Friday, May 17

Mizumi Collection by Black Edition

[Paid Partnership With Black Edition]

I absolutely loved the Mizumi collection from Black Edition the moment I laid eyes on it. Striking yet serene, the designs are stunning and combine the ancient art of woodcut techniques with modern printing and weaving technology to create a collection comprising of wallcoverings, fabrics and cushions.

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

Created in collaboration with Tokyo born artist Katsutoshi Yuasa, the prints reimagine his original works into large formats and repeats. I photographed my favourite design, the Mizumi mural in my home, and played with some of the cushions too. The textures of the fabrics including velvets, jacquards, satins and weaves are truly stunning, and come in either two or three colours depending on the design. You can see the full fabric collection here, but don't ask me to choose a favourite because I love them all!

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Romita Cushion Detail

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Romita Cushion in Pampas, Aiko Cushion in Avocet, Mitoku Cushion in Avocet

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Mitoku Cushion in Avocet
French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Aiko Cushion in Avocet

The huge mural, a beautiful scene of trees reflected in the water below, measures an impressive 320cm high and 411cm wide and is made up of six drops in total, though it's possible to purchase just half the width of three drops for a smaller space too. Along with all the other wall-coverings in the collection it's paste the wall, making it easier to hang than the traditional past the paper technique.

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Full Mizumi Mural
French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon Detail

All the wallcoverings add such lovely movement and texture to a space without being overwhelming, and they come in up to six different colours depending on the design. The mural comes in four - Carbon (main images), Viridian, Midnight and Basalt pictured below.

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Mizumi Mural Colours


You can check out the full Mizumi collection at Black Edition here.

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection



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Friday, April 19

Milan Design Week 2019 [Fuorisalone Diary Day 5]

Our last day in Milan and we had to check out of our Airbnb at 9.30, so a relatively early start and we headed off to leave our bags at Centrale (the main train station, which is where the coaches leave for the airports).

Then we made a beeline for Kohler which I really wanted to see as we had turned up an hour early for their cocktail party on the Wednesday night and then didn't make it back, so still hadn't seen their exhibit, and I'm so pleased we did!

I'm honestly not sure it's right that I love taps as much as I do, especially when they come is such delicious finishes.

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Top: Components collection  Middle Left: Ombre Finish Middle Right: Tiles and Candle Canister made from re-purposed ceramic
Bottom Left: Grid Collection Bottom Right: Kallista Collection

But it wasn't just about taps - their intelligent toilets were and digital showers were also on display, as well as beautiful tiles (and scented candle canisters) made from unfired ceramic waste, re-used by their WasteLAB and launching this year in collaboration with Ann Sacks. And baths and sinks of course too. So much bathroom goodness.

Thanks Kohler - we very much appreciated your hospitality area too as we'd not even managed a coffee before arriving.

Next it was on to Wallpaper Handmade, the tenth one to be precise, and showcasing so many talented designers. We were strapped for time, but I wish we could have stayed longer. The star of the show for me was Lara Bohnic's stunning Planetaria furniture and lighting collection, and rugs and wall-hangings in collaboration with Kasthall. The furniture in particular took my breath away - such stunning and unusual pieces that really reflect her jewellery design background.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

I also loved this side table by Robin Grasby using pieces of Temmer Stones' pink and grey 'Afrodit' marble, masterfully made into a terrazzo called Altrock by Grasby in East London.

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USM Modular Furniture created this bespoke colour specifically for Wallpaper Handmade and what a beauty it is! I have to say that the design of the entire exhibition itself with colour blocked areas and neon strip lighting was a gorgeous backdrop and the colour palette was spot on.

 This sculptural folding marble candelabra by Latox Lato also caught my eye.

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Next year they're reinventing Wallpaper Handmade as Wallpaper Re-Made, and the aim is to 're-imagine, co-create and re-make the physical world as a smarter, kinder and more sustainable place'. If the PAL electric scooter - a prototype designed by Benjamin Hubert's studio Layer and in collaboration with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio is anything to go by, it's going to be very exciting indeed.

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After topping up our left luggage locker we wandered around the railway arches near Centrale. Favourites included...

'I think' by Maarten Baas

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone


Humanscale presented 'Bodies in Motion' which was an immersive exploration of human movement. The lights locked on to key parts of a persons body when on the podium, their movement mirrored by the lights onto a huge double sided screen in the otherwise pitch black space. Very cool.

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Patterns As Time from Dai Nippon Printing was another favourite of the week for obvious reasons. Pushing the boundaries of printing technology, they worked with deisgners At Ma and NOIZ to create this mesmerising space. Perhaps the most Instagrammable of them all?

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Patterns of Nature by NOIZ

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Time Printing by At Ma

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone




I fell hard for this 'New Chesterfield' chair at Lensvelt. Perhaps it was that gorgeous muted mint that was prevalent throughout the week, but the shape and fact it was beautiful from all angles didn't hurt either. The cream one was equally delicious!

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The Dekton by Cosentino installation was very Zen. Dekton is known to be an extremely durable surface and these polished Bergen and Agra colours were just stunning.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

Our new Vogueing friends were enjoying the beautifully lit tunnel of Dekton too!


Our last port of call was the Alcova exhibition in the disused former panettone factory of G.Cova & Co. I'm so glad EJP dragged me there despite my incredibly sore feet as it was another real highlight of the week, with some brilliant designers exhibiting against the semi-derelict backdrop.

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Secondome

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Clockwise from top left:  Alfa / Matthew McCormick / Supaform / Oddness

The central 'Caffe Populaire' space was created by DWA Design Studio alongside Lambert & Fils. With a huge communal u-shaped table and utilising materials such as marble and terrazzo set against the industrial partially open semi-derelict backdrop, it really was spectacular. Seems such a shame that this the incredible space was only temporary.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

Then it was time to jump on a coach back to the airport and head home, with head and camera roll bursting with inspiration.

See you next year Milano!

Trend Alerts:


Marble / Terrazzo / Pinks & Nudes  / Muted Mint / Greens & Blues / Sculptural Lighting

 Neon Sunset / Monochrome / Brass / Black Metals



Tips & Tricks:

Things I have learnt - don't leave your backup battery charging at home, and make sure your so called EU power adapors are actually the right ones.

Take less skin care and cosmetics (try as I might!) when travelling with hand-luggage.

Don't forget an umbrella, and lots of layers.

Don't stay in an airbnb when the owner is still there or you risk feeling like a naughty school girl when sneaking in super late and it's *quite* awkward with the bathroom.

Steps: 21,911 (We really packed it in on our last day considering we left for the airport at 3pm!)


Total Milan Design Week Steps 95,996. No wonder my feet ache and I can barely walk, but I'm a bit annoyed I didn't do another 4,004 steps to make it to 100,000!

I hope you've enjoyed my Milan Design Week coverage both here and over on Instagram - I've created a highlight if you want to pop over and check out all my Instagram stories from the week!

I'll be back next week with a trend roundup from Milan Design Week.


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Thursday, April 18

Milan Design Week 2019 [Fuorisalone Diary Day 4]

A slow-ish start as our Airbnb bathroom was busy (see note at the end of tomorrows post!), but we started the day eventually with the lovely Design Anthology magazine for coffee amongst an exhibition by Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk, followed by a quick brunch, then headed to the Fornasetti shop, because you absolutely must do that when in Milan!

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Detail of a piece from Kiki van Eijk's 'Freeform' project. This picture sums up what I love about Fuorisalone - the beautiful old buildings contrasted against the modern installations
There were several new products to see, including stunning rugs. There are so many things to fall in love with in the shop, but it was the snake rug that really stole my heart this time. And everything else below!

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French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone


French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

Across  the road we joined the queue in the rain for the Louis Vuitton 'Objets Nomades' exhibition which was in the same incredible venue that Gubi showed in last year. There were some fabulous pieces (of course), by various designers including North London based design duo Raw Edges. The people watching was particularly great - with the ├╝ber wealthy getting guided tours of the show.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone
'Bulbo' Chair by the Campana Brothers for Louis Vuitton

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone
Dolls by Raw Edges for Louis Vuitton

On to the Gucci pop-up 'apartment' store, which really was mind-blowingly gorgeous, dressed head to toe in their prints and products over two floors. When the Gucci home collection first launched, I tried not to like it, but I have to admit I do (though in smaller doses!), even if I can't have it. But I could take hundreds of pretty pictures of it, so that's exactly what I did...

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

Sticking with the huge fashion houses interiors, it was onto Versace. I was prepared to quite dislike this one, but I couldn't! It was like a neon mirage (the space pictured was designed by Sasha Bikoff) that I couldn't help but be into, as you'd know if you saw my camera roll! Miami meets Barbie on acid springs to mind, and the print on the bed linen is the same print that was on J-Lo's iconic green Grammy's dress but with re-worked colours. This is a look you'd have to wholeheartedly embrace and I love it, even if I wouldn't have it in my own home.

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French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

After a quick refresh back at our base, we headed out to the Red Valentino store which ticked all the instagram interior boxes having been designed by India Mahdavi. Pink, gold and white marble floors, and more pink gold and white on the walls. What's not to like?

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

With a few hours before our last party of the week, we took ourselves off for diner at Papermoon Giordano - starting with a Spagliato, followed by burata, langoustine pasta and a modern take on tarte tatin. Oh My God - SO good!

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 4 - Fuorisalone

Now at this point I would have been happy to go home, but in for a penny, in for a pound and all that, so we headed off to the other side of town to the Toiletpaper 'Confusion' party. Well there was lots of confusion as we couldn't find it at first, and then the completely uncommunicative security had apparently decided it was at capacity and no one else was getting in - no matter how special they thought they were. As it was still raining, we decided to call it a night rather than persue a nightcap (thankfully!), and we headed back home in an overpriced Uber.

Trend Alerts:

Anthuriums / Neon Sunset / Boucle / Pinks & Nudes / Dusty Blues / Brass / Indoor Trees /  Mixed Marbles / Pattern on Pattern


Tips & Tricks:


Avoid Ubers as they're super expensive in Milan!
Visit the Fornasetti flagship store for a visual feast.
Papermoon Gioirdano is beautiful and delicious and not obscenely expensive for a treat.


Steps: 19,089 (Average)


Come back tomorrow for my Day Five Diary and trend roundup!

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