Studio Surume: 2013 TALENTS at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

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Studio Surume Vase Banks, Paper Lights and Perch Clock at TALENTS 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Talents Interior Lifestyle Tokyo: Studio Surume’s Vase Banks, Paper Lights and Perch Clock illustrated the whimsical perspective of design by taking common objects and giving them an unexpected twist. Surume’s Flower Vase Banks were a crowd favorite. Design Resources: Studio Surume,  Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014 00000

Zinco Arte: NEXT Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013

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Zinco Arte Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013 600

Found this clever wine serving accessory in the booth next to the booth of my favorite Interior Lifestyle Tokyo lighting find, Washi Paper Light Pendants by Sachie Muramatsu.  How can you not just love this idea – mixing table sculpture with incredible everyday utility? Organic, yet modern, structured, configurable metal (it’s a zinc alloy with various finish options)  tree branches … Read More

Drinkware Inspired by Fruit: Kohsuke Toda’s Apple Cup

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Tokyo Lifestyle Interiors: kohsuke Toda

Inspiration: Poetically peeled apple. Design: Organically shaped tea cup sporting curves akin to it’s natural inspiration, the peeled apple. I had the pleasure of meeting Kohsuke Toda at the renowned design fair Interior Lifestyle Tokyo. He is a young designer you should keep on your watch list. His creations skillfully balance the artistic with the mechanical and functional – never … Read More

Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2013: Japan Style Pavilion at Big Sight

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Japan Style Exhibition Space 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo

Front and direct view of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo’s Japan Style Exhibition Two of my favorite design characteristics, simplicity and elegance, were on display at the Yukio Hashimoto designed Japan Style exhibition at the 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fair.  Mr. Hashimoto’s cleverly designed exhibition pavilion housing some of Japan’s best high-end products for the home captures what I feel is … Read More

Latimeria: Poetry in Metal

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Latimeria Metal Leaf Serving Dishes | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Finish designers and 2013 Talents, Juha Luukko and Katrina Seppala of Latimeria, created these beautifully engraved metallic serving dishes above and the creative tree-like pasta serving utensils, below. The designing team exhibited their artful tableware designs at Ambiente 2013. 00000

A Tale of Pairs: Tableware Born of Love

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Decorative Plate 2013 Talents Tabletop - De-sign | The Decorating Diva,  LLC

Czechoslovakian designers Iva Tattermuschova and Jakub Stepanek’s  2013 Ambiente Talents’ tabletop exhibition was both captivating and evocative. They asked noted artists and designers to create a unique hand crafted and hand painted tableware product; be it a plate, bowl or crystal stemware, but there was a slight twist to the invitation. All contributing designs had to be part of a … Read More

Paris Under the Frankfurt Stars

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Magical Paris Under the Stars Messe Frankfurt brought Paris to Frankfurt in a big way. The opening festivities to kick-off its popular lifestyle and home design fair, Ambiente 2013 and to celebrate its country design partnership with France was replete with iconic images of France including the Eiffel Tower, Mont Martre art scenes (pantomined, of course!), and the Moulin Rouge. … Read More

Glowing Autumnal Holiday Colors

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Inspired by Fall Colors 2013 |

Color Inspiration: Warm-toned colors reminiscent of fall leaves: red, orange, yellow, and brown are given an updated feel with a touch of metallic imbuing them with a warm and inviting glow. Perfect colors for fall home decorations and for creating interesting Thanksgiving tablescapes. Photo Courtesy: Messe Frankfurt / ChristmasWorld – 2012/2013 Holiday Color Trends. 00000

3 Fun Holiday Stocking Gift Ideas from Tendence 2012

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For You and Your Pooch: A delightful soap bar (for your stocking) topped with an adorable doggy ornament for Fido’s stocking from Schafmilchseifen. For the One Who Forgets Where She Placed Her Glasses: Adorable Eyeglass Holder by Dokson.For the Foodie Who Wants Easy, Breezy Culinary Flourishes: Clever Sharpener and Peeler, Karoto by Monkey Business.   Design Resources: Tendence, Messe Frankfurt 00000

Decorative Ceramics Charm at Tendence 2012

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Lindform ceramics with dragonfly and flower motifs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Designer/Firm: LindformDesigner/Firm: House of RymDesigner/Firm: Anne Black Designer/Firm: Jeanette GebauerDesigner/Firm: Olga Bielwska *  Designer/Firm: Mark Braun * Designer/Firm: Laura Strasser * Designer/Firm: Eva Aebi Designer/Firm: Wonderables by Carla Peters Designer/Firm: Peppa Grace * – One of 40  talented and innovative up and coming designers from 11 countries selected for Talents ( The Messe Frankfurt program focused on highlighting talented young designers from … Read More

Tracking Home Decor 2013 Trends at Tendence 2012

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Tailored and Sophisticated Glamour. Plush Purple Decadence(All shades of purple from romantic pastels to voluptuous violets were on show.). Zen is In.  Middle Eastern Allure. Delicate Artisan Tableware and Stemware.  Romantic Abandonment: Giving in to soft, feminine design. Miniature Hanging Gardens. Design Resources: Tendence, Messe Frankfurt 00000