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September 30, 2019

Sharjah Totems Collection by Pepa Reverter

A surprising press release from London Design fair in my inbox last week. I love these unexpected treasures and the work of Pepa Reverter is no exeption. Pepa Reverter's participation in the London Design Fair 2019 with her collection of outdoor ceramic pieces made in collaboration with Abdalla Almullacomes from the hand of the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council and Barcelona based Cultural Agency 'Creative Dialogue', within a choral project that is pure craftsmanship, in dialogue with contemporary design and Arab and European culture. 

Pepa Reverter has been living in Barcelona for 25 years and has a Studio in Poblenou where she loves working with clay, and other materials that may carry in their essence some soul. Pepa Reverter: "Travelling is the best way to understand how globalization affects us socially, culturally and economically. The fusion of art and design has always interested me, and I believe this project is a good example of the coexistence of the two worlds." 

Depending on how the pieces are arranged, different results are achieved. Stacking the pieces on top of each other, two sculptures made up of two totems can be made. Taking apart both of the totems and place the pieces next to each other, the clay pieces transform into stools and tables.

pictures courtesy Pepe Reveter
September 25, 2019

24 hours in London with Graham & Brown

September is almost over and I must say it was hard to focus again after Summer, I find it difficult to find inspiration and new design(ers) that really make my heart jump at the moment. So if you are a designer and think we are a match, don't hesitate to write me! I love to travel and luckily I had a few really nice press trips this month to stay in vacation mood, including a trip to  London on invitation of Graham & Brown.

Each year, the UK’s leading wallpaper and paint specialist Graham & Brown announces its Wallpaper of the Year and Colour of the Year. Drawing upon over seventy years of design and manufacture experience in the field, the in-house design studio identifies key design shifts in the interiors sector and forecasts the future trends that will shape the Graham & Brown collections for the coming months.

It is only a few years the UK’s leading wallpaper manufacturer has expanded its collection to include paint, murals, wall art and soft furnishings. And while listening to their story told by Graham's grandson among other, I realized I used the company's paint a few years ago in my stand for imm and I was told a selection of colours of the collection by Dutch interiors magazine vtwonen are added to their permanent collection.

Above you see my mood board with the Graham & Brown colours used by then, which seems like ages ago. I am happy to have been able to work every year with the fair ever since and will be back in 2020, I am so grateful for our friendship.

Back to the press event in London ....For 2020, the studio has merged an archival design and a contemporary colour palette to create the Graham & Brown Wallpaper of the Year: Bloomsbury Neo-Mint and Colour of the Year: Adeline, showcasing the vibrant leaf green tones as complimentary colour partners. 

You can find all information of the new colours and different Bloomsbury wallpaper colours and prints here at the website. And at Graham & Brown's Instagram account you find different pictures also where the wallpaper is used. At the event I could appreciate how the company used one of the complementary colours to paint a cabinet  and the wallpaper at the inside.  

It was such fun to be back in London, last time I visited was in 2015 and I was forgotten how much I used to love the city. After the presentation we only had little time before heading back, and I was happy to pop in at some of my favourite stores including Muji and the Aesop store I showed on the blog already: A minimal Aesop store | Covent Garden London.
A real surprise was a dinner booked in one of London's most trendy restaurants Sketch London...what an amazing place, thanks so much for the invite!   

More images of the event and Sketch in my Pinterest albums here and here and here 

September 24, 2019

Fall Inspiration with terracotta design by Faina

The new images by Faina Design I received today showing their latest Ceramic Design collection have everything for a cozy fall with beautiful terracotta colours you could wish for. I already got tons of inspiration by their previous collection I showed you on the blog, not to mention their presence in Milan, have a look here if you love ceramic and sculptural design objects and furniture as much as I do: Faina returns to Italy for Venice Design

The new Ceramic furniture collection 'Terracotta set' by Victoria Yakusha, consists of 'Toptun' chair, 'Strikha' pendant lamp, table 'Ztista' and a set of vases called 'Kumanec' inspired by traditional festive pottery. Material used are next to clay, willow, cellulose, ash and felt. Together with the soft clay walls a dreamy terracotta fall image is created that makes me maybe for the first time after Summer holidays think of big sweaters and cooking delicious winter food. 

September 19, 2019

An all new Ceramic lamp collection by Moebe

When visiting ShowUp earlier this month I had the pleasure to have a sneak peek of the latest addition to the Moebe family, a brand new handmade Ceramic collection of lamps. The new collection consists of two pendants and a table lamp. The simple pendant lamp allows you to illuminate directly or to an angle. Its shade, whilst circular at the base, is rectangular at the top and sits freely to the cord. This allows the shade to angle left, right and completely rotate around. Changing its expression between cone and cylinder as you do so. 

The pendant can be used as a single piece by the side of a bed or sofa or used in combination over a dining table or an entire room. I especially loved the unglazed, matt and fine-textured surface. The body is handmade, therefore, every lamp slightly varies in shape, size, and colour, making every pendant unique. You will find the new collection in stores from end of October.

Ceramic table lamp is a lamp with a sculptural form, that can illuminate in all directions. With a simple touch, pivot the lampshade up or down and rotate around, concentrating the light to any one direction. Position on a shelf, window, side table or bench and use as a backlight or a direct one. 

The lamp is constructed from three independent parts, a ceramic body, a ceramic shade, and a white glass bulb. The conical shape of the body allows for the bulb to be secured in place whilst giving the shade the freedom to be completely adjustable. The ceramic parts are handmade, unglazed and left raw, with colour pigment blended into the porcelain itself.

September 15, 2019

Being at Home Photo competition winners

Here they are! The winners of the photo competition featured on the blog this Summer! Together with nine European bloggers from Germany, Sweden, Great Britain, the Netherlands (yep that's me) Austria, Switzerland and Italy we asked you to answer what does #beingathome mean to you? as part of the global photo contest in collaboration with the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM

From 5 to 18 August 2019 you were able to submit photos of your favourite places in your home in ten categories based on #zuhausesein /#beingathome. A total of 232 entries were received from 19 countries during the competition period. In addition to a piece of furniture from a German furniture manufacturer, the winners can look forward to a visit to imm cologne 2020 at the expense of the VDM and the winning pictures will also be on display in a photo exhibition at the VDM stand at imm cologne 2020 and published in a design book in 2020. 

Follow The Association of the German Furniture Industry at the VDM website as well as on the social media channels: FacebookInstagram and Twitter Let's have a look at the winning pictures in the specific categories.

September 11, 2019

Reorganizing my kitchen | bulthaup accessories

I am so looking forward to this new kitchen of mine! I won't bother you with the slow progress stories, but I am sure you will believe me if I tell you that in my head I am already redecorating and reorganizing all things 'necessary'. I have lived with very little appliances over the last few months, and I can't wait to bring back in those little extra things that will make the space my personal kitchen again. Something I really miss are my Serax x Merci plates, my ceramic collection and of course cooking on more than one burner, not to mention my dishwasher.

Every kitchen need some personal items and beautiful accessories don't you think. Something that tells your story and shows your personal taste and made out of materials you love, wether it is wood, ceramic, linen or leather. I have very few leather accessories and I think the leather pot cloths from the bulthaup accessory line are a really stylish addition to every kitchen and of course handy for protecting hands from hot temperatures, that's why a second layer of leather is stitched in the middle.

Curious to see the other accessories we styled and photographed for bulthaup? Here you can see all our work for bulthaup so far, more to come next month!

This post is written in collaboration with bulthaup | Pictures © w/ Style | Concept w/ Style | Photography Wen van Woudenberg | Styling Desiree Groenendal
September 9, 2019

A minimal Aesop store | Covent Garden London

I made it into my personal tradition to look for an Aesop store in every city that I visit, and so I did when visiting London last week! Over the years my love for Aesop has only grown, I have written about several of their stores and I use many of their products on a daily base. 
Most Aesop stores are located in beautiful and sometimes historic buildings and are a must see in general, next to trying their product line of course, which I highly recommend if you haven't yet! London was no exception and I particularly liked the minimal style of this location, natural walls and a green tiled floor combined with dark wood. 

In Amsterdam I have been walking past a building for months where our very own first Aesop store will come and I cannot wait to see how the old 'Jamin' candy store with its beautiful interior will be used by Aesop. For now an impression of the Store at Covent Garden, London. Previous posts about the different stores I visited can be found here

pictures ©vosgesparis
September 6, 2019

Spaces Designed for the Senses | 'The Touch' by Kinfolk and Norm Architects

As a huge admirer of the work of Vincenzo de Cotiis, spotting the image of his home in Milan, earlier featured on the blog here: Palazzo Milanese from Vincenzo de Cotiis, can only be a harbinger that we are dealing with a great new book filled with outstanding interiors. 'The Touch' is the first book to emerge from the longstanding friendship and creative partnership between Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams and Jonas Bjerre Poulsen of Norm Architects, both people I love for their good taste and design.

'The Touch' is a 288 pages book and exploration of human-centric design published by gestalten. Stunning photography, interviews and over 25 selected interiors that exemplify how haptic design elements can provide a richer quality of living.The Touch also details philosophical and art history references that reflect the tradition of design and color theory.

I personally can't wait to see the book with my own eyes and get inspired by the different interiors. The Touch is available for pre-order via the Kinfolk store and in stores worldwide from October 10th.

Pictures Norm Architects
September 2, 2019

Infini bed by Belgian designers Nill Spring

Remember my post about that amazing headboard in which I talked about the use of narrow wooden slats at home and showed some examples, including a table and kitchen island. I had to think of this again after spotting 'Infini' one of the box springs by Belgian Nill Spring.

Nill Spring got the inspiration for this model from two natural elements: the infinity of water and the durability of wood. The signature of Infini is the harmoniously wavy structure that surrounds the box spring and gives its unique shape and made me want to find out more about it. I think it is really different and excellent for standing alone in a room as the curved backside creates a cozy and secure feeling even when a wall behind the bed is missing.

Nill Spring is the result of the combination of many years of experience and expertise. For over four generations, the Cornille family shares the knowhow and passion for the manufacture of box springs.

In 2006, Frank Cornille and Guy Dupont developed Nill Spring. The partners brought together their expertise and passion for sleeping comfort and started a flourishing business. Guy Dupont's many years of technical experience and sense for innovation and handmade customisation results in an impressive collection of box springs and mattresses. Text:Nill Spring

pictures courtesy Nill SPring