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

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