This month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers topic was a bit of a challenge. For a styling project I borrowed most of my greens, so the urban jungle is very modest at the moment. A few small succulents, cacti and one big green plant have remained. But a small gang is a gang too.. so I’m sharing it anyway. I collected them in the living room, combined with two of my favorite reads of this moment.
In April I showed you my inspiration mood board for the Villa ArenA window display. At first I made a styling plan, using magazines and Pinterest as an inspiration for mood boards. The next step was to choose favourite furniture and home accessories by visiting the varied stores. And then the best part: styling and decorating the shop window. It was nice to see my styling concept coming to life.
Another Danish restaurant noted on my ‘Copenhagen to go list’. Italy is a new restaurant in the Danish capital, part of the Cofoco group: “Italy is not just a restaurant – it’s a feeling. When you eat in Italy, you feel like you are in the south, where there is a relaxed meal culture, grand gestures and good humor. Everything we want to take home with us when we observe life in a trattoria in Rome or a pizzeria in Naples.” Norm Architects designed the interior for this first Italy chain of restaurants run by Cofoco.
During Democratic Design Day in Älmhult, Sweden, Ikea announced a collaboration with known fashion designers. “We have decided to open ourselves and to work even more closely with inspiring and passionate people from all over the world” says Design Manager Marcus Engman. “IKEA is always curious and we are looking forward to the innovative ideas of fashion designers. ”
Design, innovation and creativity were the main reasons to visit Salone del Mobile last month. But Milan, the capital of Lombardy, has more to offer than design and fashion. It’s a big and fascinating city. Easy to travel by metro, but walking you’ll discover the hidden treasures of the city: green courtyards, narrow alleys, inviting coffee bars and (industrial) buildings with a rich history. Beside beautiful design, the renovated old buildings with cracked walls caught my attention. Brera was one of my favorite areas of Milan because of its art galleries and small boutiques. A highlight was The Garden of Wonders, a botanic garden part of a large cultural complex housed in the nearby Brera Palace. In just a few minutes, I stepped into a completely different world. From a lively neighborhood into a peaceful garden, a true journey for all the senses. I love the versatility of Milan.
Architecture agency Alain Carle is located in Montreal, Canada. “The Les Marais project began with a fascination for the built landscape of the empty space that characterizes North American rural areas, often consisting of large flat expanses studded with groups of buildings”.
Only a two-hour drive from my home and it feels like holiday. Living in Maastricht is easy and beautiful. A few weeks ago I experienced this Dutch southern city from the ‘Craft’ Hotel St. Martinslane. Located just outside the city center and close to the train station. St. Martenslane is a self-service hotel: you check in at Townhouse, their sister hotel across the street. Where they handle you the key, information about the hotel and – if desired – some delicious homemade soup. In my room I got a warm welcome with a personal notebook full of addresses to discover in Maastricht. A nice surprise and very handy because I was new town. I also loved the big map painted on the wall at the entrance: a walking route which leads you through all the local craftsman in the city.
This month we – Urban Jungle Bloggers – share our creative ideas of a green gift. It’s nice to get, but I love to give. And nowadays nobody looks surprised when you give them a cactus as a gift, instead of flowers or a plant. Largely thanks to Igor and Judith, the founders of the Urban Jungle Bloggers.
COS collaborated with Snarkitecture in Milan during Salone del Mobile. Snarkitecture is a Brooklyn-based experimental architecture studio. Together with COS they created an installation and temporary concept store: ‘a place to relax, wonder and explore’. At the entrance, the visitors were drawn into a white space filled with thousands of suspended fabric ribbons. I had to restrain myself not to run through the ribbons.. From an exploration room and a place to gather, the white ribbon tunnel eventually led to the contemporary concept store. The light and atmosphere were wonderful. A highlight of my visit to Milan and a welcome moment of calmness.
I wrote about Puik Art designer Ernst Koning – Ilias Ernst – before, about his clock Clork. Ernst gets inspired from the things he experiences and sees in his daily life. Light Tulight is a perfect example of that. I love the simple shapes and elegant graphic look in black. As you might have noticed, the famous Dutch tulip flower is the base of this design. Made out of flexible silicone with a four meters long cord. Which is very useful in my living room with high ceilings. I chose black, but the Tulight comes in a variety of colours. Beautiful as a single statement or grouped together. And the good news: this is a giveaway!