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Posted 27.02.17

From Paris to Amsterdam: opulent interiors, tactile textiles & designer prints

By Kelly Rice

Guest blog: Kelly Rice, BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design & Styling.

To some, January is a miserable month of being cold and skint, but after the excitement of Christmas, students from BA (Hons) Textile Practices, Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern and Interior Decoration, Design & Styling jetted off to Paris and Amsterdam to brighten those January blues!

40 students loaded suitcases and headed for Paris! The Generator hostel in Paris was home for the next 2 days, the well-known chain was contemporary yet still on a budget, perfect for us.

Maison et Objet, professional trade fair dedicated to lifestyle, decoration and design, was our destination on day two, and we even had snow as we rocked up to the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre.

The day spent there was incredibly inspiring, there was so much variety through eight massive halls, we certainly had enough to look at!

Particular favourites of mine included; Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors, which featured opulent colours and textures. From animal print and damask to sumptuous velvet with rich emerald colours, the luxurious furniture was placed with such care and attention.

"The trip was really beneficial to our studies, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone."

Emanuel Ungaro, another ultimate luxury brand, I loved the contemporary twist given to furniture made with marble, copper and crystal, the curved sofas & the amazing light fixtures highlighted all the surfaces.

I absolutely loved discovering Jimmie Martin, two London Kensington-based designers who use bright neon’s and punk flavours to create unique one off pieces of hand-painted designer furniture, lighting and homeware. I recommend checking out their Naughty Angels range!

There were obviously more… Koket, Delightfull, Garbarino, Vanroon, Boca do lobo, Ochre, Martinelli Luce, Patricia Urquiola’s coloured glass table collaboration with Glas Italia… plus we got the chance to attend some conference talks and listen to leading designers in the field share their advice and experiences.

Our next stop was Amsterdam, so day three we boarded a train and headed across the border, during our stay here we bedded down at the Meininger Hotel, which was massive, really nice, and the bar opened until 3pm!

Amsterdam is beautiful, and we had plenty of time to explore, take pictures, admire the interesting architecture, visit the famous red light district, discover a Banksy/Dali exhibition, and visit some interesting interior design shops.

The trip was really beneficial to our studies, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone. Everyone had such a laugh and it was a really nice way for all the course groups and years to get to know each other!

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