October 30, 2017

New work by Pamela Makin and Les Interieurs

The former project by Australian interior designer Pamela Makin is being re-pinned over and over, and with over 2,4 million monthly views on my Pinterest boards a lot of traffic is also coming back to the blog, among traffic to the projects of Pamela Makin. You could say that if Paola Navona is my all time favourite designer from Europe, Pamela is the one my favourite from down under as I love all her projects. Today a new project from her hand found again at the fabulous Est Magazine, a great source for homes with an Australian twist.

Pamela might be best know for her uncluttered and striking black and white interiors. I earlier showed her home and her store 
Les Interieurs was her first project I posted on the blog five years ago. She recently and updated her beach house and opened an all new Les Interieurs spot in Newport, 358 Barrenjoey Road Newport Beach 2106











Design Pamela Makin | Photography Nicholas Watts and Felix Forest
found via Est living
October 26, 2017

DAE Graduation show curated by Formafantasma | DDW 2017

Every April you can find me in Milan for a week visiting Milan Design week, the event for design minded people from all over the world. In Milan you will find new design and collections by different brands and designers, while Dutch Design week is more about the proces and the experimental phase towards the finished product... you could say that what you see in Eindhoven you might see in Milan in a few years time as finished products.

Our first visit brought us to the Graduation show of Design Academy Eindhoven where over 177 students presented their work on 3 floors. After a short introduction we got time to see the student's projects and talk to them before the official opening and Graduation show.

What's mined is yours

Today I love to show you some of my personal favourites of the Graduation show, they all fit my personal style and I think you will like them as well as they fit my blog's aesthetics like all things I show on here, let me know what you think of my choices. At the end of the post I included an explanation of this years theme 'What's mined is yours'
 


Marbled Salts - Roxana Lahidji
In ancient times salt was rare and costly. Yet, since the industrial revolution it has become so cheap and easily available that we longer recognise its value. With ‘Marbled Salts’, Roxane Lahidji explores new possibilities, reinventing salt as a sustainable design material. She makes use of its unique physical properties as a self-binding composite to create a set of tables and stools. By mixing it with tree resin, she gives it shape and strength. Coal powder and natural colour variations in salt mimic the aesthetics of expensive natural stone such as marble.


Piece of Comfort - Iris Muriël van Houten
To help combat the stresses of our contemporary working lives, Iris Muriël van Houten has created this fold-away daybed so workers can take a power nap even in small office spaces. Sleep is a natural recovery strategy for our bodies but in these hectic times, with people working long hours every day processing a wealth of information, our biological clock is easily ignored. However, research has shown that giving in to the natural after-lunch dip helps people recover, stay sharp, and be more productive.  



Oesterplat - Marjolein Stappers
Fascinating I thought was 'Oesterplat" a project by Marjolein Stappers Struck by the beauty of the oyster shells after savouring them at a restaurant, and noticing how they were thrown away as garbage, she came up with the idea for Oesterplat. She started to collect the empty shells from restaurants and found a way to turn them into something more durable. The result is an elegant tile collection made of concrete, marble and... oyster shells, showing their mother-of-pearl shine as newborn fossils.



What's Mined is yours
More than ever DAE’s youngest generation of designers is turning doubts about the world into a productive instrument. Surrounded by ‘alternative truths’ in almost every aspect of their lives, they deploy the power of questioning the obvious and do not shy away from unravelling hidden complexities.

Design Academy Eindhoven’s upcoming Graduation Show presents the outcomes of their fundamental research and reflections. MINED, the overall theme for the 2017 show curated by Formafantasma, encompasses the many directions that came out of this approach. From reconstructions to storytelling, from archaeology to investigative reporting, and from a tool that makes body language noticeable for a visually impaired listener to an analysis of how a flush toilet can become a metaphor for political oppression and racial discrimination.


Digging deep is digging hard. Students have been mining their own personal lives as well as data sets and codes of law and material and technological possibilities to address omnipresent concerns. Working as archaeologists they dug up dirt and poetry while creating alternatives for existing models, systems and products. This can be a painful process, and it takes commitment and perseverance to find useful fragments and raw materials to compose possible answers. The result is personal yet universal. The 177 projects in the 2017 Graduation Show do not pretend to give definitive solutions. However, their lingering does result in fascinating new approaches that reveal possible futures. txt-design academy

October 25, 2017

Living in a Design apartment | The young collectors

Not sure why I hear so many people talking about how new it is to present work and new collections in a 'apartment style' at Dutch Design Week when talking about the hidden gem at Juliusstraat. At 'Young Collectors' you are invited to wander through the Residence of Mark & Anne, two young design and art collectors. Not new but certainly one of the best ways to present the collections of different designers in a home setting and so well done by curators Thier & Van Daalen who also are the designers of the striking kitchen at the end of this post.

It is like the curators say: "showing design in the context of an apartment has more impact then placing a piece on a pedestal and is as if an interior magazine really comes alive" This is exactly what I felt when designing the trend stand for IMM where I showed a collection of my favourite design and designer pieces in a home setting which felt like my blog coming alive.

Upstairs bath-and bedroom is beautifully renovated with a great solution with at one side the bedroom, look below how clever the original doors are reused and the two sinks are placed in the former hallway that seperates the bed and bathroom. Although green is not really my colour and I would think more then twice before ever bringing a green kitchen into my apartment, I loved the use of Furniture Linoleum by Forbo and the small copper handles. Not to mention the Hi-Mac countertop with visible colour glue.

Really outstanding I thought was the VAPOUR light above the table and in the corner of the room where a vertical version hang from the ceiling. 
Vapour is a series of luminous bars embraced by woven fabric as waving luminous vapour, which can vary in shape, colour and intensity. 








Participants are Alei Verspoor - PACK / David Derksen / Handmade Industrials / De Intuitiefabriek / Lotte Douwes / Maarten Baptist - JOINE / Mae Engelgeer / Max Lipsey / Nienke Sybrandy / Noortje de Keijzer / Noortje x Noortje / NIGHTSHOP / Rick Tegelaar / Rive Roshan / Rik ten Velden / Salem van der Swaagh / Saskia Schreven / Snodevormgevers / Studio Thier&vanDaalen / Studio TOIMII / Tessa Koot / Wieland Vogel

The apartment is open every day at Juliusstraat 62 from 2PM - 5PM during Dutch Design Week

More of my Dutch Design week posts can be found here on the blog or in my DDW Pinterest AlbumF
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October 24, 2017

kNOTs' Sculpture lights and artwork by Sandra de Groot | Dutch Design week favourites


If you followed my Instagram and Insta Stories you have seen some of my favourite discoveries at Dutch Design week already. Like the last 6 years I spent a full first weekend at Dutch Design week in Eindhoven starting at the Graduation show 2017 of students of the Design Academy Eindhoven,  let me tell you something more about my discoveries this week and start with one of my favourite exhibitions!

Sandra de Groot, one of the young designers and exhibitioners at Piet Hein Eek was absolutely one of my favourites this weekend, and I can tell you her work was not only spotted by me, but caught the eye of some of the best trendspotters in design land too! At her exhibition she both showed her photo art as wel as her latest project consisting of a series of knotted lamps.

Sandra de Groot [Atelier Chaos] works as a teacher, photographer and artist. Her dreamy black and white art work tells us about emotions, intimacy and sensuality in humans and their apparently (in)visible vulnerability and sensibility versus power and authority. Photos are combined with black paint, text and textiles to make them more powerful. While the strong image in the middle of the exhibition definitely caught my eye I was really fascinated by her knotted lights.



kNOTs' Sculpture lights
These almost surreal looking knotted lights, remind me of the lamps I had at home in the seventies, transformed into an XL and bolder version. kNOTs' is an investigation in which she studies crafts, techniques and methods both sculpturally and architecturally. By working with natural cotton rope, there is an emphasis on structure, texture and shape. With this collection of kNOTs, Sandra wants to create awareness and let us think about the amount of time and technics by literally confronting us with a large amount of rope and knots.

See some of the posts I previously wrote about Dutch Design week


pictures ©vosgesparis 
October 23, 2017

A Dark and moody Hotel and Farm | La Granja Ibiza

Remember my Ibiza travel tips and 'La Granja' where we spent the evening around the pool, such a fairytale garden and place. These are pictures from the hotel rooms in the converted farmhouse which German design studio Dreimeta converted into a dark and moody hotel for Design Hotels.

October 20, 2017

A colour boost for a cozy fall home | MisterDesign x Muuto


With fall kicking in I am up for some changes and totally drawn to a warmer colour pallet. Towards the end of the year, when Summer is over I always feel like changing things and I am working on some new features for my home right now. It feels as if I have been playing on safe a lot lately and especially in the kitchen, where after some first changes I didn't changed a lot.

I am done with the shiny metal and I am drawing a new solution for my kitchen hood, I will also paint the backsplash in a different colour. Not sure yet if it will be a light grey or something totally different and darker. 
Fall is a great time interior wise, with many fairs and new collections, and I love to stroll through the different online stores to catch up with all things new and let my imagination run wild. In my kitchen everything is overall black and I think it is a good idea to add some more neutrals or maybe even a little pink or some other neutral colours to soften the dark industrial feeling.

MisterDesign

With two brick stores in the center of 'S Hertogenbosch close to each other and a huge online store MisterDesign is a good source if you are looking for design, they offer a large collection from selected brands and a worldwide shipping option.

The first brick store operating since 2007 shows new collections of young designers and upcoming as well as established brands, while in the other store which is located in a beautiful old location with ornaments and an authentic brick walls, contemporary design in beautiful materials and famous classics from brands as Carl Hansen, vitra, Brokis, Mooi and Tom Dixon are combined and styled in beautiful settings. 
Mister Design has a team of interior stylists available if you are looking for help with selecting the right furniture, interior design or your new project.
 


Autumn colours x Muuto x MisterDesign
Looking for inspiration to bring in some autumn colours, the
'New Perspectives' catalog by Danish Muuto, one of the brands that MisterDesign has a large collection of, caught my eye. Muuto is known for its great colour palet and the new catalogus shows in addition to new designs, existing products that has been introduced in new colours which perfectly fit that autumn feeling.

Here is my selection to colour your home for fall with Muuto and MisterDesign. Scroll down the end of the post to read how you can make a chance to win something for your own home!



Fabrics and soft materials is something I should work on for my home, the Muuto Restore basket comes in many warm colours including this all new Rose Melange which I think would look great in combination with dark wood. 

One of the colours I love most for fall and which I think looks great with black is brown, and these poufs would just do the trick if you are looking for a real statement. Also a deep dark blue is a colour I love, poufs available in moody Autumn colours can be found here


Rose looks like one of the new colours popping up in different of Muuto's new design, pictured above the new Loft chair. I think it is a great new colour for fall and a softer more feminine version for copper or the populair gold that is a bit to shiny for my taste. I love browns in my interior at this time of the year and rose seems like a nice addition.... using it in my own interior though feels like a big step. 


More at ease I feel with these metal dots a beautiful new addition to the ever expanding collection of wooden and colourful Dots collection 

Something I really love is the Push coffee maker and mugs, both in my absolutely favourite colour of the moment, a beautiful stone-grey!



The E27 socket lamp is another all time favourite of mine, available in many different colours. Good lighting is important when days are getting shorter and the new Tip Lamp pictured below comes in a perfect autumn colour scene of Olive and Copper Brown next to Black and White!





The new Platform Tray combines Scandinavian functionality with Japanese craft and can serve both as a tray to move around the home or as a platform for still lifes. The dark red version of the Platform Tray perfectly fits the autumn pallet, move over to the site to have a look!

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October 19, 2017

NLXL Launches Piet Hein Eek Timber Strips Wallpaper at DDW 2017


It's seven years ago I had one of my first collaborations with NLXL when we did a give-away for the first collection in collaboration with Piet Hein Eek and I have being in touch with them ever since. They feel a bit like family and over the years I have seen them growing into a famous brand for original wallpaper collections in collaboration with different designers world wide!

I am pretty sure you remember some of the collections I showed in the past, like 
Addiction X Obsession in collaboration with Paola Navone and Daniel Rozensztroch, we celebrated the launch at Milan, and it was really special to join the pizza party at the home of my design hero. Other collaborations included a collection with Piet Boon and Merci


Timber Strips Wallpaper 

During DDW in Eindhoven NLXL will launch their latest collection, this time again in collaboration with Piet Hein Eek and we will celebrate at Dutch Design week! NLXL asked me come and celebrate and bring some fellow bloggers. A great coincidence as Holly Becker of Decor8 formed a Blog team for DDW because she felt the need to team up and celebrate our community of bloggers and be supportive to each other. We will meet up at DDW, and as we are working together on the details I thought it was a great idea to celebrate the new NLXL collection and party at Piet Hein Eek together. If you want to follow us on Instagram and our other social media, we are using the hashtag #BlogTeamDDW

With this collection NLXL is going back to its roots: an aesthetically strong collection of faux wood wallpapers. Timber stripes consist of seven different patterns inspired by travels to Japan, where timber is used in many ways, and on the idea that the wallpapers should provide an artificial alternative for a wooden wall. See the whole collection at the NLXL website or buy in the store






October 18, 2017

la la Berlin X Fritz Hansen | Fashion meets furniture

Iconic furniture design meets fashion-forward bohème in this exclusive collaboration between Republic of Fritz Hansen™ and fashion brand lala Berlin. A strong alliance is created when the Berlin based fashion label makes their mark on Arne Jacobsen's renowned Series 7 chair upholstering the chair in velvet and giving the legs a powder coated finish.

The special lala Berlin x Republic of Fritz Hansen collection is available in Republic of Fritz Hansen Concept Stores as well as selected stores worldwide from October 2017 to October 2018. More info can be found here



pictures ©Replubic of Fritz Hansen
October 13, 2017

CLOSE CONTACT exhibition at the Kinfolk Gallery

No better way to start the weekend than with the new exhibition you might have seen sneak peeks of online already over the last days. Pictures just came in and I love to show you them as you might have been as curious as me to see the exhibition up close.

CLOSE CONTACT is an exhibition presented by Norm Architects, Kinfolk and Sørensen Leather at the Kinfolk gallery and an exploration around the sphere versus our human body. 
The exhibition comprises ten large-scale, limited edition artworks finished in glass alongside 100 portfolios of smaller prints. The highly tactile and sculptural series juxtaposes the texture of the skin with leather spheres co-created with Sørensen Leather.

All works are for sale and the exhibit is open to the public Monday - Friday from 10am-4pm until October 31st at Amagertorv 14, first floor in Copenhagen

The Sphere as a form
The sphere is a fascinating form. Consider the Earth, our eyes and the perfect pearl. Or symbolic spheres, like our circle of friends and family. Even the womb, where we first experienced a close sense of contact.

On a philosophical level, many have questioned the sphere and its significance. Dating back to Plato, the origins of humans were described in mythical terms as spherical entities, with men as descendants from the sun, women from the earth and the third sex from the moon. In Greek Mythology, Zeus is said to have split each of them in two, creating an urge in all of us to find our other half for a sense of wholeness. [text: Norm Architects]




Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen  // creative direction by Nathan Williams