TRIBUTE | Our highlights of Casa Decor 2018

Staying ahead of the latest tends is an essential for a designer. Just in that way our creativity and imagination run free to create projects based on design culture.

That's why this weekend our team travelled to Madrid to visit the biggest decoration and interior design exhibition in Spain: Casa Decor. This original event consists on a exhibition of more than 60 different spaces in a high patrimonial value building in the downtown area of Madrid. There brands, interior designers and visitors meet to enjoy the best designs and decoration.

Today we'll share with you the most relevant tends we found throughout the visit to Casa Decor and also highlight three spaces that we liked the most.

Most relevant trends in Casa Decor 2018

Over the course of the visit we could identify some trends that were repeated en different spaces in Casa Decor.

Art decó was definitely one of the main styles in the exhibition. We also detected details that remind us to the glam culture of the 60s and just as we could see, the oriental aesthetic in the interior design and decoration is reinforcing this year.


Analyzing the materials founded in the different spaces of Casa Decor, we highlight the use of "tesserae"; small tiles that create impressive mosaics in the walls and also for paving. Noble materials like stones and marble had also a big presence in this edition. And was also easy to find metallic golden details in lots of spaces of the exhibition.


As innovative decoration elements, we'll highlight the use of fringes and fabric as velvet and silk; founded in decoration elements, furniture and walls. Talking about walls, we also found spaces with decorative wall papers with basically tropical designs but also some kitsch wall papers.

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We liked most of the spaces of Casa Decor but today we're sharing the three that for us had something special and added value that makes them highlight.

"Geometric boutique" by Marta Sánchez Zornoza

In the second floor we found this space, inspired in a luxurious hotel suite. The designer used geometry for walls, furniture and decoration objects to connect the different areas of the space. That makes really unified areas (bedroom, bathroom and dresser) that communicate within them in a coherent way. We can see how, for example, the bed head is also a mirror for the dresser area.

There is a predominantly reddish colour in the space, combined with brick red, white and also green due to the tropical vegetation.

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"Reading corner - Schneider Electric Space" by Almudena Rebuelta Domeq

Also in the second floor we found one of the most sensorial spaces of Casa Decor. Natural materials, subtle textures but specially the design of this reading corner caught our attention because of the intelligent use of lighting.

In this space the lighting changes creating the effect of the passage of time during the day. It's an original way to use lighting as a element to communicate sensations. In this case, the lighting changes drives you to a relaxing situation where you could be at home reading a good book at night.

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"Glossier" by Katty Schiebeck

And finally, we found a space that transports us to glam culture of the 60s with the freshness of that times.

The young designer presented a futuristic bathroom where the orangey colour, the transparencies, volumes and the reflections of the mirrors achieve a surround experience for the visitor. The use of  curtains and neon lighting complete the interior design of this space.

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Basically it's a recommended visit to the ones of you that are interested on decoration and interior design trends. This edition of Casa Decor will be opened in Madrid until the 25th of March.

IMAGES: Casa Decor Madrid

VXLAB | We turn ten in our new studio!

2018 is a special year for all of us... We're celebrating our 10th anniversary! TEN YEARS. Definitely time flies when you do what you love.


All this time we've been expanding just as universe, growing strong as a team and increasing our services. That's why some weeks ago, we moved to a new and bigger studio in the city centre and finally this weekend, as tradition demands, we organised our Grand Opening.

Good music, tasty food and craft beer. That's the summary of the night. Thank you to all of those that joined us at the party and also thank you to the ones that have placed their trust in us during all these years.

We'll keep working hard to reinforce brand value and making business grow with the best designs.


VXLAB | German Design Awards Ceremony

February 9th was marked date in the calendar. We travelled to Frankfurt to attend at the German Design Award Ceremony and receive our recognition as "Excellent Communication Winners". 

The award ceremony took place in the context of the Ambiente fair in Messe Frankfurt and in spite of the cold, it was a great experience for us. First of all, we were welcomed at the VIP Lounge at the Forum, where the organisation gave to us the Winner Certificate. (just look at our proud faces!).

We really enjoyed the opening of the ceremony, with an amazing music show by the german DJ Efdemin (Phillip Sollmann). We also had the pleasure to witness the "Personality 2018 Award" being given to the design icon Jil Sander, German designer who we admire for his ability to always stay ahead of the times. 

After the prize-giving ceremony we could visit an interactive installation where all the Excellent Communication Winners where presented at the Museum Angewandte Kunst Design Space.

Finally, we got a few hours to do some serious sightseeing along Frankfurt, enjoy the views and eat good food. 


TRIBUTE | Minimalist lighting design by Almerich

It's true. We're a minimal lover kind of team. When we're focused in the research process for an interior design project, we always look for inspiring and minimal designs that captivate us. When it comes to lighting we think about Almerich and that's why today we pay tribute to Moon collection, the latest design of this Spanish lighting brand.

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This collection is inspired by the light of a full moon and includes a table, floor and suspension lamps. The minimalist design of Moon collection features hand blown opal glass globe diffusers that imitate stars, arranged in various compositions on brass, chrome or lacquered frames.

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The table lamp of this lighting collection offers two different sized diffusers and a surface for storing and displaying objects.

On the other hand, the floor lamp features three different sized glass globe diffusers and a lower surface that can be used as a side table.

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Meanwhile, the suspension lamps are made up of a network of three to five glass globes of various different sizes; designed as if they were planets in the solar system.

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This minimal lighting series definitely captivated our interior designer hearts. With no doubt we'll take into consideration this lighting collection for our new interior design projects. It can mesh well with our most demanding minimal projects.

Images: Almerich, agus kim

TRIBUTE | Neobio restaurant for active kids

It's December, almost Christmas, and we're already planning the upcoming dinners with friends, colleagues and families. And for those of you who have kids, you know very well what happens when you go out for a familiar dinner: everything gets crazy. Kids tend stand up all the time, run everywhere and go to play right away after they eat. 
That's why today we pay tribute to this magical place for children: Neobio Kids restaurant.

The interior design, by X+Living, divided the space into 5 different areas: Reading Area, Dinning Area, Sims City, Climbing Area and Party Room. Entering the main entrance, we are surrounded by wavy forests and rolling hills, which are book shelves of the reading area and are the best place for kids to play hide-and-seek. Every tree hole is an exclusive small world for the children.


Through the ocean pool-like stairs we come to the Sims City, where a miniature city is created. Here you could find urban road system, including roads, zebra crossings, street lamps and parking lots. In the middle, a 3-stories house is divided into left and right side, within which there are mini post office, gas station, supermarket, hospital etc.; also there are kids' favorite Play House scenes: kitchen, dress, make up and changing diapers for babies. The kids could go every corner freely in the mini city, and parents could watch their kids having fun at the rest area on the opposite side.

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Go across along Time Tunnel, we arrive at the Big Child Area where parents could bring their children to enjoy delicious food in the dining area after the children had a great time playing all around. In the dining area, lots of balloon-like hanging Game Boxes are designed, all of which are connected by transparent crawlways, children could have fun crawling all around. There are dining tables around these boxes, allowing parents to take care of their kids while dining. Two VIP rooms are designed for families who require private space. 

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In the basement, there is the Party Room for kids with various themes such as Indian, desert and Mediterranean. Here, children could hold birthday party in their favorite room.

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Definitely that restaurant is a paradise for active kids and parents that just want to enjoy a dinner (at least once). 

Images: @SHAO Feng / X+Living

TRIBUTE | Co-living space by Fabrica

At the studio we usually say that through design we can make a better world. That's why we always enjoy finding design projects related with social initiatives. Today we invite you to discover Fabrica's Space Scholarship: a design for equality, safety and education. 

Space Scholarship is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by AP (Thailand) Public Company Limited, a leading property developer in Thailand, who commissioned to Fabrica the interior design of some condominium units in Bangkok.


The goal was to create a co-living space to seven students with financial difficulties. The aim is to enable communication and human relations, allowing the students to benefit from a shared personal life and grow in a sense of community, keeping elevate standards of quality, service and safety.


The apartment interiors have a dual purpose: they can be open or closed, depending if the students want to eat together or unfold the divider to study in privacy. The efficient use of space, hidden storage and practical nature of the furniture help the students to have an organized apartment.


The space is helping communication, human relationships, and the sense of community and the design promotes a sense of responsibility, independence, and the feeling of being at ‘home’.



TRIBUTE | Star Wars collection by rag & bone

We just discovered the original rag & bone collection inspired by Star Wars and we're already in love. This meticulous work in fashion design is far, far away from the merchandising clothes with Star Wars logos that we can find out there. If you are a Star Wars fan like us, you'll enjoy today's tribute. 

It is not a secret that Star Wars films have created some of the most incredible and eternal looks in the history of cinema. Those outfits have even influenced the world of fashion over the years.

That time, the brand rag & bone collaborated with Disney and Lucasfilm to create that collection. Marcus Wainwright (rag & bone CEO, Founder and Creative Director), who has been a fan of sci-fi movies since he was about five years old, wanted to design a Star Wars collection definitely inspired by the films but he doesn't want to just "put Star Wars on a t-shirt". He was looking for something more subtle that maintains the original style of rag & bone products. That's why the brand decided to re-imagine some of their favorite rag & bone pieces while including very subtle little details inspired by some of the most memorable characters, locations, colors, patterns and outfits present in Star Wars films.

The result of that conscious design project is "The last Jedi Capsule Collection", with 22 limited edition pieces to truly fall in love with:


That sweater... is inspired by Obi Wan's hood!


And what about those high heel boots? Ready for rebellion.



Definitely that's the perfect outfit for a modern Jedi. So stay tuned, check that limited collection pieces and luckily get one of those special designs. May the Force be with you.

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TRIBUTE | Barca's restaurant design by Fantolino

We don't know if we are wise or foolish, because when we go out for a lunch we tend to choose the restaurant for its unique architectonic design (and then we hope that the food will also be good). So, next time we'll travel to Italy, we already know where we'll stop for a meal: at Barca's restaurant in Turin.


Barca’s bar and restaurant was designed by the arquitect Fabio Fantolino and is placed in a Turin building overlooking the 19th Century, in the Borgo Nuovo district.

We can find large full-height windows that overlook the street form, the key element of the concept for Barca’s. That design helps the architect to overcome the challenge of bringing an airy and welcoming feel to that smaller space.


The three-story restaurant is characterised by a consistent design that connects the first two floors. The white tones of the walls and objects interrupt giving way to blue fern wallpaper framed by American walnut wood.

Custom-designed lighting consisting of diagonally cut cylindrical chrome profiles and custom-made tables of different colour laminates and Marcel Breuer side chairs in Alcantara all recall the design of the 1970’s: these furnishing elements contribute to the creation of a warm and relaxed atmosphere. There’s a special focus on sofas and chairs; sea blue velvet, green dry cotton twill and hazel Alcantara alternate, covering all the seats throughout the three floors.


The underground level houses a more intimate and reserved area, where the dark shades of the walls is softened by the red melange tones of the seats. The space is punctuated by blue velvet screens and wooden panels.


Barca’s offers the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of 1970’s West Coast, while dining right in the heart of Turin.


Images: Fabio Fantolino

Photography: Omar Sartor

TRIBUTE | "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"

When art and activism joined together, we're always there to enjoy how design and art can make a better world. 

The artist Ai Weiwei worked with New York charity, the Public Art Fund, to create temporary structures in three locations in New York City. The Chinese artist and human-rights activist has used metal fencing to create three monumental structures, in a campaign against the border-control measures in America.


The project was founded thanks to a Kickstarter Campaing. It is named Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the proverb that came from the poem Mending Wall, published by celebrated American poet Robert Frost in 1914.


The artist hopes it will provoke further discussion about the role that walls play in relationships – in light of the President Trump's plans to tighten immigration controls, by building a new border wall between the USA and Mexico.


It opened on 12 October 2017 and will run until 11 February 2018. 

IMAGES: Ai WeiWei Studio, Jason Wyche

VXLAB | German Design Award Winners

Good news for the team! Our stand design for b10 has won the German Design Award in the category Fair and Exhibition. For us is an honour to be a part of this group of amazing designers.

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Launched in 2012, the German Design Award is one of the most well-respected design competitions in the world and is held in high regard well beyond professional circles.

The German Design Award is the top international prize of the German Design Council. Its goal: to discover, present and honour unique design trends. Therefore, every year, top-quality entries from product and communication design are rewarded, all of which are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape.

In the nomination process, panels of experts from the German Design Council invite only those products and communication design services to participate in the competition that demonstrably set themselves apart from their competitors thanks to their design quality. In each category of the German Design Award, the Winners are selected by a separate jury of experts.

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The winning stand design for b10 was inspired by the work of the Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh, the stand creates the fiction of a factory. Through a rod module system lately covered with fabric, the exterior walls sketch in the air the facade of an iconic factory. This system, died in the corporate indigo blue, contrasts with the clean white of the walls and floors inside.

Discover more details about the winning project: our stand design for b10.