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Blog for Inspiration from everywhere and everything which inspires Design.

Akhira N. Ismail

Subway interior architecture done right.. depth check, intrigue check, lighting check, functionality check… Dopeness!

Subway interior architecture done right.. depth check, intrigue check, lighting check, functionality check… Dopeness!

*I want my pocket light Ryan Harc!!!*

Akhira N. Ismail

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Design studio Ryan Harc must have observed many women digging in their black holes they called a bag looking for keys and came up with an genius idea- A pocket light! Its not another broken mini flash light banished to live as another trinket on your key chain. This, my dear, is a pocket light that is a sleek skinny card which slides in and out your wallet like money- honey (lol).  Flip the light bulb up and it connects with a small battery and wa-la your light.  It is one of the most compact lighting sources I have every seen. It provides adequate light for you to read or just to look for something in your overly sized pocket book.

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I wish this light was in stores because I would go out and get it.  I would carry this with me always like my phone…. Please Ryan Harc make these available to the public!!! Maybe if we flood their inbox with requests, they would put it into production.. finger crossed -  This is my Style Décor, See if It’s Yours, Go and Explore.

Name: Pocket Light

Designer: Ryan Harc Studio- Ryan Yoon & Harc Lee

Country:  London- United Kingdom

How to Use: as flashlight or reading light

How much: wish I knew because I would buy it now.

Contact:  http://www.7760.org/pocket-lig

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Akhira N. Ismail

Light bulb made out of recycled plastic bottle w/ water and bleach.
Philippines: Plastic Bottles go Solar | Global 3000

-Akhira I.

*Grandma wallpaper, I think Not!– Mr.Perwall *

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My mother was never shy of using wall paper to get her style aesthetic.  Our 1st floor bathroom is pasted with a beautiful green forest scenic which took 4 panels and hours to put up. She achieved her goal of having every guest to feel like you are copping a swat in the forest. Lol.  The point is wall paper never left. However, it did take a nose dive late 80’s and early 90’s.  It has reemerging with vengeance with the mid-century modern explosion.

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One major player hit the scene in the year 2000 and transformed the wall paper game- Mr. Perswall. The Swedish company, Mr. Perswall used a digital printer to create any style of wall paper without using panels. How? They can print a pattern for an entire wall.  So what would usually take  several patience pasting hours might just take an hour..  There innovation and creative is conveyed in there motto “ There collections of wall paper always reflect what is and what feels contemporary in our society”. 

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This is displayed in there mass collections which is categorized in moods for example, communication, expression, adventure memories, nostalgic etc.  In addition, you can upload your own photos or design to create mood on your wall.  This is a company my mother wish existed in her wallpaper pasting days. So instead of painting, create a stylized wall with Mr. Perswall.  This is my style décor, See if it yours go and Explore.  See specs below…

Name: Mr.Perwalls

Country: Sweden

How to Use : on any wall

Cost: varys – sold by meter

Contact: http://www.mrperswall.com/

*Your Sooo Fiiinneeee*

Akhira N. Ismail


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Remember the chinaware of the past that your mother locked and suffocated  in a china cabinet. These dishes only came out to breathe on holidays. As the years gone by, the use of the china cabinet as been utilized for everything except china like teapots, glassware, and random ridiculousness of kitschy vacation souvenirs . However, today, I found a set china that would make me build a china cabinet to protect it. 

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Handmade Limited Edition Fine Ceramics from Manos of Liverpool, Uk made a collection of fine bone china.  These luminescent china pieces are beautiful. They are shaped oh- so delicately, and range from gold trim honeycomb vases to color blocking square bowls china.

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These pieces would make perfect gift or just to add alittle class to your holidayplate setting . Manos’s china definitely brings back the “fine” in china.  This is my Style décor, See if its yours, Go and Explore… See specs below...

Name: Handmade Limited Edition Fine Ceramics
Company: Manos
Country: Liverpool, United Kingdom
How much:  $18- $225


Where to buy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/madebymanos?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Akhira I.

Compact Living: Floyd Legs

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On  Febuary 7th Kick starter closed  a campaign which had a goal of $18,000, however the recipients received $256,273.  With that, I must say ,“Welcome to the market the Floyd Legs company”.   Whats a Floyd leg? Floyd legs are detached iron table legs that could make a table or coffee table out any flat surface. How, by easily unscrewing the clamp to the specific height of the table and slide the flat surface in and screwing it back.  Those quick introductions is how easy it is to use this product.  That easy? That easy! Im jumping up in down because as an apartment dweller this is the best thing made since slice bread (well maybe not bread because that food and this is a table leg.. yeah you know what im say).

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Now, I do not have to throw out a table because its too small or large. I would just adjust the table by cutting that table top or just changing it all together. So Floyd Legs,  as a compact living, apartment dweller myself- I want to say thank you for bring these legs to my the market.  You will have my order soon.

Name: Floyd Legs

Designers: Kyle Hoff/ Alex O’Dell

Country: Detroit, MI- USA

How to use: any table tabletop

How much: $189  set of 4 legs

Contact : www.thefloydleg.com

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*ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) Had BriTish Invasion

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ICFF ( International Contempary Furniture Fair) had a British invasion. Let me tell you it was great.  It was a peak into their innovation and style. I also  got to speak to my favorite wall paper artist Deborah Bowness.  Here is a sneak peak of some of the British exhibits and talent at the show: Marc Schulthess, Naomi Paul, Mineheart, Liquiddesign, Studiojonmale.. etc

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More to come… ICFF…. pic yeaaaaaa  :-)

Akhira I.

Lets Trade: WAnted Design Show NYC - Come 1, Come All..

Akhira N. Ismail

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Last night the opening of  Wanted Design show was great. There are new brands and country representing thier point of view and style of furniture..  Some the country representing was Mexico ( who killed it with there designs and display), Guatemala, Canada etc.  Here are a few designers that stood out to me: Kem3D, Portfolio lighting, Cobalt Oxide tea pots and cups, David Trubridge, Juile Gaillard, Foutu Tissu, Alice Tacheny  and more..

Below are some of pics of some of the  exhibits showcased in Wanted Design show. Come out and show your support to this design community.

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Akhira I.

Lets Trade: Its NYC Design Week Yall!! - Wanted and ICFF design shows

Akhira N. Ismail

This weekend come out to 2 of the best interior furniture and products design show in the NYC - Wanted Design and International Contemporary furniture fair.  You will love, just like I do :-)…

Wanted Design: May 16- 19th  @ The Tunnel 269 11th Ave, NYC. For more info the website: http://www.wanteddesignnyc.com/attend/

International Contempary Furniture Fair: - May 17-20 @ Jacob Javitz Center : http://www.icff.com/

See ya there,

Akhira I.

Tuesday Thoughts

Akhira N. Ismail

Inspiration can come from any wear.  Menswear was my first love in the world of fashion.  Most of the time I try to infuse menswear into any space I design for balance.  If you’re starving for inspiration for your man’s cave or apartment-  instead of a trite sport theme,  how about channeling your favorite car interiors and colors into your design.  This is My Style Decor,  See If Its Yours,  Go and Explore. ….

Akhira I.

Compact Living: Barbecue On My Converible Balcony?

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I was excited to see these pictures on Pinterest of a convertible balcony. So, of course I had to explore. Well it’s true; Coming to a city near you will be a convertible balcony.

Architect Hofman Dujardin from the Netherlands is known for designing amazing spaces and products. However his latest design “Bloomframe” proved that he understands the apartment dweller’s pain- lack of square footage. Bloomframe is a window that can automatically transform into a balcony.  This transforming window increases your square footage by including an outdoor living space. He described this product as, “ As closed and abstract facade in the winter that open up like a flower in the summer”. I couldn’t have said it any better. 

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So take that!!!- house owners with your manicured lawns and backyard grilling.  I can have a barbecue party too on my balcony with less maintenance and clean up. This is my Style Decor, See if it Yours, Go and Explore…  See specs below..

Name: Bloomframe

Designer:  Hofman Dujardin

Country: Netherlands

How much: inquire through email: office@hofmandujardin.nl

*Akhira I.

** Cavern said" I can write on walls too...**

Akhira N. Ismail


I have a compulsion. I like to write on walls. As a child, my parents we’re not a fan of this which lead to many spankings.  So you can understand as an adult and a artist how I gravitated towards graffiti, chalkboard paint, wall murals and graphics etc… If you have this compulsion too, trust me, its okay because now they make stuff like this “I See You", wallpaper.  

Cavern a boutique wallpaper company created a wallpaper that brings the child out in any adult. “I see you” wallpaper is printed with many types of comic book eyes. You can choose any 2 eyes to create as many faces as you like. Now most people would use this for a child’s  room. However,  why not let your inner child come out to play.  Put up these eyes up on in your entertainment room and see how many faces your guest can create.  This is my style the decor, See if it’s yours, Go and Explore..

Name: “I see you wallpaper”
Designer: Cavern
Country: New York City and Los Angeles,  USA
How much:  $120 + per roll
Where to buy: www.cavernhome.com

*Akhira I.

**Grade this Soap?**

Akhira N. Ismail

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I know that most people are into the liquid soaps and hand sanitizers.  However, I still like the plain -ole- bar of soap.  My two reasons for using a bar of soap is: its cheaper and it last longer. My two down falls are:  the residue left behind in a soap dish and lingering piece hair on a wet bar of soap… eeelllll.   Well not anymore with product designer Nathalie Stamplfi Soap Flakes, I can use a bar soap without the mess. 

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Soap Flakes uses a bar of soap, placed it into the well designed grader and with a push, it shaves the soap into your hand.  A cheap bar of soap + Soap Flakes = a win, win to me.  This is cool.-  Check out more Nathalie Stampfli clever designs. This is my Style Decor,  See if its yours, Go and Explore… see specs below…

Name: Soap Flakes

Designer; Nathalie Stampfli

Country: Switzerland

How to Use: Bathroom ( alternative to liquid soap)

Where to buy:  email for info:  info(at)nathaliestaempfli.com

*Akhira I.

Inspired by Jean Paul Gauliter

Akhira N. Ismail

It’s been a couple of months  since I posted anything because I’ve been in a uninspired funk. When that happens, I get quite.  Then, Im on the hunt for my jolt.  No, not the soft drink but inspiration which fills my heart up with design. Today was that day.   I found my jolt- in one word “Gaultier”.  Great fashion designers inspire me. They make appreciated detail, design, color, thinking outside the box, following your heart, and just being a f*cking maverick.  How can you not be inspired by that?  So thank you Brooklyn Museum and my friend Fresh for getting me out of my funk.  Below are  some pics of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in the Brooklyn Museum.. Good design relates to anything even decor. Lets see what you get out of it.   This is my style decor, See if its yours go and Explore……

Name: Jean Paul Gauliter

Country: Brooklyn, New York USA

Where: Brooklyn Museum

Cost: $15

More information: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jean_paul_gaultier/

Lets Trade: 100% Design and Tent London

Akhira N. Ismail

Okay people, so its that time for the annual design week in London.  Calling all designers, decorators, furniture designers, and best of all- design enthusiasts to the best design trade shows in the UK - 100% Design and Tent London.  This week prepare your self for a design orgasm.  Translation, well it means that you will be very satisfied that you came out… Enjoy…

*Fly Akhira I.

Trend Alert: Im All Iced Out, Bling , Bling!!

Akhira N. Ismail

The invasion of Bling in home decor; I LOVE IT!  I have been attracted to the many different facets of these diamond shape home accessories since 2011.  Once you focus on this type of eye-candy, you start to see it everywhere. 
Diamonds are:
Appearing on the floor,
Hanging from the ceiling,
Holding up a book,
Growing a plant,
And lighting up a room!

Everyone can enjoy a little bit of ice in their life.. See specs below.  This is my style decor, See if its yours, Go and Explore.

Diamond Furniture
http://www.trimodestudio.com/stu/
http://www.yondermagnetik.com/BLING
http://kaleidoscopeblog.net/diamond-inspired-furniture-design-by-kaori-aoi/                
http://www.innocent-blue-aoi.com/eclair.html
http://www.212concept.com/collections/stolt-design-collection-c/products/diamond-armchair
http://jakephipps.com/products-page/
http://www.bocadolobo.com/

Diamond lighting
http://erictherner.yokaboo.com/category/lighting/diamond-lights/
http://thediamondlights.com/
http://www.innocent-blue-aoi.com/eclair.html
Diamond Drop ceiling panels; concept

Diamond Accessories
http://www.etsy.com/listing/101340388/diamond-hanging-planter?ref=usr_faveitems
http://www.etsy.com/shop/megamyers?ref=seller_info_count

* Akhira I.