Fortuny Treasure on OKL

Having just wrapped up our whirlwind tour of Italy with BlogTour Milan, including a behind the scenes tour of the Fortuny palace in Venice, this sale (which goes live on One Kings Lane this morning) is close to our hearts and includes some major bounty. Get thee to OKL, stat!


And be sure to check out our post on the Fortuny palace, which was simply divine.

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

This should have been our first clue that we were in for the ride of our lives at the Gessi Concept Lab in the heart of the Brera fashion district in Milan, Italy. As we first entered the building, we snapped pics on these adorable little vintage Vespas (the kind that everyone is dashing through the crowded streets of Milan on!) in front of the Gessi step and repeat before descending the dramatic set of stairs into one of the most unforgettable experiences of the entire BlogTour Milan trip.

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND
What exactly is the Gessi Concept Lab, you ask? It is a luxurious multilevel wellness play space comprised of waterfalls and pools, stone, wood and surprising underground vertical gardens, all set up to showcase Gessi’s bath and kitchen products but it feels like anything BUT a showroom. We will do our best to share this magical place that brings the beauty and elegance of the Gessi brand to life through our images and words, but in reality the only way to truly experience it is to be there yourselves. If you ever find yourself in Milan, we highly encourage a stop into the Concept Lab, which is open to the public. You won’t want to leave, trust us!

The space is set up almost like a museum exhibit, and is titled The Bathrooms of the World. It includes seven installations with inspiration from Morocco, Japan, Russia, New York, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and Bali. Perhaps what we loved most about the entire thing was Gessi‘s ability to mix their often times sleek and modern products with rustic, natural or timeless pieces of furniture and accessories to create that storied and layered look that we always seek in our own designs. Proof, yet again, that the best interiors include a variety of finishes, styles and tones mixed together to create the most interesting of patinas. Allow us to share a few of our personal favorite spaces from within the exhibit. First, the dramatic entrance to the space…

The Moroccan project features the traditional Tadelakt technique, a nearly waterproof plaster used in the palaces, hammams and bathrooms of Morocco. Special Moroccan lime is applied to the walls, which are then finished with river rocks and treated with a soft black or olive oil soap for water resistance. The beauty lies in the glowing, soft undulating touch of the individual artisan.

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

In a new twist on Oya stone, the Gessi Design Studio mixed slats of wood and sandblasted travertine in a Japanese bath. Created naturally from lava and ash, and known for its warm texture, Oya stone was used by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923 for the facing of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. In this Gessi version of a Japanese bath, an original tansu-type piece with its signature hardware becomes a stunning vanity.

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

The epitome of cool, calm and collected, the Scandinavian-inspired bath blends limed pine, marble, stone and hemp, along with other materials.  The mirror is framed with a special treatment of lime with a hemp-based coating.

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

In a fresh twist on time-honored Indonesian design, the Balinese bath features a rugged wood block wall and teak bench that contrast with slick stone walls, modern pedestal sinks and Italian faucets and showers.

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

As you can see from above, the use of the natural world throughout the space was incredible. A living wall, ferns draping over walls and mirrors, palm fronds abound. We loved it all!

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: The Gessi Concept Lab | CLOTH & KIND

Thank you, most sincerely, to the entire Gessi team for providing us with this once in a lifetime BlogTour Milan opportunity and for hosting us in your absolutely lovely Concept Lab. It’s all an experience we won’t soon forget. Ciao!


BlogTour Milan Sponsors | ModenusBLANCO AmericaGessiClever Storage by KesseboehmerDekton by CosentinoNational Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

 

Image Credits | Krista Nye Schwartz & Tami Ramsay of CLOTH & KIND & Gessi.

 

Palette No. 35

We’ve been so busy working on client projects and getting our new website ready for launch (sneak peek below) that somehow a whole week has gone by with nary a blog post! … but Friday just wouldn’t be Friday without Palette.

Palette No. 34 | CLOTH & KIND
TOP RIGHT | Vintage Hand Dyed Throw from Mali, available at Nicky Rising 
TOP LEFT |  Tashkent Embroidered from Tulu Textiles 
BOTTOM | Matsushima Wave Wallpaper from de Gournay

Thanks again to our dear friend Nicky Rising who allowed us to crash her beautiful showroom for an afternoon and put together several Palettes while we were in LA for our LCDQ Legends 2014 event. We could have developed a year’s worth of Palettes between her gorgeous stash of vintage textiles and the incredible lines of wallpapers and textiles that she represents.

Oh, and here’s a glimpse of our new site, launching very soon (we are SO, SO, SOOOO stinkin’ excited about it!)

CLOTH & KIND New Website (launching very soon!)

Happy weekend, guys! xx

FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts

FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts | CLOTH & KIND

We’re the first to admit, we’ve always steered toward natural materials like marble, granite and if we’re lucky and have a particularly adventurous client, more exotic stones like onyx, in projects whenever possible. Our curiosity was more than piqued, however, by a new ultra-compact surface that is revolutionizing the category with advanced technical properties for both interior and exterior design called Dekton.

While in Italy for Salone del Mobile with BlogTour Milan, we were able to experience Dekton first hand and learned all about its superior technical characteristics like the fact that it provides unique UV resistance for color stability outdoors and exceptional strength and performance.  The product is also highly resistant to impact, scratches and abrasion for use in high-traffic areas and has very low water absorption.  It  provides thermal shock resistance against heat, frost and thawing, enabling the material to be used outside in any climate. Dekton most definitely harnesses the potential for design to flow from the indoors to outdoor spaces using one continuous product, which we think is incredible and have already started dreaming of using it in a beach front residence.

But perhaps the thing about Dekton that got us most excited is the ability to customize the surface with any texture or pattern that we can imagine.  Our creative juices were flowing as we started brainstorming the ways in which we could customize this product to our hearts content. And for two girls with a penchant for fabric, texture and pattern, especially those inspired by nature, the possibilities are endless!

Here are the top five results of our little internal brainstorm on how we’d customize Dekton, the CLOTH & KIND way.

no. 1  | CANNA TROPICANA STRATO, TECH COLLECTION
FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts | CLOTH & KIND

no. 2 | WOOD GRAIN DANAE, NATURAL COLLECTION
FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts | CLOTH & KIND

no. 3 | EYELET ARIANE, SOLID COLLECTION
FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts | CLOTH & KIND

no. 4 | GINKO SIRIUS, SOLID COLLECTION
FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts | CLOTH & KIND

no. 5 | BURLAP KERANIUM, TECH COLLECTION
FabFive: Custom Surface Concepts | CLOTH & KIND

S o which one is your favorite?! And where would you use it?

BlogTour Milan Sponsors | ModenusBLANCO AmericaGessiClever Storage by KesseboehmerDekton by CosentinoNational Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie

One of the recurring themes of BlogTour Milan for us was the lovely menagerie of beasts we encountered throughout the winding streets of Venice & Milan. We were enamored with so many of the animals we encountered that we started snapping images along the way.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE | Antiques on our superb afternoon with the Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE | An Hermès scarf.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE | More antiques with the The Antiques Diva.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE: Piazza San Marco square in Venice.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE: The Gessi Concept Lab in Milan’s fashion district.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE: The ceiling at Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE: A doorbell in Venice.

BlogTour Milan: Italian Menagerie | CLOTH & KIND
ABOVE: Wandering the streets in Milan’s Brera district.

Glorious, aren’t they? Now that we’re back from our insane month of travel we’re eager to finally share more from BlogTour Milan with you all over the next couple of weeks.

Image Credits | All photographs taken by Krista Nye Schwartz & Tami Ramsay of CLOTH & KIND.

BlogTour Milan Sponsors | ModenusBLANCO AmericaGessiClever Storage by KesseboehmerDekton by CosentinoNational Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).