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January 30, 2019

Become a 2019 Travel w/ Style partner

In my first post of the year I gave you a little sum up of a fantastic first year of collaborating on a regular base with BeeldSTEIL and our w/ Style agency. I am so happy to have a friend and business partner in my life to talk and make new plans with. Collaborating is so much more fun and not only because of the styling and photography sessions we both love, also our travel related collaborations bring us lots of joy, travelling is something we both love a lot.

We are talking with different partners to setup collaborations with in the new year, I am really thankful for their trust in us! Our first two travels of the year are booked as well, just like last year we will be working with selected travel destinations and brands. We are always on the look for new accessories to make life on the road more easy and comfortable, so don't hesitate to get in touch if you have the ultimate accessory for us to take with us on the road, that would also fit our travel page

Pictures © w/ Style
January 28, 2019

Three lighting ideas for your kitchen

Large ceiling lights are growing on me, for the moment I am perfectly happy with the string of Christmas lights around the metal rod above my kitchen table but once I finished my new kitchen design in a few months hopefully, I will definitely choose a new light. Recently I came a few times across the model in the picture above made by mk design studio. I think it is a real eye catcher. Glass light fixtures in general are still winning on popularity and I have seen many new brands and established brands expanding  their collecting with opal or smoked glass light fixtures over the last few years.  

The 2065 by Gino Sarfatti is a stylish lamp designed in 1950 At that time, the favoured material of the lighting industry was glass. But when Gino Sarfatti received the first samples of methacrylate in 1949–50, a new polymer plastic that was much stronger and lighter than glass, his experiments led him to a new suspension lamp, Model 2065. The luminaire was relaunched by Astep in 2016

An all time favourite brand of mine for years is Flos and being aware I should use more round shapes at home a real good option would also be the IC Light suspension, here pictured in the kitchen of Elisabeth Heijer, many of these beautiful lights though look way better in homes with high ceilings like heres, something I need to keep in mind when making looking into lamps as a fifty centimeters can make a big difference, anyway one can keep dreaming right and I am also showing this as it might inspire you!

I love a bit of drama at home and a dream brand of mine is definitely Apparatus, Cloud is one of the most amazing lamps I know, I would need some serious saving up though for it like with most exclusive design. I visited their store in Milan last year, have a look here if you would like to see more of the Apparatus studio in Milan.

One of the most popular light fixtures of the last years might be the simple bulb, and I love how these lights came back in our homes. I have to admit that when I first came into this home I bought two simple light fixtures for the toilet and bathroom and I never changed them, I think they might have been not even 5 euro each but they still work and are even on trend.  Menu has a clever system for new house owners who want to quickly instal a real eye catcher at their home I wrote about it earlier in this post Five lighting ideas 

pictures with thanks 1 2 3
January 26, 2019

A kitchen with a Japanese touch | Liljencrantz for Kvänum

My dear friend Per Olav just just shared these pictures of the new Kvänum kitchen by Swedish designer Louise Liljencrantz with me. Liljencrantz for Kvänum is the latest addition to the brands contemporary segment. The chord is rustic and stylish on a theme of natural materials like wood and stone, Louise describes her concept as Old Victorian manor goes Japan!

It is a kitchen begging for space, enough room to accommodate large volumes and massif materials. In her own decisive manner she created a timeless concept of straight lines and right angles, something I personally really love. 

There are mainly bottom cabinets with carriages and drawers, I am also planning this for my own new kitchen. 

I love to have a work base that is minimalistic and that I can keep uncluttered, with just only maybe a coffee machine, and another cabinet to storage cups and plates, linen and other things needed that can be a bit more messy and a mix of materials. I could personally never live in a kitchen that hasn't got a corner that shows some herbs and garlic, cooking books and that encourage me to prepare some delicious food. In this kitchen a large cabinet in oak with glass doors is chosen for storage. 

pictures courtesy Kvänum
January 22, 2019

A new collection by Danish Menu

One of the first stands I always visit at imm is the stand of Danish Menu, who is by far one of my favourite brands for the home. This year at imm was no exception and I was glad to get an introduction to all things new by one of my long time friends at Menu, Line, you might remember her beautiful black kitchen I showed on the blog before: A black Reform kitchen 

January 21, 2019

Rebrush by Jingbei Zheng | imm Pure Talent contest

Exploring the work of young talents is always one of the things I really enjoy when visiting fairs like imm  Every other year you can also visit LivingKitchen and for one day I was their flying reporter and posted everything that caught my eye on their LivingKitchen Instagram account, the other days I did the same for the imm account

LivingKitchen presented a selection of young talents at their 'Pure Talents Contest' Winner was French Maxime Augay with his portable kitchen hood! really amazing and I hope it will get in production one day! What really stood out for me though was the work of Jingbei Zheng, an independent designer who founded her own Sweden-based studio in 2017, during her Master program at Lund University. With an exploratory and experimental approach, she brings subtle consciousness and soft emotions to the process of designing objects from raw materials, combining with philosophic and poetic concepts. 

'Rebrush' is a renewable kitchen cleaning set, offering an enjoyable cleaning experience for users without environmental impact. Inspired by this natural and traditional material loofah, REBRUSH explores new possibilities in its modern utility. With an easily assembled loofah head, users can replace only this part to avoid complete product waste. I really love the jewelry-like handles giving the brushes a minimal look that I love.

January 19, 2019

DOMOTEX 2019 | Trends and inspiration from the fair

I am back from a week in Germany, if you followed me on Instagram you might have seen it was an intense week of interior design inspiration, talks, lots of walking, I counted nearly 50 kilometers, lovely dinners and meetings with beautiful brands and friends. I started last week in Hannover where I was on invitation of Domotex. With the same group of bloggers as last year, we visited several brands and joined two discussions for the audience at the "Framing Trends" area, led by Holly Becker. 

After last year I knew what to expect and that it is impossible to see all I discovered years ago. Being interested mostly in handmade carpets and the story behind the brand, I had a look at the halls where these exhibitioners could be find but also took some time to look at the different other options for floor covering, like parquet and PVC. I recently had some water damage at home and I will need to replace floorings, which made the fair even more interesting.

We had a small tour along some brands that Holly of Decor8 selected for us. The great thing about Holly is that she will always take care there is something for everyone of us, as we are with a group of seven, from seven different countries and many different tastes!

This is not only great for the fair and the brands, as we have seven different opinions and look on things, but also as a group I think we are fantastic, if I may say so, I just love these strong personalities all together that respect and take care for each other. But enough about us! Looking back at Domotex I think that for everyone who visited or is planning to visit the fair next year (10-13 of January 2020) the "Framing Trends" area in Hall 9 is a great starting point.

A personal favourite: Red dirt rug

A real visitors and personal favourite was the work of Rena Detrixhe who worked on a rug made out of Red dirt for several days. She told me that 150 kilo of red dirt/sand was shipped from America in order to create this installation, a red rug. It was fascinating to see her work, so calming while creating a real beautiful and huge piece of art.

Detrixhe creates the foliate and scrollwork designs of each rug from sneaker treads that she cuts into stamp-like templates, and their “found object” quality injects the precision of the rugs’ designs with a welcome element of improvisation. Sometimes recognizable, the stamped forms recall the well-worn hiker's mantra—"take only photographs, leave only footprints"—and like photographs, they offer personal traces, rather than factual documents, of histories and ecologies outside the gallery walls. 

Simultaneously indigenous and imported, the Rugs ask us to consider which parts of our history—and our present—we find comfortable, familiar, welcoming, or beautiful, and which parts we prefer to push out of sight." Text by Rena. Read the whole story and see more of her project at Rena Detrixhe

Coral Garden by 
Vanessa Barragoa

Impressive also the booth where Vanessa Barragoa presented her 'Coral Garden' Textile art installation. With the mass textile industry being one of the most polluting in the world bringing harm to our planet in mind, she created an installation, with the help of lots of family members. The garden focuses on the problem and how it is deeply affecting coral reef that is the heart of marine species. The colour on the left shows a healthy environment while the white side on the right shows a slowly dying coral reef.

Framing Trends area & a booth by Holly Becker 
Like last year the area showed the latest trends, the Carpet Design award, nominees ánd winners, and there was space for creative workshops. We loved to have our own 
Blogger area right next to the stage where we had two talks.

The booth Holly created with her selection of rugs in collaboration with Farrow & Ball and Hannover based interiors store
 Steinhoff was directly next to the blogger zone. The booth showed beautiful soft walls, a selection of rugs and was styled with different furniture from the Hannover store and also included a few personal items from Holly's home. 

The ceiling inspired by the New York Noguchi Museum in the US, the country where Holly is born, was done so well with the many paper lamps. The moodboard on the wall was beautiful showing the trends Holly presented and she also included our team, thank you Holly! 

- Holly Becker of Decor8 -
January is an exciting month for Holly, not only will she launch her own magazine with Living at Home, she will also launch a capsule collection for the home this month, congratulations on this great start of the year my friend! 

Create 'n' Connect 
A real connection we made with the audience during two panel discussions. In our first talk we showed the many different things we do and how clients can work with each of us individually. 

We also presented 21 different big and small trends, click on the trend slides to read mine, that we thought would be interested for the audience to learn more about. I highlighted some of the trends I used in a trend article I recently wrote: A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home 

We also choose some rugs and floor covering that stood out for each of us individually. Fun note is how the two guys in our panel stood out as they went for bold and colourful carpets. Mine were by Green FlorTisca, and Jaipur rugs. Find more pictures in my Domotex Pinterest board

Meeting the exhibitors
Meeting the designers and exhibitors is something I really enjoy, I think every brand has a story and it is great if a designer takes the time to meet and talk about what brought them to designing carpets. Holly choose different designers who all showed us their highlights. Above a picture from the booth of Kristiina Lassus, with hand knotted rugs made in Nepal. The huge black rug is made from wool and silk and the gold pattern is in silk, If you ever come across a carpet where silk is used, be sure to touch as silk adds a super soft element to a rug!

Claire Gaudion is inspired by islands and in cooperation with Dutch Momo Rugs she created three handmade collections of hand woven, hand knotted, and hand tufted rugs. The collection shows inspiration from Guernsey island, where Claire is born, the sea, the changing light and the reefs and coast from the island.

Something I have learned at Domotex is that New Zealand wool is one of the best! ÄNG Studios produces high-quality rugs of pure natural materials dyed and washed without using harmful chemicals. For this reason, the rugs are knotted by hand in Nepal and India. An outdoor collection made out of Himalayan nettle, which is considered as one of the durable of natural fibers is the second collection of this newly established interior design company with a studio and showroom in Stockholm.

I loved the story of this carpet which is called Project Error by Kavi from Jaipur rugs , Kavi is the designer and when three craftsman started working on this carpet, each of them made their own pattern. Working down they compromised on how it eventually should look.

Natur Pur is an Austrian label with eco-friendly rugs in natural materials including Sardinian wool which is said to have the longest fibers to work with in the carpet industry. We had a coffee and a picture with the team (pictured on the left) of Natur Pur.

Domotex Pinterest board
Last year when first visiting I created a Domotex Pinterest board, and like last year I will add all pictures from this post on the board, I will also add all other pictures I made including some from the rest of the team so you will have a good impression of Domotex, check out their blogs as well.

Thank you all for the great time and company... Lars and Domotex, And the team: Stefan from TrendStefan, Niki from My Scandinavian Home, Agata from Passion Shake, Igor from Happy Interior Blog, Mette from Monsterscircus and me Desiree from Vosgesparis. Lovely to also meet Michael Christie The Ruggist from Canada and Camilla Bellini from The Dairy of a Designer who joined us during the tour.

This post is written in collaboration with Domotex, the world's leading showcase for carpets and floor coverings. All pictures and opinions are my own
January 15, 2019

String new collections | imm Cologne

Hello from Cologne, I just opened my mailbox to download some of the new campaign pictures from Swedish String I was sent after seeing the new collection at imm Cologne today where I am working at the moment. If you want to see my discoveries have a look at the Instagram account of imm where you can find an #immspired folder in the highlights with a selection of my finds.

I visited many of my favourite brands and will visit some more in two days. Today I love to show you some images from the fair and some new press images as well of String, sorry for the bad quality, making pictures at fairs is rather difficult. 

New at String was a blush version and a new beautiful beige they introduced for the shelving system as well as a galvanised outdoor version which I can easily see in an industrial home as well. Both the campaign pictures as the stand are styled by Lotta Agaton interiors.  

Pictures courtesy String except for the first three pictures ©Vosgesparis