February 25, 2020

Chaud Side tables by Charlotte Jonckheer

Another sculptural design on the blog today, I hope you enjoy seeing discoveries like this as much as you love the different homes, design news and ceramics I post on the blog. With the first fairs behind me and looking forward to Milan Design week... let's hope Corona virus will be under control by then, I went through some of the pictures I made of the different exhibitions. Milan is always a highlight and I feel blessed to have a small group of friends to experience the Salone with every year. I will also be back at the actual Salone del Mobile to work with a fantastic group of different brands!

One of the highlights two years ago was the exhibition by Brut collective, an installation by a group of Belgian designers. This is where I also discovered the work of Charlotte JonckheerDerived from a study on the color grey, Charlotte produced the 'Chaud side table series', constructed out of paper composite and natural stone.

Recycling colourful print rests and hand pressing them with chalk results in color neutral, stone like surfaces, the paper composites are still humid and can be bend. They are dried and held in a series of open stone moulds; different curves of the same length, which afterwards frame the base of the table. Each paper form is unalike the other as the air dictates their shape during the drying process. United, the dried paper and the stone, fluid against rigid, warm against cold, young against old, challenge each other to create a series of architectural inspired side tables.

Pictures ©vosgesparis // more on Brut collective in this story: BRUT | A collective of Six Belgian designers
February 19, 2020

Brutalist Silence | A brutalist creative hubby Annabell Kutucu

Some time ago I covered an amazing apartment in Vienna on the blog, A monochrome apartment in Vienna It wasn't the first time I showed the work of Annabell Kutucu and recently I came across her latest project located in the newest of Berlin's community space Marina Marina, a re-positioning of 1950’s architecture at the waterfront, and home to talented and intelligent entrepreneurs. 

Reduced design of brutalist silence and wabi-sabi inspired aesthetics with selected vintage pieces by 'Original in Berlin', balance the rough architecture and create an inspiring environment.

Interior Design & Styling by Annabell Kutucu | Photography by Ana Santl

February 17, 2020

Piet Boon Bathroom Showroom and Salvatori Flagship store

The other week I was invited to the opening event of the brand new Piet Boon Bathroom Showroom. In addition to their kitchen, living and outdoor showrooms, the new 500 square meters Piet Boon Bathroom showroom is an important addition to the Studio Piet Boon portfolio. A great evening in good company, with drinks, Gabriele Salvatori picking up the guitar and of course a walk through the beautiful new showroom. 

Italian design brand Salvatori is one of the leading design companies specialized in natural stone and is always on my must visited list during Milan Design week and I was happy to see them been invited by Piet Boon to open its first flagship store in The Netherlands. Salvatori and Piet Boon share a very similar taste for beauty and passion for timeless and quality design which have led to this venture.

For over thirty years, the bathroom has been an important part of the interiors designed by Studio Piet Boon. In line with the studio's design philosophy and passion for rich natural materials, craftsmanship, innovative textures and color combinations, this vision comes to life in the new Piet Boon Bathroom showroom. Here, soothing tone-on-tone colours obtained with luxurious materials match the contemporary design of the space where , layered combinations of textures and accessories take center stage.

The showroom displays the complete Piet Boon concept, in which various products, such as taps and bathroom mirrors complement indispensable and functional components including tiles, washbasins and bathtubs, collaborations with the brand's long time partners such as Cocoon, Douglas & Jones, Formani and Senso. Different compositions and very unique products, such as the marble bathtub carved out of a single piece of natural stone, and the clear coordination of the color palette, are a testament to the passion for comfort and timeless design.

Piet Boon: "The desire to be able to show a comprehensive Piet Boon concept under one roof has been at the top of my wish list. About a year ago, we started working on the first ideas to develop and design a total concept for our bathroom showroom. It is an honour to be able to work with such beautiful and skilled partners and to be able to present a complete Piet Boon world"

Photography by Thomas de Bruyne 

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"