Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Minimalism by Fleur Molenaar | #DDW14 #1

This week Eindhoven is once more the capital of Dutch Design Week. DDW is the platform for Dutch design and with over 400 events divided over 80 locations, the largest design event in the Netherlands. It is impossible to see everything in the few hours I was in town, so on the blog some of my personal highlights and impressions.

From Stone age to desk | 'Minimalism' by Fleur Molenaar, part of 'Hier is Utrecht' (A collective of designers who all studied at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht) exposition at 'Design perron' was one of the designers I really loved. Not only did I liked the used materials, all displayed objects communicated a sense of calmness and serenity. 

Design Perron is a new design district, close to the Station and an initiative by Meike van Schijndel (Bathroom Mania), Martin Damen (Opvallers), Jasper van Grootel (JSPR) and Alex Groot Jebbink (a-LEX) who I previously covered in my Salone del mobile  Pinterest album and had an exhibition at the Fuori Mercato in Milan earlier this year.

pictures © 1|2 - 3|9 
Monday, October 20, 2014

First or Second | Conceptstore by April & May

First or second is the brand new conceptstore in Alkmaar by Jantine and Vivian of April & May I had the pleasure to join them for a little tour through the shop and a dinner to celebrate the opening of the store some weeks ago.

First or second offers a collection of both new and carefully selected second hand furniture from Dutch and Scandinavian designers such as, Minotti, B&B Italia, Vitra, Flexform and Pastoe next to brands as Menu, Hay, Muuto, AndTradition and Vipp.

In the huge store you will find a special kids department, a special zone with changing themes and a part, called the villa where all brands are mixed together into a fictive living space. Coffee and tea is served in the cafe, which is a collaboration between Norm Architects and Menu.

pictures © vosgesparis

Friday, October 17, 2014

NLXL LAB X Piet Hein Eek | #DDW14

Friday night! After a week of work right after our Blogtour I was so happy with some days off! Being a late night person whenever I get the chance ... I love to sleep in on my days off, something I also really needed. I am looking forward to a weekend that is gonna be so much fun and filled with design again! 

As for tomorrow Dutch Design week starts in Eindhoven and I hope it will be fun and inspirational as always. Before that I am heading to Antwerp for some shopping and a brunch, and, I will use my train ride to Antwerp to read the DDW press mails I received this week to make some good choices on what to see. One of the mails really caught my eye, coming from NLXL and showing the new NLXL LAB. 

NLXL LAB is not just about wallpaper editions. It’s a notebook, a keychain, a printed plywood stool and much more. Designed by established designers or upcoming talents. One of the first new collaborations is with Piet Hein Eek

The plywood print collection is a collaboration between Piet Hein Eek and the Rijksmuseum and designed exclusively for NLXL LAB. The latest addition to the wallpaper collection by Piet Hein Eek is the Black brick wallpaper.

pictures via  NLXL LAB with thanks

Ook te zien op Dutch Design week bij Piet Hein Eek #DDW14

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Table setting with Pillivuyt | Blogtour Amsterdam

When arriving at the studio in the afternoon of our dinner event, one of the largest boxes I had ever seen was waiting for us. The box was filled with tableware by Pillivuyt, and contained different plates and bowls in beautiful blue and white tones.

I was really happy their Scandinavian agent Thuesen Jensen provided us with this tableware that perfectly fitted the soft industrial feeling of the Studio. We had a small lunch provided by Bar Moustache and when seeing the several  stacks of bowls and plates on the wooden table I suddenly felt like being back in the south of French during one of my holidays. 

Together we unpacked everything, styled the table with all the different plates and went out to buy some flowers to decorate the table... I think it looked amazing. 

Pictures © Igor and Linda

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