February 24, 2017

Leather table goods | Slow shopping at Lechaperon

I recently came across these leather table goods by Belgium designer Björn Verlinden, owner and founder of Double Stitched. Since 2009 he has been designing leather handbags and accessories and recently in collaboration with Lechaperon a table wear collection in black buffalo leather consisting of large round placements, glass coasters and napkin rings.

is a slow shopping platform in a fast moving world where selected designers are offering timeless and sustainable everyday objects. More Belgian design I discovered can be found here: Limburg desigtour by Comosie

pictures via lechaperon

February 22, 2017

Island life | New Nordic Photography by Foto Factory

Witch March approaching I had to think of last year's day trip through Iceland, I still haven't post any of the pictures I made and I think it is time to sort them out before the snow is melting... I have never seen Iceland not covered in snow and I really think I should...soon!  I feel attracted to the raw landscape of Iceland,  I loved the Fjords of Norway and I think I will love the Faeroe Islands as well.

I had to google the exact location of the islands after discovering a serie of posters by Foto Factory that showed a beautiful barren landscape. Maria and Martin, the photographers behind Foto Factory are both passionate about nature and want to bring nature into our homes through their photography.

Recently they launched a series of posters from the Faeroe Islands to their portfolio of photo art, earlier they made a serie of photo's in Denmark and Scotland, rural area's, beaches, quiet inlets, steep cliffs and green forests are the main theme of their posters. The landscape and the climate on the Faroe Islands is raw, untamed and many also unknown, and it is the special Faroese nature in all its drama and poetry that is central to the new Föroyar series.

pictures ©vosgesparis | last picture Foto Factory
February 20, 2017

A black and white house in the Surry Hills

How do you like the latest project by one of my favourite Australian interior designers Pamela Makin! Another apartment in striking black and white in Surry Hills, Sydney. If you have seen earlier projects of Pamela you will recognize the styling with different furniture and objects from Pamela's studio and store Les Interieurs.

Photographer Felix Forest @felix_forest www.felixforest.com | Interior design by Les Interieurs. 
February 17, 2017

A state of transition and bringing in colour with Elvang

With a home in monochrome tones and replacing lots of white an greyish furniture by darker pieces lately, my home seems in a continuing state of transition. Maybe it is because of creating a space where I could experiment with colours but I feel attracted to darker earthy colours lately, nothing spectaculair as I am playing save with some browns, cognac, like the leather chair I added to the living, and greens but I feel I am drifting away from black & white only.

I guess I accepted that inner struggle inside of me between light and dark and dropped the idea I have to decide what I love most. I will just go with the flow by adding more earthy tones, it is something I want to try out at home and see where it brings me and if I can find a balance. And beside of that I just love to create and play with furniture, objects and accessories.

Easy when it comes to textiles and paint, with throws and cushions you can quickly create a different mood and even a new colour on the wall does the trick. At ShowUp a Dutch trade show, I got to know Elvang Denmark, and going through their catalog I found some really nice pictures of their 2017 home collection, a short impression with some colour combinations that caught my eye, next to a good dose of black and white of course.

pictures via Elvang Denmark

February 16, 2017

A restaurant in a former factory | Mama Kelly - The Hague

I had to think about my dad who used to smoke Caballero cigarettes and the small brown package with wood print and cowboy on it when visiting Mama Kelly this last summer. I was asked by Bolia to write some blogposts about The Hague, like I did for Amsterdam, when Bolia opened the new store last year. With a changing format the posts have disappeared from their website but I still have the pictures and thought they were to nice not to show.

Mama Kelly is a restaurant in the former caballero cigarettes factory, although I am a a bit finished with the hipster brick walls I still love the real industrial thing! Restaurant Mama Kelly is definitely the real thing with huge walls and industrial windows letting in lots of light. Tables with white linen, black chairs and accent walls with copper tiles. At the entrance a bar covered in copper and comfertable benches and a sunny terrace for Summer.

Mama Kelly, named after Status Quo-album ‘Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon! is open from morning till midnight, find them at Saturnusstraat 100, The Hague website:
Mama Kelly

pictures © vosgesparis