The Four Gentlemen: Four Seasons Of Flower Power
Also known as the 'Four Noble Ones' belonging to the bird and flower painting in Chinese art. The plum (梅), the orchid (蘭), the bamboo (竹), and the chrysanthemum (菊) are the four gentlemen in the realm of plants and flowers. Their refined beauty have been depicted in Chinese paintings, typically traditional ink and washes, for more than a thousand years. Image by 18th-century jade brush holder, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A House Which Contemplates Nature In All Spaces By mf+arquitetos
If you love nature, you will love this zen house concept. Worldwide, architects are creating innovative houses to escape into the natural world. Today we share with you one of the most striking houses for your inspiration, a special place where you come together with friends and family to celebrate life and get acquainted with nature.
The Art of Kaiseki
You may have heard the term kaiseki floating around the world of cuisine, or you’ve even had the chance to indulge in a fine kaiseki meal or three. But have you actually digested the environment which enriches the aesthetic of kaiseki cuisine at its core? Explore how the entire facade cultivates a prestigious dining experience.
A Conversation with 8 Hour's Sherry Xu
Introducing 8 Hour's Sherry Xu, the latest artisan to join our collective of outstanding homeware artisans. She founded the 8 Hour design studio in 2015, embracing modern silhouettes in unexpected ways. Her designs don't take life too seriously but are also rooted in the nostalgia for her home city, Shanghai. To better understand her creative mindset, we sat with her to explore her views on life, family and frustrations.
The Chairs That Tell Tales
Chairs are a symbol of relaxation, but they are also the seats of authority, a space for gathering, and purposeful exchanges. With so many exceptional chairs, armchairs and stools in our collection, we asked our founders to share their favourite piece, and why it captivated them.
Design Trends That Will Stand The Test Of Time
The world of design can be transient and evolving, a revolving door of trends that coincide with culture, fashion and the landscape of living demands. But some designs are just evergreen. We spoke to the Co-founders of Living in Design to ask them what modern-day trends will stand the test of time.
How Virtual Reality Will Shape Interior Design
How virtual and augmented reality with change the landscape of interior design for the better. For both designers, stores and shoppers, this tool can resolve pain points in all stages of the furniture process, including designing and purchasing.
Chinoiserie In A Minimal Age
The enthusiastically decorative style of Chinoiserie is rich in history. The intricate and ornamental aspects had piqued the interest of many designers. Uncover how the oriental motifs and characteristics meet the modern-day home.
A Guide To Illuminating Dark Spaces
A poorly lit space can leave you feeling gloomy and lethargic. Sink into the benefits of maximising lighting in your space and explore implementing colour tones that convey a variety of moods. Dive into our proposed designs and crafts which help reduce dark spaces.
How Covid-19 Will Reshape Interior Design
It’s safe to say that 2020 has been defined by the coronavirus. The pandemic has driven us indoors, and now more than ever, we find our homes to be the centre of daily life. Once a respite from the outside world, it has become our entirety.
A Simple Guide To Decoding Feng Shui
To this day, feng shui is used to orient buildings, homes, offices and other dwellings in an auspicious manner. To live in harmony requires us to understand the energy and environments that we reside in, which can manifest in both good and bad forms.
Ikebana: 5 Things To Know When Flower Arranging
Flower arranging has been around for many years. It symbolises a many great deals of things like love, a heartfelt thank you or deep condolences. There’s a truly global appreciation for the ability to arrange flowers just so. In recent years, Ikebana has gained more widespread popularity from the rise of Japandi style, the fusion between Japanese and Scandinavian design styles which are ideal for minimalist interiors.
The Fundamentals of Slow Living
We tend to be unconscious to how time dictates the pace of our lives. We have the solution through slow living which encapsulates a connected, balanced and mindful lifestyle approach. A sense of peace cultivated by simple pleasures, values and using resources judiciously.
Achieving Wellness: Feng Shui & Kanso Interiors
Feng shui is one of the most well-known formulas out there for a happy home built upon good energy. Look to Japan, and there is kanso, often dubbed the ‘Japanese feng shui’, which is rooted in simplicity and zen. When creating your ideal space, it’s essential to understand what you want from it and what both feng shui and kanso can provide.
Sustainability In The Home: Bamboo
Bamboo is inherently beautiful, versatile and robust. In various design sectors around the world, it is favoured for its natural applications and sustainability. A durable material, it also has a softer side and can be transformed into fabrics or textiles.