December 8, 2017

Early Christmas dinner with Iittala | Top 5 wish list for Christmas

Last year I visited Helsinki Design week and Habitare and got the opportunity to visit the studio of Alvar Aalto, a beautiful white building where we got to see lots of drawings and work by the hand of this famous Finnish designer, have a look here for a sneak peek Hello from Helsinki designweek.

Not only did he designed major public building and public homes, he also designed several functional furniture and houseware. Aalto hallmarks include a harmonious relationship with nature, his famous Savoy Vase for Iittala for example was inspired on Finnish lakes.

Alvar Aalto Collection and a Christmas dinner 
Alvar Aalto  created some of Iittala’s most iconic series and additional items inspired by Aalto and created by Pentagon Design such as steel bowls, wooden platters and votives can also be found in the Alvar Aalto Collection. Recently a new Aalto glass bowl is released in five different colours.

A very special Christmas event was organised by Iittala last month where we got to surprise a friend with a present from Iittala at an early Christmas dinner. I brought my friend Muriel who is a real design aficionado and once told me about her wish to possess a real Alvar Aalto vase, My decision of what to choose her as a gift for this special Christmas dinner was quickly made.... nothing better then being able to make a friends wish come true right. Thank you Iittala!

My Top 5 wish list for Christmas

To select the present for my friend Muriel I visited the Iittala store downtown and found a few really beautiful items that I would love to find under my own Christmas tree. I think the copper coloured glass definitely adds a warm touch to the cold December month. The green festive wreath is made by Anastasia Benko

In the picture above:
Leimu Lamp in copper and concrete
Iittala X Issey Miyake plates in dark green
Alvar Aalto vase in colour desert
- Latern candleholder in colour copper
- Nappula candleholders in dark grey

moodboard by Vosgesparis / last picture © w/ Style from our photoshoot for forestrywool
December 6, 2017

A contemporary home with contrast and character | TRNK New York

Some time ago my eye caught the beautiful daybed pictured above from the TRNK collection, I think it actually was the total image that did it for me, the beautiful colours of the daybed, and the industrial window. An image that brought me to the website of New York based TRNKI immediately fell in love with their style and have been following them on Instagram ever since. The other day when reading an article on Decor8 by my friend Allan of Bungalow5 I came across them again and it reminded me of the pictures I saved some time ago. 

The home of co-owner Tariq Dixon is located in Stuyvesant Heights, the landmark leafy section of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighbourhood and has been shown in Rum magazine before. I think it is a great place and just like their collection shows a beautiful curated selection of furniture from both their own brand, Frama and more, art work, nice photography, amazing lamps, displayed objects and again my favourite rug from Nani Marquina. Check out their website for lots of inspiration and their carefully curated collection.

TRNK Philosophy
Our ideal home is considered, yet approachable. It’s masculine, but not trite. It feels collected, not decorated. We’ve hand-picked a unique assortment that together strike this rare balance - a contemporary home, rich with contrast and character.

pictures Courtesy TRNK
December 4, 2017

SPRDLX | Leather bags and interior goods

Looking for a new tote bag I came across SPRDLX and their collection leather goods which are an unique combination of functionality and style with a tough look. When looking at their home collection I realized I had seen their leather cushions before at Pols Potten, a store near my home.

SPRDLX was founded in 2012 by Anita Stam after falling in love with leather and the work of craftsman at Ibiza where she worked in the eighties. Both bags, cushions, poufs and smaller interior and lifestyle items are handmade in The Netherlands. SPRDLX sells ready made cushions, and on request in any other size for both private homes and horeca. The premium leather and minimalistic designs are significant for the collection.

cushions at Pols Potten

SPRDLX Alkmaar
At Alkmaar you can visit the actual SPRDLX store, a green oasis filled with the leather home collection and lots of plants, plant holders, vases, small furniture by amongst Serax, Pols Potten and more, in Amsterdam you can find their cushions at Pols Potten, more sale points at the website of  SPRDLX Scroll down for an  impression of the Alkmaar store.


Huigbrouwerstraat 5A Alkmaar

Opening hours Wednesday - Friday 11AM-6PM, Saturdays from 11AM-5PM

pictures by SPRDLX | first two pictures by vosgesparis

written in collaboration with SPRDLX
December 1, 2017

Vitra campus visit

A few weeks ago Vitra invited me to join an international group to visit the Vitra campus, and early morning together with long time friend and blogger Patrick of Interiorator and the girls from Prchtg we flew to Basel. I had heard so much about the campus and I was really curious to finally see it with my own eyes. What followed were two intensive days and several guided tours along the amazing buildings by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry en Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Tadao Ando, that are spread over the immense campus.

Every building has it's own function
, while Schaudepot gave us an inside look into the more then 400 pieces from the collection, The Vitra Museum showed every important detail of the live and work of Charles and Ray Eames in the exhibition ‘An Eames Celebration’. I had seen a movie about their work some years ago and everything came alive at the museum. Just everything was special, including the factories, and the huge slide. I really loved the vitra house, a beautiful building with a top floor showing an 'Alice in Wonderland' like setting with different Vitra furniture. Find more pictures of my trip, at Facebook

The history of Vitra
The Vitra story as we know it today started in 1953 when  Willi Fehlbaum discovered a chair he really loved while visiting the United States. The chair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames and Willi was so fascinated by it he decided to become a furniture manufacturer. I was really impressed when visiting the campus and learning more about the history of Vitra, impossible to tell you all in a blogpost though, but by watching the video below you will get a good impression about the history  of Vitra. 

pictures ©vosgesparis | video courtesy Vitra
November 29, 2017

Bespoke objects by Arno Declercq

Arno Declercq is a Belgian designer and art dealer who makes bespoke objects with passion for design, atmosphere, history and craft. Previously working as an interior designer he opened his own gallery for ethnographic art and design but closed the store after a year and started his own brand of rough bespoke items which he launched in May 2017. 

If you read my blog for some time, you know I have a love for distinct objects, for the raw and unexpected, and though materials like steel and dark wood. Realizing there are too few interiors where they no longer have the big and static vases and candlesticks that the people had in big houses over 100 years ago.

Arno now creates unique pieces made of tropical hardwood called Iroko which he discovered after a trip to West Africa combined with Belgian Oak and treated with a Japanese technique where the objects are burned to protect the wood from weathering and subsequently fixed to get a patina look as long as possible. Strolling through Instagram and his pictures I realized I saw his work at Oliver Gustav and on my pictures, as showed below on the table. More info at Arno de Clerq

picturesby Arno Declercq with thanks | second picture ©vosgesparis