New Roman by Jaime Hayon
That was a nice green party right?! I loved the peek into so many bloggers homes and to see that many are enthusiastically growing plants, veggies & herbs at home.
I still have a few photos from Milan that I'd like to show you today. Somehow the work of Jaime Hayon was everywhere in Milan: for &Tradition, the Piña collection for Magis and this exhibition of new vessels and bowls for Paola C.
The New Roman collection presents Jaime Hayon's interpretation of more or less classic Roman amphorae and architecture. It consists of different sized vessels and matching stands. And even though I've never been very fond of copper or rose gold, I like the theatrical mise-en-scène of the objects. But the ultra simple pale grey wall paintings, beautiful light and space at the Paola C. showroom made my design heart skip a beat.
My favorite piece of the collection was the transparent wall mounted vase Titus (on the right):
Oh and in other news, Mel from Armoire, Pegs and Casserole invited me to her fabulous My Space series. I'm sharing a few pictures of my favorite room at home. You can read it here. Merci Mel!
Urban Jungle Bloggers #8
For the eight time today, Igor and I are throwing a little green party. Or at least that's what our monthy Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge feels like to me. Afters lots of eggs, creative stylings and spring freshness in March, today is all about green window sills and balconies.
Actually we don't have a single window sill here at home. Our windows start at the floor and go straight up to the ceiling. We do have two balconies though (you can see us posing on one of 'em here!), but don't keep any greens on them... But there are some cactus plants, a citrus tree, an aloë vera and a few succulents in front of the window in our cinema room. So that's what I'm showing you today :)
Do you see the purple-ish plant in the back (turned to the sun):
I noticed that its leaves have this pearlish color in the sun. Kind of magic, right?
The fresh green succulent on the left is very happy in the sun, he's truly thriving and growing fast. I think it's because of his Monegask roots ;) He's the cutie in my first Urban Jungle Bloggers post (in the last image!).
More pictures of our cinema room here (before & after) and here.
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Green Balconies in Milan
When strolling down the streets of Milan, I was pleasantly surprised by the omnipresence of greens! Of course the upcoming Urban Jungle Bloggers topic was in the back of my head: balconies & window sills, so I guess I was a little obsessed... So if you're looking for some last minute inspiration, look no further ;)
One of the design showrooms in the Brera district was covered in greens (and a hint of yellow from the #blago2014 ladies):
I didn't really get the purpose of ceramic Italian coffee pots and espresso cups for your plants, but well... it looked kinda cute:
More green balconies and notice:
This Italian chef enjoyed his break in the green patio featuring a variety of Italian vases and random planters:
You cannot go wrong with palm trees in my book. I loved these, they look so proud:
And of course I spotted some fresh lemons that reminded me of the ones in Corsica. I brought one home and used it for the sugar free lemon muffins that I baked the other day... even though they looked more like flat cookies, they tasted pretty good.
Check back tomorrow for my Urban Jungle Bloggers post. And if you like: there's still time to join us and show us your green balcony or window sill! Subscribe here and you'll receive all the information you need by email. Arrivederci!
Happy Easter! I wish you all a sunny and cosy Sunday with your loved ones. I know I'll be eating an extra egg today (without cactus of course) ;)
Yummy lunch at Al Boeuc
One of the things that I was looking forward to in Italy, was the delicious food. Not that I lack of delicious food here at home: we have so many beautiful French products and of course I have my own private chef. But still: Italian food also has a reputation ;) Of course our lovely guide knew exactly where to take us for the perfect lunch. Nothing ultra gourmet or fine cuisine, but beautiful local products, wine from the next village and a friendly owner.
Welcome to Al Boeuc, a wine bar where they serve typical Piemontese food. We ordered a cheese & meat platter, bruschetta (toasted bread with different toppings like truffle & mushroom, radicchio cream and tomato & basil). And of course the famous Bagna Caöda: a hot dip made of garlic, anchovies, olive oil, butter and cream. You eat it by dipping raw veggies. Accompagnied by a fruity wine and nice conversations, this lunch was so so good!
Al Boeuc serves simple and honest dishes and it's all very tasty. If you're ever in the Lake area, this place deserves your visit! Buon appetito!
Enoteca Al Boeuc /// Via Bersani, 28 /// Orta San Giulio, Italy /// +39 3395840039
open every wednesday to monday from 11-15:30 and 18:30-01:00
Hay Mini Market in Milan
You didn't need a map to find the Hay showroom during the Salone del Mobile in Milan: you could simply follow the cool folks sporting the limited edition Wrong for Hay totes to get there. It's the first time since 2008 that Danish furniture & accessory brand Hay and sister brand Wrong for Hay were exhibiting in Milan. And they made it into a very clever exhibition too, because it included a pop-up shop where you could purchase affordable small goods to bring home. Very suitcase proof ;)
Hej! oh I mean: Hay!
We've seen it everywhere in Milan & online: African wax inspired prints are HOT! I love how these are slightly different, yet very bold and happy. Designed by Nathalie du Pasquier for Wrong for Hay:
Contrary to the Hay House in Copenhagen, the Hay showroom didn't feel like a home. It was a true exhibition space with private areas for retailers & buyers. But a very creative and bright one. Plus the staff was very friendly and helpful. Even when I was clumsy and accidently tipped over a banner and a candle holder ;)
Nothing new, but I can't get enough of Scholten & Baijings sense of color:
Color & stationary heaven: the Mini Market. Also loved the super simple candle light:
And this beautiful Spine notebook:
I wish our home had more walls, because this setup with 16 hooks by Line Depping looks great:
The number of times that we sighed and smelled wisteria during our Blago trip, were countless. I haven't seen any wisteria here in the Oise yet, but in Italy they were blooming on every street corner. And because unfortunately I cannot include perfumes on my blog (yet!), I tried to capture the purple flowering plant in images.
Eternal snow in Switzerland in the back and blooming wisteria in the foreground as seen from the Hermitage Santa Caterina del Sasso on the Lago Maggiore:
No doubt about it: we're in sunny Italy:
One day, my palm trees will be as high and pretty as these beauties:
The view from that boat must have been amazing:
By now, can you smell the wisteria? Is there any growing where you live?
Patterns in Milan
My five days in Italy with friends were bright and colorful, just like the tiles above at Temakinho in Milan. We walked for hours along several lakes, enjoyed the abundant sunshine, ate the most delicious Italian food, had many interesting conversations, laughed a lot, smelled the blooming wisteria on every street corner, got our design fix at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, had gelato only twice (!) and slept way too little. And what do bloggers do when they stumble upon patterned floors like this? They take a #fromwherewestand :
These amazing tiles made me wish I could run to Milan just to add another colorful picture to my IG running series ;)
These stars were a little bit more subtle:
Behind the scenes of this instagram picture with Deepa, Jillian and Kat:
And more pattern love near the Duomo, in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:
Of course I took way too many pictures, so this week you'll be showered with a lot more Italy-love here on the blog. I hope you don't mind ;)
Ciao from the Concrete Jungle
A quick hello from this concrete jungle called Milan! As you can see the sun is shining bright and the many many plants on the Milanese balconies seem to love it. There's so much inspiration everywhere for the upcoming topic of Urban Jungle Bloggers later this month! By the way, Louise from 30smagazine did an interview with Igor and myself about our green adventure in the new sisterMAG issue. It explains what it's all about, how we started and of course how you can become an Urban Jungle Blogger too. Check it out here. I hope you like it!
Oh and I can't wait to show you the charming little villages around the Lago Maggiore later next week, it's truly beautiful here... I wish you all a great weekend from sunny Italy!
Yesterday when working behind my desk I sneaked out to take these pictures of the blossom in our garden. From what I can see in my blog archives, the tree is blossoming 3 weeks earlier than previous years (see here). I can't wait for the petals to fall, because I love me some blossom snow ;) Don't you?
Behind my desk
It almost feels like I have to earn my trip to Italy for #blago2014 next week: I've been working around the clock these past few weeks. Working from home, I get to design my own home office and it's not so bad: my ever growing and changing moodboard reminds me of previous trips and beautiful designs like I'm trying to achieve for my clients.
So: TGIF, happy weekend and grow some greens ;)
Going back to Italy
In a week from now I'll be on a plane to Italy! It has been well over a decade since my last visit and I'm super excited to go back.
When I was 16 I was very impressed by the Italian guys and Italian shoes. At 17 it was lambrusco that made my head spin in Rome. And at 19 I was even more impressed by the giant collection of contemperary art at the Venice Biennale. The national pavillions blew my mind: so many cultures and different approaches to modern art, craftsmanship and aesthetics. With my analog Minolta camera I took pictures of the art and city of Venice only. No selfies or pictures of friends as you can see.
Next week I hope to be impressed by ice cream, design and friendship as I'll be strolling around Milan during Design Week with dear blog friends.
Have you ever been to Milan? I know some of you here are Italian and even though we'll have a wonderful guide, maybe you have a recommendation of a place that we shouldn't miss in Milan? Grazie mille!
All pictures were taken by me in 1999 in Venice, Italy with my analog Minolta camera.
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