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A taste of “contemporary classicism”

Sometimes all you need is just simpler lines, not much pattern and not a lot of color.
Just the right amount will create a harmonious and contemplative environment.
It is simplicity, but not bland or boring.

Design by +Valeria Bressan at Touie, Inc.
Photo by +Valeria Bressan

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Springtime always here

No matter where I go or for how long I stay
In the beginning or in the end
In public or in a private state
If is winter, spring, summer or fall
We always find each other

It is hard to explain
It is almost like an inner voice that is constantly and unconsciously guiding us towards each other

Some may pass and never notice
But my eyes and heart will never miss

I will stop
Always look, look, and look
And of course, smile!

I know him too well
The colors, the brush strokes, the flowers, the texture…
The garden
His garden!

He always surprises me
He has a special style
Such a special stroke

No art is ever equal
And, I am so thankful
Because

I (Just like him) can discover superb things when I listen only to my instincts. (C.M.)

We are living in different times, but maybe we are not so different from one another after all.

Photo Credit by +Valeria Bressan

#valeriabressan
#france
#leprintemps (1882)
#claudemonet
#givernygardens

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+Abdul Wahab I think you may enjoy this video. Holly Hunt is one of my favorite vendors. Their textiles are absolutely stunning!! I am a fan of neutrals and loved their new collection.
If you ever get a chance, please visit one of their mills in Italy (always fun and the site just beautiful!)
Creative partners waiting to be discovered…

September seems to be most exciting and inspirational month for interior designers. New products are launched and exciting new collections are released … always influencing our profession, passion and decisions for the upcoming projects. We are (physically and mentally) experiencing the latest and greatest trends during the entire month.

There are several events we really don’t want to miss (in special the M&O in Paris and the Salone de Mobile in Milan). Inspiration, connections, exclusive venues and new designs are everywhere inspiring us 24x7…

We hear it all the time: “OMG”, “Incredible”, “Stunning” “Beautiful” “ I want this” “Feel this”, “Woohhhh” “Just Perfect ”Must have”, “I really want to take this with me” “Absolutely in love”, _ etc.

These statements may sound funny to most of you, but in reality an excellent design really starts with a _certain eye , a touch , very high standards, knowledge and of course a feeling .

We care about our selections and have great appreciation understanding how products are created, developed, designed and most importantly manufactured. Our practice have many hands and none would come to life without their collaboration.

Sometimes it feels we are all creative partners just waiting to be discovered.
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Creative partners waiting to be discovered…

September seems to be most exciting and inspirational month for interior designers. New products are launched and exciting new collections are released … always influencing our profession, passion and decisions for the upcoming projects. We are (physically and mentally) experiencing the latest and greatest trends during the entire month.

There are several events we really don’t want to miss (in special the M&O in Paris and the Salone de Mobile in Milan). Inspiration, connections, exclusive venues and new designs are everywhere inspiring us 24x7…

We hear it all the time: _“OMG”, “Incredible”, “Stunning” “Beautiful” “ I want this” “Feel this”, “Woohhhh” “Just Perfect ”Must have”, “I really want to take this home with me” “Absolutely in love”, etc.

These statements may sound funny to most of you, but in reality an excellent design really starts with a certain eye , a touch , very high standards, knowledge and of course, a feeling .

We care about our selections and have great appreciation understanding how products are created, developed, designed and most importantly manufactured. Our practice have many hands and none would come to life without collaboration.

Sometimes it feels we are all creative partners just waiting to be discovered.
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Art...with Portuguese stones

The Copacabana sidewalk is one of the well-known symbols of Rio de Janeiro and represents much more than a place. Many locals do not know, but the sidewalk it is (part of) the identity of its people, and therefore must be preserved as cultural heritage.

All stones used in the pavement construction ~ white calcite and black basalt ~ were imported from Portugal in 1906. The design was originally inspired by the Rocio Square in Lisbon.

In Portugal, the design symbolizes the encounter of the Tejo water with the Atlantic Ocean. In Rio de Janeiro, the idea was to simulate the waves of Copacabana beach.

At that time, the design and shape of the waves were perpendicular to the beach. The modern and curvilinear style appeared in Copacabana only in the 70’s, after the urban intervention and redesign of the artist and landscape architect Roberto Burle Max.

No doubt the Portuguese mosaic or the Portuguese stone, as it is known in Brazil, made Copacabana one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Photo Credit by Laszlo Ilyes

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Arte com as pedras portuguesas.

O calçadão de Copacabana é um dos símbolos mais conhecidos do Rio de Janeiro, e representa muito mais que um lugar. Muitos cariocas não sabem, mas ele - o calçadão - é a identidade de seu povo e consequentemente deve ser preservado como patrimônio cultural.

Todas as pedras utilizadas na construção da calçada ~ calcário branco e basalto negro ~ foram importadas de Portugal em 1906. O desenho do calçadão foi inicialmente inspirado na Praça do Rocio, em Lisboa. Em Portugal, o desenho simboliza o encontro das águas doces do Tejo com o Oceano Atlântico. Já no Rio de Janeiro, a idéia foi simular as ondas do mar da Praia de Copacabana. Nessa época o desenho e formato das ondas ficavam perpendiculares a praia.

O atual estilo curvilíneo em Copacabana apareceu somente na década 70 após a intervenção urbanística e redesenho do artista plástico e paisagista Roberto Burle Max.

Não há como discordar que o mosaico português ou pedra portuguesa, como é conhecido no Brasil, tornaram Copacabana umas das praias mais famosas do mundo.

Fotografia Laszlo Ilyes

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#riodejaneiro  
#copacabana  
#pedrasportuguesas  
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Strong verticals….

Most people opt for having traditional art on the walls - particularly in a public space - for very obvious reasons. Here is something unexpected, yet very clever.

It is hard not to notice and to enjoy (~specially if you are dining out with an interior designer~).

I personally think this is a very nice way to bring color and texture to a setting. It adds scale, creates intimacy and elevates the space without overpowering the atmosphere.

For me, it captures the style and the character of the restaurant perfectly….minimalist, lively, fun; and different!!!

It is certainly appealing and something to remember ....


Photo Credit by +Valeria Bressan 
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I can find inspiration anywhere. Usually, it is a detail. But it could be a texture, a color, an object or even something as simple as a paint swatch on the wall. Sometimes not knowing where we are going can help us to make the best designs.  
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The world of architecture and interior design has huge sources of inspiration, and there’s likely an aesthetic style out there for every taste and project

I am often attracted by  historical references and the Japanese aesthetics. The concept of beauty that it is simple, organic and supported by nature fascinates me.
 
Here is the image of one of my favorite projects designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando. For me, this residence clearly express the concept of  a minimalist beauty .

Architecture by Tadao Ando
Photography is by Edmund Sumner  
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Sometimes when the imagination goes wild, we get the most out of a space. When  designing I always consider intriguing elements that people can enjoy, but also brings its own conversation.   
Here is an amazing inspiration.

Photo Credit: DSpace Studio
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I think an interior space talks about you. Plus, it has soul and can establish a sense of longevity, peace and happiness. I am very interested in designing interior spaces with distinctive styles. I feel part of my job is to mix all the right elements so individuals can understand your story the moment they walk through the door

Photo Credit: Toronto Interior Design Group
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