Karim Rashid’s Hells kitchen Home

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

In/Out: KARIM RASHID'S HELL'S KITCHEN HOME

The never shy Cairo-born, NYC-based Karim Rashid opens the doors of his explosively colourful Hells Kitchen home. His reality is like a psychedelic lolly shop, something straight out of Willy Wonka’s factory. He doesn’t get called the Sparkle King for nothing. We can’t help but spot the sideboard of Bitossi soldiers Rashid’s own designs for the iconic italian ceramic house sitting lined up with the works of Ettore Sottsass and Piero Fornasetti.

Loud and proud, Rashid shares his technicolour home with his wife Ivana and daughter Kiva. Dancing to its own beat, this vibrant house is a gallery of inspiration for Rashid. As Rashid says “Living with all my stuff gets me into my own world… I can find the soul of my work”.

Dramatic pinks, acid greens, punchy purple and neon yellows are all amplified by the vivid white walls. His walk-in-robe is colour coded with his signature suits, like a storybook rainbow, all ready to be accessorised with a pair of equally lively glasses and trainers. The only thing missing is a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog!

Credits: NY MAG

AAKS SPRING SUMMER 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

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In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

In/Out: A A K S Spring Summer 2014/2015

Ghanaian born and bred and trained in London, Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of AAKS, has gone back to her roots to produce a new line of luxury-handcrafted bags. Flambouyant in their colour palette, and wonderfully detailed in their craftsmanship, they are a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by leather.

There is no mistaking the origins of these personality plus, practical, but gorgeously decorative accessories. Highly saturated colours exude the vitality that is Africa! Royal blues, siren reds, scorching oranges with hints of natural raffia and classic black – this is a visual taste of that incredibly lively continent.

Handwoven by local women in Bolgatanga, Akosua makes sure she is present throughout the process. Energetically paced like most creatives Akosua has learnt to appreciate the time, and energy, involved in one perfectly crafted bag. Her critical eye views each item before it is allowed to leave her workshop, ensuring that these objects are of the highest level of craftsmanship.

Credits: AAKS

OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

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In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Monteverdi

Hotel Monteverdi is the Tuscan dream come true, located in the hilltop village Castiglioncell del Trinoro. Consisting of 3 villas and a 10 room boutique hotel this rustic beauty, once a semi deserted cluster of homes, has been reinvented into a lavish collection of guesthouses.

Perched up high in the countryside, Hotel Monteverdi boasts bountiful vistas as far as the eye can roam. Earthy and honest, these rustic bones are reminders of the simple art of living. Big timber beams with their irregular surfaces shoulder the load of terracotta roofs and sit proudly against handcrafted walls. Everywhere you look it’s a lesson in local ingenuity and rudimentary building techniques that create lovingly crafted abodes.

It’s not just the bare bones that make this such a special hideaway, but the respect in which the old and new relate. New timber panelled walls stop short of the ceiling, art plinths extend across walls, and luxurious contemporary furniture – classic in its styling – rests easily in their surrounds. Two concrete pedestals accompany a generous copper bath, and copper rings accommodate your clothes whilst candlelit niches softly illuminate this sublime bathing experience.

This is a place of ultimate luxury where the simple pleasures of life are celebrated. With an on site garden and plenty of local produce and regional wines this is the kind of holiday that is full of soul.

Credits: Simplicity, Trendland

ANNA KARLIN

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

In/Out: Anna Karlin

London born, New York based art director Anna Karlin prides herself on not being pigeon-holed. This is a philosophy that sits well in the Big Apple where her line of furniture and textiles has received a very warm welcome.

Karlin’s ethos for her furniture and textile pieces is simple ‘Would I want it in my house?’… and if the answer to this is ‘yes’, she finds the best local craftspeople to help her realize her visions. Logistically, this enables her to have a close relationship with the production. It also ensures these skills are supported, as she states “If you’re actually employing someone fairly for the skills that they are so amazing at, that is a really worthwhile thing to spend your money on.”

This philosophy resonates in furniture pieces such as the lovingly detailed ‘Beauty Bar’ with it’s drawers individually numbered in brass and inlaid into ash timber, folding precisely away into an exquisite cylinder. The ‘Chess Stool’ of rolled steel with brass is hand-rubbed to create a layered patina. The ‘Parchment Stools’ are lathed wood upholstered in parchment, giving them their beautiful cloudy surface. Karlin’s tableware of glass, ceramics and brass ‘Bar Tools’ are pieces to ruminate on while enjoying a great meal with friends. And it’s this quietness of spirit that translates well into her textiles.

This sassy lass is very headstrong about the fluidity of disciplines, a great idea is a great idea whatever the medium. We will drink to that.

Credits: Anna Karlin

PICHULIK SPRING SUMMER 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

In/Out: PICHULIK Spring Summer 2015

South African jewellery designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik‘s latest collection ‘Baraka’ for this Spring Summer 2015 has strong North African ethnic ties. These corded, bound, woven, modern-day talismans are stunning creations, a spirited vision from the hotbed of Cape Town.

Striking royal blue, teal and signal blood red combined with gold, black and white make for arresting lucky charms. Inspired by the nomadic tribes of North Africa, the Berbers, and Islamic Malian architecture they are divine amulets and spiritual armour. The Arabic word ‘Baraka’ means blessing, flowing through the physical and spiritual, bringing with it prosperity, protection, and happiness. Core to Pichulik’s design ethic is this connection with the history of adornment. As the designer herself puts it, “Jewellery has always been linked to spirituality and important rites of passage. Pieces were crafted with a purpose and imbued with powers such as protection and healing. ‘Baraka’ excites me as it offers the opportunity to restore this.”

Set against fellow South African fashion designer Kat Van Duien’s voluminous garments in pure white this certainly is an summertime apparition of the most beautiful kind! Layered and bountiful, the dense cord and delicate gold beading are reminiscent of the jewels of days gone by with a modern twist.

Credits: Pinchulik

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