Last week, at Salone del Mobile in Milan, fashion powerhouse Dolce&Gabbana and luxury Italian appliance manufacturer Smeg teamed up once again to release the third instalment of a uniquely colourful partnership, dubbed Divina Cucina.
Fresh from the heart of Italy, the new range, meaning ‘divine cuisine’, will this time feature two distinctly different sets of matching Victoria range cooker and extractor hood plus Smeg’s iconic FAB28 fridge. All three appliances have been exquisitely crafted in celebration of the rich Italian heritage of both brands and the complete set allows discerning homeowners to create the design-led kitchen of their dreams.
The first variation is inspired by Italy’s celebrated maiolica ceramic pottery with a print in shades of ocean blue and pearl white (featured below). Each beautiful appliance has been decorated with depictions of Mount Etna, the picturesque ruins of the Greek temple of Castor and Pollux in the Valley of the Temples, plus imagery steeped in mythology.
The second design tells the story of Divina Cucina through vivid illustrations of golden yellow lemons, prickly pears, bright red cherries and classic Sicilian decorations that are framed by triangular geometric shapes known as Crocchi (pictured top). The delicate floral motifs are inspired by vegetation and landscapes of Southern Italy. Sicilian puppet theatre and traditional hand-painted carts have played heavily in the creation of this second print where the dominant tones are fiery red and orange.
The collection will be available to purchase later in the year from Smeg’s flagship store at 14 Regent St, St. James’s, London.
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The indoor-outdoor trend over recent years has brought with it a wealth of greens in interiors with houseplants bringing a soothing sense of grounding. Now that spring is here and we are starting to see the luscious greens appear outside we are reminded of how refreshing they can be.
Greens have been known to have healing qualities, and blues with their naturally calming effect can create a feeling of serenity, but using the two together can be tricky. Here are a few examples of some projects we’ve worked on where blues and greens have taken centre stage, with beautiful results.
This 10 Drop Pear Drop Chandelier mixes cool shades of Steel Blue and Teal with a more muted shade of Smoked Olive, adding a warmth to the combination and picking up the softer tones of beiges and greys in the room.
The stunning Victoria Terrace Lounge at the Grand Hotel in Brighton used Stemmed Rounds with Turkish Blue and Yellow Ochre to compliment their emerald and forest green chairs. The touches of warm yellow help to round off the cool shades and the deep blue of the stems balance out the rich greens so that neither colour dominates the other.
Steel Blue hangs next to Yellow Ochre, Teal and Smoked Olive in this 23 drop stairwell chandelier from our New Forest project. Warm yellow shades balance out the palette with the pendants forming a gradient from cool indigos and blues at the top, to warmer blues, greens, and yellows at the bottom. Trully stunning.
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Roca and Swiss bathroom specialist Laufen teamed up to create innovative new designs at their joint-branded Roca Group exhibition suite at this year’s kbb show in Birmingham.
Roca launched its eagerly-awaited Beyond collection, which has been created with the future in mind. Its smooth and sleek lines exude contemporary design whilst its rounded bath and WC provides a sense of the space-age. On the other side of the timeline, Roca presented Carmen, which pays tribute to the past with the redesign of an iconic model from Roca’s history. The classical Carmen washbasin has been recreated and a complete bathroom collection introduced for customers looking for a vintage style. It may take its inspiration from the past, but Carmen also has modern features including rimless WCs.
Alan Dodds, managing director, Roca Group comments; “Our team had a very positive show and we were delighted to be back at kbb again this year. It proved to be a great platform for us to showcase our latest ranges from both Roca and Laufen, and network with our colleagues in the bathroom industry. We had a strong footfall throughout the four days and had lots of quality conversations with retail partners.”
Also on display was the new Armani/Roca collection, Baia. With this collection, Giorgio Armani once again shows his commitment to promoting comfort and wellbeing, expressing his vision of the bathroom environment through a combination of elements that allow maximum flexibility and adaptability. The result is a new versatile bathroom collection, which manages to be both contemporary and timeless, in accordance with Giorgio Armani’s well-known design philosophy.
Laufen launched its latest range SONAR, the very latest design collaboration from renowned designer Patricia Urquiola, which takes Laufen’s pioneering SaphirKermiK material to the next level with an innovative range of basins and a stylish bathtub. Laufen also showcased the latest additions to bathroom range VAL, designed by Konstantin Grcic and presented new pieces, including a show stopping, circular, free-standing bathtub and a complete brassware range.
In addition, both brands presented their innovative shower toilets; In-Wash from Roca and the award-winning Cleanet RIVA by Laufen.
The kbb exhibition is one of the largest and most established kitchen, bedroom and bathroom events in the UK. Hosting over 400 exhibitors for the four days and running an informative conference programme.
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In the spirit of renovation season, we’ve looked for lighting projects inspiration and selected our favourite kitchen light installations from the @fritz_fryer_lighting Instagram feed. Browse the kitchen lighting fixtures which caught our eye for fresh ideas for you own home renovation or design project, or even order the pieces online to feature them in your decor! BROWSE FRITZ FRYER’S TOP 12 KITCHEN LIGHTING PROJECTS
Bathroom light fitting can often be quite tricky, especially when it comes to compromising between the light fixture designs of your choice and the demands for IP44 rated fittings regularly imposed by electricians. While in some areas of the bathroom IP44 rated fittings are highly recommended or even essential, there are many cases in which a standard fitting (IP20) is completely suitable, meaning you have a greater choice of lights.
There are a few tricks when it comes to bathroom lighting which can save you money on your bathroom lighting installation. Knowing what the safety rules are and being aware of all the different approaches to incorporating a non-IP44 light fixture in your bathroom will allow you to be sensible without compromising your design vision.
DISCOVER FRITZ FRYER’S GUIDE TO USING IP44 LIGHTING IN YOUR BATHROOM