Monday, March 16, 2015


set within a historical sawmill, the restaurant and cocktail bar carlo e camilla in segheria, milan is established by celebrity chef carlo cracco and art direction given by tanja solci. the existing character of the building has been left majority untouched, the brick walls and the aged concrete walls have been left exposed, altogether adding to the overall industrial feel to the interior. intimacy and sharing is the main concept  highlighted by elements such as the use of two intercepting, communal tables placed at the center so diners can be aware of all aspects during their dining experience.
the building, segheria milano, is owned by tanja solci and in 1999, together with her father, they restored the factory from its previous post-war state for this restaurant. with solci for art direction, behind-the-scenes is led by carlo cracco and his team, cooking up cuisine that reinterprets traditional italian recipes with a contemporary twist.fusing italian culture into the choice of decor and tableware, a story is told through the setting. the industrial feel is refined by suspended vintage chandeliers, and during the evenings, dramatically light the space by casting shadows onto the table surfaces, creating an enchanting atmosphere. nicola fanti, the third partner of carlo e camilla, takes care of the management and ensures that the atmosphere and tanja’s design project is unique every evening.

segheria, via g.meda 24, milano
+39 02 8373963

Monday, March 9, 2015


In January of this year Dutch chef Ricardo van Ede returns with his latest venture Nevel – Dutch for mist – has a waterfront location overlooking the IJ lake and is furnished with marble, whitewashed oak tables and white leather sofas by design firm Concrete. Van Ede’s food philosophy of seasonal, non-trendy fare is evident by way of the jars of piccalilli and chutney that fill the open shelving system. On Sundays, brunch guests are treated to a classic roast, while dinner patrons are asked to trust van Ede with the choice of a three to seven course set menu.

Westerdoksdijk 40


Tuesday, March 3, 2015



Collection for IKEA, 2015
Studio Ilse designed a furniture, lighting and tabletop collection of around 30 items for IKEA, exploring natural materials and simple, useful forms that fit into everyday life. They are helpful, background pieces, not showstoppers. They worked with cork, ceramic, glass, seagrass and bamboo; tactile materials that appeal to them because they feel as good as they look. Studio Ilse worked with all aspects of the IKEA system and the many experts within it and developed the range together with the material, production, sustainability, design and logistics experts, making sure at every step that no part of the process was compromised. Ultimately their goal with the collection is in line with IKEA’s own mission: to make affordable design reach as many people as possible. The collection will be available in IKEA stores around the world from August 2015.