Top Trends Coming Your Way In 2020 and Beyond...

Trends are such an emotive topic aren't they? They really annoy some people, including me. But I don't get annoyed because I don't like the concept of them, I get annoyed because the ones that reach mega status (like er, dark grey and tropical prints) stick around for SO long, get done to death, and I get sick of the sight of them, and well, really rather irritated. Irrationally irritated. This is a personality flaw that I probably should address one day. Maybe.

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The Manzoni

ANYWAY, while some trends drive me irrationally insane, there are others that are still on the up that I can't wait to see more of. Then there are some that never seem to take off as much as I'd like them to, which also annoys me. But it's probably just as well because if they got too big, I wouldn't like them anymore anyway. Ha! Difficult? Moi?

So here are my top trend predictions for the coming year (or so, because although some hang around for a ridiculously long time, boy can they take a long time to filter through!), based not just on my week in Milan for Design Week but what I've noticed popping up here and there elsewhere, repeatedly, over the last six months or more...

Muted (Dirty) Mint 


Pinks and nudes were still in fine form in Milan this year, but they're pretty much neutrals now and not at all unexpected. We've seen deep dark greens around for a while, but dirty muted mints (and powder blues) are about to have a moment. And I'm not mad.

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Lensvelt

I spotted mint at Lensvelt (above) on their New Chesterfield chair, the walls of the brilliant Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition, in carpet form at the über cool Besana apartment and mint tiles in Tom Dixon's Manzoni restaurant all in Milan. Whilst I keep seeing 'Neo Mint' being referred to, I say dirty it up a bit with a touch of grey to make it more liveable and you're onto a winner.

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The Manzoni 
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Besana


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Wallpaper Handmade



Textured Walls


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Moooi

Textured walls were everywhere, from Moooi to Nalesso with textured wallpapers, textured stone cladding at Salvatori, and sublime leather wall tiles at Studioart. Micro-cement graced the walls of Tom Dixon's Manzoni restaurant, adding movement and depth, completely negating the need for art. It's almost as if a plain smooth painted wall will be be frowned upon soon. Uh-oh...

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The Manzoni 
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Moooi

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Moooi 
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Nalesso
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Nalesso

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Studioart

Anthuriums



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Hem

The sculptural beauty of Anthuriums have been on my radar for a long while and have appeared on the Instagram feed of artist and photographer Maisie Cousins since 2016 on more than one occasion, and they have just kept on popping up ever since. Still tricky to find, but starting to appear in florists near me which I'm pretty damn pleased about - you only need a single stem or three and they will last for weeks if you change the water and add flower food regularly. The coolest blooms on the block and they last way longer than blousy peonies, though I have to say they'd also look fab together. Spotted at Gucci and Hem in Milan.

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Hem

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Gucci
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Gucci

Neon Sunset



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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton and Versace were both championing the Miami ombre neon look or as I like to call it Neon Sunset. It was also featured at the Time Printing installation by At Ma, then I spotted it on the cover of the Italian Elle Decor Salone edition at the airport on the way home, so that has sealed it really, so like it or loathe it, you can expect to see it more and more over the coming year.

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Versace

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At Ma
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Elle Decor Italy

Ivory Upholstery 



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Lara Bohnic

This one has been coming for a while, and oh how I wish I could justify an ivory sofa! Alas, with two children and a cat it's not on the cards for me any time soon (although perhaps I could issue a flat 100% ban  from the room? Too harsh?), so I'll just have to drool over beautiful images of them instead. Spotted at Lara Bohnic's Planetaria exhibition at Wallpaper Handmade and Louis Vuitton in Milan, but they've been popping up in the magazines for months. Join in if you dare. And make it bouclé for extra trend points.

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Louis Vuitton 
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Louis Vuitton
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Lara Bohnic

Incense



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L'Objet

I know this is a bit of a random one, but it's coming. My mother always burned incense as I was growing up and I have to admit, I hated it as a kid, and have kind of held a grudge ever since. But over the last year I've spotted it in the odd design shop and my stance has softened. A cheaper habit to feed than scented candles (well, potentially!), and I'm ready to dip my toes back in. I've already earmarked a burner or five, so testing will begin imminently. Spotted in all the cool design shops, Gucci and Fornasetti and L'Objet in Milan. You can run, but you can't hide.

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Gucci



The Trio of Keepers

Pink as previously mentioned isn't going anywhere any time soon, nor brass or marble. There was SO much of all three of these around in Milan that I'm pretty sure they no longer sit in the trends realm, but have now earned themselves a spot in the classics category.









Mizumi Collection by Black Edition

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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

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Romita Cushion in Pampas, Aiko Cushion in Avocet, Mitoku Cushion in Avocet

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Mitoku Cushion in Avocet

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

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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

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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

.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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


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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 über wealthy getting guided tours of the show.

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

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'Bulbo' Chair by the Campana Brothers for Louis Vuitton

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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...

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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

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?

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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!

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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!

Milan Design Week 2019 [Fuorisalone Diary Day 3]

Unsurprisingly after a 3am bed time, day three got off to a rather slow start. But a good one!

Breakfast was actually lunch back at The Manzoni, with a lovely group of people and delicious food.

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A less intensive afternoon than the day before consisted of wandering around the Brera design district and coming across great things like the L'Objet pop-up checking out their collaboration with The Haas Brothers which is inspired by the landscape of Joshua Tree. I'm not normally a fan of cutesy things, but sometimes cute gets just the right balance of cool too, and this collection does exactly that, consisting of monsters that are soup bowls, and coaster holders, an smoke bellowing incense burner, salt & pepper shakers and coffee pots. The Mojave Palm candle was absolutely to die for and anyone that knows me knows that I'm VERY fussy when it comes to scented candles. I want one. And yes, they are also VERY expensive.

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We also stopped by the crocheted Missoni installation 'Home Sweet Home' and I can't say it was a favourite - I feel we've seen crocheted or knitted everything a billion times now and it just left me cold. Just me? Too harsh?

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The on to Diorama, a collaborative space showcasing pieces from Mingardo and Studioart among others. Now this, I fell for big time - the leather tiles and colour palette in this room set are just divine!

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Next up was a bit of a queue for Dimore Studio's 'Visioni' - one of my favourite exhibitions of the entire week. Dimore have reproduced seven pieces by the late influential Milanese artist and designer Gabriela Crespi which were originally designed in the seventies. The collection includes the Fungo lamp and wall sconce and several coffee tables using materials such as brass, bronze, lacquer and plexiglass. Set against a backdrop of fuchsia carpet, burgundy/brick red walls with reflective brass panels and sand, it was a surreal visual feast and I never wanted to leave. They even got the soundtrack spot on (anyone know what it was?). And in fact, can I go back and stay? Please?

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French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 3 - Fuorisalone

Also on display were some of Crespi's original pieces from her archive including bamboo chairs, and an original Fungo lamp, and two stunning room sets which were perfect examples of maximalism done right - in a cohesive and considered way.

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French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 3 - Fuorisalone

Across the courtyard from Dimore was the Salvatori installation and I'll let the pictures do (most of) the talking. Let's just say, this was best described as stone and bathroom heaven. Just look at the textured stone cladding and tiles!

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An extended pit-stop at 10 Corso Como in the covered courtyard for a bit people watching a couple of (amazing!) Watermelon and Raspberry Spritzes followed, and obviously a mooch around the store. Luckily I was only doing hand-luggage and literally couldn't squeeze another thing in, or my wallet would have been well and truly empty.

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Battery and power adaptor woes meant no more photos for the rest of the day, but needless to say, we had lots of fun at the Cos and Humanscale parties that evening!

Trend Alerts:


Textured & Leather Wall Tiles / Incense / Muted Pinks & Nudes / Brushed Brass Statement Lighting / Rattan / Marble & Granite / Burgundy & Brick Red / Fuchsia / Carpet / 70's Style


Steps: 16,150 (Hmmm, poor effort)

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Come back tomorrow for my Day Four Diary instalment, and approximately five billion photos!