May 23, 2018

A Parisian SPA in wabi sabi style

French architect Emmanuelle Simon is responsible for the design of this beautiful spa in Paris, it was created by French-Japanese brand Evidens de Beauté in celebration of their 10th Anniversary.  I think the colour palette of this minimalistic place is amazing and it is all I am dreaming of for my Masterplan 2.0  The small metal shelves are beautiful and almost floating, showing a few pieces of ceramics.  A few other ceramic pieces can be found around the spa placed on tiled shelves and in the wooden window sills. The ceramic lamps on the wall are from the Rakù-Yaki Collection by Emmanuelle Simon, more examples on her website, have a look, they are pretty amazing !

Design by Emmanuelle Simon | photography Benoit Linero and Damien de Medeiros
La Maison Evidens de Beauté, 31 rue Boissière 75016 Paris.
© Images courtesy of Emmanuelle Simon Press and found via The Design chaser
May 22, 2018

Art and objects by JULY | New ceramics

As an admirer of minimalistic objects and ceramic the new Art bowls by July Adrichem immediately caught my eye. Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the circular form symbolizes strength & elegance; one of the key values July adjust in her work. For the Art bowls she experimented with the different shapes in order to create a shape that was flat enough to hang against the wall.

The lightweight art bowls, made from plaster paste and cotton fabric, come in three colours: Night Blue, Pure white or Sand and are available in three sizes: dia. 60, 90 and 120 cm.

Raw clay studies

Shapes 1-6 is an abstract and playful series of reliefs. The shapes are spread over six works, which together form one work of Art. There is also the possibility to choose a combination yourself and create your own composition.

The reliefs are made from plaster paste and cotton fabric, with a special press-technique on handmade molds. The works are framed in handmade natural oak frames and they will be produced on a limited scale. More reliefs will be added to the series in the near future.

pictures ©JULY

May 18, 2018

Piet Boon X NLXL | Furniture, wallpaper and some thoughts

There are a few Dutch companies I always visit when in Milan. For many years Piet Boon could be found in zona Tortona and breakfast with the company was part of my yearly Milan design week. So is a meetup with NLXL, who always have the best parties. I have build up a long time relationship with both brands and in this post some news from the two companies that again are working together. Previously Piet Boon designed a series of concrete wallpaper for NLXL in 2012, see this post! 

Time flies...

Time flies and it seems years ago I had giveaway's like the one with NLXL and Piet Boon on the blog, I sometimes wonder if you miss me teaming up with a brand and arrange a gift for you. It seems everyone is hanging out on Instagram nowadays, and so do I, but I do love to keep my blog as it is a kind of diary of my personal taste, finds and growing process over the years. I am not ashamed of what I used to like 10 years ago interior wise. But I have to admit! I am really happy with my current state of mind and the blog aesthetics I try to keep up. I still always only write about what I really love and about people that inspired me over the years and I got to build a relationship with. It can be hard to find the right balance though especially if you are around for a long time and really got to learn how things work, or how brands talk about and work with bloggers. There is still a lot to learn on how to work with bloggers for them as well.

I will never write about a brand because they offer me money if I do not personally like their work, and if I do get paid I will always mention the collaboration. To be honest I am not pleased with bloggers who are not transparent in how they work with brands, who just write a post and will never let you understand they got payed for it. My friend Holly recently wrote a great post about how things are for us bloggers who are online and writing for over ten years, and I am thankful, happy and maybe also a bit proud to be one of that rare bloggers who is still blogging after ten years. Holly talks about what inspires us, and the importance of being critical and honest in our writing, maybe you like to read it too, have a look here: A letter from Holly

Ornament Wallpaper BY Piet Boon for NLXL 
This year the two teamed up again for the 'Monochrome' series NLXL launched at Rossana Orlandi. A series of monochrome wallpapers by different Dutch designers like Piet Boon, Roderick Vos and other. Rich and refined is what characterizes the new Piet Boon by NLXL Ornament Wallpaper.

Piet Boon: "The elegant shape of the ORNAMENT pattern enables people to subtly decorate an interior with a sophisticated motif. The extraordinary 2D properties and monochrome colour of the wallpaper allows for optical enlargement of any space and offers an affordable alternative to exquisite ornamental plaster" See the whole NLXL Monochrome collection here: Monochrome series

Studio Piet Boon

Studio Piet Boon presented their renewed furniture collection at the Rho fair ground, a space in the well known Piet Boon colour scheme with a few orange accents. The aim of this year’s ton-sur-ton presentation is to create the ultimate calm residential context that emphasizes the strength of the exciting collection whilst demonstrating how individual pieces combine well together. Visitors of Piet Boon at the Salone are invited to step into a world where functionality, aesthetics and individuality are perfectly balanced. 

Pictures by NLXL and Studio Piet Boon
May 16, 2018

Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

In a spectacular lighting installation, London-based, Cypriot-born designer Michael Anastassiades, celebrated the launch of his new collection of chandelier 'Arrangements'. I had a sneak peek during Milan Design week in this beautiful space near the Flos store.' Arrangements is a modular system of geometric LED elements that can be combined in multiple compositions as single or even connected chandeliers. 

The modules are easily fixed together electrically and mechanically, balancing perfectly on each other to create the dramatic effect of a big chain of light. Each combination can be changed any time, with a different order, type or quantity of elements, with no need of technical assistance. CHeck out the different shapes as pictured below and how to combine them at Flos

“I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between Lighting and Jewelry. Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to the human scale: one is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies. I’m challenged in how the delicate nature of something small can be translated spatially and still manage to retain its preciousness in the way materials are presented. It is no coincidence that the word ‘pendant’ has a double meaning. Existing both as a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn round the neck, and a light designed to hang from the ceiling.” – Michael Anastassiades

pictures ©vosgesparis | last 2 pictures courtesy of Flos
May 15, 2018

Ex.t | Under Super Cover | Milan Favourite

Another Milan favourite! Ex.t showed a special installation by Studio Modulo during Milan design week showcasing their new collection 'Ribbon' by Sebastian Herkner featuring a bathtub and a washstand, and a new multi functional product with an integrated mirror and a shelving system hiding behind the glass by MUT. Also an addition to the Frame collection by Norm Architects is one of the new products. The showroom space was covered in plastic layers hiding the collection while soft tones filled the space. Ex.t never disappointed me during Milan design week! See the new SS18 collections here at Ex.t

pictures ©vosgesparis