Cobalt Designs – Creative Metalworking: 2015 Ambiente Talents Loft

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Vajra Tealight Holder in Verdigris by 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.  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

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

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

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