Pas d’innovation sans risque

En interview avec Karsten Roloff de mélange


by  Sebastian Reddeker (Shopping in Luxembourg – Good Idea)

Depuis 2012, Karsten Roloff a développé dans son magasin « mélange – Inspired by India » un nouveau concept de commercialisation. Chez « mélange », on retrouve un mélange de meubles de meilleurs designers exclusifs indiens et de diverses marques, des accessoires pour la maison et des textiles. Dans cette interview, Karsten Roloff parle en tant que fondateur et propriétaire sur ses innovations et les risques associés.

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Every design has a tale to tell

What happens when you combine the finest hand-woven Pashmina with rare embroidery and then, top it off with a subtle design sensibility that straddles the traditional and the contemporary?

The result is an unusual combination of lusciously soft Pashmina shawls with embroidery like appliqué and jamawar paisley motifs, reworked in a contemporary colour palette. There are 19th century British motifs and antique Deccani designs transposed on to luxurious bedspreads and throws.

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A Story to tell

A Story to tell The TED Radio Hour piece about storytelling. While it shouldn’t come as a surprise that books, plays, poems, paintings or music tell stories, many folks don’t realize that home design can, and should, tell a story too. In a sense, a home’s design should go beyond just the factual, quantifiable (2,000 square feet, three bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms etc.) and readily discernible (colonial, gourmet kitchen, wonderful view). But how does a home’s design do this? How, in fact, can a collection of wood, brick, concrete etc. tell a story? Can we create a narrative? While it may be satisfying to have the story all laid out before us, the opportunity to make up our own narrative based on just the barest of facts can be richer. For a home to allow this, it has to be inviting. It has to draw us in. It has to encourage us to create, to use our imagination.

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Inspired by: Maleficent

We’re feeling inspired by the looks of the sets of Disney’s lastest movie,Maleficent. The heavy draped fabrics, intricate carvings, gold accents and dark colours create a heavy mood when all combined we recommend picking one or two pieces to add a little intrigue to your home.

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Home at last

1. Meditate, first thing in the morning

Meditation is the single most effective tool for getting out of your head and into your body. Why? Because if teaches you both of the two skills necessary to get more into your body: consciously directing your attention and directing it onto your experience of life. I’m sure that anyone who’s meditated regularly for any amount of time (including me) will be able to tell you the incredible benefits they received from it. The benefits of meditation are SO important that every day of both Get Real and Be Powerful have a meditation component to them. The timing of your meditation is also very important. Consciously directing your attention on your experience of life is a skill. The more you practice it, the better you get at it. Also, when you practice it, that skill carries over into the rest of your life.

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With autumn comes a renewed focus on home offices – either as places to do school work or the professional work that we’ve been minimizing during the summer.
  • How should you design your home office space to enhance your cognitiveperformance?Cut out the red. Red may seem a great color to get mental energy flowing, but recent research indicates that it should be avoided in office environments. Even a small amount of red has been linked to decreased performance on tests evaluating competence, such as IQ tests, and to avoidance of tasks at which viewers might fail.
  • Forget about multi-tasking. Anyone can do two tasks at the same time but no one can do either one well well. If you create a workspace where you can “get two things done at once,” your performance on both will suffer.
  • Minimize physical stress. When we’re stressed by something in the world around us, we focus on identifying and analyzing what is generating that irritation. Since we have a limited amount of mental energy, if we’re using some of it to deal with stress, we have less left over for whatever cognitive task we’re trying to accomplish. Continuing, unpredictable noises are stressful, and so is glare, an uncomfortable chair, and light levels that are too bright, for starters.
Arrange your work area so you can look up and into the distance to rest your eyes. Looking at something at a really different distance refocuses your eyes, which revitalizes your eye muscles.

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