June 15, 2018

Manifest Cabinet | Studio apartment visit | 3 days of design

How did you like the pictures of the building in my former post Købmandsgården tour with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen are you up for more raw and unpolished? Last year I showed you the minimalistic Frama studio apartment already, this year the apartment formed the backdrop of the Frama collection and was it the Manifest Cabinet that caught my eye!

The Manifest Cabinet is inspired by how windows can opens and close and therefor the doors has thin wooden frames and large glass pieces with discreet metal key looking handles. With an integrated clothing rack made of solid copper tube and several glass shelves the cabinet is versatile in use. The Cabinet has partly its origin as a vintage cabinet, large knotted brass mesh that creates the back-drop of the piece is originally from a former watch maker store to cover the windows after closing hour. The brass piano supports with blue porcelain wheels if from Grass in Vienna.

With all personal items almost taken out of sight, the partly unfinished parts of the apartment and the different furniture even more stood out, also check out the small detail in the bathroom where both mirror and handsoap are placed on an iron shelf... food for thought!

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June 13, 2018

An all new Menu | Købmandsgården tour with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Last year I showed you some images made during the opening of the 
MENU Space During the dinner that evening some plans were revealed about the new to build showroom, store and hotel rooms, just around the corner from the current Menu Space in the area that will become the new heart of N

This year I got the opportunity to experience a sneak peek into ‘Købmandsgården, Menu's new hybrid space uniting design and community. Opening its doors in 2019 we got a guided tour by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, co-founder of Norm Architects at the building site where he explained the different facilities from the downstairs public spaces to the top floor rooms. 

Under the roof ten different rooms will be realized for collaborators and guests from abroad, that want to have a different experience, or designers invited to work on a project that stay a bit longer. In every room the Menu universe will be shown in different settings and every room will have a different feeling as every room will has it own colours going from a light room to a very dark one.

Working with the colours of nature Norm architects created different mood board with the style and materials from stone to textile in the right colour scheme for every room. Some industrial elements from downstairs as you see in the pictures will be combined with the old wooden beams from the top floor. Going through the different spaces some products were missing in the collection, which resulted in design briefs and many new products to come bespoke for the rooms. 

I loved going through the building and hear about the new plans and can't wait to see the result next year. For those, like me, who love to dream away a bit in the raw and unfinished I made some pictures of the tour that ended in the Menu cafe and showroom where among other a prototype was presented, a tribute to the roots of their story. The 1950s classic Knitting Chair by Danish architect and designer Ib Kofod-Larsen embodies every MENU design value.

 Menu cafe and showroom space at Norhavn

Knitting chair available from September 2018 in dark stained solid oak with grey-brown aniline leather. Picture via Instagram Styled by @daniellesiggerud Photographer @mikkeladsbol
pictures ©vosgesparis

June 10, 2018

Bonden | Nordic Naturals found at 3 days of Design

Those who follow me for some time know I have a soft spot for Finnish design. Of course there are the big names like Alvar Aalto and brands like Artek, Marimekko and Iittala but this post is not about one of those. The different designers I met over the years are all passionated craftsmen and women with a love for Finnish nature.

During 3 days of design I visited Design Werck where several Finnish designers presented their work and it was great to finally meet Kati Hienonen the creative mind behind Bonden. It was such a sunny day and a wonderful quiet spot far away from all the busy showrooms downtown. Seeing the amount of places I still wanted to visit I stayed way to long of course, but you have to agree with me it is nice to sometimes just sit and enjoy the moment and really talk with people! 

Quiet luxury of north
Kati: "We have a heritage of nomadic lifestyle where multi-usability, natural aesthetics and practicality were essential properties to make the living possible in harsh conditions. With limited resources it was vital to create everything in a respect of nature. These same properties, with the easiness and longevity of style, we would like to bring to Bonden living products" 

"By the materials and the textures used in the collection, we connect our senses to the Nordic nature: from the rough cliffs of the archipelago to the smooth texture of moss growing in the Finnish woodlands"
The Bonden Living collection consists of a series of home accessories: cushions, shawls and module boxes all made by local artisans and skilled manufacturers from the materials with Nordic traditions.

believes that natural- and non-treated materials are not only eclological but they contribute towards the greater wellness of us, the consumers. In the collection the most natural, non-toxic and purest materials are used, such as wool from the Finnish sheep combined with natural, non-dyed linen or GOTS-certificated (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton.  

- some of the new collection - 

 ©Vosgesparis // made with I Phone

June 6, 2018

Embrace Melancholy | 3 favourite objects by Nel Verbeke

Yesterday I showed you the BRUT installation I visited in Milan BRUT | A collective of Six Belgian designers  and I could easily dedicate a post to each of them, as a matter of fact I wrote a blog about the work of Ben Storms  four years ago. Today I love to point out three favourite works by Nel Verbeke, one of the six designers mentioned in my last post.

Nel Verbeke
With a background in visual art and a specialization in design and design research, Nel Verbeke is primarily a concept designer. Balancing between arts and design, her vocation will always be the emotional potential of shape and space. Fascinated by conceptual thinking, she shies away from the obvious focus.

Throughout her conceptual design practice, Nel Verbeke searches and formulates new arrangements of our material and immaterial surroundings. Her  works and collections are alternative compositions of time, space, motion and acts. On the one hand, they question our relation to the ambivalence of our emotions. On the other hand, they suggest that the emotional states of mind could be habitable spaces: shelters for a deepened moment of introspection and contemplation.... more about Nel Verbeke's design and ideas at Nel Verbeke


Mounted on the wall, a fragile instrument reflects its surroundings, slightly obscured. It is as if the mirror is itself asking for time to gradually process what is in front of it. It seems to question us on the transience of our being. In an equally hesitating way, the circumambient light is scattered through speckles, fragmented and nearly unreal.

Attached to the round mirror is an elongated glass tube, partly filled with black sand. When the instrument is turned around, the sand slowly travels to the other side, seemingly unaware of the standardized units of time. See more 
The Mirror | Hourglass

A human-sized, dark-wooden structure stands like an entity unto its own. Its sculptural, monumental presence pauses the surrounding light and sound and nearly negates any known time and space. Approaching it, it seems to absorb you into a state of contemplation, more personal and private than before.

The work is a result of a quest for a material place for melancholy. An inviting refuge of stillness and seclusion, at the same time real and divine. A place where one can fulfil an act of melancholy in privacy and reflection. See more The place of Melancholy

At undisclosed intervals, a small amount of black dust travels slowly through the air, delicately collected on a copper plate. As a relic of what used to be, of time and time gone by, the collected dust reminds us of our own vulnerability, vanity and contemporality, and by doing so, it reminds us of life. See more The relic of time

Last picture ©vosgesparis  | Al other pictures courtesy Nel Verbeke 
June 5, 2018

BRUT | A collective of Six Belgian designers

Guess I am saving the best for last with this exhibition I visited in the Solari district in Milan. Hidden in a small street a white space formed the perfect backdrop for this exhibition by a group of six Belgian designers. Objects were placed on different shaped 'islands' connected by coal chunks representing the Belgian area they are from. It is no secret I am a lover of objects, sculptures, the raw and unusual, for me personally this was one of my favourite installations.

In my world, interiors and decorating revolve around forms and the use of materials I feel connected with, there might be a bit much to steel involved at the moment but I am definitely working on that. I can feel totally happy looking at a trunk of beautiful wood that has a special shape as much as looking at a million dollar object with a great design history. I will show some more of the personal work of this new group of six in the coming weeks. Let me know on my Instagram if you love this kind of installations as much as I do.

BRUT is a new collective of the six emerging Belgian designers. The junction of their practices is a natural consequence of the apparent similarities in imagery, concepts and vision. The six represent a young generation of Belgian designers which values the significance of collaboration and collective involvement within the contemporary design landscape BRUT has a dedicated attention for the architectural, sculptural and emotional potential of (contemporary Belgian) design. On the one hand, this focus is a result of the personal sensibilities of the participating designers – the corresponding characters of their practices. On the other hand, it creates a common ground and motive; it realizes and defines an environment where the designers can show, strengthen and challenge each other.

pictures ©vosgesparis