November 25, 2020

Nomad | A furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Belgian interior designer Nathalie Deboel presents her first furniture collection, 'Nomad'. Handcrafted in Belgium and made of solid oak or walnut with subtle details in brass. 

The idea for the collection started early in 2020, when Nathalie Deboel's life tilted from being constantly on the move to a period of home working and reflection. She immersed herself in the habits of nomads and the wooden sticks they carry and which they use to create temporary homes and furniture. The Nomad collection is built around the concept of this rounded wooden stick as a basic, utilitarian element.  

Nathalie Deboel’s quest for the essence results in a collection that consists of a library, a rectangular and a round table, a daybed, and an armchair. The collection will be further expanded in the coming weeks and months with new designs.

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

photography Thomas Debruyne / Cafeine

November 22, 2020

Cosentino City Amsterdam | A new Cosentino inspiration center

Cosentino city Amsterdam

First of all I wanted to thank you for your nice words about my black kitchen corner over the last few months. I was so happy to finally have been able to add the Reform fronts designed by Norm architects to my kitchen. And as you might have seen also I went to the Dutch Cosentino headquarters together with my friend Anouk from Studio AnoukB who helped me to decide on the countertop. For the backsplash I used 'Amsterdam', one of her own studio paint colours available through Studio AnoukB. I finished the wall with my beautiful brown bronzed lamp by Anour. I will provide you with all links and blogs I made at the end of the post. 

Choosing a countertop is really personal and unless you totally trust on your interior architect, it is just like choosing your kitchen fronts, something you want to see up close before deciding. New in Amsterdam to help you decide ánd see the many options and different materials is the brand new Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam is the 15th inspiration center for Cosentino and covers 550 m22 of interior space. A unique inspiration centre where Cosentino provides a platform where architects and designers can meet and work, and media and consumers can get inspired and get acquainted with Cosentino’s latest products and expertise through digital visualizations, and material experiences.

Cosentino city Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam is located at Van Baerlestraat 41, just around the corner of Museumplein, and I was happy to take a 15 minute bike ride downtown for a private tour to see the brand new inspiration centre. The new city concept consists of 2 floors with multiple spaces where the main brands Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa® stand out. 

First thing noticed were the floors with large format Dekton and walking into the kitchen area the Herringbone laid floor! A real experience together with examples of (ventilated) façade applications. The building consists of three buildings that have been merged into one space. The design of the interior has an industrial appearance in which the characteristic properties of the building have been used as canvas. This is underlined by the wooden beam structure on the ceiling. 

Worktop inspiration and materials can be experienced live and in large format and I thought the system, where you not only see a plate vertically but can also rotate it horizontally to experience what it looks like as a worktop, was just brilliant. On my Instagram account you can see the small movie I made of this.

Cosentino city Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino city Amsterdam | A new Cosentino inspiration centre

Atelier Lab

Just like I love moodboards with examples of materials to fully experience the new atmosphere I would like to go for Cosentino city has created the 'Atelier Lab' filled with samples, not only from Cosentino’s own collection but also from other materials such as wood, textiles, wallpaper, books, all things that help creating a real home.

Cosentino city Amsterdam | A new Cosentino inspiration centre

Digital technology at Cosentino city Amsterdam

Digital technology

If you want to experience how one of Cosentino's products would look in your own kitchen or bathroom  there is the Digital Experience, a space where projects can be displayed in 3D and adapted in augmented reality. There is also a life-size screen with a digital slab, where the slab material can be displayed at full size. 

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Links and blogs
A kitchen remake update with Cosentino
A new kitchen with Dekton by Cosentino and Reform Copenhagen
New mages from my kitchen & a lamp made by ANOUR
A wooden kitchen for my home and a new Reform Showroom
Cosentino in my Instagram highlights

// Written in collaboration with Cosentino / / 

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November 20, 2020

Marble sinks for all interiors


After meeting each other earlier this year, I was happy to collaborate with antoniolupi on a monthly base. With all the outstanding design and bathroom furniture, accessories, mirrors and products for the living space it was a pleasure to write a series of monthly articles about the company. Maybe you looked at the images or read every letter of the different posts, but I am sure his work must have impressed you. 

Research, innovation and originality have always been synonymous to the work of antoniolupi which shows in their different projects and collaborations.

Today I love to talk about Marble sinks and the collaborations between antoniolupi and Calvi Brambilla Paolo Ulian which started in 2016. Paolo Ulian lives close to Carrera and is a real connoisseur of marble. 


In my eyes a real impressive peace of work is 'Introverso' by Paolo Ulian for antoniolupi, a washbasin born by observing the workmanship of blank marble sculptures, in which the three-dimensional shape of the sculpture is outlined in steps and various depths by a diamond disc managed by a numerical controlled machine. 

Introverso is made from a single white Carrara marble block. The gaps between cuts hint at another inner core that the designer can decide to leave or to bring out by breaking part or all of the blades with a hammer. 


Investigating the relationship between an ancient material and new processing techniques by antoniolupi and Paolo Ulian resulted in 'Intreccio' Don't you just love the artistic image of the sink! 

Freestanding washbasin 'Intreccio' is born from a block of marble on which the cuts have been optimized to obtain the concentric rings and create a three-dimensional volume. 

Iconic like the previous washbasins of the collection, dynamic, for the particular geometry of the concentric layers that are staggered when they are overlapped proceeding upwards, so as to determine a play of light and dark and full and empty obtained only by the variation of light on concave or convex shapes .


Controverso springs from a thought, from action and transforms the product into an experience. A really  diverse sink that fits into contemporary environments but I could also see it as a great focal point in a minimal bathroom. 

The form is generated by subtraction as in a sculpture, ancient and contemporary at the same time. A marble block is crossed by the milling machine and then interpreted by man to create different shapes, I really would love you to have a look at the video to fully understand... quite magical I think!



The name says it all: a pixel is a point-like element that makes up a digital image, infact, it is the smallest element that constitutes it. The breakdown in individual pixels of the surface, a kind of three-dimensional mosaic, gives an unprecedented look at the marble sink Pixel. 

The pixel game that forms the basin is completely oriented on consequentiality, on proximity, on decorum that comes from the material itself. A gesture, that of subtraction, reveals the shape, which allows you to customize the volume, and which amplifies the three-dimensional design of the project. 


With the Ossimoro project a new technique has been developed for the realization of the 'Sculpture', starting from the idea of a marble sink with the effect of a “soft marble block”, compressed; an almost surreal object. 

The washbasin is made of Oriental White marble and the designers Calvi Brambilla and antoniolupi have tried to approach this project using technological and contemporary means, but with the utmost respect for the past and for a natural resource that is available in a limited quantity. 


Vortice is the new free standing Carrara marble sink designed by Paolo Ulian for antoniolupi. A new project that is part of the research traced with Intreccio (2018) to deepen the theme of contemporary matter, to investigate the complex dialogue between immobility and dynamism, between solidity and lightness, between reality and appearance. 

In Vortice, matter takes shape through human thought and the use of advanced processing technologies. A project that best expresses this virtuous cycle between nature, man and machine. 

Vortice has a small base and develops upward through a revolving movement generating fluid nd sinuous geometries accentuated by the unique veins and the plastic like behavior of the material. An emblem of uniqueness and the typical Italian know-how. It is made from a single block of marble divided into 16 layers. Vortice is composed of concentric ringsoverlapped in a staggered way. It drastically reducing the waste produced by the cut. 

More images can be found in my antoniolupi guestboard on Pinterest

Other posts about antoniolupi design on the blog:
// Written in collaboration with antoniolupi Pictures courtesy antoniolupi //

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November 17, 2020

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

Love to introduce Niamh Barry and her beautiful first lamp in the series of pieces titled 'Artists Hand'. Niamh creates unique light sculptures predominantly in bronze and LED and is recognized as an early adopter and innovator in the use of LED technology. She attributes this technology as allowing her to ‘draw’ with light and bronze. In her artist statement you can read more about the process of these three dimensional drawings in bronze and light.

As every piece is entirely site specific, each one will be completely unique and handmade in her own studio in solid bronze. Niamh: "working further into this series at the moment and an important part of my creative process is to surround myself with sketches and drawings and look, then look again repeating and repeating the drawing process until I have captured the quality of line and overall form that expresses what I see in my minds eye. This Artists hand series is literally an exercise in drawing with bronze and capturing the quality of line that you see in my drawings on paper. The light drawing the eye and anchoring this expression". 

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

Nigel Swann

November 16, 2020

A Parisian apartment and a Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood

A Parisian apartment and a Roly Poly chair by Fay Toogood 3d Render

Some designs are just so classic ánd classy, I believe I should cover them on the blog. No matter you might have seen that one object a million times. I am talking about the iconic Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood. It is one of those chairs I find so iconic and chubby I just want to believe it would fit my home. Looking for more softness though I know it is not the right time for me!  

While searching for a set or mirrors, like the ones above, that sadly are not available anymore at Zara home [let me know if you know any look a likes] I found the picture above, a 3d render of a Parisian apartment designed by Namo interiors and I simply loved the image, both for the mirrors and the Roly Poly chair. A design by Faye Toogood x Italian Driade   

A Parisian apartment and a Roly Poly chair by Fay Toogood

A Parisian apartment

A peek into the Home designed for an imaginary person called J.PHINE, the persona of the combined aesthetic visions of Nannette van de Vooren and Natasja Molenaar. Natasja Molenaar: "J.PHINE is passionate about life, art and humor. These personal aspects of the aesthetic vision of both designers can be seen in the urban house in Paris. With the addition of natural stone and liveable details, everything comes together in this house"

Roly Poly chair by Fay Toogood

Roly Poly chair: Faye Toogood is a British artist working in a diverse range of disciplines, from sculpture to furniture and fashion. Her works have been acquired for the permanent collections of institutions worldwide. The Roly Poly chair is a Polyethylene monobloc armchair made by rotational molding for both outdoor and indoor use.‎ 

The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s roly-poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade.
The low seat has been augmented with upholstered cushions that nestle in its curved, bowl-like form; the collection also features a sofa that further explores the roly-poly aesthetic, highlighting the interplay between the graceful arc of the scoop seat and the four stout and solid legs that support it.‎ txt Driade

3d Renders by Namo Design