January 19, 2019

DOMOTEX 2019 | Trends and inspiration from the fair

I am back from a week in Germany, if you followed me on Instagram you might have seen it was an intense week of interior design inspiration, talks, lots of walking, I counted nearly 50 kilometers, lovely dinners and meetings with beautiful brands and friends. I started last week in Hannover where I was on invitation of Domotex. With the same group of bloggers as last year, we visited several brands and joined two discussions for the audience at the "Framing Trends" area, led by Holly Becker. 

After last year I knew what to expect and that it is impossible to see all I discovered years ago. Being interested mostly in handmade carpets and the story behind the brand, I had a look at the halls where these exhibitioners could be find but also took some time to look at the different other options for floor covering, like parquet and PVC. I recently had some water damage at home and I will need to replace floorings, which made the fair even more interesting.

We had a small tour along some brands that Holly of Decor8 selected for us. The great thing about Holly is that she will always take care there is something for everyone of us, as we are with a group of seven, from seven different countries and many different tastes!

This is not only great for the fair and the brands, as we have seven different opinions and look on things, but also as a group I think we are fantastic, if I may say so, I just love these strong personalities all together that respect and take care for each other. But enough about us! Looking back at Domotex I think that for everyone who visited or is planning to visit the fair next year (10-13 of January 2020) the "Framing Trends" area in Hall 9 is a great starting point.

A personal favourite: Red dirt rug

A real visitors and personal favourite was the work of Rena Detrixhe who worked on a rug made out of Red dirt for several days. She told me that 150 kilo of red dirt/sand was shipped from America in order to create this installation, a red rug. It was fascinating to see her work, so calming while creating a real beautiful and huge piece of art.

Detrixhe creates the foliate and scrollwork designs of each rug from sneaker treads that she cuts into stamp-like templates, and their “found object” quality injects the precision of the rugs’ designs with a welcome element of improvisation. Sometimes recognizable, the stamped forms recall the well-worn hiker's mantra—"take only photographs, leave only footprints"—and like photographs, they offer personal traces, rather than factual documents, of histories and ecologies outside the gallery walls. 

Simultaneously indigenous and imported, the Rugs ask us to consider which parts of our history—and our present—we find comfortable, familiar, welcoming, or beautiful, and which parts we prefer to push out of sight." Text by Rena. Read the whole story and see more of her project at Rena Detrixhe

Coral Garden by 
Vanessa Barragoa

Impressive also the booth where Vanessa Barragoa presented her 'Coral Garden' Textile art installation. With the mass textile industry being one of the most polluting in the world bringing harm to our planet in mind, she created an installation, with the help of lots of family members. The garden focuses on the problem and how it is deeply affecting coral reef that is the heart of marine species. The colour on the left shows a healthy environment while the white side on the right shows a slowly dying coral reef.

Framing Trends area & a booth by Holly Becker 
Like last year the area showed the latest trends, the Carpet Design award, nominees ánd winners, and there was space for creative workshops. We loved to have our own 
Blogger area right next to the stage where we had two talks.

The booth Holly created with her selection of rugs in collaboration with Farrow & Ball and Hannover based interiors store
 Steinhoff was directly next to the blogger zone. The booth showed beautiful soft walls, a selection of rugs and was styled with different furniture from the Hannover store and also included a few personal items from Holly's home. 

The ceiling inspired by the New York Noguchi Museum in the US, the country where Holly is born, was done so well with the many paper lamps. The moodboard on the wall was beautiful showing the trends Holly presented and she also included our team, thank you Holly! 

- Holly Becker of Decor8 -
January is an exciting month for Holly, not only will she launch her own magazine with Living at Home, she will also launch a capsule collection for the home this month, congratulations on this great start of the year my friend! 

Create 'n' Connect 
A real connection we made with the audience during two panel discussions. In our first talk we showed the many different things we do and how clients can work with each of us individually. 

We also presented 21 different big and small trends, click on the trend slides to read mine, that we thought would be interested for the audience to learn more about. I highlighted some of the trends I used in a trend article I recently wrote: A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home 

We also choose some rugs and floor covering that stood out for each of us individually. Fun note is how the two guys in our panel stood out as they went for bold and colourful carpets. Mine were by Green FlorTisca, and Jaipur rugs. Find more pictures in my Domotex Pinterest board

Meeting the exhibitors
Meeting the designers and exhibitors is something I really enjoy, I think every brand has a story and it is great if a designer takes the time to meet and talk about what brought them to designing carpets. Holly choose different designers who all showed us their highlights. Above a picture from the booth of Kristiina Lassus, with hand knotted rugs made in Nepal. The huge black rug is made from wool and silk and the gold pattern is in silk, If you ever come across a carpet where silk is used, be sure to touch as silk adds a super soft element to a rug!

Claire Gaudion is inspired by islands and in cooperation with Dutch Momo Rugs she created three handmade collections of hand woven, hand knotted, and hand tufted rugs. The collection shows inspiration from Guernsey island, where Claire is born, the sea, the changing light and the reefs and coast from the island.

Something I have learned at Domotex is that New Zealand wool is one of the best! ÄNG Studios produces high-quality rugs of pure natural materials dyed and washed without using harmful chemicals. For this reason, the rugs are knotted by hand in Nepal and India. An outdoor collection made out of Himalayan nettle, which is considered as one of the durable of natural fibers is the second collection of this newly established interior design company with a studio and showroom in Stockholm.

I loved the story of this carpet which is called Project Error by Kavi from Jaipur rugs , Kavi is the designer and when three craftsman started working on this carpet, each of them made their own pattern. Working down they compromised on how it eventually should look.

Natur Pur is an Australian label with eco-friendly rugs in natural materials including Sardinian wool which is said to have the longest fibers to work with in the carpet industry. We had a coffee and a picture with the team (pictured on the left) of Natur Pur.

Domotex Pinterest board
Last year when first visiting I created a Domotex Pinterest board, and like last year I will add all pictures from this post on the board, I will also add all other pictures I made including some from the rest of the team so you will have a good impression of Domotex, check out their blogs as well.

Thank you all for the great time and company... Lars and Domotex, And the team: Stefan from TrendStefan, Niki from My Scandinavian Home, Agata from Passion Shake, Igor from Happy Interior Blog, Mette from Monsterscircus and me Desiree from Vosgesparis. Lovely to also meet Michael Christie The Ruggist from Canada and Camilla Bellini from The Dairy of a Designer who joined us during the tour.

This post is written in collaboration with Domotex, the world's leading showcase for carpets and floor coverings. All pictures and opinions are my own
January 15, 2019

String new collections | imm Cologne

Hello from Cologne, I just opened my mailbox to download some of the new campaign pictures from Swedish String I was sent after seeing the new collection at imm Cologne today where I am working at the moment. If you want to see my discoveries have a look at the Instagram account of imm where you can find an #immspired folder in the highlights with a selection of my finds.

I visited many of my favourite brands and will visit some more in two days. Today I love to show you some images from the fair and some new press images as well of String, sorry for the bad quality, making pictures at fairs is rather difficult. 

New at String was a blush version and a new beautiful beige they introduced for the shelving system as well as a galvanised outdoor version which I can easily see in an industrial home as well. Both the campaign pictures as the stand are styled by Lotta Agaton interiors.  

Pictures courtesy String except for the first three pictures ©Vosgesparis 
January 10, 2019

Fair season is here!

Fair season is almost here! These coming weeks I will visit the first interiors fairs of the year. Working at both my kitchen and flooring I am curious to discover all things new. I will give you an impression of the fairs, show you inspiring new collections, young talents, and everything else I think you should see through my Instagram channel, be sure to follow me here at @vosgesparis 

I am really honored to have been asked to come back and cover one of the fairs I love most, imm Cologne and LivingKitchen. First though I will travel to Hannover and meet up with a group of fellow bloggers at Domotex, one of the largest flooring fairs. For the occasion I would love to show you the pictures from the latest campaign shoot of former Lisloves. Off to pack!

Concept & Styling Studio AnoukB | Photography Karin Holtdijk  
January 9, 2019

Limited edition Tripp Trapp chair in ash wood by Stokke | w/ Style photoshoot

For our first shoot in the new year we created a serie of images for Stokke who asked us to photograph their new limited edition Tripp Trapp chair! Even though my own children are both grown up I am almost everyday surrounded by small children and their parents at my p
art time job as a social worker, and the famous Tripp Trapp chair is often a topic of conversation.

This new Tripp Trapp chair is different, in limited edition premium Ash with a sophisticated taupe finish it is a stylish chair with a minimalistic feel and I think it perfectly fits the sober industrial table I designed. Taupe is a colour I always loved, and the perfect blend of tan and grey makes it a modern classic and versatile enough to complement any interior whether or not you have small children. 

Created in the seventies by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik, the Tripp Trapp chair became a true icon and an example of simplicity designed for every stage of childhood. The adjustable design allows freedom of movement with both depth- and height adjustable seat- and foot plates making the chair not only comfortable for children but also in the adult position it has a comfortable and ergonomic sitting comfort! We personally tested the chair while catching up with some coffees during our shoot. 

The appearance of your Tripp Trapp Ash chair will differ according to which segment of the tree the wooden part is made of. This means that you will own a chair like no other, that will last a lifetime. To make the chair even more personal Stokke offers families the complimentary option of engraving the back of their Tripp Trapp chair with their child´s name.

Pictures © w/ Style | Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal 

This post is written in collaboration with Stokke

January 6, 2019

Bentwood cafe in a former Thonet showroom

Thonet celebrates its 200th anniversary this year and on the occasion of this the Hamburg Studio Besau Marguerre has given a new twist to the ultimate Thonet classic café chair 214 with 4 special editions for the 200th anniversary. Part of a classic collection I also saw in Australian cafe Bentwood located in a former Thonet showroom and named after the technique used to bend wood in the manufacture of the famous Thonet chairs.

Wooden rods are made elastic by steam pressure and within 7 minutes, the time the wood will stay flexible, the rods are bend by hand in a metal mold to the correct shape by two men. A few years ago I visited the factory and the  wood bending process was not only really impressive to see but we also got the change to do it ourselves! I wrote a blogpost about it which you can find here: German design | Thonet factory tour

Paying tribute to the history of the industrial building, different Thonet classics are used in the interior, we see number 9 and 18, and vintage bar stools that are no longer in today's collection.

Thonet classic café chair 214
In 2019 the design icon 214 will be available in four tones of warm white, velvet red, sage green and black brown. The connecting elements of the chair color a few shades lighter than the seat ring and chair legs. The duo color scheme underlines the genius minimalist construction and the individual elements of the chair.

Thonet will celebrate their company’s 200th anniversary and 100 years of Bauhaus in a fair trade booth designed by Studio Besau Marguerre which redefines the Thonet DNA at several levels and provides a perfect setting for bentwood, tubular steel classics and new designs by Studio Besau Marguerre and Sebastian Herkner at “Café Thonet”.

Find Thonet at Hall 3.2 (Pure Editions) / Booth E 21 and buy your tickets for the public weekend, friday 18 - Sunday 20 of January | using the code ‘immspired19’ 'advertising link' and meanwhile enjoy some more images of the raw and industrial Cafe Bentwood. Adres:
 Bentwood Fitzroy, 237 Napier street Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Australia

photography Tom Blachford
January 4, 2019

C Penthouse by Vincent Van Duysen

C Penthouse is a minimal residential apartment project in Antwerp, Belgium, designed by Vincent Van DuysenThe concept of the project was to create an ‘urban loft’ that retains the rawness of construction, yet encompasses a complete finish and feeling of comfort. 

The concrete ceiling and rough timber refer to the historical warehouses, which have an architectural presence in the surrounding quay and the city. The project has strong architectural qualities within a residential apartment context. The sculptural architectonic approach corresponds to the Abstract Expressionist art collection of the owner. 

The walls and floors are finished in the same material to a rigorous standard of detail for a sober and textural appearance. The material selection is a manifestation of the grey tones of the River Scheldt and its quayside, as well as referring to the Arte Povera movement, in which driftwood, metal, earth and concrete were used.  

Photography by Koen Van Damme