Salt and Pepper set Boeien by Puik Art

3/27/2015

 

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Salt and Pepper set Boeien by Puik Art

Earlier I wrote about Puik Art and a monthly introduction to their designers here on the blog. And the great opportunity to win one of the beautiful designs! This month it’s Ka-Lai Chan: a talented Dutch product designer with roots in China.

 

About the designer

What first drove you to start designing?

I always liked to create things when I was young. Drawing and doing handicraft was what I liked the most. I also liked to change stories or doing things different. A silly example is that when my little sister was playing sweetly with her dolls and barbies in a perfect home-made small little house with a beautiful story, when I grabbed a huge plush elephant and I said: “And then, all of a sudden, there was a giant elephant coming who smashed everything by dancing and swinging his trunk!” It was pretty mean, but funny as well. This is also what I’m always trying to show in my designs. An exciting different story and view. My teacher at the secondary school told me about the product design school. A new world was opening for me. I didn’t know that something like product design existed. Since then I’m designing.

What inspires your passion for design?

Everything around me inspires me. From nature, buildings, structures, patterns, existing products to human behaviors. I see things in a different way and I try to translate this into my work, so people can experience them in a different way. My works are minimal, I love simplicity in a design. How can I make a product more valuable and beautiful by using less.

Do you have an overall design statement for your work?

Through my creations I want to uncover the hidden value of ordinary objects and materials, letting people look at the beauty of things and experience them in a way they normally wouldn’t have noticed.

What are your favorite designers, photographers, artists .. and why?

My favorite designer is Nendo. Because of his simplicity but yet surprising designs. My favorite photographer is Erwin Olaf, he tells intriguing stories by his photo’s.

How do you feel about the future of design?

I think a lot of old, traditional products will come back in our houses. There are so many new things happening in the world of design, like 3D printing. I think it gets a bit overwhelming and people will want to go back to the older traditional products, where they have memories and connection with. A mix of new and old products will make an interesting unique match. I think it’s very important for us as designers to design and create products which are timeless, sustainable, functional and fairly made. There’s already so much waste in our world. Every day new design and products are born. Therefore, it’s important to add something valuable to people and this world.

Can you share the story behind ‘Boeien’? And other details and particularities?

Boeien is a beautiful and unique salt and pepper set made of hand blown glass and cork. This selection of materials ensures for a surprising appearance. Because the cork has a convex bottom, Boeien may slightly rock like buoys at sea. This provides a dynamic and playful feel at the table.

This video shows a brief introduction about the designer and salt and pepper set Boeien (in Dutch).

 

Giveaway

Get your own set of Boeien! All you have to do is leave a comment in the section below: what do you think of this salt and pepper set design? Within one week we will randomly choose a winner. He or she will be contacted via email. Good luck!

 

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© 2015 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

Hazy Blanket

3/24/2015

 

 

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Hazy Blanket

Spring has officially arrived, the evenings and mornings can still be a little fresh though. A good reason to keep a warm blanket within reach. The Hazy blanket is made in Sweden of 100% soft cotton. It measures 175 x 130 cm. Designed as a home accessory, but I think it can be used as both a home blanket as a fashion accessory. A feeling of warmth and coziness in- and outdoors. The black and white pattern is beautiful! Based on a very simple principle: the combination of two complementary colors that create a dynamic space through color gradients and the intertwining of different tones.

‘A blanket similar to a landscape and an ocean – the world from a bird’s eye view. Your individual imagination creates own worlds.’ (Schneid)

 

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My Life in Instagram

3/22/2015

 

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My Life in Instagram

Have a powerful Sunday!

xo

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Shelf Big Ledge by Anne Linde

Interior Inspiration INT2 Architecture

Weekend Read

 

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Shelf Big Ledge by Anne Linde

3/20/2015

 

 

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Shelf Big Ledge by Anne Linde

“Metal is great” says Anne Linde, I totally agree. Shelf Big:Ledge is made of powder coated steel, strong and beautiful through simplicity. Designer Anne lives and works in Denmark, she creates timeless, simple open shelves which fit into every room in the house. The black version of the Big:Ledge is perfect for my kitchen. It doesn’t take up too much wall space, but it’s large enough to storage some necessary kitchen supplies. At the back I store collected recipes. An inspiring image or favourite recipe I save at the front with a little magnet. A versatile design and very nice to look at.. love it!

 

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© 2015 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

Interior inspiration INT2 Architecture

3/17/2015

 

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Interior inspiration INT2 Architecture

Since a few years I’ve got a chocolate brown Gelderland bench designed by Scholten & Baijings. I doubted whether I should change it to a light grey sofa cover. But after seeing these pictures I might have to think it over.. (still in doubt). I love this bold and a bit masculine interior. The combination of the white base with dark grey and shades of brown. Warm through natural materials such as the wooden floor and leather furniture. Sturdy through the grey and graphical elements. Project Interior MA is designed by INT2 Architecture, a multi-disciplinary team of architects, designers, artists, photographers and philosophers based in Russia.

 

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Weekend Read

3/14/2015

 

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Weekend Read

After some busy weeks it’s time to use the weekend where it’s meant for: relaxation. But not before I completed a run in the Dutch forest. I’m happy the days are slowely getting longer and a bit warmer. Spring is the best time for a run first thing in the morning. With the sound of the birds in the background and the world slowly waking up, a fresh and healthy start. Currently I train for the Nike Woman’s 10k in May. Doing well so far. I’m a runner for a few years now, but never joined an organized run before. I though the Nike’s run would be fun and I needed some motivation after the long and grey winter months. 

Last Thursday I had a meeting in Amsterdam with a small group of Dutch lifestyle and interior bloggers. We all have the same passion for blogging, creating and sharing. I love this part of my job: connecting with like-minded. Yesterday I was in Amsterdam again, in between meetings I took the opportunity to visit my favorite magazine store: Athenaeum in the Spui area. Couldn’t resist the latest edition of Kinfolk magazine, the Entrepreneurs Issue. Also the second publication of Nourished Journal jumped right into my bag. A lifestyle magazine with interviews, recipes, travel stories and information on health and wellbeing. Enough inspiration to get me through the weekend. Wish you a good one!

 

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After all, we’re all budding entrepreneurs in one way or another, whether we own a small business, have grand plans for starting one or just enjoy daydreaming about throwing caution to the wind to make donuts full-time. Whether you’re working in an artistic field as a maker and doer, crunching numbers or saving lives, creativity can be found in all our pursuits.” (Kinfolk)

 

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 © 2015 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

Bloomon Flowers

3/12/2015

 

 

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Bloomon Flowers

I don’t have a really good talent for arranging flowers. So much is clear after a press lunch with a flower workshop from Bloomon at restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam last week. At least not in accordance with the flower styling technique of Bloomon. Which is beautiful, by the way: large branches with strong and colorful flowers. I have learned when creating a beautiful bouquet not only the color, but shape and high play a major role in assembling a bouquet. Until now I used my own freestyle kind of technique. If you prefer to leave it up to an expert, Bloomon is a great choice.

 

How does it work?

On the Bloomon website you select the flower bouquet of your choice: small, medium or large. A compleet styled and fresh bunch of flowers will be on your doorstep at a delivery time of your choice. It comes with a happy note, some extra information and care tips for the particular flowers (did you know there are eight flower seasons in one year?). It’s as easy as it sounds. Whether you like your flowers colorful, modest, big or small: they make life more beautiful, that’s for sure.

 

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‘No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow’

 

 © 2015 beeldsteil.com
photography and styling by Wendy van Woudenberg

Sami Arquitectos Homely Ruin

3/09/2015

 

 

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Sami Arquitectos Homely Ruin

Let’s start the week with some architecture inspiration. If it looks like this, I would love to live in a ruin! Sami Arquitectos transformed an old ruin into a beautiful small holiday home. A powerful combination of rough stone materials and the friendly appearance of white and timber. A home that blends naturally with its surroundings. The ruin openings seems random, but it’s an exciting combination of the original and new openings related to the home spaces. To let as much light inside as possible.

 

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My Life in Instagram

3/08/2015

 

 

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My Life in Instagram

After two days, I’m still in the afterglow of a great day at Vitra

A beautiful space filled with design and over 40 enthusiastic bloggers

To prepare a masterclass always takes a lot of energy

But it doesn’t outweigh the positive vibes and energy we’ve got in return!

And with the first spring sunshine, today is a perfect day to slow down

Wish you a lovely Sunday!

 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Ikea Home Smart

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Hanging Planters

Hübsch Ceramics

Nomess on my Desk

 

iphoneography by Wendy van Woudenberg

 

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#visualstory

Ikea Home Smart

3/04/2015

 

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Ikea Home Smart

Finally a beautiful way to charge your mobile! Ikea introduces the Wireless Charging collection. A range of interior products with a built-in charger. It includes small furniture, like bedside table Selje,  desk lamp Riggad and several charging pads called Nordmãrke. A special phone cover will be available and all Wireless Charging products are provided with USB, making it possible to charge additional devices too. Ikea is working on more design collections in which form, quality, function and an affordable price come together. Can’t wait to get rid of those messy cables and to start using a stylish charging pad on my desk.

“With the help of our wireless chargers, we make charging easy, fun and convenient, by turning furniture into charging spots. We enable convenient charging throughout the home, designed for your personal needs. At the same time, we make homes more beautiful by minimizing the use of cables. Nobody likes cables, yet everyone wants a fully functional home. With our wireless chargers, it’s possible to have both.” (Björn Block)

 

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source: Ikea

 

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