Star Bench

Looking forward to sunny days, drinking my morning coffee outside. Though I love the Emu garden bench indoors too. During Autumn and Winter I have it inside for extra storage space, as a nice styling element or at the kitchen table. All good and nice.. but I can’t wait to put it outside again. My balcony is cozy but small so an eyecatcher was needed, yet I also wanted a comfortable sitting. 

This bench is part of the Star collection, which also exists of chairs and tables in a variety of colors. I chose the matt black bench, big enough for two. The combination of the minimal lines and the black turns it into a graphic element.

The story behind this brand is remarkable. It is based on experience the designers gained as radio engineers during the second world war. They set up a machine shop specialized in the production of military equipment. In order to comply with the exact technical specifications for these devices, which require a high resistance to weather conditions, it was important to protect the metal parts by means of plasticization. This Italian company used this knowledge and got specialized in metal garden furniture since 1951. This history shows in its solid and timeless character.

Though the bench is made of metal, I have experienced that the comfort is very good. The bench has a metal frame with a steel seat and back support. Thanks to the galvanization and the powder-coated frame the bench is suitable for intensive (outdoor) use. 

Fun fact: the Star bench was specially designed for the Starbucks terraces. So lot’s of good coffee moments in the sun guaranteed. Can’t wait..

Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

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Last weekend was a very inspiring day at the Hoxton Hotel: the HoxHowTo design event styled by w/ Style Agency. You may have seen the Frama stools and bench used in our decoration concept. I love this Copenhagen based brand for its natural and detailed designs. 

Copenhagen

Early January we visited Copenhagen. We had two wonderful but busy days so I was glad we booked an extra day. The morning before we left to the airport we had a few hours for a coffee and delicious lunch in town. Also to visit some stores from our wish list. 

The Frama store was definitely one of the highlights. Online I already noticed the impressive wooden laboratory closet, filled with body care products in beautiful bottles. The store space is divided into several smaller rooms and corners. All equally beautiful, it feels more like an exhibition space than a shop. I made several rounds through the space and noticed beautiful new details every round.

Frama Studio operates in various creative fields, like furniture, ceramics, lighting, books and kitchens. They all have in common that they focus on natural materials, simple geometry and a general appreciation of permanency. At home, I am the lucky owner of small - but much appreciated - Frama design: the E27 table light. Made of bronze metal with a black textile cord.

The headquarters and Studio Store is located in central Copenhagen within the historic and protected neighbourhood of Nyboder. Located in a former pharmacy established in 1878. Other Frama Studio Stores are located in Oslo, Stockholm and New York. 


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Last Sunday it finally happened: the HowHoxTo design event in the apartment space of the Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam. w/ Style Agency was part of this event and teamed with the friendly Hoxton staff for a day. After several brainstorms - and just as much truffle fries - in the Hoxton lobby, it was great to see our styling concept coming to life. We arrived early Sunday morning to unpack all the beautiful brands who participated in our styling and selected w/ Style collection. 

We curated characteristic Scandinavian and Dutch interior | design brands to create a natural, minimal yet warm atmosphere. With attention for quality materials: warm wood, comfortable fabrics and rugged leather. With a touch of industrial and black, supplemented with a lot of greenery in old ceramic pots. The brands we collaborated with: FramaMoebePaper CollectiveSPRDLXMiscellaneousJust RightPillahLeff AmsterdamElle DecorationNomess and Marie Stella Maris.

w/ Style was also asked to join a panel talk. Desiree and I participated in an interesting discussion about the balance between form and function in daily interiors, small living and cozy minimalism. The atmosphere was open and informal with enthusiastic attendees. 

Travel Products Selected w/ Style

In the Moebe open selves we showcased our w/ Style selected travel products. Essentials we love to take with us when travelling. Easy in use, small and - lost but not least - beautiful and stylish: think about a leather Travellers notebook, healthy body care items, a firm laptop sleeve, portable music speakers and a solid watch

The open kitchen was the central meeting point of the participants with tasty bites and fresh made cocktails served all day. On the marble kitchen top we created an installation with iconic candle holders and wooden boxes filled with inspiration. 

Thank you Hoxton and all attendees for a wonderful and inspiring day!

w/ Style agency in collaboration with Hoxton AmsterdamFramaMoebePaper CollectiveSPRDLXMiscellaneousJust RightPillahLeff AmsterdamElle DecorationNomess and Marie Stella Maris.

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