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The Lolita Cafe, Ljubljana, Slovenia

I stumbled across pictures of the Lolita Cafe a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love: it’s modern and yet pays homage to the past, it’s sleek but also opulent, sophisticated and irreverent.

Opened in 2011 in a disused warehouse in the central historic district of Ljubljana, the Kavel Group and Trije Arhiteki joined forces to convert the space into a modern cafe/patisserie. The palate of greens and pinks and soft furnishings of silks and velvets are restrained enough to strike the right balance of being feminine, as well as sophisticated. The chairs are Thonet’s iconic No.14 bentwood chair in white and black lacquer.  Large black cherry pendant lights by Nika Zupanc hang in pairs and clusters of threes casting a soft light across the tables. A two dimensional chandelier of a burning cross hanging at one end of the cafe while a white circular ‘shadow’ on the wall behind creates a striking dramatic effect.

The building’s high ceilings and exposed brick walls giving a sense of space and light always present a challenge for a designer: how to make the space still feel intimate and work acoustically. Noise is buffered by the use of parquet wooden floors and a suspended ceiling. The latter features a enormous graphic mural spanning the width and length of the cafe with a traditional ornate floral design around the edge while in the centre are three mammoth representations: Gustav Dore’s Creation of Eve; an old fashioned lace trimmed handkerchief with a portrait of a lady; and Bronzino’s Allegory of Time.

No wonder the cafe has been nominated for Best International Interior in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.

photos {1-6}{8} Miran Kambic; {7} Jagoda Jejcic

Welcome to La Boudoir Dada

“La Boudoir Dada” are the private rooms of the mesmerising Melwitz Folino. Like all interesting people, she cannot be easily categorised: she is an artist, illustrator, teacher and a muse in the truest sense of the word.

Her tiny studio/apartment’s physical location is a leafy part of inner city Melbourne and its temporal one is the beginning of the 21st century, but as soon as you open the door you are transported to another time and place. Each of the rooms of La Boudoir Dada (including the kitchen) is layered with Melwitz’s work: drawings, collage, model dresses, paintings, illustrations, as well as textiles, books and unique pieces of furniture such as the 19th century velvet covered card table originally owned by a brothel where the ladies of the night played cards between clients.

The Boudoir Dada is a feast for the eyes and pays tributes to the times and people who inspire Melwitz. Her own work references fashion designers, artists, writers and muses throughout the ages such as Giovanni Boldini, Kees van Dongen, Countess de Castiglioni, Dora Maar, Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Isabel Toledo, Jean Patou, Frida Kahlo and Anita Ekberg. Mel is the embodiment of what she passionately believes: that fashion is art and should not be relegated to mere function or be seen as frivolous. This is perhaps why she chose to call her apartment La Boudoir Dada, as the Dada movement was against the grand masculine pre-20th century tradition of art and celebrated the ephemera. Melwitz and her boudoir is a celebration of the senses, of beauty, of texture, of history and of ideas.

She is one of the most productive and engaging artists I know and the Boudoir Dada is so rich that I have divided the tour into two stunning posts: one the living/studio and kitchen area and the other the bedroom and bathroom.

So, Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen! Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to La Boudoir Dada.

Styling Melwtiz Folino; Photography Kate Challis (me) and Emilie Smith

My bedroom revisited: a place to inspire sleep and relaxation

Very slowly I have been re-photographing my house. Since the shots last year a few things have changed, but more importantly I have learnt to use my camera (a Nikon D90) on manual mode and am working with super-talented Melbourne based stylist, Emilie Smith.

Here is the latest instalment: our bedroom. There’s no TV and we recently decided to make the room a computer free zone. Something I cannot recommend highly enough, especially in this age of round-the-clock social networking and information access.

When the room was featured on Design Sponge a few months back many of the comments were about the soft furnishings in this room. So, I have included a source list is below.

Photos and styling by me (Kate Challis) and Emilie Smith

Source List

‘Polar Bear’ painting by Pacquita Maher

‘New York, Paris, London, the World’ painting by Gary Willis

Mid-century chair an eBay find recovered in Du Barry Velvet by Osborne & Little

Cushions also in Osborne &Little Du Barry and Marinetti Velvets

Lamp by Marianna Kennedy

Salong acqua vase, Hemnes mirror, Stockholm Throw on the bed: all from Ikea

Glass side table from The Country Trader

Reading: Martin Gayford’s ‘Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud




Moroccan accents in modern interiors

There is a fine line between contemporary white interiors being sterile and being inviting. One way of creating texture and interest is through the (sparing) use of Moroccan accent items such as lanterns, mirrors, tables and poufs. Here is a little gallery of inspiration.

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Beach house, Watermans Bay, Western Australia via desire to inpire, styled by Nelly of Twinkle & Whistle, photography Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia via The Travel Files

Riad P’tit, Marrakech via The Travel Files

Amsterdam apartment, designed and styled by Martje Nietzman

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living room of my house

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