This week’s design gallery dedicated to nail art

the glazes of licia florio

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The fact that the term manicure is now obsolete already speaks volumes. Why Nail artin fact, it is rather an art, an ancient knowledge – the first uses of varnish on the nails they even originate from the Mesopotamia of the Babylonian Empire – which today continues to evolve by experimenting with new forms of expression. Not surprisingly, even for the declensions of decoration for the hands, it is possible to talk about trends and frame the current trend for each season. Thanks to the lens of social networks that magnify the phenomenon by zooming in on the beauty charms of influencers and celebrities, creativity told through painted fingers becomes effective a style element. If the parallel with make-up and fashion definitely fits, it is with design more risky, but just as fun: nail art and design in fact, they share the methodological approach, the attention to detail, the propensity for personalization and above allworship of aesthetics.

the glazes of licia florio

In 1911, the first nail product was born thanks to the Cutex brand, founded by Northam Warren

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Symbol of power, if colored red in ancient Egypt, a sign of a certain social status, if carefully cared for in the Renaissance, nails are transformed before the eyes of nail artist in white canvases to be filled in according to very specific techniques and shapes. From French manicure invented by the American Jeff Pink in the early seventies – the decoration includes the five tips painted in white – for the 3D ornament, with pearls and rhinestones in relief, modern manicure it is much more than just a decoration. That painted fingers tell something about the self. In this week’s design gallery, we have therefore gathered five trends for the summer of 2022 which tells about the chromatic references between nail art and design in a vis à vis with a funny expression.

Solid color: pistachio green

Vestre – Briskeby

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western briskeby

Einar Aslaksen

Among the trendy shades for summer manicure, pictured one of enamels by Licia Florio, green is rejected in various shades, such as sage, neon and pistachio. In design, Vestre also proposes the new Briskeby bench, designed by Andreas Engesvik, in a warm finish that refers to the natural dimension of the forest. The street furniture, developed by the Scandinavian company, is three meters long with several seats and helps to create a generous and social meeting place. Minimal in volume and rational in proportions, it takes shape from an essential steel frame, while “(wood) plates can be replaced if necessary after many years of wear”, as the designer explains. “This makes it possible to easily renew the product indefinitely.”
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Colorful, Memphis inspiration

Kaoi + Thinkk – Ebba

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Designed in collaboration with THINK study, Ebba chair collection by Kaoi it consists of three seats in deck chair style that change shape and profiles thanks to four variants of armrests. Named after typical Danish expressions, Han, Somma, Franz and Mujoel, they boast bold zigzags and curved lines reminiscent of Bacterio, the coriander-like motif that Sottsass designed in 1978. As with Isabella Franchi’s signature manicure, aka @unghiedellamadonnsa, to Bea Bongias, the homage to Memphis is clearly legible in the choice of expressive and chromatic solutions that affect the project as a whole.
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Marble effect, black and white

Florim – Black & white marble

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florim marble effect floor and wall cladding

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The black and white contrast also seduces the nail art, which between checkered patterns and color-blocking geometries chooses to recreate the marble veins’ two-tone effect on the nail. The parallel with interior design can therefore only refer to the mimetic impulses of ceramics. The Black & White Marble collection marks what is defined as “a new meeting place for chromatic opposites in perfect balance”, Florimfor example, they reproduce the exciting antithetical play of stone on fine porcelain stoneware, reworking the purest white and absolute black into a blend of material encounters.
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Pink, variation on the theme

Platek – Pink Ballerina Finish for Eterea

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ethereal platek rose ballerina

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From fashion to Betina R. Goldstein’s nail art, pink also triumphs in designs, where dresses with pastel shades define furniture and accessories with hyper-feminine shades. Rose Ballerina is designed by the company’s R & D department and is Platek’s new finish designed for a first selection of lamps. Including Eterea, the light with square profiles designed by Danesi & Buzzoni which is inspired by old lanterns. Available in the battery version, it gives a diffused light effect and thus fits perfectly on terraces, gardens and verandas.
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Iridescent enamel, five shades of iridescent

WOOD SKIN – Mesh panels

the new wood mesh panels

Omar Sartor

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They fully trace the organic forms found in nature and integrate them with the motley world of architecture: they are Mesh Panels by WOOD-SKIN, the Italian coating brand founded by Giulio Masotti, Susanna Todeschini and Niccolò Vigotti. The panels in the series, the main character of the project From sunrise to sunset – set among the rocks in Marmolada, curated by art director Michela Alquati, video maker Matteo Borghi and photographer Omar Sartori – are functional and decorative solutions with great resistance. In birch, okumè plywood and bamboo, the production sheets can be adapted to any type of surface, which recreates the light effect of paper and fabrics. Sometimes opaque, sometimes reflective – as between the fingers of @ anna.nails.berlin – the finishes fill the geometries, increasing the modularity and flexibility of the shape.
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