February 17, 2017

A state of transition and bringing in colour with Elvang

With a home in monochrome tones and replacing lots of white an greyish furniture by darker pieces lately, my home seems in a continuing state of transition. Maybe it is because of creating a space where I could experiment with colours but I feel attracted to darker earthy colours lately, nothing spectaculair as I am playing save with some browns, cognac, like the leather chair I added to the living, and greens but I feel I am drifting away from black & white only.

I guess I accepted that inner struggle inside of me between light and dark and dropped the idea I have to decide what I love most. I will just go with the flow by adding more earthy tones, it is something I want to try out at home and see where it brings me and if I can find a balance. And beside of that I just love to create and play with furniture, objects and accessories.

Easy when it comes to textiles and paint, with throws and cushions you can quickly create a different mood and even a new colour on the wall does the trick. At ShowUp a Dutch trade show, I got to know Elvang Denmark, and going through their catalog I found some really nice pictures of their 2017 home collection, a short impression with some colour combinations that caught my eye, next to a good dose of black and white of course.

pictures via Elvang Denmark

February 16, 2017

A restaurant in a former factory | Mama Kelly - The Hague

I had to think about my dad who used to smoke Caballero cigarettes and the small brown package with wood print and cowboy on it when visiting Mama Kelly this last summer. I was asked by Bolia to write some blogposts about The Hague, like I did for Amsterdam, when Bolia opened the new store last year. With a changing format the posts have disappeared from their website but I still have the pictures and thought they were to nice not to show.

Mama Kelly is a restaurant in the former caballero cigarettes factory, although I am a a bit finished with the hipster brick walls I still love the real industrial thing! Restaurant Mama Kelly is definitely the real thing with huge walls and industrial windows letting in lots of light. Tables with white linen, black chairs and accent walls with copper tiles. At the entrance a bar covered in copper and comfertable benches and a sunny terrace for Summer.

Mama Kelly, named after Status Quo-album ‘Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon! is open from morning till midnight, find them at Saturnusstraat 100, The Hague website:
Mama Kelly

pictures © vosgesparis
February 15, 2017

ShowUp Favourite | Regen by Wendy Andreu

Spending some time at ShowUp the other month I discovered 'Regen' a collection of products, bags, hats and raincoats made out of a beautiful waterproof fabric developed by Wendy Andreu, a French student based in Eindhoven. The Graduation project is made without any sewing or cutting patterns, is double-sided with water-repellent latex on one side, and cotton rope on the other.

Regen products are made by coiling the rope around a laser cut steel mould and covering it in latex. Where the dark latex seeps between the light rope it creates shading and textural detail that make each item unique. Have a look at the video at the end of the post to see the process. 

Photography ©Ronald Smits | last picture ©vosgesparis | video Wendy Andreu
February 14, 2017

A second look at the concrete Antivilla in Berlin

Last week I showed the 'Antivilla' on the blog and as I loved it so much I looked for some more images of the actual living space of Brandlhuber's villa, a look into the kitchen and the bathroom, and at Freunden from freunden I found a video of the architect and his project, enjoy!

Pictures: 1 Architonic 2-3 Baunetz 4 Uncube 5 Freunde-von-Freunden 6 MD mag 7Sharpmagazine 8The Face design 9Uncube 10-12 Archdaily
February 13, 2017

Pedestals at Stockholm fair and exclusive work for Isabel Marant

Planning to visit more fairs a nasty flue kept me home for a day or ten and made me change plans, luckily there is Instagram and there are plenty of bloggers reporting from the different fairs. At the blog of Pella I found a great report of the Trend exhibition by Lotta Ageton and these white pedestals in the 'living' caught my eye.

For my own Trend show at imm I requested the pedestals by Roche BoboisI thought they would look amazing with a collection of ceramic but unfortunately they was none available and as it takes at least 3 months for the wood to get the beautiful look there was no time to order. I am totally in love with them and hope to visit the renovated Amsterdam store soon again as they might have them on show now after kind of re-discovering them during my last visit

Floris Wubben for Isabel Marant
Pedestals are frequently used at home and in stores and you can find them in different sizes and material from stone and marble to cast iron. Thinking about writing a blogpost about pedestals I received an email from Floris Wubbe, I wrote about his pressed ceramic almost three years ago, see here: Enlightened Design | Elle festival 2014 and love his new work.

Together with fashion brand Isabel Marant , a new ceramic collection has been created. These objects are specially designed for Isabel Marant and made with the extrusion technique by Floris Wubben. The objects are used as pedestals. Products as shoes and bags are presented in 12 shops around the world equipped with these pedestals. Don't they look amazing! I would love to have a small group at home to replace the huge coffee table I am using now.

pictures: 1 Still Inspiration | 2 Roche Bobois | 3-7 Floris Wubben