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May 29, 2019

A daybed different from all other

A daybed different from any other I have seen so far! Looking at the different parts it strangely enough reminded me of sunny days on the beach where I love to find a real big stone to lay my head on. The daybed, recently presented at Venice Design is a collaborative piece created by textile artist Alexandra Kohl and furniture designer J.M. Szymanski and made out of carved blackened and waxed steel, marble, leather and horsehair. It were the tassels that caught my eye as I recognized one of the trends spotted in Milan where we saw lots of tassels.

Weaving and blacksmithing are ancient trades; each requiring patience, hand craftsmanship, and an appreciation for slow tools. In this work, woven horsehair fabric and hand-forged iron are combined with carved stone to create a contrast of elements. The marble “pillows”, made withCNC technology, bring a contemporary prescriptive to traditional craft using Artificial Intelligence.

pictures via Alexandra with thanks
May 22, 2019

A modern House in the Woods

Last week I showed you the beautiful blogger apartment with the bronze partition wall, how amazing was that right! Have a look here in case you missed it: A minimal bronze partition wall in a high end apartment | Trends '19 Today I love to show you another project by talented Luxury Interior Designer Ula Burgiel

We all feel the need to escape the city sometimes and as Ula says: "If you’re a city dweller like me, you’ll certainly understand the need for a bit of greenery in your life" Living next to the Thames, Ula often goes for walks along it’s river banks and branch off into the nearest woodland areas. It is the calming influence of nature, which, inspired her for her latest design – the modern house in the woods, a calm, beautiful space which would help relax and inspire.

How Nature shaped the Interior Design Idea
Creating the interiors of this modern house in the woods was a great experience Ula explains: "To complement the serenity of the place I needed to stay true to natural materials and simplicity of the outdoor life. As a result reclaimed wood and sustainably sourced fabrics were an obvious choice.

As I always start my interior design process with research, the colours of the interiors become a reflection of the beautiful surroundings. They’re are complemented also by the saturated colours of the changing seasons. Surrounded by the hills, the uneven terrain inspired me to divide the interior into zones with different floor levels. Hence you need to climb a few steps to get from the lounge space to the dining space. It adds a bit of drama and reflects the shape of the nearby hills"

The Outdoor Experience
The interior design and the architecture concept is based on an outdoor – indoor experience. Big floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel like you are camping outside while keeping all the luxuries of a modern house.

Pictures sent to me by Ula Burgiel with thanks 
May 21, 2019

Flexform MOOD Store & Collection by Stefano Gaggero

My friendship with Italian designer and art director of Flexform Mood, Stefano Gaggero goes way back, and to be honest I can't even remember where and how we first got in touch. We talk a lot online and we use to meet up every year in September for a coffee at the cafe in front of Gare du Nord to take the train together to Maison et Objet.

During Milan design week there was always a moment we met for a lunch, dinner or coffee. This year for the first time we didn't got the chance to meet as the first Flexform Mood flagship store in Italy, curated by Stefano opened during Milan Design Week and he was busy running between the store and the fair. Located at Corso Monforte the new store is close to many big name-brand furniture and lighting showrooms like Flos and de Padova. I love this area where also since a few years COS can be found during Milan design week and we love having a break at Villa Necchi when in the neighbourhood. 

Curated by Stefano, who is the art director of the Mood brand since 2017, the interior design creates a discreet, almost austere backdrop for the most exemplary products from the Flexform Mood collection. Elegant, Asian-inspired movable theatrical partitions punctuate the showroom, carving out cozy, sophisticated spaces, whose dimensions can be varied at will, resulting in an exceptionally dynamic architectural setting that can be easily modified, based on the demands of staging.

Soft, diffused light illuminates a series of rooms where some of the most fascinating products in the Flexform Mood collection are displayed. Skillfully arranged to form a charming ensemble are the Lucien sofa, designed by Gaggero himself; the Alfred and Barret sofas and Dragonfly bed, designed by Roberto Lazzeroni; and the Benjamin desk by Samuel Accoceberry.

Pictures by Claudio Tajoli for Flexform | Last picture of Sofa 'Lucien' by me 
May 17, 2019

New Muuto headquarter & collection

Missing out on Muuto during Milan Design week where they teamed up with Google... resulting in two hour queues which are not really my thing I had a look at their press area and thought of posting a few images of the Spring collection launched last month.

Luckily I will be travelling to Copenhagen next week and I am looking forward to see their new 1400m2 HQ where they will be introducing their latest new perspectives on Scandinavian design. 
The colours of the showroom are totally my cup of tea as I am looking into this kind of colour palette for my own home at the moment. I hope to see the carpet as seen above too, as I totally love how it blends in with the concrete floor. 

The new collection will include the Oslo Side Chair, Relate Side Table, Ambit Wall Lamp, Outline Highback Work, and the Linear Wood series. 
A sneak peek! 

pictures courtesy Muuto

May 13, 2019

A minimal bronze partition wall in a high end apartment | Trends '19

After London based Ula Burgiel had been asked to design a serene and spacious home in the heart of Manhattan, she took the view from the apartment as the starting point for its design. "I have a bit of a different design process" she explains: "I sketch a lot. This is how I communicate my ideas to the world. 

As the apartment is located very high above the street level it feels very airy and (almost) a part of the sky. I wanted to make it the biggest feature of the apartment. There are a lot of glazed walls that let the light in but they can be screened at any time with automatic curtains for more privacy.

Bronze partition walls
The apartment is a true oasis, a sanctuary in the heart of the vibrant city where the resident, a fashion blogger, can above all relax in between Fashion Weeks and photoshoots. Seeing the occupation of the owner Ula also focused on turning every corner of the space into a photo opportunity.

What really caught my eye in this apartment is the bronze used in the partition wall, while we see a lot of industrial black galvanised steel or aluminium glass walls and doors used in- and outside our homes at the moment, the bronze feels so refreshing, sophisticated and new! 

It has the industrial touch I love so much but in a lighter and more minimalistic approach. It made me immediately think of the post I wrote last year about brass shutters: Could brass shutters be the next big thing where slightly different material was used but with the same surprising effect and seen recently used, more trends at the end of the post if you are up for it! 

Symmetry and proportion
Symmetry and proportion played an important role. Ula: "It introduces balance and a sense of purpose. You can see it in the layout, the joinery design and proportions of the rooms. The entrance to the bathroom is located directly opposite the bed so you pay attention to the feature basins. When lying in bed you can still see the panoramic view of the city but the windows are not too close to you. 

There’re a lot of central axis like this – everything has it’s place and it feels just right. I wanted the bedroom, bathroom and the dressing room to create one big private space and not be separated and divided into small boxes. I’ve put the bare minimum amount of walls to let the natural light into every corner of the apartment.

Ula Burgiel & trends used as seen in Milan
Ula Burgiel is a Luxury Interior Designer based in London, designing modern and hi-end interiors for homes around the world: London, Hong Kong and New York as-well-as interiors of luxury yachts and cruise ships. Her style can be described as contemporary minimalism with understated luxury.

After visiting Milan and attending some trend lectures, where many of the new projects, new designs, ideas and installations as seen in Milan were discussed again I recognize a lot of the trends we will see more of in 2019 in this apartment.

Less is more
Less is more and minimalism are keywords in Ula's design, one of the reasons she actually contacted me to present her projects is our common love for this she told me. In 2019 minimalism is something we will see a lot more off, lucky me! 
When adapting minimalism into your home, the focus will be more on the few things we allow in our homes, something I am shouting out for years as my personal favourite way of living and decorating my home.

Another trend I recognize in Ula's drawing for the apartment and pointed out by Monique van de Reijden at a Dutch Elle Decoration Trend watching event the other day, is the spiral staircase, the club chairs and the colourful soft chairs around the table. According to Monique the round table is making a huge comeback and therefor smaller chairs that fit the table are seen more often. As the the apartment is calm and serene the colours come from the furniture, in this case a colourful pink! 

Also a trend as seen also in the kitchen picture below, are the repeating lamps. Furthermore also marble is still very on trend, according to Monique with huge veins! Also the mirrored marble trend I pointed out myself when visiting imm Kitchen Cologne (see here in my highlights at Living kitchen) is trending. 

Thank you so much Ula for writing me and sending me your amazing projects. 
More of her work soon on the blog. 

All pictures are ©Ula Burgiel

May 7, 2019

Faina returns to Italy for Venice Design

After participating in this years exhibition "les Arcanistes' by Studio Pepe, Ukrainian brand Faina returns to Italy for Venice Design this month, the largest exhibition of contemporary object design, organized by the European Cultural Centre in the historic centre Palazzo Michiel on the Grand Canal.

This year, the exhibition will present objects from 42 countries of the world from the most talented designers, each of whom works in the original technique. Faina will present an authentic collection of furniture, light and decor, created by Ukrainian architect Victoria Yakusha, based on the use of natural materials typical of Ukrainian culture: clay, flax, solid wood and willow. 

Venice design - Palazzo Michiel from May 11 to November 24, 2019. 
Pictures by Faina 
May 3, 2019

A multifunctional serving tray by bulthaup | w/ Style shoot

We love building long term relationships with brands, I always feel more connected when getting to really know the collection by visiting fairs, meeting the people behind the brand, maybe visit the factory and regularly work with their products.

bulthaup recently asked us to style and shoot a second series of pictures with their accessories, we immediately thought of a Japanese theme. We think the wooden bulthaup accessories really fit the clean and minimal Japanese style both Wen and I love so much. 

We did a few shoots and will show you the result in the coming months. With Milan design week and our nearby located favourite restaurant and Conceptstore 'Tenoha' in mind I love to start this new series of six different blogs by showing you our images of the bulthaup serving tray.


A multifunctional wooden serving tray
Wooden serving trays are used frequently in Japan, and also at Tenoha we got our lunch and dinners served in beautiful ceramics placed on trays. The bulthaup serving tray, can hold a selection of different small plates and cups and create a beautiful backdrop for a Japanese, or any other style dinner or tea time moment at home.

The tray can also be used in the bulthaup B3 kitchen I previously wrote about: bulthaup b3 | Personalize your kitchen to perfectly fit your home 
The aluminium handles makes it easy to carry the tray around , also available in walnut or in high-quality synthetic material. 

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

May 2, 2019

New images from Rick Owens Milan store | Milan design week

I never leave Milan without visiting my favourite stores and Rick Owens is certainly one of them, not only the store, but also the changing collections and the people working at Rick Owens are just amazing. Unfortunately the furniture collection is way above my budget but one can dream right! Here are a few snapshots of how the store looked during Milan Design week.

pictures ©vosgesparis