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December 28, 2018

New Bathroom collection by Edward van Vliet for JEE-O

In my previous post I already showed you a sneak peek of new December collections to be presented at Maison & Objet. Today a new collection by Dutch interior designer Edward van Vliet for  Jee-O that you might have seen the prototype off at this years Masterly in Milan where the designer curated an exhibition from five major Dutch manufacturers at Palazzo Francesco Turati, each of them presenting all new designs by Edward van Vliet, carefully composed as a complete hospitality experience.

The launch of the new series took place at the beautiful and industrial concept store of my friend Iris and her business partner C-More in Nijmegen, followed by a press dinner and a party the day after at the store to celebrate the new collection and 15th birthday of Jee-O. 

At C-More you can see the new series in a complete bathroom setup including a copy of the ceiling of 
Palazzo Francesco Turati. The store can help you with your bathroom design, next to offering a complete interior advise for your home.

Within the large industrial space the work of young designers is showcased next to more established brands such as Loof and Fest Amsterdam. What makes C-More different is that they sell the designs and products directly from the designers, under the name 'Made in Nijmegen' they created a special section that offers a stage for Nijmegen designers. During the year different interior, lighting and colour workshops can be followed organised by the team next to guest workshops. 

The 'Bloom' series
The 'Bloom series' is a stylish bathroom collection and like most of Edward's work inspired by nature and geometry including all the elements from a bath, top mounted and freestanding basins, a ceiling shower and wall shower, and accessories. A sunflower served as inspiration for the shower head. At the moment the designer is looking into expanding the collection with wooden bathroom furniture and porcelain cups.

Lammert Moerman, creative mastermind behind JEE-O:  “The bloom series is very different to anything I have ever done before. The faucets are made of stainless steel and have had a PVD treatment. This is a special surface treatment for an attractive gunmetal look. The other JEE-O collections have a very industrial and robust character. The design of the bloom series is less inhibited and more frivolous. This means a new direction for JEE-O.” The bloom series will be on display for the first time during the Salone del Mobile in Milan in April 2019.

pictures vosgesparis | picture 1 and 3 by JEE-O 
December 26, 2018

December bathroom news | New collections by Ex.t

Ex.t just announced it will be presenting its new collection 'Nouveau' at Maison & Objet in Paris this next January. Ex.t: "After Norm Architects, Sebastian Herkner and Mut Design, also Bernhardt-Vella studio approaches the bathroom world with Ex.t for the first time, proposing a collection of washbasins, cabinets and mirrors in line with the latest international trends."

"Freely inspired by early twentieth century Art Deco, the collection by duo -Paola Vella and Ellen Bernhardt, two woman with a common vision of design based on emotion and poetry, takes refined suggestions from that era and reworks them with the taste and sensitivity of a contemporary perspective."

"Nouveau wash basin is characterized by asymmetrical shapes with bold edges that serve as practical support surfaces. It can be wall mounted or a countertop -supported by a metal structure that elegantly defines its shape. The structure is available in brushed bronze,satin-finish brass or matt black finishes and can be combined with various accessories such as towel rails, wooden drawers, marble or stone storage tops to offer a functional and complete product. With Nouveau, for the first time Ex.t inserts the colour in a collection of LivingTec washbasins. The first colour proposal is Rosa Cipria, a refined and antique colour."

December 21, 2018

A first furniture collection by Vipp

We started this year photographing the Vipp kitchen in the new hotel concept of Vipp, and stayed in both their rooms: The loft in Copenhagen and the amazing shelter in Sweden, a first trip we still talk about often, see an impression in our portfolio and travel section at w/ Style. Both rooms were completely furnished with a kitchen, bathroom, lighting and more accessories from the Vipp range. Projects like the Vipp Hotel has prompted Vipp’s desire to develop a line furniture to inhabit these spaces.

Vipp is about to launch a full range of furniture, a big move into the furniture category where sofas, chairs, coffee tables, lounge chairs, and rugs will enter the Vipp collection during the first half of 2019 available in selected stores. 

Upscaling from accessories to furniture comes as a natural next step for Vipp. Fusing its 80 years of heritage in steel manufacturing and tool-maker tradition with a desire to explore more organic materials like textiles, stoneware and wood. I am curious to see more of the collection soon.

December 17, 2018

A table setting with coffee & pears by Our food Stories

It's no secret I really love the selected furniture pieces by Frama and I don't think there is any other blog I read where the furniture is used as often as at the kitchen of Our food stories. That's one thing I like about reading their stories, second must be our common love for good food ánd following a gluten free diet, something I try to keep up with as much as possible and regret about neglecting at least twice a month. 

I love reading their recipes which always go hand in hand with inspiring photography, often shot in a moody atmosphere I feel very comfortable with next to the minimal, bright and almost serenity effect the Frama collection has on me. Many recipes are collected in their book Dialogue, see an earlier post about the book here: Dialogue

Recently they teamed up with Nespresso and created an autumn menu with the new Master Origin Coffees. You might think why am I sideways 'promoting' Nespresso in this post, but the thing is I really love Nespresso and recently bought my second coffee maker after the first one stopped working after fifteen years!

On Our food Stories you will find the recipes made with 2 flavours of the new Master Origin Series, which inspired them for a two course menu. A different cloud above the table was created by Mary Lennox and although I personally am all done with that one pampas feather popping up in many stylings and blogs, I do appreciate an installation like the one shown here.

Pictures courtesy Our Food Stories
December 14, 2018

Concentric light fixture by New York Allied maker

Choosing new lighting for an existing home is something I find rather difficult and I am totally aware I am missing out on the right light plan at home. I know it is important, but I see it more as a task for new homes where you have the possibility to build in basic lights and work from there. For my own home, as said, it is something I am always struggling with. I did got myself some new lights recently which I hope to show you soon, meanwhile I keep drooling over the most beautiful lights I come across and I love to share my latest discovery with you today!

Allied Maker is an New York based design and manufacturing studio offering artisan crafted, highly engineered, sophisticated yet simple lighting design solutions. I totally love their use of natural materials such as Brass, Glass, and Hardwoods along with a love for artisan craftsmanship.

'Concentric' is a handcrafted dome made out brass and American hardwood in different finishes, from bleached ash to blackened oak. Falling in love with most of their design, it was hard to choose which light fixture to show on the blog and I recommend you to have a look at the website to see their amazing collection here Allied Maker.

pictures courtesy Allied Maker
December 12, 2018

From the Darkness | Frama x Open house

A beautiful editorial photographed by Salva López for the tenth issue of Open House magazine, a Lifestyle & Culture Magazine and a guide to creative people around the world who open their homes and private spaces to the public to share cultural activities and experience life together.....

Reading the foreword written by one of Open House collaborators I realize I also each December look back on my dreams, the goals I set, what I have achieved and what I didn't manage to completely bringing to life.

The pictures in this editorial certainly keep me motivated to dream further and finishing the projects I am working on for so long, remember my masterplan 2.0 ? I am definitely working on it! Furniture used in the pictures in this editorial by Frama The beautiful models both wear a look by Bottega Veneta

Photographed by Salva López
Creative Direction by Andrew Trotter Marcelo Martínez
Styling Jaume Vidiella 
December 10, 2018

Ceramic storage jars for a clean look

How is December treating you so far, are you busy with your Christmas preparations or planning a warm vacation to escape winter? In case you are still looking for a Christmas present that you could use all year around, as I do think we should only buy things that will last, I love to introduce these Storage Jars to you. 

Although at first sight you would think they are made out of metal, like most of them we know, the bulthaup Storage Jars are made from a high-quality porcelain and if you have a closer look, you will notice some great details, I just simply love the base!

We got to capture them together together with the other bulthaup accessories I wrote about earlier and used the twentyfour centimeter high jars which are perfect for regular storage of any kitchen supplies you use, like flour or cereals. Next to the 24 cm heigh jar they are also available in 16, and 8 cm height, perfect for any other storage solution you are looking for.

Bulthaup kitchen accessories
I really think it is important to surround yourself with not to many but beautiful kitchen accessories, tools you actually use and are nice to look at as well. This is something I really believe, and I loved working on this series of blog posts for bulthaup.Their products are high quality and like everything I write on the blog about fit my blog aesthetics and personal style. 

Here's a roundup of our former work for bulthaup, I hope you enjoyed learning more about the brand through my blog posts and the images we created with w/ StyleHappy Christmas shopping!

bulthaup b Solitaire at home | w/ Style
bulthaup accessories | w/ Style photo shoot
Basic kitchen essentials for everyday use
Autumn cooking & spices | w/ Style
Ceramic storage jars for a clean look
An eye catcher for your kitchen | Bread container by bulthaup
bulthaup b3 | Personalize your kitchen to perfectly fit your home

And don't forget to check our w/ Style @withstylenu instagram account and portfolio for more images. 

This post is written in collaboration with bulthaup Nederland
Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal
Pictures © w/ Style
December 7, 2018

A new book | Works 2009 - 2018 | Vincent van Duysen

Minimal 'C Penthouse' located in Antwerp, Belgium is designed by Vincent Van Duysen and one of the many projects shown in the second monograph 'Works 2009 - 2018' in the Thames & Hudson series introducing projects from the past 10 years, taken together the two books represent three decades of the works of Vincent van Duysen

I have seen only one project by Vincent with my own eyes when visiting the apartment at the top floor of Graanmarkt 13 in Antwerp four years ago, I loved walking around in this serene world he created and especially the combination of pure concrete and the use of tactile materials. For me the ability of knowing how to mix materials and working with a subtle colour scheme to create an inviting, comfortable and rich space is what makes someone a great designer for me. 

In all his projects the close relationship between architecture, interior and product design and the use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear, timeless design where the integrity of the user is at the core in every aspect: context and tradition, the sensual and physical experience of the space, the materials and the lighting. Functionality, durability, and comfort are prime components. This is an architectural language that embraces aesthetics while resisting passing trends and fashion.

Thames & Hudson: "Vincent Van Duysen’s architecture is serene, some would even say sublime. Characterised by an intrinsic simplicity and a solid grasp of the architectural essence, it also embraces the technical achievements of Modernism. This involves a silent complexity embodying rich and subtle ambiguities. His final goal is always to improve the quality of the ‘abitare’, the life of those who experience it. The elements of most importance to Van Duysen are form, geometric order, and context — regardless of whether the project is about architecture, interior architecture, or product design.  

Vincent Van Duysen. Works 2009 - 2018 'illustrates the uncompromising dedication of Van Duysen to the creation of timeless places and spaces. This new edition includes thirty of his most recent works of the past decade. Most of these projects were beautifully portrayed by the renowned photographers Hélène Binet and François Halard. The buildings of the last ten years include a range of elegant homes in Europe, New York, Paris and The Hamptons, as well as large-scale commercial and public projects. In addition, the book also contains product and furniture designs - small-scale witnesses of the architect's meticulous attention to detail - including the interior of an expedition yacht and various objets décoratifs."

pictures courtesy Lannoo | last picture vosgesparis
December 5, 2018

A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home

I guess I am not alone in my longing for a more minimalistic environment, I really can't stand cupboards full of things that we might use one day or no longer care about, but like everyone else I possess a few too, with short breaks though I am thorough sorting out things for quite some time and my goal is to sell or give away most of the furniture and stuff I am not using anymore, and not just throwing away things that might be valuable for someone else, it takes longer than I would love too. 

A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home
When Flinders asked me to create a personal report with a shopping list and colours that would fit the theme, I focused on a more minimalistic but multifunctional home where we choose more consciously what stays and what goes. With the boundaries between living room, kitchen and bedroom fading away, minimalism fits in perfectly, and having multifunctional pieces for your home helps!

Choose furniture that you can use in multiple places in your home. Think of a bench or stool that you can use at your kitchen table, in the living room or as a bedside table in the bedroom. Invest in beautiful design instead of stuffing your house full of unnecessary stuff. With less but carefully selected items, your house becomes more personal and tells your own story.

A serene and minimalistic living environment also offers more space to the things we really love. Choose carefully and go for standing out shapes with character in muted colors. Choose a lamp that forms an almost sculptural object in your space and is a real eye-catcher. Use natural materials such as marble, wood and metal and mix these with linen, and other fabrics. I selected a few items that really match this way of thinking and included some pictures I made at home and during my travels, have a look here at Flinders for my selection. 

Pictures © vosgesparis