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My Ichendorf Milano Story (a.k.a Firenze story)

My Ichendorf Milano Story (a.k.a Firenze story)

My experience with Ichendorf glass goes back quite a few years ago. Let me tell you about it and why I love this brand so much!   

Long story short, I used to travel to Florence frequently in my former work life in the fashion industry. I worked for a global fashion brand and was responsible for product management for the Asia Pacific region. The Jeans collection for the brand at that time was designed in Florence. The office was in a suburb of Florence, so while we stayed in the city at night it was a trek back & forth each day to the office. After long workdays and nights, we'd try to get out for some competitor researches & retail therapy.  


 

Each time I travelled to Florence I would stay at one of the Lungarno Collection hotels, owned by the Ferragamo family. My favourite remains the Gallery Hotel Art. I would always visit the home store Lungarno Details. The store was a combination of products found in the styling of the nearby Lungarno Collection hotels plus a diverse assortment of products. Furniture, lighting, textiles, tabletop items and so many unique objects that would add flair to many homes.

My favourite purchases at Lungarno Details were always glassware. I purchased many things, pedestal serving ware, water & wine pitchers, but my favourite purchases were candle holder & tealights. Even though I live in a modern and casual environment the glassware I purchased was a bit more stylish & smart than what I'd usually select.

These were all from Ichendorf Milano (here we are, the heart of the matter).

Glass tea light

My favourite Ichendorf piece(s) was a set of tealights. They had a raised stand and spiral top.  I had them for many years and they looked great wherever I put them. I used them frequently throughout the house, so they were multi-functional. Often I used them on the dining table, but equally on a coffee table or sideboard. Because they were beautiful & when not in use they sat on open shelves so I could admire them all the time. On subsequent trips, I tried to buy another set but they were no longer available...

Glass bell parfume

Luckily, today Ichendorf has several versions of my old favourite tea light, plus an amazing range of drinking glasses, jugs, carafes, serving ware - as well as some unique pieces such as hourglass sets & a perfumier set. I found that in the last few years Ichendorf is adding more everyday glassware in addition to their range and that’s a great thing since their designs are so well thought out for the way most of us live today.

For those of you who have the chance to visit Florence, I must tell you that the store Lungarno Details is no longer there in the same format (which I greatly regret), it's been converted to the lobby & public space for one of their hotels.

I'm including a few shots from the hotels as well as some of the Ichendorf products. DetailsbyMrK.com will continue to add new products from Ichendorf. 

Oh, by the way, if you're wondering why I used the past tense when talking about those favourite tealights, it is because they were broken by myself when I put them on a window sill while cleaning. I've replaced them with the lantern tealight from Ichendorf.

I hope you enjoyed this article.  Please share your comments below.

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Who's hiding behind Details by Mr K?

Who's hiding behind Details by Mr K?

“Be original and let the world copy you”

First thing first, I'm Mr K, the founder of "Details by Mr K". You must wonder how I got to this business? This is simple, I found that our homes were becoming homogeneous, lacking in personality and warmth. 

This is why I came up with the idea of bringing together a diverse range of products from around the globe for those who, like me, desire a modern yet unique living space.The objective is not to replicate a big box store look! I simply want to provide you with originality and diversity through plenty of colors, textures and cultures, to get you inspired!
 
Next question you must probably ask yourself is  "Where does he find all this inspiration and products?" My career in fashion helped a lot.  It gave me the opportunity to interact with creative & eccentric people, travel to amazing & exotic places that as a child I'd never expect to visit.  I made friends with people from all over the world, and I found that often people who choose to live away from their home country have a unique way to pull together diverse décor styles and make them work!  I really admire that.    
                                       
Plus, part of my job in fashion was research.  Travelling around the world visiting stores, looking for emerging trends, checking pricing, subtly asking a competitors retail associates about bestsellers. This experience was really exciting for a few years, but after visiting one hundred or more stores in a day it did become repetitive. Luckily for me, I found consolation in the few home décor stores I could step into along the way.
You have to know one thing more about me, I shy away from formal interiors, perhaps they remind me of a showroom meant to impress. It's just not for me and I don't think that's how most people live today.  It doesn't mean that I don't have some 'fancy' things to offer you, but they may be mixed together with a teak Balinese platter or colourful Turkish cushions.
As you must have guessed, I do love an unexpected combination of styles. And I love wabi sabi – the beauty of imperfection.  Many of my favourite objects are modern in design, yet may be handmade by talented craftspeople using traditional techniques.  
So, here we are, this was a brief introduction of myself and what I desire to share with you. I plan to post, at least, two great articles per month hoping you'll like them and find them as interesting as I do.
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Les-Ottomans. East meets West!

Les-Ottomans. East meets West!

Les-Ottomans? What's that brand?

Les-Ottomans has a great brand story which started with Bertrando, an Italian designer. 

DetailsbyMrk's concept is mostly aligned with Les-Ottomans. 

Finally, this brand offers many different and unique products full of personality ranging from cushions and carpets to tabletop items such as trays, dishes, glassware, tablecloths etc. 

 

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