While browsing the internet I found the above picture on Pinterest. The ceramics by Hübsch caught my eye. Designed in Denmark and produced all over the world. Each year Hübsch presents two collections. Tendencies in the beginning of the year: a collection filled with new products for fresh spring and summer inspiration. In August they introduce Occasions, which includes a range of new autumn products and accessories for the Holidays. I love the combination of minimal forms and the soft and matte colors.
Last weekend I spend a few days in Utrecht, a small but lively old city in the middle of The Netherlands. Normally I avoid the main streets and chain stores. But this time I visited the Bijenkorf looking for the pop up store of Nomess Copenhagen. A Danish brand that is still very hard to find here. Nomess emphasizes the beauty of organising. It offers minimal, practical and stylish products. From small furniture to home accessories and travel products. Although only a very small part of the collection was available, it was worth the visit. In particular the workspace collection appealed to me. Practically goes well with beauty, we already knew that. Nomess shows it with art paper clips, black and white bookmarks and beautiful notebooks. The Tray Box is a favorite. A combination of a tray and hideaway box made of cardboard. A great way to keep the clutter away from my desk and it fits nicely with my other Nordic accessories.
“Nomess Copenhagen was founded in 2007 by Suzanne Potts, due to her own demand for organising, simplicity and aesthetic indulgence. All products are designed for the single purpose of making everyday life easier. For Nomess the functionality in organising objects can’t stand alone – it simply needs aesthetics to function. Those two qualities are the foundation of Nomess Copenhagen – and the vision. Nomess is the obvious choice for creative people, because Nomess is a way of creating a personal style.” (Nomess)
Studiomama is working on a great renovation project: two loft apartments on the top of a 300 year-old building. Located in Gamla Stan, the old center of Stockholm. In these 200 sqm apartments two worlds come together perfectly. I love the combination of the raw old beams and the modern feeling of plain wood and marble in the kitchen and bathroom. The two apartments are contrasting in form and layout. Apartment one is more traditional, apartment 2 makes bold design statements and features a double height bookcase flanking one wall with an integrated sliding door.
“Non-authentic layers were removed to reveal the original framework which has been restored to punctuate the open space and expose the structural wooden beams. It was important to maintain the special atmosphere and charm that this old house embedded but also create two flats that would be attractive for a modern day life”. (Studiomama)
If you are interested in photography, styling and design this might be an interesting opportunity! All you need is an open mind and a camera to join the Photography and Styling Masterclass at the Dutch Vitra Showroom hosted by Meet the Blogger. The building itself is worth a visit. I was very impressed by the bright spaces and the remarkable roof construction. And of course all the wonderful design accessories and furniture. I’m big fan of Vitra, among others the Uten.Silo and the Hang it All by Eames. So this is your chance. You can not only enjoy the delightful showroom, you’re also allowed to style and photograph all present Vitra products.
What will you learn?
In the morning fellow teacher Holly of Avenue Lifestyle will share her styling tips and tricks. I’ll take you into the world of photography and creating a visual identity. In short, a lot of styling and photography tips.
basics of photography
the importance of images on your blog
defining your style
In the afternoon you will turn the information and inspiration into practice. Holly and I will walk around to help you out and answer your questions. An active program where you will work in small groups to build your own styling and photography set.
Information and tickets
This is a one day masterclass including lunch and drinks at the Vitra Showroom in Amstelveen on March 6. The technical part of this masterclass will be held in Dutch, the styling part will be in English. A refreshing mix of two bloggers, two languages, different styles, experiences and knowledge merged together. Please bring your camera, with a tripod if possible. And two small favorite styling objects from home that represent your personal style.
You can order you ticket here. Hope to meet you in March!
Regular readers know that I love design. So I’m happy to announce that from now on you can monthly enjoy the beautiful designs of Puik Art on my blog. And giveaways as well! Puik Art is a Dutch organisation that helps young designers launch their creations. They also develop and design products for their own label. The first designer I’d like to introduce to you is young designer Ernst Koning from Amsterdam, working under his label ILIAS ERNST.
About the Designer
What first drove you to start designing?
Since my teens I have been designing and making things, from skateboard ramps to a custom made scooter. In the last year of my design studies I decided to start my own studio.
What inspires your passion for design?
A large part of my inspiration I get just from my environment and the things that I see and experience in daily life. I not only look at things for what they are right there and then, but more in what they could be, translating them into functional, elegant and often surprising products. I believe that my products tell their own story and need no further explanation of the thought behind it. I want my products to express simplicity and creativity with a surprising edge.
James Irvine, Benjamin Hubert and Nendo are my inspirations.
Do you have an overall design statement for your work?
In a nutshell, as my websites says: Ernst Koning draws inspiration from everyday life, translating it into functional and elegant designs.
How do you feel about the future of design?
I think that the added value of design for consumer and business products is becoming increasingly important. It provides a competitive edge. People will be prepared to pay more. A combination of sustainable solutions and attractive design of local products will make a difference.
What’s the story behind the Clork?
Simple forms combined with natural materials gives the Clork a great look and feel. Its left corner stable in the present, while the circular right side allows time to roll by. De Clork comes in natural and black cork that fits in different interiors. The Clork feels at home on a desk, shelf or on a nightstand.
This video shows a brief introduction about the designer and the Clork (in Dutch).
Get your own Clork! All you have to do is leave a comment in the section below. Do you have a perfect place for this wonderful clock? In your home or maybe at your workspace. Within one week we will randomly choose a winner. He or she will be contacted via email. Good luck!
More beautiful ways to display your greens keep coming up. Like the Wire Pot designed for Menu. Minimal and stylish as to expect from this Danish brand. And how about these Patch Marble Tables? Wow.. I think this looks wonderful. The tables are the result of a collaboration between Note Design Studio and Norm Architects. Made of leftover pieces of stone. With the idea to use it in a more casual way. Inspired by the traditional Japanese landscape architecture.
“Almost randomly the different slabs of marble in a variety of qualities and colors came together in a beautiful disordered patten, that made it into the most beautiful graphic artwork.” (Kristoffer Fagerström from Note Design Studio)
Wargstedt is a company with a passion for design, based in Stockholm. I love their minimal style and the soft pastel colors they use in the offset prints. The Power Woman quote is one of my favorites. A selection of twenty of the greatest woman of the past century, each with a quote to honor them and what they have accomplished. Well, every quote has its own truth and gives you a good feeling. Wise words to inspire!
“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes”
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”
(William Arthur Ward)
“Money may not but happiness, but I’d rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus”
Actually this months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme is Plants and Coffee. But I’m no coffee lover. I really tried: lots of warm milk with just a little bit of coffee in a typical old café in Amsterdam, a beautiful cappuccino on a sunny terrace in Milan and a iced macchiato in a trendy coffee bar. But it couldn’t please me. So no pretty cups of coffee (art) on Instagram for me. It’s not my kind of flavor so I’ve experienced. Tea, on the other hand.. I could drink it all day long. Hot during winter days and cold with mint and lemon in the summer.
1 cup of perfect tea
At home a whole kitchen drawer is filled with only tea. In several flavors. Especially organic herbal tea is a favorite. I start each day with a large glass of chamomile tea. And end the day with a sleepy tea in the evening. In between a good old earl grey, green or black tea. Sometimes quick and occasionally in beautiful porcelain tableware with a piece of tasty chocolate. What applies to many coffee drinkers, works for me with tea. It wakes me up in the morning and keeps me going during the day. And what could be more green than drinking from the leaves of a plant?