In April 2018, US chef José Andrés opened his second FISH by José Andrés restaurant at The Cove, a deluxe beachside resort located on Paradise Island in The Bahamas. Layers of colour capture the spirit of the ocean, and suspended from the ceiling, a giant handmade wood veneer koi, part of the life-size collection by LZF, has a wonderfully ethereal beauty.
For people across the world, life’s pace can be relentless, its everyday labours frenetic, unforgiving and out of hand. For this reason, there is a steadily growing movement towards slowing down: seeking authenticity, finding balance and enjoying a less presumptuous approach to living. The revolution of slow design is here.
We often lose sight of simple, daily pleasures and acts. Walking barefoot on a hardwood floor, feeling its smooth grain kiss the soles of our feet. Savouring the aroma of hand-brewed coffee, waiting patiently as the water drips through the freshly ground beans. Home is a physical and emotional expression of the soul, a private space that shelters many of the objects, memories and experiences that matter most. Home is my utopia.
Without a visible horizon, less space and lack of greenery, it is easy to lose touch with our roots, and feel a certain disconnection to nature. The easiest way to incorporate this feeling in our daily lives is by adding houseplants and creating our own little urban jungle, a sort of green refuge from the city concrete and our buzzing smartphones.
It’s widely known that– at least, for now– we only have one planet to inhabit. Our way of living through the centuries has seriously damaged our environment and driven to extinction many animal species. In LZF we do believe that a balanced coexistence is based in eco-friendly policies.