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June 3, 2021

A new blog for vosgesparis

 






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May 22, 2021

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court


Suffering from a broken shoulder I am not updating the blog as much as I would like, let alone finishing the projects I am working on at home. Patience is what I need to practise over creativity in the coming weeks. Luckily some great things are on it's way too. A new website is in the make, and to be launched any time soon, and I got an email from Zachit Tshuva.

I previously showed a home she designed which you really loved: A monochrome home with soft and natural materials and I love to show you one of her latest renovation projects. She also kindly provided me with the text for the blogpost explaining the project, a real help when all goes slow!
Thank you so much Zachit.


A light home with a beautiful court



A renovation project of a 95 square meter house that was originally built in 1950. A simple and modest one floor plan with an innocent looking roof tile. The construction of the roof as well as the height of it were hidden above a thin layer of "Ravitz" ceiling which is basically iron mash with plaster. The height of the interior space was really law and felt unpleasant, only 250 cm and uneven surface due to sinking and physical deterioration over the years. 

From a small door that leads to the space of the roof we had a very dark and dusty look to the construction- it was very unique sneak peek – beautiful concrete beams treasure. Since we did not have the original plans, we tried to understand the construction. One of the neighbours told us that the roof was brought as a full shield by a lever and the builders leant it on the walls which means that most of the walls are constructive and we should be careful with the new plan. 



A light home with a beautiful court
 

First thing we decided to do is to reveal the beams and gain height. The revelation was overwhelming, the height really changed the whole feeling and proportion of the space, the presence of the concrete was impressive but at the same time felt too industrial – the challenge was to balance the presence of the material and the repetitive riddim but to find a way to keep the whole picture quiet and not too crowded. Since I believe that a living space should be calm and relaxed.

The solution was to expose and enjoy the uniqueness and the beauty of concrete and to close with white plaster between the upper beams to achieve a gentle and soft feeling. As to the plan; the original kitchen was a narrow room and we wanted to create a more open and young approach of living : The new kitchen is facing the living room and the court yard.
   


A light home with a beautiful court



We opened a maximum window wall with two wide iron frame doors between the living area to the court yard to gain maximum natural light and to connect the outside with the house.
In order to have these changes we had to add iron construction that add another texture and character we created an home office in the corridor that leads to the master bedroom and open an inner window between the living and the corridor to let natural light in.


We chose a wood floor to hold all the materials together and gave everything an intimate and warm atmosphere. We were very careful with the rest of the windows we enlarge them but kept the intimate feeling of the old house. 


A light home with a beautiful court


I like renovation projects because they have magic layers from the past and the challenge is to reveal it and respect it. I find the combination between old and new as a potential for interesting meeting points The kitchen tiles are Moroccan zelig tiles I just fell in love with the pattern and I love hand made products it brings a human touch.

I give a lot of attention to furniture and art because I think that it is a layer of living and very significant to the the whole atmosphere. Most of the furniture are modern monochromatic colours with beautiful materials and textures like wood and leather. The art is mainly oil paintings that feels like small windows. And graphic monochromatic patterns.

design: Zachit Tshuva / architect photo: gadi Yosef / furniture: arco collection / art: Nir Haaron and Shay Avivi  


A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court

A light home with a beautiful court
 


May 17, 2021

Top picks from Fine Art America



My top picks from Fine Art America



Where I previously had some real gallery walls, I now prefer to have a few spots at home where I combine art with books and accessories. These corners give me the possibility to create the still life's and styled corners I love so much. And of course there is always a spot left on my wall for that one favourite artist, holiday or family picture.

Most of the time I get to know new artists through Instagram or blogs, or they approach me personally, also art websites are a favourite of mine. Art is something really personal and most of the time for me it is the more abstract minimal drawing in simple muted colours that I love most. Black and white portrait photography is something you will always see in my home, either from fashion artists and musicians I love or shots from beautiful authentic people that make me dream of travelling to, for me, unknown countries. 

On art websites you can often find something for every taste, and using their search machines can help you find that one piece you're looking for when using the right keywords. When Fine Art America asked me to have a look at their featured artist and art, I used key-words as ‘Minimal’ and ‘Line art’ and soon a few favourite wall art pieces were found. Shopping for wall art by room, theme, medium, product type, and colour is another option if you are looking for inspiration.



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Fine Art America

The World's Largest Art Marketplace and Print-On-Demand Technology Company Fine Art America is the world's largest art marketplace and print-on-demand technology company helping artists sell wall art, but also home decor and other products and are home to hundreds of thousands of artists, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, and iconic brands to choose from.


While strolling through the many options I selected a few favourite artworks I loved to give you an impression and that hopefully inspire you to create some new corners or a complete new art wall yourself. Fine Art America even has an augmented-reality mobile app that helps you see the artwork in your space before you complete your purchase! 


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Open your own shop

If you are an artist yourself, you can open an account, upload your images, select the products that you want to sell, set your prices, and begin selling to millions of buyers worldwide. Fine Art America fulfils each order on behalf of the artists - taking care of the printing, framing, matting, packaging, shipping and finances. Each product is manufactured at one of their 16 global production facilities and delivered "ready-to-hang"
In addition to providing an online marketplace and fulfilment service there is much more Fine Art America can do for each artist, have a look here for an overview on how to open your own shop. 



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Black Magic 304 by Sharon Cummings



Top picks from Fine Art America

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Top picks from Fine Art America
Top picks from Fine Art America

Top picks from Fine Art America

Written in collaboration with Fine Art America 
May 6, 2021

A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space

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BYLOTTE recently opened their 350sqm high-end fashion boutique designed by Studio &Space. A beautiful project and unique retail environment that caught my eye earlier because of the unique display tables, designed by the Studio. The owner, Lotte, is an avid 1970s lover, which is reflected in the use of material and the selection of iconic (vintage) design pieces. Thus bringing liveliness and character to the interior.

Maaike of Studio &Space: "The concept aims to emphasize the unique own identity of the BYLOTTE brand and to create an elevated environment for its brands (including Max Mara, IRO and Joseph) and its community. Inspired by modern femininity, the interior plays with contrasts; the monochrome basis is calm, sober and features heavy volumes, while linen curtains, warm wood and round shapes bring warmth and femininity. "


 
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space
A high end fashion boutique by Studio &Space





May 3, 2021

5 soft curved design sofas to upgrade your home

soft curved design sofa

Last month I showed you five modular sofas and today a few more Design Sofas in natural colours to choose from. My search for the perfect sofa continues, because let's be honest, buying a new sofa is not cheap and one of those pieces of furniture that you certainly want to enjoy for a number of years.

Even though I mainly use the couch to chill, watch a movie or a power nap, there are plenty of times I find myself on the couch with my laptop, and I must confess that I often, multitasking and all that, have dinner on the couch too. But what to choose if you want a couch that is good to sit and work on by day and comfortable by night. While with a modular seating area you can really go wild in your living room and create a great chill area that you can easily change. It will get hotel chic and sophisticated with the super trendy curved sofas!

Soft in shape due to its curves, the curved sofa will remain a popular choice also in 2021 and a real statement in your interior. These Design sofas are beautiful if given enough space and often the back is also beautiful shaped, making it even more an eye-catcher. Not only are sofas in white and beige to be seen everywhere, the choice of fabrics is also enormous and we especially see wonderfully cuddly bouclé and teddy a lot. I went through the huge collection of Design Furniture and lined up a number of natural sofas for you with a friendly curved shape and a comfortable seat, partly due to the higher backrests.




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& Tradition Loafer sofa

The & Tradition Loafer sofa is a design by the Danish design studio Space Copenhagen and an extension of the Loafer Fauteuil, which the designer duo designed in collaboration with & tradition for the iconic Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Loafer is inspired by the majestic spiral staircase and round pillars that can be found in the hotel lobby and the designers wanted to design a piece of furniture that could create a sense of intimacy in this very open space.

Choose the couch in Velvet, a strong fabric from & Tradition itself or Karakorum. Karakorum is a fabric from Dedar that consists of bouclé wool and viscose and is inspired by a type of lamb fur from the Astrakhan sheep, which is known for its small, soft and shiny curls. Available in a two-and three-seater and perfect if you are looking for a sofa with a firm but comfortable seat.  
soft curved design sofas





soft curved design sofas

New works Covent Sofa

The design of the New Works Covent Sofa Deep Three-seater invites you to really snuggle up. The sofa has a wooden construction with high-quality foam on top and is upholstered with attention and a great example of the expertise of Danish craftsmanship. The Covent Sofa is available in four different neutral colours. 

The Covent Sofa Deep is slightly deeper than the Covent Sofa Narrow. This makes this sofa more like a lounge sofa. Would you prefer a slightly more active seat? Then the Covent Sofa Narrow Two-seater might be more suitable. 



soft curved design sofas






soft curved design sofas

Menu Tearoom Sofa

The picture above is probably one of the most seen pictures after the opening event of The Audo, the beautiful headquarter where everything of Danish Menu comes together in one space. The chairs are part of the Tearoom series and I remember looking at them during 3 days of Design when together with a group of familiar and long time blogging friends we had a first glimpse of The Audo. I still hope to check in one day in one of their beautiful guest suites.

Back to sofa's, the Tearoom Sofa, pictured below, is just like the Tearoom chair designed by Scottish designer Nick Ross. Pairing the luxurious feel of full upholstery with a clean silhouette rooted in geometric forms, the Tearoom Series is as appealing to the touch as it is easy on the eyes. While creating the clean silhouette, Ross took exceptional care to imbue every inch with mood-lifting comfort. Timeless in its expression and execution, the Tearoom Series is well-suited to both period and contemporary environments from exclusive hotels, clubs and lounges to private homes. 

soft curved design sofas

soft curved design sofas

soft curved design sofas






soft curved design sofas

Ferm Living Rico Divan & Sofa's

The Rico series welcomes curves and volumes into a classic design defined by soft lines and an embracing expression. The Divan is a piece of furniture all its own and I could easily see a few together if you have enough space. On the other hand it could pass as a daybed, bears a resemblance to a settee, and gives off chaise lounge vibes. I think it is a really beautiful designed Divan in timeless bouclé fabric within the Rico Series.  

Voluminous shapes are central to the warm Rico collection. The combination of volume, broad lines and elegance is perfectly balanced so that classic and modern meet in this collection. The series consists of a 3-seater sofa, a 4-seater sofa, an armchair, a divan and a stool. All in beautiful colours!




soft curved design sofas



soft curved design sofas

Gubi Stay Sofa

The Danish brand Gubi was founded in 1967 by Liesbeth and Gubi Olsen and now includes a beautiful collection of design furniture such as chairs, lamps, bar stools, tables and mirrors. The unique thing is that they excel at re-polishing forgotten icons. The policy of the Danish Gubi has led to the relaunch of forgotten gems from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

From their innovative point of view they create progressive design and over the years they have always managed to hold on to their own views, way of thinking and conviction. That makes Gubi a brand with its own expression.

This can also be recognized in the Stay Sofa by Space Copenhagen which has been designed with a clear focus on comfort and a sculptural and organic shape that, besides from giving a contemporary look, also embraces the user and encourages to stay seated. The sofa is available in four different sizes and different fabric and leather.
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Written in collaboration with MisterDesign
April 30, 2021

Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo

Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo


Azuba Residence is the fourth case study project of Japanese furniture brand Karimoku Case Study and is conceived in close collaboration between Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design. The latest additions to the collection of fine wooden furniture pieces are created as part of this complete renovation project and have its native setting in a luxury apartment built in 1988, tucked away in the quiet Nishi-Azabu residential district of Tokyo.

Similar to the previous Karimoko Case Study projects, the Azabu apartment combines Japanese and Scandinavian design principles and aesthetics. A shared belief in the use of natural materials and a muted color palette lies as the foundation of the project, characterized by the focus on tactile, soft-minimal and timeless qualities.

In contrast to the previous Case Study projects as the Kinuta Terrace Apartments in Tokyo and the Archipelago House in Sweden, the Azabu Residence Project is completed in muted, dark tones enhancing and embracing the intimacy of shadows. The spacious but dimly lit apartment is a cozy, human-centric and protective dwelling away from the noise of the city. A calm and embracing interior for contemplation and private family life.


Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo


One of the core elements of the Case Study brand is the study of design- and architectural history and the inspiration for many of the projects has been sparked by field trips to architectural sites, gardens, parks and temples in both Japan and Denmark.

The Azabu project was designed shortly after a trip to the Americas and the inspiration of mid-century American and Brazilian modernism is evident in use of warm dark natural materials and wooden wall paneling, lush carpets and tactile upholstery, in the case translated into a new and dark version of a Japanese-Scandinavian interior. 

Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
Minimal Azuba Residence Tokyo
                                                    All words and images Norm Architects