I'm a huge fan of design – interior or otherwise (I'll admit that HGTV is a guilty pleasure…) – so it's very important to me to surround myself with vibrant statement pieces that bring a certain flair to an otherwise dull space. I'm always on the lookout for new design houses or collaborations that are bringing art and design to the next level.
Valcucine, an Italian company that produces gorgeous kitchen systems, currently has a collaboration collection called Vitrum Arte. The collaboration was developed to allow consumers to customize glass kitchen facades with whatever the heart desires, reflecting the lifestyles and personalities of the owners. Thanks to a technique perfected by Valcucine, the sky's the limit for what can be designed on the sleek glass kitchen fronts (outside of making sure the art is original, of course). Just think: as you’re preparing meals for the week or blending up the most recent juice recipes, you could be looking squarely at a work of art. DOM Interiors in SoHo carries the line and can work with design-happy shoppers to develop the perfect kitchen. An added bonus: all Valcucine kitchens are recyclable and have a very low impact on the environment.
In the same vein, others have taken to this “art on everyday objects” trend. Kim Kardashian has been known to carry a Hermés Herbag painted on by her one-year old daughter, North. The bag is actually quite cute, too – tres whimsical. And good design doesn't need to stop at the obvious – a Japanese design house, Nendo, is known for re-creating products with an outlandish spin, like transparent wood and cubic rubber bands. The most recent product from Nendo is a group of nine geometrically-shaped and architecturally-inspired designer chocolates, called Chocolatexture. Although only offered for a limited time, they are as amazing to look at as they are to taste.
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