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MINI Living BUILT BY ALL, Salone del Mobile MILAN 2018

It was an honour to be invited back to Milan, to experience MINI LIVING’s new concept for urban living.

I’ve been following MINI LIVING since their Breathe project in Milan and MINI LIVING URBAN CABIN at London Design festival.

Urbanisation and shortage of housing space is a true global issue, and I salute MINI LIVING for attempting to tackle this face on.

In all their projects, they have tried to address a more ‘conscious ‘ way of living, whilst still embracing design. BUILT BY ALL This year’s “BUILT BY ALL” installation was a visual feast of colours.

MINI LIVING collaborated with London architects Studiomama, to bring to live the concept of collaborative living within personalised spaces. The shared spaces comprise of an open gym  dining area, kitchen, and sitting area. There were 4 individualised living units with different colour schemes called Totems. Within very limited square footage, it was amazing to see how each individual living unit was brought to life.  I love how each BUILT BY ALL living unit had a special personalised room in line with the individual’s interest, a quiet sitting area and stairs that led up to a double bed. I absolutely adore this botanical lover’s yellow space, complete with a plant display booth, desk, and shelves. The yellow really evokes the warmth and happiness of a Summer’s day, whilst the greenery provided a contrasting calm. I found it really inspiring to see how small space living can be realised with well thought out design.  This blue Totem, a space for a music lover was one of my favourites. It’s wonderful to see how storage can be customised to an individual’s needs.  I was also impressed with this cool soundproof room. It truly reflects current Millennials within a digital age of You Tube and recording. This salmon pink living unit is for someone who loves sewing. here’s another view. This minty green living unit is for a ceramics lover. See how his / her beautiful vases and pots are displayed on custom built shelves. Adjacent to the installation was the FACTORY OF IDEAS by MINI LIVING, where visitors become an architect for the day, creating their own urban living space in the form of a personalised living unit. Here’s my colourful creation for BUILT BY ALL.

My important spaces are a workspace for blogging and prop storage, an area for product photography and my bedroom. After following MINI LIVING, I’m excited to hear that it may soon turn to a habitable reality in Shanghai.

I’m excited to see if there will also be new surprises.

I think the the future of homes may become ownerless, in a mobile population that value experiences over possessions.

Finally, I’m hoping that I’ll get to see and experience the new space in Shanghai soon.

( All photography and text are by Little Big Bell. This is a sponsored collaboration with MINI Living).

Tendence I’m so excited because I’m off to Frankfurt during the Summer, to cover Tendence, a forward thinking International trade fair for consumer goods.

As it is one of the first fairs in the second half of the year, it means that buyers will get to see first hand the latest Winter and Christmas trends. They will also be able to place early orders for the 2019 Spring Summer collections.

Here’s a little floor plan of the Tendence Fair.

As you can see, there is such a huge product portfolio to explore, from Homewares, to Seasonal decor and more.

Tendence is much more than a trade fair.

Recently, I was at a press lunch, where Tendence director Bettina Bär, told us about the amazing programmes that will be running.

There will be a Concept Store Inspirations product presentation in Hall 9.0, showing visitors how to turn their own shop into an experiential venue, a place that will encourage customers to spend.

Also new at Tendence 2018, is the Paper & Friends special area curated by Angelika Niestrath, aimed at book shop owners and stationer’s. This will be a beautifully curated space with wall calendars, cards and gift books. Tendence trade fair According to Group Show Director, Philipp Ferger, there will be a new Pioneers of Lifestyle Congress. Here, participants will gain an insight into the lifestyle scene, from experts and innovative newcomers.

Last but not least, there will also be a Tendence Academy, showing retailers how to start up their online businesses.

They will learn how to predict trends, and will get to participate in mood board workshops.

Isn’t this fair amazing? There is so much giving. Don’t you think it’s so worth going even for just the amazing programmes on offer? I am also looking forward to visiting the Outdoor Living area, where garden plants will be displayed with lifestyle products.

Here’s a little peek at what the Outdoor Living area looked like in 2017. I hear that 2018 will be bigger and better. A little heads up for crafters and jewellery designers, there will be a Talents’ competition organised by the German Arts and Crafts Association and Messe Frankfurt. Applications for both those areas are still possible until 19th March 2018.

So what do you think of Tendence, taking place from 30 June to 3rd July 2018? Doesn’t it sound like a great fair?

It’s not all about buying, but there is so much more on offer for buyers and designers.

I can’t wait to cover this on social media.

If you are interested in Tendence, you can register here. 

( All photography and graphics are provided by Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Tendence fair. I have written this as a sponsored collaboration with Tendence, but all views are my own).

My top 8 Interiors trend predictions from Maison et Objet 2018.

I was so pleased to have been invited back to Paris by Maison et Objet, to be one of their Design jury panel. The last time I was there, was in September 2017.

It was so fun to get to select my favourite piece from one of the exhibition halls. This time I got to judge the Eclectic Hall.

No trip back from Maison et Objet 2018 is without a trend prediction post right?

My 2018 predictions are also the things that I would purchase for myself.1.

1.PASTEL COLOURED GLASS ON FURNITURE.

The stunning Harlequin sideboard with pastel coloured geometric glass (photo above) is by Jonathan Adler.

I just think it has the prettiest combination of soft powdered hues. You can get it as a chest of drawers too.

I would happily place this in one of my living room alcoves, with an oversized art print above.

Here’s another beautiful example of coloured glass.

In fact, this glass coffee table, called York, was the winning piece that I awarded at the Eclectic hall for Maison et Objet 2018.

It’s by the Portugal based design company Mambo Unlimited ideas. On first sight, you may think it’s marble, but it’s actually printed glass that looks like marble on a brass base.  2. FRINGE

I think Fringe on furniture or lighting is going to be a huge trend. I’m pretty sure we will start to see variations of this on the high street very soon.

These gorgeous brass and pink fringe lights are from Houtique, a relatively new brand to the market.

I think it looks lovely hung on its own or as a cluster at varying lengths. Maison et Objet 2018 Velvet sofas just got more glamorous with the fringe treatment too from Munna. Here’s a view from the back. Maison et Objet 2018 3. COLOURFUL LIGHTS

I think Brass and frosted white glass lights were very 2017. I say bring on the colour.

These stunning brass and pastel coloured lights are from Magic Circus. I love how the colours especially pop against a darker wall. 4. HEARTS

Hearts are not just for Valentine’s day. I think 2018 will be a year of love as we see heart icons pop up in our homes. The pink heart pouffes in the previous photo and this blue hearts screen are by Royal Stranger. 5.CURVES

It’s bye bye to clean straight lines for 2018, as we embrace circular forms and curves. Petite Friture really showed this trend well with their well curated, beautifully designed, yet accessible pieces.

This Nubilo sofa is by Constance Guisset. Don’t you think those rounded velvet cushions really evoked the image of floating clouds. These elegant curvy dining chairs are a clever interplay of steel and wood, and were designed by Amandine Chhor.

How dreamy is that overhead metal light, designed by Noé Duchaufour Lawrence?

What do you think of that wallpaper in the background by Lisa Laubreaux? I think it looks really vibrant and fun. 6. MODERN HERITAGE

As we go into 2018, we are also reminiscing about the past and longing for it in the present. I felt that Gebrueder Thonet Vienna made that concept possible with this beautiful Targa sofa designed by Gamfratesi. It really reminded me of Colonial days gone by, but brought back to the now. 7.PINK MARBLE.

White marble has now a new rival which I’m sure is going to take the interiors world by storm.

Introducing you to pink marble. I was totally transfixed by the beauty of this pink stone being used for kitchen accessories and small furniture at Stoned. This beautiful side table is seriously tempting me to have my bathroom in a light pink marble too. 8. SLEEPOVERS

Let’s make sleepovers cool in 2018. These gorgeous sleeping bags or slumber sacks are from Sack Me, an Australian based company.  I love the donut and flamingo ones. Which one do you fancy?

It was a pleasure to meet the owner Li-Ann Scott, at an event organised by Maison et Objet, where new companies got the opportunity to pitch their products to the press.  Talking about sleep, check out these beautiful linen and bedding for babies and toddlers from Ooh Noo , who were also exhibiting at Maison et Objet.

So, that concludes my trend prediction for 2018.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little curate from Maison et Objet 2018. Which is your favourite trend above?

Wishing you a beautiful start to your week.

(All press photography have been provided with permission from the respective brands and their PRs)

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