Last week our partner Patch surprised me by talking about Ikebana, floral art. Moved by curiosity, I approached a bookstore and bought me the traditional Japanese art of floral arrangement, Gaia publishing house. What I like most about this book is that its author, Keiko Kubo, offers flower arrangements that blend traditional Japanese style and western floral design.
When we think of vacations it is very common to have exotic places, luxury hotels or exceptional houses in mind that allow us to live a different adventure and away from our daily lives. For this we have seen a large number of boutique hotels or houses and villas for rent on specialized platforms that offer unforgettable experiences.
I have always been a great advocate of the fusion of styles, concept and influences, both in terms of decoration, as well as in other areas such as cooking. The fusion of at least two styles or trends can lead us to create new and different atmospheres that make us evolve and discover new horizons.
Bamboo is an element that I have always found interesting for a decorative project at home. It is a quite versatile material since it can serve you both to decorate inside the house as well as to create a different and attractive corner on a terrace or balcony. The use of bamboo is not just to put plants or plant branches in a vase and that's it.
SAIL OUTDOOR, is a decorative product whose use is to be a seat, a footrest and even a table. Its alternative and fun utility adapts to different environments naturally. Its designer Héctor Serrano inspired by raw materials, artisanal techniques and the warm color of oriental cultures create this wonderful product.
On the main road that connects the city of Da Nang and the old town of Hoi An (Vietnam) lies this Resort called Naman Retreat Hotel. A tourist, coastal and quiet complex at a distance of 16 kilometers from Da Nang International Airport. In the same environment is the Hay Hay bar restaurant that has fascinated us with its structure made with bamboo rods.
Despite the cold prevailing throughout the country, the good weather is fortunately around the corner. And the different furniture and decoration firms are already presenting their proposals for the spring summer 2015 season. To open your mouth, today we bring you the new Habitat collection. A cheerful and colorful collection that is inspired by the Asian continent, and especially Japan, and in which modernity is mixed with tradition and craftsmanship with design.
During an era (well or many throughout the history of decoration) there was no "big house" without a screen. Among other things because they were huge. The British brought them from the colonies to the halls, the Spaniards to the bedrooms and behind them hid the longliner with its basin and jofaina and in the case of the most fortunate those wonderful bathtubs with legs.
While I was making the post about For this summer, beautiful, very basic, almost Spartan baths with the bathtub as the protagonist, I discovered the work of interior designer Romain Michel-Menière, a French designer based in Marrackech who decorates the most beautiful houses and hotels in the Middle East. His work is as spectacular as its locations, old and stately Arabic-style buildings from different rehabilitated times.
I don't know anyone who has no fascination for the East. If China left us breathless, with its culture, its crafts, its porcelain or its Great Wall, Japan fascinates us. The Japanese emperor tales transported us to palaces with exotic shapes and dragons that live in magical mountains, and the silk that we knew more thoroughly, thanks to Alesandro Baricco's wonderful book and that made us all dream.
Since time immemorial they have been the queens of the most elegant floors. There is no list of weddings that are worthy of not having one or two Persian rugs and if they are inherited or bought in antique dealers and auctions, even more desired, it is said that the more used more elegant. It is important that they do not give us a wild cat.
Furoshiki is a traditional quadrangular fabric from Japan, with which the same is wrapped as a gift as a bag is made or dirty clothes are transported. It was even used as a suitcase, what was traditionally called hatillo in Spain. But of course, the homeland of origami and the most complicated and perfect techniques for wrapping is not a simple hatter, but an entire millenary culture.
In ancient China, the fine fibers of threads produced by silkworms were investigated, and began to be used to create fabrics. At first, silk was a fabric reserved exclusively for members of the Chinese imperial family, both for their own use and for gifts. But over time, given its increasing use throughout Chinese culture, it eventually spread throughout Asia, and silk quickly became a luxury product highly prized by merchants, due to its texture and shine, as well as being A very accessible and convenient product to transport.
Two hundred meters above the ground, 55 floors above the busy streets of Singapore, over 150 meters long, is the most spectacular pool we have seen in a long time. It is part of the Marina Bay Sands hotel complex, which has a whopping 2,561 rooms, apart from a casino, a theater and an Art and Science Museum.
This spectacular Riad in Marrakech shows that intercultural fusion is always a good idea if done in style. Located at the gates of the famous Souk, this historic building was part of a Kalif palace built around 1750. The riad is located next to Djemaa el Fna square, the most famous place in the Moroccan city of Marrakech.
If the other day I talked about the wonderful decorations of the Moroccan riad, today I woke up with a point of chinoiseries. I refer to an artistic style that has devastated Europe at different times and reflects the influence of China and is characterized by the use of China's own designs, asymmetry, capricious changes in size, the use of lacquered materials and abundant decoration.
Although there is some controversy today about the concept of Zen garden, because its origin is not entirely clear, because many interpretations have been made of it, because its miniatures have become fashionable as an ornament, because it has been modified until to lose its meaning to a certain extent ... I love it in the broadest sense of the word and in all its versions, with all my respects for its origin, whatever it may be.
This weekend I have been able to enjoy a few walks through the streets of Madrid, and the Sunday morning must have been a visit to El Rastro that many of you will know well. As is the case with all the street markets of the big cities it is unbeatable, as one goes through the stalls, you will find a lot of stores that you would like to enter and believe me if I tell you that I have seen many and great, of furniture, decoration, a lot of retro style, art deco ... and many others that will have left me without seeing.
Oriental decoration is a subject that we have treated rather little in this blog, and it is not that it is not attractive, but I have the feeling that sometimes we go over with minimalism and leave aside other styles that are also respectable. Today I want to give a joy to all who teach their chopsticks with the same pride with which my mother teaches her cutlery, since this time, they deserve to be protagonists of the showcase of good crockery.
Perhaps many of you remember her as Rachel de Friends, a little bit of cock and with that roll "neither with you nor without you" with Ross and surely everyone has it as "the new Meg Ryan", with a growing number of romantic comedies to Their backs. Today I bring you the remodeling of Jennifer Aniston's house, in which she has employed no less than two years (you know, once the masons arrive at your house, you never know when they are going to leave).
Many times you wonder what to put at the entrance of your house. Something that is shocking, but at the same time has personality and does not require much care. The solution may be to imitate this hall created by Andrés Remy's studio in which oriental inspiration has prevailed. To create it, you only need some bamboos and boulders that will make you feel transported to the Far East every time you enter and if you introduce some light bulbs between the songs, I don't even want to tell you.