March 29, 2017

Functionals | Miller chair

I love the graphic lines of the all black chair in front of the white wall and couldn't be happier to be working with Dutch brand Functionals and their products for the coming months. Functionals is founded in 2009 by the two siblings Ad & Simon and I am a long time fan of their design. During last years Object Rotterdam, a showcase of contemporary furniture, I discovered their Miller chair and being a fan of sturdy leather and powder coated metal this chair was right up my alley!

The all black Miller Lounge chair totally fits the new plans I have for my home. Curious to know the how and why then read yesterday's post The Masterplan 2.0 I have been looking for some time for the right chair and beside being a really comfortabel lounge chair I think the Miller adds some real coziness to my sitting area without taking up to much place as my living is not that big.

Made from the highest quality 5 mm thick German leather, and stitched and polished by a saddle maker the chair is available in cognac, natural, dark brown and black leather with an 18 mm sand powder-coated steel black or sand coloured frame. A layer of wood under the seat provides ‘shock absorption’. Next to the chair there is a matching footrest 'Miller Ottoman' and with the Miller chair being a real favourite they decided to create a new version with headrest, the all new Miller High!

I really loved reading Christoph Seyferth, the designer of the Miller chair was inspired by French designer Pierre Paulin and his leather butterfly chair for Artifort, I have actually been looking at that chair but the black Miller just really fits my home better!  The beautiful carpet is part of the T-Fish collection by Caterina Frongia and handmade in Sardinia, soon more about them!

styling // pictures © vosgesparis | product pictures via Functionals
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March 28, 2017

MASTERPLAN 2.0 | A personal story

Those who read my blog for years might remember my definition of my so called Masterplan. You can read something more about it by clicking here, bare the pictures if you are clicking through to that post from 2010.... but it kind of explains how my mind works around things.

Even though these old images make me smile now, I refuse to take those old posts off the blog as they are part of the vosgesparis journey and a great example of how people can grow over the years, and beside that I was really happy with the little changes I made at that time. 
It is funny how people now and then still remind me on how they liked the idea of working on a long term masterplan. 

All these posts on the blog kind of tell my story, how after a greyish and zinc area... I went through the all minimal Scandinavian white with my own dark twist and now feel like coming back to industrial chic with a little French touch again. My friend Holly Becker who used to call me the queen of Black & White, which still makes me laugh, said it very well after seeing the trend stand I designed for IMM, where I presented to use her words: 'a more grown up version of my style, and a more grown up me'

I must admit it is way easier to add beautiful lightning, carpets and huge lounge sofa's, to name a few things, in a designed and sponsored trend show then at my own home as none of those items are things I personally could buy without saving up a bit first, nothing wrong with that either! Still this trendshow has opened new possibilities and ambitions for a new Masterplan.

Less is more // Masterplan 2.0
In the coming months I will take you with me on my journey and show you the new changes for my home, including some thing
s I never really showed before. I will try to not play safe, think big and stick to the new masterplan I created in my head, keeping in mind that less is more and we do not have to display everything we love all the time. 

I can't wait to start creating and work with some beautiful brands that touch my heart. I already connected with SolidfloorNL and will lay their 
Yampa floor in a different and industrial way as soon as I get back from Milan and there will be some painting involved as well.   

You might recognize the first picture from an earlier post but this image shows pretty much the new canvas of my home, with light walls, concrete, and dark floors... now someone bring me that white couch!   

 picture tornqvistm 

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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