Muuto Minimalistic Lighting Design
Another beauty from Muuto: pendant light Grain designed by the Swedish Jens Farger. He brings a new perspective on lighting by combining an iconic and minimalistic design using innovative new materials.
‘Discover your inner Mr Benjamin’. The concept behind the new edition of Enter the Loft in Amsterdam. Visiting The Loft is at your own risk because everything can be purchased: ‘if you can touch it, it means you can take it back home’. In any case, you’re going home filled with new ideas, wishing you could restyle your own interior. So you’ll never go home empty handed.
Good reading material this weekend: the second edition of the vtwonen Blogazine in cooperation with Meet the Blogger. A unique magazine about and created by European lifestyle and interior bloggers. After a successful first edition last year, I’m very happy with the result of the second: 140 pages of creativity and inspiration. From page 64 you can read the full story behind the photography and styling shoot I did with April and May.
I always loved the word ‘melancholy’ in lyrics, books and poems. So when I came across the Stutterheim web page, their text appealed to me: ‘Feeling blue inspires creativity. What if August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman and hundreds of other famous Swedish artists had felt happy all the time? Would they have produced their fantastic work? No. Being melancholic is an essential part of being a human being. To embrace melancholy is ultimately to embrace joy. Embrace Swedish melancholy, embracing rain is a good start..’
Instead of going on holiday I moved to another house this summer. What I like the most about a new home, is that it feels like a whole new blank page to fill.. That means I’m extra focussed on interiors and storage solutions at the moment. This apartment by Tai & Architectural Design – based in Taiwan – caught my eye.
Last week during the launch of the new Ikea catalog, it felt like a one-day vacation in Sweden. The sun, the delicious food, a unique location at Paviljoen Puur.. and – last but not least – the new collections presented in a very special way. Several bunkers at the historical defense line of Amsterdam were beautifully styled with upcoming new and temporary products. This year’s keywords are shape, functionality, quality, durability and affordability. In addition, the kitchen and food both play a major role.
A perfect combination for small living: the Artifox desk 01 and bike rack. Smart, compact and organized, I love it! Artifox created the desk with one objective: to inspire and refine a personal workspace. Modeled after the traditional writing desk, yet adapted to fit the modern needs.
The Wooloowin House is the result of a renovation by architect Paul Owen, based in Australia. At first, the black room divider caught my eye. A striking graphic element in this mainly white painted wooden cottage. It’s a clever way to divide an open living area without it being uninviting.
Remember I wrote about the Berlin-based lifestyle store Simon and Me? After two years they renamed the brand to Simon Freund, with a varied collection of consumable goods. Each object is a reflection of Simon Freund’s personal understanding of design, aesthetic and functionality. The beautiful linen tote bag and copper bracelet are both part of my daily essentials.