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Inside the colourful Room Mate Emir, Turkey

Room Mate Hotels’ latest property is certainly intriguing. The entrance of Room Mate Emir, in Istanbul, is bathed in a candy neon glow, which evaporates as one moves through to the softer-toned in-house restaurant and soothing suites. This contrast between daringly new and old is played on throughout the 27-room boutique hotel.

The period facade of the building has been retained, while the interiors – designed by Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa Violá – see a mix of avant-garde and classical influences.

Parquet floors contrast with kaleidoscopic black and white tiles; exposed brick walls counter the glossy subway tiles; ornamental painted ceilings juxtapose the mirrored ceilings; and the plush, candy pink furniture is the antithesis of the strong, black leather pieces.

The result is an unusual and chic space, with the hotel describing it as offering “the warm hospitality of a friend”. Take a look…

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Images from here.

 

What’s new in the world of design: April 2018

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Artist Jade Oakley brings nature-inspired art to Westfield Parramatta

Who said shopping centre escalators had to be void of design?

In a very subtle way, Westfield Parramatta, in NSW, now features public art on one of the most-used parts of the building: the escalator.

Working with Creative Group and artist Jade Oakley, two large scale integrated artworks can now be seen at the newly refurbished Westfield centre.

Made from Alucobond and treated in a custom shimmering treatment by fabricator Axolotl, the art features an “etched relief of the forest canopy” along with panels that are embellished with perforated leaf screens. The result is subtle, elegant and enchanting.

In the words of the artist Jade Oakley:

 “I was amazed to find Lake Parramatta, tucked in behind a busy road, with some really beautiful original forest around it, including towering gum trees and mossy glades with trickling streams and tree ferns. I spent a day there sketching and photographing and thinking. These artworks sprang from this encounter with a surprising pocket of nature in a busy part of Sydney.”

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Images above: Jade Oakley – “Looking Up”. Photography: Simon Wood. Westfield Paramatta, NSW via Creative Road.

Inside Bobbi Brown’s latest project: George Inn

We have explored the coastal retreat of make up artist turned entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, and now we have the chance to see inside her newest project. Partnering up with husband Steven Plofker, the couple have opened a 32-room hotel called the George Inn.

The property was built in 1902 as a private home for Charles Van Vleck and was later converted into ‘The Georgian Inn’: a hotel for short-term stays. After purchasing the Montclair, New Jersey, property, Bobbi and Steven set to work reimagining the interiors.

The rooms are eclectic, with a decidedly international appeal. Red and navy are used as colour accents – and this is by no accident.
British and American memorabilia decorate the space – including cushions covered in Union Jack fabric, tartan-covered headboards and images of Shirley Temple and J.F. Kennedy.
Pairing high end pieces with quirky finds, and brick walls left exposed to create an industrial vibe, the result is a chic and inviting home away from home. Take a look…

Images from here, here and here by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

 

What’s new in the world of design: March 2018

Innovation, colour and play are at the heart of this month’s global design wrap. New releases, new materials and new concepts take centre-stage as we look around the world at the best and latest in design. From precious phone covers, to quirky pop up markets – take a look…

Tom Dixon’s new additions to SUPER TEXTURE

This year’s Maison et Objet saw a host of additions to legendary designer Tom Dixon’s limited edition textile range: SUPER TEXTURE. New weaves, patterns and colours were introduced via three new categories: ‘ABSTRACT’, ‘PAINT’ and ‘GEO’, while new designs were added to the ‘SOFT’ and ‘BOUCLE’ ranges. In particular, the PAINT range grabs our attention with its abstract watercolour designs created by Josephine Ortega and inspired by “scenes of British urbanism”.

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Images above from here

Roxxlyn iPhone covers

Granite, quartz and marble are popular choices for luxury home finishes, but have you ever considered protecting your phone with these ‘rock solid’ materials? Well now you can. Roxxlyn has replaced the typical plastic and rubber phone cases with quarried minerals as old as 350 million years. Now your phone cover can be as precious as the data it protects.

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Images above from here.

Bisazza 2018 Collection

Bisazza launched its 2018 Collection with new Mosaics, Wood, Ceramics and Cementiles designs, including a collection dedicated entirely to pools and centered around floral designs to contemporary abstracts. Highlights include new designs for the Cementiles flooring collection by American architect and set designer David Rockwell, and nature-inspired mosaic décors by Australian designer Greg Natale. One of our favourites in this year’s collection is the Onde 20 Blu, which was created using an original design by Emilio Pucci (pictured last in the series of images below).

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Marni Market
Luxury brand Marni is bringing quirkiness and excitement to Paris, with its ‘Marni Market’ pop up shop. Over the course of five months, the market will continuously reinvent itself, with exclusive products on show. Until mid April, ‘Marni Playful Market’ invites visitors to throw away the design rule book as they discover playful toys, objects and furniture on show – many designed purely for aesthetic rather than function. Then, from mid-April until mid-May, the ‘Marni House Market’ will take over, with wooden, metal and PVC filling the space and showcasing the result of craftsmanship and creativity colliding.
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 Images above from here.