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October 31, 2016

Sergio Herman Surface table collection for Serax

I still regret not having been able to response to the invite of coming to the pre-view and lunch at the Jane Antwerp and must admit I still didn't manage to have lunch or dinner at the beautiful restaurant of Sergio Herman. Piet Boon who was responsible for the interior made a special tableware line in collaboration with Serax. This time it was up to Sergio Herman himself to launch his tableware line 'Surface' with well known Belgium company Serax.

October 28, 2016

The Karwei Boutique Hotel & Pop-up store

At the vtwonen & design fair Dutch DIY store Karwei presented their collection in a beautiful hotel setting; 'The Boutique Hotel'. Beautiful decorated with luxury wallpaper by Graham & Brown, all the right colours on the wall and a range of home accessories with a luxury feel in a colour range of intense emerald green to midnight blue it was the talk of town.

In case you missed it or 
would love to shop the furniture and accessories seen at the fair, Karwei opened a Boutique Hotel at the Amsterdam Kalverstraat 101 in a Pop-up store setting from October 25, for 6 weeks! Vosgesparis readers will receive a free product when shopping in the week from October 31 - November 6

To further bring the feeling of a hotel lobby alive, you can relax relax with a coffee and enjoy the scenery, just like in a real hotelbar. In the pop up store all the beautiful 
furniture and accessories seen at the Boutique hotel are for sale, giving you the opportunity to bring the Hotel feeling home. I had a sneak peek the other day and hope to show you some more of the pop up store in the next few days.
Pop-up store Amsterdam (open for 6 weeks)
Kalverstraat 101
1012 PA Amsterdam
area: Spui area
see the location on the map
Opening hours:
Sunday & Monday noon - 6.30PM
Tuesday till Friday 11AM - 6.30 - Thursday evening till 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 6.30PM 

pictures ©Karwei 

October 27, 2016

Maarten Baas Makes Time | Dutch design week 2016

The good thing of Dutch design week is there is so much to see, but the worst is also knowing when you spend some time at one place you are missing out tons of other places. To be honest I gave up wanting to see everything whenever visiting a design event and just enjoying the moment. One of the highlights of my first day at this years Dutch Design week was the exhibition, entitled: Maarten Baas Makes Time. The exhibition features many works by the designer himself accompanied by work and pieces by a lively collection of artists, designers, photographers, performers and top chef, Sergio Herman.

Maarten Baas: "The idea behind MBMT is to show how design can represent a unifying factor between the different creative disciplines. So it's really cool and such an honour that it's become a true collaboration between so many diverse talents."

"What it is? It's everything and nothing. An experiment, an experience...whatever you want to call it: 15 Years of MAARTEN BAAS, the preview to a book, the premiere of a new collection, a restaurant... I think it's a soup more than anything else. A soup that symbolises this hotchpotch I've created here!"

Held in the VDMA building in Eindhoven's city centre, the MBMT exhibition, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Foundation, consists of a collection of BAAS' key works, a collaborative section of pieces by other creative talents centred around the theme of time, and a temporary restaurant, conveniently situated in a tent at the centre of the exhibition. BAAS is setting the table with his own china and silverware and the menu contains a selection of signature dishes by Sergio Herman. The temporary restaurant was made in collaboration with creative companies such as Cor Unum, Exposize, Vlisco en Serax.

Tables at the restaurant were fully booked in no time. However, visitors to Dutch Design week need not despair: there will be a soup hut, also designed by MAARTEN BAAS, located in the square in front of the VDMA building, where the visiting public can enjoy a cup of soup made by none less than Sergio Herman.

Pictures © vosgeparis
October 26, 2016

Candles by Ester & Erik at Graanmarkt 13

Last week I visited the launch of the new Surface collection by Sergio Herman for Serax in Belgium, more about that later this week. Before catching the train back to the Netherlands we just had enough time to visit Graanmarkt 13 where I found this elegant taper candles by Ester & Erik I had been looking for an original candle dipping system for ages and was so happy to finally find it at Graanmarkt 13. Candles by Danish factory Ester & Erik are sold in exclusive interior-design shops and at the most renowned florists all over the world and I think they look really good at my home
October 25, 2016

A String Installation and more Sectie C | Dutch design week 2016

Visiting Sectie C during Dutch Design week I also walked into the creative space of Collaboration O, an Eindhoven based collective of 14 Designers that work as a team , supporting one another while following their own individual paths. 

Corradino Garofalo is a designer with a background in industrial design, his practice focuses on creating analogies between material behaviour and the behaviour of the individual within society. His fascination for film, photography, video projections and video installations has led him to a multidisciplinary approach towards design. I was impressed by his work exhibited in the creative space Collaboration O.

String Instalation by Crioll design studio
Crioll design studio made an installation using the String Shelfing system at sectie C. I really loved the paintings on the wall in combination with a selection of furniture and accessories you will find in their design boutique, located in Eindhoven they sell a curated selection of contemporary design objects for your home and office.

Fran Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities. Since the 1970s, writer Fran Lebowitz has been one of New York City’s most important social critics. In 2010, HBO aired ‘Public Speaking’, a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary in which Lebowitz opines with characteristic trenchancy on everything from the touristification of Times Square to the concept of fame to her dislike of digital clocks.

At Sectie C I discovered the work of Roel Geboers who has been making four posters to capture
the insight of Fran Lebowitz her opinions after seeing the Martin Scorsese documentary. The poster showing the 2 candidates running for president of the US and Fran's opinion made me smile. "I never have loved her more. Everyone has to love her now! Because she’s what stands between us and Donald Trump as the president of the United States" Have a look at Roel's work at Gorillasalad 

Pictures ©vosgesparis
October 24, 2016

Nacho Carbonell | Sectie C | Dutch Design week 2016

This weekend I visited Eindhoven for Dutch Design week, as the press centre is located at Strijp S my day started in the press room with coffee and picking up my map. This year I decided to go and see Sectie C first, as it is an area in the outskirts of town and quite far away I never got to go see it. I really think one day only at Dutch Design week is way to short as there are so many things to see.

Being an early starter I was happy to have one of the DDW cars provided by Volvo all for myself and took off to Sectie C, a vibrant area with studios, workshops, gardens, podiums, exhibitions and labs. If you love the Lambrata area during Milan designweek you will also love this area with a tight community of doers and thinkers where unexpected collisions trigger a spark that stimulates new creations. I went to see the exhibition by Nacho Carbonell who has been assembling a personal universe of surreal objects for the past decade, earlier this year 4 metal rugs made in collaboration with Nodus were seen at Rossana Orlandi.

Pictures ©vosgesparis

October 21, 2016

Cool design for kids that adults will love | One duo X Rafa Kids

Due to my part time job I meet lots of small kids every week, I love these little ones and their innocent and sincere behavior. Inherent to my job I am interested in kids furniture and children toys. Wood is such a friendly material for kids toys and furniture and especially parents really like it, although most children are really font on multi coloured toys I discovered.

When One Duo approached me with the question if I would like to write a small article about their backpack, I had a look at their site out of curiosity and was surprised by the design, if only I had had a beautiful designed bag like this when my kids were small. Their bag is actually a really stylish diaper bag that would fit everyone, and as the name already reveals especially really handy for young parents due the many pockets and possibility's. The bag comes in different colours and is available through Etsy.

As I love young designers I was happy to give them a mention at the blog and talking about design for kids to re-introduce you to the cool Rafa Kids, by the creative couple Arek and Agata. Originally created after designing furniture for their two sons, the couple aim to create furniture which can appeal to both children and adults, functional and playful at the same time. I first got to write about them 4 years ago but never got to show their furniture for kids line and I really think you would love it when you have small children. 

pictures | 1 by One Duo | 2 vosgesparis | 3-5 Rafa Kids
October 20, 2016

A new mattress and and bedroom makeover

This last weekend I was busy with a small makeover at home as I got an email from Emma Mattresses asking if I they could send me one of their products. Emma is an online store selling high quality mattresses and when I had a look at their website I discovered they sell just one type only!

It's always a struggle to find the right mattress and I recently tried out a few, latex mattress, spring mattress, and made out of cold foam like my previous one. Being really bad at making the right decision after a five minute try out whether it is the right mattress or not, I thought this concept was made for me as there was nothing to decide on.

Bying Online 
To be honest I buy very little online as I really love to see a product with my own eyes, but Emma has a 100 day test period and you can send it back at any point during that time, so much more comfortable than a 5 minute try out in an overcrowded store. I am totally convinced already after a few nights sleeping, the Emma mattress is neither too soft nor too hard and for the first time in years, i've been sleeping like a baby.  

I was quite surprised when the postman delivered my mattress as I expected a huge box, but instead I received a relative small box. It almost looked like magic when packing out and cutting the plastic wrapped around the mattress with a small tool that was included to open the package safely. Slowly the mattress became a 25 cm high super comfortable bed with a hotel feel and look, I think the grey border looks really pretty.

A mini bedroom makeover
Getting a new mattress was a great opportunity for a small makeover as well. I placed two small metal shelves on the wall which I found at the vtwonen & design fair the other day and got myself a new bedspread. Instead of the obvious black and white and with the days getting shorter and autumn in mind, I mixed different materials and went for some soft greys and a beautiful green woollen blanket. 

This post was in association with Emma Mattress // Thank you for your support