March 22, 2018

12 personal favourites found at Ambiente 2018

Before travelling to Milan in some weeks it is time for some Spring cleaning and decorating projects at home, and what better time to choose then this right moment with the main fairs behind us and our heads full of new ideas. This year I also travelled to Frankfurt where together with Holly Becker of Decor8 and Karine from Bodie and Fou we had a look around the many halls, products and brands Ambiente has to offer.

New trends and brands at the Ambiente blog
Some of the new trends and brands I discovered at Ambiente you can also find in my guest post on the Ambiente blog, have a look to read more about my first impression and the main things that caught my eye Minimalistic shapes and natural materials Also have a look at the other blogposts to discover more of Ambiente from another perspective.

Ambiente offers space to over 4.400 different brands and if you are looking for decoration and design ideas from all over the world, Ambiente is the place to be to find everything for your store or personal home. I found some amazing new brands and spoke to many creators I love to show you more of! 

My own country, the Netherlands, was this years guest of honour and I loved to see the installation with curated items by industrial designer Robert Bronwasser, read more about his work and ideas here at the Ambiente blog and see some of the pictures I made of the exhibition here on my Facebook account.
Personal favourites | Fresh Taiwan | Kamaro'an
If you know me for some time and visit my blog regularly you know I am a lover of minimalism, I have  weak spot for natural materials and love sculpture objects and a good dose of black. I also like to take things not so serious, our homes should be a reflection of our life and character and I love my own home being in a ongoing state of transition and change some corners continuously. 

I have some things that almost never change, like the bookcases in my studio, and although I can live in a home that never seems to be finished and can be messy, in my own eyes mostly that is, people tend to say my home is really airy and minimalistic. Looking at the many exhibitioners it
 will be no surprise I loved to see the different Asian brands with their minimalistic approach when it comes to designing everyday objects. 

‘Fresh Taiwan’
showed the work of different designers from Taiwan.Pictured above and below the work of Kamaro'an. Inspired by Taiwanese indigenous culture, Kamaro’an explores natural materials and delicate craftsmanship through simplistic designs.Each of their products is crafted by skilled indigenous weavers. Company website: Kamaro'an

One of my personal favourites from Kamaro'an was the 'Faho Storage' for storing table objects and dried plants.

Malinko Inspired by the skeltons of Marine animals Malinko designed several lampshades that were produced using 3d printing, really special I though was the silky smooth flocking surface of he lamp shades. website:  Malinko Design

Laura Görs
Laura was nominated for the newcomer German design Award and presented Sensorium and Sale. With her Sensorium project she wants to restore our awareness of fermentation. Fermentation changes food and creates new flavours and textures. Inspired by the proces, Laura created a table line that invites us to explore new realms of taste with all senses. website: Laura Görs

Daniel van Dijck
I had seen the work of Dutch designer Daniel van Dijck earlier in Milan and loved to see his presentation. Daniel is known for seeking the limits of design by working with unusual materials and processes. At Ambiente he showed his surprising tableware items in which he combines edibles with metal, porcelain and glass. website Daniel van Dijck

Q 34 | G. William Bell
Porcelain and glass are materials I always love to have a closer look at and I was totally impressed by the work of Q 34 a collaboration between two designers working in the field of glass and porcelain. Glass artist G. William Bell created these petri vessels that each looked so different.

William explaining the process: "My work is primarily concerned with processes of constructing and deconstructing line and form. Through my method I aim to highlight the nuanced moments where glass expresses its innate qualities. In my aim to do so I blow forms such as cylinders, spheres and ovals, these are then cut, slumped flat, cut again, reassembled and fused together into flat panels of glass. Which speaks of material history and process, capturing the complexity of layers and nuanced fluid detail. These plates I then pickup on a bubble producing a thin machined petri dish vessel, creating sharp contrast to the fluidity and movement contained within the design beneath. The objects show clear reference to the scientific, while still remaining autonomous in themselves" Pictures made at fairs are never the best, so please have a look at the website for more info about his work. website: Q34

Nude transcends the traditional boundaries of glassware treating the whole home as one sensuous and pleasurable space, I discovered the brand in the Trend area and went to see more of them at their stand. They work with different artists and designers. Not only did I discover a huge collection of beautiful glassware, the skull bowls made by Erdem Akan and inspired on his Punk Rock roots definitely caught my eye. website: Nude

Stones Like Stones 
Something totally different that caught my eye were the wall panels pictured below by German company Stones Like Stones. At first sight I thought it was a wall build out of wonderful aged wood, instead the company produces amazing 3d tiles, also pictured above. I found so many interesting surfaces not only tiles but also 3d beton and metal look on the roll.
Their latest product is the reproduction of a traditional technique of Japanese architecture: Shou-Sugi produced under the name Mokutan. However, the supposedly charred wooden surfaces are rollable on a track of approx. 3.00 x 1.00 m and only a few millimeters thick. Company website: Stones Like Stones

An almost metal look also at the stand of Dutch Ceramic manufactures Mobach, where this stool caught my eye. Mobach is known primarily for its giant plant holders and vases but also handmade articles made in small batches or as a one-off are part of the collection. Whether thrown on the wheel or shaped by hand, the glazes and the firing process ensure that each ceramic is unique. Company website: Mobach
A new collaboration with world-famous British architect Lord Norman Foster was presented at Ambiente. His designs for the new Stelton range bring together simple sculptural form and soft geometry to create a new range of tableware of which pictures can be found in my Facebook album
I was looking forward to see more of Stelton and I was not disappointed by the huge stand showing most of the new and earlier collections. All time favourite remained and still is the Theo serie. Design and colour wise it ticks all boxes of my personal taste, being minimalistic and industrial at the same time. New was the coffee grinder and also the teapot in black matt stoneware made my design heart beat fasterwebsite: Stelton

Ro is the Danish word for serenity, calmness and peace of mind, a nice table setting showed their tableware that includes both commercial design products as unique art objects. It was the first time I came across the brand and loved their story and collection. website: Ro

In my post for the Ambiente blog I already pointed out that I noticed a lot of paper being used and the use of different material in one piece, like above glass and paper in the vases of Danish OOhh. website: OOhh

Often you know certain products but might not be aware of who designed them.
I started this post introducing a few talents from Taiwan and want to end it with a Japanese brand with a collection of beautiful minimalistic design. In my next post I will show you some more of my favourite Trend area's, meanwhile check out my Facebook album for all other pictures I made.

I was glad to meet the designers of Kinto, a beautiful minimalistic brand from Japan that values the balance between usability and aesthetics to create products for everyday live. If you are a lover of slow coffee making and beautiful ceramic cups their brewer stand might be an option for your home. Many more to discover at their website: Kinto

March 20, 2018

Bathroom inspiration | Scandinavian designers for Korean Lagom

Looking at the site of Swedish Note Design studio I came across pictures of Lagom Bath, a Korean bathroom manufacturer who had asked the studio to design one of their bathrooms. In Korea you buy pre-designed bathrooms and next to Note design Studio also Norm architects and Lotta Agaton designed one of the new and minimalistic bathrooms.

I thought the different moodboards are real eye candy and especially love the one above, I am all into this colour scene at the moment and the hint of brow gives it a special touch. The bathroom elements are designed for smaller spaces and would fit my own tiny bathroom perfectly. The first bathroom below is designed by Lotta Agaton who is also responsible for the styling of the other bathroom elements.  

Lotta Agaton

                                                                  Norm architects

 Note Design studio

Styling by Lotta Agaton, photographed byRagnar Òmarsson
March 16, 2018

RUM International magazine | Jørn Utzon special

I was happy to find the latest Rum International magazine in my mailbox, the spring 2018 issue is a special two in one magazine and a great collector’s item. One magazine is a special 68-page tribute to Danish architect Jørn Utzon in the centenary year of his birth. The fourth magazine is like previous issues filled with interviews, hometours and beautiful pictures as shown in this post. Order your copy here, thank you RUM magazine 

March 15, 2018

Ceramics by Anna Lerinder

Beautiful black ceramics by Swedish Anna Lerinder, more of her work at Anna Lerinder

pictures via Anna Lerinder
March 13, 2018

Dialogue | A book by Berlin based Our Food stories and Frama

What Nora, who works as a (food-)stylist and photographer Laura of the wonderful Our Food stories and myself have in common is probably our love for the beautiful Frama and I was really happy when I won their book 'Dialogue' through a competition at Only Deco love. Our Food stories started as a blog while Laura was feeling unwell due to food-allergies, and they started cooking and making new recipes in order to as they say, create delicious gluten free cake recipes that taste as good as a normal cake.

After meeting Niels Strøyer Christophsen, the founder of Frama Cph some years ago after discovering the ceramics from Frama. Niels had the idea to create a book together with inspirational interviews, interior design photos from Frama's projects and gluten-free recipes created and photographed by Our Food stories.

For the launch of their book they organised a special dinner at their studio in Berlin, where occasionally they also organise beautiful gatherings. Eye catcher of the studio, if there isn't an amazing flower or pampas grass installation above the table as seen in the pictures further in this post, must be the beautiful black Frama kitchen. I am in love with their studio and hope to find the time to make one of their recipes and have a taste of the delicious looking cakes soon. Dialogue is available in selected bookstores or online via the Frama shop

pictures via Our Food stories
March 9, 2018

Mimic Mirror by Muuto

In yesterday's post I talked about the importance of sharable pictures, meaning pictures any design lover is willing to share on their social media or blog. I have to admit that even if I do love a company and their new chair, table or accessory, if the pictures are not triggering my imagination or show a setting I really can't appreciate or is just plain boring they will not make it to the blog. As an interior design blogger for ten years I believe I know best what my readers like to see and following my own style has always been a good starting point of what to show and what not.

I am definitely a lover of all things raw, being it unfinished concrete, metal, abandoned buildings or walls with amazing dark lived patina's. I think the combination of the raw and modern design pieces is what makes things look interesting at home, at least to me it is.

Designed in the three colours of Nude, Midnight Blue and Grey, the new Mimic Mirror by Muuto is designed to co-exist in harmony with the space in which it is placed, complementing the atmosphere of the room through its unique look. Mimic mirror is designed by Parisian Normal Studio. More info at Muuto