Thursday, September 18, 2014

Enlightened Design | Elle festival 2014

It has been 2 months since I visited Dutch Elle festival, see my post about the Elle pavilion, and I still have tons of pictures of the exhibitions, installations and different design I saw during the two days I hopped from location to location. One of the exhibitions I visited was ' Enlightened design' showcasing the work of thirteen design studio's and an initiative of Connecting the Dots, supported by Doen, a foundation that supports initiatives for a green, creative and caring society.

I met the guys from Connecting the Dots last year in Milan, where we spent some time at Fuori Mercato, where me and my friend stayed during the Salone. It was also at the latest edition of the International Design week in Milan where Connecting the Dots noticed the attention to the ethical dimension as well as the social and environmental consequences of design products.

"It is notable that sustainable design is not necessarily packaged in a clever marketing story. Man and nature are simply, more than ever, at the center of things and have now become an integral part of the design" A small selection of pictures by Ilco Kemmere, more pictures can be found here.

I thought the work of Floris Wubben was pretty impressive. I loved the raw character of the vases and how they look like sculptural objects See more of the pressed ceramic at the website Pressed Ceramic

Enlightened Design exhibitioners 

Peggy de Bruin, Lilian van Daal, Willem van Doorn, Joy van Erven, Eline Groeneweg, Dave Hakkens, Laura Lynn Jansen, Quintus Kropholler, Isaac Monté, Mosa, Sandwichbikes, Thomas Vailly, Today Designers en Floris Wubben.  
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NOIR | Our current obsessions

Graphic designer Joachim Baan, owner of 
Another Something & Co and  co-owner of Tenue de Nîmes kicked of with a new project. They call it ‘Our Current Obsessions’ "an excuse for all Jo’s hobbies that went a bit (or completely) out of hand" The project will combine the basic principles of an art gallery with retail and is always based on one particular online and offline theme. One of those obsessions became the first chapter of this new concept: World of Black.

For this first chapter Joachim teamed up wit Swiss lifestyle label Gertrud & George in a show called NOIR. Gertrud & George, known for their beautifully crafted black accessories line, have their full collection of 21 pieces on display in Joachim’s Amsterdam based studio.

On top of that he presents a ‘world of black:’ a diverse selection of curated goods and objects from all over the globe. On the walls (and window) art pieces by Ramon Haindl, Raymond Lemstra & Sybren Karst, Raymond Teitsma and Guido de Boer; on the shelves a mix of products in collaboration with several designers and stores.

Pictures via Joachim Baan with thanks | Last picture by Vosgesparis

Our Current Obsessions
- Schippersgracht 7 -Amsterdam 

Open Thursdays - Saturdays from 10AM-5PM


Monday, September 15, 2014

Mr. Tubes | Sturdy black-coated steel by Anton de Groof

I totally love black-coated steel products, like the Mr. Tubes, a sturdy lamp design that holds two fluorescent tubes. You might think these lamps give way to much light in your own home but the tubes can be covered by a half-open shades, which can be turned upwards and downwards to adjust the direction of the light.

Perfect way to add an industrial looking lamp to your home and have the light shining upwards, something I always like more then light shining directly on the table. First seen at the
Marie-Stella-Maris store Amsterdam.

Pictures via Merci press

Friday, September 12, 2014

Black & White curtain rods & rail for your home | Roedes Online

Today I'd love for you to meet Roedes Online, a Dutch company that just celebrated their 5 year anniversary. Owner Jenny is an interior design consultant and works on a daily basis with curtain fabrics and every year she visits different fairs, looking for new materials and inspiration. After running her own company for 20 years she gained lots of experience with the various applications of curtain rods. Five years ago she decided to share this expertise online through the webshop Roedes Online.

The shop is for everyone and has become a real center of knowledge for solutions in curtain rods and curtain rail for stylists, architects, decorators and consumers. Roedes online gladly shares their expertise and also for missions impossible they will find a good solution in consultation with you.  

Iron-cast rod 'Epona round'

When Jenny asked me to have a look at the webshop I was immediately charmed by the black iron-cast rods. To be honest I am always a bit fussy on how things look before I bring them into my own home. But these seem totally perfect to me with their different variations in shape, my personal favourite is the one in the middle on the picture below, called Epona line!

All rods are made by hand in a 450 year old family business in East Germany. Daughter Kathrin is an interior designer and is responsible for the different design. Father is the blacksmith and still works in the traditional way with fire, water, hammer and anvil, and the mother of the family is the quality controller. 

Black as you know is my favourite colour and also happen to be one of the most seen colours used for curtain rods and rail in interiors from contemporary to classic. Find the black collection here: black rods and if you prefer white, there is also a complete white collection. Another great bestseller is the authentic scaffold tube, shop here to find the original ones made out of galvanised steel! 

Written in collaboration with Roedes online 
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