The bold and arresting 'Leaf' is a new-season wallcovering from Harlequin, and part of the UK wallpaper company's elegant Momentum range. As of now it is on sale internationally, costing €85.80 per roll.
In Belgium, Harlequin products are distributed by Harvizo, harvizo.be
For other European stockists visit harlequin.uk.com
Berlin Festival of Lights
This month Berlin celebrates its 775th anniversary and the festivities kick off with a spectacular festival of light. Between 10-21 October, more than 50 city landmarks - including the mighty Berliner Dom and Altes Museum, Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the high-rise Europa-Centre - will be bathed in multi-coloured beams that have been designed for maximum impact by leading lighting specialists.
A stroll around the German capital after dark will reveal the dramatic lighting accentuating architecture from throughout the city's history. But if you prefer a faster pace, there's a special light festival running tour too. Or you can take in the 'light-seeing' by boat, bus and rickshaw. There's even a helium balloon that offers 15-minute ascents from Checkpoint Charlie on Zimmerstrasse till 10pm.
Lowie Vermeersch, curator of the Biennale Interieur
What/who The Biennale Interieur, being held in the Belgian city of Kortrijk is enjoying a new lease of life under the creative curatorship of designer Lowie Vermeersch. Here, the former design director for Ferrari designers Pininfarina, shares his passion for intuitive and visionary design.
Why does good design matter? Because it defines our daily environments and influences the quality of our lives, both on a functional and emotional level.
What's different about this year's Biennale? The Biennale Interieur 2012 is conceived as a nine-day design city where brands, scenography, exhibitions, installations and events create one big design experience.
What has been the biggest challenge? Apart from the 300 international brands exhibiting, we wanted to create space for young design talent, for experimentation and avant-garde brands. It helps to reinforce the role of Interieur as a platform for launching new ideas.
What principles have you applied to curating? When designing a car, you start from one single vision and take a complex set of data which you translate into one clear concept. A concept which touches people, involves them. As curator of the Biennale Interieur I have the same aim. The quality of the exhibition not only depends on selection and quality, but also on consistency and the way the elements are combined.
What is your greatest pleasure? Transforming Interieur into a platform for innovation and diversity. I have chosen seven designers, architects and artists to each produce a project room. Each explores the visions about how we might experience our future living spaces.
Biennale Interieur, 20-28 October, interieur.be