Design

How to Decorate Your Home Like a Stylist

How to Decorate Your Home Like a Stylist

We all dream of creating a home that looks straight out of a magazine. Yet, we can sometimes lack the confidence of a professional interior designer. However, achieving a beautiful home doesn’t have to be a challenge. Simply read our tops tips on how to decorate your home like a stylist. Frame Feature Wallpaper Interior designers love nothing more than playing with designs. Instead of covering your walls from top to bottom with feature wallpaper, you could follow the stylish trend of wallpapering a section of the wall and framing it with wooden beading. It’s a great way to complement the colors in your sofa and drapes. Embrace Repetition Three is the magic number when it comes to interior design. Many home stylists use a series of identical images to create a focal point within a living room, hallway or bedroom. For instance, you can hang three photos in a…

3 Interior Design Ideas for a Luxury Feeling

3 Interior Design Ideas for a Luxury Feeling

You know where you are coming from and generally you might know where you are going to. But more important is where you are right now. The way you live and what surrounds you are important points for your inner-balance. This month, our luxury news is dedicated to Interior Design. Here are 3 interior design ideas that will provide you a feeling of luxury in your home or office. 1- Furniture, less is more. When it comes to Interior Design, one thing more important than furniture is how much furniture do you place in a room. Ideally you should make sure you do not have too much things that would block circulation and even not fitting together. Choose your furniture wisely but above all, always keep the feeling that something is missing. This will mean that you have enough. Free spaces highlight the existing furniture and will provide you a…

How to Create the Perfect Office Space Using Photography

How to Create the Perfect Office Space Using Photography

According to the American Time Use Survey, the average person spends 8.9 hours per day at work. There’s no reason to spend these hours staring at bland walls each day when office artwork has the power to reduce stress, and increase one’s creativity and productivity. Wall art can transform a boring, dull workspace into one that is beautiful and calming. Best of all, this can be done simply and affordably using your own photography to decorate in a way that is unique and high-end. Professional Photography Tips You may already have some great photos, which can be converted to canvas wall hangings. Sometimes a simple photo, such as a family photo, can be edited to appear more artistic. Using editing software, you can add a filter or reduce the photo to black and white. It’s likely you will need to take some new photos to truly create artful office space,…

KeySmart, ingenuity made in USA

KeySmart, ingenuity made in USA

There are people that rather than seeking the cheapest costs ever to build their businesses, they feel responsible for their actions and try hard to create jobs and added-value in their countries. When was the last time you bought a Made in USA product? Exactly, it’s been a while. This can change with KeySmart. Discover this amazing company which product will change your life, or at least the way you keep your keys. Above all: it is all hand made in Chicago – USA. Well done. Michael Tunney, founder, explain in the following video how smart the idea about the KeySmart is and how this clever object can be integrated in your lifestyle. This amazing clever little object has a huge idea behind. The principle is to organize all your keys in a compact, useful and stylish way. All your keys can finally be organized in a very compact way,…

Switzerland reaches the stars with Victorinox.

Switzerland reaches the stars with Victorinox.

While Switzerland welcomes the entire world at Baselworld 2014, something else has happened. In deed Switzerland was targeting the stars with its best ambassador: The Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox. Samuel Hess, sponsored by Victorinox in Switzerland launched a weather-balloon at 30’000 m of altitude and on board: the little red Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox. The images are breath-taking and remind us another Stratosphere project. Here is the video: The weather-balloon was launched nearby Winterthur in Switzerland. The ballon went up and up to the stratosphere and at 30’000m it bursted. And it was amazing to see the fall. The video was recorded thanks to a small GoPro Hero 3+ with a GPS tracker that would send every 10 minutes a SMS to the mobile phone. Victorinox will always your best companion for everything. For years, Victorinox is an official supplier of Nasa as part of the official standard…

Emporium Chair by Marco Costa. “Cutting” edge design.

Emporium Chair by Marco Costa. “Cutting” edge design.

Design was often made to serve functionality. But some talented designers bring something more. Boca do Lobo always proposes exclusive designs made by inspiring people. Discover the Emporium chair – limited edition – by Marco Costa. You never saw something like it. Marco Costa is a self-taught artist and he finds his inspiration in Surrealism. He transcends design and function into a more intense experience. In hour case here the chair has only 3 legs ! This piece was conceived with the goal of questioning the notion of space and what is established by usage or not. 2 main parameters are interesting to highlight despite the design and construction: the usage of Aluminum and the different colours proposed. There is a sense of fun and frivolity but as the same time it has something of dramatic. A brilliant paradox. All hand-crafted. According to Boca do Lobo: “Marco dares to create…

Koket, Love happens! Design brand.

Koket, Love happens! Design brand.

Sometimes… Love happens! Discover Koket, an amazing Design Brand for interior furniture. Founded in 2010 from the creative mind of Janet Morais, Koket proposes outstanding objects to spice up your home. According to the brand, the artistic work of Ms Morais is influenced by the decorative arts, fashion, flora and fauna, forms and decorative techniques from the glamorous eras reappear in the most sophisticated versions of contemporary trends. The Koket name comes from Janet Morais nickname: “Janet la Coquette”. Ms Morais work is a blend of perfect multi-cultural influences. Born in New York but raised between Europe and the US, she captures different influences from her travels in order to bring a very original style into her work. ” LOVE IS A SUBJECT WITH ENDLESS ALLURE PRECISELY BECAUSE IT CANNOT BE DEFINED. ITS MYSTERY LIES IN ITS POWER TO SEDUCE,ENTICE AND CAPTIVATE.” The brand proposes 5 categories of products: Casegoods Upholstery…

Les Indiscrets de Joséphine, creativity and style

Les Indiscrets de Joséphine, creativity and style

Discover this month, Les Indiscrets de Joséphine. Born from the passion of a talented artist, she gives a second life to outdated furniture by revamping its look. Style remains but definitely the artist imagination gives a new breath to chairs, sofas and other interior objects. Each piece is unique. What motivates this interior designer is her passion for creative work and how to give a second life to furniture that time passed by and let some strong traces. After more than 10 years spent in the pharmaceutical industry, Ms Humault committed to retraining. Having trained in Paris and became an Upholsterer. And just after that, she created Les Indiscrets de Joséphine (The indiscretions of Joséphine). For the story, a “Indiscret” is a 3 seater sofa which dates from the Napoleon III period. There is also a “Confident” which is a 2 seater S-shaped When a third person comes and sits between the…

Diamond Emerald by Boca do Lobo

Diamond Emerald by Boca do Lobo

Boca do Lobo launched a new limited edition master piece called Diamond Emerald. It is an amazing Sideboard faceted and coloured as a true Emerald. This amazing furniture has the hit colour for 2013. When we push the boundaries of imagination at the service of home design, everything is possible. This incredibly sideboard is faceted in a way that colour and light play their role as on a precious jewel. The new sideboard also features three highly sculptured doors leading to a gold leaf interior with shelving and two drawers. The exterior of this fanciful piece is now presented in silver leaf finished with a luxurious shade of translucent green emerald with high gloss varnish. Here are the details according to Boca do Lobo: Product features Faceted sideboard totally manually produced. Contains two doors, two drawers and a shelf. The interior is finished in golden leaf. Legs are manually carved…

Munna, when design becomes an Art.

Munna, when design becomes an Art.

This week at luxury activist we are discovering a few portuguese treasures. This time meet Munna. Munna is a furniture Brand specialized in Upholstery. It was created to be part of these atmospheres, with their appeal to elegance, uniqueness and freedom. Established in Oporto, in 2008, Munna’s mission is to transform emotions into products. The pieces result from the combination of traditional techniques and creative innovation. Portuguese experts, among craftsman, designers and joiners, who are committed to deliver only the highest quality, set out to develop armchairs,loveseats, sofas, ottomans and screens that never lose their power of amazement and allure. See here a video from the last Oporto show. Munna | Oporto Show 2012 from munnadesign on Vimeo. Discover here a special limited edition called the Heritage Revisited armchair by the jewelry designer Susana Martins. Heritage Revisited celebrates the club and the fraternity. Its silver back is totally handmade, with inspiration on the traditional Portuguese filigree….

Boca do Lobo,Design made in Portugal.

Boca do Lobo,Design made in Portugal.

Meet Boca do Lobo, a portuguese brand founded in 2005 with the goal to become the best in furniture design and production. It was in April 2005 that Boca do Lobo was founded in Rio Tinto – Portugal. Since then, they achieved international recognition thanks to their presence in Design fairs like the Milano Design show,  the 100% Design in London or the Architectural Digest show in NYC. See here how the Brand describes itself: “BOCA DO LOBO was created to bring excellence in furniture design. Since 2005 we have been working to share the best Portugal has to offer: the knowledge of its people who design and create furniture art, the tradition of working with the noble material of wood, and the artisans and joiners who create the pieces with their years of wisdom and experience and their love and dedication to the art that they perform. We strive to…

New Muskoka Polaroid Collection by Parvez Taj

New Muskoka Polaroid Collection by Parvez Taj

Parvez Taj reveals his collection of new paintings based on his trip to Muskoka lakes in Canada. The originality of this work is that the images were framed as polaroid photos. A true homage. The originality of Parvez Taj is his talent to use paints, photography, software and UV cured inks to create his signature style of wall art – of which he is a pioneer of the technique. The Muskoka-Polaroid Collection contains 15 different scenes all of which are mounted on acrylic or aluminum and measure 47” X 40”.  Custom sizes are available.  Each print is signed by the artist and contains a hard wood frame on the back for mounting. During his journey at the Muskoka lakes, the artist spent time shooting the amazing landscapes. Lighting was also very important on his work as it brought a hint of timeless nostalgia on the collection. Very poetic. Here is one…

The new World Trade Center NYC

The new World Trade Center NYC

Eleven years since the tragic terrorist attacks in New York city, the new World Trade Center is getting into shape. Lower Manhattan is getting a new skyline and it looks not bad at all. Here the pictures:   Here a video of a real redemption of how it will look like in 2013 and here an amazing time-lapse from the construction area: Do not hesitate to check the official website for the wtc and Silverstein Properties : http://www.wtc.com  http://www.silversteinproperties.com  Ready to get high? LA   Info sourced atArchitecture Digest, WTC and Silverstein Properties respective websites. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available.   

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

The creative brand Bib&Sola is launching this month a new collection called “Diary of a Carafe“. One simple idea: “For all the talk and noise, it is often the simplest messages that can change your outlook.” This collection is crafted from the finest hand-blown Murano glass, Carafes come accompanied by Glass Sets, each bearing a signature statement that skips from classic to quirky and plays upon Bib & Sola’s fundamental brand ethos – the love and appreciation of water. Inspired by the effortless composure of female water bearers across the globe, the collection is both striking and evocative, yet underpinned by a lighthearted tone of humor and irony. 10% of proceeds from each sale go directly to WaterAId. You can see the entire collection here: http://www.bibandsola.com/collections/diary-of-a-carafe   Water never seemed so self-expressive ! LA   Info sourced in the Brand official press release. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. 

Montblanc new 2012 Editions, purely luxe.

Montblanc new 2012 Editions, purely luxe.

Montblanc is one of the most prestigious writing instruments company. The timeless elegance of its design, places any Montblanc pen into the hands of people that values hand writing. Here are 2 amazing and beautiful editions: Montblanc Writers Edition 2012: Jonathan Swift Montblanc new StarWalker Red Gold Montblanc Writers Edition 2012: Jonathan Swift A Tribute to a Master of Satire and the Creator of Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift created over 30 works in his lifetime but it was Gulliver’s Travels, published in 1726, that remains the masterpiece he will always be remembered for. The epic work describes English ship surgeon Lemuel Gulliver’s voyages to exotic and distant lands, where he encounters dwarfs, giants, quirky scientists and intelligent horses. The overall design of this magnificent edition draws inspiration from Gulliver’s Travels, and in particular the Lilliput episode, Gulliver’s first voyage. The barrel is made of black lacquer and decorated with multilayered…

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