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May 31, 2018

Private home visit | Pernille Hell of Sacrecoeur | 3days of Design

When visiting Copenhagen for 3 days of Design I had the pleasure to visit the private home of Pernille Hell. Pernille is the owner of Sacrecoeur, a design store she started in 1997, and her home is filled with selected design from the past plus some of her own she sells in her store. In case you did not got the change to visit this hidden gem I made some Iphone shots, enjoy!

May 29, 2018

bulthaup b Solitaire at home | w/ Style

Just after our week in Milan we got the opportunity to create a serie of pictures for premium kitchen brand bulthaup, who  asked us to style and photograph one of their b Solitaire shelf units. The Solitaire range contains several pieces of furniture, we choose the b Solitaire with a sturdy 12 cm oak top layer, perfect for a shoot in my newly painted kitchen. The b Solitaire is versatile in use and different combinations can be made within the black frame. Next to the oak top layer we added a black aluminium and a wooden grid, giving the shelf unit the minimalistic look we love, and enough room for displaying my new ceramics and some other favourites. The Solitaire is perfect for giving a room character by displaying items that show your personality, whether it be a love for coffee, wine, ceramics or coffee table books for instance.

I have always loved to mix and match different items, and the kitchen being more then just a place where I cook and eat but also the room where I work or drink a coffee is no exception. Like in the rest of my home I love to create small still life's on the kitchen table or on my industrial cart and mix the necessary kitchenware with candles, plants and some random objects I love.

No need to tell the b Solitaire with its sturdy table top is the perfect addition, not only can it be used as an extra table top when you are in need of extra space, to serve dinner from or to place your tapas or drinks on or create a coffee corner. We used it as the beautiful backdrop for the new ceramics I wrote about earlier and created a minimalistic look using natural materials such as linen,  ceramic, bamboo and different Asian baskets all in my favourite colour scheme.

bulthaup | b Solitaire  
Scrolling through the bulthaup website I noticed that just like in my own home bulthaup sees the kitchen as the place where people meet, relax and feel at home. With this in mind bulthaup developed various new systems that show a lot of love for detail and quality material.

With the kitchen becoming more of a living area with different functions next to preparing food, and where communication is key, also the wishes and needs changed over time. From this point of view walls that could be adjusted as desired and the different solitaires were developed, blurring the boundary between kitchen and living space and giving the owner the freedom to show some personality and create different setups.

bulthaup sees the table as the center point of our home and the core of the bulthaup b Solitaire range. The actual table is based on a matte black aluminum frame, a constructive frame forms also the base of the different stand alone Solitaires. The shelf unite is versatile in use and can be enhanced in many different ways. Shelfs, pull-out trays and grids on height-adjustable levels can be added as you wish. We choose the oak layer as our top, but other layers can be used.

I remember first seeing the Solitaire at the vtwonen and design fair some time ago in different setups. A few large units with a glass top layer, giving a view on the items displayed on the underlying shelf were shown in a dressing room setting and different kitchenware was shown in a kitchen setup, the possibilities are endless. Have a look at the bulthaup website to see the different Solitaire elements, or visit bulthaup during Design District 6-8th of June in The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam stand V20/V30.

Pictures © w/ Style | Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal

This post is written in collaboration with bulthaup Nederland
May 23, 2018

A Parisian SPA in wabi sabi style

French architect Emmanuelle Simon is responsible for the design of this beautiful spa in Paris, it was created by French-Japanese brand Evidens de Beauté in celebration of their 10th Anniversary.  I think the colour palette of this minimalistic place is amazing and it is all I am dreaming of for my Masterplan 2.0  The small metal shelves are beautiful and almost floating, showing a few pieces of ceramics.  A few other ceramic pieces can be found around the spa placed on tiled shelves and in the wooden window sills. The ceramic lamps on the wall are from the Rakù-Yaki Collection by Emmanuelle Simon, more examples on her website, have a look, they are pretty amazing !

Design by Emmanuelle Simon | photography Benoit Linero and Damien de Medeiros
La Maison Evidens de Beauté, 31 rue Boissière 75016 Paris.
© Images courtesy of Emmanuelle Simon Press and found via The Design chaser
May 22, 2018

Art and objects by JULY | New ceramics

As an admirer of minimalistic objects and ceramic the new Art bowls by July Adrichem immediately caught my eye. Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the circular form symbolizes strength & elegance; one of the key values July adjust in her work. For the Art bowls she experimented with the different shapes in order to create a shape that was flat enough to hang against the wall.

The lightweight art bowls, made from plaster paste and cotton fabric, come in three colours: Night Blue, Pure white or Sand and are available in three sizes: dia. 60, 90 and 120 cm.

Raw clay studies

Shapes 1-6 is an abstract and playful series of reliefs. The shapes are spread over six works, which together form one work of Art. There is also the possibility to choose a combination yourself and create your own composition.

The reliefs are made from plaster paste and cotton fabric, with a special press-technique on handmade molds. The works are framed in handmade natural oak frames and they will be produced on a limited scale. More reliefs will be added to the series in the near future.

pictures ©JULY

May 18, 2018

Piet Boon X NLXL | Furniture, wallpaper and some thoughts

There are a few Dutch companies I always visit when in Milan. For many years Piet Boon could be found in zona Tortona and breakfast with the company was part of my yearly Milan design week. So is a meetup with NLXL, who always have the best parties. I have build up a long time relationship with both brands and in this post some news from the two companies that again are working together. Previously Piet Boon designed a series of concrete wallpaper for NLXL in 2012, see this post! 

Time flies...

Time flies and it seems years ago I had giveaway's like the one with NLXL and Piet Boon on the blog, I sometimes wonder if you miss me teaming up with a brand and arrange a gift for you. It seems everyone is hanging out on Instagram nowadays, and so do I, but I do love to keep my blog as it is a kind of diary of my personal taste, finds and growing process over the years. I am not ashamed of what I used to like 10 years ago interior wise. But I have to admit! I am really happy with my current state of mind and the blog aesthetics I try to keep up. I still always only write about what I really love and about people that inspired me over the years and I got to build a relationship with. It can be hard to find the right balance though especially if you are around for a long time and really got to learn how things work, or how brands talk about and work with bloggers. There is still a lot to learn on how to work with bloggers for them as well.

I will never write about a brand because they offer me money if I do not personally like their work, and if I do get paid I will always mention the collaboration. To be honest I am not pleased with bloggers who are not transparent in how they work with brands, who just write a post and will never let you understand they got payed for it. My friend Holly recently wrote a great post about how things are for us bloggers who are online and writing for over ten years, and I am thankful, happy and maybe also a bit proud to be one of that rare bloggers who is still blogging after ten years. Holly talks about what inspires us, and the importance of being critical and honest in our writing, maybe you like to read it too, have a look here: A letter from Holly

Ornament Wallpaper BY Piet Boon for NLXL 
This year the two teamed up again for the 'Monochrome' series NLXL launched at Rossana Orlandi. A series of monochrome wallpapers by different Dutch designers like Piet Boon, Roderick Vos and other. Rich and refined is what characterizes the new Piet Boon by NLXL Ornament Wallpaper.

Piet Boon: "The elegant shape of the ORNAMENT pattern enables people to subtly decorate an interior with a sophisticated motif. The extraordinary 2D properties and monochrome colour of the wallpaper allows for optical enlargement of any space and offers an affordable alternative to exquisite ornamental plaster" See the whole NLXL Monochrome collection here: Monochrome series

Studio Piet Boon

Studio Piet Boon presented their renewed furniture collection at the Rho fair ground, a space in the well known Piet Boon colour scheme with a few orange accents. The aim of this year’s ton-sur-ton presentation is to create the ultimate calm residential context that emphasizes the strength of the exciting collection whilst demonstrating how individual pieces combine well together. Visitors of Piet Boon at the Salone are invited to step into a world where functionality, aesthetics and individuality are perfectly balanced. 

Pictures by NLXL and Studio Piet Boon
May 16, 2018

Arrangements by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

In a spectacular lighting installation, London-based, Cypriot-born designer Michael Anastassiades, celebrated the launch of his new collection of chandelier 'Arrangements'. I had a sneak peek during Milan Design week in this beautiful space near the Flos store.' Arrangements is a modular system of geometric LED elements that can be combined in multiple compositions as single or even connected chandeliers. 

The modules are easily fixed together electrically and mechanically, balancing perfectly on each other to create the dramatic effect of a big chain of light. Each combination can be changed any time, with a different order, type or quantity of elements, with no need of technical assistance. CHeck out the different shapes as pictured below and how to combine them at Flos

“I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between Lighting and Jewelry. Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to the human scale: one is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies. I’m challenged in how the delicate nature of something small can be translated spatially and still manage to retain its preciousness in the way materials are presented. It is no coincidence that the word ‘pendant’ has a double meaning. Existing both as a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn round the neck, and a light designed to hang from the ceiling.” – Michael Anastassiades

pictures ©vosgesparis | last 2 pictures courtesy of Flos
May 15, 2018

Ex.t | Under Super Cover | Milan Favourite

Another Milan favourite! Ex.t showed a special installation by Studio Modulo during Milan design week showcasing their new collection 'Ribbon' by Sebastian Herkner featuring a bathtub and a washstand, and a new multi functional product with an integrated mirror and a shelving system hiding behind the glass by MUT. Also an addition to the Frame collection by Norm Architects is one of the new products. The showroom space was covered in plastic layers hiding the collection while soft tones filled the space. Ex.t never disappointed me during Milan design week! See the new SS18 collections here at Ex.t

pictures ©vosgesparis
May 14, 2018

Antonio Marras X Saba | Milan Design week Favourites

This whole week I will share some last Milan Design week posts on the blog, so keep checking back for a Milan favourite everyday! Like last year I made lots of pictures from the exhibition at Nonostante Marras by fashion designer Antonio Marras which I love to show you today. For the occasion of the Salone del Mobile Antonio teamed up with Italian designer brand Saba and re-interprets the iconic collection of New York couches and lounge chairs, drawing from the charming textile combinations from his pre- collection for autumn-winter 2018/19.

Through its slight re-adaption of Marras’s prints for furnishings, Saba re- proposes maxi flowers, pied-de-poule, tartan and hunting scenes printed on velvet fabrics, linen and woollen cloth. A part of the collection is available for purchase exclusively at the Nonostante Marras‘ space, where there are a series of one-off pieces, diverging with unique painting renditions by Antonio.

Saba also left its signature on the Marras temporary bistrot with 60 New York chairs in ecru linen, hand painted as if they were canvases. In the store and garden cushions with the same fabric and drawings. The performance and making of, behind the scenes of the project are documented with a video made by the Sardinian director, Giulia Achenza, winner of the first edition of the Milan Fashion Film Festival. Scroll down to see the pictures I made, and click here for last years post and the reason why I still haven't post the one of two years ago... I really should! 

LONTANANZE E AFFINITA’ Quando la vita tesse le trame di percorsi apparentemente lontani
Work first seen two years ago by BAM design, Nuoro - Sardegna, read here how I used these in my own work

THe restaurant for Milan Design week with the special chairs... would love a few of these

All pictures are ©Vosgesparis | Last 2 pictures Saba/Antonio Marras

These pictures were made during Milan design week 2018, find all my posts on the blog under 'Milan design week' and have a look at this Milan design week Pinterest album for even more.