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Design Trends April 2019: Instagram worthy Interiors

With the world of Instagram, retailers are upping their game when it comes to inviting spaces. Eye-appealing, Instagram worthy interiors grab our attention and make us want to hop on a plane to experience them in person, especially when chocolate and ice cream are involved.

Easter always seems to be a time of indulgence. There is nothing more indulgent than a combination of ice cream, chocolate and eye popping interiors.

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The ice cream store Milk Train in London has created a space with Instagram in mind. Milk Train was designed by Shoreditch-based design studio FormRoom to “cater primarily to [the brand’s] diverse Instagram demographic” according to dezeen.

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A luxury chocolatier, Compartes, has a location in Los Angeles with a painted copper exterior and marble floors. According to Wallpaper, ‘It is designed by hospitality specialist Kelly Wearstler, known for her glamorous mid-century modern hotel interiors…’.

Parlor Cafe, Prague

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This ice cream parlour by day, bar by night in Prague was “Inspired by the ice cream culture of San Francisco.” according to Travel Away. It’s fresh greenery and vintage neon sign make it very appealing to the eye.

Piccolina Gelateria, Melbourne

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A Melbourne Gelataria, Piccolina has decor reminicent of Southern Italy. The retro feel and cool and muted tones make it very appealing for those looking to get a perfect Instagram shot.

Soft Touch, Medellin

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The combination of soft hues and neon lights creates an inviting space reminiscent of ice cream itself. According to Travel Away this was “A project by design studio Plasma Nodo, this Soft Touch outlet in Medellin is deliciously decorated in hues and graphics that evoke their beloved ice cream flavors.”

Sweet Salvation, Dubai

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The architecture firm Navigate Design envisioned this space for the Canadian brand Sweet Salvation. The pop of colour agains the black and white graphics create a design space that is not only appealing but hard to resist taking a photo of.

Design Trend: H&M’s unexpected designer collaboration

GP & J Baker’s iconic prints have been around since 1884. H&M have collaborated with the British brand to create a stunning new collection, marrying together iconic interior prints with fashion.

According to Vogue; Ann Grafton, Managing Director and Creative Director of GP & J Baker states, “They are some of our most iconic and most treasured designs, so to see them continuing their journey into a new arena in such an innovative and interesting way in the world of fashion is a wonderful prospect.”

As our latest post on Karl Lagerfeld shows, there is a significant interaction between fashion and interiors. H&M have tied the two together perfectly, creating wearable art that reflects a return of timeless pieces in both the fashion and interiors industry.

Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director explains “The pieces from the collection are feminine and strong with an effortless feel, and will appeal to those who love both fashion and great print design.”

See some of the stunning collection from H&M and GP & J Baker below.

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Celebrity Insider: The late Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld was best known as the creative director of Chanel. He sadly passed away this year at the age of 85, leaving quite the legacy in the design world. He created iconic, show stopping runway sets, so it is no surprise that his living spaces also reflected his iconic style.

We take a look at the contrast in his designs both on the runway and in his home furnishings.

As stated in Vogue, interior designer Andrée Putman collaborated with Lagerfeld to design the interiors of his Monte Carlo and Rome homes. Putman stated, “Each of Karl’s apartments is a perfect and closed universe, but a sincere one.”

His home designs were varied, going from traditional 18th century to Art Deco. His runway sets were also varied, from spacestations and real forests, to supermarkets and Parisian avenues.

Lagerfeld told Vogue of his Art Deco set piece apartment in Paris, “It’s more an atmosphere than anything—it is poesie, a dream.”

As stated in Vogue, ‘Change was the constant in Lagerfeld’s life; it’s no wonder he chose fashion as his milieu. “I don’t want to become attached,” he told Joan Juliet Buck, “and I detach myself when it is time.”’

Scroll down to take a look at his ever changing and evolving style from home to runway…
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Each year Pantone releases the highly regarded Colour of the Year.

In 2017, Pantone announced Greenery as it’s Colour of the Year and described it as “refreshing, revitalising and symbolic of new beginnings”.

In 2018, Pantone’s Colour of the Year was Ultra-Violet. A Pantone spokesperson described that it “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

So, what colour was chosen to be featured in 2019?

In 2019, Pantone announces it’s Colour of the Year as ‘Living Coral’, a colour that shows up frequently in nature and is commonly associated with beachside living.

Pantone’s spokesperson describes this colour as “inspired by the protection and sustenance coral reefs provide” stating, “this colour provides a sense of warmth and vibrancy”.

To us, while it is certainly a vibrant, warm colour, Living Coral suggests a sense of calm. When we imagine Living Coral we think of the beach, or a beautiful dessert hue.

Pantone describes it as the “life affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone”.

According to Vogue Living, corals pair best with the blue tones of the ocean. Scroll down to get some inspiration.

Images: Vogue Living and Conde Nast Traveler

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