Friday Inspiration: American Trade Hotel

Today I am feeling inspired by these images of The American Trade Hotel, which opened its doors last fall in Panama City, occupying a lovingly restored landmark building in Casco Viejo. The property stands at the ecological and cultural crossroads of the Americas, deeply connected to both the historic Old Quarter and the nascent new Panama City – a meeting place for influencers, creatives and cultures from around the world.

The interiors are a pure mix of past and present influences. The beautiful floor tiles used through out the hotel are to die for and I am also loving the mid century modern furniture pieces...

Simply divine!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend...

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Today I wanted to share with you this gorgeous exclusive new collection that has got me weak at the knees. On 14th April 2014 Fortnum & Mason will exclusively launch Richard Brendon meets PATTERNITY in their signature colour - Eau de Nil. The collection will be the centrepiece of an exhibition showcasing a broad selection of Richard Brendon’s work, all of which will be on sale.

Richard Brendon joined forces with world leading pattern innovators, PATTERNITY, to help realise his dream of rejuvenating and repositioning the British bone china industry. The collaboration draws inspiration from over two centuries of British tea drinking history. Bringing together Richard’s expertise in ceramic design and heritage with PATTERNITY’S award winning pattern exploration and innovation. The collection warps perceptions of what bone china can look like. 

Striking and beautiful, wouldn't you agree?

Richard Brendon and PATTERNITY will be at the exhibition, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 19th April, taking questions and talking to visitors about their design practices.

For those that know me there is no hiding my enthusiasm for Kirath Ghundoo's work. I was excited to see her new collection, the India 14 Wallpaper launched at Maison & Objet at the beginning of this year.

The collection introduces two new patterns, Taj and Pink City. Inspiration for the new range comes from her recent travel to India where she took in the sights of the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, in which she fell in love with the bright colours and soft curvaceous lines of the Architecture. The colours of the collection play with a striking rich traditional Indian red offset with muted pastel hues.

Kirath goes on to say ' being Indian, it was great to finally visit the country, and I am proud to be able to bring elements of my heritage and culture to my work.

Designed digitally and printed in England on 170gsm non woven wallpaper, measuring 52cm by 10m, Taj and Pink City retail at £140 per roll. 

Kitchen Essentials

I was recently asked to take part in the Magnet Kitchen Trend report, talking about Kitchen trends and all things that are important to me. This was rather fun as I love all things related to my favourite part of the home.

Whether it's for cooking, entertaining or purely relaxing the kitchen is where I spend most of my time. There are three things that our essential to me, firstly, I like to have all things pretty on my counter tops so storage space is neccesary for hiding all of the ugly tools. Secondly I love to accessorise my kitchen and giving it that personal touch. You can make the dullest of spaces come alive by adding some fab accessories. And thirdly creating an atmosphere is also fundamental. I love to play my favourite music while I'm cooking or entertaining, have the right lighting and the smell of beautiful aromas from herb plants.

Do you spend lots of time in the kitchen? What are your essentials?

 Images from the top: James Balston, Laura Aziz and Paul Craig.

From Paris With Love

Just got back from a lovely break in Paris with my good friend Will Taylor and I'm already feeling nostalgic. This city never ceases to amaze me - it is just breathtakingly beautiful even when it is pouring down with rain. Visiting  Maison d'Objet, It was lovely to catch up with a favourite of mine, Mariska Meijers and also meet the lovely Linda Bloomfield. So many lovely products and stands to take in that it was all overwhelming. It just seems to get bigger and bigger...

A few days of the trade show, we managed to wander the streets of Paris  and have a little fun. It was also great to finally meet the sweet Lindsey Tramuta who really does know her stuff about food - thanks to her we ate at some of the best places.  Fabulous to also get to hang with Karine from BODIE and FOUIgor Josif and Philippe Dantin. Great food & great company.

So here are a few snaps from the magical city that is Paris.

Home London 2014 Highlights

With Home London over I thought I share some of my highlights of what stood out to me from the show. Here a few snaps taken from my iPhone...

 Sian Elin's vibrant prints.

Royal Doulton's Street Art in collaboration with Pure Evil & Nick Walker.

New Peggy collection by Mini moderns.

Ceramics by Sue Ure.

 Beautiful wall feature by The New English.

 Fun prints by One Must Dash.

Beautiful prints by surfacephilia.

Our Heart Home magazine stand - representing 10 new designers. 

Introducing Sue Ure Ceramics

Happy New year! I know it is a little late but I haven't actually had an opportunity to wish you all a fab start to the year. With the holidays already a thing of the past, 2014 started with a bang as it has been non stop busy, which is always rather nice.

On a different note today I thought I would share with you a recent discovering of mine. I am totally obsessed with these gorgeous ceramics by Sue Ure, which I spotted at Home London.

Sue moved to France in 1994 and her work has been affected by the colours and landscape of her rural environment. As well as developing an ever-evolving range of tableware and vase designs, Sue also works on collections for specific projects. Here is a look at some of her lovely products.