sometimes rather feminine touch, black is a great component to offer a stronger and more sophisticated look.

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TL to BR: Styling Alessandra Salaris & Photography Beppe Brancato | Laura Daza | CC-TapisKristie van Noort

Fashion, Beauty, Interior, Jewellery, Graphic Design, Arts&Crafts and other disciplines have joined in, and today I’d love to show you a few examples. What is great about this trend is how accessible and easy to integrate it is. And that is certainly not always the case when it comes to end consumer adoption.

Not only in the fashion world but basically in a wide array of fields, we celebrate that earthy tones, which look seemingly basic, can be both fashionable and functional. The above images which belong to a beautiful ceramics collection crafted by Kristie van Noort (more on collage n#4) or the hand-woven rug from CC-Tapis are lovely examples.

There is this desert feeling of earth, storm and sand, all beautifully translated in several ceramics collections now on the market.

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TL to BR: Yuh textiles | Wij zjin Kees | Styling Alessandra Salaris &  Beppe Brancato Photography |Restored

Among many good reasons to go for earthy tones, the fact that this palette serves as a kind of visual cleanser among all the bolder trends seen on the runway and international trade shows makes it doubly welcome, with colors ranging from nude and moss green, terracotta to khaki, rusty and neutral tones.

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TL to BR: Styling Alessandra Salaris & Photography Beppe Brancato | Styling Pernille Vest | Heidi Lerkenfeldt photography for Rum Magazine | The RowKristie van Noort

Actually it’s no surprise, since we still live and love the Green Trend longing for a slower and back to the roots life with its corresponding sustainable materials, loads of plants integrated in our every day, different approach of how and where to spend our vacations, including new food habits and living a more conscious life.

In other words, with such a wide color palette, we are going to see earthy tones for a while. My prediction is this trend to last until at least until AW 2016 including new shades but staying true to its essence. These are the colors for body, mind &soul.

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Gardening Style or the Urban Jungle Trend the Italian Way

Urban Jungle Trend - Eclectic Trends

Urban Jungle Trend – Eclectic Trends

This is with no doubt one of the most beautiful editorial shots I have ever seen. And it is no surprise to me that the productions comes from Italy.

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Gardening style - Eclectic Trends

Styling: Cristina Nava | Photography:  Lorenzo Pennati 

Marie Claire Maison has featured this Gardening Style issue in April 2015 and just the color palette is dreamy, a bit powdery with a nod to the jungle trend in olive tones, muted blues and teal, and a gorgeous range of greens. On personal note, it’s this kind of interior design shooting which I believe is mind-blowing. The model fits a 100% in the entire story and everything just matches perfectly in this scenery. Don’t you think? G, x

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Micro Trend: A New Geometrical Language

Multiple designers are exploring new expressions of archetypal, geometric forms marked by a contemporary blend of the simple shapes and sometimes luxury finishings. A New Geometrical Language in small scale objects has emerged in the interior design world.
I have written a new trend post for Norwegian company BOEN which I’d like to share with you today. The interesting part to observe is how important marble is becoming in smaller shapes (after seeing large table tops at the very beginning of the marble trend) and playing now a key role in the following designs. Not to forget, it gets much more budget friendly in smaller design proposals too!

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Pepe Marble Mirror | Euclide, both by StudioPepe 

The Pepe Marble Mirror designed for Danish label Menu on the left is solid, durable and meant to last, maybe even passed on to future generations. A nod to the fifties, makes it already now a classic design piece.

The Euclide design features both, a shelf and light unit. The shelf is made from brass and the geometric mirrors have been aged creating a nice contrast of contemporary vs old features.

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Ossimori by StudioPepe 

The Milan-based creative duo StudioPepe presents this year Ossimori, a collection comprising ten unique pieces that explore the quality of materials and the juxtaposition of different yet complementary objects and shapes. Some are designed to be functional, other are purely abstract objects, while all embrace primitive yet futuristic lines.

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L.D.O – light dependent object – Project in collaboration with Vacheron Constantin | Realized by Roland Beguin, craftsman in stained glass window | Design and concept by Kaja Solgaard Dahl

This composition consists of a subtle balance between colorful, produced by hand-glass parts and metal rods through which flows a light source . The object can be read twice thus , between the sculptural aspect of the structure whose glass parts are ” exempt ” from the metal frame , and of the resulting light composition . The latter is reminiscent of very poetic color and light effects , which can be observed in churches when the sun shines on the stained glass windows .

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Let it slide bowl | See right through me, both by Studio Isabel Gatzen 

The let it slide bowl has a strong architectural aesthetic, which we could call the red thread during this post. It forms a beautiful centrepiece (for use or decorative purpose) and is made of two angled Parthenon marble sections joined together by a contrasting anodised aluminium ring.

The see right through me mirror on the right side made of the same marble plays with light to enable the viewer to see through the mirror or catch a reflection, adding an eye-catching dynamic to any room.

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Natura Morta | Design: ECAL/Nicolas Lalande | Realized by Matteo Gonet

Back at the Salone del Mobile in April this year, we have been able to observe a great show where 12 expertly handcrafted objects were on display, teaming always a Swiss artisan and a student from École Cantonale D’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), under the art direction of Italian Studio Formafantasma (collage n#2 belongs to the same exhibition) at the Art & Crafts & Design Show.

Summing up, the Micro Trend of a new geometrical language is supported by warm and cold materials such as wood, metal, glass and stone, all combined by varies shapes in one harmonious object. Small scale geometric interior design has never been so fascinating! G, x

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