Menu Nutt Hammer

From now I am the owner of the best kitchen tool ever: the Nut Hammer designed by Roger Arquer for Menu. It looks and feels like a real tool. It’s heavy and does what it is made for: cracking nuts fast and easy. 

I must admit I’m not necessarily a cooking enthusiast. Though, I do love a good and beautiful kitchen essential. And the Nutt Hammer guarantees much more fun moments in the kitchen. I eat a lot of nuts for both breakfast, as a snack and in salads. So this is a welcome addition to my kitchen equipment.

The handle is made of dark ash wood. Combined with cast iron and a black silicone cap. It gives the design a  masculine look. It’s a great combination of aesthetics and function. How does it work? Simply put a nut in the cap and hit it against a hard and smooth surface. The cast iron will do the work and crack the nut. You don’t have to slam it too hard. And no mess, because the cracked nut remains in the black cap. The Nutt Hammer works with different types of nuts, like walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. 

Menu’s philosophy is very simple. They want to make the world better en less complicated: a little bit nicer to wake up. This Danish brand collaborates with talented and creative designers all over the world to make objects and high quality design with a crisp Scandinavian look. The result of their cooperation with Spanish designer Roger Arquer meets these values and they created a clever solution for modern living and everyday use. 

It is not an indispensable tool, but certainly a very nice way to crack some healthy nuts.


Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

In collaboration with mister design


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Cotton House w/ Style

Now the first signs of Autumn are visible, I long for the days when Desiree and visited  Barcelona and Madrid this Summer. During this city trip, we photographed and enjoyed several hotels for our Travel w/ Style section. Among which the Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona, located on the former site of the ‘Cotton Textile Foundation’ A 19th- century building centrally situated only a few steps away from shops and restaurants.

We were welcomed by the lovely team and were really impressed by the beautiful entrance of the building, a vestibule covered in mirrors. The building is really elegant with several great rooms and lounges where the bar and restaurant are located, a luminous glass conservatory and a 300 sqm terrace filled with beautiful greens. Impressive stairways lead to the old library and the so-called L’Atelier which was the office to which guild-members withdrew so that their tailors and shirt-makers could take their measurements. 

The Cotton House recovers the essence of this tradition by offering its guests an artisanal tailor service provided by the professionals of Santa Eulalia, the most prestigious tailor establishment in Barcelona. A tailor from that firm will come to the Atelier to take guests measurements, advise and select unique fabrics of the highest quality to make the desired garments.

The decoration of the 83 rooms, including five spacious suites, is inspired on cotton through a chromatic combination of the white, black and sepia of the cotton plant and everything it evokes: softness, comfort, delicacy and naturalness, which are materialized in the fabrics and textures of the very highest quality.

It was really warm when we were in Barcelona and it was great to start the day with breakfast in the beautiful garden. What we loved most about our stay though was the early morning swim in the exterior pool located on the sixth floor and seeing the city wake up before breakfast.


Photography: beeldSTEIL for w/ Style 

Travel w/ Style in collaboration with Cotton House Hotel



Blomus w/ Style


Shooting for w/ Style is not only fun and very inspiring. We also love to work with different brands. To get to know new brands and their collections. For this shoot, we worked with Blomus. A brand well-known for their home accessories designs and craftsmanship since 1961. We styled and photographed the Planta planters and Mio collection together with some beautiful fabrics. 

The brown-black planter set was definitely one of our favorite products to work with. This raw looking ceramic set of two is a real eye-catcher. It comes in two sizes, one big enough for a large houseplant or small tree. Also suitable outdoors because Blomus used weatherproof and frost-resistant materials. In black-brown and grey tones. With the Planta planters you can create your own small green oasis.

The Mio ceramics collection consists of plates, bowls, jugs, and mugs. All in different heights, sizes and in three soft powder tones: mirage-grey, agave-green and moonbeam-white. All sizes and colors can easily be mixed together. The green color is high on my wish list, it would blend in so well with the greys and browns in my kitchen. This collection can be used for both a cozy breakfast as a stylish dinner party. The pure and minimalistic look is perfect for different styles and occasions. 

We loved working with Blomus and styled and photographed the collection staying close to our own design aesthetics and taste. Be sure to check out the new collection at Blomus. Thank you Paper Collective for the posters and Aiayu for the bed covers.


Concept and images: w/ Style

Styling: Desiree Groenendal

Photography: Wen van Woudenberg 


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