February 20, 2019

Arno de Clercq AD5/19 | Milan design week preview


Really happy to give you sneak preview of the 5th collection of Arno de Clercq that will be launched during Milan Design week, thé most exciting design event of the year taking place from April 08-14 2019. I visit the event for many years now and beside feeling at home as soon as we land it is my my favourite design event of the year. It is here where I discover new talents and where established brands present their collections in a different way.  

Last year we could see his work on the actual Salone del del Mobile, selected by Vincent van Duysen for the stand of Molteni. This year Arno will exhibit and present his work at Via S. Maurilio 14, 20123 Milan during design week. I can't wait to see the universe he will create. 

Arno de Clercq creates unique pieces made of tropical hardwood called Iroko which he discovered after a trip to West Africa combined with Belgian Oak and treated with a Japanese technique where the objects are burned to protect the wood from weathering and subsequently fixed to get a patina look as long as possible. Pictures of the new collection are made by Stan Guldemont













pictures © Stan Guldemont 
February 18, 2019

Baltique Noir apartment at the Baltic sea


The other day I showed you the daybed designed by Martensen and Bazar Noir, after several collaborations between the architecture and design studio Martensen from Hamburg and the Berlin based Gallery-Store Bazar Noir the two teamed up to create a holistic living experience. On the Northern coast of Germany in a small picturesque village, situated between nature reserve Geltinger Birk and the iconic lighthouse of Falsthöft they build 'Baltique Noir' an impressive building.

Floor to ceiling windows offer a view of sheep grazing in front of the property and the baltic sea and the nearby danish south coast. Baltique Noir: "The design of the interior underlines the serene mood of the scenery. The color palette reflects both the strong architecture and its natural surroundings with a mix of natural tones and black accents . The choice of material ranges from raw linen and wool, to delicate walnut and brass surfaces, to bold objects made of marble and metal creating a cosy yet subtly luxurious atmosphere. Bended steel tubes reoccur throughout the entire space and add to the overall sleek and graphic expression, contrasted by hand-made pottery and art objects created especially for this unique curation"


photos courtesy Dennis Pfisterer 
February 15, 2019

Daybed by Martensen x Bazar Noir


A few years ago I wrote about Berlin based Bazar Noir, where you will find a carefully selected mix of handcrafted small furniture, objects, books, and art defined by a simple yet avant-garde style! I regularly check the site to see what's new and drool over my favourites . They have so many unique pieces. 

Favourite today is the Limited edition daybed by Martensen, designed in collaboration with Bazar Noir. This chunky and cosy daybed reflects the minimalistic approach adopted by its author, giving space a primary role. With an obsessive eye for the very best materials – much like that in evidence on fashion runways – Martensen reinterprets “Haute Couture” through his furniture. 

His love of the nest and most luxurious materials is here expressed in the use of exclusive nappa leather, the solid bent-metal frame grants the piece a minimalistic look without detracting from its comfort. Find out more about the stunning apartment in my next post. 



pictures courtesy Bazar Noir

February 13, 2019

Mica Coffee bar in Haarlem


Ready for another coffee spot today? After spotting the picture of their new bar on Instagram I asked the owners of Mica Coffee bar in Haarlem to sent me some more images of their coffee bar just outside the centre of Haarlem, a beautiful small town near Amsterdam.

The sisters Annemarie and Sophie started Mica in 2015 after talking about it for hours, several brainstorms and getting inspired while living in Copenhagen. With both a background in hospitality, they love to bake healthy food and a developed a passion for good coffee, which at Mica is roasted by Bloomers, two brothers from Nijmegen. Last but not least the beautiful walls are painted with We are wow makers paint, the same paint I used in my own bedroom: A bedroom makeover for spring 


pictures ©Mica
February 11, 2019

Public Space Amsterdam

Amsterdam might be known best for its canals and charming city centre, I personally love living on one of the edges of town, the Eastern Harbour area where I am surrounded by water. I live on the first island of the area that from a harbour and industrial area was transformed into a partly residential area. My daily grocery store is located at one of the islands and just across the water there is the northern part of the city with industrial chic spaces like Hangar to be reach by a ferry.

The Northern area is becoming quickly a new favourite area, where you can breath and enjoy the waterfront, remember the apartment shoot we did in one of the new area's last year! After the opening of a new subway last Summer, which took more than 15 years to build, and the housing problem we have, there are many new residential area's build and a new skyline across the water is already visible.

Located inside one of the new residential towers, Public Space opened its doors some months ago, and it feels different from every other coffee space we have in Amsterdam. A huge grey space with a black ceiling, black tables and chairs next to several corners with vintage Danish furniture. Not a huge fan of the vintage style but I have to admit really comfortable. I can easily see a few seating areas with elements by Living Divani though and looking amazing here!

Some details I loved....the plants are huge, including a few trees 'growing out' the communal table. The bar is made out of Viroc, a material I have been looking at before and coffee is served in beautiful ceramic cups, more about these later! Find Public Space at 
Bercylaan 301 just behind the Eye. 

Pictures ©Vosgesparis - Amsterdam Next