October 24, 2016

Nacho Carbonell | Sectie C | Dutch Design week 2016

This weekend I visited Eindhoven for Dutch Design week, as the press centre is located at Strijp S my day started in the press room with coffee and picking up my map. This year I decided to go and see Sectie C first, as it is an area in the outskirts of town and quite far away I never got to go see it. I really think one day only at Dutch Design week is way to short as there are so many things to see.

Being an early starter I was happy to have one of the DDW cars provided by Volvo all for myself and took off to Sectie C, a vibrant area with studios, workshops, gardens, podiums, exhibitions and labs. If you love the Lambrata area during Milan designweek you will also love this area with a tight community of doers and thinkers where unexpected collisions trigger a spark that stimulates new creations. I went to see the exhibition by Nacho Carbonell who has been assembling a personal universe of surreal objects for the past decade, earlier this year 4 metal rugs made in collaboration with Nodus were seen at Rossana Orlandi.

Pictures ©vosgesparis

October 21, 2016

Cool design for kids that adults will love | One duo X Rafa Kids

Due to my part time job I meet lots of small kids every week, I love these little ones and their innocent and sincere behavior. Inherent to my job I am interested in kids furniture and children toys. Wood is such a friendly material for kids toys and furniture and especially parents really like it, although most children are really font on multi coloured toys I discovered.

When One Duo approached me with the question if I would like to write a small article about their backpack, I had a look at their site out of curiosity and was surprised by the design, if only I had had a beautiful designed bag like this when my kids were small. Their bag is actually a really stylish diaper bag that would fit everyone, and as the name already reveals especially really handy for young parents due the many pockets and possibility's. The bag comes in different colours and is available through Etsy.

As I love young designers I was happy to give them a mention at the blog and talking about design for kids to re-introduce you to the cool Rafa Kids, by the creative couple Arek and Agata. Originally created after designing furniture for their two sons, the couple aim to create furniture which can appeal to both children and adults, functional and playful at the same time. I first got to write about them 4 years ago but never got to show their furniture for kids line and I really think you would love it when you have small children. 

pictures | 1 by One Duo | 2 vosgesparis | 3-5 Rafa Kids
October 20, 2016

A new mattress and and bedroom makeover

This last weekend I was busy with a small makeover at home as I got an email from Emma Mattresses asking if I they could send me one of their products. Emma is an online store selling high quality mattresses and when I had a look at their website I discovered they sell just one type only!

It's always a struggle to find the right mattress and I recently tried out a few, latex mattress, spring mattress, and made out of cold foam like my previous one. Being really bad at making the right decision after a five minute try out whether it is the right mattress or not, I thought this concept was made for me as there was nothing to decide on.

Bying Online 
To be honest I buy very little online as I really love to see a product with my own eyes, but Emma has a 100 day test period and you can send it back at any point during that time, so much more comfortable than a 5 minute try out in an overcrowded store. I am totally convinced already after a few nights sleeping, the Emma mattress is neither too soft nor too hard and for the first time in years, i've been sleeping like a baby.  

I was quite surprised when the postman delivered my mattress as I expected a huge box, but instead I received a relative small box. It almost looked like magic when packing out and cutting the plastic wrapped around the mattress with a small tool that was included to open the package safely. Slowly the mattress became a 25 cm high super comfortable bed with a hotel feel and look, I think the grey border looks really pretty.

A mini bedroom makeover
Getting a new mattress was a great opportunity for a small makeover as well. I placed two small metal shelves on the wall which I found at the vtwonen & design fair the other day and got myself a new bedspread. Instead of the obvious black and white and with the days getting shorter and autumn in mind, I mixed different materials and went for some soft greys and a beautiful green woollen blanket. 

This post was in association with Emma Mattress // Thank you for your support