March 28, 2019

New solutions for the home at the Stable House by Frama Studio

Frama Studio launched several new products lately and I am curious meet up with them in Milan next month where they will be part of the exhibition “Perfect Darkness” curated by Elisa Ossino Studio. An exhibition where both contemporary Danish design and early classics from 11 award-winning design studios will be presented including some of my favourite brands. 

Out of the many new products, the stable house by Frama Studio caught my eye including the wardrobe pictured above. The minimal appearance of most of Frama's design is what I love most about the brand and I have to admit I have quite some more on my wishlist.

Something else that caught my eye are the brass shutters..... would you believe me if I say I need those really bad to replace my Moroccan shutters! Last year I wrote this blogpost: Could brass shutters be the next big thing | Metalworks and I am happy to see yet another pair of beautiful shutters. Really love this material pictured below, how about you? 

photography Erik Lefvander via Frama
March 25, 2019

Studiopepe | Jaspal flagshipstore in Bangkok

Studiopepe needs no introducing I think as I wrote before about the Milan based  design agency by Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto. As a fact, I can't wait to travel to Milan in a few weeks and see this years installation. In case you missed it, have a look at last year's Club Unseen by Studiopepe during Milan design week.

Today on the blog I love to show you one of their retail projects, Jaspal flagship store in Bangkok. 
What caught my eye in this project is the beautiful use of contrasting materials, the concrete and the glazed ceramics and beautiful curves. A combination between pedestals and tables with a copper tabletop, just loving it, and the hit of pink is in beautiful contrast with the neutral tones of powder, nude, terracotta and celadon green. 

Studiopepe: "The space has a sophisticated and contemporary atmosphere, characterized by contrasting materials such as concrete and raw wood, natural fibres and handmade ceramics that cover the iconic columns at the entrance and the back wall.

The open layout of the store is defined by full-height metal tubes trimmed with brass details and woven straw frames, that create a circular carousel at the entrance which offers a spectacular display of garments and accessories. The repetition of vertical lines contrasts the soft forms of the furnishings, while rough materials are juxtaposed with glossy and lacquered surfaces.

The overall colour palette revolves around the neutral tones of powder, nude, terracotta and celadon green, alongside natural materials such as rattan, linen and wood. The glazed ceramics are a nod to local traditional craftsmanship, reinterpreted with a contemporary twist."

pictures © Giuseppe + Dinnella
March 21, 2019

How to create a Scandinavian style garden with Design bestseller

Spring is officially here! Are you looking forward to longer days, more sunshine and spending time outside as much as I do? I am still busy with different projects at home which I hope to finish before Summer and I am happy to have my small patio where I can catch the first rays of sunlight and dream about outdoor life and hopefully a Summer as long as we had last year. 

It is no secret I have a preference for minimalism and functional design and I am mostly drawn to Scandinavian style which I love to combine with a good dose of black. I love to see my outdoor space as an extension of my home, with a place to relax, a dining area and of course some greens. With a minimal color scheme inside, I also love my outdoor space to have the same atmosphere.

With this in mind I was happy to collaborate with Design Bestseller and create two mood boards for a Scandinavian style garden. Design Bestseller recently launched their Dutch online store and I was happy to see so many of my favourite brands listed, and while looking into the garden section I even found some brands that were new to me which I am happy to include in my selection. 

Lounge area
I think every outdoor space needs a small lounge area to sit in the sun or to chill on warm Summer nights. I have different options depending on my mood and the time of the day, when sunny I love to take out my black daybed, and for the shorter moments I am outside I love to use my all time favourite hammock.

Ideal would be an outdoor lounge set if you have the space and a set that is 
weather-resistant and can handle a spoiled drink or two is what you should look for in this case. When scrolling through the garden pages, the level lounge sofa by Danish label Houe caught my eye. I had not heard off the brand before and the minimal design and simple lines certainly made me change my mind about the traditional lounge set. Elements can be optimally combined with each other and expanded with a middle section creating a Scandinavian chic lounge corner.

Dinner outside!
I think we all dream about gathering more often with family and friends, long tables, white table linen and lots of food and laughter. I have some great memories from my childhood when we visited our French family in Summer and had dinner in the garden of their countryside home and one of our former family homes had a huge garden where we started each day with breakfast.

My own patio is way to small for a large table but nevertheless I love to prepare a good meal and arrange a table setting with some nice objects at the small round table I have, a table that is big enough to sit with a few people and to work outside.

Pinterest guest board
I love using Pinterest for inspiration and created a guest board in collaboration with Design bestseller on which you can find all products from this post and other products for the home and garden that caught my eye when strolling through the online store. You can find this special board here: Design Bestseller Guest board

About Design Bestseller
‘Design Bestseller’ online store was first launched in Germany in 2011 with the idea to sell a small range of design classics. With a 100 years long history of selling furniture, as a family business and an institution in Aachen, and well known as Mathes Einrichtungshaus the online store grew fast and now has a great variety of products, brands and styles. I focused on my personal style, but even if you like a bolder style than mine you will find the products needed for your in and outdoor space.

For any information there is a customer service, both phone and email with interior experts happy to help with orders and give product tips. There are different reasons why ordering online at Design Bestseller is a good idea, free shipping offered in the Netherlands is just one of them but the best reason if you ask me is to start enjoying your outdoor space as soon as possible.

written in collaboration with Design Bestseller | All opinions are my own 

single pictures used by Broste, Ferm Living and with thanks

March 18, 2019

Brand in Residence | Frama at Palazzo Galli Tassi

With a life spent between two countries for most of my life I feel really connected with almost all things Italian. Living between the two countries made me to who I am today and contributed to my love for an authentic life. I loved the primitive home with its old details we lived in as much as I sometimes hated it and it learned me I need little to satisfy my soul. Something that helps me and I understand better everyday, especially while decluttering my home and bring it back to what I really need.

I have always loved simple concrete, raw walls and old wooden floors and I wish I had been in the position to buy myself an old home in Sardinia years ago. I like to follow like minded people and their renovation proces, of whom Marie is my current favourite. She and her family recently did follow their dream and bought a house in Sicily. 

Palazzo Galli Tassi
Another beautiful old home that hit my mailbox yesterday is the artist residency Numeroventi hidden in the 500 year old Palazzo Galli Tassi, an old syrup factory in the heart of Florence. The artist residency serves as a creative collaboration with apartments and an artist residency, space for coworking and exhibition space. Behind Numeroventi is Martino di Napoli Rampolla who's grandfather owned the factory. Together with interior designer Andrew Trotter of Open House magazine the rooms were brought to life and furnished.

Martino di Napoli Rampolla: "A few pieces from Frama were among the first to enter the space while building it, where they perfectly contrasted the stiff grandeur of the palace, giving direction to what would happen next" Niels Strøyer Christophersen of Frama recently visited the palazzo, and had a conversation with Martino about design philosophy, curiosity and friendships which you can read here at Numeroventi.

March 15, 2019

Ideas to Intuition | Opening exhibition of 'Work Shop'

Interior designer Fiona Lynch opens a permanent gallery during Melbourne Design Week. 'Work Shop' is a curatorial showcase of experimental design, fine art and objects from leading Australian and international artists and designers. For me this is a real jaw dropping installation, not only the objects and shapes but also the presentation, the raw bricks and the amazing painted walls are totally what I love most.

By identifying commonalities across mediums and materials, 'Work Shop' aims to examine the dialogue between art and design; challenging and inspiring thought through an evolving array of discovered works, commissioned pieces and original designs.

In its opening exhibition titled ‘Ideas to Intuition’, contributing artists including New York based lighting designer Mary Wallis whose beautiful pendant would have totally fit my former post. Australian contemporary artists Makiko Ryujin and Jiaxin Nong, and British porcelain artist Olivia Walker, will reveal an innovative and daring use of their chosen mediums, exhibited alongside original designs from Lynch’s own studio.

Renowned for her artistic approach to interior design and award winning projects, Lynch says Work Shop is the realisation of a long held dream, informed by her early career in fine art. “Prior to studying interior design I studied Fine Art at RMIT in Melbourne,” she says. “This unique path has
always been reflected in my work and the way we approach design. Work Shop will afford my studio and I the opportunity to explore this further, identifying commonalities across mediums and materials, and examining the dialogue between art and design in a way that challenges and inspires.”

As well as presenting an evolving array of discovered works, commissioned pieces and original designs, Work Shop is also envisioned as a testing ground for Lynch’s interior design practice; an experimental design laboratory without the confines of convention.

“In this age of instant gratification, it’s very easy to get caught up in the end result, disregarding the
creative process required to arrive at a resolved outcome,” says Lynch. “For our first exhibition we’ve
called on our contributing artists to investigate the tension between the constructed and deconstructed, the resolved and incomplete, the built and undone, encouraging the viewer to discover beauty at all stages of creative evolution.”

Work Shop Fiona Lynch – 7 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood, check opening hours here
Images courtesy of Fiona Lynch | Photography by Lillie Thompson

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March 13, 2019

Three Pendant lightning solutions for the kitchen

While taking out floors and designing the ideas for my kitchen, should it be an IKEA method with the possibility to replace the doors in the future, or a kitchen designed by my local kitchen designer, I try to think ahead. And next to the major details I think about lamps and future styling ideas.

I love this new kitchen to be minimalistic and I have a few all time favourites on my wish list for years including a downdraft extractor that would give me the opportunity to add a pendent tube light or some smaller wall mounted versions above the countertop. I collected a few favourites and if you have any other alternatives I would love to hear your ideas, pop over to Instagram and leave a comment under the picture above if you feel like it, I am always happy to hear your ideas.

Frama | Eiffel lamp
First up and pictured above and below is the Frama Eiffel lamp | Pendant, made with simplicity in mind from gun blued steel. The light is being diffused thanks to the blown opal glass. I love the sturdy character of it, I am really impressed also with the wall mounted version and could easily see two smaller versions mounted on the wall, pictured below! 

Menu Task Pendant

Another favourite is the new Task Pendant by Menu Its pure, linear form not only catches the eye but also serves a key purpose: to spread light in a way ideal for countless applications, giving rise to new, flexible ways of illuminating diverse spaces.

The pendant’s light intensity and color temperature can be adjusted with an app, making it easy to create the best illumination for the time of day, season, or desired ambience. 
Suspended from a nearly invisible fishing wire, creating the illusion of hanging freely in mid-air. 

Anour I Model
Anour designed different almost floating Pendant lights of which the I-Model pendant is my all time favourite, available in 2 different versions, with cord or cordless and in different materials: copper, brass, steel and wood with different surface treatments. It also have an integrated touch dimmer located on the lamp to adjust the light intensity. 

Stay tuned for more inspiration and kitchen ideas by following Masterplan 2.0 
March 11, 2019

Rift dining table by design studio Kerstens

Antwerp based Kerstens is a multidisciplinary design studio with a clear vision of architecture, interior design, and furniture design. After seeing the picture above on Instagram I was curious to find out more and got in touch with interior architect Andy Kerstens. With a love for simplicity and timeless minimal design and rich natural materials for a warm and sober look in mind the studio created the Rift dining table.

Andy Kerstens: "The design for a new table was created by the need for a simple aesthetic with an honest construction. By duplicating all elements, the table has a stable basis and also a certain finesse. The simple idea to split the elements creates an honest and visible construction that is self-supporting, with a nod to the Japanese design method."

"Metal details and leg casings stand in contrast with the naturally worked wood and give the whole design more durability. Deep and tactile patines on the metal form a dialogue with the brushed wood and tell a story about its use and its traces through time. The design is available in multiple realizations in terms of material and lengths. There are also the exclusive versions in natural stone and terrazzo."

pictures courtesy Studio Kerstens