Cobalt Designs – Contemporary Decorative Metalworking

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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

Elinno Finland: Tablewares & Decorations

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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

8 Home Decor Products Rocking 2015/2016 Design Trends

Carmen NatschkeDecor by X

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TREND: Artisan/Craftsman. Roji iron teapots illustrate Japanese metalworking tradition set in a modern decor style and aesthetic. TREND: Painterly Appeal. Modern art meets the modern table! Colorful abstract art patterns grace the dinnerware and tabletop collection from Glockler designed by Maxwell Williams. TREND: Mixed Materials. Stelton glasses gracefully wrapped in copper ribbons. TREND: Painterly Appeal. Kahla dinnerware sporting artful watercolor ... Read More

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

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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