September 30, 2015

DESIGN | Vase #1 by Gert-Jan Soepenberg

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 
September 29, 2015

A sneak peek at my store window at Villa ArenA

Last week I showed you my moodboard for the storefront I was asked to design. I searched through a good amount of the 50 stores in the Villa ArenA woonmall and picked out some items I thought would represent best my own style and idea's and the mood I had in mind. Picking out items is one thing, but the whole picture I had to see in my head... luckily most of the time I can!  

Still I was happy to see that it really worked out and the items I selected beautiful blended together to the image I had in mind. Did you know that because I loved to style stills, I actually started this blog seven years ago. Doing a large window like this made me realize again on how important it is to trust my own feeling and stay true to my aesthetics and... that this is something I really love to do more often. 

After styling I worked with Wendy from BeeldSTEIL on some really cool pictures that I would love to show you when my shopwindow is actually opened. For now a sneak peek with some IPhone pictures I made, for more pictures keep an eye on the Pinterest album I made.

 Iphone pictures ©vosgesparis
September 28, 2015


Last week I promised to show you more about the bags shown in my post about Ashes to Snow. Inspired by both Dutch design and Asian culture, ANTS. brings a mixture of practicality and cool aesthetics, with an interesting balance between dark influences and a touch of humour while transcending gender-based and seasonal boundaries in fashion. Unique products produced in limited editions by passionate local craftsmen.

ANTS. is founded by Anneloes van Osselaer who graduated cum laude at AMFI Fashion Design was the winner of 'De Lichting' of 2008. After working several years in the Netherlands she moved to Beijing to work for the Asian department of an Scandinavisch fast fashion brand. Being a fan of black bags and fashion items, I was impressed by the pieces I saw at Ashes to snow and had to show some more of them on the blog.

photography via ANTS. with thanks | picture 4-5 by vosgesparis
September 25, 2015

EXPLORE your creativity | vtwonen & design fair

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a really cool project together with BeeldSTEIL and April and MayWe created an unique bloggers spot on the terrace of the 'vtwonen home' at the vt wonen & design fairWe worked with some really cool brands like Vitra, Wildernis and vtwonen and would love you to come and say hello.... and EXPLORE your inner creativity!

We invited several creative people and bloggers to our 'home' who will do short workshops, Q&A or presentations that you can follow while visiting the fair... just walk in to join! Expect Yvestown, Oh Marie, Zilverblauw, Binti Home, Femkeido, Kirsten Jassies, Ogreen, Food bandits, C-More &Suus, April & May, BeeldSTEIL and Vosgesparis.

At the entrance of the fair and at our spot you will find each days program. Hours are between 11:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:00, outside these hours you are welcome to pop in with your questions or just say hello... the three of us will be there almost all the time, and I will be there every afternoon after 15:00  

Follow us by #explorecreativity or #vtwdbeurs to see what else is happening at the fair.

In de tuin van het vtwonen huis op de vtwonen & Designbeurs vind je van 29 september t/m 4 oktober een bijzondere plek waar ontdekken, inspireren en creëren centraal staan. De ruimte is ingericht door lifestyle en interieur bloggers beeldSTEIL, April and May en mijzelf in samenwerking met vtwonen, wildernis en Vitra.

Voor alle geïnteresseerden - bezoekers, bloggers, designers - is er tijd en ruimte om elkaar te ontmoeten, te brainstormen of aan te haken bij een van de korte workshops of activiteiten die dagelijks door diverse bloggers en creatievelingen worden georganiseerd. 

Het thema van deze bijzondere week in de tuin van het super grote vtwonen huis is EXPLORE! Kom langs en laat je verrassen door door o.a Yvestown, Oh Marie, Zilverblauw, Binti Home, Femkeido, Kirsten Jassies, Ogreen, Food bandits, C-More &Suus, April & May, BeeldSTEIL en Vosgesparis. 

Bij binnenkomst op de beurs, en bij onze spot vind je elke dag het programma, tijden 11:00-13:00 en 15:00-17:00, maar ook buiten deze uren ben je van harte welkom met je vragen, wij zijn bijna altijd aanwezig, zelf ben ik er elke middag na drie uur.
Volg ons via #explorecreativity en hou ook #vtwdbeurs in de gaten als je wilt weten wat er verder op de beurs gebeurd. 

Posts van bloggers die je in onze blogger spot kunt tegen komen
Binti Home | Binti home staat op de beurs kom jij langs

Zilverblauw | vtwonen & design beurs
C-More Interieuradviesblog | Let's talk about trends
& Suus | vt wonen & design beurs | let's get personal
September 24, 2015

Qazqa Quest | Nominate a young designer | #QAZQAQUEST2016

I made some changes to my kitchen and I am deeply in love with my new cabinet and really happy I could buy this industrial beauty from a friend who needed space. After working with lighting brand Qazqa last year, see my post here,they asked me to try out the 'Lazy lamp'.
I love a change and I immediately thought it would be a good fit for my kitchen.

The 'Lazy lamp' is m
ade out of black galvanised steel, which is my favourite material, and has a contemporary industrial look and a build in dimmer, which makes it perfect for this time of the year. Although the sun pops out now and then September brought us lots of rain already and days are getting shorter.... this is the time of the year I love to burn candles and switch on a little light just before the evening sets in.  

"It's okay to be lazy" says Thijs van der Zanden about his design that only needs a wall to lean too. The Lazy lamp is the first result of Qazqa collaborating with talented young Dutch designers. Qazqa lately worked with several designers such as GBO, Boxtel & Buijs, Niels van de Winkel en BuroBas to create new and original lamps.... read on because now they are looking for you or your friend!
Dutch summery at the end of the post

Qazqa Quest | Nominate your design or a designer
With the Qazqa Quest the Dutch lighting brand wants to give some of the best talents the opportunity to bring their ideas and design to the next level. "There are many talented designers, but it is hard to actually see the lamp you designed getting produced" says Erik Jansen of Qazqa, therefore they are now looking for designers to sent in their design for the new collection 

Are you a designer...
Are you a designer with creative ideas or did you designed a lamp you would love to be part of the next Qazqa collection? On the Qazqa Quest website you can see the first collaborations and find all info on how to participate, you can sent in your sketches or worked out design till November 13 2015.

Nominate a designer and win a lamp...
We are not all designers but maybe your brother is or a friend or someone else you know with a background in design, then please nominate them for the Qazqa Quest and when they actually participate, you have the change to win one of the Qazqa designer lamps.
Follow the unique Qazqa Quest on social media via #QAZQAQUEST2016

Dutch summery:

De afgelopen weken heb ik weer het een en ander veranderd in huis, in de keuken staat nu een prachtige nieuwe industriële aanwinst die ik van een vriendinnetje mocht overnemen voor deze op marktplaats ging en na vorig jaar met het Nederlandse lampen merk Qazqa te hebben mogen werken, vroegen ze mij dit keer om de 'Lazy lamp' te proberen, ook deze heeft een plekje in mijn keuken gekregen.

"It's okay to be lazy" zegt Thijs van der Zanden over zijn lamp die je gewoon tegen de muur kunt zetten en tevens het eerste resultaat van samenwerkingen tussen Qazqa en verschillende designers! Erik Jansen van Qazqa: "Er zijn in ons land heel veel talentvolle ontwerpers van verlichting maar het is vaak lastig om je ontwerp geproduceerd te krijgen. Wij willen dit jaar met onze 'Qazqa Quest' een aantal van de beste jonge talenten de kans geven hun ideeën concreet vorm te geven".

Ben jij een designer...
Ben jij een designer, heb je creatieve ideeën of heb je een armatuur ontworpen dat je graag zou inzenden en geproduceerd zou willen zien? Op de speciale Qazqa Quest website kun je de eerste samenwerkingen zien en vind je alle info over deelname, schetsen of jouw uitgewerkt design kun je tot 13 November 2015 inzenden.

Nomineer een designer en win een design lamp...
Heb jij een vriend of familielid of ken jij iemand met een design achtergrond, maak ze dan attent op de site en nomineer ze voor de Qazqa Quest, mochten zij daadwerkelijk deelnemen, dan maak je kans op het winnen van een van de design lampen.

Volg de zoektocht naar nieuw talent op 
social media via #QAZQAQUEST2016