February 25, 2020

Chaud Side tables by Charlotte Jonckheer

Another sculptural design on the blog today, I hope you enjoy seeing discoveries like this as much as you love the different homes, design news and ceramics I post on the blog. With the first fairs behind me and looking forward to Milan Design week... let's hope Corona virus will be under control by then, I went through some of the pictures I made of the different exhibitions. Milan is always a highlight and I feel blessed to have a small group of friends to experience the Salone with every year. I will also be back at the actual Salone del Mobile to work with a fantastic group of different brands!

One of the highlights two years ago was the exhibition by Brut collective, an installation by a group of Belgian designers. This is where I also discovered the work of Charlotte JonckheerDerived from a study on the color grey, Charlotte produced the 'Chaud side table series', constructed out of paper composite and natural stone.

Recycling colourful print rests and hand pressing them with chalk results in color neutral, stone like surfaces, the paper composites are still humid and can be bend. They are dried and held in a series of open stone moulds; different curves of the same length, which afterwards frame the base of the table. Each paper form is unalike the other as the air dictates their shape during the drying process. United, the dried paper and the stone, fluid against rigid, warm against cold, young against old, challenge each other to create a series of architectural inspired side tables.

Pictures ©vosgesparis // more on Brut collective in this story: BRUT | A collective of Six Belgian designers
February 19, 2020

Brutalist Silence | A brutalist creative hubby Annabell Kutucu

Some time ago I covered an amazing apartment in Vienna on the blog, A monochrome apartment in Vienna It wasn't the first time I showed the work of Annabell Kutucu and recently I came across her latest project located in the newest of Berlin's community space Marina Marina, a re-positioning of 1950’s architecture at the waterfront, and home to talented and intelligent entrepreneurs. 

Reduced design of brutalist silence and wabi-sabi inspired aesthetics with selected vintage pieces by 'Original in Berlin', balance the rough architecture and create an inspiring environment.

Interior Design & Styling by Annabell Kutucu | Photography by Ana Santl

February 17, 2020

Piet Boon Bathroom Showroom and Salvatori Flagship store

The other week I was invited to the opening event of the brand new Piet Boon Bathroom Showroom. In addition to their kitchen, living and outdoor showrooms, the new 500 square meters Piet Boon Bathroom showroom is an important addition to the Studio Piet Boon portfolio. A great evening in good company, with drinks, Gabriele Salvatori picking up the guitar and of course a walk through the beautiful new showroom. 

Italian design brand Salvatori is one of the leading design companies specialized in natural stone and is always on my must visited list during Milan Design week and I was happy to see them been invited by Piet Boon to open its first flagship store in The Netherlands. Salvatori and Piet Boon share a very similar taste for beauty and passion for timeless and quality design which have led to this venture.

For over thirty years, the bathroom has been an important part of the interiors designed by Studio Piet Boon. In line with the studio's design philosophy and passion for rich natural materials, craftsmanship, innovative textures and color combinations, this vision comes to life in the new Piet Boon Bathroom showroom. Here, soothing tone-on-tone colours obtained with luxurious materials match the contemporary design of the space where , layered combinations of textures and accessories take center stage.

The showroom displays the complete Piet Boon concept, in which various products, such as taps and bathroom mirrors complement indispensable and functional components including tiles, washbasins and bathtubs, collaborations with the brand's long time partners such as Cocoon, Douglas & Jones, Formani and Senso. Different compositions and very unique products, such as the marble bathtub carved out of a single piece of natural stone, and the clear coordination of the color palette, are a testament to the passion for comfort and timeless design.

Piet Boon: "The desire to be able to show a comprehensive Piet Boon concept under one roof has been at the top of my wish list. About a year ago, we started working on the first ideas to develop and design a total concept for our bathroom showroom. It is an honour to be able to work with such beautiful and skilled partners and to be able to present a complete Piet Boon world"

Photography by Thomas de Bruyne 

February 13, 2020

A partition wall of wood and green onyx in this Spa | 3D render

I came across the pictures of these small private cabin's designed by Polish interior designer, architect and CGI artist Klaudia Adamiak. To create a comfortable, user-friendly space where guests can refresh before further cosmetic treatments she designed a functional partition wall which is installed in this SPA. 

A beautiful 3D render, and a conceptional not only functional design, but I also love the selection of 'material' used. The moving part of the wall is made of walnut wood and for the fixed wall, green onyx plates are used. I love how the partition creates a private cabin for the guests and divides the space in different partitions.

design and photography by Klaudia Adamiak
February 12, 2020

Ceramics | Textural bowls and vases by Olivia Walker

I first discovered the work of British porcelain artist Olivia Walker at the amazing exhibition 'Ideas to Intuition' which I covered last year. Since then I have been following her and asked her about her work and some close ups of her work to show on the blog today. 

Olivia Walker "My current work explores organic and decaying forms through the build-up of complex surfaces. I work mainly in porcelain and am interested in the material qualities of clay: the contrast between rough and smooth, straight lines and imperfect ones, complete forms and collapsed ones, and internal versus external spaces. From my studio on Dartmoor, I make my initial forms on the potter's wheel before deconstructing them and building upon with thousands of shards of porcelain." 

At the end of the post a small clip on how she works, it seems so complex and looks amazing! 

product shots Sylvain Deleu | exhibition pictures Lillie Thompson | clip via website