The Laze collection by Roda outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture trends for a stylish summer space

When it comes to creating a stylish and comfortable home, the exterior is as important as the interior. Summer is a perfect time to get closer to nature, preferably on your own terrace or the one of your holiday home. Below you can find a Dreams & Design selection of outdoor furniture in three styles – Modern Mediterranean, Tropical and Colourful – that will help you create a relaxing summer space attuned to your needs and preferences.

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. 

Le Refuge de la Nuit Marc Ange Palazzo Cusani

5 highlights of Brera Design Week 2019

Summing up the events of FuoriSalone 2019, I can’t really omit Brera, the centre of old Milan with many of the city’s historic churches and palaces. Here’s my final post on Milan Design Week with 5 highlights of Brera Design Week 2019 – from scenic installations to modern showrooms, with a touch of the bohemian and the conceptual, in 5 different locations across the district.

Ecole Camondo The Litta Varations Milan Design Week 2019

FuoriSalone 2019 – the best of 5vie design district

As many of you already know, the Fuorisalone, a part of Milan Design Week that takes place around the city, outside the main furniture fair, is split into a few separate districts, each of them bringing its own flavour to the mix. This year I wanted to take a closer look at Fuorisalone events organised by the 5vie design district. What is exactly 5vie? It’s the historical heart of Milan with many landmarks and charming courtyards, but also a project of territorial marketing that promotes this part of the city through art and culture initiatives. Something that feels truly unique in the era of mass tourism. If this concept appeals to you too, scroll down to see my selection of design events organised by 5vie for Fuorisalone 2019.

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. 

Onni collection Marimekko spring/summer 2019

5 new products to see at Milan Design Week 2019

Milan Design Week – the most important design fair of 2019 is about to start next week. The number of exhibitions around Milan can be overwhelming – there are already many guides offering itineraries in various parts of the city. Here I would like to share 5 new products to be shown during Milan Design Week, in different styles for diverse tastes. Minimalists, lovers of Nordic design and modern lighting, maximalists and fashionistas – scroll down 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. 

The Ribbon chair by Nika Zupanc for Queeboo

My favourite pieces by 5 women designers

Following International Women’s Day I’ve felt the need to feature my favourite pieces by leading women product designers. It’s not that I believe that women’s creativity should be put into a separate compartment or celebrated only once a year. In fact, it’s been challenging to narrow down my list to just a few designers. Their work invites you to enter a universe, built from unique references, that expands beyond the purely decorative aspect of design into deeper issues related to culture, society and technology. Scroll down if you’re curious about my picks.

The Cosmo sofa by Opera Contemporary Salone del Mobile

Luxury interior design trends from unique Italian brands – Opera Contemporary, Fratelli Boffi and Gallotti&Radice

Today I would like to talk about luxury interior design trends by Italian brands. Opera Contemporary, Fratelli Boffi and Gallotti & Radice – they might not be household names, but their products and aesthetic reflect current trends in both luxury design and hospitality sector. Let’s have a closer look at their collections. 

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