In the Netherlands, October is know as the 'Woonmaand' it's the month of the vtwonen & Design fair, and magazines are paying lots of attention to the home and home decoration in general. Many stores launch extra catalogues with cozy autumn homes and the first Christmas mails are hitting my mailbox already.
Libelle magazine is the largest magazine for woman in the Netherlands and for the October issue we worked on an article about minimalism, it turned out pretty nice with photography by Holy Marder and myself and a nice interview and a small 'shop my style' guide by Libelle. Click on the image for a bigger size if you read Dutch.
October 9, 2015
October 7, 2015
I came across this multifunctional wall desk by Norm Architects for Menu, a great example of a small piece of furniture that can be used for different occasions, I like this tiny hallway concept in the picture above but it can also be used as a small desk to work on. I think there might be a nice hidden compartiment also for electricity, not sure about it but I noticed a cable coming out of an opening in the wall desk, available via Menu
pictures courtesy of Menu.as
October 6, 2015
Instagram is such a great medium don't you think, I love to discover new people to follow and when new followers turn out to be great photographers, or designers or simply inspire me with their style. When Alvaro liked one of my pictures and started following me I discovered his work and had a look at his website to see his other work.
Alvaro Díaz Hernández is an interior designer, currently studying Industrial design, and specializing in furniture design. I selected three of his products because I love how you can use your imagination and interpreted them as you wish, and I think they are also great styling objects!
What is your favourite? Mine is the wall magazine holder, it reminds me of the ladder I used some to hang my magazines. See this old post here | 2 concrete bulbs + a ladder makes a loft | I still don't get this tiny sheepskin on my floor then! Are you on instagram .... I would love you to follow me.
'Add' wall magazine holder
'Linea' Magazine rack and coffee table
'Atom' in black or marble style
pictures ©Alvaro Díaz Hernández
pictures ©Alvaro Díaz Hernández
October 5, 2015
Good evening! It has been a busy week, I plannend to make some blogs about the vtwonen & design fair, but actually I didn't find any free time to write anything at all. With three halls this years fair was just big enough, I had a look at the design hall with the huge stand of Eigenhuis & Interieur together with MTC where I loved playing with the mirrors but spent most time at the hall where the vtwonen home was located.
We build our spot in the garden of the vtwonen home on Monday afternoon in one of the tents provided by Combitex, a wonderful lively spot! Although I was only present a few times, I saw some pretty nice interaction at our booth during the different styling workshops.
Greens were present at many stands but the vtwonen garden and terrace with several food-trucks and our blogger spot was one huge green area, visitors kept asking us about the air plants and the really small succulents in our stand by Wildernis Amsterdam and no dull moment for Ogreen either, on the last day of the fair, informing visitors about their concept. Have a look at this Facebook album I created to see an impression of my week, and expect some different posts in the coming days of what really caught my eye!
September 30, 2015
At a recent FD-press event I met some of the designers selling their work through Crowdy House, a platform and marketplace that helps designers and makers sell directly to design fans. I got to talk to Gert-Jan and I really loved the story behind his concrete vases.
Vase #1, inspired by Oscar Niemeyer’s Palácio de Alvorada in Brazil’s capital Brasília, is the first in a series of architecture-derived vases designed by Dutch designer Gert-Jan Soepenberg: "My love for architecture and my architectural background have led me to being inspired by Niemeyer, one of the architects with the best feel for aesthetics and proportions. I have abstracted the Palácio de Alvorada’s strongest shape into a vase that captures the spirit of the building"
Palácio de Alvorada
From 17th till 25th October Gert-Jan Soepenberg exhibits during Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, where he will be giving live demonstrations of the production of Vase #1. Also he will be showing the black concrete edition of Vase #1 for the first time, thanks for making some pictures from it already especially for Vosgesparis.
pictures ©atelier GertJan