Sunday, October 15, 2017

Six Tips for Interior Design Show - IDS Vancouver 2017




 Loading Bay at Vancouver Convention Centre

My followers know how much I love going to IDS, Vancouver Interior Design Show every Fall, browse and report about what struck me most.
You can read my previous articles HERE 

But...this year I was an Exhibitor for the first time so I am going to ramble about my experience on how to set a Booth.
Not having done something similar I did not know what to expect, even though I am used to create interiors, move things around for the best layout, create interest and focal points in a house...well in a 20 x 20 square feet space things are a bit different!
Let's start with the image above, the Loading bay, the secret (to me, until now) place where crates and boxes are entering the trade show space...I did not expect the view of the water, it was beautiful but I blurred it with my exposure so you have to believe me.

I will save you the story of the several months prior, the adventure started in April in Milan at I Saloni, when Jody Phillips and her team came to Rossana Orlandi iconic showroom, met Scarlet Splendour owners and Matteo Cibic, fell in love with the designer creativity and asked him to be a Speaker at the show in September...the rest is history!





Matteo Cibic's ideas for the Booth, rapidly drawn in front of a cappuccino (for me) and a carrot juice (for him) when we met again in Vicenza later on to discuss ideas for the show.

Fast forward...to September



Just arrived at Vancouver Convention Centre for the installation day with my team, wearing my lumber jacket, not aware I had to put on top of it a work vest, definitely not a fashion statement!



The Booth was an island so at the end we decided not to put up any walls, to give visibility from every side to our stunning furnishings and to Cibic's ceramics.
I had a problem deciding about lights, searching everywhere for the perfect ones, but I solved it ordering a central light above and Nancy Bendtsen of Inform Interiors came to my rescue giving me the two beautiful floor lamps Sampei...and the two very comfortable chairs Masters by Kartell.




Our booth was almost ready but it was still installation day with workers putting up the last touches.

Now a few tips if you have never participated in a trade show as exhibitor, learned the hard way:
- Go to trade shows, notice what attracts most people, take notes, take pictures.
- Talk to people you know who had booths in the past, every piece of advice is a treasure.
- Search the web to find suppliers and ideas.
- Ask stores if they could lend you a few pieces to complement the booth.
- Put the most appealing items in a very visible spot to attract the crowd.
- Stay within the budget, even if it is restricted...it is your first show, next time you can go grand!




To be continued...


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Report from Milan number 2

 

I promised to write more about Milan Design Week, even if a few weeks have already gone by I hope you'll be interested in knowing more...
This time the feature is Rossana Orlandi Gallery,  an iconic lady and an iconic concept store.
For the third year Scarlet Splendour was exhibiting there its different lines.

Their beautifully crafted furnishings are designed in Europe by Italian star Matteo Cibic, Slovenian star Nika Zupanc and the talented duo Colussi-Contessotto.

Here are some highlights of the display 





Nika Zupanc's extravagant wine cabinet, part of the line "88 Secrets" was featured in several important magazines, including Dezeen.   The cabinet could be also custom built with shelves instead of bottles support and becomes more versatile.



Matteo Cibic's "The General" desk is part of  "Vanilla Noir" line and comes in different colors, a work of love with its geometric resin inlay. Cibic was the recipient again this year of the Elle Deco International award and the magazine Newsweek dedicated an article to him this week, you can read it HERE.
Such a personality...and I am so happy to say that he will be a speaker at this year Interior Design Show in Vancouver, and part of his creations will be displayed in Scarlet Splendour's booth.


 Mark your calendar, September 28-October 1, 2017...
it will be very interesting to meet him.



Having fun with Matteo 


 

Corriere della Sera is the most read newspaper in Italy and during the Design Week has always an insert about design written also in English. This year they featured Nika Zupanc romantic creations, particularly the credenza in a beautiful pastel color.




In Milan it was presented in a deep emerald hue...well it is the year of Pantone greenery after all, but green is timeless of course and always a perfect accent for interiors.


 And here I am sitting on the Cibic's rocking "Nanook of the North" 
with Ashish Bajoria, co-owner of Calcutta based Scarlet Splendour.

 Hint: Brillante Interiors is exclusively representing 
Scarlet Splendour in British Columbia.


 
Rossana Orlandy courtyard in full bloom, it was a wonderful week of splendid weather to crown so many exciting events.  Follow Brillante Interiors on Instagram to see more images.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Report from Milan number 1



 
Fairground

Here I am... still in Milan and still recovering from the amazing whirlwind of the Design Week, an event that sees hundreds of thousands people visiting from all over the world.
When I started going to the so called Salone del Mobile decades ago...it was still in the city and it was quite small but in all these years it has grown so much that it is now at the relatively new Fair site, in the outskirt of Milan.

 Casa degli Atellani

The past twenty years has seen also the birth of the "Fuori Salone" with a growing miriad of events around the city, day and night.   First it was zona Tortona, near the Navigli, then more and more areas of Milan got involved to the point that it is impossible to visit and participate to all events in town.
Perhaps if you have lots of energy, excellent shoes or a car with a driver...you can see half of the installations!
Just browsing in advance the program and editing the invites is a major job!
Having said that...it is a marvelous experience and Milan is at its best, this year particularly the weather was fantastic.

How can I START describing the amazing variety of exhibitions and most important  (for my readers) how can I STOP talking about I Saloni, I will have to discipline myself and choose just a few highlights.

Dutch Design Pavilion



Masterly-the Dutch in Milan was a very interesting installation in one of the most beautiful buildings of Milan, Palazzo Turati, a Neo-Renaissance palace built around 1870 by Count Francesco Turati in the heart of the city, the recently restored Sale Nobili saw a dialogue between selected designers and 17th century Dutch paintings.


 


 A detail of the carved and gilded ceiling


 Details of a mirror


Contemporary lights

 Iren Van Vliet luxurious textiles 


Freuden Thal/Verhagen contemporary art

Dutch designers, artisan producers and design agencies presented themselves in the centre of Milan with the best design and artisan craftsmanship the Netherlands has to offer.

TO BE CONTINUED...and to see more images follow 
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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 Salone del Mobile.Milano 2017 - ADV campaign

It is that time of year again, when hundred of thousands interior designers, architects, or simply people passionate about design gather in Milan from allover the world.
Il Salone del Mobile, also called Design Week, already in its 56th edition, will start April 4th and will continue till April 9th.

I have reported many times about this fantastic week of design and you can search my Blog for different articles on I Saloni, so stay tuned...I will post again my own pictures while there.



And then there is the Fuori Salone, (or Outside Salone) with hundreds of installations and events around the city, so many happenings, day and night, to follow... to the point that even if exhilarated I am already overwhelmed by the calendar.
 Many events will take place in historic buildings with the juxtaposition of classic architecture and contemporary furniture, what not to love?

 Palazzo Litta 


 Palazzo Turati courtyard


 Palazzo Turati inside


The most difficult task at this point is to edit and edit and edit, since every day and every evening there are at least 30 places where I should or I would like to be at the same time.
I don't have that gift...yet, so I need to decide in advance where to go and of course leave some space for spontaneous decisions.
 
This year I am also particularly interested in being there also for the launch of new lines of furniture by Scarlet Splendour who I represent as an ambassador.
The new creations will be launched at the iconic showroom of Rossana Orlandi...

but that is another story and another post!


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Joy of December



 

Holidays are approaching and we all are wishing we can see soon a world in Peace and Harmony, but it does not happen overnight and sometimes we lose our hope.
Why don't we start with Peace and Harmony in our own family, trying to understand other people choices in life, trying to forgive, trying to help...then we can extend the same to our neighbours, with small gestures of acceptance and kindness.
How can we pretend the world be at peace if we can't even have peace in our heart?



Gift giving should not be running like busy bees from shop to shop, buying the most expensive and useless items, often being soon recycled to others...
It happened to me twice to receive my own gifts, I graciously accepted and thanked! After all it was something I liked...
A simple gift, handmade with love will show attention, time well spent, care for the recipient.



At Christmas I like to bake and give cookies to friends, something a little different from the usual, mine are shortbread with salt, pinenuts and rosemary and they don't look as beautiful as the above, but they are well received.


Happy Holidays to everyone, make it simple this year and send money to good causes instead.

The Joy of giving a hug, a smile, a gesture, giving help, giving hope!
Peace on Earth should start in our heart.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

30 Best Interior Designers in Vancouver


 
I have to admit that I don't know how these nominations and lists happen but surely it is a good feeling to see your name on a list of "Best".
I know many more deserve this spot but since they gave it to me...I'll take it and blush with joy.



Motivation:
"If what you’re looking for is function, comfort, and style with a touch of European personality, Brillante Interiors is sure to help. Led by Albarosa Simonetti, a Milan-born designer with a flair for refined spaces and a modern sensibility, Brillante Interiors helps Vancouver homeowners add a touch of sophistication to their homes, whether they’re thinking of renovating their interiors completely or just adding a few pieces of furniture".


 

                                                                      Cheers to point2homes



Photography by Albarosa Simonetti

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Once upon a time!


Just in time for Halloween.
This is a tale of a witch's house which became a loved home.
...Once upon a time in the forest... an ugly witch was living in a neglected house, 
she had very bad taste and she was a very messy witch! 

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Once upon a time...(20 years ago) I had the opportunity to restore and redecorate an old mansion in West Vancouver, luckily I took several pictures of Before as a reference for my project but unfortunately I did not follow up with the After in a professional way.
But I am sure you'll get the idea of the transformation.
Of course today I would do a few things differently, considering changes in style and some (very small indeed...) mistakes I have made.


Uuuuhhhh the kitchen!

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Breakfast nook BEFORE

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BEFORE
A few days later the spell was broken and some light came into the house.

The ugly and dirty pink disappeared, a buttery yellow went on the walls, the trims were painted a few shades darker. The disgusting and soiled vinyl floor was replaced by the most amazing reclaimed terracotta (piastrelle di cotto) tiles, coming from a 18th century old convent in the South of France.

(Yes a convent...just to be sure to make the witch not willing to return...)

The intended look of the kitchen was "country style"  and as you can see "country style" it became.


In the photograph below the creamy yellow is not visible, must have been the witch, fuming with jealousy...or just because of the artificial light.



Anyway the walls were creamy yellow (like fresh churned butter) and the roman shades were gingham cream and dark red, a gorgeous Italian fabric. The curtain maker lady was horrified when she saw the pattern, saying it would not be possible to make roman shades with gingham pattern... "the lines will be crooked, I will not be responsible..." I said to her "This is best fabric, woven with utmost care and skills" she took her scissors out of the bag and cut a piece, oh joy! the squares were woven not coloured on. (I guess it is called "feed stripe" or "effect thread" technique but I may be wrong)

WARNING: not for the faint of heart, be careful scrolling down!




BEFORE
What changes I made: I kept the cabinets, to the horror of my contractor, had them repainted in a washed stressed pale blue, cut a few pieces to accommodate the breakfast table near the sink (which of course became a double and deeper sink) and a professional Viking range with two ovens, six burners and a grill. Part of the cabinets and appliances went to the dump and a double door Sub-Zero fridge arrived.




Keep in mind that back then stainless steel was a novelty but I was totally attracted to it.
Granite was just starting to appear more widely but I did not like it, and I still don't!  and I chose instead a beautiful maple for the counter, to keep the country look.
The glass door (see BEFORE) leading to upstairs and to the "chinaman" room (so it was called on the blue print, quite a piece of history) upstairs, adjacent to the "boxing room" (which I always wondered what it meant) was replaced with a solid door, to create a more safe staircase...tripping down the stairs would have meant bumping your head on wood but not smashing also yourself into thick glass.

Again the artificial light changes the blue (much paler in reality) and the yellow on the walls (more creamy)...but close your eyes and use your imagination!  Later on a gorgeous antique pine baker table created a working island between the stove an the fridge. An antique narrow bookcase took the place of the water cooler.
The kitchen became functional and more appealing.
Now here is the story of the small room between the kitchen and the dining room

 BEFORE
The ugly room adjacent to the kitchen, with vinyl floor, became a useful wet bar, with deep cabinets for all the largest China possible and for a collection of cooking books. Later on a second dishwasher was added under the sink for major entertaining.

 The antique baker's table was still to be delivered when I took the pictures. 


The witch's spell was broken!

Today? I still would keep the cabinets, but change (maybe?) the colour to a creamy one, I would use the money saved to buy champagne and flowers forever.   I would substitute handles with more modern ones and change all the light fixtures. I would take down plates and baskets and put more modern art, perhaps some Black and White photography.
The floor is a masterpiece and the appliances are still the best.

Twenty years later I am proud of this old project.
And now to you, my readers...
What would you change?
What would you keep?

©2016 Brillante Interiors writes about new trends, timeless decor, iconic pieces, design ideas, or at times just musing about "a certain Italian way of doing things".
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