November 25, 2020

Nomad | A furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel



Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Belgian interior designer Nathalie Deboel presents her first furniture collection, 'Nomad'. Handcrafted in Belgium and made of solid oak or walnut with subtle details in brass. 

The idea for the collection started early in 2020, when Nathalie Deboel's life tilted from being constantly on the move to a period of home working and reflection. She immersed herself in the habits of nomads and the wooden sticks they carry and which they use to create temporary homes and furniture. The Nomad collection is built around the concept of this rounded wooden stick as a basic, utilitarian element.  

Nathalie Deboel’s quest for the essence results in a collection that consists of a library, a rectangular and a round table, a daybed, and an armchair. The collection will be further expanded in the coming weeks and months with new designs.

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

Nomad furniture collection by Belgian designer Nathalie Deboel

photography Thomas Debruyne / Cafeine


November 22, 2020

Cosentino City Amsterdam | A new Cosentino inspiration center

Cosentino city Amsterdam


First of all I wanted to thank you for your nice words about my black kitchen corner over the last few months. I was so happy to finally have been able to add the Reform fronts designed by Norm architects to my kitchen. And as you might have seen also I went to the Dutch Cosentino headquarters together with my friend Anouk from Studio AnoukB who helped me to decide on the countertop. For the backsplash I used 'Amsterdam', one of her own studio paint colours available through Studio AnoukB. I finished the wall with my beautiful brown bronzed lamp by Anour. I will provide you with all links and blogs I made at the end of the post. 

Choosing a countertop is really personal and unless you totally trust on your interior architect, it is just like choosing your kitchen fronts, something you want to see up close before deciding. New in Amsterdam to help you decide ánd see the many options and different materials is the brand new Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam is the 15th inspiration center for Cosentino and covers 550 m22 of interior space. A unique inspiration centre where Cosentino provides a platform where architects and designers can meet and work, and media and consumers can get inspired and get acquainted with Cosentino’s latest products and expertise through digital visualizations, and material experiences.



Cosentino city Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam is located at Van Baerlestraat 41, just around the corner of Museumplein, and I was happy to take a 15 minute bike ride downtown for a private tour to see the brand new inspiration centre. The new city concept consists of 2 floors with multiple spaces where the main brands Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa® stand out. 

First thing noticed were the floors with large format Dekton and walking into the kitchen area the Herringbone laid floor! A real experience together with examples of (ventilated) façade applications. The building consists of three buildings that have been merged into one space. The design of the interior has an industrial appearance in which the characteristic properties of the building have been used as canvas. This is underlined by the wooden beam structure on the ceiling. 

Worktop inspiration and materials can be experienced live and in large format and I thought the system, where you not only see a plate vertically but can also rotate it horizontally to experience what it looks like as a worktop, was just brilliant. On my Instagram account you can see the small movie I made of this.


Cosentino city Amsterdam


Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam



Cosentino city Amsterdam | A new Cosentino inspiration centre

Atelier Lab

Just like I love moodboards with examples of materials to fully experience the new atmosphere I would like to go for Cosentino city has created the 'Atelier Lab' filled with samples, not only from Cosentino’s own collection but also from other materials such as wood, textiles, wallpaper, books, all things that help creating a real home.

Cosentino city Amsterdam | A new Cosentino inspiration centre


Digital technology at Cosentino city Amsterdam

Digital technology

If you want to experience how one of Cosentino's products would look in your own kitchen or bathroom  there is the Digital Experience, a space where projects can be displayed in 3D and adapted in augmented reality. There is also a life-size screen with a digital slab, where the slab material can be displayed at full size. 

Cosentino City Amsterdam

Cosentino City Amsterdam


Links and blogs
A kitchen remake update with Cosentino
A new kitchen with Dekton by Cosentino and Reform Copenhagen
New mages from my kitchen & a lamp made by ANOUR
A wooden kitchen for my home and a new Reform Showroom
Cosentino in my Instagram highlights

// Written in collaboration with Cosentino / / 

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November 20, 2020

Marble sinks for all interiors

vosgesparis_antoniolupi_Introverso

After meeting each other earlier this year, I was happy to collaborate with antoniolupi on a monthly base. With all the outstanding design and bathroom furniture, accessories, mirrors and products for the living space it was a pleasure to write a series of monthly articles about the company. Maybe you looked at the images or read every letter of the different posts, but I am sure his work must have impressed you. 

Research, innovation and originality have always been synonymous to the work of antoniolupi which shows in their different projects and collaborations.

Today I love to talk about Marble sinks and the collaborations between antoniolupi and Calvi Brambilla Paolo Ulian which started in 2016. Paolo Ulian lives close to Carrera and is a real connoisseur of marble. 


Introverso

In my eyes a real impressive peace of work is 'Introverso' by Paolo Ulian for antoniolupi, a washbasin born by observing the workmanship of blank marble sculptures, in which the three-dimensional shape of the sculpture is outlined in steps and various depths by a diamond disc managed by a numerical controlled machine. 

Introverso is made from a single white Carrara marble block. The gaps between cuts hint at another inner core that the designer can decide to leave or to bring out by breaking part or all of the blades with a hammer. 







Intreccio 

Investigating the relationship between an ancient material and new processing techniques by antoniolupi and Paolo Ulian resulted in 'Intreccio' Don't you just love the artistic image of the sink! 

Freestanding washbasin 'Intreccio' is born from a block of marble on which the cuts have been optimized to obtain the concentric rings and create a three-dimensional volume. 

Iconic like the previous washbasins of the collection, dynamic, for the particular geometry of the concentric layers that are staggered when they are overlapped proceeding upwards, so as to determine a play of light and dark and full and empty obtained only by the variation of light on concave or convex shapes .









Controverso

Controverso springs from a thought, from action and transforms the product into an experience. A really  diverse sink that fits into contemporary environments but I could also see it as a great focal point in a minimal bathroom. 

The form is generated by subtraction as in a sculpture, ancient and contemporary at the same time. A marble block is crossed by the milling machine and then interpreted by man to create different shapes, I really would love you to have a look at the video to fully understand... quite magical I think!

       







Pixel

The name says it all: a pixel is a point-like element that makes up a digital image, infact, it is the smallest element that constitutes it. The breakdown in individual pixels of the surface, a kind of three-dimensional mosaic, gives an unprecedented look at the marble sink Pixel. 

The pixel game that forms the basin is completely oriented on consequentiality, on proximity, on decorum that comes from the material itself. A gesture, that of subtraction, reveals the shape, which allows you to customize the volume, and which amplifies the three-dimensional design of the project. 






Ossimoro

With the Ossimoro project a new technique has been developed for the realization of the 'Sculpture', starting from the idea of a marble sink with the effect of a “soft marble block”, compressed; an almost surreal object. 

The washbasin is made of Oriental White marble and the designers Calvi Brambilla and antoniolupi have tried to approach this project using technological and contemporary means, but with the utmost respect for the past and for a natural resource that is available in a limited quantity. 





Vortice


Vortice is the new free standing Carrara marble sink designed by Paolo Ulian for antoniolupi. A new project that is part of the research traced with Intreccio (2018) to deepen the theme of contemporary matter, to investigate the complex dialogue between immobility and dynamism, between solidity and lightness, between reality and appearance. 

In Vortice, matter takes shape through human thought and the use of advanced processing technologies. A project that best expresses this virtuous cycle between nature, man and machine. 

Vortice has a small base and develops upward through a revolving movement generating fluid nd sinuous geometries accentuated by the unique veins and the plastic like behavior of the material. An emblem of uniqueness and the typical Italian know-how. It is made from a single block of marble divided into 16 layers. Vortice is composed of concentric ringsoverlapped in a staggered way. It drastically reducing the waste produced by the cut. 


More images can be found in my antoniolupi guestboard on Pinterest


Other posts about antoniolupi design on the blog:
// Written in collaboration with antoniolupi Pictures courtesy antoniolupi //


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November 17, 2020

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'


A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

Love to introduce Niamh Barry and her beautiful first lamp in the series of pieces titled 'Artists Hand'. Niamh creates unique light sculptures predominantly in bronze and LED and is recognized as an early adopter and innovator in the use of LED technology. She attributes this technology as allowing her to ‘draw’ with light and bronze. In her artist statement you can read more about the process of these three dimensional drawings in bronze and light.

As every piece is entirely site specific, each one will be completely unique and handmade in her own studio in solid bronze. Niamh: "working further into this series at the moment and an important part of my creative process is to surround myself with sketches and drawings and look, then look again repeating and repeating the drawing process until I have captured the quality of line and overall form that expresses what I see in my minds eye. This Artists hand series is literally an exercise in drawing with bronze and capturing the quality of line that you see in my drawings on paper. The light drawing the eye and anchoring this expression". 

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

A beautiful bronze light sculpture called 'Artists Hand'

Photography 
Nigel Swann

November 16, 2020

A Parisian apartment and a Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood

A Parisian apartment and a Roly Poly chair by Fay Toogood 3d Render

Some designs are just so classic ánd classy, I believe I should cover them on the blog. No matter you might have seen that one object a million times. I am talking about the iconic Roly Poly chair by Faye Toogood. It is one of those chairs I find so iconic and chubby I just want to believe it would fit my home. Looking for more softness though I know it is not the right time for me!  

While searching for a set or mirrors, like the ones above, that sadly are not available anymore at Zara home [let me know if you know any look a likes] I found the picture above, a 3d render of a Parisian apartment designed by Namo interiors and I simply loved the image, both for the mirrors and the Roly Poly chair. A design by Faye Toogood x Italian Driade   

A Parisian apartment and a Roly Poly chair by Fay Toogood



A Parisian apartment

A peek into the Home designed for an imaginary person called J.PHINE, the persona of the combined aesthetic visions of Nannette van de Vooren and Natasja Molenaar. Natasja Molenaar: "J.PHINE is passionate about life, art and humor. These personal aspects of the aesthetic vision of both designers can be seen in the urban house in Paris. With the addition of natural stone and liveable details, everything comes together in this house"








Roly Poly chair by Fay Toogood

Roly Poly chair: Faye Toogood is a British artist working in a diverse range of disciplines, from sculpture to furniture and fashion. Her works have been acquired for the permanent collections of institutions worldwide. The Roly Poly chair is a Polyethylene monobloc armchair made by rotational molding for both outdoor and indoor use.‎ 

The distinctive, reassuringly chunky lines of Faye Toogood’s roly-poly furniture collection become even more inviting in her new collaboration with Driade.
The low seat has been augmented with upholstered cushions that nestle in its curved, bowl-like form; the collection also features a sofa that further explores the roly-poly aesthetic, highlighting the interplay between the graceful arc of the scoop seat and the four stout and solid legs that support it.‎ txt Driade




3d Renders by Namo Design
November 11, 2020

How to spend time outdoors and still cook your favourite dinner

WELTEVREE OUTDOOROVEN


Don't you just love this time of the year when days getting colder and, if you are into it, a Christmas tree is in sight! I really can't wait to be honest. For me adding Christmas lights and greens is a returning tradition as soon as it is December. Certainly it will be not as cozy and with that many people as we are used too this year, but even if you live alone I think we need to make the most of it and decorate and make your home as cosy as never before.

I really love the smell of burned wood and love a good fire place. Last winter I bought a fire pit for my patio, but it wasn't a real succes as it was way to big for the space. Still I keep searching and for the upcoming season I am looking into other options to bring the feeling of a cozy fire into my home. 


Weltevree outdooroven

Spending time outdoors and still cook your favourite dinner

If you love a fireplace as much as I do, love to be outside and maybe have a little more space or real garden. Dutch brand Weltevree has lots of amazing products to get most out of the seasons! When I hear their name mentioned, I immediately think of a crackling fire, thick warm sweaters, being outside and eating in good company. I have been following the brand for years as they used to have a beautiful store in Amsterdam where you really could feel the essence of the brand. 

My favourite product must be the Weltevree Outdooroven designed by Dick van Hoff who designed this oven to not only light a good fire but also for grilling or bake a pizza on the cooking stone. Made of Corten steel the oven can be left outside all year round. Over time it will develop a rusty layer that gives it its final colour and protects the steel from rusting through. 


WELTEVREE OUTDOOROVEN


XL Oven and accessories 

The pizza stone and stainless steel grill are included with both outdoor ovens as standard. In addition, there are other accessories available that make using the oven even more fun, such as the pizza shovel and a handy thermometer, to control the temperature better and to heat more efficiently there is also a door for the oven sold separately. The temperature inside the oven can reach up to 400 degrees, which make baking a delicious pizza in just four minutes! By putting a pan on the hot oven, you can also use it as a hob.  

If you want to expand your outdoor kitchen with a Design barbecue, the XL version of the Weltevree outdoor oven offers a grill next to the pizza oven. A lacquered base made of Iroko wood offers space for logs and other cooking utensils if desired. 

WELTEVREE OUTDOOROVEN

The Weltevree Oven Dish and Pizza shovel

Growing up at the very edge of the south of Amsterdam there was plenty of space to make fire and roasting potatoes together with the other kids from our canal is a treasured memory. I spent most of my youth playing outside and during summers me and most kids of my street went on holidays with a group of boy scouts where we learned all the skills to make our own outdoor kitchen and cook on fire.  

The Weltevree outdoor oven brings back all these memories and evokes that pleasant feeling in me I had as a child. I really would love to taste a pizza made in the oven and experience the feeling of seeing it cook after placing it on the stone with the Pizza Shovel 

The Weltevree Oven Dish with enamelled cast iron matt finish is not just any oven dish, this design is three dishes in one! A deep dish and a deeper dish can be used separately as an oven dish, combined they form one dish with a lid which is ideal for roasting and stews, the oven can be used for different meal preparations and even popcorn or soup can be made.







weltevree hot tub

Weltevree


“Weltevree means you feel pleasant, contented with your surroundings. In the Netherlands old farmhouses are often named after this. It is a homely feeling: this is where I feel good.” Weltevree is also the name of the Dutch design brand who manufactures contemporary durable goods 
in collaboration with the best designers and inventors, which aim to activate you and your surroundings. 

Next to their outdoor ovens the brand is known for their durable outdoor furniture of which especially the bathtub is high on my wish list.... that if I would have a hidden garden or rooftop terrace! The tub is light weighted and completely heated through natural circulation: light a fire and wait for the water to heat up.


Originally designed in 2020 as a graduation project by Floris Schoonderbeek, the tub and immediately became his big break. Dutch tub Wood is a variation on the original tub and offers the classic look of a hot tub with the same comfort of the original tub which comes in different colours, find them here: Dutchtub by Floris Schoonhoven 


Written in collaboration with MisterDesign  
November 9, 2020

Renovation stories | A new bench and lamp for the kitchen

VOSGESPARIS KITCHEN BENCH


Making plans for my home and make it more and even more the place I love, is something that is always in the back of my head. I still work on my Masterplan and staying at home more often, certainly keeps me busy. With every change at home I always think about the bigger picture and make small changes to work to the eventual idea I have in mind.  

As you may have understood by now, when it comes to the small details, my indecisiveness often plays tricks on me. Sometimes I hate my indecisiveness, often it also makes things take longer. Fortunately this is not always negative and my ideas change again and ultimately give the image I was looking for and to be honest I also love the process. 

This week I changed the layout of my kitchen and placed the table closer to the wall. I love to sit on the long bench, but with winter on it's way I am also looking for more comfort and cosiness. Placing the bench against the wall gives me the opportunity to add some soft cushions... definitely would need a few more, and bring more layering at the same time.  


FRAMA EIFFEL LAMP AT VOSGESPARIS HOME


The Adam bench is rather small so I am looking around to find the perfect bench or DIY plan to make one myself, but for now it is totally fine. With the bench closer to the wall I also moved the narrow metal shelf cabinet to the hallway. Missing the small light, I thought the wall above the bench was the perfect spot for the Eiffel wall lamp by Frama.  I love how my lamp collection is growing with beautiful design pieces.


Renovation stories | A new bench and lamp for the kitchen

Pictures ©vosgesparis

November 3, 2020

WDSTCK Burned coffee table

WDSTCK  Burned coffee table
When working on my kitchen I improvised for some time with my old kitchen table, a table that I bought when I was nineteen for the first ever home I shared with the father of my children. We had wooden floors sisal squared carpet and walls painted in pale pink and blue. I remember how strange I thought it was to just paint the bare walls, little did I know about lime paint and Italian plaster. I did know I wanted an old wooden table, and so happened... over the decades it changed from natural waxed to white, to garden table, stored in the garage, back in again... cutting of the legs and painting it black till it had the Japanese feel I love nowadays.

I used it in my kitchen for some time with the grey concrete floor and sometimes miss it... I loved the feeling of this low table while sitting on normal hight. One of my favourite Amsterdam based brands WDSTCK recently launchd a new burned coffee table made from European wood and it immediately brought back the feeling I loved so much...  low and 'slightly' oversized!

The surplus wood is burned away using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique, giving the table a beautiful, intense dark color in which the drawings and grooves in the wood come out nicely. Available in different sizes. The dimensions start from about 150cm and can be made longer than 400cm.  

WDSTCK  Burned coffee table
WDSTCK  Burned coffee table

Pictures  ©WDSTCK