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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

April 27, 2021

Lokalt - A modern traditional craft collection by IKEA




No doubt our lives ánd how we decorate our homes changed over the last year. Not only are there things we all miss, but there has certainly been an awareness of how dependent we have become on the import of goods to keep society going. This back to basic feeling, the longing back, and now even more appreciating nature and everything that is handmade has influenced our way of decorating. 

More and more we see original utensils as decoration in our homes. Water and oil pitchers, vessels and ceramics bowls are a favourite, just like anything made out of materials such as banana fiber and bamboo.
Ikea teamed up with four young contemporary designers from Amman, Delhi and Bangkok who worked together with local artisans and local traditions to create the new limited collection Lokalt. A collection perfectly fitting the common trend.  I selected a few items of the collection. 

LOKALT collection is produced by social businesses in Jordan, Thailand and India. Every cushion cover, rug, basket and bowl is handmade by skilled artisans and creates work in regions where it’s most needed. 



Lokalt - A modern traditional craft collection by IKEA



THINKK design studio 
Sharing meals and dining together is an integral part of Thai culture. It brings family and friends together. With that – and the rich Thai history of ceramic artefacts – as a starting point, Thinkk design studio designed a set of dishes, bowls and vases.  





kalt - A modern traditional craft collection by IKEA


kalt - A modern traditional craft collection by IKEA




A soft, graphic wool rug with black threads that run out from the long sides is woven by hand by Indian women. Local traditions, skilled craftsmanship and modern design in a beautiful combination.




kalt - A modern traditional craft collection by IKEA




A banana fibre basket and lamp shade, hand-braided by women artisans working for Industree* , an Indian social business with a clear purpose – to provide long-term livelihoods where it’s most needed 

Lokalt can be found in stores from June 2021



April 24, 2021

Traditional Malian textiles in modern design | Elle La interior


Traditional Malian textiles in modern design | Elle La interior


On vosgesparis I always love to show the little gems in the mass of interior design products. Some time ago I spotted an image with cotton rolls stacked on each other, it was love at first site as they reminded me of the antic handwoven rolled up linen bread cloth that belonged to my Sardinian mother in law. It took me some time to find out where these rolls came from and who posted that image, and my search brought me to Ella Hustinx, founder of Elle La

Inspired by age-old textile traditions from the Dogon region near Burkina Faso, where the Dogon people live and wanting to support the artisans who uphold these traditions she founded 'Ella La' in the Summer of 2020. Surprisingly Ella happened to live in the same area as me and was so kind to drop by my home to show me her work personally and tell me more about the artisans and the natural ingredients used for the cotton she now creates cushions and wall hangings from.

The cotton is hand - picked, spun and woven with local looms in strips about 15 centimeters wide and then coloured using the Bogolan technique where mud is mixed with natural dyes from tree bark, indigo leaves and plants. What I saw were the most beautiful pure colours: terra, indigo, cream and pale black and rolls with that little touch of 'irregularity' you only see when something is handmade.  

MALIAN TEXTILES



Traditional Malian textiles in modern design | Elle La interior


Made locally with recycled filling

Ella designs all products herself and they are made in collaboration with Atelier Made Here, a studio based in Amsterdam East, where refugee tailors from mainly Syria stitch the pillows together. Ella: "Supporting the local economy by working with a local manufacturer enables us to reduce emissions, and produce on a smaller scale, based on real demand.

Ella carefully chooses her materials, aiming for naturalness, longevity and durability. The filling is recycled down feathers. In collaboration with the Amsterdam based thrift-shop De Lokatie we collect second- hand feather bedding which is cleaned and purified by bedding company Ducky dons in accordance with the ‘Responsible Down Standard’ (RDS).  






All images ©vosgesparis / portret picture via Elle La 

April 21, 2021

At home with Vincent van Duysen and Sergio Herman | Serax

 

Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN


Travelling, fresh food, interiors and design kind of sum up my favourite things in life I love to share with family and friends. Not an easy task these days to find inspiration from travelling or interior fairs.

Something we do not need to travel or leave the house for though are good food and design, and for today's post I loved to style 'the table' with an imaginary dinner for two and a few selected pieces from the Inku tableware by Sergio Herman and the passe-partout kitchen and tableware by Vincent van Duysen, both designers collaborating on a regularly base with Serax, find some other pieces of the collection at my w/ style partner Wen her blog BeeldSteil  

Inku Tableware

During his culinary trips to Japan, Sergio Herman was completely fascinated by the local and pure tableware. With Inku Sergio Herman translated that Japanese simplicity into a dynamic atmosphere and the glamour of a fully-fledged brasserie. Inku is the signature tableware in Sergio’s Le Pristine, a brasserie in which he combines the region of Zeeland with Italian culinary flair. 



Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN



Passe-Partout By Vincent van Duysen

Included in the AD100 survey by the Architectural Digest network multiple times, Vincent van Duysen needs no introduction. Next to product design for numerous international brands, to commercial and large-scale architectural projects, with a focus on high-end residences all over the world, he was appointed as creative director of Italian brands Molteni&C and Dada in 2016, reshaping their global image by designing flagship stores, exhibition stands and a series of new products. From 2018 to May 2020, he covered the role of art director at Sahco for Kvadrat, after which he has been collaborating as a senior designer. 

In the Serax collection numerous design by Vincent is present, including one of the latest: Passe-Partout. A black & white porcelain table and glassware and a series of cutlery and wooden accessories. By stacking or by playing with the contrasting white and black exterior colours countless visual effects can be created.



Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN





Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN

Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN

Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN

Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN



Serax tableware inku PASSE-PARTOUT KITCHEN & TABLE VINCENT VAN DUYSEN


Photography & styling by desiree / vosgesparis
in collaboration with Serax and w/ style 
April 15, 2021

A new kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble


kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble


If you follow me for some time you must have seen my trip to Copenhagen where we got to make some images and try out the first Vipp kitchen in both the amazing Loft in Copenhagen and the beautiful minimalistic getaway, the Vipp shelter in the woods of Sweden. Today Vipp unveils its second kitchen design named V2

While the first kitchen made in steel presented a raw and refined industrial design, the V2 is crafted in wood, stone, glass and metal adding a new organic tactility and materiality to kitchen design. Dark oak meets Jura marble in a design language that takes us from Vipp’s roots in Denmark all the way to Japan through a simple and refined aesthetic idiom. 



kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble

kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble


Dark oak meets Jura marble

Morten Bo Jensen, Chief Designer at Vipp explains: "The result is V2, a new kitchen system where dark oak meets Jura marble - a fine grained lime-stone rich in fossils from the Germany’s Alp region - in a carefully curated interplay. Combined with carefully carved cabinets in oak sourced in Europe, the fine-grained limestone confers a new organic tactility to Vipp’s functional kitchen system. 

The new V2 lends the design principles of high-quality materials and functional detailing that laid the ground for V1, the first Vipp kitchen presented 10 years ago. While stone and oak signify a new material approach, you will recognize Vipp in the use of one of our trademark materials – extruded aluminium. 

Rounded aluminium profiles with reeded details serve as discreet, integrated drawer and cabinet grips. Drawer constructions and interior fittings like the softly moulded silicone cutlery divider found in the V1 kitchen are repeated in the V2 kitchen. The modularity, utilities, and building-block approach, also known from the V1, are reused in the V2 kitchen, where predefined units form either tall, wall or island modules. 



kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble

kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble

kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble

kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble

kitchen by VIPP in dark oak and jura marble



 Pictures Vipp

April 14, 2021

A look inside the Frama studio store and a new mirror

Frama mirror

One of the first places after Italy of course, I can't wait to go back when we can travel again is Copenhagen. I have so many great memories of the city and the design events I attended over the years. Visiting the Frama studio store is always one of the first places I love to go. Visiting Frama is always such a nice experience, and with their new addition to the store 'Apotek 57', have a look here if you missed it: A new eatery inside the Frama studio store | Apotek 57 it will be even better to stay a bit longer. 

New also is the 'Recess Mirror', designed by Jonas Trampedach to complement an exhibition of the original Rivet Side Tables. Here shown inside the Frama studio store. The Recess Mirror Collection is a series of monumental aluminum-framed mirrors created to be hung both vertically or horizontally. By combining curved semicircular forms and bold angles with the raw beauty of pure aluminum, the Recess Mirror appears as a playful and distinctly sophisticated wall object. 


frama Recess mirror


Frama mirror
Frama mirror
frama mirror


Pictures courtesy Frama  

April 9, 2021

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak


Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak

I came across this solid oak kitchen based on the idea of a piece of furniture with a kitchen's functionality: 
The artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen. Each kitchen is produced locally by skilled craftsmen at Tre Sekel in Tibro, Sweden. The unique skill of the carpenters is used to ensure that every detail of the kitchen is thought through and the kitchen is made with a craft that is unusual when it comes to kitchen manufacturing.

Each kitchen is manufactured based on each customer's unique dimensions and conditions at no extra cost. The kitchen is also delivered assembled ready to be placed.Cabinet frames, drawers and doors are made of solid wood from Swedish forests. The oak is treated with soap or by smoking, a surface that can withstand wear with dignity. The drawers are joined by sinking with furnishings of, among other things, Tärnsjö leather. A material I remember from my visit to Fredericia and seeing the making of the Spanish chair Copenhagen Design tour by Fredericia & Georg Jensen

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak

Artilleriet X Tre Sekel Kitchen in solid oak


 Images Artilleriet