Cobalt Designs – Creative Metalworking: 2015 Ambiente Talents Loft

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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.  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

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.

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

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