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Unique gifts for design lovers Dreams& Design

Unique gift ideas for design lovers

Unique, intriguing and imaginative – these are three qualities you should take into consideration when buying a gift for a designer lover.  If this sounds challenging, scroll down for Dreams & Design gift ideas for design lovers, all under 100 euro, that will please the aesthetically-minded people in your life. No matter if it’s for Christmas, their birthday or without any occasion (the best ones). Or maybe you want to reward yourself with something beautiful for all your efforts in the past year?

William Wegman MASI Lugano exhibition

10 art and design exhibitions to see in Italy

Dark and cold months are a great time for introspection and germination of new ideas that will turn into new projects come spring. If you agree, check out this list of 10 most exciting art and design exhibitions in Italy, an all-year-round destination for art lovers.

Here I don’t mean only great masterpieces of the past, but also current exhibitions devoted to art, design, photography and architecture. Below you will find a Dreams & Design roundup of the most interesting events on show in various Italian cities between now and early 2020. 

Mediterranean interiors: Menorca Experimental hotel

Stylish pieces for a Mediterranean-inspired home decor

Azure waters of the Aegean sea, gentle light caressing the pastel facades of Provence or the raw beauty of stone architecture in the Balearics – few other regions offer as much visual poetry as the Mediterranean. The southern coasts of Europe invite us to dream and enjoy the moment, while local design promotes the idea of slow life. Already feeling nostalgic? Sadly the long summer days are gone, but the good news is that you can prolong the summer vibes by adding a few Mediterranean touches to your own home. Scroll down for a Dreams & Design guide to Mediterranean home decor that includes some wanderlust-inspiring interior projects, exciting brands on my radar. And let’s not forget about affordable, trendy picks that will elevate your everyday home decor. 

10 most beautiful gardens in Europe Warsaw University Library Garden

10 most beautiful gardens to visit in Europe

Looking for amazing places to relax and admire greenery, when you’re out on summer vacation or a city break? Here’s a Dreams & Design curated list of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes must-see botanical gems and historical landmarks in Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Poland, Bulgaria and England. Visit them this summer or in the early autumn, before the weather becomes too cold and gloomy.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia by Santiago Calatrava

Exploring modern Mediterranean architecture: La Muralla Roja and the City of Arts and Sciences

Gentle light, Mediterranean flora and deep blue sea can only enhance visual sensations triggered off by great works of architecture. My recent holiday in Spain gave me the chance to admire two landmarks of contemporary architecture – La Muralla Roja by Ricardo Bofill and the City of Arts and Sciences by Santiago Calatrava. Read on if you need inspiration on things to see in Calpe and Valencia. There are already many guides on historical and culinary attractions of the area, but this post is about a feast for the eyes and hopefully, it will inspire your future trip to the region.

Dan Flavin Cardi Gallery Milano

Contemporary Art in Milan: Dan Flavin and Carlos Amorales exhibitions

Besides fashion and design, the capital of Lombardy is known for its vibrant art scene. And here I don’t mean only Leonardo da Vinci and masterpieces of the past, but also contemporary art in Milan. There are still a couple of days left to see two exhibitions at the local galleries – the works by Dan Flavin at Cardi Gallery and ‘The Accursed Hour’ by Carlos Amorales at Fondazione Adolfo Pini. Even if you can’t make it this time, I recommend that you keep an eye on their future events that will surely inspire anyone working in the creative industries or simply art lovers. Scroll down for more information and my photos from the exhibitions. 

Noroo Group Tides Ventura Centrale 2019 Milan Design Week

The most beautiful site-specific installations at Milan Design Week 2019

The most intense design week of the year is over. It took me quite a few weeks to digest all the information and the visual input. In this post I would like to share my personal impressions from Milan Design Week 2019. The sheer number of events of the Fuorisalone happening around Milan at times felt overwhelming, but as you will see, I organised my itinerary mainly around exhibitions related to art and environmental topics. While it’s true that, unfortunately, some events open to the general public lacked the scale and innovation of previous editions, I still found those that were thought-provoking or simply appealed to my sensitivity.

For my recap, I’ve chosen design installations with a spatial dimension, set up in the historical environments of Milan. They transformed these locations with contemporary vibes and the end result, a poetic mix of the past and present, created a high visual impact. If you’re curious or missed any of them, I invite you to discover my picks. 

Bauhaus Dessau

Bauhaus 100 – books, architecture trips and exhibitions

This year we celebrate the centenary of the influential movement in architecture, art and design. One hundred years since its creation, the Bauhaus philosophy still defines what we consider modern and minimal and has significantly influenced our tastes in interiors, furniture and fashion. Here’s my selection of books, exhibitions and travel ideas that will give you a taste of Bauhaus 100 in 2019 and beyond. 

Hanna Anonen Cocktail ceiling lamp and Merry-go-round tables

Design from Finland: cult classics and new interior brands

Finland, a country within the Arctic circle, strewn with thousands of lakes, sauna, reindeers, great outdoors and introverted locals. A Nordic nation that treasures silence, but has nevertheless succeeded in building a coherent visual narrative, where everyday design objects speak louder than words and communicate the values of Finnish society. When it comes to furniture design, Finland has often been overshadowed by its Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden and Denmark, yet its contribution to global design and the role of women in creating it, deserve its own place in the spotlight. Let’s have a look at the brief history of Finnish design classics as well as some new, exciting brands to discover. 

Inspiring floral accounts to follow on Instagram

Inspiring floral accounts to follow on Instagram

Are you looking for ways to summon some much needed spring vibes? Start with your Instagram feed and follow some extraordinary floral profiles that cross the boundaries between nature, art and interiors. From florists and set designers to avant-garde magazines and established institutions – discover ten floral accounts to follow on Instagram to get you in the #inspiredbypetals mood. 

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