Why we love raw concrete in interiors pt.2

Why we love raw concrete in interiors pt.2

Is your furniture a part of your home? Or do you see it as the stuff inside your home?

Here’s the thing.

We’re all used to see an interior as a set of layers. The first layer are surfaces that define space – walls, floors, ceilings. Then there are floor and wall finishes. Curtains and carpets, maybe. Furniture comes next, just before decorations.

And usually, that’s not only how we see interiors, but also how we design them – one layer at the time.

Actually, most of the trending homes on Pinterest are designed that way. Designed as a space filled with pretty stuff.

They look good and stylish. You probably like them. We like them, too.

Yet, you might have noticed we don’t feature that type of interiors. Partly because there’s not much to say about them, but mostly because our goal is not to show you what to buy. It’s not even to show you what we think you should like.

Most of the time, it’s not important if you like the interiors we feature. We hope you do because you probably won’t take the time to read about something you dislike, and one of the biggest fears bloggers share is publishing posts no one reads.  But what’s important is the understanding why architects/interior designers designed something the way they did, in order to learn how to use those ideas and create a space that’s ideal for you. Continue reading “Why we love raw concrete in interiors pt.2”

Why we love raw concrete in interiors

Why we love raw concrete in interiors

Ready or not, concrete is here to stay.

It entered our homes like a big-shot, covering our floors to help us create beloved „industrial lofts“. Some of us immediately fell in love, some of us didn’t. It was too cold. It looked like the interior wasn’t finished. It was maybe just a trend – nothing we’d love to live with for years to come.

Then little concrete products happened. The coasters, the knobs, the vases and bowls. And we started to think: “Hey, this is nice!” Product design is sneaky that way. It familiarizes us with things and ideas we would otherwise never consider.

Yet there is something special about concrete. When you think about it, it doesn’t really look good.

Now, you can take a block of exotic timber, coat it with high gloss lacquer, and call it a side table. And it would be a pretty side table, no doubt about that.

Just like putting a slice of fancy smoked salmon on a piece of toast would be a delicious snack.

Concrete doesn’t work that way. Concrete works only when you have an amazing idea and an amazing execution of that idea. You know, like a hamburger with brie instead of standard cheese and arugula instead of lettuce. Oh, and maybe a pinch of truffles mixed with mayo. Hungry much?

Us comparing cooking with interior design isn’t new, but here’s what’s new – this week’s breathtaking interiors featuring concrete finishes, furniture pieces and few of the most beautifully designed details we’ve ever seen.

So even if you don’t like visible concrete in home interiors, you still might like this post. Because really, it’s not about concrete surfaces – it’s about ideas and executions.  Continue reading “Why we love raw concrete in interiors”

How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop

How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop

When choosing a kitchen worktop, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many options – from the cheapest pieces of processed wood boards covered with a melamine laminate, to unbelievably expensive stone slabs. And everything in between.

The fact there are countless materials to choose from proves the kitchen worktops are something worth thinking about. Gosh, if only someone somewhere wrote a list of questions that could help you decide. But who? Who would do such a thing, based of course on experiences from their clients and followed by photographs of gorgeous kitchens to serve as examples?

Continue reading “How to choose a perfect kitchen worktop”

About stone coverings

About stone coverings

Again and again, there is the sensuality of the material – how it feels, what it looks like: does it look dull, does it shimmer or sparkle? Its smell. Is it hard or soft, flexible, cold or warm, smooth or rough? What color is it and which structures
does it reveal on its surface?
Manfred Sack

To choose the right material. What a complex task!
It has its color. It has its sound. Its temperature. A specific material doesn’t only create a warm or cold atmosphere – it is physically warm or cold.

Different materials feel differently. They are different to touch.

They absorb or reflect sound (waves). They absorb or reflect light.

Even more than light or colors, materials set the mood.

And the stone is probably the most expressive material to use in interiors. Completly rough, natural, or perfectly smooth. So smooth that it becomes reflective. Slippery, if used on floors. Continue reading “About stone coverings”

About hardwood floors

About hardwood floors

During my hallway/kitchen renovation, I found these pretty cool tiles. They were slightly textured, in warm gray color, and their longitudinal shape was perfect for a random pattern I had in mind. The first person that came into my apartment after renovation said: “Wow, are those really tiles? They look just like a real hardwood floor!” Wait. WHAT?!

If you read our blog, you probably know by now that we are snobs when it comes to materials. Not in the way that we only like expensive ones, but in the way that we only like honest ones.

And hardwood floors are no exception. They are quite pricey, but if you can afford them, they are definitely worth the money. The thing is, imitations are not really imitations. They may look similar, but the texture is different, floor warmth is different, even sound of footsteps is different. While it is possible to get the look of the room with hardwood floors, you don’t get the feel of the room with hardwood floors. Continue reading “About hardwood floors”

About wallpapers

About wallpapers

I wouldn’t say I always used to pay attention to interiors but I have a very vivid memory of walking through my grandma’s house when I was about 4 years old, thinking: ”Why would someone glue these ugly sheets of paper on their walls?”
The house was old and the wallpapers were damaged, even peeled in corners. Not just the design, but the entire idea of using wallpapers for covering walls was outdated. I couldn’t know any of this as a four-year-old, but I was aware of the fact that wallpapers belong in grandma’s house.

Do you remember those old wallpapers? Those were the worst. However, just like any commonly used, old fashioned material, they were perfect for reinterpretation. Also, just like any blank sheet of paper, they have endless possibilities. Continue reading “About wallpapers”

About tiles

About tiles

Have you noticed how tiles made a huge comeback?

We invented and reinvented dozens of materials to replace boring (but practical) tiles. We replaced them with wood, with polished concrete, with epoxy floors, with glass backsplashes, with water-resistant wall paint.
And then the strangest thing happened. Little hexagonal backsplash tiles in few different shades of gray. Amazing collages made of desaturated but colorful tiles with geometric patterns. Bold black and white combinations. We became obsessed! Continue reading “About tiles”