heART and Design: Love Affair With the Panton Chair

I had once heard that the heart wants what it wants. If that assumption were true, would it be applicable to my love affair for the Panton Chair?

Truth be told, I have never adored a single piece of furniture (/ART ) as much as I love the this one. In fact, six years ago, I told myself this piece of history would be my first luxury purchase. For the time being, I have cushioned myself on it countless times (in various stores and public spaces) and I never tire of doing so.

In technical terms, Panton chair is formed after the human body and has a cantilevered base. The iconic Verner Panton designed it in the late 1960s- with the assistance of Vitra. Also, it is the first “fully plastic chair made from a single section.”

For the market, it is safe to say, Panton chair’s success is due to its cunning + stunning appeal together with its relentless versatility. From the modern 60s look, to the contemporary eclectic era of the 21st century, it is comparable to a chameleon morphing its way into every scenario it faces. A handful of which portrayed below:

The ultimate example would be its appearance at Bartholomew Church in Eastern bohemia by Maxim Velcovsky.

What more can we ask for from a single piece of furniture?

….What about the kids, you ask?

 

This was set to production almost twelve years ago. Talk about being ahead of the trends.

I guess communities of people are having this love affair along with me after all.

For the mean time, I’d have to satiate my longing with visuals, so I have created a pin board entirely dedicated to this piece of art (and since imitation is a form of flattery, there are some unoriginals included within the board). Enjoy! xx

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Inspiring Interiors: Hotels, Hotels!

How would you see the best of the best hotels without leaving your home? The internet! (Happy (belated) Internaut Day!) To be more precise, please click here -and while you’re at it, why not vote for your favorites? I did!

This will be a quick post, but it won’t leave you hanging for nothing. Below are a few eye-popping interiors to inspire you for the rest of the week(end). Don’t forget to read the description bar on the website to know more details how these thoughtful designs came to be.

Beauties like these seem too good to be true, does it not? ❤

Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jing-Ang Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, China – Hirsch Bedner Associates

South Place Hotel, London - Conrad + Partners

South Place Hotel, London – Conrad + Partners

Macalister Mansion, Malaysia - Ministry of Design

Macalister Mansion, Malaysia – Ministry of Design

Jumeirah Vittaveli Hotel, Maldives - Hirsch Bedner Associates

Jumeirah Vittaveli Hotel, Maldives – Hirsch Bedner Associates

The Churchill Bar, London - Bespoke London

The Churchill Bar, London – Bespoke London

Happy Saturday! (Vote now!) 🙂

Inspiring Interiors: Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

When I was at the youthful age of ten, I knew I wanted to be an interior designer; and my heart have since been fixated on designing dream homes. For quite some time then, I never even thought about having to design commercial spaces and whatnots, I was merely so focused with wanting to design residential interiors. Up until this age, I’d rarely be caught researching on designs not pertaining to residential designing. But when it hits you, it hits you. Today, I am sharing a personal favorite eye-candy hotel design of mine, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. Welcome to HABYT’s first virtual hotel tour, “disfrutar”!

First off, the commendable and infamous Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar (aka Restaurant Blanc).

With an interior owning such an amount of charming personality (not to mention great food, or so I read . No doubts about that, but I wish I’d be privileged enough to share from experience :p ), no one should dare question why this is the “essence” of the hotel.

Now knowing the reason why this was a love at first sight for me, let’s formally walk in from the entrance.

 

The atrium. It’s white, rigid lines are contrasted by the peeping colors and playful shadows emitted from adjacent rooms. Glorious and captivating in pairing. “Experience” will definitely be encountered passing through an atrium as whimsical as this.

From the thumbnail, there seemed to be an odd but strangely amusing waterworks going on in the walkway. (They would have pulled it off!) The mirrored reflection at the ceiling is an added detail to the natural ambient they were emulating.  I am in awe of how cozy and wild this room feels all together. This is “bringing nature in” at one of its most elegant attendance.

Here is a rustic, quirky and somewhat glam-vintage accent at the Banker’s Bar.

And now, for the suites and en-suites:

I can only imagine paying for these suites. Really, I can ONLY imagine. (But who knows, one can dream!)

And of course, I cannot end this tour without introducing you to the clever Patricia Urquiola, the orchestrator of this dreamland.

Disclaimer: While I daydream of visiting Barcelona and coming home to Mandarin Oriental, these images are not mine. Kindly click on the images for credits. 🙂 Head over to Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s website and the Contemporist  for more details.