Cafe Design – “Not Guilty” by Ippolito Fleitz Group of Germany

Swiss restaurant chain Not Guilty by Ippolito Fleitz Group of Germany. Winner of 2013 Red Dot Design Award for Interiors. Also Luxury Interiors thumbs up for mauve done right.

Swiss restaurant chain Not Guilty by Ippolito Fleitz Group of Germany. Winner of 2013 Red Dot Design Award for Interiors. Also Luxury Interiors thumbs up for mauve done right.

I just saw the cutest and most uplifting little cafe on the Red Dot Design Awards website. Congrats to the talented designers at IF Group on winning a Red Dot Design Award in 2013 for this lovely and refreshing design.

Space plan for "Not Guilty"

Space plan for “Not Guilty”

While I am at it, if you haven’t heard and are living outside of the design twitter universe, Pantone just announced the 2014 color of the year as “Radiant Orchid”.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

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Industrial Fixtures + Rugged Cage Lamps

Wilkos Electric lighting design and manufacturing

Wilkos Electric is a custom lighting design company from Montreal Canada, specialized in vintage industrial lighting and custom work for retail clients and Interior Designers. I met up with the creator, Maciek Wilkos to learn more about his craft and aging processes as well as to see some great installations!

Wilkos Electric Work light. Old world style and aged patina on a new fixture.

Wilkos Electric Work light. Old world style and aged patina on a new fixture.

They were awarded grants from Jeunes Promoteurs & Montreal Inc for the development and expansion of Wilkos Electric. The line has been featured in Magazine Interieur and The Gazette’s Urban Expression Magazine, decorating restaurants in Montreal (Vin Papillon & Joe Beef), New York City (Bare Burger) and Toronto (Best Ellen) to name a few.

Bare Burger Restaurant in NYC with  a ceiling mounted cage lamp.

Bare Burger Restaurant in NYC with a ceiling mounted cage lamp.

Jack Saloon in Quebec City Canada featuring Wilkos Electric ceiling mounted cage lamps.

Jack Saloon in Quebec City Canada featuring Wilkos Electric ceiling mounted cage lamps.

Founder, Maciek Wilkos is a lighting designer and manufacturer with focus on the industrial and vintage style. All of his lamps are created from brand new parts that are aged in house in an Eco friendly manner.

Wilkos Electric - Custom Cage Lamp Chandelier

Wilkos Electric – Custom Cage Lamp Chandelier

Wilkos Electric Vintage Heisenberg Pendant based on a old patent dating from the 1900's.  It is a cluster socket lamp, made to fit 4 light bulbs. Back then, when light bulbs would give out as much light as a candle, so they came up with an ingenious way to maximize the output of a single lamp.

Wilkos Electric Vintage Heisenberg Pendant. Based on a old patent dating from the 1900′s. It is a cluster socket lamp, made to fit 4 light bulbs. Back then, when light bulbs would give out as much light as a candle they came up with an ingenious way to maximize the output of a single lamp.

Wilkos Electric Fender Floor Lamp + York table lamp. Hand crafted in Montreal Canada!

Wilkos Electric Fender Floor Lamp + York table lamp. Hand crafted in Montreal Canada!

Most of the lamps are based on antique models and patents from the 1900’s. They also do custom work for Interior Designers, residential consumers and retail stores. In addition many of Wilkos’ fixtures are UL listed for Commercial applications.

For more bright lighting and some pocket friendly finds check out Maciek’s website: www.wilkoselectric.com

Stay Bright!

~Laura of Arabia~

Kyle Bunting Cream + Ink Hide Rug

He is on a roll; Kyle Bunting’s beautiful rugs just keep getting more and more stunning. Being in the know with the latest trends, the new collection for The Modern Life Concept House at Art Basel topped my list of 2013 must have Christmas splurges. This luxury carpet looks like Patternity and Kelly Wearstler had a furry baby and I am over-the-moon in love!

Kyle Bunting Cream & Ink Hide Rug for The Modern Life Concept House at Art Basel 2013. Via Elle Decor and Kyle Bunting.

Kyle Bunting Cream & Ink Hide Rug for The Modern Life Concept House at Art Basel 2013. Via Elle Decor and Kyle Bunting.

Stay Inspired!

~Laura of Arabia~

Gemstone Mosaics – Now available in the UAE!

Natural Turquoise from the Kingman mine in Arizona.

Natural Turquoise from the Kingman mine in Arizona.

Turquoise has always been a stunning and rare natural gemstone. It has been prized by civilizations around the world for thousands of years and is one of the oldest known gemstones.

Owner of Gemstone Tile LLC and Silversmith, Danny VanCleave, has used turquoise in his designs for nearly 30 years.  It is through his experiences in working with and purchasing the gemstone that led to the discovery of the exquisite turquoise tile.

Mosaic Turquoise Tile

Mosaic Turquoise Tile – handcrafted using jewelry grade turquoise. The vast and beautiful natural color displayed in this product is a unique example of Kingman mine Turquoise.

Mesh-backed Turquoise bricklay mosaic with off white grout.

Mesh-backed Turquoise bricklay mosaic with off white grout.

Mosaic Turquoise Tile - Vertical Installation

Mosaic Turquoise Tile – Vertical Installation

Gemstone Tile LLC utilizes turquoise from the Kingman Mine, located near Kingman, Arizona. It is the last commercially operating turquoise mine in North America, and known to be one of the most prolific in the world, producing large amounts of high grade material.  The Kingman Mine produces nearly 500 variations of blue/green color, which is featured in their Mosaic Turquoise Tile.

This is a large piece of uncut Boulder Turquoise Tile.  You can see the host stone and how the veins of turquoise formed within the stone.

This is a large piece of uncut Boulder Turquoise Tile. You can see the host stone and how the veins of turquoise formed within the stone.

Gemstone Tile LLC is headquartered in Kingman, Arizona, where all of their tile is handcrafted.  From hand slabbing each piece of turquoise, to laying it out in a form, to hand cutting and polishing each tile, it is a completely hand made product that is not available anywhere else in the world.

Apple Cora originates from the South China Sea.  It produces a beautiful combination of warm reds, oranges, and yellow.  This image is of a larger, uncut tile.

Apple Cora originates from the South China Sea. It produces a beautiful combination of warm reds, oranges, and yellow. This image is of a larger, uncut tile.

Mohave Green Turquoise Tile

Mohave Green Turquoise Tile

Color enhanced Mohave Purple Turquoise Tile with silver matrix.  Most tiles come with the option of a gold tone, silver tone, or copper matrix.  The gold and silver is brass that comes in a gold or silver tone, but  real gold or silver can be used if requested.

Color enhanced Mohave Purple Turquoise Tile with silver matrix. Most tiles come with the option of a gold tone, silver tone, or copper matrix. The gold and silver is brass that comes in a gold or silver tone, but real gold or silver can be used if requested.

The stabilized Turquoise slabs can be cut to any specs, installs like regular tile, max cut size is 24″x 96″ and is suitable for backsplash, countertop, flooring, etc.

Gemstone Tile has recently branched into the UAE with full time representation! Contact gemstonetileworks.com for more info.

Gemstone Tile LLC ships worldwide.  The price of this exclusive tile averages between $1500 – $2000/sq.ft. (18,000 – 24,000 AED/sq.m.).

Boulder Turquoise Tile Splash back Installation

Boulder Turquoise Tile Splash back Installation

Stay Inspired!

~Laura of Arabia~