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I Debated weather to post this or not…as its not as ‘structured’ as most of the content of my previous posts. But hey, I saw it, and loved it. Beautiful work by Kiev based artist/designer Valeria Olkhova

FASHION & TEXTILES from Alina Berezenko on Vimeo.


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photos by alina berezenko

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check out JLD’s incredible exhibit at this years AD interieurs, Paris. As I am speechless I will leave it to JLD to describe and explain this luuurvely interior…however as I read this I cant help but hear the words in a sexy french accent…almost pepe le pew like?!

“The initial concept was to portray a maximum of richness and opulence, but in the most contemporary way possible. In classical decor, every millimeter has a specific treatment, finish and pattern. In this space, the accumulation of different effects provides a sense of completeness, sophistication, and lushness to the décor.”

“In this exhibit, I wanted every element of the architecture and furnishing to be excessive. The theme is ‘Imaginary Voyages’ so I created a décor that would give an extreme interpretation of the theme; nothing realistic, nothing common or anticipated, nothing ever seen before or imagined…mingling risk, audacity, and high decoration.”

“I have coined this new style ‘Contemporary Maximalism’. I wanted a real show piece, so I designed the décor as a complete artistic interior installation. I wanted the public to be able to experience an over the top interior bursting with drama and fun. The composition and scale was the key; to have mass, space, volume, shadow, light, juxtapositions, and direct dialogues between the interior architecture and furnishing.”

“I selected a motif which at first simply seems graphic but which is in fact very complex and ornamental. It is very rich with not a single straight line. The concept behind using the same exact pattern but in various different scales was to limit the cacophony. The idea was not to create a dizzying effect but the opposite. For the eye to be able to slide over the space and each element therein, as not one square inch of the space has been ignored. As well as the ethnic and imaginary notions behind my theme, I included pieces manufactured from more than a dozen different countries so as to represent my love of travel, different destinations and local craftsmanship. The pattern is featured in the smallest scale on the wall and crown upholstery, almost disappearing into the scene, but still gives a backdrop and substance to all the other elements.
That fabric, bearing the motif that serves as the base element in the design, is composed of wild silk and manufactured in Thailand.The immense screen features another rendition of the motif, painted behind glass by a talented decorative painter who specializes in paint on glass techniques. A very large fireplace covered entirely in mosaics of distressed mirror was developed using the motif on yet another scale. I commissioned Jean-François Lesage, who is based in India, to manufacture a large screen to be embroidered with leather laces, bone pearls, raffia, parchment appliqués and bronze thread. The wooden paneling in the vestibule was manufactured to include three layers so as to create a 3 dimensional effect with recessed volume, cut-outs, and projected pieces. As for the carpet, a fragment of the base motif was blown up to fit the scale and define the furniture layout. It was manufactured in China, using various different weaving techniques. The pattern featured on the carpeting defined the sofa and coffee table design and geometry. The sofas were manufactured by Jean de Merry in Los Angeles, and are covered in six different Italian linens to create shadows and accentuate movement. Fragments of the same motif are found in the 68 intricate pieces of distressed bronze and parchment of which the extravagant chandelier is composed.

In general, the perspectives are completely abstract; losing sense and logical balance. The visitor senses a two-, three- or even multi-dimensional effect.

A poetic, dreamy, surrealistic décor… exactly as I intended., I had so much fun putting it all together with no limits.”

all words and images thanks to  the style saloniste.
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Well this post is slightly past its used by date, but still it must be said that one of this years design highlights has been the PAD fair in Berkeley Square this October. The fair showcased some of the most prominent international galleries from major cities across Europe, North America and Asia.  PAD is London’s leading fair for 20th Century art, design and decorative arts and I must say truly it inspired me with the collection of contemporary art, craft, antiques and sculpture. Below are a few of my favourite stands, click to see the gallery link.

The below three images were taken from the Pearl Lam Gallery (above), of a sculptural piece of furniture designed and made by Shanghai based designer Danful Yang. Her works are  a cross cultural and playful mix of objects and materials used in often unexpected ways. I loved the level of detail in this piece and the used of semi-precious stones.

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Summer is over and its time to get back on the Ol’ Catchtag blog….and I will admit I have missed you all! We are looking to share loads of lovely things with you over the next few months as we are bursting at the seams with design gems.

In the meantime, I have continued to update the Tumblr account and have also set up an Instagram (all a bit new but im getting there…just look up catchtag)

love. L



Berlin firm ART+COM just completed this stunning new kinetic sculpture in Terminal 1 of Changi Airport in Singapore. Kinetic Rain consists of two sets of 608 suspended raindrops made from lightweight aluminum covered in copper which are raised and lowered in a 15-minute computationally designed choreography controlled from motors embedded in the ceiling. ART+COM created a similar though somewhat smaller piece for the BMW Museum in 2008.

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I have just got back into the office from visiting this amazing property at 15 Pembridge Gardens, Notting hill, London. I was fortunate enough to have a peep inside this immaculate home of interior designer, and fellow Aussie, Peter Mikic. Incredible eclectic furniture pieces (my favourite being a stiletto antique brass capped leg console), brave use of colour (unknown I find to period homes in London), contemporary British art collection and bespoke lighting to die for!! They also happened to be shooting the cover for the next Harpers Bazaar featuring an actor from Downtown Abbey……

I’m now buzzing with inspiration!

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As a dedication to Swedish midsummer, im posting an image of Villa Överby by John Robert Nilsson  (A Swedish Architect). Enjoy! och Glad Midsommar!!!

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Beautiful lights from DelightFULL. I have only posted the details but you must go to their website to see more more more!!


I am definitely keeping these guys in mind for my next project.

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Beautiful Parisian spaces  by design duo Isabelle Stanislas and Leiko Oshima of so-an. I love their mix of high detail against raw materiality, eclectic taste in furniture and perfectly selected artwork. Simple and tres chic.

I also love the flooring in image 3.

all images via so-an

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