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.

Palette No. 36

Palette No. 36 | CLOTH & KIND

What a perfectly cheery Palette for this beautiful spring Friday morning, no? This is the last, but certainly not the least, of the Palettes we put together at Nicky Rising‘s showroom while out in LA for our LCDQ Legends extravaganza. We started with this vibrant interpretation of a suzani by our dear friend Mally Skok and layered on some complimentary Carlton V and Plumwich textiles. Here are the specifics.

RIGHT | Suzani Luv in Taupe/Pink from Mally Skok (#SL-02)
TOP LEFT | Novara in Mustard from Plumwich (#K01-13-16-84)
BOTTOM LEFT | Raffia Texture in Sisal from Carlton V (#WC106-3)

Have a fantastic weekend, guys!

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.

 

Press: Lonny & Detroit Home

Hot off the presses! CLOTH & KIND is featured in the new Lonny June 2014 issue as well as the Summer 2014 issue of Detroit Home.

A heartfelt congratulations to Lonny market editor, Catherine Dash, who was recently married in Athens, GA. She enlisted Tami (who, if you didn’t already know, is a crazy talented floral stylist) and Mandy O’Shea of 3 Porch Farm for the floral design.

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Detroit Home graciously included Krista, for her inaugural appearance in this local publication which she loyally reads each month, in their Inspired Designers feature, showcasing her daughter Tahlia’s bedroom.

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Press: Detroit Home + Lonny | CLOTH & KIND

Deep gratitude for including us, Detroit Home & Lonny! xx

Intern News!

We found her! The most perfect marketing intern ever. Please meet Jina Lim, who started with CLOTH & KIND in our Ann Arbor office this week. Jina is a recent graduate of the Detroit College for Creative Studies and is insanely, well, creative and  she has the marketing & social media skills we were craving to boot.

New Marketing Intern | CLOTH & KIND
She’s already proving herself to be totally & utterly invaluable and we’re breathing a huge sigh of relief that she’s here to help. Welcome to CLOTH & KIND, Jina! xx