July 29, 2016

A timeless new collection by Costes | Costes Premium collection

This black biker jacket certainly caught my attention, it looks so comfortabel and without to many shiny details many fashion brands add to their jackets. The jacket is part of the new Premium and limited collection Dutch brand Costes will launch this fall. The collection consists of eleven timeless key items with a female silhouette that you could wear for the coming years, one of the reasons the design team choose for the basic coulours black, urban green and gray.

Photography ©costes

July 28, 2016

Danish Reform opens showroom in Berlin and NYC

Last year I introduced you to Reform, the Danish company that uses IKEA's metod line of kitchen elements as a base giving everyone the opportunity to have a new designed or update their kitchen with architect designed fronts and table tops with a very affordable total price.

Reform’s fronts and table tops are designed by some of the world's best architects. Side-by-side from BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group to Henning Larsen Architects and Norm Architetcs. 
Reform is also the story of a friendship between Jeppe Christensen and Michael Andersen, the two of them founded Reform in Copenhagen in the autumn of 2014 and through the past 1.5 years the company has sold their kitchen designs to 12 countries. 

In the spring of 2017 Reform will be opening the doors to the sought showroom in New York, but already this year in September the company will open a showroom in Berlin. At the opening of the showroom in the German capital, Reform will announce a new collaboration with a Berlin-based international-respected architect who has designed Reforms new kitchen.  

 Norm Architects for Reform

Wanting to see the design for some time with my own eyes and curious to hear if also Holland will be one of the countries Reform might open a showroom, this news certainly made me want to find out more. Luckily Reform's CEO Jeppe and Michael were glad to answer some of my questions.

I can't wait to eventually visit one of their showrooms and maybe start designing myself. On the Reform website you will find more information on the different design and looks, and please scroll down for a 
short interview with Reform's CEO Jeppe Christensen and Michael Andersen, thank you guys! 

Basis 01 fronts in painted white with handles in natural oak. Table top in linoleum in color Conifer with edges in natural oak

Can you tell me something more about the showroom in Berlin?
We haven't signed the lease yet, but we are planning on opening up 300-400 square meters in the center of Berlin in this autumn. At this moment we are looking for a showroom, and have seen quite a few, but not THE showroom just yet :-) The plan is to open up an unconventional kitchen showroom, where we are combining our kitchens with an open office space decorated with special curated and internationally known Danish and Scandinavian furniture and interior. We want it to be a place, where you want to drop by for a cup of coffee, look at great Nordic design, get inspired and have an informal chat.

Why do you think you are popular in Germany?
The interest for Scandinavian/Nordic and especially Danish design is quite popular in Germany at the moment. This combined with a universal concept as Reform, where you easily can get a really good quality kitchen at reasonable prices is just a good combination. You can get IKEA all over the world, which of course helps us a lot.

Do you think an opening of a showroom in Berlin will make the brand even more successful here - and what's the future plans for Germany?
We see our business as an online business, which is not dependent on having physically stores, but it definitely have a positive value to be present with a physic flagship store.

It will make it easier for us to spread the word about Reform and our concept. For the next months we are having a pop-up showroom in Munich, so we are definitely going for Germany right now :-) And who knows? If people in Berlin like Reform, we will open showrooms other places in Germany with time.

What's your plan for the future - Belgium, Holland etc? You just opened an office in NYC, right?
At some point we will properly open up flagship stores in other European countries, where Belgium and Holland is definitely interesting places and on our top list. Yes, we just opened an office in Williamsburg in NYC, and at the end of this year we would start exploring the opportunities for a New York showroom. It's a different market than here in EU, but we have already sold kitchens in NYC, so they are aware of us and seems to like our architect designed kitchens.

Østerbro Apartment
July 26, 2016

PATIO WISH LIST | Outdoor furniture for a monochrome look

Sometimes you only need one picture like the picture below and a home like this to start dreaming of your own white patio even if your own home is way smaller and your garden is just a little frontgarden. After all it is not about having the biggest home or garden, although I would love to live in a place like this but it is what you do with the space you have and if it makes you happy.

After seeing the picture, time passed and I have been thinking a lot about tiles and fences, the stone wall as in the picture is not really something I could do and for some time I have been switching from black tiles, to grey and back to white again. Something I have learned over the years from transforming my home though is that in my case, my first idea is always best.

Just in time for summer we finished laying tiles, more about that soon,  and now the fun part can start. I am looking for pots and plants and of course some furniture. I remember my former home where we had a huge garden and practically lived outdoors all summer and started the day with breakfast outside. The one I am working on right now is more a patio, don't you just love that word! then a real garden but I will definitely add a table.

Choices... choices and a wish list
I already bought an IKEA Viktigt couch and will only need a small table and some chairs to have coffee in the morning and maybe work on, and a lazy chair to catch some sunshine would be nice too. I decided to go for all black furniture and play with accessories later on. There are so many choices and I love to show you my wish list with the many beautiful things I came across. Let's start with the image above, on top the low String chair from the always beautiful Menu, the small round table is by Italian Kristalia and not available yet. The hee dining chair we all know I guess. The planter is by Ferm Living, it would look good with some cacti and succulents and easy to bring inside for winter.

More on my wish list from top left... the beautiful Piknik lamp from LZF Lamps discovered in Spain last year. The Menu candle holders can be used on a piece of wood and are on my wishlist ever since I saw them during our dinner with Menu at Host in Copenhagen.  Next to the candlesticks, the concrete seat and black steal Formitable table from Fatboy probably the best and most affordable option at the moment. 

The square table is by Hay, beautiful as well but I really have a round table on my mind. In ceramic and black steal comes the Botanique flower pot by Bolia. The black chair is from Spanish Actiuthey sent it to me last year as a gift after visiting them in the south of Spain during our Sunny design tour, they are really comfortable and I use them in my kitchen at the moment, I can easily see them on the terrace for summer though!

Another beauty is table Yop by Arper,  really new and elegant but not available yet, they have a new website where you can find more garden furniture next to their regular furniture line. Last but not least, the very first table I came across and still one of my avourites, the Miura table table by Italian Plank and once we are talking saving up a bit first why not dream of the VIPP daybed ? Is there anything you would like for your outdoor area, or do you have any good recommendations, please let me know in the comments?

Picture 2 by Richard Powers | 4 Arper | 5 Plank | 6 Vipp