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March 31, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Choose your favorite HAGEDORNHAGEN poster

Today I'd love for you to meet Hagedornhagen, founded by the two photographers Mads Hagedorn-Olsen and Anders Morell. They have a passion for creeps and tiny winged creatures. For this reason they photographed selected types of beetles and butterflies, and created a series of art prints of very high quality, as regards to both craftsmanship and artistry.  

The artprints have a look that conjures up visions of old silk screen prints with nature motives. They simply buzz with nostalgia and poetry. At the same time, the photographs express innovation and modernity due to their graphic simplicity and illustrative sharpness.   

When I first came across Hagedornhagen I thought the new poster series Pyrite fitted my blog so well, and looking around at their site I found many more of my taste. PYRITE, shows the impressive beauty of mineral geometry in three graphic looks. Although the many facets and sharp edges glisten and gleam, the three mineral shapes convey an overall impression of something that is pure, simple and natural. All three posters come in B&W and can be obtained in two different sizes: 50X70 cm and 30X40 cm.

The Butterfly with Copper poster is one of the large butterflies series. But if you can't choose there is a new poster, MYRIAD, where they have grouped a swarm of butterflies that comes in 2 different sizes | 70X100 cm and 50X70 cm |

The Canvas-series evolves around a more dark and alluring universe. The inspiration stems from the stilleben in the Renaissance, where artists made static arrangements of everyday objects to depict the present, the 'now', thereby emphasizing the underlying themes of transience, damnation and in the end death. The Canvas-series depicts dramatic insects hovering on raven-black backgrounds behind clouds of vaporized water.

CIRCULUS is a new, beautiful poster displaying a fragment of a flower. 
The B&W motif is daringly disrupted by the grey lettering, which interrupts the serenity and the subtle balance between the light and the dark areas of the bloom.  

Hagedornhagen giveaway
Are you in love already with the posters and in for something totally new for your home?! Two lucky readers can both win a poster of their choice. Winning is easy, just go to the Hagedornhagen website, make your choice and let us know in a comment under this post which poster you like most and would love to win.
Congratulations to Peeta of the Raw Designblogg you won the poster of your choice!

March 30, 2014

RK Design | New prints

I was planning for some time to write a blogpost to show some more of the work of my friend Riikka. And I thought the new posters |above, and more in the webshop| were a good occasion. As you might remember I showed some of her DIY projects before and you can find many more in the book she and Susanna made  OK | A book by riikka and Susanna | two Finnish bloggers.Here is some more work I love, most of the designs are also available on T shirts, sweaters, shower curtains and much more.

pictures by Riikka with thanks
March 28, 2014

IKEA PS Collection 2014 | A sneak peek in Paris

Wall shelf with 11 knobs by Keiji Ashizawa Tokyo, Japan

From April 1st the new IKEA PS Collection ' On the Move ' can be found in IKEA shops worldwide. The official launch was last week in Paris and I had the pleasure to be invited by IKEA to jump on the TGV and have a look at it for the first time. 
March 26, 2014

An industrial loft in Eindhoven | Strijp S once more

After showing you the loft of Renee Arns I have another beauty to show you! This is the loft of Jason and Yaël. Jason is the owner of Craft industry a store selling industrial furniture, located on the ground floor of the building 'Anton' on Strijp S in Eindhoven. The same building he also lives since June 2013... I am loving the lack of colour and the industrial touches they added to the lof that is amazing and another industrial beauty by itself already.

Fotografie en styling: Renee Arns  with a big thank you for sharing them with me

March 24, 2014


Today's post is a special one... as yesterday was a special day, being the 6th Vosgesparis blog anniversary. I was thinking about it some time ago and especially on how to celebrate.... as my baby (yes I am talking about my blog here) is really growing up now. I mean SIX years is starting to be a respectable age for a blog these days. It only feels like yesterday I celebrated the 5th anniversary in New York City, and it has been another amazing year. 

March 23, 2014

One Nordic | Perfect Sunday picture

The perfect picture for a lazy Sunday!  |One Nordic Furniture Company| one of our |Stockholm Blog tour| sponsors recently presented the new Kuu pendant lamp, designed by Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter from DesignStories. Have a look at the little movie that shows on how it's organic shape gets unfold |One Nordic Kuu on vimeo|

March 21, 2014

Vitra Loves Artek | United by design

Artek at Andreas Murkudis 2012

Last week I was invited to the Artek launch party at the Vitra showroom near Amsterdam. In september 2013, Vitra acquired the Finnish company Artek. A renowned design company founded in 1935 in Finland by architect Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino, art promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl.

Artek was built upon the radical business plan to “sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means."Artek has become one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, building on the heritage of Alvar Aalto.

One chair is enough! Slogan written on the box of the stools designed in 1933 by Alvar Aalto.... Compared to the stools with the linoleum seat, the one on the left has an alternative pattern.

We were welcomed by Dutch Vitra managing director Erik Kramers and managing director of Artek, Mirkku Kullberg, who took us through the story of Artek. A few years ago they only had one supplier and 6 clients, till they decided to go international and opened a sales point in Tokyo, Japan.

Trying to expand different approaches and collaborations they opened a showroom in Berlin in 2010 and nowadays also their head office can be found in 'Der Tages spiegel' building in Berlin. A special collaboration with Andreas Murkudis (one of my favorite stores in Berlin!) was established in 2012.

Vitra showroom, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Netherlands

Vitra helped Artek to buy their old factory and all products are still made in Finland, the acquisition is a great opportunity for Artek and the Finnish design sector says Mirrku Kullberg.

The Artek collection comprises design furniture and lighting fixtures by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala and Eero Aarnio. The latest addition to the portfolio consists of products by Yrjö Kukkapuro. The masterpiece of Kukkapuro, the Karuselli chair, will be re-launched on the market in the beginning of the year 2014. In addition to classics, Artek is also launching new generation design products under the Artek Studio brand.

March 20, 2014

One picture statement | Using huge objects in your interior

These pictures from Russian INT2 Architecture are all over the place in the bloggersphere at the moment. And mostly because of the floors. I am actually wondering if these are real or maybe just a really good 3d animation... But nevertheless the thing that caught my eye on all these photos is the huge picture against the wall and the big industrial lamp. Simply loving those huge statements in an apartment

pictures by INT2
March 19, 2014

Shiny concrete floors and white walls | Copenhagen home

The floors in this home are completely the opposite of my idea of concrete floors in your home. I like them to have a soft grey colour, a bit raw and a slightly matt surface. Nevertheless this is a stunning home and the floor really stands out! With the beautiful white walls that still shows some imperfection and the prominent presence of the wooden frame |guess some walls were knocked out| I love to show this Copenhagen home on the blog today! 

Photography by Peter Kragballe via Home and Delicious with thanks 
March 18, 2014

BLOG EVENT | Will you become the 2014 Villa ArenA blogger

voor Nederlands scroll je naar beneden

This week marks the start of Villa ArenA’s search for the 2014 Villa ArenA Blogger! With the help of my fellow blogger friends at Blogtoday, vtwonen magazine and Flair we will be searching for THE 2014 Villa ArenA Blogger. What will follow are some very exciting weeks of challenges, masterclasses and styling challenges. Together we are on the lookout for talented new bloggers, and we will help you work on what it takes to become the 2014 Villa ArenA Blogger!

Villa ArenA is the largest interior design shopping centre of the Netherlands. Located next to the Ajax football stadium, with over 50 design stores it is the number one place to go for decorating inspiration. You will find all the necessary items for your home, from flooring to kitchens, from bathrooms to lightning, and from decoration to art. Adding to all this, there are 6 different restaurants and cafes, as well as an entertainment area for kids, to complete your shopping experience.

It all starts with a Blog Event at Villa ArenA on Saturday April 5th, starting at 10AM. During this event, five interior bloggers and experts, including April&MayInteriorator, blogging and social media expert Kirsten Jassies and myself, will be sharing everything we know about blogging. Afterwards, a delicious lunch will be served.

At the end of the blog-event you will have the chance to complete an assignment at Villa ArenA and we will pick our 10 favourite upcoming talents, who will have the chance to attend 3 masterclasses. (Make sure you are available on Friday morning May 9 and 23rd, and Thursday evening June 5th) The masterclasses will be hosted by Jantine Vaartjes (april & May), Patrick Kooiman (Interiorator), Yvonne Eijkenduijn (Yvestown), Wendy Wouderberg (Beeldsteil) and myself. Topics will include Personal Branding, Photography, and turning Your Blog Into A Brand.

The winner of the competition will receive a €1000,- voucher, will be given a commercial assignment to work on the Villa ArenA Christmas campaign, and will become part of the influential network Blogtoday. However, you don’t just become a Villa ArenA blogger overnight. We are here to help you and have prepared some very exciting masterclasses to help you develop your blogging skills 

Are you passionate about interior decoration, photography, and writing? Sign up now to take part in our blog-event. You don’t need to have an existing blog to compete, but a dose of enthusiasm is highly recommended! Register here for the
Villa ArenA blog-event on April 5th from 10AM to 1:30PM. See you there!
wanna follow us online | hashtag #villaarenablog

Vanaf deze week begint de zoektocht naar dé Villa ArenA blogger 2014! Villa ArenA, de grootste Nederlandse woonmall, gaat samen met Blogtoday, het blogger netwerk waar ook Vosgesparis bij is aangesloten, vtwonen en Flair op zoek naar dé Villa ArenA Blogger 2014. Wat volgt zijn een aantal spannende weken vol uitdagingen, masterclasses en styling opdrachten. Samen gaan we op zoek naar getalenteerde bloggers (in spe) en gaan we je klaarstomen om de Villa ArenA Blogger 2014 te worden. Volg ons online via #villaarenablog

Meld je aan....
Ben jij gek op “wonen”, fotografie en schrijven? Meld je dan nu aan voor het blog-event. Om mee te doen hoef je niet per sé een blog te hebben, maar wel een dosis enthousiasme. Meld je hier aan voor het event op 5 april van 10.00 – 13.30 uur in Villa ArenA. See you there! 

March 17, 2014

Sponsor spotlight & Giveaway | Stijlkamer 83

facebook giveaway bloomingville lamp
Today I'd love for you to meet our new sponsor Stijlkamer83! When I asked them what they stand for they told me it was all about happiness and the little things in and around their homes. That dash of sunlight on the table when having your first coffee, that wonderful couch you can sink into.

Selling accessories that immediately create atmosphere in your interior and bring that little extra for the season or your mood of the moment, They selected a range of tough and natural products that are all happiness proof! And they hope they make you happy as well 

Facebook giveaway
Stijlkamer83 is having a giveaway on their Facebook page where you can win the Bloomingville pendant lamp with 5 cotton lampshades from the picture above. Like and share, when reaching 175 likes they will chose a winner, 

Here are some of my favorite products from their web store

On the picture above my kitchen with the Ay Illuminate lampshade Z5 |SIZE: 42Ø H 57 CM| The good news is that it's on sale at Stijlkamer83 and using the code 'Vosgesparis' will give you an extra 5% discount. Shop one of my favorites below at Stijlkamer83 with a 10% discount using the code vosgestop10, till April 1st!

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Vandaag stel ik jullie graag een van mijn nieuwste sponsors voor: Stijlkamer83! Toen ik hen vroeg waar zij precies voor stonden vertelden zij dat het bij hen vooral om 'Happiness' draait! Genieten van de kleine dingen zoals dat streepje zonlicht over de tafel als je 's ochtends je kopje koffie drinkt, die heerlijke bank waar je lekker in weg kan kruipen. Dat is precies waar Stijlkamer83 voor staat. Je kan bij hen woonaccessoires bestellen die meteen voor sfeer in je interieur zorgen. Door met leuke accessoires te werken in je huis, kun je je interieur meteen aanpassen aan het seizoen of je stemming van dat moment en met relatief kleine ingrepen dat beetje extra genieten van thuis.

Neem een kijkje op de website voor alle stoere, robuuste en natuurlijke producten die zij met zorg geselecteerd hebben en die allemaal door de happyness keuring zijn gekomen. Oftewel, zij worden er blij van! En natuurlijk hopen ze dat jij dat ook zo ervaart.

Facebook giveaway
Stijlkamer83 heeft momenteel een giveaway aktie op de facebook pagina waar je de Bloomingville pendant lamp met 5 katoenen lampenkapjes kunt winnen (op de eerste foto in deze post zie je een foto van hiervan). Like en deel de aktie op facebook om kans te maken om te winnen. Als er 175 likes zijn wordt er een winnaar gekozen. 


Shop bovenstaande artikelen uit mijn top 8 met de code 'vosgestop10' en ontvang tot 1 april 10% korting. Op de Ay Illuminate lamp ontvang je 5% korting bovenop de sale prijs.

March 14, 2014
March 13, 2014

My Home in 'Design Bloggers at home' | A sneak peek

Very happy to give you a sneak peek of 'Design Bloggers at home'. A new book written by the super sweet Ellie Tennant, a London based interiors-journalist specializing in interiors and trend forecasting.

She was among the first in the UK to start blogging about interiors and launched the celebrated HomeShoppingSpy blog for Ideal Home in 2009.

It was a real pleasure to welcome her and photographer Rachel Whiting to my home sometime last year to make lots of pictures 

Reading the Press release I am honored that she chose me to be one of the 15 bloggers to be part of her so long awaited book. Thank you Ellie X 

March 12, 2014

Vitra and Freunde von Freunden apartment | Visions of urban living

Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra and Freunde von Freunden recently opened their first apartment in Berlin. The 'FvF Apartment by Vitra' offers a glimpse into the world of the Vitra living collage and visualizes Freunde von Freunden’s conceptualization of urban living. Under the direction of Freunde von Freunden, architect Etienne Descloux and interior architect Katrin Greiling, the 65sqm 'Altbau' apartment was rebuilt and designed to become a flexible apartment, adaptable to the diverse scenarios of everyday life.

How does a digitally oriented generation, for whom creativity, sustainability, and mobility are more important than status, live? Based on the common styles and experiences of Vitra and Freunde von Freunden, the FvF Apartment offers the necessary space to clarify this question. At the same time it offers a platform for innovative products from friends and fellow partners and will be available as an apartment, for events and for presentations.

The apartment contains Classics like the Eames Lounge Chair, contemporary furniture like the Slow Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Finnish brand Artek, which was acquired by Vitra in 2013. Seems like the perfect place for a Blog tour party next time we're in Berlin!

FvF Apartment by Vitra