July 30, 2020

New mages from my kitchen & a lamp made by ANOUR


Although you already saw some pictures we made in my kitchen for our w/ Style shoots, I made a few more to show you my latest treasure, the 'Divar' lamp from Anour. With a worktop extractor, which I would highly recommend in case you are building your kitchen, I had to think of how to illuminate the worktop and this part of my kitchen that is painted in black.

I love to keep the wall free from kitchen cabinets or cluttered shelves and with a relatively low ceiling already I didn’t want to lower it any further in order to build in some spots. After seeing a picture on Instagram off a kitchen with a likewise 3 meter worktop and the Divar lamp by Anour I had to have a closer look at the different materials and possibilities. 

Anour collaborates with specialized craftsmen called “brazier" [workers in brass] at their own workshop, which I showed on the blog last month: A new showroom for Danish lighting brand Anour With their own workshop the brand has the opportunity to create very specific material finishes and turn copper, brass, steel, aluminium, wood and marble into custom lighting for customers and bespoke projects. 

Anour Divar lamp in my kitchen at vosgesparis.com

Initially I could have chosen a matching brass finish, I loved to see the material with my own eyes though and see how the different finishes would match with the rest of my kitchen: the wooden cabinets by Norm Architects for Reform Copenhagen and the black Kelya worktop by Cosentino. I think it is important to see and feel materials and what finish you are most attracted to once you have them in your hands, for me decorating my home has all to do with emotion and what makes my heart jump.

Luckily enough I was able to have a look at the different samples at Mobilia, an interior store near my home where Anour is sold, and it didn’t take me long to go for a Browned brass. A finish that looks sophisticated with the black wall painted in colour ‘Amsterdam’ by Studio AnoukB and adds a sparkle at the same time. Besides perfectly made and finished I love the minimal look and soft light that shines both up and down and of course the dimmable function which I love. Also the finish of the lamp is versatile enough to also fit a lighter painted wall beautifully.


Sustainable & honest handmade products
The recent pandemic that we are in made it even clearer that we need to return to a simpler and more sustainable society. Honest handmade products, skilled craftsmen and professionals and production closer to home. Also in my own house I try to take this into account as much as possible and prefer buying a handmade product over mass production.

The fact that Anour collaborates with craftsmen in their own workshop is something I really appreciate, according to an interview I read, only a handful of official material finishers (braziers) are left in existence in Denmark. The finishers are the heart of Anour – They are the ones that shape the materials to obtain the perfect patina, suiting the lamps and light, to give the best look to blend with a specific room – And it’s all done by hand. Limiting the number of lights made, preserving the authenticity of the product and the story that comes with

For me personally it also meant I got all the answers to my questions and help including understanding the electricity connections needed and the option to adjust the length, good and clear communication is certainly something I love.

This however is not the only way they set themselves apart from the rest, for Anour, it has been important to work with materials that allow the buyer to enjoy their product for a lifetime. It is a showdown against the ever-hungry consumer society that buys, consumes and discards. It's about the tactile approach to materials. And embracing the ageing process of materials as value rather than a negative. 


Minimalism and trends
I feel lucky to have added this lamp to my kitchen and the fact I didn’t make quick decisions but chose a well thought design made by hand. It felt rather special to receive an email saying they started making my lamp. Anour produces to order – which means that no material will be wasted on stocking up a product which might never sell.

I personally love minimal design and Anour as a brand perfectly fits my ideas on how to decorate my home. I like simple lines and shapes without (to many) unnecessary features. Loving minimal spaces with only the bare essentials for me always go hand in hand though with the longing for friends around the table filled with plates and bottles, good food and the warmth of candles and soft lighting.

My taste developed over the years and it is no secret I love metal furniture, as it is timeless, I believe that only pure and natural materials can age with me over the years. And as Arash, founder of Anour says: “Design trends are often temporary, and they usually come at a high price for our planet’s material resources. That is why we rely on evergreens within our material library. Consciously working with simple forms in order to allow the materials to shine.”

“These precious materials don’t come cheap, and some of our lamps can seem expensive – but our uncompromising approach is based on high standards, we exist to create lamps that are so simple in design that they become timeless Icons. Carefully manufactured and constantly improved to get better and smarter “ Great design is about eliminating the noise, by reducing objects to their absolute essentials. I’m constantly searching for the source of purity and perfection in my work.” 

kitchen vosgesparis.com with Anour Divar lamp

The story
Reintroducing the value of simplicity is the first thing you see when looking at the website of Danish Design lighting company Anour and I couldn't agree more. I have been following Anour for a few years and wrote several blogs about them before, never this personal though and funny thing I discovered, in my very first post back in 2016 I selected the Divar as my favourite of the collection. 

Founder and Architect Arash Nourinejad graduated in 2007 and launched Anour.dk to showcase his portfolio while working as an architect for kitchens. The first ‘I model’, now a fundamental part of the Anour brand, was made as an accessory to compliment a bed he had crafted at his home during a renovation back in 2012. After showing the lamp at a furniture fair in Copenhagen Arash started exploring the whole lighting range, fulfilling customers dreams thanks to new unique materials, variety of sizes and opened his own workshop in Copenhagen. 

With many leftovers from producing the I model, and demands from customers asking for different shapes of suspension lamps above home and office tables, the company designed different models resulting in a carefully curated collection. When introducing the first table lamp in 2017 also wood was introduced as a new material for the I model, currently available in Oak, Black Stain Oak and Walnut. Recently also a new table lamp was introduced which I showed you in my home here for the first time. 

I love how my kitchen is coming together finding the perfect details over time and cooperating with beautiful brands and Studio AnoukB for the first floor and wall choices and as a perfect sparring partner and friend. Next I will be working on finishing some small details, and finding a beautiful carpet and new window coverings and maybe even a 'fire' place or different table to make the kitchen even a more cozy part of my home.

kitchen of vosgesparis.com

Written in collaboration with Anour
July 26, 2020

At home with Kinfolk | Dosan exhibition

kinfolk dosan

Kinfolk Dosan is a lifestyle and community space in Seoul and the world's first Kinfolk location - delivering the exact values from the Kinfolk magazines into reality. Built around a sunny courtyard in the heart of Gangnam, Kinfolk Dosan houses a bustling Tartine Bakery, concept store and florist on the ground floor, with a private loft, outdoor terrace and pop up event space upstairs. Currently the space is used for the first in a new series of experiential exhibitions. 

I missed exhibitions like this and the design world buzz in general, staying at home and keeping myself safe was my main occupation over the last months and I miss travelling, my summer holiday and hugging my family which made me realize even more what a fantastic Summer I had last year, renting a house where all were welcome and doing their own thing, while having cozy dinner moments at night together and lots of talks you only have when you stay together for a longer time again. 

As Kinfolk Dosan says: 'The lockdown measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have reminded us all of the importance of home: As a sanctuary against the outside world, as somewhere to share moments with friends and family, and as a living reflection of our interests beyond its walls.'

In partnership with Vint Gallery, Teo Yang Studios, Creative Lab, Vitra and Cassina, Kinfolk Dosan is hosting a month-long experiential exhibition celebrating the beauty of home, featuring iconic French furniture from Modernist designers such as Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier. See if there is a spot left to visit here

Images via Kinfolk 
July 22, 2020

New plans and collections by Frama

While the team at Frama is preparing an all new experience at the Frama store for the next season, I thought of showing you the latest additions to their ever expanding collection. I have always loved the industrial character of the Eiffel lamp and need to confess I have one in a box for a long time waiting for the right place and time. If you love seeing more of Frama and their different projects have a look here at all my previous blog stories and styling.

The latest addition to the Eiffel series is the Single Eiffel lamp and I fell in love with the lamp all over again! Designed by Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen, I would describe them as Minimal Chic with the simple form and the brass detail that functions as a dimmer.

As Frama explains:'In balance between construction and form, the new additions to the Eiffel Series are made with simplicity in mind. The softly diffused light is dimmable, making the lamp suitable for any space and available in two sizes, 500 and 1000 mm.  

New also the AML Lamp collection, which celebrates the pure industrial aesthetic and the poetic charm of a classic light bulb. Known for creating rigorous and refined architecture, Andreas Martin-Löf has designed a series of lamps intending to add personality and practicality to the work desk, bedside, or the living room

The Clamp Lamp is a small lighting fixture composed of a folded metal clamp and a molded light holder. It can easily be fixed to a bookshelf, a table, windowsill, or even on a pile of magazines.

The Library Lamp is composed of a combination of folded metal body and light holder to create a bookend. It can be placed on the shelf or the desk, either as a bookend or as a free-standing fixture.

Pictures by Frama // first picture by Niels Strøyer Christophersen
July 20, 2020

Authentic plaster finishes at Apparatus by Kamp Studios


I am a huge admirer of Apparatus, not only do I love their work, their stores belong to the most beautiful I know. While looking at the picture above I found out Kamp Studios is responsible for the beautiful wall finishes. Kamp Studios is a multi-disciplinary creative studio, based in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in architecturally authentic plaster finishes. I am 
happy they kindly shared some images with me of their work at Apparatus Los Angeles, and so impressed by the different colours and structures in the wall finish. 

Kamp Studios blends imagination with innovation and help to construct beautiful surroundings. Their core concepts lie in the transformative power of surface, innovation and design, and their ability to elevate environments and explore all that is superficial. Combining a love of modern design with remastered, old-world techniques, they have amassed an extensive collection of architectural finishes to suit any style. 

'Great design and great relationships come from collaboration' says the studio and they take pride in working closely with their clients to create something beautiful together. I think the pictures speak for themselves. Also have a look at my other blogposts about the different Apparatus' stores.

Apparatus store

Apparatus store

Apparatus store

Apparatus store
 pictures via Kamp Studio 
July 16, 2020

Grand & Johnson new showroom studio and conceptstore

Although I really dislike the over-tourism that has hit Amsterdam in the last few years. I still believe there is an amount of tourists and locals interested in other things than what we dislike and did not miss during lockdown. Such as beautiful coffee places, outstanding restaurants and hotels and of course my favourite subject: Design in the city! It has been five years since I first wrote about one of my favourite Amsterdam based Studio and conceptstores: Minimalistic yet rich -spectacular yet sober With their brand new location just across the former smaller studio and store Grand & Johnson created a beautiful experience in the monumental and industrial tram depot 'De Hallen'.

July 13, 2020

The Circle | Objects by Elisa Ossino for Officine Saffi

"The Circle" is a collection of objects by Elisa Ossino for Officine Saffi."The Circle" takes her quest for abstraction in the living space to the next level with the creation of a suspended, lunar dimension in which the space itself becomes a habitable sculpture. Elisa Ossino: "Clays and sands handcrafted with artisan techniques and without an initial mould preserve the formal emotion of a material that seems to petrify into unique pieces: prime numbers forged outside the framework of mass production."

The artist sculpts objects whose naturalness hints at worlds beyond, worlds that we seem to be able to journey through with nothing more than a gaze. The openings in the surfaces of the chairs, table and partition posit the idea of a relationship between lines and curves that echoes the absolute categories of time, direction and light, forming a circle of natural forces encapsulated by the formal archetypes of these enigmatic and meditative creations.

pictures via Officine Saffi

July 10, 2020

Top 3 Design lamps by Danish LE KLINT | Selected by vosgesparis


With a new countertop and most of the kitchen finished, my next focal point is the lighting at my home. I think a beautiful lamp really finishes off a space, just like curtains, which will be my next project! After years it was time to replace the common hardware store lamps and a few others that I was tired of. I already have several new ones, or updated old favourites and some others are on their way. My last purchase which I showed in this post, was love at first sight at imm Cologne earlier this year.

Fairs are amazing to get to know new brands or see new products up close and I am so happy to work with imm Cologne every year. At imm I also saw the products of Danish brand Le Klint for the first time in real life and made a few images and a movie for Instagram. 

LE KLINT is synonymous with folded iconic lampshades,  their story dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when a hand pleated lamp shade was folded to fit a paraffin lamp both designed by architect and master of engineering P.V. Jensen-Klint. Le Klint has been developing lamps in cooperation with architects and designers who have great respect for craftsmanship and their traditions.


The company maintained the original concept, the hand folded iconic shades take years of learning specific techniques, completing a qualifying process and mastering many different pleating forms, before one is inducted, as part of the skilled team of Pleating Technicians. Together with metal workers and wood workers the in-house design Studio of Klint developed a range of different and trendy contemporary lamps. 

I selected a few of my favourites from the collection, for even more inspiration have a look at this Design Lighting to find beautiful lamps for your home.

Cylinder by Klint Design Team
Pictured at the beginning of the post two out of three Cylinder hang lamps. Above the 'Cylinder table lamp', minimalistic with an industrial and modern touch. In my opinion it also has a Japanese feeling I really love and makes this lamp probably my favourite from the collection designed by Klint Design Team. Made of and-pleated plastic film fitted to black stained oak with steel details. 

ARCDesign by Manér Studio for LE KLINT

ARCDesign by Manér Studio
Kolding Design School graduates Nanna Neergaard and Marie Hesseldahl joined forces as Manér Studio and has created a brand new design concept in lighting. The LE KLINT ARC collection, consisting a table lamp, floor lamp, hanging lamp and wall lamp. Inspired by the shape of the high arches in the Grundtvigs Church in Copenhagen created by architect and designer P.V. Jensen-Klint and later completed by his son Kaare Klint. 

Pictured below the ARC table lamp. The elegant urban chic lamp is covered with a veneer oak edge that is optionally black-coloured or has a natural finish. The hood is on a small wooden base in the same color. The steel back of the hood is black or champagne coloured, depending on the variant.  

ARC table lamp LE KLINT

Pliverre by Christian Troels
The longer I look at the different collection the harder it is to choose the last in my selection of favourite lamps by LE KLINT. I chose however the Pliverre because it is made out of milk glass making it unique within the LE KLINT collection. 

What I love even more and what caught my eye is the small brass connection between the hood and the cord. A stylish cord adjuster is included as standard which allows you to easily adjust the height of the lamp. Available in different variations from a single pendent to a chandelier with several glass shades. 

In collaboration with Mister Design
July 8, 2020

Minimal design at home | Philips TV x Bowers & Wilkins

On Instagram I already gave you a sneak peek of the bench I made the other week, I guess you loved it as much as I do, because I received lots of messages asking if I would share how to make one too. What I didn't tell was that I made the bench especially for an upcoming collaboration with Philips Television. Philips TV recently launched two OLED+ models in collaboration with legendary British audio company Bowers & Wilkins, the Philips TV OLED+934 and OLED+984.

The custom made bench perfectly fit the new Philips TV OLED+934 and its beautiful minimal design. Minimal design really is a must for me, and although I love a few shiny details, I prefer my electronics to be stylish and preferably black. The Philips TV OLED+934 is a high end, thin model that offers best picture quality and Dolby Atmos sound through a separate Bowers & Wilkins speaker enclosure and finished with Kvadrat fabric, that combines with a minimalist metal angled arm to act as the set’s table top stand.

For me, minimal living and the house I create for myself is mainly an uncluttered home. Items I never use or think I may need one day are mostly sold or given away. I treasure the few accessories, my memories and the necessary furniture pieces. I've been writing for years, and long before Marie Kondo became really popular, to only surround yourself with the things you really love and this certainly doesn't mean living without any luxury or a television.

I really love having a television at home next to the devices I daily use. In my eyes nothing can beat a real television during an evening of binge watching. With this Philips television that features the latest technical specifications in picture quality performance, bringing better sharpness, more accurate colours and skin tones and better contrast to all sources ánd the great sound, I am all ready for a holiday at home this year.

Writing this blog for almost 13 years and absorbing everything that has to do with interior and design on a daily base, I still love watching interior design programs on television. Travel and cooking documentaries are a favourite too, and the colours are fantastic on this new television.

Philips Ambilight brings extra atmosphere. Below some examples where I switched on both red and blue. Changing the color with the video is also an option, you can see an example of this in my Instagram stories. Already winner of the EISA Best Home Theatre TV 2019 award, both OLED+ models are available from last September 2019. More specifications and all the new features can be found here

Written in collaboration with Philips Television
July 6, 2020

Architectural basin solutions by antoniolupi design

Before continuing to discover the world of antoniolupi, I would like to show some more architectural basin solutions made available to architects and designers, where the sink disappears into space, leaving the role of protagonist to water and other natural elements.

antoniolupi’s research on the theme of solutions integrated into the surfaces that define an environment began many years ago and can now count on a complete range of products made available to architects and designers, to interpret the formal needs of contemporary and functional minimalism.

In my previous post I already wrote about the different built in shower-head solutions: Beautiful metal finishes and built-in shower-head design. antonilupi not only uses the ceiling in his design, also the wall becomes an element of design, where sinks are integrated and only show the part you really need.

Invisible Sinks
No wonder architects and designers love the different solutions antoniolupi offer to integrate sinks in their design projects. Walls no longer are a structural element only but became part of the actual bathroom design. 

Today I love to highlight, four sinks that are beautiful integrated to the wall and designed in collaboration with well known designer Domenico De Palo. ‘Strappo’ (2011), ‘Silenzio’(2012), Soffio (2013), and ‘Calice’ (2017) together with Mario Ferrarini. More images and detailed information about all sinks can also be found at the website of antoniolupi: Sinks 

STRAPPO designed by Domenico de Palo
'Strappo' washbasin is the result of the production capacity of the brand antoniolupi with the creativity of Domenico de Palo. Domenico de Palo’s designer label is unmistakable in this creation, a washbasin that is able to merge with the surface where installed. As De Palo says: “I wanted to design a washbasin that seems to tear a strip of the wall, to give life to a new concept of living in the bathroom”.

A year after ‘Strappo’ Domenico de Palo and antoniolupi developed ‘Silenzio’, a washbasin with an even greater design-content than before. The unmistakable signature of Domenico de Palo is even more evident in this washbasin which is able to blend into the surface onto which it is installed.

Realized in Corin the washbasin appears to come out of the wall, giving it a life and shape. It can be painted just like the rest of the wall, making it disappear into the wall. Silenzio can be described as a “nude” washbasin to be dressed in clothing that can be changed and updated with different finishes. 

The voice of ‘Silenzio’ (Silence) plus the sound of a ‘Strappo’ (Tear) gives inspiration to ‘Soffio’ (Breath) It’s as if a gust of wind, caressing the wall, had taken away a piece of the wall itself, integrated perfectly into the wall to display only the part you really need.

‘Soffio’ is made of Corian, after its installation it is plastered and whitewashed then finished with paint like the rest of the wall and disappears within it. The bowl and the light elements are suggestive. The LED lighting is internally integrated with a blue and white light, the frame has a total width of 72 cm. In my Pinterest album you can see some more colours... I couldn't stop myself though from showing the pink version here!

Calice - between organic and architectural design
After Strappo, Silenzio and Soffio research continues for antoniolupi on the theme of integration between sink and wall, on the ability to give continuity to the vertical surface in order to describe a basin that welcomes water in a fluid and enveloping space.

With Calice, the traditional sink is developed with elegance and formal cleansing for another exciting collection. An explicit reference to a classical image reinterpreted through a contemporary material to give absolute continuity to the surface. Designed by Mario Ferrarini and Domenico De Palo. 

More images can be found in my antoniolupi guestboard on Pinterest

Other posts about antoniolupi design on the blog:

Written in collaboration with antoniolupi