Creative Cafe // Design & Architecture Photographer Ken Hayden

Carmen NatschkeArtful Consideration

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I’m inspired by shadows and light, nature, abstract form and the work of my two idols, Julius Shulman and Horst P. Horst. Design and Architecture photography attracts me because I’ve always loved architecture but after spending a decade in a relationship with a successful London designer, I became obsessed with interior design as well.  When I decided to pursue photography to … Read More

Obsessed with Beautiful Furniture Design: BoConcept’s “The Guest”

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

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In yet another successful and entertaining short film “The Guest” starring iconic Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, BoConcept has shown the nearly obsessive allure of beautiful contemporary furniture. Watching the film I was reminded of how I and my design friends act when in the presence of gorgeous furniture and decor. Really, nothing else exists to us when we find beautiful … Read More

14 Stylish Wall and Floor Tiles from Peronda Group

Carmen NatschkeShowroom Style

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A virtual walk-through of the gorgeous, and fashion inspired showroom of luxury, Spanish tile maker, Peronda Group. These were my favorite design finds from their showroom in Castellon and their Cevisama booth in beautiful Valencia. Fashion Lab: Peronda’s “Harmony” Brand Peronda Group teamed up with celebrated Spanish fashion designer, Juan Vidal to develop “Candela” a beautiful, romantic collection of wall and … Read More

Elinno Finland: Tablewares & Decorations at Ambiente 2015

Carmen NatschkeEntertaining, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

Blue Peony dining tableware at Finalnd based Elinno. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Enchanting and beautiful, a modern-day fairy tale greeted me in the Elinno exhibit at the 2015 Ambiente design fair.  Drawn in by the timeless, elegant allure of Scandinavian design with distinct threads of traditional Chinese heritage woven throughout the romantic patterns on the dishes, I found myself giddy with delight at discovering this nearly hidden gem. The Elinno booth sat in a … Read More

Cobalt Designs – Creative Metalworking: 2015 Ambiente Talents Loft

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

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One of the shining stars of Ambiente Talents’ Loft was the young designer, Valay Gada -who deftly translates centuries old traditions into fresh, contemporary interpretations that pay homage to Nature’s organic shapes and structures.  With degrees in Fashion and Accessory Design, and English Literature, coupled with a strong interest in art, Valay launched Cobalt Designs in 2012. His unique and artful approach to product … Read More

IKEA’s Clever Tribute to Everyday Household Heroes that Make Life Better

Carmen NatschkeMISC Style Files

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As in the past, IKEA has proven itself quite skillful at showcasing the extraordinary cast of household characters that make our everyday lives that much better – items like clothes hangers, supple bath mats, toilet paper dispensers, soap dishes, wall hooks, toilet cleaning brushes and so much more. We take these simple, yet effective tools for granted. Every day we use them … Read More