How Social Media Influences Design

In the last decade, Social Media apps (Instagram, Facebook, Path, etc.) have conquered the way we socialize. Because design is a creative and social process revolving around people, designers have no choice but to include it as part of their design process. This is especially true for food related designs where the spaces are used by diverse groups of people. Designers are not just designing for one client or a set of committee anymore, but how best to gain the most attention in what is supposedly an incorporeal world.

Social Media provides free branding for businesses. If 10 years ago businesses had to set aside some of their operating cost for marketing, this cost can be greatly reduced with the right Social Media Branding.

Type 1: The Minimalist Photo Backdrop

Before Facebook, hospitality design is about creating feeling of the space, with Social Media in the equation, designers are designing giant backdrops that enhance photographs of products in hope to achieve the most ‘Likes’, ‘Thumbs Up’, and hashtags in Social Media.

Lady M is an example of a well branded space that takes advantage of Social Media. In all of their branch stores, they repeat successful design elements from their Upper East store. The design becomes their brand standard and instantly recognizable on social media outlets.

Lady M Photos Page

Official Photos from Lady M’s website - Barely any difference from the Yelp photos

The White Minimalist Backdrop and simple lighting creates these photos where the product is the center of attention. Almost a thousand of these pictures that all look similar had been submitted on Yelp by Lady M customers. The large Wall-to-Ceiling glass storefront brings plenty of natural daylight, providing the best lighting for social media users.

Lady M - Bryant Park Branch

Lines of customers waiting to go inside either for takeout or dine-in. Like everybody else living in the digital age, these cake fans are on their phones, taking pictures of the rows of cakes, and post them on social media while they wait.

Type 2: The Industrial Auto Filter

The typical industrial NYC-Chelsea feel (Weathered Brick Wall and Wooden Floor) is a style often being repeated in restaurant designs with different lighting designs. The best lighting to get the best photos for social media is a mix of natural white lighting with spot lighting at the seating. The warm color of the wood furniture reflects the lighting. As a result, the photos uploaded on social media by users look as if it has an auto warm filter on it.

 Her Name is Han restaurant as seen from outside looking inward

Rows of Black and White Wainscot wall with warm wood furniture leads the view towards the kitchen. Similar to Lady M’s row of cakes, Her Name is Han’s row of tables create a picturesque tectonic line that is repeated on the ceiling and wall.

Her Name is Han Photos page on Yelp

Her Name is Han Official Photo page on their Official Website

Her Name is Han Official Photo page on their Official Website

The mix lighting and wood furniture produce warm photos. The oldest review is from Late September 2015. Within 3 months, there is already more than 100 ‘free marketing’ photos on Yelp.

Type 3: Architecture as Photo Studio

Another way to maximize Social Media Branding is to use the space itself as a Photo Studio. A good example is Omotesando Coffee in Tokyo, Japan. The interior incorporates abstract line element that makes it easy for people to create scenic photography viewpoint.

Omotesando Coffee Photos page on Yelp

The café  has repeatable ‘Framing’ element subconsciously urging amateur photographers to create photography viewpoints pushing imagination and creativity.

Omotesando Coffee is a pop-up that is supposed to only open for one year following the 2011 Tsunami. Due to demands, they have been opened for 5 years, but planning for their last service on December 30th 2015. Their sister coffee shop , Toranomon Coffee opened last year with a Hong Kong store planned for future 2016 opening.

A close-up of the famous Omotesando Coffee Signage

While it is unknown whether the designers of the above spaces take into account Social Media Branding into their design process or not, it is nonetheless true that their design has been proven a hit on Social Media based on the amount of photos and reviews.

A day at the Whitney with Frank Stella by Marlene Mendez

Afternoon at the Whitney in the middle of the work week, why not!

The Whitney Museum of American Art is a great new addition to Manhattan’s meat packing district.  This is the place to be if you’re looking for an afternoon of inspiration, art and culture. 

A must see current exhibition is Frank Stella: A Retrospective. The abstract expressionist artist uses materiality and gesture to make space. His work is a conglomeration of metal, plastic, canvas, hand, computer generated and machine made materials. Ah! And can I say color. BAM! We love color!

The stairs at the Whitney

The stairs at the Whitney

Check out the neighbors that include; The Standard hotel, The Highline, the Gansevoort Market, Bubby’s, and Santina.

 

Gansevoort Market

Gansevoort Market


Hospitality Holiday Decorating Ideas

Vasiliki here! Its that time of year again. The Holidays are upon us. And I cannot lie, its my favorite time of year.  The streets are buzzing, people are merry and your favorite spaces are dressed up the nines.

Now, decorating for the Holidays can get tricky when you own a Hospitality establishment. You want to keep it on budget and also true to your brand and space. Here are some examples of how to spread some holiday cheer in your space with some elegant and


Nontraditional Wreaths

Wreaths are elegant, can be modern or traditional and a perfect touch to your entrance or space. I absolutely love theexamples below. They are unique ways to

If you are in the NY area, be sure to check out our friends at Fox Fodder Farm. They create some of the best wreaths and arrangements we seen.  www.foxfodderfarm.com

Olive leaves

Olive leaves

Geometric Brass wreath with dried floral

Geometric Brass wreath with dried floral

Taylor Patterson + Fox Fodder Farm's wreath

Taylor Patterson + Fox Fodder Farm's wreath

Ami Storefront; Garland Wreath and lights surround the entire glass storefront window. Elegant and Timeless

Ami Storefront; Garland Wreath and lights surround the entire glass storefront window. Elegant and Timeless


Understated Potted Christmas Trees

Mixing smaller potted trees in your space reflects a cleaner look. Remove the decorations from the tree after the Holidays and you can retain the trees well into the winter.

You can shop these trees from such retailers as: Hayneedle, Wayfair,  Christmas Central and your local florist.

Wrap base of Pine tree in burlap to look custom

Wrap base of Pine tree in burlap to look custom

Fiddle Leaf tree

Fiddle Leaf tree


Winter Florals + Garland

Nondenominational and gorgeous.  Utilizing winter white and stems of Christmas trees these arrangements exude winter. They are good through the holidays and well after. Don't underestimate the candles as well. Candles create warmth and good vibes.


Its in the details

Some unexpected small touches will really enhance your guests experience.

Utilize Festival lights in a lantern as an alternate to candles

Utilize Festival lights in a lantern as an alternate to candles

cinnamon stick wrapped napkins.

cinnamon stick wrapped napkins.

Sprigs of holly in champagne glasses

Sprigs of holly in champagne glasses


Go big OR go home

Don't shy away from really making a statement. 

Rolf's 281 3rd Ave, New York

Rolf's 281 3rd Ave, New York

Rolf's 281 3rd Ave, New York

Rolf's 281 3rd Ave, New York

Shinola Tribeca  

Shinola Tribeca

 

Shinola Tribeca  

Shinola Tribeca

 


Last but not least, don't forget the mistletoe.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Decorating!

 

All that shine, bling.

Last time A2 showed a couple of examples of how to bring a touch of rose gold into a room through furniture. This week, we are looking at how gold and other metallic colors can be incorporated more permanently in a room. Enjoy reading this article with some juicy ‘golden’ brown Thanksgiving turkey!

White & Gold Mosaic Tiles to add a touch of glam to your bathroom

White & Gold Mosaic Tiles to add a touch of glam to your bathroom

Gold Backsplash on a white wall at a Clothing Store provides interesting reflection depending on the time of the day

Gold Backsplash on a white wall at a Clothing Store provides interesting reflection depending on the time of the day

Gold Mosaic Tiles at a Spa turns what is otherwise a boring lit space into a piece of art, just from its reflection

Gold Mosaic Tiles at a Spa turns what is otherwise a boring lit space into a piece of art, just from its reflection

Gold and white have always been a classic. There is no other color that complements gold as best as white, which is also 2016 Color of the Year by the way.

When people think of gold, words such as opulent and overwhelming will come to mind. But with the right application, gold is better than mirror at adding depth into narrow spaces.

Similar to with white, black is also another color that goes well with gold. The only difference is that it adds a touch of masculinity to the space. 

Hotel Lobby in Shanghai

Hotel Lobby in Shanghai

Dark copper gold adds a warm woody touch to a space without missing its mirror-like reflection quality.

Copper Gold with blue pattern tiles in a bedroom

Copper Gold with blue pattern tiles in a bedroom

Silver tiles can be a great alternative if you want that mirror-like reflection quality and patterns, but don’t dig gold color. It is more neutral, which means that it compliments more range of colors than gold.

Product Runway - When Fashion Meets Interiors

Walk. Walk. Fashion Baby.

A few months back A2 decided to participate in NEWH's Product Runway. A charity event geared to raising money for Scholarships forWomen in Hospitality.  The premise of the event is for a design team to create a garment out of materials from their paired Fabricator. (There are more rules, like no professional models, no more than 3 team members, no more than $500 worth of product, which some, but most dont follow.) We were paired with Shaw Hospitality, a carpet fabricator and a favorite of ours. 

How do you celebrate carpet in a runway ready look?   Our garment highlights the fabrication of carpet in a runway look, spinning the perception of a carpet and showcasing the durability and strength of weaving and binding.

The look is made of two signature pieces. The top is an abstract look at the carpet loom and weaving into a solid carpet with the under layer sheath dress made completely from carpet backing - Utilizing the backing as the support for the dress, much like an actual carpet. No additional fabrics or materials were used in an effort to showcase only Shaw products.

By deconstructing carpet and showing the beauty in the unseen products that go into making carpet as durable as it is we are able to highlight the strength of carpet.


Uni-yarn. I new kind of magical creature

Uni-yarn. I new kind of magical creature


Runway Ready_Vasiliki walks the Runway

 

Being a model in your living room is way different than strutting your stuff on the Runway. I'm clumsy and walk funny in heels. But I was ready to show off our dress and all the work we had done. So when game day came, I split on our dress, primped my hair and was ready for the runway.

All the models were lined up in alphabetical order based on our firm name. Of course that placed me first in line. I had to set a good tempo. I took a breath in, held my head high and started down the Runway. CRACK! RIP! TEAR! Yes ladies and gentleman my dress ripped on the seam as I walked up the runway steps. I share this with you for an authentic experience. Mishaps happen. You laugh at them, you place your hand on the ripped seam and you keep on walking down that runway with your hand held high. What else is a girl to do? I walked. Turned left, pose. Turned right, pose. Big smile. And kept walking. Thankfully my awesome handy best friend saw what happened and stapled me right up for the finale.  It is now my favorite moment from the show.

We didn't place. But I'm not too bummed. The other dresses were amazing.  Having done it once, we are ready to get out it again. :)

Silvia and Vasiliki

Silvia and Vasiliki

With our Shaw sponsors; Jonathan Goodelman

With our Shaw sponsors; Jonathan Goodelman

with the Fans and the supporters!!!!

with the Fans and the supporters!!!!

Checking out our other carpet competition

Checking out our other carpet competition

Benjamin Moore announces Color of the Year 2016 - Simply White - The design world lets out a collective Huh, OK?

Hmmm White you say? Why white? “White is transcendent, powerful and polarizing — it is either taken for granted or obsessed over,” Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill said in the company’s announcement.

Ok Ellen, you got us thinking. White can be a backdrop, the main star and the playful partner. It is timeless. Can be used boldly or softly. And we at A2 dig it. Heck, our office is painted simply white. Our desks are white. Our chairs are white. I'm even wearing white jeans (just kidding, but you cant tell anyways ;)

Below are some of our favorite Pinterest worthy Simply white Rooms.

SUBTLE

BOLD

NATURAL

CLASSIC

ARCHITECTURAL

MEDITERRANEAN

Industrial furniture - Still trending, still for you.

A2 Welcomes our latest blogger - Architectural Intern Silvia!!! In her first post she is exploring industrial furniture how you at home can still maximize on this trend.

Recycling materials is one of the cheapest ways to turn your home into a space that belongs only to you. With a designer’s help, you can improve obsolete materials into a key unique element that will definitely turn people’s head. Check out a couple of these strategies!

Portland based designer QuarterTwenty made a bench out of recycled wood and steel beams. Perfect for either dining rooms at home or coffee shops/café.

Found some giant springs? Cover it with a sleek marble and you have a chic bar stool!

Need a coffee table to match that concrete wall that you’re too lazy paint over?

Find some wood to bring some warm into the space and pair it with recycled iron wheel to match those pipes at the back.

No money to buy an actual bed because you’ve spent too much money on high quality mattress that doesn’t even include a spring box?

No problem! Platform bed made out of recycled timber is a great alternative to that and gives a warm rustic feel to your bedroom.

You can call it Copper but We'll call it Rose Gold _ A2's Current obsession

Goodbye polished chrome. Move over blackened steel. Make way for A2's new obsession Copper/Rose Gold. Although it has been trending in the Interior Design world, it is just hitting the mainstream market and we are excited for it to take flight. Here are some of our favorites. From high-end to affordable luxuries.

From left to right: Softline Apricot swivel curved chair $1700; Assembly design Copper slight chair; Eric Trine Rod&Weave chair; Yabu Pushelberg Avenue Road chair collection

From left to right: Softline Apricot swivel curved chair $1700; Assembly design Copper slight chair; Eric Trine Rod&Weave chair; Yabu Pushelberg Avenue Road chair collection

Nuevo Modern Furniture Diamond sq coffee table $1450; Klein Gem stool $275; Bower contour side table; CB2 Marble rose gold cocktail tables $179; Gem coffee table

Nuevo Modern Furniture Diamond sq coffee table $1450; Klein Gem stool $275; Bower contour side table; CB2 Marble rose gold cocktail tables $179; Gem coffee table

Oy/Objects Thin copper plates; Merchant Archive Pineapple $250; Urban Outfitters Copper bottle opener; Dornbracht Cyprum faucet; The Bowery marble and copper lamp $400Westelm scoop lamp $69.

Oy/Objects Thin copper plates; Merchant Archive Pineapple $250; Urban Outfitters Copper bottle opener; Dornbracht Cyprum faucet; The Bowery marble and copper lamp $400Westelm scoop lamp $69.

AIM SMARTwith-us Co-working competition - FINALIST

We recently participated in a Co-working space design competition and we are happy to announce that we were selected as a finalist for both Shanghai and Beijing submittals. Our proposal is to create a new co-working brand that can be applied to multiple locations, commenting on the new creative class and the need to be mobile. Our design promotes cross discipline collaborations and co-sharing through creating movable nodes and connector desks.

BEIJING

BEIJING

SHANGHAI

SHANGHAI

ARCHIPELAGOS Interview:
1. Why did you participate in this competition?  First, being familiar with similar co-working spaces that are very popular in our city (New York) we were very curious how similar concepts will evolve, adapt and change within Chinese context, and how will they differentiate based on specific contexts of each city.
Second, we as a studio have experimented over the years with various configurations of our own office settings in a search for the most flexible and suitable solutions for our collaborative creative process. We tried to distill the most successful scenarios and experiences and implement them in our proposed designs.


2. What’s your opinion on the meaning or value of “Co-working Space”?  They are undeniably hubs for cross-disciplinary innovating thinking. Additionally they create platform for individuals or small start-ups who might not be able to afford office spaces or studios on their own to work in a highly stimulating and creative environment. Our hope for the sequence of our proposed movable "nodes" is to encourage various disciplines to identify each program category/brand easily and to"plug-in" and mix to become a part of its incredible creative matrix.


3. Where did your design inspiration comes from?  Our inspiration is always derived from the specific context of the project, it's brief and the target client/user.


4. Did you have any unforgettable experience of feelings in this competition process?   One unforgettable experience was that we couldn't read the Shenzhen plans. We had worked on all three locations as part of our “systematic solution” approach, but last minute we decided through much discussion to omit this location.

To check out the other submissions and vote on ours, check out http://top.aim-competition.com/aim_en/



Windows of France - a travel blog by Korina

I'm recently back from a trip to Europe. Coming back to NY is always a bitter-sweet feeling, and as I have personally spent exactly one half of my life living in Europe and the other half in NY I'm kind of torn as to where my heart belongs...Although I have figured out that I actually don't have to choose! As long as I can pop over to Europe once in a while to visit family, friends and favorite or completely new places, I can happily spend the rest of my time here in the Big Apple. One of the things about Europe that I miss and appreciate the most is the sense of history and tradition that that is so apparent wherever you go. Sure there are new and ultra modern buildings and spaces all over Europe too, but there is an overall respect for the old and worn that we lack here in the US. While Europeans preserve and renovate, Americans tend to tear down and build new. 

One of the places I visited on my recent trip was Normandy, France. I spent most of  my days walking around the countryside and small towns and villages, just breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the atmosphere. One of my favorite things to do was to peek into peoples' gardens and look at their homes (well, I'm a designer who loves houses, so can you blame me?!). One of the things that struck me the most was how beautiful they often were- almost always actually- in all their simplicity. They were well cared for without being over done, stunning without trying too hard. One day I started taking pictures of windows. There were so many different types and styles, but what they all had in common was beauty and old age. Here I will share will you a sample of them. Enjoy!

Etretat, France. 

Etretat, France. 

Etretat, France.   

Etretat, France. 

 

Etretat, France. Notice the lady inside. She was very suspicious of me...

Etretat, France.

Notice the lady inside. She was very suspicious of me...

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France. One of my faves. So simple and inviting. 

Etretat, France.

One of my faves. So simple and inviting. 


Etretat, France. Lopsided and charming. 

Etretat, France.

Lopsided and charming. 

Etretat, France. Notice the Art Nouveau- style window muntins.  

Etretat, France.

Notice the Art Nouveau- style window muntins.

 

La Roche Guillon, France. 

La Roche Guillon, France. 

Vetheuil, France. This must be my favorite...

Vetheuil, France.

This must be my favorite...

Vernon, France.  

Vernon, France.

 

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France.

Etretat, France. Side note: I think France has the most hair salons per capita of any country I've seen...

Etretat, France.

Side note: I think France has the most hair salons per capita of any country I've seen...

Paris, France.

Paris, France.

Vernon, France. I had to finish with something extra grand!

Vernon, France.

I had to finish with something extra grand!

Summer Heights - Vasiliki's easy guide to the right Rooftop just for you

Summer in NY is heating up and that means one thing - New Yorkers are cranky. What?! Its hot, sticky and stinky, wouldn't you be cranky too? No, what I'm getting at is they are enjoying their favorite summer pass time, enjoying drinks on rooftops. As a New Yorker myself, I speak on behalf of all of us that It combines our favorite things: NY views, hospitality design and people watching. So check out "Vasiliki's easy guide to the right Rooftop just for you." below. I threw in some options for all our summer travelers as well.

For the Bohemian Loving Socialite:

Refinery Hotel Rooftop; Bryant Park NY

For the Garden Loving naturalist:

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel; Chelsea NY

For the Hipster:

The Ides Rooftop at Wythe Hotel; Williamsburg Brooklyn

For the Taco lover:

Salvation Taco, POD 39 Hotel Rooftop; Midtown East NY

For the Scared of Heights drinker:

Grand Banks Oyster Bar/Boat; Tribeca NY

For the Museum Lover:

Studio Cafe at the Whitney; The Meatpacking District NY

For the Chicago Bound Business Traveler:

Chicago Athletics Association Hotel

For the Miami Beach ready traveler: 

Juvia; Lincoln Road, Miami

For the #seeyouinGreece Acropolis loving traveler:

Monastiraki 360 Cocktail Bar; Athens Greece

For the West Coast Chic traveler:

SkyBar at the Mondrian Hotel; Los Angeles CA

For the Elegant Beijing traveler:

M Capital Rooftop Bar; Beijing

For the Bali Bound Rock Sunset lover:

Rock Bar; Bali

For the A2 Designer Loving Drinker:

the Roofbar @Hotel Indigo Chelsea; Designed by yours truly.

See you all at a rooftop near you!

Fashion and Interior Design, Pattern Edition

Hey there!   Guess what?!?!  I am still flipping through magazines........... so I decided to create for you different editions of the connection between fashion and interior trends. As I am a big fan of colorful patterns, it is clear in my mind that i have to start with that! It was easy since it is also a fashion trend for Spring/Summer 2015. Check what I have below and let me know what you think  ; ) I selected some of my favorite outfits from the SS15 fashion shows and it's incredible how they connect with interior spaces and products!!! 

Stella Mccartney, SS15

Stella Mccartney, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Chanel, SS15

Chanel, SS15

Chanel, SS15

Chanel, SS15

Issey Miyake, SS15

Issey Miyake, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Balmain, SS15

Andrew GN, SS15

Andrew GN, SS15

Dior, SS15

Dior, SS15

By Roi Ioannou

Old is New.

Old is new and new is old...

As designers we are always obsessed with what other designers are doing, and constantly checking what's popping up on the horizon in the design world. Sometimes we discover something that feels completely new and innovative, but as a designer I know how difficult it is to invent something truly unique that nobody ever thought of before. Chances are that it has already been done, in some way, shape or form, in some part of the world. Just as in fashion, trends in interior design and furniture tend to re-invent themselves every couple of decades or so, but usually with an added twist. And that twist is what makes it new and fun! Recently when I was browsing the internet for news in furniture design- an ever interesting topic for me- I came across a few examples of "new" furniture that immediately brought to mind some older and well known pieces designed in the 50's and 60's. All examples happen to be chairs, as iconic pieces of furniture often are, and all three originals were considered groundbreaking at their time.  It's only logic and natural that young designers of today look back at the work of the old masters for inspiration. After all, good design is worth repeating. That's what makes it timeless.

 

 

Bertoia Arm Chair by Harry Bertoia, 1952

Antia Chair by German based design label and manufacturer Alpestudio Architetti Associati, 2015.

Panton Chair  by Verner Panton, 1960

Panton Chair  by Verner Panton, 1960

Diagonal Chair by Joris Laarman, 2014

Pastil Chair by Eero Aarnio, 1966

Pastil Chair by Eero Aarnio, 1966

Cloud Chair by Richard Hutton, 2007

The Age of Recycling

In this day and age we all know we should be recycling, reusing and conserving. Resources on this planet are running out, people! California is dry as a raisin and forests around the world are shrinking from over-exploitation and pest-infestations. It's time to go back to the drawing boards and rethink our ways of living. And we should all look at the  resources that are available to us and think about ways they can be reused, perhaps in ways that are completely different from what was originally intended. I feel that one group who has always been good and reusing materials and taking advantage of what's available to them are artists. Certainly this is not a new way of thinking for them, and we could all learn a thing or two from looking at some of their work. Lately this has transferred over to furniture designers as well, not that it's a far jump as they are artists too in their own way. Supporting our local furniture makers is one way we can make some difference, regardless of whether they are using recycled materials or not. So take a look at some inspiring images of works by artists and furniture designers that I have seen lately:

Long Island City based artist Beth Williams Garrett creates amazing sculptures from recycled plastic bags. Did you ever look at that black bag from the liquor store and think "This would make great hair for my next work of art..." Well, she did! 

Long Island City based artist Beth Williams Garrett creates amazing sculptures from recycled plastic bags. Did you ever look at that black bag from the liquor store and think "This would make great hair for my next work of art..." Well, she did! 

I took this photograph of another sculpture I saw at an exhibition in Nice, France. Unfortunately I didn't register the name of the artist, but I can tell you that all these plastic bottles made a beautiful dress. Probably too conservative for Beyonce though...

Uhuru is a Brooklyn based furniture design studio with a showroom in Tribeca. They create beautiful pieces using locally collected reclaimed wood.

Uhuru believes that each piece they make should add to the greater world. That's a pretty cool concept!

This chair by Uhuru is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel and blackened reclaimed fire truck frame! Who knew that bourbon drinking could add to the greater of the world...

 

By Korina Warme-Evangelinos


Met Gala Gowns and Interior Design Interpretation

Monday night’s Met Gala celebrated the museum’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” exhibition. The Chinese inspired gala inspired me to find a connection between the most talked gowns of the night and Chinese hospitality interior spaces.  

Still cannot decide which one is my favorite but I can say that Beyoncé was stunning, Rihanna was definitely bold, Kendall Jenner was sexy and Anna Hathaway no comment……….

Kendall Jenner and The Opposite House, Beijing

Kendall Jenner and The Opposite House, Beijing

Beyoncé and Mira Hotel, Hong Kong 

Beyoncé and Mira Hotel, Hong Kong 

Rihanna and Starwood Castle, Liaodong Peninsula

Rihanna and Starwood Castle, Liaodong Peninsula

Poppy Delevingne and Mira Moon Hotel, Hong Kong

Poppy Delevingne and Mira Moon Hotel, Hong Kong

Anna Wintour and Mira Moon Hotel, Hong Kong

Anna Wintour and Mira Moon Hotel, Hong Kong

Kim Kardashian and Shanghai Tower Dining Room, Shanghai

Kim Kardashian and Shanghai Tower Dining Room, Shanghai

Sarah Jessica Parker and Traditional Lobby Design

Sarah Jessica Parker and Traditional Lobby Design

FKA twigs and J Plus Hotel by Yoo, Hong Kong

FKA twigs and J Plus Hotel by Yoo, Hong Kong

Anna Hathaway and The Opposite House, Beijing

Anna Hathaway and The Opposite House, Beijing

Cara Delevingne and Peninsula Hotel, Beijing

Cara Delevingne and Peninsula Hotel, Beijing

Jennifer Lopez and 4 Seasons, Guangzhou

Jennifer Lopez and 4 Seasons, Guangzhou

By Roi Ioannou

Fashion And Interior Design

While flipping through some fashion magazines over this weekend I realized one more time how interior and fashion design can influence and inspire each other.

I selected some of the summer 2015 fashion advertisement and connected them with interior spaces and accessories.

As a big fashion lover connecting fashion with interior design always excites me.

I hope you enjoy as much as I do!

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Balmain

Balmain

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry

Burberry

MaxMara

MaxMara

By Roi Ioannou

Designer Challenge - Mexican, Banquette, Spring

Its our favorite time in the office - Challenge time!!! And after picking out three random names out of a hat we landed on Mexican, Spring and Banquette. So Korina, Roi and I (Vasiliki) accepted the challenge and got down to designing. Below are our final spaces along with some text on how we got there. Be sure to go to our Facebook page and vote on your favorite one. ENJOY!

VASILIKI: My initial brainstorm for this challenge started with a poem:  Spring is awakening and blossoming. Mexico's freshness and playful color. Banquette is a banquette. :) This little poem stayed in the back of my mind as I designed for this challenge. Wanting my space to be fun and bold, but not kitschy, I started researching Mexican craft, architecture, design that celebrated the Mexican spirit. The wallcovering is an image of an embroidered textile depicting Dahlias, the national flower of Mexico and a link to a Spring bloom. The colors of the banquette were drawn from the colors used by Luis Barragan, renowned Mexican architect. In the end, the challenge resulted in a space that I could see myself grabbing a tequila and a taco on a Friday night. 

KORINA: My Mexican Spring Banquette is fun, colorful and very FIESTA like! Raw materials such as simple wood and concrete are mixed with lovely Mexican textiles and authentic Luca Libre posters. The Verner Panton Flower Pot lamp is a classic that makes me think of Spring since we are all ready for flower pots now... Everyone is welcome to join me for Margaritas :)

ROI: TACO ANATOMY - The idea behind my spring banquette design is inspired & inspirited by the unique Mexican culture, food & color. I wanted to portray a space that's comfortable in nature and is in balance with Mexican infused art and meaning. But most importantly the space has an educational element by teaching the customers tacos anatomy, who wouldn’t love that ;)

Quick Tips for Sprucing up your Home for Spring

Fill up your house with plants, flowers and candles. It’s the quickest way to change the energy of your home and make it more alive. Especially with Spring finally creeping in, in New York, plants are the easiest way to breathe new life in your home.

Roi's own assortment and styling. Lately I might went too far at my house by creating an urban jungle that smells like vanilla (my favorite candle smell) but honestly there is nothing better than that!

Roi's own assortment and styling. Lately I might went too far at my house by creating an urban jungle that smells like vanilla (my favorite candle smell) but honestly there is nothing better than that!

Special guest stylist Mahe Zannettis: place plants in unexpected containers to create a whimsy and decorative arrangement.

Special guest stylist Mahe Zannettis: place plants in unexpected containers to create a whimsy and decorative arrangement.

Special guest stylist Mahe Zannettis: make arrangement small arrangements and group them to create a window sill display. Use low maintenance plants like cactus and succulents that only require weekly watering and sunlight. 

Special guest stylist Mahe Zannettis: make arrangement small arrangements and group them to create a window sill display. Use low maintenance plants like cactus and succulents that only require weekly watering and sunlight.