February 13, 2020

A partition wall of wood and green onyx in this Spa | 3D render

I came across the pictures of these small private cabin's designed by Polish interior designer, architect and CGI artist Klaudia Adamiak. To create a comfortable, user-friendly space where guests can refresh before further cosmetic treatments she designed a functional partition wall which is installed in this SPA. 

A beautiful 3D render, and a conceptional not only functional design, but I also love the selection of 'material' used. The moving part of the wall is made of walnut wood and for the fixed wall, green onyx plates are used. I love how the partition creates a private cabin for the guests and divides the space in different partitions.

design and photography by Klaudia Adamiak
February 12, 2020

Ceramics | Textural bowls and vases by Olivia Walker

I first discovered the work of British porcelain artist Olivia Walker at the amazing exhibition 'Ideas to Intuition' which I covered last year. Since then I have been following her and asked her about her work and some close ups of her work to show on the blog today. 

Olivia Walker "My current work explores organic and decaying forms through the build-up of complex surfaces. I work mainly in porcelain and am interested in the material qualities of clay: the contrast between rough and smooth, straight lines and imperfect ones, complete forms and collapsed ones, and internal versus external spaces. From my studio on Dartmoor, I make my initial forms on the potter's wheel before deconstructing them and building upon with thousands of shards of porcelain." 

At the end of the post a small clip on how she works, it seems so complex and looks amazing! 

product shots Sylvain Deleu | exhibition pictures Lillie Thompson | clip via website
February 10, 2020

WoonQ | Velvet dining chairs

Over the years a lot of metal furniture slipped into my home, it is a material I really love although it can feel a bit cold. My new kitchen in beautiful smoked oak and black countertop is one of my new favourite corners, the smoked oak brings warmth to the room, just like the walls painted with a chalky paint that almost feels like velvet. Next to the beautiful kitchen and soft walls I am still on the look for different materials and fabrics to bring even more warmth into the space.

When coming across the new Dutch online platform WoonQ, I had a look at the different chairs for the dining table in my kitchen.
February 9, 2020

A new rug for my home | Tisca Olbia Collection

Working on Domotex for the last three editions together with our team of international bloggers brought us to Transylvania and the district of Cisnădie, a town near Sibiu. During the first edition of the fair we all kind of fell in love with Tisca and started making plans on how to work together. This last Summer we visited the factory and the Tisca team showed us the beautiful surroundings, including the famous castle of Dracula.

f you read the blogpost I wrote afterwards: Travelling to Transylvania with Tisca rugs you can imagine my love and respect for the company only has grown ever since. Following the different processes of mixing, spinning, dying techniques and washing, and getting in touch with the different people in each section. I have such great memories thinking back at their happy faces and how proud they all were to be part of their contribution in the process of every rug. 

I had a chance pick my favourite rug! As the traditional rugs of the Olbia collection in different shades of white and structures were my personal favourite ever since meeting Tisca the first time, I chose the Olbia Polar design for my own home and here is a glimpse on how it looks! 

It has been some years I dream of dark floors and white rugs and couches, and it seems my masterplan is finally taking shape. I can hear you thinking 'about time', and I know I am super slow and I have to confess I can only show you this part of the living as I have not finished the whole floor yet. Working on it myself around work and travel makes everything going super slow but it is also something I really enjoy.

Next I will add a new colour to this room and think about new lighting, at the moment this wall is painted in Tusk, see my Little Greene colour moodboard. I will change it into something darker, which I hope will make the room even cosier. And if you have any ideas for window decoration: four! out of five of my blinds in the living are broken and need to be replaced and as you see lots of light is coming from one of the big windows facing south. 

Olbia Collection
I highly underestimated what a rug can do for a room. Being super picky on what comes into my home I also found it hard on what to choose and finding a minimal rug in a natural shade is not as simple as it seems. Every morning when I come into the room I am happy to see how beautiful it fits the dark floors, and it also feels amazing to walk on barefoot, something I did not experienced with any other rug I ever had. 

The different shades of natural and other colours, 96 to choose from to be precisely, a variety of yarn thicknesses and 26 possible textures gives you a never ending variety of rugs when combined. Tisca has a really nice online guide on how to choose your perfect rug, off which I choose the Olbia Polar with. 

The Olbia Polar (love the name as Olbia is the town where each of my visit to Sardinia starts) can be found in the selection of versatile rugs. This type of rug is versatile as well as hard-wearing. Being reversible makes this rug long-lived and easy to care for. Wool also has the advantage of being able to absorb moisture and release it again. Thus it regulates the interior climate and provides a cosy and pleasant atmosphere in the home. Pure new wool rugs score with their self-cleaning effect. 

In order to create a special effect you should have a look at the different 'Comfortable rugs' as well as the 'cuddly' versions. The special processing of the yarns accentuates each structure in a different way. 

This post is written in collaboration with Tisca, and I am really thankful to the wonderful Tisca team for their invite to experience the making of their rugs in Transylvania, and the beautiful rug for my own home. Thank you!  
February 6, 2020

The Sculptor’s Residence, an exclusive apartment atelier installation

Last month I showed you the beautiful stand by Menu at imm cologne and in today's blogpost a few images of 'The Sculptor’s Residence', an exclusive apartment atelier installation by MENU and DUX in collaboration with Norm Architects. For the occasion of Stockholm Design week a period property is transformed into the eclectic home of an artisan collector.

"Through four different rooms that serve as an exhibition space for designs from MENU and DUX, tactile sculptures by British object-maker Nicholas Shurey, functional ceramic objects by Sofia Tufvasson and Atelier Armand, limestone and marble podiums by Östersjösten and dolomite plaster plinths by St. Leo stand alongside furniture, lighting and interior accessories to transform the space with bold, geometric forms, natural materials and sleek, Modernist lines that perfectly offset the classical details of the building. As if collected and created over time, the objects in the performative space immerse guests in the mind of an artisan"

February 5, 2020

Fascinated by ceramics and the work of Annemiek Boots

I have always been fascinated by ceramics and with a clay atelier very close to my home I am even more intrigued to try out working with clay one day myself and see if I have the patience to actually make something.
February 1, 2020

GSI Ceramica | Color Elements | Inspiration for your bathroom

Lately I wrote a lot about my home makeover, and talked about paint, floors, kitchens and countertops. I have always loved working on my home. Two areas though, I have neglected for years; the bathroom and separate toilet. As I won’t really move houses, I love the area I live and changed my home to fit all my needs, I won’t design a full bathroom any time soon.

Curious as I am to learn more about the making of, I love to visit factories therefore, and always looking for possibilities, I’d love to see if re-doing the bathroom and toilet I have, would be a possibility some day. I have numerous bathroom boards on Pinterest and over the years I added different bathrooms from brands I have worked with and design I find inspiring, one can keep dreaming right!

For today’s blog post I teamed up with Italian GSI Ceramica and love to tell you a bit about their history and give you a glimpse into their collection. GSI Ceramica pro­duces san­i­tary, wash­basins, bidet, wc and ded­i­cated ac­ces­sories in the heart of the Italian ceramic tradition.