August 16, 2017

A new AESOP Store in San Francisco | Tacklebox architecture firm

Love to share another Instagram find of mine today, Tacklebox is a brooklyn architecture firm with a portfolio that includes residential housing, retail, interior design, custom furniture, and product design. My eye caught the beautiful shelves at the Aesop store located on Jackson Street, in San Francisco’s historic waterfront district. 

Whenever I am in Paris or Milan I have to visit one or more Aesop store's and same as for the Muji stores I have never understood why there are no stores in Amsterdam. That said and being a huge fan of Aesop and their beautiful and unique store concepts I had to find out more about the store and the design firm behind it. On their website many more projects and Aesop stores

Tacklebox: "In line with Aesop’s customary architectural approach – to work with what is already in place, weaving a discreet presence into the fabric of the locale – fault lines and natural rifts within the area’s geological timeframe were key influences, expressed through a prominent raked wall of plastered texture and form.

Bracing, stitching, and splicing the surface of the wall terrain, forty-one solid copper shelves bridge the in-between, bearing intended reference to the copper stills used to produce the whiskey in A.P Hotaling’s warehouse, once the West Coast’s largest whiskey repository.

This space is situated in one of a handful of structures that survived the 1906 earthquake and fire, owing to the quick-thinking firemen and hundreds of citizens determined to protect the stores of Hotaling’s Whiskey, an endeavor that fortuitously preserved the architecture of neighboring blocks." 

picture courtesy Tacklebox

August 14, 2017

AMBIENT LOUNGE | Soft furniture for interiors and outdoor

Ambient Lounge recently asked me to make some images with their Twin Couch elements. I am always up for a collaboration and love to get to know new brands and especially one that I had not heard of before and launched an in Australia already classic light weight designer couch. Ambient Lounge is a global brand by awarded Australian designers who have successfully transformed the 'bean bag' chair into fashionable designer furniture and can be seen in numerous hotels, cinemas and galleries.

I guess we all grew up with the bean bag, and as a teenager I loved to throw myself on them. As an adult I am more into something I can actually sit on or perfectly lounge in, curled up with my laptop or a magazine. After unpacking the boxes it was easy to connect the three elements with the robust zippers and form a small couch without armrests, something I rather like actually! The pouf consist of two smaller elements and was even easier to connect, elements can also be used individually and more different elements are available to form different lounge area's.

Besides the Twin Couches a large collection of different seat bags for indoors, outdoors and even for pets is available at the Ambient Lounge webshop. I was surprised by the sitting comfort of the couch and have to agree that these bean bags are a paradigm shift in the evolution of soft furniture. Hotels, cafes, lifestyle retreats, residential projects, universities, modern libraries and cinemas all are spaces for Ambient Lounge®.

 pictures ©vosgesparis
written in collaboration with Ambient lounge 
August 11, 2017

An all black Copenhagen hotel | The Krane

When in Copenhagen I loved to stay in the huge black loft across the water, not only did the area reminded me of my own living area the Eastern Docklands in Amsterdam but the almost gothic black loft was totally up my alley to be honest, have a look at it here in case you missed it... STAY Copenhagen Design apartments | 3 days of Design 

Seeing the sky and being surrounded by water is something I love, hence I was born, and spent my childhood near a canal and now live on one of the first harbour islands that was transformed into a residential area, therefor I loved walking around at Nordhavn when visiting the Menu Space last June. 

Located on the edge of Nordhavn 
Architecture firm Arcgency has turned an industrial coal crane in a Copenhagen harbour into a luxury two-person retreatThe Krane has a 50-metre-square Krane Room living space at the top of the structure featuring a minimal all-black interior with built-in furniture and furniture by danish Menu, there is my favourite daybed again! The reception can be found on the ground floor and a spa and terrace on the second. All areas can be hired seperately including a glass walled meeting room o the first floor. 

Photography Rasmus Hjortshøj via dezeen 

August 9, 2017

Simple is underrated by Huntly | South Yarra Residence

We Are Huntly is one of my favourite Australian design studio's, actually I think a lot of great inspiration comes from down under! We are Huntly is an interior design studio based in Melbourne bridging the gap between architecture and visual arts. Pursuing design with intent and looking at the bigger picture by considering all of the little things.

I previously showed you their amazing loft design: 
An 80s style industrial warehouse Today one of their other projects, the 'South Yarra Residence' they designed, an apartment filled with beautiful objects and furniture pieces. More info and pictures can be found here

Photography: Sharyn Cairns | Art direction: Andrea Moore
August 7, 2017

Massimo CPH and The Lab Copenhagen

As you noticed I am thinking a lot about the changes at home and on the search for ideas to combine my love for both dark and light. I love this process and my so called Masterplan 2.0 for the long term. It is a creative process where I tend to try out things and see if they work and make me happy. An important change I noticed is that I need less and less to be happy and rather treasure a few pieces I carry with me for some time then running after trends that do not completely fit my idea of happiness.

Occasionally I show some pictures on the blog that connect with the process in my head, some shots from my home or inspiring pictures like the one above that come close to my idea of perfection. 
Most of the time there is a bit of imperfection in the picture, something raw, metal or unfinished, just like the picture above where the combination of the old gymnastic mats and industrial windows made my heart beat faster. 

A picture Therese Sennerholt made at The Lab, an atmospheric industrial building in Copenhagen and one of Denmark’s leading photo studios and rental services and a meeting point where the best photographers meet. 

When I came across a picture of Massimo Copenhagen who used the studio to photograph some of their bamboo and Earth Bamboo rugs I thought of showing you some of the rugs of this design company I was looking at as I have been thinking a light rug might do the trick in combination with a dark floor to bring in that sparkle of light I am after.

I have little experience with rugs, bought some at IKEA for my own home and used some brilliant but way above my own budget in my stand at IMM, What do you think, what is your experience with rugs or which one do you think would look great in my home? I am kind of charmed from these bamboo rugs in an earthy, cream or grey shade.

The creative team of Massimo is designing innovative hand knotted and handwoven rugs for the contemporary home. Each rug is unique and entirely handmade based on centuries-old tradition and technique, seeking to create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present using the finest natural yarns. Txt taken from Massimo Copenhagen.

pictures by Massimo Copenhagen | first picture by Therese Sennerholt