This Week in Interior Design: 13 April 2015

The latest, most happening, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, real estate, and everything in between

Updated on June 06, 2017 10:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Leo DiCaprio Will Soon Open Eco-Resort in Own Island

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Leo fans, listen up! The Wolf of Wall Street actor is set to open an eco-resort in his private island, Blackadore Caye, in Belize. He reportedly purchased the uninhabited island in 2005.

“The main focus is to do something that will change the world,” DiCaprio tells The New York Times. “I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”

He is working with New York City developers Delos to build 68 resort villas and 48 private houses to sell, which the Times says will cost between US$5 million to US$15 million each. DiCaprio hired The Philosophy of Sustainable Design author Jason F. McLennan as principal architect and designer.

Mangrove trees will be replanted around the island, while scientists will study the resort’s effects on its surroundings. Over-fished areas will also be rehabilitated by turning them into conservation areas. Deepak Chopra will also be on board to create a wellness and anti-aging program for the resort. DiCaprio’s guests will also have almost one mile of private beach to enjoy.

The Future of Design: “Happy, Understated, Natural.” –Grace Home Design’s Jennifer Visosky

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Freshome.com has interviewed Grace Home Design’s Jennifer Visosky, who says that her role as designer these days is to create of-the-moment rooms for her clients, “where they can feel creative, or unwind and tune-out the hectic world around them.” The interesting interview also has Visosky ruminating on what the future of interior design will be like. Below are some of the great quotes from her Freshome interview:

“Clients are coming to me with piles of pictures that they have sourced from online design platforms such as Freshome, Houzz and Pinterest. My role is changing as I have clients come to me with firmly contrived ideas and plans for their home. When a client comes to me with so many ideas and pictures that they have sourced online, it can be difficult to weed through all of that content and get to the root of what the client really wants—and make it original rather than some copy of a picture they found.”

“Gone are the days of the classic rules of design. Specific styles seem to be disappearing; there is a marriage of a lot of styles into one creative space. The design world is taking a cue from music and fashion—lyrics and clothing are stepping back in time to a ’50s and ’60s feel good era that was happy, understated and natural. This laid back way of thinking is showing up everywhere in interior designs. A lot goes into the details, yet somehow the room doesn’t look detail-oriented.”

“Color is still huge, but it’s tempered. White is a classic concept that can be layered and tempered with textiles. It is not a crisp white, but a soft, approachable and most importantly, livable white. It needs to be realistic. I think people are heading toward a white bone structure ( cabinets, walls, floors) and building on the design from there."

Read more on the interview here.

Things to Watch from the Salone Internationale del Mobile at Milan Design Week 2015

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The Singapore Furniture & Furnishing Fair just recently wrapped up over the weekend, but design enthusiasts will have more to look forward to in the interior design world, as the 54th edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is opening this week, from 14 to 19 April in Milan. Dwell gathers some of the must-see things at this year’s Salone, some of which you see above. The Salone del Mobile is part of the Milan Furniture Fair, also known as Milan Design Week, which is the biggest show of its kind in the world.

Cover photo courtesy of Curbed.com

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