The Inspiration Behind The Design – Pretty Pieces

FLOR’s Pretty Pieces rug takes our grid-like system of squares and transforms it into invigorating patterns that seem to go on endlessly.

This rug is a combination of four individual FLOR styles – Cambium, Force Field, Petal Pusher and Cut Flowers that possess random patterns so no two tiles are alike.  These free flowing saturated colors and textures give the feel of walking into a beautiful garden.

The inspiration for this rug came from Josef Frank, widely regarded as one of the greatest influences in the history of architecture and design.  He co-created the Vienna School of Architecture and was influential in what became modern housing. He believed functionality was key to design and architecture, and we here at FLOR obviously second that notion.

(Above: Interior spaces that used some of Josef Frank ‘s patterns)

Frank became an innovator in textile design and for a period of nearly 40 years he created more than 200 patterns. The linear, grid-like look popular during that period was too rigid for his taste so he improvised in a big way, as you can see in his creations.  Scandinavian Design called Josef Frank’s styles  “Always in motion,” which was the theme that spawned the creation of FLOR’s Pretty Pieces Rug.

Images sourced from 1. 2. 3. 4. Elle Decor 5. 6.

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Sawkille Studio

I enjoyed this months Elle Décor Magazine, featuring an article titled “Rising Stars, 20 Talents Shaping Design Today”. One of those featured, is Jonah Meyer, and his upstate New York furniture shop. Sawkille Co. in Rhinebeck, New York is focused on handcrafted pieces, inspiration rooted in classic country furniture, with a modern aesthetic. Not an easy thing to do well, Jonah has definitely developed a discernible style. Collaborating with designers for metalwork, his background in fine art and sculpture is evident in the artful presentation of his creations. Jonah is most definitely on my watch list. Simple, minimalist and handmade.

Images sourced March issue Elle Décor Magazine.

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Mini-Masters in Your Home

Is it just me or is my kid an artistic genius?  I would imagine most parents feel that way when they look at the masterpieces presented to them by their budding prodigy. The folks who put their child's painting in the apartment above probably do, and from the looks of the painting, they just might be right.

Children are very prolific, so there's lots to display.  Here are a few ideas to help you display the art of the talent who owns your heart.


Using a curtain rod and rings to create an ever changing display is a very clever and doable idea found at project nursery.

Covering the walls in durable wall paper (the example above uses seagrass wallpaper as found in Elle Decor) or cork board, allows you or the kids, to hang, rearrange, take down and put back art again and again without worrying about ruining the wall.

If you want to cover every inch, there's a Graham & Brown's wallpaper by artists Taylor & Wood that you can customize with your child's artwork or they can directly draw, paint, etc. right on it.  Very fun.

And as long as we're talking about drawing on the wall, here's a pretty neat idea from artist Maria gil ulldemolins as discovered on Design Sponge.  There's a roll of paper at the top of the frame, so the artist creates right then and there when the inspiration comes and voila–it's framed.  When another creative urge hits, just change the paper for a clean canvas.

I've custom framed a few of my son's creations, but it can be costly.  That's why this LiL'Davinci Art Cabinet is so great. You can easily refresh the frame with your child's latest work and store up to 50 pieces while your at it.

As kids grow so does their skill and their repertoire.  Filling your house with their masterpieces fills your home with joy as big and bright as their proud smiles–and yours. 

Images: (1) Odeedoh, (2) & (3)  Project Nursery, (4) Home (5) Design Sponge, (6) Lime Green Catalog

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