You know the old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’- the backbone of a traditional approach to material selection, but one that is gaining popularity. The driving force behind this new resurgence towards the use of original materials is something that seems to be transcending just the aesthetics of design, and can be attributed to the overall worldly shift towards a more honest and organic lifestyle – it’s a celebration of all things real and raw. Apollo, Tokyo - Design by George Livisiannis. Photo by Tom Ferguson. I’m not just talking about the trendy new local café with stripped back concrete walls and exposed piping; that’s a style in its own right, let’s call it ‘faux industrial’.
Ok, as much as I never wanted to admit it – I have a fallen just a little head over heels in love with Lake Como. I never wanted it to be so. Wouldn’t it be so much cooler to detest the path well-travelled, and instead be one of those hippiedom explorers, that one friend who finds some sort of solace ‘in a tent, under the night stars’. For me, that particular scenario goes something like ‘in a tent, under the night stars, surrounded by insects, on a makeshift twig bed, wondering if I’ll make it through the night without being mauled by a grizzly’ (ok, so The Revenant may have part to play in that mental image). Back to Como, Sure, it's where George Clooney has himself a little holiday home,