May 31, 2016

Monochrome Finnish textile design | 1kertaa2


Yesterday I showed the home of Piia on the blog, and I am still dreaming about that all black kitchen, have a look at it here if you missed it! I slightly mentioned that next to her work as an interior designer Piia also is a textile designer. Together with Marika Lehti she runs 1kertaa2 (1x2), the name comes from a knitting term but also means colleagues. 

Piia and Marika met years ago at a design school in Kuopio where they both studied fashion design. Marika works as a fashion designer but Piia started working in interiordesign and now works both as designer and journalist. With 1kertaa2 she can combine all her experience in the different fields. 

Their 1kertaa2 collection consists of different knitted interior decoration products with designs based in Scandinavian graphic minimalism and taking a unique perspective on contemporary patterns that create the 1kertaa2 style. Colour schemes are minimalistic, black, white and the natural gray of wool combined with seasonal colours, all products are made out of merino wool and produced in Finland. 




pictures by 1x2 with thanks

May 30, 2016

A beautiful all black kitchen and and dining room with lots of cork


I was immediately in love with this home and I think it is one of the homes where the cork table by Ilse crawford from the IKEA Sinnerlig series really stands out. The best part for me though is the all black kitchen where the black cabinets beautiful contrast with the concrete floor... a real dream home if you ask me!

The kitchen is by famous Finnish interior designer Valenti and this model is called 'loft' the countertop is from Dekton Consentino
This modern wooden home in Helsinki is designed by the owners, Piia who is an interior stylist and textile designer documents their building proces and house project on the Gloria website at her own blog Little house in Helsinki.  











Photography | Pauliina Salonen

May 27, 2016

Piet Boon Inspiration Book launch and new collection

Studio Piet Boon is the fourth and latest edition to the internationally renowned book series by the Amsterdam based design studio. For this latest edition creative director Interior & Styling, Karin Meyn, selected eight extraordinary design creations. A mix of product, private and corporate total concept project gems that share the same creative signature.

I had the pleasure to attend the book launch in Milan during a delicious energy breakfast served at the showroom just around the corner of our apartment. We had a sneak peek of the new book and got a cute limited edition mini version of our real copy that came in the mail a few weeks later. More about the book at the end of this post, let's have a look at the new collection and showroom first!


Of course I took the opportunity to have a look at the new collection as well, Karin gave me a little tour through the showroom where the new Bo Sofa took up a large part of the space. The BO sofa is both rich in comfort and versatility, its rounded shape and the comfortable and flexibel seating elements can be placed in any social setting giving the sofa its amiable character. I especially liked the soft fabrics used for the sofa above, Bo sofa is available in different colours based on the human skin and also in leather.



RAAF table is the bold new addition to the current dining series, I thought the chairs had some great details and the colours were just beautiful.



KEKKE mirror owes his name from the characteristic Studio Piet Boon Kekke shape, a series of dining tables: KEKKE and is available in different sizes. 


Studio Piet Boon book
Studio Piet Boon has a rich history of many and beautiful projects all over the world, from hotels, to private homes, restaurants, apartments and entire neighborhoods, have a look at their different projects here. The inspiration book offers a closer look into the many projects as well as the Piet Boon furniture and kitchen concepts, you might remember this beautiful kitchen post I made some time ago?








The 288 pages book written in English, can be ordered here and the first 100 buyers will receive a signed copy by Piet Boon. | ISBN: 978 90 8989 662 9  

pictures ©Studio Piet Boon | except for the picture of the mini version of the book
May 26, 2016

A minimalistic and relaxing home in Copenhagen

Although I am a huge fan of concrete floors I am kind of attracted to herringbone parquet lately, especially in big rooms like in this Danish home. I love how it bring some warmth in the white painted apartment of Hanne Berzant, founder and former creative director of the Danish company City North. 

Furnished with Danish design icons such the Fritz Hansen Grand Prix chairs, the overall monochrome home shows almost exactly how my current taste is developing and longing for a more mature minimalistic and relaxing home.   Cozy sofa's, a metal table and a comfortable leather chair. Only a few objects are on display, like a few marble items by MichaĆ«l Verheyden and vases and jars Hanne found while traveling.











© Birgitta Wolfgang / Sisters Agency | Via Bo Bedre
May 24, 2016

ETQ Amsterdam | Concrete and fashion in an Amsterdam store

ETQ Amsterdam was born under the mindset of eliminating over accessorized branding and focusing primary on letting the quality of the product speak for itself. With three standard rules: elegant, timeless, and quality the brand, that was born as an idea in 2010 as a men's footwear label, now offers an array of clean, sophisticated and affordable products for both men and woman crafted by hand in a small factory in Portugal.

I visited their store in Amsterdam housed in a huge raw, yet elegant,  space with lots of concrete where especially the huge blocks with different accessories and leather cushions caught my eye. More info about the brand can be found at the website ETQ Amsterdam More favourites of mine in Amsterdam can be found in my City guide APP and blog.


Pictures © Vosgesparis | Amsterdam Next
May 23, 2016

YOY | Japanese design

YOY is a Tokyo based design studio by spatial designer Naoki Ono and product designer Yuki Yamamoto. Their exhibition in Milan was one of my favourite, in a complete white space different objects were displayed. I especially was impressed by wall light 'Peel' that looks as if a corner of a wall were peeling and light was leaking therefrom. Also the light in which the lantern in the photo lights up was really beautiful, the shadow created by the light illuminates the body of the lantern and the floor, bringing depth to the photo. More info and other design objects can be found at the website of YOY Design.



pictures ©vosgesparis