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Sponsors for #BlogTour NYC

On March 20th, 2012 by .

#BlogTour NYC has just commenced and below are the remaining sponsors for the trip.  I would like to say a personal thank you to you all, and it goes without saying that a very big thank you goes to Modenus.  Here’s to a fantastic week of blogging, networking and great design.

Let me introduce to you Big Ass Fan (image below) a company that has transformed the style of ceiling fans into something quite beautiful.  They thrive on the knowledge that they can circulate an ocean of air in sound sensitive commercial spaces and large homes.  Take a look for yourselves at Fig Ass Fan


Modern-Aire ventilating specializes in building custom made hoods for the kitchen (image below).  As well as providing excellent ventilation, they also offer limitless opportunities for materials, finishes and customization to elevate ventilation to a focal point in the kitchen. Modern-Aire are proud to say that each piece is skillfully crafted by their in-house design team for a personal and professional finish.  Check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @designerhoods


Scholtès is an Italian company that provides professional appliances for the home chef.  Currently known in Europe, they are expanding their distribution network across Canada and the U.S offering; built-in electric ovens, gas cooktops and electric cooktops, ventilation, dishwashers, refrigeration drawers, wine cabinets, beverage centers and coffee machines. One thing to take note of is that the Scholtès North American product line has been specifically developed for the needs and requirements of the market. Product specifications acknowledge that consumers should not have to modify their own spaces and installations to accommodate European sizing.
@scholtesamerica, www.scholtes.comBelow is Victoria + Alberts latest collection called The Edge, which has been influenced by British cubic design, taking a classic shape and producing a modern range with an urban feel. The bath has been designed to take up little floor space, instead they have increased the depth, measuring a generous 24” deep, the bath most definitely has room for two. The contemporary design is mirrored in the twin sinks, a must have if space permits.  Made from 100% ENGLISHCAST®, a naturally white material rich in volcanic limestone, The Edge collection is certainly a design triumph.  For more information visit their website


A final thank you to Vitra (image below), another #BlogTourNYC sponsor and a company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable
solutions for the office, the home and for public spaces.  Founded in 1950, Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in Switzerland by applying a diligent design process
that brings together the company’s engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers.

Introducing Samuel Heath: #BlogTour NYC sponsor

On March 17th, 2012 by .

I would like to introduce to you another of our fantastic BlogTour sponsors, Samuel Heath.  This English brassware manufacturer was founded in 1820 and is  renowned for creating beautiful bathroom fittings including faucets, showers and accessories, as well as a range of architectural hardware.  As a stylist, I am very familiar with the brand and have included their products in many features over the years.  Their stylish and varied collections have a timeless elegance that compliments both modern and traditional interior schemes.

Samuel Heath’s collections have been specified by interior designers for private residences, high-end hotels, luxury spas and yacht interiors worldwide. The company also offers a comprehensive design service to provide support for interior designers, architects and developers on specification projects, as well as some bespoke services including etching and finishing.


Carefully crafted from the purest solid brass, hand-polished and plated in up to 34 individual processes, all of Samuel Heath’s collections are designed to offer stunning quality and enduring longevity to deliver a lasting investment to any interior project.

“Each Samuel Heath collection includes deck, wall mounted basin and bath fillers and a host of showering options. Choose from the minimalist, clean lines of Xenon to the feminine elegance of Xiara, the classic beauty of Fairfield or the authentic design of Antique. The company’s classic and contemporary designs are also offered in wide selection of beautifully plated finishes from chrome, polished nickel to antique gold and satin nickel.

For the ultimate glamour and opulence, the Fairfield collection can be specified with stunning crystal levers in either clear or black, whilst the Xenon collection is also available in a dramatic, matt black contemporary finish. Newly launched this year, Samuel Heath has also redesigned its dual control concealed thermostatic showers across all collections for refined designed and easier installation.”

For more information on Samuel Heath, visit their website or their showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea, London, England, +44 (0)121 766 4200.  They can also be found tweeting @samuel_heath – a great way to stay up to date with the latest news and collections…

 

Hotel Review: UXUA Casa Hotel, Brazil

On August 5th, 2011 by .

Nestled in the colourful fishing village of Trancoso on Brazil’s idyllic Bahian coast is the one of a kind, UXUA Casa Hotel {pronounced ooo-SHOO-ahh}.  The creator of UXUA – Dutch fashion designer Wilbert Das, first arrived in Trancoso whilst traveling in 2004, instantly falling in love with it’s beauty and pristine natural spirit, sense of preservation and tradition roots of the community.  Wilbert felt at home and after 10 days left with the typical Brazilian ‘saudade’ – a Portuguese word meaning a nostalgic longing for something. Within a year of leaving, he returned and started searching for a property to buy and build a home which would later become UXUA Casa Hotel.

“The colours and energy of this town really offer something magical and as much
as I have traveled, I think Trancoso is one of the most visually stimulating and relaxing
places one can imagine; a true harmony of human habitation and nature, and a place with
a wonderful warm native population with deep and extremely diverse cultural and ethnic ties’

- Wilbert Das

 

On Trancoso’s historic ‘Quadrado’; a grassy cliff top square, Wilbert purchased the first UXUA casa named ‘gulab mahal’ which was built and restored to an Indian-style pousada. From there Wilbert set out to create a property of houses {ten in total}, each completely different but combining the rustic elements native to the village.  The casas range from authentically restored one to three bedroom fisherman houses; self catering or fully serviced, to sleekly opulent, but ecologically-conscious treehouses hidden amongst the lush tropical gardens. Trancoso’s rich 500 years of history adds to the design of UXUA, taking inspiration from it’s Portuguese founders in the 1500′s, Jesuit missionaries, Indian tribes, African slaves, and Brazilian hippies of the 1970s. Resulting in an amalgamation of architecture, showcasing southern Bahian and Indian influences alongside a rustic modernism that nods towards Wilbert’s work in contemporary fashion and furniture design.  Wilbert collaborated with local artisans, using traditional building methods, reclaimed and organic materials and Brazilian antiques and art. The fusion between interior and exterior runs throughout the property seamlessly and this can be seen in the choice of colours. The rich, earthy tones and floral brights reflecting the nature that surrounds UXUA.

The eco vibe runs throughout the properties, even the kitchen utensils are recycled coconut shells carved by Bahian cowboys. Shower-heads are carved from the trunks of eucalyptus trees, & sofas are upholstered using canvas taken from the backs of old transport trucks. Further up-cycling can be seen in the beach lounge that is built entirely from old local fishing boats. Wilberts creative use of up-cycling and re-cyling is not only intelligent but inspiring. His keen eye for detail shows up in my favourite feature at UXUA… the lake-like pool. The stunning pool is created entirely from 40,000 specimens of unique green aventurine quartz, a native Bahian stone considered by many to have powerful healing qualities as a therapeutic mineral.  The traditional technique used to build the quartz pool walls is called ‘pau a pique’ – creating a stunning finish, especially when lit at night.

Prices start from R$1710 (around £455) per night. For further information on booking the UXUA Casa Hotel please click here.