Friday, April 18, 2014

Constancy & Change | Triennale | Salone del mobile 2014

Just amazing to enter this hall with Lee Bong-ju's "Bangjja Meditation Bowl Bells". Hand-beaten brassware, or bangjja, are made with a tin and copper alloy. The sound was just really beautiful |they are often called singing bowls| and together with the Patchwork Wrappers hanging from the ceiling my favourite exhibition at the Triennale!

Hansan Ramie Patchwork Wrapper
pictures (C) vosgesparis
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kanjian Creations | Triennale | Salone del mobile 2014

Kanjian, the main promoter of contemporary design inspired by the traditional Chinese arts, is a design platform with a cultural initiative that brings together top designers to revive forgotten arts such as silk embroidery, ceramics and black canvas prints.

The exhibition, Kanjian creation was one of the exhibitions at the Triennale and included a number of examples of design that explore new frontiers and interpretations derived from these traditional materials and techniques.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COS X nendo | Salone del mobile 2014

After skipping last years Salone, this year I went back to Milan to join thousands of Design lovers in Europe's largest Design event. This is such a huge event, and it's almost impossible to see everything and you can spent a whole day in one of the Fuori Salone area's. We also spent a day downtown to do some shopping at the famous Corso Como and combined it with some exhibitions in and around the Brera district.

The temporary COS Conceptstore was one of my highlights this year. Especially for the Salone del Mobile, COS teamed up with Japanese design studio, nendo who made an installation consisting of COS shirts in different hues of black, grey and whitE.
In the basement there was a beautiful collection of different objects by nendo, I especially loved the stationary an the turning cups |see the Iphone movie I made|

Monday, April 14, 2014

A contemporary attic space | Architectural visualization

Michael Feuerroth is a media artist specialized in architectural visualization and architectural photography. He lives in Karlsruhe, Germany where he runs his atelier and teaches architectural visualization at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, faculty of architecture. I found these amazing pictures while surfing on Pinterest and they are so 'real' I had to share them. If you are interested in reading how these were made you can read all about it here 

pictures via Atelier Feuerroth
Friday, April 11, 2014

The Jane | Fine dining meets rock ’n roll

Last month I was invited by Piet Boon to attend a pre-view and a lunch at new restaurant The Jane in Antwerp. Sadly I was not able to attend but one day I hope to have a taste and admire the restaurant with my own eyes. For now I love to show some pictures of this project by Piet Boon Studio 

Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant vision together with Piet Boon over three years ago in a mythical location in Antwerp; the chapel of a former military hospital. Piet Boon Studio, responsible for the interior design and styling of The Jane, since then collaborated in the chapel’s unique transformation into a high-end, contemporary restaurant with international allure where experience is key

Together with Belgian company SERAX, specialised in decoration accessories, Piet Boon designed tableware that conveys a shared passion for attention to detail and perfection. Base by Piet Boon is a high quality bone white porcelain collection combining functionality and design. The tableware has high thermal stability, is lead- and cadmium free and will be featured in the The Jane’s Upper Room Bar.


Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. Inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, Jezus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporary translation of the old stained-glass windows. Archetypes from various worlds each tell masterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food and religion.

The ‘piece de résistance’ in the centre of the restaurant is a 800 kilograms-weighing gigantic chandelier of 12 by 9 meters with over 150 lights, designed by the Beirut-based design studio PSLAB.

Open from Tuesday till Saturday for lunch and dinner. Bookings made at The restaurant has a three-month reservation lead time; the Upper Room Bar one month.

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