The use of patterns is traceable back to the Ottoman art. The sultans loved using recurring patterns and were not afraid to show it! Topkapi palace is the best example of using rich and heavy tiles for decorating interiors and outside walls.
Istanbul can hardly come up to mind as a romantic getaway for a weekend. However this city sizzles romance and most importantly offers sights that can rival the Tour Eiffel anytime.
From the buildings of Balat neighbourhood, the shiny mosaic lamps hanging in small shops, the spices in bazaars to the graphics on the walls this city's vibe is all about the mix of colour.
You'll find them at every corner: in the middle of Istiklal street, gathering in packs on narrow streets, sleeping on top of cars, in shop windows, inside pubs, in the gardens of Sultanahmet. People love them, feed them and they make even special pet houses to keep them warm in the cold season.
Whitby is as old as the 7th or 8th century, build around an Anglo-Saxon monastery of the Middle Ages. No, we’re not in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ story, but once you arrive in Whitby you will definitely feel like you've fallen into one.
It’s not something new that the more we evolve the more we’re inspired by nature in all aspects of our lives. We try to eat as much raw and unprocessed food as possible, we go back to lively landscapes instead of shopping malls and try to recreate pieces of untouched nature in our homes. I personally see it as a comeback to our true self, an acknowledgement of being part of this wonderful Universe and not separated from it. This is pr...
Skipton has channels like Bruges, a local boat festival and a medieval castle! And of course countless pubs and a fancy inn right in the heart of it with typical country wood furniture.
Thessaloniki has that laid back Mediterranean charm you get to discover by walking down the narrow streets and mingling with the local folks in bars and restaurants. There are lots of places to go out to and in terms of design the words to describe are eclectic and vintage.
Having written about my trip to India in a previous post reminded me of some stunning pieces of design I got to see at Heimtextil trade show in Frankfurt at the beginning of 2014. This trade show is the largest in Europe for home textile products and gathers designs and producers from all over the world from the high end brands to the local manufacturers of Europe and Asia. The ones that impressed me were obviously the crafts of India and Banglad...
Though this is a blog dedicated to interior design aside not just travelling, I don’t think there’s a better way to start than telling the story of the time I went to India. New Delhi and Agra to be more precise. I could write a novel about it, it was an adventure from day 1 to the moment I left but it’s better to be told in person so take me out to coffee and I’ll tell you the ‘2 rupees’ story or the time I n...