October 31, 2016

Sergio Herman Surface table collection for Serax

I still regret not having been able to response to the invite of coming to the pre-view and lunch at the Jane Antwerp and must admit I still didn't manage to have lunch or dinner at the beautiful restaurant of Sergio Herman. Piet Boon who was responsible for the interior made a special tableware line in collaboration with Serax. This time it was up to Sergio Herman himself to launch his tableware line 'Surface' with well known Belgium company Serax.

I was happy to travel to Belgium last week to attend the launch of Surface, see the collection with my own eyes and meet, and have a delicious lunch by Sergio Herman, I am still dreaming about the risotto! Inspired by the deep grey colours of the North sea, the pristine nature of Zeeland and the aging skin Sergio designed 'Surface', a tableware collection consisting of beautiful ceramics in Camogreen, Rustybrown and Indigrey. I love how they can all be combined together adding an amazing colour play to your table.

The terracotta casserole dishes in mat black are inspired by the casseroles he got his pasta served in at home. Surface is a complete tableware collection including Glasses, cutting boards and kitchen knives and cutlery inspired by original French horeca cutlery and last but not least coasters made out of water hyacint. Of course I also had a tour through the huge showroom and will point out some of Serax's other collaborations in a next post. We had an amazing day at Serax's headquarters, thank you so much Sergio Herman and Serax. 

pictures 1, 6-11 by Serax | 2-5 Vosgesparis
October 28, 2016

The Karwei Boutique Hotel & Pop-up store

At the vtwonen & design fair Dutch DIY store Karwei presented their collection in a beautiful hotel setting; 'The Boutique Hotel'. Beautiful decorated with luxury wallpaper by Graham & Brown, all the right colours on the wall and a range of home accessories with a luxury feel in a colour range of intense emerald green to midnight blue it was the talk of town.

In case you missed it or 
would love to shop the furniture and accessories seen at the fair, Karwei opened a Boutique Hotel at the Amsterdam Kalverstraat 101 in a Pop-up store setting from October 25, for 6 weeks! Vosgesparis readers will receive a free product when shopping in the week from October 31 - November 6

To further bring the feeling of a hotel lobby alive, you can relax relax with a coffee and enjoy the scenery, just like in a real hotelbar. In the pop up store all the beautiful 
furniture and accessories seen at the Boutique hotel are for sale, giving you the opportunity to bring the Hotel feeling home. I had a sneak peek the other day and hope to show you some more of the pop up store in the next few days.
Pop-up store Amsterdam (open for 6 weeks)
Kalverstraat 101
1012 PA Amsterdam
area: Spui area
see the location on the map
Opening hours:
Sunday & Monday noon - 6.30PM
Tuesday till Friday 11AM - 6.30 - Thursday evening till 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 6.30PM 

pictures ©Karwei 

October 27, 2016

Maarten Baas Makes Time | Dutch design week 2016

The good thing of Dutch design week is there is so much to see, but the worst is also knowing when you spend some time at one place you are missing out tons of other places. To be honest I gave up wanting to see everything whenever visiting a design event and just enjoying the moment. One of the highlights of my first day at this years Dutch Design week was the exhibition, entitled: Maarten Baas Makes Time. The exhibition features many works by the designer himself accompanied by work and pieces by a lively collection of artists, designers, photographers, performers and top chef, Sergio Herman.

Maarten Baas: "The idea behind MBMT is to show how design can represent a unifying factor between the different creative disciplines. So it's really cool and such an honour that it's become a true collaboration between so many diverse talents."

"What it is? It's everything and nothing. An experiment, an experience...whatever you want to call it: 15 Years of MAARTEN BAAS, the preview to a book, the premiere of a new collection, a restaurant... I think it's a soup more than anything else. A soup that symbolises this hotchpotch I've created here!"

Held in the VDMA building in Eindhoven's city centre, the MBMT exhibition, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Foundation, consists of a collection of BAAS' key works, a collaborative section of pieces by other creative talents centred around the theme of time, and a temporary restaurant, conveniently situated in a tent at the centre of the exhibition. BAAS is setting the table with his own china and silverware and the menu contains a selection of signature dishes by Sergio Herman. The temporary restaurant was made in collaboration with creative companies such as Cor Unum, Exposize, Vlisco en Serax.

Tables at the restaurant were fully booked in no time. However, visitors to Dutch Design week need not despair: there will be a soup hut, also designed by MAARTEN BAAS, located in the square in front of the VDMA building, where the visiting public can enjoy a cup of soup made by none less than Sergio Herman.

Pictures © vosgeparis
October 26, 2016

Candles by Ester & Erik at Graanmarkt 13

Last week I visited the launch of the new Surface collection by Sergio Herman for Serax in Belgium, more about that later this week. Before catching the train back to the Netherlands we just had enough time to visit Graanmarkt 13 where I found this elegant taper candles by Ester & Erik I had been looking for an original candle dipping system for ages and was so happy to finally find it at Graanmarkt 13. Candles by Danish factory Ester & Erik are sold in exclusive interior-design shops and at the most renowned florists all over the world and I think they look really good at my home
October 25, 2016

A String Installation and more Sectie C | Dutch design week 2016

Visiting Sectie C during Dutch Design week I also walked into the creative space of Collaboration O, an Eindhoven based collective of 14 Designers that work as a team , supporting one another while following their own individual paths. 

Corradino Garofalo is a designer with a background in industrial design, his practice focuses on creating analogies between material behaviour and the behaviour of the individual within society. His fascination for film, photography, video projections and video installations has led him to a multidisciplinary approach towards design. I was impressed by his work exhibited in the creative space Collaboration O.

String Instalation by Crioll design studio
Crioll design studio made an installation using the String Shelfing system at sectie C. I really loved the paintings on the wall in combination with a selection of furniture and accessories you will find in their design boutique, located in Eindhoven they sell a curated selection of contemporary design objects for your home and office.

Fran Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities. Since the 1970s, writer Fran Lebowitz has been one of New York City’s most important social critics. In 2010, HBO aired ‘Public Speaking’, a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary in which Lebowitz opines with characteristic trenchancy on everything from the touristification of Times Square to the concept of fame to her dislike of digital clocks.

At Sectie C I discovered the work of Roel Geboers who has been making four posters to capture
the insight of Fran Lebowitz her opinions after seeing the Martin Scorsese documentary. The poster showing the 2 candidates running for president of the US and Fran's opinion made me smile. "I never have loved her more. Everyone has to love her now! Because she’s what stands between us and Donald Trump as the president of the United States" Have a look at Roel's work at Gorillasalad 

Pictures ©vosgesparis
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