Are we small? Yeah! Are we beautiful? Yeah!: Kitchen Edition

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If you live in a big metropolis, odds are: you have a small kitchen. The growth of cities and population, associated with space restriction, caused the increase of square feet price , and now we live in smalls apartments. I guess most of us don’t give as much importance to home cooking as our moms and grandmas did, so, when it comes to space compromise, the kitchen is more affected. But, this does not mean that it can’t be beautiful. In the kitchen, the key word is declutter. Use cabinets to storage and leave the less you can over the countertops. A nice light fixture can be the focal point. Don’t be afraid of color. If possible, an open space increases the amplitude of the room. Check out this pictures to inspire you and choose your style!
XOXO

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Se você mora em uma metrópole, são grandes as chances de você ter uma cozinha pequena. O crescimento das cidades e da população, associada a restrição de espaço, fizeram com que o preço do metro quadrado crescesse e agora vivemos em pequenos apartamentos. A maioria de nós não dá tanta importância para cozinhar e comer em casa como nossas mães ou vovós – e muitas vezes nem conseguimos! Mas isso não significa que sua cozinha não possa ser linda! A palavra-chave é organização. Use os armários para guardar tudo e deixe as superfícies com o mínimo possível. Uma luminária legal pode ser o ponto focal do cômodo. Cozinhas integradas dão uma sensação de amplitude. E por último, não tenha medo de cores. Dê uma olhada nessas fotos, inspire-se e escolha seu estilo!
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Yellow countertop made of Stone Italiana “Brilliante Giallo”. Rivervale project by KTC Design. Photographed by Bryan Lee.

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From Renovation Diary of Apartment Therapy (Jennifer Pade). Photographed by Pablo Enriquez.

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Leamington project by Sommer Maccdonald Architects.

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Modern Small Kitchen Project by WL Interiors.

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Project by Karim Rashid for Alloy Tiles. Photographed by Maree Homer.

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Conemporary Farmhouse Style project by Signature Kitchens. Photographed by Jim Yochum.

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Park Avenue Modern project by Penny Drue Baird (Dessins, LLC)

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Orange Blaze project by Davida`s Kitchen & Tiles. Photographed by Bob Narod.

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Project by Novell Design Build. Photographed by Latreille Delage.

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West 81st Street, NY project by Lilian H. Weinreich. Photographed by Francis Dzikowski/Otto.

The simplicity of Scandinavian Design

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The Scandinavian Design movement was born around the 1950`s, together with the social democracy ideology – the most common political line of Northern Europe, which combines (i) free-market capitalism and (ii) the welfare state. The design movement, in its turn, tries to combine (i) modernism and functionality with (ii) mass attainability, trying out new material, and ways of production to be affordable to all. These concepts of simplicity, minimalism and functionality end up manifesting a different attitude towards life: to stay true to our simple essence and values.
Here are the interiors with Scandinavian elements I chose for you today. I hope you like it!
XOXO,

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O design escandinavo nasceu nos anos 50, acompanhado da ideologia social democrata – a linha política mais comum nos dias atuais nos países do norte da Europa. Ela combina: (i) capitalismo de livre mercado e (ii) estado do bem-estar social. Da mesma forma, o design escandinavo, em sua essencia, tentava associar: (i) modernismo e funcionalidade a (ii) acesso das massas ao design, por meio de confecção com novos materiais e novas formas de produção. Esses conceitos de simplicidade, minimalismo e funcionalidade acabam por manifestar uma atitude diferente perante a vida: se manter fiel perante à nossa essência simples e valores.
Aqui está a seleção de interiores com elementos do design escandinavo. Espero que gostem!
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Scandinavian cabinets (reminded me of Nelson Glass). That`s Fusion project designed by VINTAGENCY. Photographed by Ludger Paffrath.

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Ikea sofa. Photo from Design Attractor writer, Jan Skacelik.

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Summerhouse Skåne project by LASC Studio. Love the Magis Chair.

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Swedish home decorated by owners Anna and Richard Wright. Beautiful bookshelf. Photographed by Lisbet Spörndly.

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City View House designed by Russian for Fish. Photographed by Peter Landers.

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Minimalist project by Overberg Interiors.

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Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair. 8538 Ruete Monte Carlo project by Tatiana Takaeva.

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Alvar Aalto benches. European Apartment project by Olga Bakic Architect.

Great Designers Series: Eero Saarinen

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It is with great pleasure that I launch this Great Designers Series‘ post with Eero Saarinen, one the most influential architects of the XX century, and also of my favorite furniture designers.

Eero Saarinen was born in 1910, in Finland, son of the renowned Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Following his father’s path, Eero graduated in architecture 1934 at Yale University. In the next years, Saarinen completed many modernist architecture projects, like (i) the Gateway Arc, in St. Louis, (ii) the Miller House, in Columbus, Indiana, (iii) a neo-futuristic terminal in JFK Airport, in New York City.

Besides all the international acclaim in the buildings, Eero has immortalized himself in our homes with the amazing furniture line he designed for Knoll in the 1940’s and 1950’s, including the Pedestal Line (“Tulipe”), the Grasshopper and the Womb chairs.

Further the clean organic aesthetics, the one leg table and chair are made to last forever. The chair cushions can be easily removed to be cleaned or changed; I guess that’s the most amazing thing about design: being timeless.

XOXO,

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É com grande prazer que lanço essa Série Grandes Designers com Eero Saarinen, um dos arquitetos mais influentes do século XX, além de um designers de móveis que mais admiro.

Eero Saarinen nasceu em 1910, na Finlândia, filho do renomado arquiteto Eliel Saarinen.  Seguindo os passos do pai, Eero greaduou-se arquiteto em 1934 na Universidade de Yale. Nos próximos anos, Saarinen concluiu muitos projetos modernistas de arquitetura, incluindo (i) o Gateway Arc, em St. Louis, EUA, (ii) a casa Miller, em Columbus, EUA (iii) e o terminal neo-futurista do aeroporto JFK na cidade de Nova Iorque, EUA.

Além dos aclamados projetos de edificações, Eero se imortalizou nos interiores de nossas casas com a linda linha de móveis projetada para a Knoll, incluindo a Linha Pedestal (“Tulipe”), e as cadeiras  Grasshopper e Womb.

Acima da estética orgânica e clean, as mesas e cadeiras são feitas para durar pela eternidade. Os assentos das cadeiras tulipe são facilmente removíveis para limpeza ou troca. E é isso o que mais admiro no design: atemporalidade.

Beijos.

Saarinen

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European Apartment project by Olga Bakic

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Project by Hilary Walker

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Fairview project by Chris Nguyen, Analog|Dialog

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Sandia Road project by House & Homes Palm Springs Home Staging

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Rosedale Renovation project by MHouse Inc. / Shirley Meisels

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Photo from Houzz.com. Unknown designer

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Chelsea Studio Apartment project by Facet 14 Studio. Photographed by Julie Florio

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Loft in Brooklyn Sweater Factory project by Ondine Karady Design

See more of Saarinen’s furniture here.

Veja mais dos móveis Saarinen aqui.