Elinno Finland: Tablewares & Decorations at Ambiente 2015

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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 – Contemporary Decorative Metalworking

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Hammered copper light pendants from India based design firm Cobalt Designs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

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. Armed with degrees in Fashion and Accessory Design, and English Literature coupled with his strong interest in art, Valay launched Cobalt Designs in 2012. His unique and artful approach … Read More

Where Design Meets Art: My Fave Tabletop Talents at Ambiente 2015

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Tadeas Podracky Pineapple Glass Jars. Ambiente 2015 Tabletop Talents | The Decorating Diva, LLC

From my first visit to the Talents section in August of 2012 for Messe Frankfurt’s Tendence fair as well as my subsequent visits to the Ambiente and Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fairs in 2013, I’ve been captivated by the quality and depth of artistry and design skills showcased in the Messe Frankfurt Talents program. This year was no different. Below I share … Read More

A Celebration of Japanese Tradition in Joyful Color: 2014 Ambiente Partner Country Japan

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Ambiente 2014 rendering Japanese Pavilion | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The winter interior design fairs are off and running. Maison et Objet will be closing out January, and February will usher in Ambiente –  the renowned winter design fair and consumer goods show produced by Messe Frankfurt.  This year, Ambiente has teamed with Japan as its partner country. The selection of Japan as the first non-European partner country signals, in … Read More

Chushin Kobo: Iron Tea Pots with Colorful Porcelain Lids – Tokyo Interior Lifestyle 2013

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Chushin-Kobo cast-iron teapots with pretty, modern porcelain lids. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Chushin Kobo’s new collection, “Rikyu”, combines traditional cast-iron kettleware with a modern styled porcelain teapot lid with hand painted motifs such as goldfish, bamboo shoots, traditional Japanese art and flowers. Hianori Masuda, Caster, Designer and founder of Chushin-Kobo iron casting studio, seeks to “recreate objects retaining the beauty of traditional Japanese cast iron but stylishly adapted to fit the contemporary … Read More

Yoshinuma Glass at Japan Style 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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The Deformation Polygon Glass L/M/S Exquisite handmade glassware and devastatingly beautiful glass tableware from Tokyo-based glass company Yoshinuma inspired the masses at the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fair.   Their prototypes for a polygon shaped glass captivated me. The designer states that “We deformed the shape of the hexagon, and made it as a base of the prism glass. You can … Read More

Enchanting Illumination: Sachie Muramatsu at NEXT Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Sachie Muramatsu Lighting 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

At a design fair brimming with innovative and beautiful design at each turn, I found my favorite lighting designer in the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo NEXT section – a slightly secluded quiet, peaceful corridor. One that I almost walked right on by had it not been for the alluring illumination of Sachie Muramatsu’s handcrafted romantic and feminine petal-like light pendants. One look and … Read More

Miyama’s Pretty & Delicate Porcelain Tableware at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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MIYAMA tableware at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013 : METAPHYS  Dinnerware Collection | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Miyama’s METAPHYS tableware collection was introduced at the 2013 Tokyo Lifestyle fair.  This unique and functional serving set is organically shaped. It is at once quite delicate, yet strong. It is artsy, yet practical. It has a soothing balance and harmony that will definitely infuse the dining experience with calmness and serenity. Design Resources: Miyama, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, … Read More

Kihara’s Komon Blue & White Japanese Porcelain at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013

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Kihara Porcelain Plates:  2013 Animal Motif Collection for Children, and  Skull and Crossbones for Adults.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Front row: Kihara’s 2013 debut of porcelain dishes and tableware collection for children, “KOMON Kids”. The KOMON Kids blue and white collection includes playful motifs from swimming whales to wooly sheep, funny bunnies and mischievous pigs. Middle row: A decidedly more grown-up, and edgier porcelain dinnerware collection, also from the  Kihara KOMON line – plates that boast skull and crossbones, … Read More

Whimsical & Functional Ceramics at Tokyo’s Interior Lifestyle Fair 2013

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Ceramic Japan Teapot Shaped Tape Dispensers, Pretty Leaf Plates &  Modern Teapot | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Spotted at the 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo Design Fair:  Adorable gift ideas from pastel-infused ceramic teapot-shaped tape dispensers for your desk to pretty and simple Sea Grape leaf-shaped dishes in a lovely glazed ceramic to a modern design interpretation of the traditional teapot. Design Resources: Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014 00000

Rossetta Rossette Maison de Couture: Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Blue & White and Pink & White Lacquer Bowls from Rosetta Rossette | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Lacquered Nesting Bowls in Pink and Blue, and Fabric Flower Bookmarks. The Jejeu lacquer nested bowl collections from Rossetta Rossette Maison de Couture are simple, elegant, and beautiful art for the table. These lovely and delicate striped pink and  white and striped blue and white bowls with gold accents were one of my favorite discoveries at the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo … Read More

1300 Only Porcelain at 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Table Art: Luxury, nearly translucent, white porcelain tableware with delicate details edged in 22 karat gold. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Table Art: Luxury, nearly translucent, white porcelain tableware with delicate details edged in 22 karat gold. Inspired by the beauty of Nature’s flowers: Elegant porcelain wine cups with flower bases. White and gold porcelain Cricket chopstick holding dish. Orchid Tea Set tableware in porcelain trimmed in 22 karat gold. 1300 Collection elegant, petal-edged porcelain and gold dinnerware and serving plates … Read More

Beauty in Polish Ceramics: Ceramika Artystyczna 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Traditional handcrafted and handpainted Polish pottery in floral and ornate patterns. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Traditional handcrafted and hand painted Polish pottery in floral and ornate patterns. Detail view of Ceramika Artystyczna ceramic dinner plate. Modern motifs on traditional Polish pottery and ceramic tableware easily coordinate with the more traditional dinner plates in the collection. Design Resources: Ceramika Artystyczna, Distributed in Japan by Yamato,  Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014 00000

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo Design Fair Showcases Glazed Ceramics by Hasami

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Hasami Artist at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013 | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, located in the architecturally striking Tokyo Big Site,  is one of the premier annual design fairs showcasing beautiful design ranging from traditional design to ultra modern designs in all areas including interiors, accessories, textiles, tableware and surface materials. Though a small show in comparison to design fairs such as Milan’s I Saloni, Paris’ Maison et Objet and parent … Read More

Rends Design Works: 2013 TALENTS at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Rends Design Works Exhibit: Ambiente TALENTS 2013 at Interior Lifestye Tokyo | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Talents Interior Lifestyle Tokyo: Young designers from Rends Design Works illustrate the beauty of connecting Japan’s rich artisan traditions with modern design. My personal favorite was the use of the traditional Tatami Mat (used in flooring and slowly losing its position to more Western materials for floor surfacing) creatively re-imagined and re-purposed to create incredibly comfortable seating material in the … Read More

Olivia Putman Dazzles with Bath Design at Ambiente 2013

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Great design, much like great art, has the ability to touch us in a spiritual manner – to lift our mind, body and soul out of our everyday existence and onto a plane in which we shed our human short-comings, frailties and stresses, and become ethereal creatures filled with joy, peace and love. Great design is transformative, and it can be found in the … Read More

Daisuke Kitagawa Design: 2013 TALENTS at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Reflective Pond Candle Holder and Modern Nesting Doll Bowls by Daisuke Kitagawa Design at  TALENTS 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

TALENTS 2013 at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo boasted several talented young designers. Although all of the talents were magnificent and I very much liked all of the exhibits, my favorite was Daisuke Kitawaga Designs. The polished metal reflective “Pond” votive holders and the modern interpretation of the nested “ Doll” (functional as tableware, too) possessed all the elements I seek and … Read More

Japanese Textile Designer Dan Namura at 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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There are moments in life in which one has an epiphany, a moment of total clarity, a deep understanding of a connection without any previous encounter to explain that connection, the feeling of knowing you’ve found your soul mate when you’ve only met for the first time – those instinctual feelings of just knowing that you found what you’ve been … Read More