Month: May 2014

10 Inspirational Ideas from Art Basel’s Artists

The international art fair ‘Art Basel’ was in Hong Kong in May. An ecstatic moment for art lovers, but also an occasion to take a fresh look at objects around us. While exploring the fair, we selected 10 creations made with everyday objects, that we could reproduce at home…

1. Cassettes

Gregor Hildebrandt
Romy Schneider portrait, Plastic cassettes in wooden case.

2. Wooden Rulers

Ruler – Ni Youyu
Old-school wooden rulers, create modernity with ancient objects.

3. Brass Frames

Modulor – Nadia Kaabi-Linke
Brass frames on an anthracite grey wall to create an Art Deco effect.

4. Lampshades

Rose-Marie – Andrew Miller
Lampshades piled up around a neon to create an original column.

5. Crates

Caixa series – Sérgio Sister
Well-known by decoration lovers, crates are also exposed in famous art galleries.

6. Neons

Wenhua = Ziben (Culture = Commodity) – Alfredo Jaar
Writing + Light + Message + Color.

7. Wallpaper

Between Red – Sea Hyun Lee
Like a Jouy wall covering, customized with paint.

8. Photographs 

Yee I Lann – Each picture’s caption engages the spectator into the scene.
Remove the decor to focus on the essence.

9. Polaroids


Yellow Sliding – Marco Maggi
A graphic work with colored and chiselled polaroids.

10. Adapters

Adapt Adapter 2 – Chen Sai Hua Kuan
Or how to take a new look at your adapters!

How to create different functional areas in a large room?

This apartment located in Saint-Petersburg was decorated by INT2. A good example for those who want to structure a large room and keep an open space while creating several different functional areas. This Scandinavian-style apartment is just perfect!

The Main Room: Kitchen + Dining Room + Living Room + Office + Piano

Scandinavian Living room ideas
We note:
    Spaces delimitation: a wood loggia for the dining room, white bricks and a dark wood bar for the kitchen, a large rug around the sofa.  

1. Kitchen

Opened Kitchen
We love:
  • Art on a kitchen wall;
  • White bricks that look like tiles;
  • Industrial-style lights;
  • Stools stored under the bar for a much neater impression.

Scandinavian Kitchen and dining room
We note:
    ➨ Different floorings to show different spaces.

2. Dining Room

Wood Dining room
We love:
  • wood raw material;
  • the rear shelves with beautiful tableware;
  • the unpaired chairs. 

3. Living-Room

Scandinavian living room ideas
We love:
  • the mix of different geometric patterns;
  • the vintage style of the furniture.

Scandinavian and vintage living room
We love:
  • the fox (an original touch in this Scandinavian design);
  • the decentred canvas and lamp;
  • the unpaired furniture;
  • the orange touch (lamp + canvas).
graphic wallpaper scandinavian design
We note:
    ➨ wallpaper on a single section of the wall;
    ➨ the mix of geometric patterns;
    ➨ the mix of pastel colors.

entrance and living room and office

4. The Piano

piano design ideas
piano and bookshelves
We note:
    ➨ the grey wall to create a distinct space;
    ➨ Frames just put on the Piano and decentred.

5. Office

how to create a distinct office space
We note :
    ➨ The office is isolated from the rest of the room thanks to bilateral bookshelves, that also bring some additional storage space.
get an office in your living room

Bathroom

black bathtub
We note:
    ➨ A short band of colored tiles over a white base.
original and scandinavian bathroom
We love:
  • the black matte bathtub;
  • the whale poster;
  • the ladder;
  • the two nude bulbs.
stylish restroom

how to decorate a long bathroom
We note:
    ➨ just one section of the wall with blue pattern;
    ➨ the yellow desk lamp on the wall.

Bedroom

scandinavian bedroom idea

modern dressing table
We love:
  • blue and orange colors together, a great match of 2 complementary colors;
  • the mirror hanged with leather belts;
  • the two-colored wall (and the fuzzy delimitation).

Laundry room

geometric flooring

We love:

  • the geometric pattern on the floor;
  • the mix wood, white and natural fibers.

A Living Wall


From Paris to Singapore through Palm Beach, a quick tour of the most beautiful living walls around the world.

We could be in a jungle, @Pershing Hall, Paris

@Sevva, Hong Kong

East Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, US

Artistic living wall on one of Saks’ wall in Palm Beach

@Athenaeum Hotel in London, Made by living wall superstar, Patrick Blanc

Singapore’s Supertrees, and the restaurant of the same name at the top of one of these big trees.

Private Apartment in Paris


Tropical Bathroom


You would like to have one of these living walls at home? There are a lot of different solutions: you can make it yourself, order living wall kits, hire a specialist or even buy a stabilized plant frame (which need no water or light).
Or you could just opt for the junglewallpaper!

Pots and Plants for an Interior Garden

With spring coming we would like to see more nature and greenery in our homes… Here is an original selection of plants and pots that you can buy or do yourself.
My favorite : The Click & Grow smart pot that will grow mini tomatoes and strawberries by itself.
No need to have a green thumb or to water plants anymore!
A short demonstration video 
here and for the shopping, it’s on our website of course!
Herb Stand Normann Copenaghen:
Another smart and handy pot that you can buy here (and here for the video)
A clever creation: the Corsica Flower Bridge Table from Elho label,
perfect for small terraces or balconies. You can find it 
here.  

Say farewell to traditional pots and welcome Bacsac bags! Available in many bright colors,
they can be used outdoors or indoors. You’ll find them 
here.
A cardboard pot for your flowers really? It could have been a bad idea but you’ll surprise
your friends and family with this ceramic version by Marie Michielssen, available at 
Merci.  
For more glamourous and elegant plants, 
you can chose the hexagonal brass pot from Ferm Living here.
If you already have plants but you don’t have nice pots, here are some tips to transform them quickly and at a bargain.


With Leather

Just cover your pots with leather, it is very simple to do (see tutorial here) and so chic!

With Jute Fabric

Just use vintage jute bags to cover big pots. You can find plenty of them on Ebay
and your plants will feel very cozy in them.

With Paint or Paper

Another easy idea: paint your pots or write on them! 
You can use paint, wallpaper or stickers to transform them.
‘I Will Survive’ Pot can be found here.