Winter Retreat: Restorative atmospheres to counter the cold

As the winter months draw near, the days get shorter and the temperature starts to drop. Feeling the cold is something we experience physically as well as emotionally; cool-white light, bare trees and long dark nights can leave us feeling pretty blue. The good news is that a cozy home will counter the cold outside, significantly improving our sense of well-being.

Vibia The Edit - Winter Retreat - Skan

For most people, the home becomes a sanctuary during the long winter months. The natural cycle urges us to slow down, prioritizing rest and restorative activities. Plush cushions, upholstered furniture and layers of blankets and soft rugs help create a feeling of calm, particularly when infused with rich, autumnal tones.

Natural light is scarce during winter, so indoor lighting is critical to creating a feeling of warmth and comfort indoors. The Flat floor lamp by Ichiro Iwasaki casts a warm, enveloping radiance, yellow light bouncing off its curved surface like the glow of a lantern. Delicate yet strikingly graphic, its horizontal plane doubles up as a coffee table for books or magazines, ideal for avoiding unwanted spillages by the fireside.

Vibia The Edit - Winter Retreat - Flat

The fixture comes in small and large sizes with either a single or double plate, available in a range of neutral or mellow earth-tones. When arranged in pairs the smaller disc captures reflected light within the larger plate creating a wider pool of diffuse illumination.

A beautiful dining room reminds us of the joy of sharing food with friends and family. Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, Skan hangs delicately from a slender cable, projecting a broad and comfortable downlight. Available in six rich earth-tones, its understated silhouette infuses the atmosphere with warmth and cheer.

Vibia The Edit - Winter Retreat - Skan
Vibia The Edit - Winter Retreat - Skan

For an eclectic bedroom style, Slim by Jordi Vilardell provides a dynamic and contemporary alternative, combining well with classic furniture and exposed stone walling. Suspended from the ceiling by a slender cable, its distinctly linear form is compelling, enhancing the bedside table with a delicate accent downlight.

Vibia The Edit - Winter Retreat - Slim

Warm, ambient light is essential for creating a comfortable environment, especially in winter. Like the natural light that ascends gradually at dawn or dusk, our approach to lighting should be circadian, experimenting with different typologies and subtle gradations of intensity, temperature and tone to create the perfect atmosphere at any time of day.

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