Minimalistic and great for large as well as small space.

Last week we had a presentation by Marset, a Spanish lighting brand, and here are our favourite lighting pieces from them.

Pleat box.
The idea behind the Pleat Box is a sophisticated combination between a digitally designed crease in a piece of cloth and a silhouette that is applied to a ceramic base.

Soho is presented as a statement, in recognition of the merits of the lamps traditionally used in markets, taverns and cafeterias. 

Tam Tam.
The new pendant models have been simplified with the addition of a hanging pole to which coloured lampshades are attached that can be oriented in any direction and come in a variety of colours.

Due to its functional architectural design, the Ledtube can be installed either vertically or horizontally, and is an excellent choice for a bedside, headboard, or under-cabinet light.

Conceived as a modular system for producing lengthways strips of light, it is designed to be included in any surroundings using decorative resources. The frontal profile made of transparent polycarbonate makes it possible to slot in a film made of white linen. Warm and understated, it explores new possibilities for interior design.

The fusion of different materials achieves a spectacular result as its pure textile shade floats in a transparent blown glass structure, so that the fabric provides a diffused and delicate light that mixes with the sparkling blown glass lamp.

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. More than a space to prepare food – though that’s a very important part of it – the kitchen is increasingly where the family will come together, where your children will hang out, where you might work.
As such, re-modelling a kitchen is a difficult balancing act and, unlike most other rooms that you can easily repaint or re-arrange, the choices you make will likely last the next 10 years.
So, how do you get it right? Follow these four steps, in order, and you’ll be well on your way!

Layout First
Though it’s tempting to dive into the exciting choices of new worktops or state-of-the-art cooking appliances, it’s crucial to start with the layout – where will everything go? Getting this right will not only make sure your kitchen is as practical as it will be beautiful, it will also help you scope out the whole project.
Start with the golden triangle: the path between the sink, fridge and the stove. This functional path will be the one you follow many, many times every day. If you have to walk around a kitchen island or quirky countertop in this path, it’s going to get annoying very quickly. To help you plan, look at your current layout and walk the triangle several times over (or make three cups of tea in a row to see it in action).
If the flow is good already, don’t feel you have to change it. If it’s not, consider how you could improve it and keep it obstacle free. Keep an eye on walkway space and remember to leave a minimum of 1m of floorspace between two worktops to allow for opening doors and drawers.
If you are moving things around, try to put the sink in front of a window. You’ll spend the most boring part of your time in the kitchen at the sink so a great view and some natural light can really make a difference.
Similarly, consider where the stove might go in regards to venting – your whole house will benefit from fresher air if you can vent the kitchen externally rather than just using a filtered extractor fan. Consider how you could reduce venting runs to channel the air outside.
Finally, as you set up these key “task” areas, think of your lighting needs. No-one likes washing up, prepping or cooking in the gloom so plan for spot lighting here as well as at the meal or work table if you’re having one.

Choose Your Appliances
Right, that part was dull – but essential – now the fun can start!
It's much easier to arrange furniture and counters to fit your key appliances than the other way around, so start choosing and planning in your fridge, freezer, dish washer, oven, stove, microwave and, if you’re putting them in the kitchen, your washing machine and tumble dryer.
As you’re doing this, consider if you’ll need to move gas or water pipes, install new power sockets and, if you’re in an older house, if you’re kitchen wiring can even handle the big double oven you’re one step away from buying. If you’ve budgeted for these costs, great. If not, you may have to re-plan where things go or even choose different models to handle the limitations of your home.
After the big appliances, think about the smaller ones you’ll want on the countertop (kettle, toaster, the microwave if it’s not built-in) as well as the objects you’ll also have there. Are you giving yourself enough counter space? What plugs do you need and where?
Don’t forget the rubbish bin! A lot of mess comes through a kitchen, including recycling, so save a space or cubby where you can keep the bins handy but unobtrusive. I’m a big fan of pedal bins with separate compartments for rubbish and recycling.

Overall Style and Materials
OK, so now we know what’s going where, it’s time to look at the key furniture and style that will help dictate the colours, shapes and materials you use.
If you’re planning on keeping an “on-trend” kitchen, consider more modular furniture like Ikea’s Metod range. What you lose out on in terms of overall build quality, you gain in terms of being able to change doors, colours and furniture easily and at relatively low cost.
If you’re making a long term choice, try to avoid fads and choose something simple, timeless and to your tastes. Whether you prefer a rustic homely kitchen or clean, industrial lines, keep to simple colours and natural materials for a lasting looking.
When choosing the counter and flooring materials, look into the level of upkeep they require. Expensive stone, metal or natural wood counters can need maintenance and careful treatment – so make sure you’re happy to commit to that routine. If not, a good quality laminate might be a better choice.
If your kitchen’s small, choose a light colour palette. Dark colours schemes can shrink small spaces so choose light shades for kitchen cabinets and include glass or open front units to let more natural light around.
Finishing Touches
Finally, this is where you can really put your mark on a kitchen. Choose accessories and furniture that complement your style and inject colour and personality into the space. Think of utensil holders, spice racks, hooks, rails, artwork, fruit bowls, an area for books, treasured objects you want to display.
For example, for a fresh, modern look, you can buy Kartell furniture online to choose clean, contemporary chairs and tables, then complement it with airy, open art like this city skyline illustration.

Whatever you choose, make sure to take your time. Talk to designers, browse Houzz, and don’t be afraid to travel for a little inspiration. When I did my kitchen, I travelled all over Sussex and even went to kitchen showrooms in Surrey for ideas and advice. You can learn a lot online but there’s no comparison to seeing and touching the products you’ll be living with for the next 10 years!

Choosing a kitchen is a big undertaking but one that will give you a lot of long-term pleasure when you get it right and make the kitchen the soul of your home.

Article by Nathalie Martin.
White tiles don' have to be boring. Combine it with colourful grout and get the pop-art  effect.

Have a happy weekend!

 Manifestodesign is a brand that produces excellent products with natural materials made in Italy. Manifestodesign founded in 2006, is a brand created by designers. As the word itself says, “manifesto design” has the goal of becoming the representation of a furnishing project interpretation that makes exclusive use of natural materials processed in the least invasive manner possible, with the intent and will of concretely and tangibly promote the culture of the project in respect of nature and man, combining design and manufacturing processes.

 The products created by Manifestodesign, follow the harmony of nature and human being to satisfy as much as possible those who wish to enjoy them as their “companions”. These products are often interpretations of famous anonymous projects in the history of design, or they are invented from scratch. The entire production is made in Italy, between the Marche and the Romagna regions.

Eco glass is brand product of a Italian company Mosaicomicro. It comes tiny in mosaic chips
(6x6x3mm). Tiles are formed from the glass powder, obtained from old discarded TV and PC monitors. Its dimensions and its exiguous weight, guarantees low emissions of CO2, reducing baking times in production and also becoming a lightweight product for transport.
The nature of the recycled glass and the production process makes each micro-chip different to the others; each one of them gives life to a “dynamic” micro-surface: shiny, matte, velvety, smooth or textured.

Minimal interior scheme requires simplicity of forms, therefore plain flush with the walls handless wardrobes work just perfect. Opening grooves can easily replace handles in this case.

Have a great weekend!

Redecorating is a really important moment in the life of a homeowner. This period is exciting and you need to think about so many facts. The truth is that modern interior design is quite complicated. There are so many things that you can do right and more things that you can do wrong. When looking at the office environment, everything is even more complicated.

Before we talk about the really common interior design mistakes made with modern offices, remember that your staff needs to be aware of the fact that changes will be made. At the same time, you want to be 100% sure that they have a say in the changes that will be made. You do not want to see the staff upset because of the choices you make for them. After all, they are the ones that will spend most of the time in the office.

Lack Of A Plan
This is by far the biggest office interior design mistakes that an office manager would make. This is not like getting a tattoo. You do not simply remove the tattoo with ease if you do not like it anymore. The decision is one that is really important and that will have huge repercussions in the future.
Always create a manageable and realistic plan when you make office modifications. That plan needs to include budget estimates, the items that are to be bought, the staff responsibilities that may exist and much more. When your workable plan exists, completion delays will not appear and there is a much higher possibility that you will make great choices.

The Staff Is Not Involved In The Planning Stage
As the staff is going to help you out a lot during the interior design project implementation and the employees end up staying inside that office for 8 hours a day, it is important to have their support. You want to listen to all the ideas that are shared and take input during the planning stage. For instance, the staff may desire some particular wall color. They should be allowed to choose their chairs and accessories like a computer mouse. Incorporate ideas because of the fact that you want to be sure that the individuals working for the company will be as productive as they can be.

Forgetting About Existing Furniture
Business managers do all that they can in order to save money and it is a huge surprise to notice that in most cases they do not even consider the possibility of using furniture that already exists in the design. This is basically one of the easiest possible ways to save cash. Also, the staff is already used to the office furniture that is present at the moment. You can easily take advantage of this.

Not Asking For Help
This is a very common mistake that happens as people simply do not want to ask for help. A great way to save money and receive the high quality you are looking for is to basically work with a design agency. Focus on those that have experience in office design and you manage to find options that are better looking and cheaper for you. 

Nowadays brass and copper seem to be in the top trend in bathrooms and kitchens design. Combine it with marble surfaces and get the posh look. These metals will work great in industrial interiors too, adding a bit of character.

Baker Street Boys is a new artisan furniture brand that we saw during Clerkenwell Design week. The company was established by two business partners Tomasz Danielec, Arek Glanowski.

During design week they presented their new collectionTHE LINE, a versatile range of tables, stools and storage made with a simple yet stylish fusion of raw steel and natural oak.

The raw material, strong lines and industrial solidity of THE LINE’s pieces are true to the beauty of their material form, using 200 year-old solid oak and raw, untreated steel. Each hand-crafted piece is a work of art. No two pieces are alike.