March 27, 2017

Pedestals and new resolutions for the home


While at my stand at IMM I used the raw wooden cubes by Janua as pedestals, I am also kind of in love with the new and more shiny versions we see around next to the obvious white ones. While stores have always been using pedestals to add a special object in the picture, some people are using them for plants or flowers. My brother still had a pedestal from my family at home from the forties in green ceramic, I personally prefer square forms over the more antique looking round ones and I think they are becoming rather mainstream, nevertheless I like them!

Some weeks ago I wrote a blogpost about the use of pedestals in our interiors and showed you the beautiful pedestals Dutch designer Floris Wubben designed for the stores of Isabel Marant: Pedestals at Stockholm fair and exclusive work for Isabel Marant 


The pedestals used by the fab Oliver Gustaf have a rather weathered look, they bring back old memories of beautiful objects and flee and antique markets in Paris. I have always liked the combination of weathered industrial combined with something contemporary and even shiny. This year I want to focus on beautiful objects while sticking to dark and industrial and I am working on the right place to display them at home and I wouldn't mind a small shiny or marble cube to start with.





Pictures | Oliver Gustav | Perspective | AMM | Dwell
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March 24, 2017

Thonet new table range S 1090 | IMM 2017

I first visited the IMM fair in Cologne during a press trip in 2015 organised by a Dutch PR agency in collaboration with Thonet. This year I was asked by IMM to design my own trend stand at the fair and just only saw the stands of the brands I worked with, including Thonet who borrowed me their side table 1025 by James Van Vossel.

Thonet presented their new table range S1090 with benches at this years fair. Designer Randolf Schott was inspired by classic refectory tables that have their origin in the dining halls of monasteries. The design of the optional leg traverse with bentwood elements is a reference to the Thonet tradition. I got a great insight in this technic during a Thonet factory tour in 2015.


Table S 1092 - Randolf Schott, 2017 // Benches S1094 and S 1095 (without and with backrest)

Both the seat elements and table are made of solid wood in ash or oak with a frame of bent flat bar steel. The angled back of the bench S 1094 without backrest provides a secure hold. Various types of leather and cover fabrics from the Thonet portfolio are available for the fully upholstered version of the benches. More info  on the S1090 range can be found at the Thonet site.

Are you coming to Milan next month, find Thonet at Hal 5, stand E06.




Cute small Thonet side table at my stand at IMM 


March 23, 2017

Furniture and objects by Michael Verheyden

Think materials... marble, leather, wood, stone, different metals, and beautiful objects by Michael Verheyden. I still think I was really lucky to have been invited at his home to have tea and have a look into his workspace at home. In case you missed this Design tour through Belgium Limburg organised by Comosie you can see a collection of posts here

I regularly have a look at his site and  when seeing some furniture I hadn't seen before I decided to ask for some more images, I received lots of pretty amazing pictures, which made it pretty hard to choose from and what to show on the blog. Luckily I managed to make a selection, enjoy!








pictures via Michael Verheyden
March 21, 2017

A spacious home in Australia by Robson Rak


Robson Rak are an established, award winning firm who offer you a holistic design service of architecture, interior design, and interior decoration. I noticed many of the architectural firms and interior designers I love work in Australia.

Kathryn Robson, principal architect comes from an extensive working history in Europe and Australia, while Chris Rak is an interior architect. Robson Rak’s commitment is to the design of residential and commercial spaces that ultimately provide the user with a sense of warmth and well- being; spaces that make the user feel good. with this home which they call the 'Toorak home' they delivered an amazing job.


A minimal palette of materials was used, steel doors and windows, granite bench tops and floors, and timber flooring and joinery. The selected materials were then varied in texture and finish to create depth. For example; granite was used in a ‘flamed’ finish on the floors, then the same granite was used honed for the bench tops in the kitchen and bathrooms. This limited palette creates a harmonious flow from room to room.




March 20, 2017

STOFF candle holders | All new Hans Nagel design by Just Right.


The original Nagel candle holder designed by Werner Stoff in the 60's have been reproduced and I couldn't be happier as I have been looking for them, and never got the change to actually buy some. Danish company Just Right re-introduced the original candle holders to consumers world wide under the brand name STOFF® Sold separately, for three candles, the combinations are endless and the more you stack together the more impressive they are.

I was planning to show them in a nice setting after my living makeover but I actually love the minimalistic setting I created for the picture, and beside that I guess it will take some time to find a new layout, make a new light plan and replace some things, so why wait. Next to this chrome edition they are also available in brass.

styling // picture © vosgesparis