8 September 2014

Pinboard fun and cool hooks

For anyone looking to accessorize a small hallway or room here are two objects I really love.

Pinorama, by French designer Inga Sempé

This perforated metal grid has a cork panel at the back so you can  pin cards, notes and postcards on it.  You can add a mirror, a small shelf, and a pen holder. It would go really well in a hallway, or above a desk, or even a sink!

Pinorama in blue

Pinorama in white

Hook by Danish designer Line Depping

Hook by Line Depping

Made of compressed ashwood, this minimalistic, original and multitasking hook is produced in several colours.

(By the way, I'm not sure why the yellow net bag had been left on the floor, but that's very cool too!)

PS: Some of Inga's work is now on show at the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv, as part of the collective exhibition 'GATHERING: from Domestic Craft to Comtemporary Process'.
Photos by Lou

22 August 2014

Monthly interview - intervista del mese

Now the Summer is coming to an end, LLD has got a project for the coming year.

There is going to be a monthly interview with designers, illustrators and photographers.

If you are a designer, illustrator, photographer, interior designer, and are interested in taking part, you can contact me at:


Looking forward to hearing from you!


Con l'avvicinarsi della fine dell'estate LLD sta per imbarcarsi sul suo progetto per il nuovo anno. 

Ci sara' una intervista al mese con designer, illustratori, fotografi.

Se sei un designer, illustratore, fotografo o architetto e sei interessato a partecipare puoi scrivermi a:


Ci sentiamo presto!


Time to dance

If you are a dancer, like dancing, like watching people dance, have a thing about ballerinas, or if you simply need a new clock, you are going to enjoy this post.

A few months ago I published a post about the Salone Satellite, where I was impressed by young German designer Maike Harde and her work.

Here is her latest creation, 'Time is dancing'!

A wall clock made with acrylic and ash wood, where a ballerina's legs and body swivel around telling you the time. As you can imagine, sometimes she is in rather uncomfortable positions, but other times she is elegantly performing dance moves and looks gracious. The idea is to merge the concept of movement with the concept of the passing of time.

The clock is produced by Klein&More.

Meike's work is on show until the 25th of October at the Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv.

More about Meike on:


Photos in this post by Beam Studio (curtesy of Meike Harde).

22 June 2014

Sketchbook update!

I have just uploaded some photos of watercolours on my Tumblr sketchbook.

Care to take a look?


11 June 2014

Architects and their homes

Dove vivono gli Architetti - Where architects live
Salone del Mobile 2014

On my way out of the Salone del Mobile I managed to fit in a gem of a show. My Interior Designer friends had decided to wait for the coach at a café, so I was able to take a quick look round the pavillion dedicated to Bathrooms. Within it there was an exhibition which I had seen advertised all over Milan. The exhibition, curated by Francesca Molteni, was dedicated to eight great architects of our time and their homes. Eight stands for eight architects: Shigeru Ban, Massimiliano Fuksas, Zaha Hadid, Marcio Kogan, Mario Bellini, David Chipperfield, Bijoy Jain/Studio Mumbai, Daniel Libeskind. Withing each space a different experience made of shapes, sounds and a video, showing each architect being interviewed and telling the story of his or her houses and homes.

4 June 2014

Bath time

During my trip to the Design Week we visited an exhibition of Italian products called 100% BE Original Design organised by Elle Decor Italia.

The exhibition took place against the backdrop of the Palazzo Reale, in the Duomo district of Milan.

I was struck by the beauty of the products by Italian ceramic company Flaminia.

Don't you think these three designs would make any bathroom a very elegant place?

Monoroll by Japanese design company Nendo

Monoroll in 'ardesia' (slate-grey)

Rocchetto by Italian Architect Alessandro Mendini.

Rocchetto in all five versions

Boll by Italian Architect Paola Navona

Boll in white and deco'

Read more:

Flaminia at the Salone del Mobile

Flaminia at the Fuori Salone

Be Original

All photos by Little Lou Design

30 May 2014

Pretty earings..

...for a pretty friend.

Amethist and Swarovsky earings by Little Lou

13 May 2014

It's not just about jeans - Non solo jeans

This year, at the Salone del Mobile, Diesel Living was launched.
The Italian fashion brand joined forces with three other Italian brands: Scavolini to create a range of kitchens, Foscarini for Lighting and Moroso for Furniture.

At the fair the various designs were both combined and displayed separately to show living spaces and objects with a signiture industrial Diesel style.

The main stand for Diesel also showed a range of china ware produced in colaboration with Seletti, which will be officially launched this Autumn.

Diesel with Seletti

Read more about:

Diesel Living Kitchens with Scavolini

Diesel Living Lighting with Foscarini

Diesel Living Furniture with Moroso

All photos in this post were taken by me.

Diesel in the kitchen

Diesel kitchen, launched this year as part of Diesel Living, was one of the stands I most loved at the fair.

The Italian fashion brand managed to give all the designs, from the kitchen ventilation system, to the kitchen cart, to the lighting system, a distinctive look. The trademark industrial feel merged with a tasteful use of colour and materials, resulting in a elegant kitchen space with an edge.


My favourite touch. The jeans button on the yellow cart.

22 April 2014

If Tarzan and Jane had stayed in Milan for the Design Week...

... They would have found a mini appartment to stay in just up their Street (metaforically speaking. Of course there are no streets in the jungle).
That is, if Gervasoni and Marie Claire had let them use the showcase rooms that had been prepared in via Durini, at 'Gervasoni Furniture Industry since 1882'.
The installations of the rooms was curated by Marie Claire to show Gervasoni's armchairs 'Ghost Out.'
The whole appartment, covered in exotic wallpaper and fuzzy liane, had a striking effect, evocative of a holiday home of past decades. 

GhostOut in turquoise and tangerine
the corridor with seating area, leading to the bedroom
the bedroom, a jungle in black and white

the en suite

an outdoor/underthesea living area

sun chairs in the sun
All photographs in this post were taken by me.

18 April 2014

Recovering the satellites at the Salone del Mobile

Milan Design Week - Salone Satellite

Tucked away, at the end of one of the four pavillion entirely filled with kitchens, there was a special exhibition for young designers and design students. Here numerous small stands made out of wood pannels stood in a row. Tables, chairs, objects for everyday life, and sometimes the designer too, sat there waiting to be noticed.

This was a really interesting part of my trip to Milan and I am sorry to say I did not have time to see all the stands or take as many pictures as I wanted to (though my friends would say I took lots).

Here are some of the ideas that made me stop and look twice.

Young German desinger Meike Harde standing by her classy and chic furniture and lamps.

Dossofiorito and their very original 'green' idea, where plants and flowers seem to be a little bit into their looks.

an orchid checks her reflection

Liquen Lav young Spanish architect and designer Valentin Sanz with his prize winning bench/table. 

Valentin Sanz with 'Mas' bench and 'Farolera' lamp

'Mas' can be a table, a bench, a chair with a side table...

Sphere and quadrat, a slick collection of tables made of woods and metal, by Polish-German designer Olga Bielawska.

Tepfenhart Design, who were unsuprisigly out of business cards, displaying a wood and metal table, which can easily be transformed into a bench.

Fn:two seats eight people

Fn:two as a bench

As I made my way round the Salone, University of Koln and Koln International School of Design (Kisd) students were in the middle of sorting their display for 'Gute Stube', where modules are used to create a 'design it yourself' space.

'Gute Stube' ready for a game of chess

If you ever get the chance to go to the fair don't miss the Salone Satellite!

All photos in this post were taken by me.

Ps: 'Recovering the satellites' is an album by Counting Crows.

15 April 2014

Designed for the little ones - Design per i piccoli

Milan Design Week - Brera and Tortona districts

Design rocks

Le chien savant, by Philippe Starck

On my way out of the Fritz Hansen showroom I spotted this writing table for children displayed in a shop window. Le Chien Savant, by Architect and Designer Philippe Starck, could help make studying fun. This piece of design was part of a series of products created purpusefully for children, suggesting designers awareness of children's presence in society is strong.

Japanese designer Tomoko/T.Magpie presented her new product Bimbi in the Temporary Museum for New Design, in the Tortona district. This easy to assemble flat pack chair made of recycled cardboard, available in several patterns, was part of a general trend at the fair to support sustainability.

In Superstudio Più, also in the district of Tortona, I found Googy. This rocking horse was made of fabric and wood. It is produced in two sizes, for kids and for the child that is in all of us, and most grown ups visiting the fair wanted to have a go.

Bimbi, a 'green' space-saving chair

Googy, the rocking horse?

a rocking horse and stool from the Salone Satellite

And finally, I spotted this wooden rocking Vespa in Tortona, parked next to some bicycles. I didn't find the name of the designer, but I know a few little ones that would like to own one!

Rocking Vespa

Analog and the drop make me go wow

Milan Design Week - Day 1 - Brera district

My first ever visit to the Fiera del Mobile in Milan began with an unexpected treat. On Saturday we planned to visit the 'Fuori Salone', an alternative unofficial part of the fair. Over the years the Design Fair has become an excuse for designers, shops and makers to display their work not only in the Fair grounds (in Rho) but also all over the city itself. Various quartieri of Milan are filled with stalls and installations.

We started our trip in the Brera district. There we followed a route which would take us to the Duomo.

Our first visit was to be the shop of furniture company Fritz Hansen. Their display focused on launching Analog, a table by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. And re-introducing two chairs by the great designer Arne Jacobsen: the Drop chair in new materials and an improved version of the Grand Prix chair. There were videos being projected onto the surface of the tables, with various scenes suggesting how Analog and the Drop or the Grand Prix would bring people together. The result was captivating.

Analog in white and the Drop in red

Analog and the Grand Prix

An interesting use of the table

What caught my eye though was a small display about architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902-71). It showed a building I happen to be very fond of.

A small display dedicated to designer A. Jacobsen

More about Fritz Hansen:


All the photos in this post were taken by me.

11 April 2014

Fiera del Mobile di Milano 2014

Next up the Fiera del Mobile in Milan.

Keep an eye out for next week's post to read my account and see my photos!

Read more about the Fair:


Fuori Salone