February 5, 2016

Beautiful greens and a simple DIY idea | IMM 2016 Designpost Köln

Design Post Cologne is located in the historic halls of a former post office and a showroom where exclusive international interior design brands present their current trends. Located on walking distance of the IMM Messe, it was easy to have a look at the different expositions. 

I loved the light and relative small space and was really charmed by Montis, who created different 'rooms' all beautifully styled with lots of plants. I didn't liked the colour green for years, but loved the combination of concrete floors, the huge green modular couch, beautiful painted walls, the many plants and outdoor lamp Ipnos by Flos

DIY Idea for your hanging plants

A really easy DIY idea I found in one of the other rooms, I am not a huge fan of macrame hangers that for me are a bit to rustic often, plus to be honest I prefer some beautiful kokodame plants up in the air instead.

This hanger is more my style and to make it you just need 2 long strips with a metal ring at each end of the strip, add them crosswise on the bottom and bring them together with a piece of rope at the top to attach. I can imagine these fitting my home perfectly made out of black leather. Did you see my post where I hang a lamp at my studio using more or less the same principle: My home| Playing with colour Do you have a perfect DIY idea yourself feel free to sent me your ideas.

pictures ©vosgesparis

February 4, 2016

Minimalistic design by Jacek Kolasiński

Jacek Kolasiński is a the designer of this oak wood daybed with linen mattress for his studio LOFT an interior and furniture design studio based in Szczecin & Berlin at Room Capicity. I love the minimalistic design and graphic pictures of the studio.

pictures ©  Karolina Bąk

February 3, 2016

Ethnic chic in a summer home down under

After having the flu for almost two weeks I finally got to clean my home and do some restyling over the weekend. I love this feeling when your home is all clean again, the laundry is done and your bed is changed with fresh white sheets, especially on mornings when there is plenty of light coming in my home.

Lots of light also in this Summer home in Auckland, New Zealand where different shades of grey and natural elements are combined with soft fabric, plants and the right dose of black.

photography & styling Indie home collective
February 1, 2016

TF Rex Kralj Lookbook | The Future Lies in the Past

To be honest I had never heard of Rex Kralj before and when reading their story I discovered they have a long history thanks to its pioneer and founder, Slovenian Niko Kralj. The forward-thinking inventor with an eye for clever solutions is regarded as a legend of 20th century industrial design. The collection consists of chairs, stools, coffee & dining tables and even a daybed.

Together with Dutch NU interieur|ontwerp and photographer Wendy van Woudenberg they created a beautiful catalogue highlighting 60-year design heritage and showing collaborations with contemporary designers who shed new light on the iconic designs. A great example of creative minds working together that resulted in a beautiful lookbook telling the story of Rex Kralj from light to dark.

© Photography: beeldSTEIL - Wendy van Woudenberg, Concept & Styling: NU interieur|ontwerp
January 29, 2016

IMM2016 | Italian classics and bentwood favourites

Last weekend I had a quick visit to IMM Cologne, I never visited before and on invitation of Thonet I had the possibility to go back and forth on one day, a great way to get a first impression! Thonet's stand was our meeting point for the day, showcasing most of the new in and outdoor collection I talked about before in this post Thonet factory tour. We also had a visit at Design Post of which you will find some impressions off in my previous post post.

It was great to have a look at several of my favourite Scandinavian brands, did you see my post about the black on black String booth? I enjoyed to wander around a bit and also enjoyed to see some Italian classics at the other halls making me wish I had a living room that is 4 times bigger, it is a bit hard to make really nice pictures at events like this because the light is pretty bad at most of the booths, nevertheless 
I love to give a small impression with Iphone shots of some of my favourites at the end of this post.

But first I love to show you this new table by Dutch designer Jorre van der Ast for our host of the day Thonet.

Jorre van Ast for Thonet | Table 1060
After studying Industrial Product Design at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the the RCArt in London Jorre van Ast started working as independent product designer at the OKAY studio, a collective studio in North London where designers share not only the space but also build on each other's knowledge and skills. 

In 2011 Jorre became the director of Arco, the design and development studio originally started over 100 years ago by one of his family members. He now has the task of preserving the much-loved Arco style, which still includes many of the best-selling pieces designed in the past, and is slowly being expanded and acquiring an even more distinctive signature.
During a recent visit to the Thonet factory in Germany, I met Jorre when the new collection was presented by their several designers. 'Table 1060' is designed by Jorre van Ast for Thonet. With a solid wood rectangular tabletop, rounded corners and V-shaped legs connected by a traverse this table has an overal minimalistic look. Next to the white ash version table 1060 will be available in walnut, with white legs.
Thonet booth at IMM2016

Living Divani
Hall 11 hosted some of the biggest Italian brands and I totally fell in love with the modular sofa designed in 2008 by Pierro Lissoni for Living Divani. Way to big for my home but so cosy! Different seats can be placed next to each other in a geometrical configuration, but with irregular contours, totally my way of lounging.