Everything Design and the Kitchen Sink

One of the many incredible destinations of the London Design Fair in September 2012 was 100% Design.  Along with 13 other design bloggers from around the globe, I was honored to attend this design venue to view and appreciate the talent and creativity of so many new and emerging designers. This trip was made possible in part by Blanco, a sponsor of Blog Tour by Modenus.  A manufacturer of high quality sinks, faucets and accessories, which are themselves a depiction of 100% design, Blanco is a company you may already be familiar with.  Visit their website for more in-depth information about their products shown below.

100% Design

100% Design 2012, the UK’s leading and most visited contemporary design event is in its 18th year. It was set to be the most successful year ever staged. Last years event attracted over 18,000 visitors and this year with over 25,000 visitors, is officially the UK’s biggest design trade event.

 Mercedes-Benz greeted us with their new Concept Style Coupé, one of my favorite displays!


100% Design was simply that. Showcasing the breathtaking design of The Mercedes-Benz Model above, was great marketing. They even chauffeured us around in a Mercedes-Benz.

Above are just a few of the very inventive designs spotted at 100% Design. I really liked the concrete wall tiles in the center. Would be wonderful for an office or commercial application.

Blanco is all about 100% Design in addition to 100% quality~

“Family owned since 1925, BLANCO’s humble beginnings included making copper galvanized parts for cookers and hot water bottles with a team of 30 loyal employees. Today, our company has produced more than 40 million sinks, and is recognized as a world leader in quality, innovation and unsurpassed service.
Long gone are the times when a sink was merely used for function. These days, it can be the muse for a kitchen – or perhaps an entire home. Because of our dedication to quality, we ensure that every sink is inspected multiple times before earning the BLANCO name. It’s just a part of our commitment to our craft and our customers.”

 Let’s start with the Flow sink.

“More than a sink – it’s an architectural element.With revolutionary MicroEdge™ technology, our award-winning BLANCO FLOW features gleaming stainless steel that blends seamlessly with the countertop, creating the illusion of flushmounted installation. Only from the artisans at BLANCO STEELART®.

Thank you to all of the Blog Tour Sponsors who made Blog Tour London a huge success!

Thank you to our wonderful Blog Tour London 2012 Sponsors!

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design. I hope you’ve enjoyed and learned from these sponsored blog posts about some amazing products and The London Design Fair in general. I have so many more pictures and events from  the London tour to share and will post about them in the future. Please come back and see what Chatti Patti will be talking about…

Designing Details ~

Designers often use details to make a statement. When determining what precisely could set a certain tone  for a piece of fine furniture or kitchen cabinets, the solution is often hardware. Hardware is by far one of the simplest ways to transform a standard chest into a significant statement piece to welcome guests into your foyer or express your personality in the kitchen on your cabinetry.  As a designer, I have always had a passion for beautifully crafted hardware. I consider hardware the jewelry of your home. Sometimes just the hunt is a thrill. Well, now I won’t have to hunt too far.

If you’ve been following Chatti Patti’s escapades in London during the recent BlogTour, most likely you’ve noted that the sponsors were all about luxury and great design. From beginning to end.

Enter Du Verre Hardware, a company that produces environmentally friendly designer knobs and pulls. With a long and impressive list of Designers such as Clodagh, Goodman  & Charlton, Jeff Goodman and Erin Adams with backgrounds in various disciplines, who lend their expertise, creativity and signature to product development, it’s no wonder the collections of  Du Verre are used around the world in hotel chains such as The Hilton Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ritz Carleton Hotels and Gettys to name just a few!

What are some of the characteristics of Du Verre Hardware that make it so unique?

  • Each piece is finished by hand,which may result in small variations in the finished product, but we designers love that!

A Du Verre Inspiration Board. Photo: Du Verre

  • All the hardware is made from recycled aluminum. ~ yes, I know that’s hard to believe by looking at these beautiful photos, but they are green. Read more here.

For a more industrial look: Harmony and Balance collection photo: Du Verre

The Du Verre Pomegranate collection. Photo: Du Verre

The Du Verre RIO Collection. Photo: Du Verre

The Lotus Collection. Photo: Du Verre

Unique and interesting, not ‘Big Box’! Photo: Du Verre

And last but not least, are these incredible small knobs.  I love the ones on the upper right so much, I want them for cufflinks for my husband!

So cool and inspiring! Photo: Du Verre

Should you be planning a kitchen or bath renovation in the near future and are concerned about the environment, then Du Verre is a company you can be confident in purchasing from!

Thank you Du Verre for sponsoring 14 eager bloggers from 14 different locales to experience the London Design Fair. Thank you also to all the sponsors of Blog Tour!

Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design, check back soon for more illustrative reports on design!

5 Great Design Take-Aways

It’s getting close to that time of year.

Builders and designers in cities across the United States will be working feverishly on finishing their Model Homes for public tours via a Parade of Homes or a Designer Showcase Home for a charity or even a Homearama. I love to attend these events across the country when time permits, from New York to Washington State and places in between. I find it interesting to see what “Regional” design trends are. It really varies throughout the U.S. regions.  Have you ever attended a Parade of Homes or a beautiful Designer Showhouse and come away overwhelmed with all the eye candy and innovative design ideas? What were your take-aways?

Often certain ones will remain in my memory banks for years due to the originality* of the design.  There are many beautiful homes, some simply Over the Top and many overdone but occasionally one will stand out in my mind and years later I can bring it up to whomever my design companion was at that time and we can both talk about it! What’s with the one that the public is lined up outside to see? That would be open to interpretation. Was it the home with it’s own private professional massage room? (Ashley Homes  Columbus Ohio) or the incredible decorative ceilings?

Here are 5 simple ways to achieve some Oohs and Ahhs for your own abode.

Take way 1. Exceptional lighting – You come home from one of these tours and look blankly at your Dining Room and sigh. Oh my, I cannot do all that! BUT, you CAN replace the chandelier that came with the house with a spectacular lighting fixture that everyone can comment on, you will love staring at,  polishing and will be the catalyst for the future design of the Dining Room for which you can call me. Maybe you will even dine in there now.

Exceptional Lighting correct in scale and proportion. All designs, decorations, specifications and photography: Patti Johnson Interiors

Take Away 2. Color that carries your eye from the foyer to the back yard via the breakfast room and patio. Oh my, I cannot do all that! BUT, you CAN repaint the foyer from “builder white” to a warmer shade that transitions throughout the space so your eye is allowed to move around the entire home.

Soothing Color that marries the spaces on the main floor of this home. All design, decorations and photo: Patti Johnson Interiors. Area rug that brings it all together.

Take Away 3.  The area rugs in that showhouse had you wanting to take your shoes off and maybe even lay down and take a nap. Oh my, I cannot do all that!  BUT you CAN purchase a new rug for the foyer or family room or Dining room ( to go under that fab chandelier you just bought). Select one in colors that pull the room, if not the entire 1st floor together in harmony!

Take Away 4: The decadent bedding in the Master Suite had you secretly negotiating an offer in your head on the Showhouse right then and there. The sign next to the custom-made duvet and 16 1/2 pillows showed a hefty price tag though. Oh my, I cannot do all that! BUT you CAN clear your bed off and not use it to fold laundry and invest in a new duvet and 3-5 toss pillows. Maybe in the same color palette of the 1st floor. (called cohesive design, a speciality of  mine)

Lovely and do-able. Fresh, coordinating textiles add a splash of color! Via Pinterest, unknown.

Take Away 5: Number 5 is really Number 1, but you couldn’t wait to get inside and see everything first, so on your way out you actually notice Number 5 or Number 1. The exterior. The approach. The front entrance. The meticulously maintained landscaping and flora. Oh MY, I cannot do all that! BUT you CAN sweep up the sidewalk, paint the front door, plant a few pots along the way, trim or replace the bushes (if they are too large)  and freshen up the mulch, a bi-annual event at our home. It will really make a difference.

Manicured and fresh landscaping on approach.
Photo:Patti Johnson Interiors

So if the trip to the Parade or Homearama or Decorators Showhouse in your city was enough to stimulate you into making some beautiful changes, that’s wonderful, your dollars were well spent. If however, you came home and didn’t have a clue about what to do, that’s okay. You simply call a designer, you can call me. I will tell you to collect pictures of things that stir you, that you can dream about, rooms you can see  your friends and loved ones sitting and having fun in and I will get to work on “Transforming your Space Into a Beautiful Place”. Now THAT is my specialty!

*I attended a Homearama several years ago and the homes were all stunning and one in particular had a glass elevator for the homeowner’s motorcycle that was housed in the walk out lower level. With the flick of a switch, it  could be brought up to street level either to gaze upon or hit the pike. I think the glass enclosure even rotated the bike or maybe my head was just spinning. The same Homearama featured a home with a movie theatre in the lower level. Not a media room mind you, a theatre, complete with a ticket booth and heavy doors leading to the theatre. You could also “purchase” popcorn at the concession stand next to the ticket booth. Both are obviously must haves, so if you want this call me, I have connections.

Thanks again for stopping by, check back soon to see what Chatti Patti is talking about in Design.