June 29, 2018

Velvet, suede & fringes by New Danish brand NTER

Some years ago my daughter bought a huge red chair for her room in a second hand shop near our home.... it had fringes and it reminded me of the velvet chairs my aunt had at home. I wasn't a fan of the chair or velvet furniture in general and I am still not a fan of the retro vibe that already several years is going strong her in the Netherlands. Over the years though, with velvet coming back in contemporary sofa's and poufs I kind of developed a love for velvet. Actually I have seen some really beautiful prototypes this week I hope to show you more of soon!

Meanwhile I received an email from NTER, a new Danish brand that will launch their first collection this coming August. The colours black and grey characterizes NTER's style and tone, but colours like blue and red are consciously implemented to support and embrace their differences.

The collection consists of several boxes in velvet and suede in different shapes and sizes for both decoration and storage and in various colours to mix and match. Soft signature cushions, vases upholstered in suede, a small slender pouf and a big voluminous pouf decorated with fine fringes completed by an rigorous cocktail chair in a berry colour reminding me of that chair from years ago! 

pictures via NTER
June 26, 2018

Home of a Collector by &tradition in Copenhagen

with a project coming up and another in the pipeline I can't stop looking at kitchens like the one above. It has been a few years now I changed my own kitchen, it was a bit of a budget job then and I am sure if I could do it all over now, I certainly would have a total different kitchen from the one I showed you on the blog over the years. Don't get me wrong I love it, but I am up for something else... already. Do you recognize this? I learned so much more about materials and colours and my taste is certainly more minimalistic and refind then it was seven years ago.

The kitchen above is taken at the new &tradition Residence I visited during 3 days of designInside this classic building, overlooking the King's Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, & tradition created a real home, a home like our own where we collect the things we love, objects, designs, furniture and accessories that echo different facets of our personality.

That same spirit you'll find at The Residence where &tradition designed The Home of a Collector. A great home to walk through and where you can experience the brand's universe in a real setting and try out all the furniture in the different rooms. A small boutique, and a cafe with a green courtyard made me never want to leave, luckily there was a party in the evening to experience the home even by night! These are just a few images of the huge showroom.

pictures ©vosgesparis
June 22, 2018

La Cabra X Frama Pop-Up Cafe | Amsterdam

For the occasion of the World of Coffee festival, taking place in Amsterdam this week, Danish La Cabra Coffee Roasters teamed up with Frama  and opened a pop-up coffee bar at the Amsterdam Pijp area In the store next to some great coffee, I had my first ever cup of coffee from Burundi! selected furniture and lighting from the Frama collection and cups by KHWürtz especially made for La Cabra. 

World of Coffee is Europe’s largest coffee trade show where thousands of coffee industry buyers and influencers meet within a unique mix of exhibitors, educational opportunities, social events, and the 2018 World Barista Championship. The pop up cafe will be open from till 23rd of June at Quellijnstraat 80 I made a few Iphone pictures... find them here in my city guide.
June 20, 2018

Kitchen inspiration | Smoked oak and stone

With Summer officially starting tomorrow I am enjoying every bit of sun and to be honest its hard to find the time to keep up regular blogging or read any blogs myself, we have some projects to finish before Summer break and I decided to just go with the flow. I am a lot on Instagram like many of you and it is a great source to find beautiful projects and homes.

My next home project is to finally finish the kitchen wall, which seems to be taking ages. I want to try out something new and will use my Summer break next month to hopefully finish this project. The kitchen in this minimalistic villa located in Copenhagen is designed by Norm Architects who restored and rebuilt the historic villa after a devastating fire is certainly a great inspiration.

Smoked oak is definitely one of my favourite materials, this kitchen in smoked oak with bronzed brass handles was designed for Danish kitchen manufacturer Reform and is on my wish list for ages, I am not the owner of a method kitchen which is the base of this beauty but one can dream and get inspired.  

pictures © Norm Architects
June 15, 2018

Manifest Cabinet | Studio apartment visit | 3 days of design

How did you like the pictures of the building in my former post Købmandsgården tour with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen are you up for more raw and unpolished? Last year I showed you the minimalistic Frama studio apartment already, this year the apartment formed the backdrop of the Frama collection and was it the Manifest Cabinet that caught my eye!

The Manifest Cabinet is inspired by how windows can opens and close and therefor the doors has thin wooden frames and large glass pieces with discreet metal key looking handles. With an integrated clothing rack made of solid copper tube and several glass shelves the cabinet is versatile in use. The Cabinet has partly its origin as a vintage cabinet, large knotted brass mesh that creates the back-drop of the piece is originally from a former watch maker store to cover the windows after closing hour. The brass piano supports with blue porcelain wheels if from Grass in Vienna.

With all personal items almost taken out of sight, the partly unfinished parts of the apartment and the different furniture even more stood out, also check out the small detail in the bathroom where both mirror and handsoap are placed on an iron shelf... food for thought!

pictures ©vosgesparis
June 13, 2018

An all new Menu | Købmandsgården tour with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Last year I showed you some images made during the opening of the 
MENU Space During the dinner that evening some plans were revealed about the new to build showroom, store and hotel rooms, just around the corner from the current Menu Space in the area that will become the new heart of N

This year I got the opportunity to experience a sneak peek into ‘Købmandsgården, Menu's new hybrid space uniting design and community. Opening its doors in 2019 we got a guided tour by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, co-founder of Norm Architects at the building site where he explained the different facilities from the downstairs public spaces to the top floor rooms. 

Under the roof ten different rooms will be realized for collaborators and guests from abroad, that want to have a different experience, or designers invited to work on a project that stay a bit longer. In every room the Menu universe will be shown in different settings and every room will have a different feeling as every room will has it own colours going from a light room to a very dark one.

Working with the colours of nature Norm architects created different mood board with the style and materials from stone to textile in the right colour scheme for every room. Some industrial elements from downstairs as you see in the pictures will be combined with the old wooden beams from the top floor. Going through the different spaces some products were missing in the collection, which resulted in design briefs and many new products to come bespoke for the rooms. 

I loved going through the building and hear about the new plans and can't wait to see the result next year. For those, like me, who love to dream away a bit in the raw and unfinished I made some pictures of the tour that ended in the Menu cafe and showroom where among other a prototype was presented, a tribute to the roots of their story. The 1950s classic Knitting Chair by Danish architect and designer Ib Kofod-Larsen embodies every MENU design value.

 Menu cafe and showroom space at Norhavn

Knitting chair available from September 2018 in dark stained solid oak with grey-brown aniline leather. Picture via Instagram Styled by @daniellesiggerud Photographer @mikkeladsbol
pictures ©vosgesparis

June 10, 2018

Bonden | Nordic Naturals found at 3 days of Design

Those who follow me for some time know I have a soft spot for Finnish design. Of course there are the big names like Alvar Aalto and brands like Artek, Marimekko and Iittala but this post is not about one of those. The different designers I met over the years are all passionated craftsmen and women with a love for Finnish nature.

During 3 days of design I visited Design Werck where several Finnish designers presented their work and it was great to finally meet Kati Hienonen the creative mind behind Bonden. It was such a sunny day and a wonderful quiet spot far away from all the busy showrooms downtown. Seeing the amount of places I still wanted to visit I stayed way to long of course, but you have to agree with me it is nice to sometimes just sit and enjoy the moment and really talk with people! 

Quiet luxury of north
Kati: "We have a heritage of nomadic lifestyle where multi-usability, natural aesthetics and practicality were essential properties to make the living possible in harsh conditions. With limited resources it was vital to create everything in a respect of nature. These same properties, with the easiness and longevity of style, we would like to bring to Bonden living products" 

"By the materials and the textures used in the collection, we connect our senses to the Nordic nature: from the rough cliffs of the archipelago to the smooth texture of moss growing in the Finnish woodlands"
The Bonden Living collection consists of a series of home accessories: cushions, shawls and module boxes all made by local artisans and skilled manufacturers from the materials with Nordic traditions.

believes that natural- and non-treated materials are not only eclological but they contribute towards the greater wellness of us, the consumers. In the collection the most natural, non-toxic and purest materials are used, such as wool from the Finnish sheep combined with natural, non-dyed linen or GOTS-certificated (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic cotton.  

- some of the new collection - 

 ©Vosgesparis // made with I Phone