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November 28, 2018

Lair Collection by An Interior Affair

An Interior Affair is a creative platform by Lovisa Häger, originally designed to show her 'DIY' projects. Today her work varies from decorating homes and offices, developing marketing concepts, creating art, designing furniture and much more.

I talked about multifunctional design earlier and the 'Lair' collection Lovisa recently designed is a really great example of interior pieces that can be used in different rooms and varieties. The collection consists of table legs and table tops that can combined in endless ways, to be used as everything from pedestals, dining tables and sideboards to shelves, bedside tables and benches.

The Lair Pedestals are the perfect way of displaying your favorite items, alone or in a group. The pedestals are versatile and can be used in a number of ways, where your imagination is the only restriction. The small and medium pedestal allow for a connector bolt at the bottom to use them with any of our table tops, and can therefore be used to create a number of different products such as sideboards, shelves and tables.

Photography by Calle Ström
November 26, 2018

Basic kitchen essentials for everyday use

Don't you just love this time towards December, with these really short days I love to stay at home a bit more often and make it cozy. These are the days I put the heather slightly higher, light an extra candle and add some extra blankets to the couch. December is also my birthday month and I often wonder even before it starts if I could get myself a Christmas tree yet!

I simply love this time of the year, the lights, our family gatherings and the food! It is no secret I love to eat and getting home after a busy day or a cold walk I really enjoy having a small bite. Sometimes it is just a tea with something sweet, but to be honest I prefer the basic essentials like bread, oil, cheese and wine we use in our partly Italian kitchen at home. 

A basic essential to your kitchen
In my last post for bulthaup I wrote on how the beautiful stone bread container is a real eye catcher for your kitchen. Some accessories we buy for our kitchen are real kitchen essentials we use everyday. One of the basic kitchen accessories I'd say everyone should have is a Foil roll holder

I use foil almost every time when I use my oven, saving time and energy cleaning afterwards. Foil can be used in many other ways though, I keep the cheese I brought back from Sardinia covered in foil in my fridge and wrap my bread in it. Sometimes I use foil to add a natural touch to my table setting where it is not only functional but looks beautiful at the same time. With the ergonomically designed bulthaup Foil roll holder, foil can be torn off cleanly and without shredding thanks to the finely serrated cutting edge.

I personally prefer an uncluttered workspace and kitchen wall. While some
 like to have everything in sight in their kitchen I have most of my kitchen essentials packed away in the drawers, except for my ceramics that are pilled up on my industrial cart. The cylindrical foil roll holder of which the shape is adapted to human hands, can be stowed in your kitchen drawer or cupboard and easy be placed on your workspace when in use. 

This post is written in collaboration with bulthaup Nederland
Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal
Pictures © w/ Style
November 23, 2018

Faye Toogood Bird Cage at Oliver Gustav

I don't know about you but I love the work of British designer Faye Toogood Faye works within the fields of interiors, retail design, architecture, fashion and furniture. I bet that even if you don't know her work very well, you must have come across one of her most iconic pieces: the fiberglass Roly Poly table and chair.

Many of her work is somewhat sculptural, something I really love, and if i remember well the chair was the first work I saw too. I photographed a stunning pink version at Oliver Gustav last year: Oliver Gustav studio visit in Copenhagen

There is a lot more to discover within her world and I found this beautiful cabinet during a w/ Style trip last month when we got the opportunity to bring a quick visit at the store. A dressing table made from enclosed steel mesh with three pivoting mirrors backed in iridescent glass, and an oil-finish steel tabletop.

pictures ©vosgesparis | first picture Oliver Gustav

November 21, 2018

New Dutch cuisine at Amsterdam restaurant 101 Gowrie

Occasionally you will find some news from my hometown on the blog and on Amsterdam Next and today I love to show you these pictures from  new to open restaurant 101 Gowrie. 101 Gowrie is the home address where Alex Haupt grew up in Australia and the name of his new to open restaurant at the Amsterdam Pijp AreaThe food at 101 Gowrie can be defined as New Dutch Cuisine and the pictures are looking really promising. 

101 Gowrie embraces the traditions, local produce and history of the Netherlands by using Dutch products and taking inspiration from the food history and culture of the country to create their menu. The wines served are imported from all over the world, including some exclusive Australian wines that will only be available at 101 Gowrie. All wines are made by small producers who work with respect for the environment, minimal intervention and mainly by hand. (
open from Tuesday the 27th of November 2018 at Govert Flinckstraat 326) 

Photography Rinze Vegelien | Styling Rianne Landstra

November 19, 2018

Five sculptural side tables that would fit anywhere in your home

The other week I wrote a personal trend for a Dutch online store where I talk about a different way of use and the shape in furniture and accessories. With a new and beautiful shaped lamp at home I took the opportunity to look for some smaller furniture pieces, or a small table to use in combination and create a new corner. With the huge amount of already existing furniture and seeing what brands and designers continue to bring on the market not an easy task. 

I receive regularly updates about new releases in my inbox and styled pictures that trigger my imagination certainly help to want me to find out more about a brand or product. If you are a brand that sent out press releases I would strongly recommend you to add a picture of the product you write about in that same email.... I don't know about others but I certainly do not always have the time to click on links to find out what it is about.

Today some random pictures with small side tables that among other hit my inbox lately. Starting with the one pictured above, 'Curl" by Skandiform. I really liked the styling and the shape of the table, although at the moment light ash not really fits the style I have in mind 
this picture made me curious enough to visit the website.

Side table Hommage by Matti Carlsson is made of massive smoked oak, letting the round circle shape of its legs act as a focal point. The wood turned legs adds a pattern to the tabletop surface, and the darkening process of the wood creates a warm depth of colour in the wood, also available in natural oak.

Beautiful minimal Androgyne Side Table by Danielle Siggerud originally for the Menu Cafe totally fit my ideas of mixing materials, and marble is still growing on me. I showed some autumn/winter news of Menu, including this table, on the blog before and it is still on my mind. Different combinations are available, have a look at the Menu website.

This sturdy and sculptural side table by Chinese designer Mario Tsai for Ferm Living probably fits best the 'trends' of my article, it's almost a piece of art for your home. The 'Insert Side Table' comes in natural and black stained ash.

I am always most attracted to the harder materials such as steel, aluminium and marble and trying to bring in softer materials into my home for a long time. I can't help to just love these materials though and the small Ghost table by Norr11 certainly is on my mind as well.

This is a solid table in cast aluminium
 with three legs and table top with a groove in the outline that beautifully highlights the qualities of the material. The table is removed directly from the mould without polishing, which gives each table a unique rough surface with the texture of the mould. The black-painted table has a beautiful and diverse surface, with alternation between a matte and reflective finish. 
November 16, 2018

New Works opens Studio in Copenhagen

Hope you enjoyed reading my last post about our trip to Malmö and as you might have read a trip to this Swedish town in South Sweden can be excellent combined with a few hours or a day in Copenhagen. The city is by far one of my favourites and I have a long list of places that I love, unfortunately it's impossible to visit them all each time I am in town, especially when it's only a few hours. This week I can add another must visit to my list as 'New Works' just opened their first Studio in historical Frederiksstaden with a workspace for the team and a showroom for clients and friends. 

I wrote about their collection before: New Works | Objects of Copenhagen and have only seen their work online so far. New Works' collection and objects reference a history of fine craftsmanship and honest materials, whilst exposing sculptural forms that intersect art and design.The Kizu table lamp with its marble foot is on my wishlist from the moment I first saw it and l am curious to see the collection with my own eyes. Visit the New Works website to see the collection and more info.

November 14, 2018

Autumn in Malmö | Travel w/ Style

On invitation the city off Malmö we travelled to Sweden for a few days to visit South Sweden’s largest city. Malmö is only 20 minutes by train from Copenhagen airport and with our hotel within walking distance from Malmö central station it didn’t take us long to have our first coffee downtown.

Autumn was visible in the city, not only in the different parks but also in the narrow streets around Lilla Torg, a charming cobblestone square with half-timbered houses and a striking painted commercial wall. In one of the streets around the square we discovered Noir a tiny coffee place with a cozy green terrace with a real French vibe.

- Story Hotel -
We stayed at the tenth floor of Studio Malmö, part of the Story Hotels, with amazing views over both the city centre and the ocean with the iconic lighthouse. A lively building with different rooms, meeting and workspaces and a large reception, with a self checkout option.

There are a few restaurants in the hotel and Salads and Smoothies is great for a healthy snack or light lunch. Being huge Japanese food lovers we were blessed with rooftop Restaurant & Bar Kasai serving the best Sushi in town. Walking more than 10 kilometers a day and with low temperatures outside during the evening, we couldn’t think of a better way to finish the day then having some wine and try out the different sushi and Japanese specialities in our very own hotel restaurant.

- Zakka -
Selecting some places on forehand gave us enough opportunities to see different parts of town and while walking we discovered Zakka, a beautiful small Japanese concept store with the kindest shop owner we could wish for.

Another favourite store we visited is Grandpa, an inspirational Scandinavian lifestyle store with a great welcoming atmosphere, a cool layout and a nice collection of homeware, stationery and both mens and woman fashion.

- Zakka -

- Grandpa -

Next door to Grandpa you will find Absmaland what seemed a small store and cafe from the outside turned out to be a large but cozy green shopping experience with a hand-picked range of home interiors and fashion in organic or recycled materials. We loved this area and part of Södra Förstadsgatan street and visited several other stores, had some liquorice tasting at Lakrids and did some shopping at Designtorget, a favourite for Scandinavian design.

- Konditori katarina -

Closer to the hotel we visited Interior design store Olsson & Gerthel where we admired the prints of S.Vendin who we got to speak about his work and sculpture heads which, being on huge demand in the area, are about to travel to China. To try out some Swedish specialties we visited Konditori katarina, since August 1959 they serve high quality pastries and we enjoyed some real sweet tasting including the famous ‘kanelbulle’ with lots of coffee to keep us warm during the chilly afternoon..

- Konditori katarina -

- Atrium -

- Atrium -

Malmö isn’t that big and we only took a bus once, it is a city that’s easy to discover by feet and walking through the old town there is so much to see that otherwise you would have missed maybe, from beautiful houses, unexpected small stores to a cemetery with a lane full of red coloured trees and cute dogs sitting on the stairs of their home.

A bit outside of the touristic area we found Atrium the most beautiful breakfast spot where we had a breakfast we still talk about! It was definitely worth skipping the hotel breakfast for. Not only the food was delicious, the cafe, mostly visited by locals, was so well curated, with a tiny two table vide and a separate large minimalistic room decorated with plants and beautiful lamps.

Atrium is worth a visit and excellent to combine with a visit to Ribersborgs Kallbadhus which is on walking distance. We can only imagine how it will be during Summer to walk along and swim in the sea, from here you could see Malmo with its iconic twisted tower at one side and the bridge we passed to reach Malmo from Copenhagen on the other side. The Bathhouse is a stunning piece of architecture that extends into the sea, when we visited it was really sunny but windy and cold. At Ribersborgs you can take a sauna baths with stunning sea views, ice cold sea baths in wintertime and swim in summertime but also take a massage.

After a the cold experience it was time for a lunch break and we headed for Saluhall an indoor food market located in an old train station. It has a great industrial vibe and like most food markets there were many options to choose from.

We loved discovering a new city and would like to thank the city of Malmö for having us and experience it in our own way. More pictures on our Travel w/ Style page and Insta stories .
See how we and others experienced this friendly city by using #MakeitMalmö and visit to learn more before visiting.

Pictures by w/ Style