Thursday, April 25, 2013
Nordic Lamp by Federica Bubani is a white clay table lamp. What mostly impressed me is the material of this lamp. The base and the diffuser have the same vase-like shape, but with the two wooden arm it is given a new functionality to these two pieces. I would love it as a suspended lamp!
Farming is a series of handmade furniture by Liene Jakobsone. These little stools are an evolution of a traditional piece of furniture that mutates into something else which can recall a natural or an animal shape: these simple poufs seem to become alive.
Finally getting back into the swing of Spring after a long over stay winter I am excited by all the new exciting things this season has brought to London. Neons are everywhere, Andrea has moved to jolly ole England and Monocle Cafe has opened! I have to say this season is getting better and better and warmer and warmer.
Andrea and I were so excited to check out the highly anticipated Monocle Cafe on tuesday. A week in and this cafe is perfect in every respect. I'm a sucker for a great coffee cup and Monocle of course had every detail down to a T, mugs from Hasami, furniture from Turck of Oskaa and lamps from Manufactum. The presentation and layout was immaculate with a focus on a simple design, a strong emphasis on coffee (Allpress coffee to boot) and with dated magazine which lined the walls it was a total monocle fan base. This seemed like a place to sit for a coffee and eat up a monocle mag and perhaps start a conversation with the lovely staff who look like they are from the Monocle magazine. I might call this place our new spot! With the sunshine in the afternoon outside its a perfect place to meet up and enjoy a coffee (ice box hasn't arrived but with the promise of summer ice coffees would be ideal). Oh and bonus I just found out there is a meeting room available to subscribers!
18 Chiltern Street London Café W1U 7QA
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A memory is one instant, without boundaries or definition; it is as personal as our feelings and unique. I intend to produce that instant by creating an imaginary scenario where images and senses recall upon the past unexpectedly. Nowadays we've become more digital, each time further ephemeral. We load information in computers and we are no longer aware of it, we accumulate for no reason. I have developed a collection of USB memory sticks in an attempt to bring value back to the everyday digital tool. In the end it is an object without apparent importance beyond carrying information, and know it has become a delicate piece with personality, to keep memories.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Nicola Dalla Costa is a young Italian designer passionate about mountain sports which he connects with his profession of designer. WoodRope Stools is a collection of glue-free wooden seats whose structure is assured by a mountain rope. Nice and simple style between sporty and contemporary.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Committee / Bits & Bobs / Established & Sons
Ola Whilborg / Ash and copper
David Darksen / Copper Lights
Jamie Hayon / Tudor Chair / Established & Sons
Dante Good & Bads / Epilogue
Jeremy Murier & Daniel Martinez / Signs
Here some of the projects I spotted!
The Salone of Milan is almost over and every year there is something beautiful that catches my attention. This year I was pretty busy with the exhibit and packing stuff to move to London, but there are some things I would like to share. I was amazed by the Lù table by Pinwu. Not new to our blog, read previous post, Pinwu comes from china, but he is able to mix the magical and seducing oriental lines with a contemporary and high quality style. The mix of nicely worked wood with a ceramic top make this object an evergreen: simple and elegant.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I finally had the chance to try the whole collection of Jovoy's perfumes and I was incredibly happy about this brand. After Taylor got her L'enfant terrible (read post here) I was really curious to try them all. Jovoy was first launched in Paris back in 1923 by Blanche Arvoy, but in 2006 François Hénin decides to create an entire new collection, closer to modern standards. The multi-brand store in Paris holds over 60 niche brands and it is considered the embassy for niche perfumery.
It is a nice perfume. Ambery and spicy with a strong citrusy top note in the beginning. It is a clean, sweet, talc amber. As the nose says it reminds of cotton candy, something soft and squishy, almost gourmand. The floral note is present, but not strong, it comes out in the drydown and it doesn't make it a feminine scent, but it takes closer to baby powder. A little too sweet for me, but I like this interpretation of the amber, slightly powdery, with this citrusy opening and a cozier evolution.
La Liturgie des Heures
It is a great perfume. Straight forward with its smoky cypress personality. It does remind of church, but somehow differently from Cardinal by Heeley and Avignon by CdG. It is vibrant like Casbah by Piguet, but with a nice refreshing, balsamic, cypress opening that slowly fades in with incense and resins. A Mass in a cypress forest on the mountains that slowly heads the church. I find it masculine, mysterious and sexy. Love it!
L'Arbre de la Connaissance
I am not a fan of fig. Said that, this perfume is a blast of fig and fig leaves: the opening is a bit citrusy and slightly milky. Fruity and green with woody accents that become more stable and present in the drydown. It reminds me of a frozen fig smoothie on a beach in the summer in Italy drunk under a fig tree. A moment of relax and freshness in the shadow after being in the sun for hours. It is 2-3pm. The sun is really hot out there and you enjoy your cold drink while looking at the beach.
This is a rough. If someone would like to know how vetiver essencial oil smells like, should have a sniff to this. The opening is really dark, woody and leathery, I first thought it had peaty whisky notes: it definitely reminded me of that. This is a really hard to wear perfume, but it could fit perfectly on a Tom Ford man, or it could be part of the Private Blend by Tom Ford. Really nice. This is one to try on skin: love it or hate it.
Sorry, not for this one. The opening is really sweet vanilla and patchouli. I think the rose and some other flowery notes remind me of bubble gum in this perfume, but with a intense woody verve. The musk takes over really quickly and the sweetness slowly fades into something more ambery. I find it really sweet for me.
Love this one! The opening is a thick line of red-pinkish lipstick over a letter, which suddenly blooms into a wonderful iris uplifted by a rice and musk that give that skin like smell to it. There are hints of bergamot, rose, and geranium, but the total image that this perfume gives is just stunning. I like how the iris is used: feminine, elegant and fresh. It is not buttery, but straight forward. Wow. This is meant to be for women, but I would definitely wear it. No doubts!
Les Jeux sont Faits
Last but not the least, this perfume goes absolutely to the podium. This perfume is supermasculine and alcoholic: a mix of rum, tobacco, gin, angelica and resins. I would dare say this is a MEN ONLY private smoky club. Dorothée Piot gave birth to Francois Hénin's wish of a perfume in honor of the men of the '60: a mix of a box fight, a movie theatre, a casinò and a private club. This is it. I couldn't describe it better. I like the fact that it does take inspiration from the past, but it doesn't smell vintage. I would totally wear it and suggest it. A contemporary movie of the past. Great.
I would like to know how many desks came out in the last two years ... it is a trend that I don't understand. Do people actually buy all these
Thursday, April 4, 2013
When you are at Esxence and you can try all the perfumes you wish, you feel like you want to
retry them all, strictly on paper! As usual, because you can't really try them all, I usually focus on a couple of brands I don't know or I miss a big part of the collection and then I walk around spotting single perfumes around the fair. This what happened with Etat Libre d'Orange: I just went for Like This and The afternoon of a faun... and I had a quick smell to the fantastic Fat Electrician.
The afternoon of a faun is a nice perfume, but it doesn't have the WOW factor. It has a sort of vintage vibe: it is feminine and it reminds me of an old house. It is a spicy, floral resinous scent with a strong bergamote, immortelle kind of dark opening, all followed by orris root, pepper, moss and a little leather and incense: notes which have a long longevity together with the orris root. The drydown is a little smoky sweetened by the flowery notes. It reminds me of an unlit fireplace in a cold stone house on the mountains. Around the fireplace there are some dry flowers and it the air has that typical smell of a house which have been closed during the summer season.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Perfumery Tools will be part of the exhibition Why Not? Under 30 Design at Spazio OCA, Officine Creative Ansaldo, Via Tortona 34, during Milan Design Week, 9-14 April. Pass by and discover all the selected projects by Sopa Design Studio.
See you there!