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The Future Wellness Kitchen

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Our food habits affect not only our health but the planet too. Last month the Eat-Lancet commission released a report outlining strategies that focused on achieving a sustainable food system across the globe that would transform diets, aiming to improve people’s health and reducing the negative impact of agriculture on the environment by 2050.

With food set to become a defining matter of our time, kitchen trends are rapidly evolving to meet the needs of those eager to embrace the benefits of a plant-based diet. Identified by the Global Wellness Summit in 2018, the Wellness Kitchen presents future design concepts that we can adopt in order to help feed the mind and soul.


As pictured above: The Calligaris Duca Table and Basil Chair From Lime Modern Living

Be Open

Leaning towards minimalism, kitchen cabinets are being replaced with stylish open shelving to accommodate food displays and apply the simple logic that what we can see we will eat. As guidelines suggest, Europeans should eat 77 per cent less red meat and 15 times more nuts and seeds, storing large jars aligned and loaded with legumes and seeds will act as a simple visual reminder to incorporate these into your diet.

Make it Clear

Purchasing a fridge with transparent doors can encourage replenishment of colourful fruit and vegetables while keeping food waste to a minimum. For those conscious and proud of the food they eat, by combining modern technology with methods of open display the LG Instaview further signals a shift toward food being displayed like art in the kitchen.

Work Together

Education is essential, such changes should certainly not spell deprivation. Considering open floorplans that accommodate many will encourage social interactions, recipe ideas and experimentation with food for emphasis on a diet that is abundant yet healthy, flavourable and enjoyable. 

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Painting with Paper

Saturday, 23 February 2019

A striking alternative to paint, the difference wallpaper can make to any room has seen its popularity gain traction over the past few years, with bolder variations set to continue to make a statement throughout 2019.

Shifting away from conventional geometric and baroque designs, the popularity of themes and textures is encouraging brands to heavily invest research into prints, patterns and motifs with emphasis on conceptual elements that have the ability to enhance spatial and personal perspective.

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As pictured above: The Tori wallpaper design by Graham & Brown

Taking inspiration from Japanese artistry, ‘Tori’ from regarded wallpaper designers Graham & Brown determines an oriental theme enriched with imagery and symbolism. Noted as their Wallpaper of the Year 2019, this regal teal-based print strongly signifies longevity, luck and love through an exquisite hand-painted Chinoiserie bird amidst spring blossoms.

Opt for foliage as a natural aesthetic in bold oversize form to express an affirmative and equally opulent undertone with a captivating burst of joy. As an accent wall, establish nourishing femininity with florals or the soothing tropical ambience of botanicals as a commonplace concept in the home alongside velvet-textured furnishings.

Create a physical space with subtle shimmers and metallic accents. This alluring option offers the greatest light reflection around a room, maximising minimalism in airy open-plan areas and making smaller spots appear nice and roomy.

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Joyful Japanese Trends

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Organisation has gone mainstream. Following the success of her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo is continuing to influence millions of people across the globe through the well-received Netflix series, Tidying up With Marie Kondo.

By categorising belongings, Kondo's KonMari method encourages homeowners to establish items that ‘spark joy’ in order to determine what should be preserved. This innate organisational approach deeply rooted in Kondo’s homeland, coincides with a Japanese undercurrent that is running throughout interior trends, encouraging an era of consciousness and self-optimisation at home that can benefit our overall energy.


As pictured above: The Lime Living Wall System 009 from Lime Modern Living

Rejecting useless decor and excess clutter, Wall Systems from Lime showcase inner storage with a Japanese philosophy that favours beauty and simplicity through a cultivation of minimal lines. Continue to create a sense of satisfaction and clarity with furnishings that sit low to the ground, this evokes ‘Seiza’ - the formal Japanese sitting tradition observed throughout Tea Ceremonies as a method that encourages the connection of people to the earth.

Obsessing over the details can prompt a less is more look with a peaceful design aesthetic. For a soft visual impact, the texture of organic wood against a subdued colour palette will embrace the on-trend Wabi Sabi concept of celebrating the imperfections of materials in their rawest form.

A simple yet strong presence, tall, sleek and elegant botanicals are perfect for occupying freed-up space in a minimalist setting, while adding a soothing, naturally Zen finishing touch.

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The Heritage of Porada - Porada Pride

Sunday, 10 February 2019

“Wood is universally beautiful to man. It is the most humanly intimate of all materials.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Porada is the epitome of contemporary wooden furniture and last year it celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Its trademark is that “our products do all the talking” – solid wood accessories that over time have found new expressions and new combinations, with different materials, new functional purposes, coupled with upholstered elements giving them a distinguished look with meticulous craftsmanship.

The Porada story began in the Brianza district of Italy in 1948, with a talented furniture maker – Luigi Allievi, and a piece of wood. With this, he made a beautiful, handcrafted chair from his small artisan workshop. Luigi continued to make chairs until he had an established chair-making business. And in 1968, helped by his four sons, he expanded the production of chairs into other branches of home furnishings and thus the company Porada was born. Combining technological processes with the artisan tradition of the area, working with architects Alberio & Cerbaro, then with Martino Perego.  

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As pictured above: Porada began in 1948 with talented furniture maker Luigi Allievi taking the reins and The Infinity Table is a prime example of Porada's talented craftsmanship with wood 

Porada’s collection is wide and varied, made up of a multitude of occasional furniture developed in cooperation with designers such as Tarcisio Colzani, Patrick Joiun, Carlo Ballabio, Marconato e Zappa, Opera Design, Studio Buratti, David Dolcini, Stefano Bigi, Gino Carollo and Emmanuel Gallina, among others.

The main strength of Porada has nothing to do with the quality of the materials or cutting-edge machinery. It’s the human factor. They’re people who for years have become part of the Porada family, who treat products as they would do with something of their own, putting all their care and passion into their daily work.

As well as showrooms in Cabiette and London, in 2018, Porada opened its new showroom in Milan. With two sections: one showing hotel rooms, halls, dining and breakfast areas. And the other ‘house’ section: showing the ‘cult’ pieces from past collections.

To celebrate this important anniversary, Porada developed a room fragrance with packaging incorporating lines and colours that fully reflect the company's philosophy. It is a perfume designed by perfumery experts Paolo Fadelli and Arturetto Landi, specifically to make the Porada style differently perceived – discreet, but always current and enveloping.

So, what makes Porada so special?

Is it the Garbo chair with its characteristic classic armrest, or the sinuous and feminine Anxie with its unmistakable contoured and tapered legs? Could it be the Ubiqua bookcase system and TV stand with metal uprights – a cornerstone of current Porada style, but linked to the Fifties vintage style. Perhaps it’s the Infinity table, so elegant, with its crystal top and sculptural wooden base?

The answer is simple – it is all of these and more, as “Everything’s born from the love of the wood.” Long may it continue.


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