Louis Vuitton Celebrates 10 Years of Its Objets Nomades Collection at Salone del Mobile

For the tenth anniversary of Objets Nomades, French Maison Louis Vuitton brings the new lifestyle collections to the stage of this year’s Salone del Mobile at Garage Traversi.

This year, Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection turns 10. Born in 2012, the line dedicated to lifestyle and home offers a limited edition in collaboration with world-famous designers like Atelier Biagetti, Barber & Osgerby, Campana Brothers, India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquiola, and Raw Edges, to name a few.

The new objects will be the protagonists in the Garage Traversi space for the fifth edition of the exhibition to celebrate 10 years of the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection in Milan during this year’s Salone del Mobile a.k.a. Milan Design Week.

Showcased at Garage Traversi, the furniture and objects exhibition features pieces by 14 designers over a decade. Including over 60 pieces, the collection blends the respective designer’s creativity with Louis Vuitton’s ‘Art of Travel’ philosophy. From a parakeet green sculptural couch to outdoor tables and more, the collection is complete with every item thinkable to elevate one’s home.

Additionally, the Milan exhibition unveils five new pieces. Atelier Oï reveals the Belt Lounge Chair, Belt Bar Stool and Belt Side Stool. The Campana Brothers introduce a new four-seater version of their Bomboca modular sofa. Completing the new pieces is the Cosmic Table by Raw Edges.

Furthermore, the French luxury brand is showcasing the Nova House by architects Michel Hudrisier and M. Roma for Studio Rochel. A testament to nomadic architecture, the ‘living pod’ was designed in 1972 and boasts an aluminum-alloy strip-covered steel frame with two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom.

The Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection and Nova House are on display now until Sunday, June 12, at the Garage Traversi in Via Bagutta 2 in Milan. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Lalique Mossi scented candle in crystal vase

Based on original designs by the legendary Rene Lalique, the Mossi crystal collection is a luxury series of handcrafted lead crystal vases, scented candle vases & votives. The iconic Lalique satin finish contrasts with the gleaming over-sized cabochon-like bubbles that pick up the light and reflect it for a kaleidoscope effect.

The Mossi Scented Candle Vase by Lalique is a modern, a 11.5 cm high, finely detailed crystal home decor accessory covered in shiny gem-like marbles on a satin-finished surface. Its estimated burn time is 40-50 hours. Once the candle burns out, the container transforms into a statement home accent.

The Lalique Mossi Scented Candle Vase is available at Lalique boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Lalique.

Iconic Lalique Bacchantes vase

Originally designed by the legendary René Lalique in 1927, the Bacchantes Vase defines luxury home decor. The finely detailed sculpture-like priestesses of Bacchus that adorn the exterior of the crystal vase mesmerize with their fluid movement brought to live by the artistry of hand craftsmanship.

The iconic Bacchantes Crystal Flower Vase by Lalique is a luxury floral vase that fuses classic Roman motifs with the clarity & simplicity of modern crystal. A masterpiece of creation, the vase is a work of art of unparalleled beauty & sensuality.

The Lalique Bacchantes Crystal Flower Vase is available several sizes and colors at Lalique boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Lalique.

A sculpture that is sure to bring style to any home

The Green Languedoc Vase by Lalique is a re-issue of a vase originally created by the prolific Rene Lalique. The lush vegetation found in the southern part of France inspired the vase, but in the structure of the vase you can also see the quilted look so prevalent in the designs of Coco Chanel. So this is more than a vase, more a piece of art, a sculpture that is sure to bring style to any home.

The Lalique Green Languedoc Vase is available in several colors and sizes at Lalique boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Lalique.

Rotated Rectangular Volumes Make up Montalba Architects’ LR2 House

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Designed by Santa Monica-based firm, Montalba Architects, the LR2 House overlooks Pasadena and its adjacent mountains from its hillside perch. This new 4,200-square-foot house is made up of several distinct living volumes and programs.

The 4,200-square-foot home is made up of several distinct living volumes that are stacked atop each other, creating a rotated series of rectangular masses.

In response to the client’s desire to retain a significant portion of the existing flat pad between adjacent slopes, the house follows the matchbox concept with stacked volumes creating a rotated series of rectangular masses abutting the hillside, each with its own take on indoor/outdoor space.

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Outdoor breezeways, porches, courtyards, covered walkways and an immense rooftop deck extend the reaches of the limited floor area to the natural chaparral and views beyond. The house includes guest suites, a home office, gym, and theatre screening room, as well as abundant outdoor spaces, all taking in views of the surrounding hills and valley.

Outdoor spaces like breezeways, porches, rooftop decks and courtyards present stunning views of the surrounding mountain vistas.

The structure’s programmatic elements peel away from the primary group of building blocks and shift to follow the rough slope of the hillside terrain. The intended entry sequence flows with the landscape, guiding visitors along a reaching sidewalk that extends under the mass of the building. The compression of the resulting space offers a unique arrival experience incorporating the natural creek just beyond front door, which is nestled on the second floor.

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Following the natural grade, the front stairs create an arching path to a bridged entry portal, all the while showcasing panoramic views of the house. As the front door opens, the dark, angular façade of paneled concrete gives way to a light-filled interior of soft wood and bright white finishes.

Upon entering the home, visitors are greeted with an indoor/outdoor living space that offers framed views of the landscape and bathes the interior with natural light.

Upon entering, visitors find themselves within an indoor/outdoor living space – framed views of the exterior landscape bathe visitors in natural light and immerse them in the natural world outside. Once inside the residence, stairs descend to a private screening room or ascend to the third floor living spaces. A series of open terraces mirror the interior living quarters, encompassing almost as much outdoor space as the enclosed third-floor footprint.

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The LR2 House was completed in 2018 and won multiple awards, like the AIA California Residential Award and American MasterPrize, in 2019. Take a closer look at the home in the slideshow above and head to Montalba Architects’ website to view more of the firm’s projects. Come into the beautiful world of Montalba Architects.

 

 

 

 

Bert modular treehouse designed to look like cartoon characters

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The Austrian architectural firm Precht recently presented ‘Bert’, a conceptual modular ‘tree house’ in the form of an abstract tree trunk, the floors are equipped with large round windows.

The striking designs are inspired by children’s programs such as Sesame Street and Minions. The architects also see the houses as a way to combat ‘lazy and boring’ architecture.

Precht was founded by the Chris and Fei Tang Precht couple. They have developed Bert for the Baumbau startup specialized in small houses. In the development of Bert, they were inspired by cartoon characters, such as those from Minions or from Sesame Street. The name Bert is therefore a reference to the eponymous character from Sesame Street.

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‘Tiny homes’ are currently very fashionable, but the modular tree house ‘Bert’ is very different from all other ‘tiny houses’. In general, ‘tiny houses’ have a sleek and minimalist appearance, but these tree houses are very special and playful in form and invite people to experience architecture and nature through the eyes of children.

We know that houses like Bert are not going to be built on a very large scale, but our sector must dare to do more, try more and experiment more for a more diverse future for our cities.

Chris Precht

The design process for Bert began by depicting a drawing of a tree house by a child. “Regardless of whether we are young or old, we architects also have an inner child who looks at the world in a playful and curious way,” says Fei Tang Precht. “That curiosity has led to Bert”.

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Bert’s modules contain kitchens, living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms that can be placed on top of each other or next to each other. The concept is intended to be made from wood. Thanks to a covering of wooden leaves, Bert fits perfect in a woody environment.

The design makes the living space cozy and ensures that Bert’s interior is really in contact with the environment, in this case a forest. The interior is designed to be dark and cozy, with large round windows and balconies like the eyes of a cartoon character to frame views of the landscape.

Here the interior is covered with a dark fabric. Through the dark interior, the residents are drawn to the large round windows, which let in a lot of light and give a cave feeling.

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Bert stands on a circular base with tubular modular cells that contain kitchens, living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms  that can be stacked over and around it like the limbs of a tree branching out from the trunk.

The tree house is made of wood, with leaf-like shingles with natural colors to blend the tiny-houses into their wooded surroundings. But the wooden structure can be replaced by steel if desired, say the architects.

Bert is largely self-sufficient with solar panels on the roof, a compost toilet and a water treatment plant on the ground floor.

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Bert is designed to be pre-fabricated off-site in a factory then assembled on site. More modules could be added and stacked on top of each other to expand each treehouse.

We think that the future of tourism does not lie in large hotels and mass tourism, but in special buildings that offer a unique experience. With Bert we want to attract people who are looking for adventure, nature and inspiration.

Rudolf Obauer, CEO Baumbau

The Tiny-houses can stand on their own but can also be placed together as a community. Bert can serve as a real home, but according to Precht and Baumbau, the Bert system could be used for hotels.

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The first ‘Bert’ houses will go on sale in the spring of 2020 with a starting price of around € 120,000 with the option to add more modules.

Come into the beautiful world of Baumbau..

 

 

 

Aesop Aromatique Room Sprays

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Common’ in and step into any Aesop store and you’ll always find yourself in a magical wonderland that features rows upon rows of botanical-based products all lined up nicely. Turning 30 this year, the Australian skincare label has established itself as a leader with a strong focus on using plant-based ingredients that are high in anti-oxidant properties.

Spray two to three pumps throughout the immediate space and refresh as needed; the aroma will last for several hours.

Which brings us to these all-new Aromatique Room Sprays, a welcome addition to Aesop’s extensive range that has everything from skincare and haircare to body and even fragrances. Encased within its Instagram-worthy amber glass spray bottles are 3 cleverly named after ancient Greek cities formulated scents that reignite the senses with a spray or two into the air whenever you need that perk-me-up.

Aesop Istros Aromatique Room Spray

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Istros is a scent of what has been left behind: a street baked by heat during the day, cooled at night; tendrils of tobacco smoke long dispersed; bazaars that bear the etchings of commerce, commotion and carnival. But more than this, it is a communion with the creative spirits who have journeyed through—an energy distilled from their traces

Evoking the energy and intoxicating aroma of street bazaars, Istros Aromatique Room Spray by Aesop features a vibrant union of pink pepper, lavender and mimosa, with lingering undertones of cedar and sandalwood. Housed in Aesop’s signature amber glass bottle, the Istros Room Spray is refined with a floral and smoky fragrance, and offers an aromatic way to enhance a living space or bedroom.

 

Aesop Cythera Aromatique Room Spray

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Cythera conjures a moonlit garden as vespertine flowers relax their petals and nocturnal animals emerge from sleep. Drawing us into the present, an atmosphere of reverence is stirred as darkness returns. The air in this space holds a delicate aroma woven with the memory of the day, and the promise of the evening ahead.

Inspired by the serenity of a moonlit garden and the quiet anticipation of the evening ahead, the Cythera Aromatique Room Spray by Aesop presents a sensual blend of neroli, geranium, and patchouli, infused with the botanical warmth of Myrrh. Housed in Aesop’s signature amber glass bottle, the Cythera Room Spray’s woody, oriental and spicy fragrance offers an aromatic way to enhance a living space or bedroom.

 

Aesop Olous Aromatique Room Spray

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Just as words are born of our breath, Olous rouses an exhalation of clipped, green aroma. Boundless as it is, nature makes its presence felt inside the home—stillness ensues. The environment is redefined to an elemental time, when life was all silence—pleasantly devoid of the babble of phone chatter, or the burring hum of the mechanical.

Inspired by the calm and natural surrounds of the Mediterranean seabed, the Olous Aromatique Room Spray by Aesop is an uplifting blend of grapefruit, bergamot, jasmine, infused with the refreshing aroma of cardamom and cedar. Housed in Aesop’s signature amber glass bottle, the Olous Room Spray’s green and citrus botanicals offer an aromatic way to enhance and redefine a living space or bedroom.

All 3 room scents will join Aesop’s permanent range and will be availble from July is 100ml bottles.

 

 

 

 

 

French Flair

How do the new generation of Parisian interior designers, such as Mahdavi and Vincent Darré, live? Marie Kalt, editor-in-chief of the French Architectural Digest, shows in ‘The New Chic’ how they combine casual elegance with the well-known French flair.

The title of Marie Kalt’s new book, published by Rizzoli New York, references ‘The New Chic’, but she could just as easily have suggested ‘the radically cool’ as an alternative description. Every room in this book is sublime, especially those created for the annual design showcase AD Intériers where the participating designers are given carte blanche to create living spaces unfiltered by commissioning clients…

In her introduction to the volume, Kalt explains how French AD selected 30 designers and studios as the new generation of practitioners in the decorative arts; combined together they represent French style in the 21st century. The book further distills the number to 12 firms singled out by the publication as the finest working in France today, including instantly recognizable names like Jean-Louis Deniot, and lesser-known (at least to me) talents like Tristan Auer.

Fine art mixes with contemporary furniture and audacious color schemes in baroque rooms, pushing the envelope in new and exciting ways. But there’s updated traditional, cool minimalism, and glamour as well – all seen through the lens of what Kalt refers to as the ‘stars of tomorrow’ (who are indeed the stars du moment).

And there’s a bonus to owning this book: the final chapter is titled ‘The Best Address Book In Paris’, an au courant list of the finest designer furniture, art, and antique galleries in Paris – addresses, phone numbers, and website addresses included. Magnifique.

The New Chic: French Style from Today’s Leading Interior Designers’ is available at your favorite bookstore and at Rizzoli.

Baccarat, Flos and Philippe Starck collaboration steals the spotlight at Milan Design Week

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The thousands of projects – complete or forthcoming – his global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never distract from Philippe Starck’s fundamental vision: Creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political duty, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive, should be shared by everyone and he sums it up with the humour that has set him apart from the very beginning:

No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate.

Philippe Starck

His precocious awareness of ecological implications, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his love of ideas, his concern with defending the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – has taken him from iconic creation to iconic creation… From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design.

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His dreams are solutions, solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.

Bon Jour, designed by Philippe Stark in 2015 is the timeless elegance of high-technology dematerialization. With a body that is ethereal, pure and almost immaterial. Its naked, transparent base can be customized with a variety of interchangeable finishings and materials, expressing personal taste. It’s timeless.

I have a total weakness when it comes to the French ‘crystal’ Maison’s like Lalique, Daum and Baccarat. Not only the vases and sculptures I like, but also ‘transparant’ lamps!…. Lighting is always the centre of attention in a room.

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Presented during Milan Design Week, Fuorisalone, the Bon Jour Versailles collection of lamps – a collaboration between French crystal maker Baccarat, Italian lighting manufacturer Flos and renowned designer Philippe Starck – stole the spotlight.

A beautiful handmade version of the Flos ‘Bon Jour’, is the Baccarat ‘Bon Jour Versaille’ that is availble in two sizes. The lamp sits on top of a finely sculpted transparent handmade crystal stand. The lines are reminiscent of Baccarat’s most iconic pieces. Starck designed a beautiful timeless classic.

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First Fendi Casa flagship opens in Milan

During the recent Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan, Fendi inaugurated its first flagship store dedicated to the Maison’s distinctive universe of home furnishings and design. With an exceptional location on via Montenapoleone in the heart of Milan’s famous ‘Quadrilatero della moda’ and just a few steps from the Fendi boutique, the new store features Fendi’s vast savoir-faire, applied to an exceptional lifestyle collection.   

Fendi Casa adds its signature sense of innovative style to many of the finest hotels, redidences, and yachts in the world.

An intimate atmosphere reigns in the Palazzo Carcassola Grandi in Milan, where Fendi Casa recently opened its first flagship. This 16th century palace with interiors decorated with frescos and inlaid wooden ceilings welcomes the Fendi universe for the home, a distinctive combination of expert craftsmanship and elegance.

Materials including leather, bronze and marble create an interplay between design accessories and spaces that showcase the items in the Fendi Casa Contemporary collection. The color palette is defined by elegant contrasts with a continuous balance between light and dark tones.

With its minimalist aesthetic, the 400-square-meter space welcomes the contemporary mood of the Conrad armchair and the  Ford table. New pieces designed by Toan Nguyen and presented at the Milan Furniture Fair – including the Soho Lite sofa and the Blixen armchair – are joined by lamps designed by Italian architect Marco Costanzi.

This new store and its collection bridging fashion and design perfectly resonates with the codes of the Maison, says Pietro Beccari, President and CEO of Fendi: “The opening of the first Fendi Casa store on Via Montenapoleone marks a major step for Fendi in the world of design. This space is a tribute to our DNA, expressed in the close proximity to the Fendi boutique – both physical and in terms of values”.

The rich Fendi Casa catalogue offers ideal furnishing solutions for both residential and hospitality environments. Seamlessly integrating contemporary advancements with timeless details, the collection adds an elegant and inviting ambiance. Come into the beautiful world of Fendi Casa.