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February 28, 2019

Chubby furniture trend | From Matti Carlson to H&M and Tom Dixon

After reading 'It's fat, round and cuddly' in the press release of Tom Dixon this morning I realized we continue seeing round shapes and almost chubby furniture. I must say I love the simple lines and the almost inelegant look! The Frama table I photographed is a good example, see here: A shopping guide for a minimalistic and multifunctional home

After releasing their first collection of small furniture and lighting last year, a new collection of H&M furniture was designed. Pieces of different material such as rattan, oak, brass, powder coated steel and glass including the wooden round table with chubby legs shown above. 

Cubby legs also in the 'Homage Grande table' by Matti Carlson, here photographed at the home of architect, designer and lamp maker Andreas Martin-Löf If you love this table have a look also at the smaller version in this post Five sculptural side tables that would fit anywhere in your home

FAT, is the new upholstery chair range by Tom Dixon that allows for multiple sitting positions. Tom Dixon: " the extreme simplicity of the components is a testament to form following function, whilst maintaining a humorous silhouette and a reductionist aesthetic" Available as a dining chair, high stool and lounge chair. Expect the launch of the chair in a special restaurant in Milan this next month!

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February 25, 2019

A monochrome home with great details in Sweden

This home located in Östermalm in Stockholm belongs to stylist and interior designer Emma Blomquist and if you ask me, it shows a perfect balance of displaying just the right amount of accessories. Having to make some decisions for a new floor plan, something I keep pushing forward as I find it really difficult, I am still emptying the space as much as possible to make the progress easier once the time is there. It means finally saying goodbye to things that take up space way to long or were giving to me, which means even some larger furniture I do not need anymore, or want to find a solution for later on.

I find this whole process really inspiring and I just love the sight of an empty wall with just a piece of art instead of two different cupboards filled with stuff. I still have different accessories floating around that I love to have on display just all the time and that's ok for the's all part of the masterplanplease bare with me for the time I am taking for it again. Furnishing and shaping your home into the space you love is a personal process I believe, and to be honest I love a home that is slowly changing and evolving over time.

Meanwhile we have the beautiful styled and finished homes online to look at, if you want to read more about the details of this home and its owner have a look at the Residence site to have a look. Many of the pieces can be purchased in Emma's Online web store I wrote about before: Apartment Stories | A new Swedish brand

pictures courtesy Residence
February 20, 2019

Arno de Clercq AD5/19 | Milan design week preview

Really happy to give you sneak preview of the 5th collection of Arno de Clercq that will be launched during Milan Design week, thé most exciting design event of the year taking place from April 08-14 2019. I visit the event for many years now and beside feeling at home as soon as we land it is my my favourite design event of the year. It is here where I discover new talents and where established brands present their collections in a different way.  

Last year we could see his work on the actual Salone del del Mobile, selected by Vincent van Duysen for the stand of Molteni. This year Arno will exhibit and present his work at Via S. Maurilio 14, 20123 Milan during design week. I can't wait to see the universe he will create. 

Arno de Clercq creates unique pieces made of tropical hardwood called Iroko which he discovered after a trip to West Africa combined with Belgian Oak and treated with a Japanese technique where the objects are burned to protect the wood from weathering and subsequently fixed to get a patina look as long as possible. Pictures of the new collection are made by Stan Guldemont

pictures © Stan Guldemont 
February 18, 2019

Baltique Noir apartment at the Baltic sea

The other day I showed you the daybed designed by Martensen and Bazar Noir, after several collaborations between the architecture and design studio Martensen from Hamburg and the Berlin based Gallery-Store Bazar Noir the two teamed up to create a holistic living experience. On the Northern coast of Germany in a small picturesque village, situated between nature reserve Geltinger Birk and the iconic lighthouse of Falsthöft they build 'Baltique Noir' an impressive building.

Floor to ceiling windows offer a view of sheep grazing in front of the property and the baltic sea and the nearby danish south coast. Baltique Noir: "The design of the interior underlines the serene mood of the scenery. The color palette reflects both the strong architecture and its natural surroundings with a mix of natural tones and black accents . The choice of material ranges from raw linen and wool, to delicate walnut and brass surfaces, to bold objects made of marble and metal creating a cosy yet subtly luxurious atmosphere. Bended steel tubes reoccur throughout the entire space and add to the overall sleek and graphic expression, contrasted by hand-made pottery and art objects created especially for this unique curation"

photos courtesy Dennis Pfisterer 
February 15, 2019

Daybed by Martensen x Bazar Noir

A few years ago I wrote about Berlin based Bazar Noir, where you will find a carefully selected mix of handcrafted small furniture, objects, books, and art defined by a simple yet avant-garde style! I regularly check the site to see what's new and drool over my favourites . They have so many unique pieces. 

Favourite today is the Limited edition daybed by Martensen, designed in collaboration with Bazar Noir. This chunky and cosy daybed reflects the minimalistic approach adopted by its author, giving space a primary role. With an obsessive eye for the very best materials – much like that in evidence on fashion runways – Martensen reinterprets “Haute Couture” through his furniture. 

His love of the nest and most luxurious materials is here expressed in the use of exclusive nappa leather, the solid bent-metal frame grants the piece a minimalistic look without detracting from its comfort. Find out more about the stunning apartment in my next post. 

pictures courtesy Bazar Noir

February 13, 2019

Mica Coffee bar in Haarlem

Ready for another coffee spot today? After spotting the picture of their new bar on Instagram I asked the owners of Mica Coffee bar in Haarlem to sent me some more images of their coffee bar just outside the centre of Haarlem, a beautiful small town near Amsterdam.

The sisters Annemarie and Sophie started Mica in 2015 after talking about it for hours, several brainstorms and getting inspired while living in Copenhagen. With both a background in hospitality, they love to bake healthy food and a developed a passion for good coffee, which at Mica is roasted by Bloomers, two brothers from Nijmegen. Last but not least the beautiful walls are painted with We are wow makers paint, the same paint I used in my own bedroom: A bedroom makeover for spring 

pictures ©Mica
February 11, 2019

Public Space Amsterdam

Amsterdam might be known best for its canals and charming city centre, I personally love living on one of the edges of town, the Eastern Harbour area where I am surrounded by water. I live on the first island of the area that from a harbour and industrial area was transformed into a partly residential area. My daily grocery store is located at one of the islands and just across the water there is the northern part of the city with industrial chic spaces like Hangar to be reach by a ferry.

The Northern area is becoming quickly a new favourite area, where you can breath and enjoy the waterfront, remember the apartment shoot we did in one of the new area's last year! After the opening of a new subway last Summer, which took more than 15 years to build, and the housing problem we have, there are many new residential area's build and a new skyline across the water is already visible.

Located inside one of the new residential towers, Public Space opened its doors some months ago, and it feels different from every other coffee space we have in Amsterdam. A huge grey space with a black ceiling, black tables and chairs next to several corners with vintage Danish furniture. Not a huge fan of the vintage style but I have to admit really comfortable. I can easily see a few seating areas with elements by Living Divani though and looking amazing here!

Some details I loved....the plants are huge, including a few trees 'growing out' the communal table. The bar made by Bart Ontwerp Studio out of Viroc, a material I have been looking at before and coffee is served in beautiful ceramic cups, more about these later! Find Public Space at 
Bercylaan 301 just behind the Eye. 

Pictures ©Vosgesparis - Amsterdam Next

February 7, 2019

Spatial Sensibilities | Frama at Stockholm Design Week 2019

Somehow I didn't manage to visit Stockholm design week over the last few years, it might have to do something with my work for imm Cologne and having seen the most important collections by then. Still I would love to maybe better plan these kind of trips as I especially love visiting the different exhibitions throughout town.

Frama presents different exhibitions on two locations during Stockholm Design Week – At the new space of Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter the exhibition “Spatial Sensibilities” is presented, a collaborative ideology, including the first new previews from the Permanent Collection.

Above the 'Rivet Side table which will soon be available in new finishes cream and brown. Next to the exhibition at the newly renovated space of 
Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter there is an combined installation at Dry Studios / Frama Apothecary Store where the apothecary collection, wood accessories and furniture can be purchased. 

Chair 01 by Frama studio and AML Stool which will be released later this year.

new chair Sketch 021

Farmhouse trestlers

pictures courtesy Frama