February 9, 2018

w/ Style Selected design inspiration | Hoxton hotel

Last week we were part of the Design event at the Hoxton hotel, a really nice informal day with different workshops and interesting panel talks. The Hoxton is such a nice place even if you are just popping in for a coffee, lots of people came especially for the event and many walked in for a bite, a drink and design inspiration. 

A day filled with lots of interaction, I met so many nice people and loved to be part of the panel talk together with Wen. It is always interesting to hear how other people live and what choices they make for their own home and being able to inspire others. 

The event location is really colourful and I loved to see how we changed the look by bringing in soft colours, natural materials and a good dose of black with selected items from FramaMoebePaper CollectiveJust RightPillah
Elle Decorationand Nomess

Travel Products Selected w/ Style
I think we all have things we love to take with us when travelling and for the occasion of the event we selected some of our favourite items and handy products we personally love.

I often take my laptop with me and love the leather goods by 
SPRDLX, I do not only use a laptop cover but really love to use different smaller bags which are handy to keep your business cards and cables ordered on the go. No need to say I am a huge fan of the travellers note book, this one we borrowed from Miscellaneous also the address for the Frama and Moebe products we showed if you live in Amsterdam, I use them in different sizes, not only the bigger notebook but also the small passport size comes in really handy.

Different products also from the travel selection of Nomess with the Konjac sponges being my all time favourite. Watches from 
Leff Amsterdam, including their small speakers in the Nomess perspex boxes and skin care products from Amsterdam based Marie Stella Maris

Written in collaboration with the brands mentioned in this blogpost
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photography Wen van Woudenberg | styling Desiree Groenendal
February 7, 2018

Menu SS18 collection favourites

In a previous blogpost I shared the brands I selected for my 'New Scandinavian tour' written for visitors of imm Cologne last month, that gave them a quick guide along some of Scandinavian finest brands. There are many more Scandinavian brands that I love and visited at the fair, for the tour however I had to make a choice and choose the ones that colour wise fitted me best for this particular list.

As said before Menu is one of the brands whose collection best represents my love for useful and timeless pieces with a certain elegance that I love. Menu collaborates with different designers such as Søren Rose, Taiwanese design duo Afteroom or Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen who has put his stamp on many of the furniture and smaller items. 

When visiting Menu last month I picked up the new catalog which came fresh from the press and we got a quick tour along the new Spring collection at the Menu Space. Here is a small selection of new items as also seen at the imm fair, see my post about the fair and brands involved in the tour here and for the whole Menu catalog follow this link: New Menu catalog - Spaces

Afteroom Chair is one of Menu's bestsellers since its launch in 2012, the chair is the work of Afteroom, a young Stockholm studio founded by designers Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei. The duo takes the chair to a new level with Afteroom Chair Plus. The new model has a wider backrest and a luxurious upholstering of both seat and backrest.

The Harbour Chair is designed specifically for Menu Space, and shown for the first time at the fair in Cologne this week. The chair was designed by Norm Architects and is now also available with both textile and leather upholstery and two different type of legs.

This looks pretty cute I think, the Afteroom coat hanger can be hung both horizontally and vertically, creating a beautiful piece of art when grouped together!

As seen in yesterday's Oslo Design fair post the beautiful Offset Sofa. Offset is the result of research into ‘balance’ by Norm Architects. The studio wanted to create a sofa as simply as possible while embracing a set of paradoxes: making it substantial yet delicate in appearance, architectural yet inviting and homey.

The Cast Pendant takes its inspiration from functional cast metal objects and the graphic qualities of traditional plumb weights, hanging from a line used by masons and carpenters since Ancient Egypt. Versatile and naturally assimilating into the décor of any room or forming a sculptural installation by hanging one lamp on its own or clustering several into a striking installation, the Cast Pendant embodies Menu’s  philosophy of soft minimalism and quiet tactility. 

pictures via Menu |  picture Oslo Design fair

February 5, 2018

Trend Inspiration from Oslo Design fair

Although I did not visit the fairs in the Northern countries myself I love to see how trends were showed in Norway and Sweden this last weeks. At most fairs you will find the latest trends presented in an exhibition or Trend talk like we did in Hannover: DOMOTEX | Framing Trends & How to collaborate with bloggers

At imm in 'Das Haus' by Lucie Koldov light played the main role, a really colour full exhibition, find some pictures of it in my Facebook album and on Pinterest (soon). Two other bloggers and myself also each wrote a tour along our favourite brands where people got to learn the latest trends and collections by selected brands. 

At Oslo Design fair this years theme was 'Identity' Kirsten Visdal has been the curator of a special exhibition, and interpreted the exhibition theme through four trends: Androgyn, Interpretations, Floral and Chlorophyll, with stylist Per Olav Sølvberg as creative partner presented in different zones. The pictures in this post show the Androgyn theme in a dimmed and monochrome color palette with beautiful furniture from Menu. Also Annaleena Karlsson presented her idea behind the theme, have a look here and here to see and read more about that. 

Pictures 2/3 Elisabeth Heijer | 4/5/6 Only Deco love
Other by Inger Marie Grini via Oslo Design fair
February 2, 2018

A VIPP loft in Copenhagen you can call yours for the night

No need to say we enjoyed The Shelter, and looking at the amount of re-pins of our images on Pinterest you love it as well. The first night in Copenhagen we stayed at one of the other rooms of the Vipp Hotel. Actually you can hardly call it a room I guess as it is a true city loft apartment of 400m2 consisting of 2 bedrooms, a library, a huge living with a fireplace, a Vipp kitchen almost twice as big as the one in the shelter and two different dining spaces.

The Vipp loft is located on the top floor of the company's offices, in a former printing factory from 1910 at Island Brygge. This area reminds me a lot of the harbour area where I live myself in Amsterdam, being a combination of authentic buildings and modern architecture connected to the city by bridges. From the loft it is only a 10 minutes walk across the bridge to find yourself in the city centre.

Studio David Thulstrupof

At the opening of the loft back in November I had the pleasure to learn more about the concept behind the space explained by David who is responsible for the design of the loft. From bringing back the original beams, that were all covered in white paint by the sewing atelier that had been hiring the space before, to the colour choices. I think the colour scheme in the Loft is so well done, the walls painted in a soft grey perfectly match the natural colour of the wood. The many plants surrounding the living area with its green couches and By Lassen chairs near the fireplace, add a green touch to the high building.

Like in the shelter you will find the whole Vipp collection in the loft combined with a few other brands, the kitchen accessories which are mostly black and white are perfectly mixed with different older brownish objects and wooden items all on display in an open shelving in the kitchen area. The brown Kvadrat curtains can be closed to create a cozy dining area.

Vipp Kitchen
I loved our stay at the loft and making dinner using the kitchen, being a lover of all things black and metal this kitchen comes close to my dream kitchen as you can imagine. The kitchen is just like the very first Vipp bin made out of steel, and literally everything is made by Vipp, a true masterpiece that comes only in black! Have a look at this video to learn more about making off the Vipp kitchen.

There are two bedrooms at the loft, of which one is connected to the bathroom. Most hotel rooms offer you soft towels and bathing products, I loved seeing different Aesop products for us to use at both the shelter and the loft, andI have to admit I was a bit tempted to take the mini bottles with me as you can in most hotels to refill my Aesop traveller set.

The spiral staircase leads to the mezzanine where a study and the second bedroom, a cozy space with dark walls and super soft bed linen, are located under the roof offering a total of four beds. More info about the loft and to book your stay can be found at the company’s website: Vipp hotel 

More pictures of the loft and shelter at Beeldsteil and our w/ Style website. We love to travel and if you have a beautiful hotel you want to see captured by us and being featured in our 'Travel w/ Style' selection and portfolio don't hesitate to sent us an email.

Written in collaboration with Vipp
© w/ Style 

photography Wen van Woudenberg | styling Desiree Groenendal

January 30, 2018

Join us at The Hoxton design event on February 4

showroom of one of our selected brands for the Hoxton space

It has been a long time since I wrote so few blogs in one month, I normally try to post minimal three times a week, with travelling to Copenhagen, and working at both Domotex and imm Cologne this month I simply could not find the time. Luckily there was Instagram and I hope you liked following me on Stories and on the imm account I took over for a day, I will show you some more from imm and the new collections I spotted soon. Meanwhile I had a meeting at the beautiful space above together with Beeldsteil for some future collaborations including this next weekend's Hoxton Design Event.

Hoxton Design Event
For our next
w/ Style project we will style the event space for the Hoxton Design Event on February 4. We selected some of our favourite brands to work with and are really happy they will join us for this occasion. Expect selected work by Frama, Moebe, Paper Collective, SPRDLX, Miscellaneous, Just Right, Pillah, Leff Amsterdam, Elle Decoration, Marie Stella Maris and Nomess 

Pop in anytime between 11am and 7:30pm 
and come say hello, we would love to meet you! Book your tickets for the different workshops and panel talks here 

Next to our styling we will also join one of the panel talks, and last but not least we will show a part of our 'selected w/ Style' collection of travel products, and I couldn't think of a better place then at the lively Hoxton hotel with it's many travellers from all over the world. Scroll down for more info and location of the festival day!

Hox How To: Hone Your Eye For Interiors

There are different workshops to follow, there is a pop up store filled with design books by Amsterdam's finest bookstore Atheneum, and there are different panel talks, including one with my friend Patrick also from the Interiorator website you can sign up for. All will be moderated by Margot van der Krogt at Mae & Many.  Find all information about the day, which starts at 11am with the first workshop, and how to sign up here 

The festival day is part of the global series #HoxHowTo, by the Hoxton Hotels. The events are all geared up towards empowering and equipping people to take their interests in a cultural discipline to the next level – and in Amsterdam, the festival is dedicated to design, ith the theme ‘How To: Hone Your Eye for Interiors’

Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam, Herengracht 255, 1016BJ Amsterdam,
info and tickets