April 20, 2017

T-Fish rug collection by Caterina Frongia | Sardinian craft

The day I wrote a post about my connection with Sardinia and how I used the island as an inspiration for my stand at IMM: BAM Design and Carnival traditions from Sardinia | imm 2017 I received an email from a girl who moved to Amsterdam and as a long time reader of my blog was really surprised to find out my connection with the Island she was born. Not long after that we met and talking about her former job, she showed me the work of Caterina Frongia.

Caterina is a self-taught designer, who in 2005 created t-fish®, a small collection of rugs manufactured in Sardinia with the typical working technique of Sardinia rugs. I was curious to see the rugs with my own eyes and was really happy to have the possibility to work with Caterina and see them in my own home. Not only do they perfectly fit the dark floor, they are beautifully handmade and super soft.

Sardinia has a long tradition of weaving and carpet making, and I remember the many small workshops in the village. The rugs of Caterina are a contemporary interpretation of the original Sardinian rugs. I choose for the overall black and white with some green and blue details, but the rugs come with many different colour accents and designs.

For more information on how to purchase or get a customised handmade rug contact Caterina at contact@tfish.it or visit her website: T-fish 

photography © vosgesparis
April 18, 2017

Cast impressions at Aesop Milan | Milan design week

When visiting Milan there are a few stores I always love to visit, stores we do not have in Amsterdam like Muji, Rick Owens and Aesop! Remember I showed you the home of Vincenzo de Cotiis earlier this month: 
Palazzo Milanese from Vincenzo de Cotiis he has a great style and is also the designer of the first Italian Aesop store in the Brera district.

A store dominated by concrete, grey and pale peach plaster features on walls and ceiling. Products are showed on asymmetrical product display shelves and the main piece is the beautiful counter with shiny surface.

Henry Wilson's 'Cast Impressions' collection was on display at the store and it was love at first sight for me, I would have loved the budget to take the one shown in front of the picture home with me, truly amazing! 

The 'Surface Sconce' is a ambient, sculptural light cast in two halves from solid gunmetal, manufactured in small batches. In the shopwindow more of Henry Wilsons gunmetal pieces was shown.

Scroll down for the installation in the other Aesop store I visited.


Totally different was the look of the other Aesop store, also located in Brera this store showed a window installation of water and light by Dutch artist Sabine Marcelis The all green interior is the result of a collaboration with Dimorestudio, a Milan-based design studio formed by the duo Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran, also creators of the Aesop store at Paris Saint-Sulpice.

pictures ©vosgesparis|product picture by Henry Wilson

These pictures were made during Milan design week 2017, find all my posts on the blog under 'Milan design week' and have a look at this Milan design week Pinterest album for all the pictures I made during the DDN Magazine tour and the fuorisalone. 

April 17, 2017

Meeting Italian design with DDN magazine | Milan design week

This years design week I not only visited the many events downtown, but also spent a day at the actual Salone del Mobile where on invitation of DDN Magazine I joined a tour organized in collaboration with eleven major Italian design brands. Together with Francesca Russo of DDN and a group of bloggers, we visited the stands of the Italian brands during a three hour tour through the different halls, where we got to meet the designers and learned more about the brands and their new collections.

Among the list some brands I would have never visited without getting to know them through this tour, and other brands whois products were, and are even higher on my wish list now after visiting them. This definitely includes the products of CTRLZAK for JCP a mix of art and design where classic meets contemporary in a surprising new way that defies the norm. I will show some more of JCP in a future blogpost, so stay tuned!

You might have been able to follow me on insta stories, a fun and fast way to have a peek through my eyes during a busy day at the fair. Taking in eleven brands, showing them on insta stories and listening to the designers is not an easy task in the short time we had been given with each brand.

Back home I had another look through my pictures, their catalogus and websites to select some of my favourite pieces from the new collections in this recap of the Salone, unfortunately I did not had any time to visit some of my favourite Scandinavian brands, the young designers or more of this years Euroluce.

MDF Italia - Sign filo
MDF Italia - Sign Matt

Although our visit to the stand of MDF Italia was mostly concentrated around their new flexible table system Axy by Claudio Bellini which had some really nice surfaces, my eye caught the beautiful chairs, cupboards and sofa elements. First picture in the post shows the 'Minima 3.0' shelving cabinet, I am a fan of the series as there are endless possibilities to make freestanding or floating cabinets. 'Cosy' is their new element sofa, pretty nice in pink too!

What really caught my eye was the 'Sign filo' chair by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga with it's trending materials and finish. And the all new monochrome series 'Sign Matt' that with the new matt finish can now also be used outside... gotta love this concrete look.

The picture above I showed on Instagram and shows the wallpaper and furniture by CTRLZAK for JCP. A great white stand showing the work of the different designers. I somehow always seem to fall for the metal and raw, big blocks of lava stone is used here, in combination with striking white!

Remember the amazing antivilla I wrote about some time ago, have a look here if you love the picture above, in the post I showed the beautiful 70ties sofa by Mario Marenco for Arflex, one of the other brands we visited at the Salone. At the stand lots of new design from designers like Jamie Haynon with 'Arcolar' a modular system sofa and a set of small tables, pictured below.

Arflex - Arcolar by Jamie Haynon


Gallotti&Radice is a brand I wanted to work with for some time and I loved their presentation at the Salone! So elegant and sophisticated in the exact right amount. Beautiful materials and finishes, new upholstery and lighting solutions, warm colours, soft curves, rich textures and sumptuous gleaming metals and decorated with nice objects, lots of green and beautiful stills.

What stood out was the geometrical mirror art by Studio Pepe, which was made especially for the stand. I can't wait to see their own exhibition on the blog of Agata, who went to visit them during Design week.





The stand of Artemide with it's white panel curtains reminded me of the beautiful COS installation two years ago during Milan design week, and it was such a pleasure to find my friends of LZF lamps right next to them and got the change to say hello.

Back to Artemide and their new collection with, just to name one, the new Tolomeo maxi, a huge version of the iconic Tolomeo we all know. What really caught my eye though was the Yanzi a lightweight composition of graphic signs, pictured above by Neri & Hu.

More Italian design at Poliform, I loved the picture below showed in Elle Decor Italia and showing Mad Queen, Dama coffee table and Onda pouf

Poliform / photo by Andrea Ferrari

We started at Gianfranco Ferré Home the brand inspired by by menswear fabrics and characterized by the use of distressed shades on woods and slightly antique finishing in pure Shabby Chic style as they describe their philosophy, followed by Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors.

Both brands are known for the use of luxury materials, what I experienced at Roberto Cavalli was lots of soft luxury materials, think velvet, silk lots of animal prints in both fabric and glass and the use of bronze and marble. Lots of green dominated in many of the stands we visited and I had to think a lot of the original square atrium I designed for my own stand earlier this year for imm.

Natuzzi is one of the 
largest Italian furniture companies and offers a wide range of leather sofas for over fifty years. Annibale Colombo presented cupboard called Mettitutto (add everything! if I should translate the name) a multi functional cupboard with glass shelves and containers that could be used anywhere, Annibale Colombo is one of the oldest cabinet makers of Italy designing custom-made solutions for private residences to hotels.

When saying Kartell the first thing that comes to mind it colour lots of colour and some iconic design pieces. I was surprised to see a line of tableware in earthy colours in their huge stand, no time to make pictures though.

Roberto Cavalli

Gianfranco Ferrè Home 

These pictures were made during Milan design week 2017, find all my posts on the blog under 'Milan design week' and have a look at this Milan design week Pinterest album for all the pictures I made during the DDN Magazine tour and the fuorisalone. 

April 14, 2017

Farrow & Ball In-home colour consultancy

When Farrow & Ball approached me with the question if I would like to try out their new 'Colour Consultancy Service' I had to think twice as colour is not really my best friend when it comes to considering decorating choices for my own home.  Maybe I am just lazy, but with a piece of the original concrete wall in sight in every space of my home, I just always went for a simple white without even considering the different shades there are to choose from.

Things have changed over the years and after replacing the overall white furniture by blackish and metal pieces and considering to add the dark floor throughout my whole home, I thought it would be a great idea to have another person look at my place and get a different input on how to create a new balance between dark and light.

So it happened that on a Saturday morning Linda van der Ham came to my home with a huge Farrow & Ball book filled with colour cards. After a coffee and a chat Linda took me through some colour questions to define the type of colour I love most, no surprise I'd say my love for monochrome colours came to the table, with an explicit dislike for the more yellow white.

In-home colour consultancy
This type of In-home colour consultancy is a great way to see the effect of using colour, in my case different shades of white and grey, directly on your wall. I was asked to chose the spaces I wanted advice for and took the opportunity to discuss a hallway idea I have for some time.


My hallway is about fifteen square meter and I was thinking off giving a square block consisting of the bathroom and some cupboards a different colour. Explaining what using the same colour on doors and walls can do for a space we went for 'Blackened No.2011' a beautiful soft grey, historically made with a pigment made by collecting the residue from burnt lamp oil, don't you just love that! The idea is to paint both walls and doors in the same colour while using a fresh white for the rest of the hallway, including the ceiling: 'Wevet No.273 named after the old Dorset term for a spiders web,  a fun name to use in my hallway as people are often kind of disorientated because of the many corners.

Facing west my kitchen is the space that only during the afternoon gets some sunshine and with the beautiful industrial cabinet, the metal trolley and table plus a black backsplash it is a space that really needs some attention. The dark floor I laid temporarily is beautiful and gives a great French touch to the space but also makes the space even more darkish. I decided to take a final decision about the floor after re-painting the walls, and I am curious to see if the colour 'Wevet', which is the same used as in the hallway will soften up the space. For the backsplash Linda advised a soft 'Off Black No.57' to give it more depth.

'Wevet' looking like becoming the main new white in my home we also chose this colour for some of the bedroom walls where it will perfectly fits the concrete wall as well. Behind the bed and my clothing rack Linda came up with a different white: 'Great white No.2006' described as a bright white which is neither yellow nor cold, I experience the colour to be white with a touch of pink, but I guess that's my personal view maybe.

Colour advise 
I was really happy with the Colour Consult, as choosing colour takes time and it can be difficult to choose a new colour scheme for your home. Having a specialist over for a few hours and discuss your ideas can give you new insights either you have a new home or have been living in it for years. Soon after the consult I received a final report with the colour advise including colour cards, finishes and the amount of paint, including prices, I would need for each room. Really handy when ordering the actual paint!

A full consult is for about four rooms and can be done in an hour, I had a fun morning and it was great to see my home through the eyes of someone else, thank you Linda for coming to my home!
If you want a colour consult for your home as well you can contact Farrow & Ball on +44 (0) 1202 876141 or have a look here:  Farrow& Ball 

For the Netherlands
contact Interfurn B.V.  +31 (0)10 7171800 or sent email to info@interfurn.nl

April 13, 2017

Neon and metal | Gun Gordillo at last resort gallery

Born in Sweden, Gun Gordillo today lives and work in Copenhagen after spending many years living and working in Paris. I came across here work after seeing her latest exhibition 'for F' at the  Last Resort gallery in Copenhagen.  Blown away by the hanging neon sculptural I thought It would be a good fit for my blog. Neon can be a bit hard when being used in advertising signs unlike the way Gordillo uses the material in combination with different metals such as lead, copper, and zink plate.

pictures Anders Sune Berg via Last Resort