December 12, 2018

From the Darkness | Frama x Open house

A beautiful editorial photographed by Salva López for the tenth issue of Open House magazine, a Lifestyle & Culture Magazine and a guide to creative people around the world who open their homes and private spaces to the public to share cultural activities and experience life together.....

Reading the foreword written by one of Open House collaborators I realize I also each December look back on my dreams, the goals I set, what I have achieved and what I didn't manage to completely bringing to life.

The pictures in this editorial certainly keep me motivated to dream further and finishing the projects I am working on for so long, remember my masterplan 2.0 ? I am definitely working on it! Furniture used in the pictures in this editorial by Frama The beautiful models both wear a look by Bottega Veneta

Photographed by Salva López
Creative Direction by Andrew Trotter Marcelo Martínez
Styling Jaume Vidiella 
December 10, 2018

Ceramic storage jars for a clean look

How is December treating you so far, are you busy with your Christmas preparations or planning a warm vacation to escape winter? In case you are still looking for a Christmas present that you could use all year around, as I do think we should only buy things that will last, I love to introduce these Storage Jars to you. 

Although at first sight you would think they are made out of metal, like most of them we know, the bulthaup Storage Jars are made from a high-quality porcelain and if you have a closer look, you will notice some great details, I just simply love the base!

We got to capture them together together with the other bulthaup accessories I wrote about earlier and used the twentyfour centimeter high jars which are perfect for regular storage of any kitchen supplies you use, like flour or cereals. Next to the 24 cm heigh jar they are also available in 16, and 8 cm height, perfect for any other storage solution you are looking for.

Bulthaup kitchen accessories
I really think it is important to surround yourself with not to many but beautiful kitchen accessories, tools you actually use and are nice to look at as well. This is something I really believe, and I loved working on this series of blog posts for bulthaup.Their products are high quality and like everything I write on the blog about fit my blog aesthetics and personal style. 

Here's a roundup of our former work for bulthaup, I hope you enjoyed learning more about the brand through my blog posts and the images we created with w/ StyleHappy Christmas shopping!

bulthaup b Solitaire at home | w/ Style
bulthaup accessories | w/ Style photo shoot
Basic kitchen essentials for everyday use
Autumn cooking & spices | w/ Style
Ceramic storage jars for a clean look
An eye catcher for your kitchen | Bread container by bulthaup
bulthaup b3 | Personalize your kitchen to perfectly fit your home

And don't forget to check our w/ Style @withstylenu instagram account and portfolio for more images. 

This post is written in collaboration with bulthaup Nederland
Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal
Pictures © w/ Style
December 7, 2018

A new book | Works 2009 - 2018 | Vincent van Duysen

Minimal 'C Penthouse' located in Antwerp, Belgium is designed by Vincent Van Duysen and one of the many projects shown in the second monograph 'Works 2009 - 2018' in the Thames & Hudson series introducing projects from the past 10 years, taken together the two books represent three decades of the works of Vincent van Duysen

I have seen only one project by Vincent with my own eyes when visiting the apartment at the top floor of Graanmarkt 13 in Antwerp four years ago, I loved walking around in this serene world he created and especially the combination of pure concrete and the use of tactile materials. For me the ability of knowing how to mix materials and working with a subtle colour scheme to create an inviting, comfortable and rich space is what makes someone a great designer for me. 

In all his projects the close relationship between architecture, interior and product design and the use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear, timeless design where the integrity of the user is at the core in every aspect: context and tradition, the sensual and physical experience of the space, the materials and the lighting. Functionality, durability, and comfort are prime components. This is an architectural language that embraces aesthetics while resisting passing trends and fashion.

Thames & Hudson: "Vincent Van Duysen’s architecture is serene, some would even say sublime. Characterised by an intrinsic simplicity and a solid grasp of the architectural essence, it also embraces the technical achievements of Modernism. This involves a silent complexity embodying rich and subtle ambiguities. His final goal is always to improve the quality of the ‘abitare’, the life of those who experience it. The elements of most importance to Van Duysen are form, geometric order, and context — regardless of whether the project is about architecture, interior architecture, or product design.  

Vincent Van Duysen. Works 2009 - 2018 'illustrates the uncompromising dedication of Van Duysen to the creation of timeless places and spaces. This new edition includes thirty of his most recent works of the past decade. Most of these projects were beautifully portrayed by the renowned photographers Hélène Binet and François Halard. The buildings of the last ten years include a range of elegant homes in Europe, New York, Paris and The Hamptons, as well as large-scale commercial and public projects. In addition, the book also contains product and furniture designs - small-scale witnesses of the architect's meticulous attention to detail - including the interior of an expedition yacht and various objets décoratifs."

pictures courtesy Lannoo | last picture vosgesparis
December 5, 2018

A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home

I guess I am not alone in my longing for a more minimalistic environment, I really can't stand cupboards full of things that we might use one day or no longer care about, but like everyone else I possess a few too, with short breaks though I am thorough sorting out things for quite some time and my goal is to sell or give away most of the furniture and stuff I am not using anymore, and not just throwing away things that might be valuable for someone else, it takes longer than I would love too. 

A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home
When Flinders asked me to create a personal report with a shopping list and colours that would fit the theme, I focused on a more minimalistic but multifunctional home where we choose more consciously what stays and what goes. With the boundaries between living room, kitchen and bedroom fading away, minimalism fits in perfectly, and having multifunctional pieces for your home helps!

Choose furniture that you can use in multiple places in your home. Think of a bench or stool that you can use at your kitchen table, in the living room or as a bedside table in the bedroom. Invest in beautiful design instead of stuffing your house full of unnecessary stuff. With less but carefully selected items, your house becomes more personal and tells your own story.

A serene and minimalistic living environment also offers more space to the things we really love. Choose carefully and go for standing out shapes with character in muted colors. Choose a lamp that forms an almost sculptural object in your space and is a real eye-catcher. Use natural materials such as marble, wood and metal and mix these with linen, and other fabrics. I selected a few items that really match this way of thinking and included some pictures I made at home and during my travels, have a look here at Flinders for my selection. 

Pictures © vosgesparis
December 3, 2018

Win a €200 voucher from Stoer Metaal | Kitchen table update

Finding the perfect table for your home is not an easy task is it, and for my own home I was on the look for quite some time. Almost every table I came across had some pros and cons and the ones I really loved had the wrong size or were way above my budget. Not being able to find the right table I decided to design my own and got the blacksmith at Stoer Metaal to make it for me and it turned out beautiful.

It has the perfect size and minimalistic appearance I was looking for, what makes it even more different is the thin metal tabletop. I am fully aware my kitchen and taste is not average, with mostly black accessories, a metal cart from the post office, an antique metal cabinet and now this metal table it needs some warmth. You might have seen I recently painted one of the walls in a beautiful sandy colour and added a Frama bench with a wooden seat to start with!

Win a €200 voucher from Stoer Metaal.
For today's giveaway I teamed up with 'Stoer Metaal' and you can win a €200 voucher to use at the online webshop which is specialized in metal furniture and accessories from both small and established brands to give your home a tough and sturdy touch!  

To join the competition please move over to my Instagram account and search for the picture above! Simply leave a comment under the picture and be sure to follow both vosgesparis and stoermetaal on Instagram. A winner will be announced on December 17  

At home, I am working on some more changes...after a leakage in the kitchen I am looking into new floor and kitchen ideas and I might paint some more walls too, not an easy task as there are so many things to think off at the same time. The table I designed is now available for purchase in different sizes to perfectly fit your home, find a direct link here: Dining table 'Stoer41' and good luck with this Instagram competition. 

pictures ©vosgesparis