Wandering on the streets of Madrid, this splendid city of culture and siestas, is an exciting thing to do. A city filled with life and colour makes you curious and ready to start a journey of discovery. The best thing about visiting such a dynamic city is that it offers you the possibility to bump into impressive buildings, unique coffee shops and exciting places. As we surfed the internet searching for cool spots in Madrid, we landed on polkadot, where we did find something that caught our attention. We found an interesting vegan restaurant, Rayén Vegano, boasting a creative and ephemeral installation which happens to mark the restaurant’s entrance.
The installation is a project brought to your attention by (fos) a multidisciplinary team of artists. “Fos” stands for “light” in Greek and “melted” in Catalan. It’s also the name of this remarkable installation built using simple items such as: yellow tape, painted décor elements, pineapples and a lamp. All these brought together, create the illusion of light, “a visual game between perspective and colored volumes that gained the looks.” Impressive, isn’t it?
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.
Create height with items such as plants, artwork and books. Alternate taller pieces with shorter items such as peite vases, as shown below in the A Beautiful Mess studio living room. Not sure where to start? Choose a cohesive look and go for it! The next shelf vignette featured at Emily Henderson showcases a “Desert New Age” style, which welcomes earthy tones, tribal patterns, succulents and mineral specimens, among other pieces. In fact, in the next image we see the exact same shelf, this time styled to create a Playful Scholar look featuring neutral, masculine colors. Note special touches such as a globe and a bust displayed in a cloche. Incorporate a few unique conversation pieces into your shelving display for added interest.