August 3, 2015

Inspiration for your home | A bathroom with black details

It is not often I look into everyday bathroom details, but after discovering how updating my bathroom with some small black items like i did here, can give your bathroom a boost I noticed the Ferm Living bathroom accessories both in black stained oak and metal. 

Adding black accessories to your bathroom is a beautiful way to add a minimalistic and elegant touch. I am a fan of Iron cast metal objects but of course you can think of other material such as black ceramic for a toothbrush holder or maybe some sea related objects under glass with a black base. 

If you have a lot more space adding some beautiful industrial doors ... I keep dreaming about them...or some black vases for decoration might just be the trick to add some elegance and contrast, after all it is all in the details whether you live small or big 

Photography 1 | 2 | 3

August 1, 2015

LFZ lamps Factory tour | Spanish design

Before our wonderful night in the garden for the 'bloggers banquet', LZF gave us a tour through their showroom and factory, an impressive building where the LZF collection is beautiful presented. Small figures out of the Funnyfarm collection standing next to several wood veneer lamps from small wall lamps like the Hi Collar lamp to spectacular large light structures and portable rechargeable lamps, that would look great on my patio. 

LZF is designing and manufacturing hand-made wood-veneer lamps since 1994 and can be considered as one of the world’s most respected boutique lighting companies. I really enjoyed the tour and the great stories by Marivi Calvo and Sandro Tothill, the creative couple behind the brand, and as usual we were busy Instagramming, tweeting and making lots of pictures to remember.

Favourites | Piknik
Although all the lamps were beautiful... this little lamp caught my eye, and you might have seen it already in my Instagram account, it is the result of a competition organised for young designers by the design collective, Surtido and LZF. The white variant is my favourite, as I love the light veneer in combination with the black iron cast base and handle.

Piknikdesigned by design studio Macalula, incorporates a rechargeable battery which lasts up to eight hours, a tubular piece of veneer covering the light source through which light emerges, and a handle at the top. In addition, the lampshade hangs freely allowing it to rock by movement or the breeze creating a candle like effect ....

Favourites | Chou series
Another favourite of mine was beautiful displayed behind the bar and the garden during the Garden party 'I still can't believe they organized this especially for us' Chou is inspired by the film “The World of Susie Wong” and designed by Yonoh studio. Again it is the combination of black steel and white fineer that makes it stand out for me.

In the first picture the 'Hi Collar' lamp inspired by the stiff shirt collars worn in the late 19th century, designed by Ray Power for small spaces and to attract the visual attention of customers in hotels and other public spaces. 

pictures courtesy of LZF Lamps

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July 31, 2015

Styling with Delica and a rooftop dinner

After two nights in Barcelona, we went to yök Casa + Cultura, where we spent the night and teamed up with Delica. Created in Bera -Navarre in 2005 as a company designing products for contemporary homes Delica won several awards over the last years. We had a wonderful dinner on the rooftop terrace where we were joined by different designers who collaborated with Delica. The food was prepared by Pepi de Boissieu and served on Delica trays. 

Earlier that afternoon I went shopping at Muji for some basic white tableware with Maite of Feliceswho together with Pablo coordinated our tour, and Susanna and I styled some Delica trays in the apartment which was real fun.

Sacha is a series of trays made of bakelite to for finger food and small snacks

Ameba is a collection of bases in different sizes and colours, from white to grey and zebrano, available in different sizes they can be used as plate chargers, placemats or coasters.

Delica styling with Albert Font

On my last day in Barcelona, I returned to yök Casa + Cultura with Maite, Pablo and photographer Albert Font where we continued playing around with some of the products in one of the other apartments.

A great afternoon that we finished with some wine tasting at Prakticvinoteca, the hotel I stayed and dinner and drinks downtown, I loved spending my last evening with you guys, thanks for the great tour, fun and laughs!

Delica trays are manufactured of natural wood with various finishes

                                         Instagram pictures (above and below)
photography 1-5 Susanna Vento | 6-8 Albert Font | 9-10 taken with my Iphone

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July 29, 2015

Gandia Blasco | Spanish Design

Where to start when it comes to one of the most amazing blogtour meetings ever... do you recognise this feeling of being somewhere so beautiful you can't really describe the experience, nor the feeling and emotion that came with it.... not even a picture can show and tell how happy we were to be invited over at the private residence of José A. Gandía-Blasco to experience his love for outdoor living, the colour white and paella cooked on the grill. 

Enjoying Outdoor life is what characterises Gandia Blasco, originally started in 1941 by
José Gandía-Blasco and a business partner as a company making blankets and bedspreads. After not being able to find the right furniture for his new build home in Ibiza José A, who joined his fathers company in 1983, asked his architect to design some furniture for him. The result was a series of outdoor furniture with geometric shapes and right angles, just like the architecture of the Ibiza homes in pure white.

It was an honour and a real pleasure being able to share a moment of pure joy together swimming in this amazing pool in the homes courtyard. Lying on the chill beds around the pool under the beautiful ensombra parasol, a brilliant concept when you are looking for the right amount of shadow, and surrounded by old industrial buildings in combination with the striking white and square home of the owners where a great lunch was waiting for us.

Different collections were combined in the courtyard, portable outdoor lamp Esferaschill beds and parasols on the stone floors and an outdoor space at the end of the pool. More flexibel outdoor spaces were placed throughout the courtyard including a Wigwam and the contemporary outdoor winter garden cristal box.

Gandia Blasco showroom
The first time I came across Gandia Blasco was two years ago when I wrote about their rugs collection by GAN: Beautiful naturals | Rugs by GAN in the showroom they were beautiful displayed together with other items of the Gandia Blasco collection. We also had a look around the  older part of the building and learned more about the 75 year old history of the brand, watch the video below for a short impression.

Pictures  1|2|3|4|5|6|11 ©Vosgesparis  7|8|9|12 ©Gandia Bliasco  10|13Susanna Vento

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July 28, 2015

Walking the streets of Barcelona | Chuck II Taylor All Stars

While travelling around with our blogger team for 'Sunny design days' we were happy to have a small van to drive us around, many of the design company's were located outside Barcelona, in Valencia and even one in Madrid. It was our longest Blogtour so far and we enjoyed every minute of it. As said I had never been to Spain before and I really fall in love and am happy I stayed for another week. Beside going to the beach, see here if you missed it Instagrams from Sitges I have been discovering the different area's, hard to choose which was my favourite though.

Tiles, shoes and shopping
I think the best way to discover a city is to walk around and that is exactly what I did! I stayed in the Praktik hotels and walked from one to another as they are both located in the same part of town. Great area's where it is good to walk around, have a coffee, pop into the indoor food markets and go out for dinner. I don't know if you noticed but the streets of Barcelona have really nice tiles and still being busy with my garden I saw so many tiles I had to take lots of picture from them.

Converse Chuck II
I also bought some new shoes but for the time being and walking around for the whole day, I stuck to my all time favourite All Stars which are always comfortable for long walks... I think I have been wearing All Stars ever since I was a kid, and therefor loved to hear Converse is launching a follow up of the 1970 Chuck Taylor All Star, the, Chuck II

Most fashion stores had sale so I took the opportunity to shop for clothes and sneakers, I visited the New Balance store, and the huge Nike and Puma stores at the Passeig de Gracia  and bought a nice GStar coat, one of my favourite Dutch brands but I couldn't get the coat here anymore, I am really happy with it...  hopefully it will still fit this fall after eating huge amounts of tapas and Paella almost every day. 

pictures © vosgesparis except for the Chuck ll Taylor All Stars pictures