September 19, 2018

Bastone collection by Finnish designer Antrei Hartikainen

Antrei Hartikainen is one of the designers I keep bumping into after first meeting him over dinner in Helsinki some years ago. I have been following him ever since, as I think Finnish design really has something different from all other Scandinavian design and I like it a lot! At Ambiente earlier this year he already told me about the furniture he was designing and I love seeing the result. The 'Bastone' collection Antrai  designed for POIAT Products Oy consist of a cabinet and a sideboard.

Antrei: "The Bastone collection moves naturally in the frontier of art and design, and showcases filtered light and reflections of shades as well appreciation of craftsmanship. The exterior of both the cabinet and the sideboard are partly open, partly covered by round and narrow strips of wood."
Antrei Hartikainen (b. 1991) is a master cabinetmaker and designer from Finland known for his exquisite works in wood. The award-winning pieces, including functional products and pure artworks, achieve heights of sensuality, elegance and craftsmanship that place them with the finest examples of modern Nordic carpentry. You might have seen his Fiori and tables pictured below on the blog before, a few examples, see more at Antrei Hartikainen

September 17, 2018

An all white dream Spa | Willow Urban Retreat

Remember the beautiful serene Parisian SPA in wabi sabi style I wrote about on the blog before? Today I love to show you Willow Urban Retreat in Armadale, Australia. Meme Design realized an almost holistic experience by using advanced air purification systems and low toxicity building materials to encourage restoration, support and advocate human wellness. The retreat consists of a wholefood cafe, a movement and meditation studio, a day spa and a detox facility. Willow urban retreat is a beautiful space and ofcourse I was interested to learn more about the design.

Meme Design: 'Working within two narrow heritage buildings, the two titles are opened up with the insertion of a central courtyard, an oversized arch to the shop front and long skylights along the perimeter of the building, maximising space, volume and natural light. Further arches slice through the dividing wall to connect the café and spa, encouraging circulation within the multipurpose space. Arches seem fitting within the Victorian vernacular and inform a spatial language of soft, seamless curves at intersections and meeting points between wall, floor and ceiling."

"The palette of materials includes natural stone and jade green onyx, a continuous hand applied cement render and a hand poured, pigmented cement bar. Finishes are understated, minimal and robust to withstand high usage and the interchangeable programs at the retreat."

More pictures at Meme Design

Photography Sharyn Cairns
September 14, 2018

Cotton House Hotel Barcelona | Travel w/ Style

A few years ago I visited Spain for the first time with a small group of bloggers and we had an amazing week together discovering Spanish design in collaboration with RED. I have been in contact ever since with my Spanish friends and we still meet each other if we happen to be in the same location whether it be my home town Amsterdam, Ibiza, Cologne or Milan and I was happy to see them again in Barcelona this Summer.

Together with Wen I visited Barcelona and Madrid this last month and stayed in different hotels that we will cover on our Travel w/ Style page to give you a small impression. Our first stop was at the Cotton House hotel in Barcelona. The Cotton House hotel is located on the former site of the ‘Cotton Textile Foundation’ A 19th- century building centrally situated within walking distance from several tourist attractions, and only a few steps away from shops and delicious restaurants.

The Cotton House Hotel
We were welcomed by the lovely team and were really impressed by the beautiful entrance of the building, a vestibule covered in mirrors. The building is really elegant with several great rooms and lounges where the bar and restaurant are located, a luminous glass conservatory and a 300 sqm terrace filled with beautiful greens. Impressive stairways: one, a grand marble staircase, and the other, a spiral staircase built in the 50's that received much acclamation among experts in architecture.

The staircases lead to the old library and the space now called “L’Atelier” which was the office to which guild-members withdrew so that their tailors and shirt-makers could take their measurements. The Cotton House recovers the essence of this tradition by offering its guests an artisanal tailor service provided by the professionals of Santa Eulalia, the most prestigious tailor establishment in Barcelona. A tailor from that firm will come to the Atelier to take guests measurements, advise and select unique fabrics of the highest quality to make the desired garments.

The decoration of the 83 rooms, including five spacious suites, is inspired on cotton through a chromatic combination of the white, black and sepia of the cotton plant and everything it evokes: softness, comfort, delicacy and naturalness, which are materialized in the fabrics and textures of the very highest quality. The rooms have been designed to offer all possible comfort: the bed linen is made with sheets with 300 thread count mercerized Egyptian cotton and 600-g towels, honeycomb bathrobes and slippers, and cosmetics of the prestigious Ortigia brand, made with 100% natural products from the Mediterranean area.

It was really warm when we were in Barcelona and it was great to start the day with a breakfast in the beautiful garden. You might have seen our stories on Instagram with the beautiful shot from above taken from our balcony also. What I loved most about our stay though was the early morning swim in the exterior pool located at the sixth floor and seeing the city wake up before breakfast. 

More pictures can be found at our  Travel w/ Style page and on our Pinterest!

This post was written in collaboration with the Cotton House | Pictures © w/ Style 
September 13, 2018

A new Vipp kettle | Travel w/ Style kitchen shoot

Going through my mailbox the other day I stumbled upon an email from Vipp and the release of a new electric kettle, the latest addition to Vipp’s collection of kitchen accessories. It took five years to finetune the design and with its powder-coated black surface perfectly matching the Vipp kitchen. Now this is what I call a kettle, I think I am the last person on earth not using one because I refuse to put a piece of plastic on my countertop... even if I know it will be real time saver. 

Its bringing back great memories from our very first w/ Style trip abroad photographing the kitchen in both The Loft in Copenhagen and maybe even more exciting at The Vipp shelter at lake Immeln. I have to confess I often think back of our stay at the shelter wondering how it would look green are the trees, would the lake be perfect for a swim today... and how would it be to have a tea at the small dock before lighting the fire, it is such a magic place I hope to come back one day. 

Morten Bo Jensen: "The design of the Vipp electric kettle borrows its shape from the old-school dome-shaped kettle used over heat, yet with the convenience of electrical heating. With its powder-coated black surface and handle, this kettle guarantees a tactile boiling experience. The grooved spout in stainless steel, the organically shaped handle, and soft rubber details are nods to Vipp’s recognisable design DNA."

"The kettle is developed with a double surface providing insulation that makes the surface heat-proof and keeps the water heated for a longer time. The kettle carries a mechanical design expression with only a discreet toggle button and small LED on/off indicator interrupting the smooth, black surface." 

Kettle product pictures ©vipp
pictures from our stay at the shelter and loft © w/ Style 

photography Wen van Woudenberg | styling Desiree Groenendal
September 11, 2018

Karimoku X Norm Architects | New wooden furniture

It is not the first time I have seen Danish designers and architects travelling to Japan to learn and work together with different Japanese furniture manufacturers and craftsman. I love to follow these travel stories and with Japan high on my travel bucket list it is a pleasure to also see some of their personal discoveries during their trips.

These pictures are made during a recent visit of Danish Norm architects who have designed a series of furniture for an interior renovation project in Tokyo in collaboration with Japan’s largest wooden furniture manufacturer, Karimoku, with Keiji Ashizawa Design and Torafu Architects having also participated in the workshops, designing furniture for specific spaces, including a private home and office space. 

Norm Architects: "During the factory workshop, designers and manufacturers gathered around each prototype, sharing input and opinions in order for solutions to be thought out in collaboration. Japan and Denmark share traditions in their approach to furniture design and cabinetry, and the Karimoku collaboration was an opportunity to investigate that, and learn and benefit from each other"
"The result of the Karimoku x Norm Architects collaboration is a series of functional, high quality wooden furniture that speak with their surroundings rather than make a statement, carrying references to both Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics and design traditions."

Photos: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Masaki Ogawa
September 6, 2018

Minimalistic inspiration | Basic pieces for your home | Voice

These days when Summer is a bit on its return I automatically seem to start making new plans for my home, what can be better, what to change and how to display the souvenirs I brought back from my holidays. Although my home often can be messy because things come and go and I keep moving things around, I do love structure!

I have always loved the minimalist approach when it comes to decorating and I feel we can still learn so much from Japan and do not need that many furniture! Instead of lots of furniture I love to have a few pieces only.  I am still dreaming about a couch that could form a small island in my living. 

A good couch is definitely one of the basic pieces you need in my opinion. When we have more space it is great to also add a daybed, I really love those and they are just perfect to add an open and airy extra sitting place in your sitting area if you do not really like extra chairs. 

Daybed 'Norm' is one of the five products Mattias Stenberg created for Voice, the daybed transforms into a sofa and a generously proportioned stool, both of which are very simple in form, with minimal detailing, I think it totally fits the principle of a minimalistic interior to have a piece of furniture you can use in different ways. 

Shelves are beautiful to display the things we love most. At the moment I use the four metal shelves by MENU and I think they are just perfect. Sometimes though I would love to have a few more, not to fill them up with stuff but more because a few empty shelves would let even more stand out the pieces you love, I believe.

Shelvings like the one above would give some more options, how do you like this system by Swedish Voice I think it is pretty perfect, offering enough space and blending in without asking to much attention in the room. 

An even more Japanese feeling because of the very light design is the library shelf by Frama CPH here pictured by me at Copenhagen store last year. This kind of shelving exist in different sizes and wood types with slight changes. One of the first wall-hung furniture systems might have been 'The Royal System', designed by Poul Cadovius in 1948. dk3 acquired the rights to revive and reintroduce this Danish classic eight years ago. 

pictures by voice | last picture by Vosgesparis
September 5, 2018

Keep the Summer vibe alive | Couleur Locale

How has your Summer been! Yesterday evening I came back from Denmark where I attended a design tour organised by two Copenhagen based brands and it is my first day home again after travelling to different places this last weeks. It's raining and a bit grey and I already miss Summer, don't you, where have you been... did you travel or did you stayed at home during our fantastic north European Summer?

I travelled to Spain for a w/ Style assignment and went back to Sardinia after missing the island for many years. I even brought some small crafted items back home with me as I think it is a great way to remember the places you visited and prolong the Summer vibe you get into after travelling. Handmade items with a natural vibe can soften our dark winters and bring back the Summer feeling at home. 

Sardinia is known for its weaving techniques and traditional baskets, I have a beautiful old family one I brought home years ago. I regularly also show you the work founders of Couleur Locale bring back from their own travels around the world including several baskets where traditional weaving techniques are used to create intricately patterns, but also ceramic, lamps and linen items for your home. Here is a small impression of different things to keep the Summer vibe alive, many more can be found online at Couleur Locale or visit their stores in both Antwerp and Knokke.


Photography Jeroen van der Speck | Styling Cleo Schleuderman
- written in collaboration with our blogsponsor Couleur Locale -