coat story

i’m not crazy about winter & cold weather, i spend most of the winter days counting how much we have until spring.. it’s mainly because i cannot stand cold (my hands & feet get immediately so cold) and it’s quite difficult to stay stylish.

well, i was quite fortunate during the last 10-ish years.. first i spent four winters on +30 degrees (in malaysia) during my studies.. and then for the next seven years i was enjoying mild italian winters. so, by moving to austria i got to experience what winter is really like.. and so far, i’m not enjoying it so much.

however, there’s something which keeps me in a better mood: my super-cool grey coat with super-cool pink hood!

it’s a product of one of my favorite brands, sandro. just like the rest of my favorite brands, it’s french.. and super chic!

what i like about this coat is that it’s form is totally simple and classic.. and yet, with the hood (which can be removed for the classy occasions), gives it that “bit” which makes it really unique.

i have it for a year now.. and i’m still totally crazy about it.

what do you think?

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all the photos in this post were taken by tarik, during our winter holiday in lovely geneva (december 2015.)

fuorisalone 2015 – my farewell with milan

just like my first outing in vienna was in truly viennese style (summer night concert), my farewell with milan was also in style: salone del mobile / or milan design week, where i used to go almost every year. i wrote about it also on my blog (in 2013 and in 2014). usually i would visit the exhibitions within the city, such as zona tortona, ventura lambrate or brera design distinct. in the recent years the “fuorisalone” (meaning: the exhibitions outside of the exhibition fair) became even more popular, so that the entire city was actually a part of it.

on saturday we decided to go to the zona tortona, one of the first “fuorisalone” districts in milan. on the way there we passed through the navigli district, which was as cute & lively as always.

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in the zona tortona itself, there were plenty interesting designs.. i was more curious than usual, since i was looking for an inspiration for our apartment..

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of course, it is always useful to know what countries are the largest.. especially, if you want to visit them by bike – for example, the fancy one in the following picture :)

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trees & green in general were well combined with the exhibition..

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they managed to revitalize even some of the old buildings in the area.. with mirrors! of course, we played with them a bit..

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tomorrow we decided to go next door, to cascina cuccagna – one of my very favorite places in milan. initially we planned on going to ventura lambrate, but we had a lot of packing to do, since i was leaving the day after.

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this venue had the best thing of them all – the lovely terrace, where everyone could just lie around (& sunbathe even!). the lazy bags were of special kind, of course.. biodegradable and what not.

then we made friends with two little girls! they both told me what their favorite colors are, who their best friends are, etc. we had so much fun with them!

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only couple of weeks ago, the following photo was published on cascina cuccagna’s facebook page. i liked it a lot, and when i zoomed it to see it in detail, i saw familiar faces! it’s us! and our little friends!

do you see us? we’re practically in the middle of the photo.

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it is such a beautiful photo! it captures the essence of that lovely day!

sydney opera house, no. 166 [australia #2]

the sydney opera house has been on the unesco heritage sites list since 2007. the main criterion for its nomination was the fact that it brings together multiple strands of creativity and innovation in both its architectural form and structural design. it is often identified as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centers in the world.

it was inaugurated in 1973, after being awarded by an international jury to danish architect jørn utzon in 1957. utzon’s original design concept boosted a collective creativity of architects, engineers and builders. ove arup’s engineering achievements helped make utzon’s vision a reality.

the sydney opera house comprises three groups of interlocking vaulted ‘shells’ which roof two main performance halls and a restaurant. these shell-structures are set upon a vast platform.

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the sydney opera house was for us the first glimpse of australia. we arrived in sydney on december 8th around 10pm, after a 24h-flight. we were exhausted + our luggage got lost on the way there, so we had the feeling that our trip didn’t have the best start. however, one look at sydney harbor managed to change our feelings. we fell in love with it immediately.

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it was raining right before we arrived (in fact, rainy weather would continue for the next couple of days) and it was still a bit foggy. since we were staying at neutral bay, which is on the other side of the harbor, we were to take a ferry from sydney harbor. while waiting for our ferry, we decided to go for a short walk..

we walked around like hypnotized. whether it was it for our long journey & general tiredness, or because of the rain, but everything seemed somehow surreal.. one thing was sure: it felt truly great to be on the other side of the world.

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i think every person needs a bag which is able carry everything one may need that day.. besides the usual, wallet, mobile, keys and lipstick, you could put your laptop, book (or in my case a space-saver, kindle), and even your groceries.
well.. maybe not every person.. but i know i do..

so, this is my “big-bag” – where i can put all the above. aaaand.. it is red! and very very pretty!

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this lovely zadig&voltaire bag is big enough to take in everything i need daily. it is strong enough to carry everything.. it’s got even this little red wallet for my passport.. and a little butterfly just to spice things up.

i have it for several months only, but it’s already my favorite. and as you could see, it goes well with vacation mood.

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ps. the first photo was taken (but slightly modified) from zadig&voltaire website, while the second took my husband during our vacation in france.

back to the roots – indastriadesign

april is the month of design – at least for those who live in milan, when the city hosts its famous design and furniture fair, salone del mobile.

as written in one of my previous posts, i did not attend many events. but i did manage to visit cascina cuccagna, where an opportunity was given to young designers, especially to those designing and producing environment-friendly and sustainable furniture.

furthermore, i was invited the booth of my friends’s friend, claudio, who proposes sustainable design and recommends to use the furniture used in the past as an inspiration for new designs. may i present to you – indastriadesign & their fantastic pieces!

aprile è il mese del design – almeno per chi vive a milano, quando la città ospita la sua famosa fiera di design, salone del mobile.

come scritto in uno dei miei post precedenti, non ho partecipato molti eventi, ma sono riuscita a visitare cascina cuccagna , dove l’opportunità è stata data ai giovani designer, specialmente a coloro che progettano e producono dei mobili ecologici e sostenibili.

inoltre, sono stata invitata allo stand di un amico della mia amica, claudio, che segue la progettazione sostenibile e propone di utilizzare i mobili usati in passato come fonte di ispirazione per nuovi progetti. vi presento – indastria design & i loro pezzi fantastici!

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abi is a coffee table, with a double scope – three lids, which open the inner container, may be rotated and used as serving trays. there is also a possibility to have the patterns customized!
btw, this piece is my personal favorite!

abi è un tavolino dalla duplice funzione: i tre coperchi infatti, che aprono al contenitore interno, possono essere girati e servire da vassoi con la possibilità di personalizzarli graficamente!
btw, il tavolino è il mio pezzo preferito!

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pregadio hanger – hanger made ​​of birch plywood, is inspired in the form of an ancient ladder used by peasants from the veneto. its name “pregadio” or “pray-to-God” comes from the simple fact that you had to rely on your luck before you climb!
the hanger is designed to be assembled and disassembled easily. the components are interlocked, without the use of screws or glue.

pregadio appendino – appendino in multistrato di betulla tutto ad incastro, è ispirato nella forma a un’antica scala usata dai contadini veneti. il particolare appellativo di “pregadio” deriva dal semplice fatto che bisognava affidarsi alla buona fortuna prima di salirvi!
l’appendino è concepito per essere montato e smontato facilmente. i componenti si assemblano ad incastro, senza l’uso di viti o colla.

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mod is a cube with the pattern which may be customized and assembled differently in order to create different kinds of pieces of furniture.

mod è un cubo personalizzabile con stampa digitale che può essere assemblato creando di volta in volta mobili diversi.

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as previously written, when creating furniture there are plenty patterns to choose from. the figure above shows several examples!

come scritto precedentemente, ci sono tante scelte dei motivi grafici. la figura sopra fa vedere alcuni esempi!

ps. in this post i have shown only several pieces, the ones i liked the most. for more info visit the indastriadesign website – http://www.indastriadesign.it

ps. in questo post ho mostrato solo alcuni pezzi, quelli che hanno attirato la mia attenzione. per ulteriori informazioni, visita il sito web di indastriadesign – http://www.indastriadesign.it

a day in ventura lambrate

salone del mobile 2014, or milan design week, has just ended. truth to be told, i’ve remembered it is that time of the year only last week.. even though it caught me a bit off guard, i did not miss the chance to see what’s new out there.

this year i’ve decided to go to ventura projects in lambrate, former industrial area in milan.
since i’ve been in that area last year as well, i’ve noticed a lot of designs were sort of recycled.
however, what i really liked about this part of salone del mobile is how they used old workshops and factories as an exhibition place.

i will dedicate this post to spaces in ventura lambrate. designs were lovely, but spaces managed to impress me even more (which is not easy!).

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i think you would agree with me that these spaces were totally worth a visit to ventura lambrate.

about the shoes..

just like with design and architecture, i am kind of person who is into fashion.
not that i’m trendy (and likely to buy whatever is “in” at the certain moment), but i don’t mind spending even higher amount of money for something i really find beautiful and interesting.

this kind of thinking got me into buying these shoes!

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avec modération is an italian fashion brand, founded in firenze in the year 2000, with an aim to create colorful and unique shoes which will last for a long period of time.. and which will be still (and always) be in style.. their main product are slippers and sandals.

the last, capsule collection, explodes with color! there are slippers in red, yellow, green, pink.. and even in different patterns – zebra & tiger one. their pony fur slippers totally won me over, especially when i found them in purple (one of my favorite colors!)

and this is me, wearing my avec modération shoes:

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ps. all the information may be found at: http://www.avec-moderation.com/

major town houses of the architect victor horta, no. 1005

the four major town houses – hôtel tassel, hôtel solvay, hôtel van eetvelde, and maison & atelier horta – designed by the architect victor horta, one of the earliest initiators of art nouveau, are some of the most remarkable pioneering works of architecture of the end of the 19th century. these four beautiful buildings have found their way to the unesco heritage list in the year 2000, and therefore they have found their place on my list-of-unesco-sites-to-see.

art nouveau appeared in the closing years of the 19th century and initiated an evolution of architecture, making possible following developments, and the town houses of victor horta witness to this transition from the 19th to the 20th centuries in art, thought and society.

the hotel we we’re staying at was quite close to one of houses of victor horta, so we decided to take a look at it.

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this is hôtel solvay; it was initially commissioned by armand solvay, the son of the wealthy belgian chemist and industrialist, and therefore victor horta was allowed to spend a fortune on expensive materials and details. it is known that horta designed every single detail; furniture, carpets, tableware and even the door bell. also, he used expensive materials such as marble, onyx, bronze, tropic woods, etc.

the house is still private property and since it can only be visited by appointment, we took several photos and then decided to search for maison & atelier horta, architect’s former house and now a museum.

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the maison & atelier horta have been designed to satisfy the professional and family needs of the architect, and were built in 1898-1901. the maison is in a fashionable district of brussels, sant-gilles, where one may find other examples of art nouveu style. for that reason (and also due to the long queue in front of horta’s house), we decided not to go in, but to enjoy lovely spring day in gorgeous sant-gilles.

while taking a walk in the area, we came across one of the most beautiful buildings and examples of art nouveau in sant-gilles, hôtel hanon. even if not on the unesco heritage list, in my view, it is as good as, and therefore it should not be treated differently.

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ps. all the photos were taken by me (may 2013).

greedy taste of brussels!

last week i’ve managed to organize a little trip to the land of chocolate, lace & lovely art and architecture. the plan was simple, we would stay in brussels for several days, just relaxing and enjoying the spring, and then we would go on a daily trip to bruges. even though our schedule wasn’t so packed, this little trip gave me enough material for couple of blog posts.

one of the days we were wandering around the brussels’ central area, quite close to the grand place actually, and as we were searching for a place we could eat in (and we were looking for impossible – a non touristy place in that area!) we came across this lovely brasserie (eng. brewery) of unpronounceable name!

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“nüetnigenough” means something like “greedy” in brussels’ dialect. on the brasserie’s website it is defined as “someone who has never, never ever enough (of something/someone)”.

nuetnigenough is one of those places where people would hang out with beers while having a light dinner (either tapas or starters). there were also several traditional dishes (cooked with beer, of course!). since we don’t drink beer, we didn’t get to enjoy that part of the restaurant; however, we could admire its design & cosy atmosphere. it is just off the famous grand place, on rue du lombard 25 (corner of rue du midi).

the place was designed in art nouveau style, very popular in brussels, and in this part of the world. art nouveau is often described it as “sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip”. when it comes to architecture, art nouveau unique style is often seen in windows, arches and doors.

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anyway, more of art nouveau architecture was yet to be discovered in brussels. the four town houses, designed by a great belgian architect & pioneer of art nouveau in architecture victor horta, have found their way to unesco heritage list. therefore, my next post will be dedicated to the major town houses by victor horta.

ps. as for the brasserie, for more info visit the following website: http://www.nuetnigenough.be

afternoon break at the lovely café hawelka

café hawelka is one of the last remaining examples of the viennese coffee culture and definitely worth a visit. it is sited in the centre of vienna (in its innere stadt) in dorotheergasse 6.

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it was first opened by leopold and josefine hawelka, in the 1939. however, quite soon it had to be closed, due to the outbreak of world war II, and it did not reopen until the fall 1945. soon after its reopening, the café became a meeting point for various viennese writers and critics.

later on it became one of the tourist spots in town, but its charm remained until the present day. as soon as you enter, you will notice its shabby style; old & used furniture, vintage wallpaper, curtains are particularly old-school, and also there is some weird art. on the other hand, as the representative of viennese coffee culture, it is a place where time and space are consumed, but you have to pay only the coffee. the newspaper are equipped with wooden holder sticks, the coffee comes served with the glass of tap water and your coffee table would have a marble tabletop.

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oh, and you shouldn’t ask for the menu! actually, i don’t think it exists to begin with. waiters will tell you the whole story, but if you ask me, it’s quite safe to order the grosser brauner (or large coffee with milk) and the apfelstrudel (or apple strudel). ours was just too good.

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