This year’s edition of Milan Design Week was definitely one of the best in recent years. Together with Desiree from Vosgesparis and co-owner of w/ Style, I stayed for a full week in town. We visited several area’s, exhibitions and special events. This year we also teamed up with Mosa. The well-known Dutch tiles manufacturer returned to Milan again with an installation called Reflections. It was part of Masterly - the Dutch in Milano, a major event during Milan Design Week.
Every year the Dutch turn Palazzo Francesco Turati, located in the upcoming art and design district 5vie, into a Dutch Pavilion. A selection of country’s best designers, company’s and young talents present their work, while the courtyard is turned into a colorful flower bed of tulips. On the last day of the exhibition all the flowers are hand out to the inhabitants of Milan.
Drawing on Dutch culture and tradition, this year’s Dutch Pavilion in Milan is aligned with this year’s celebrations around a key anniversary linked to iconic painter Rembrandt van Rijn. 2019 is Rembrandt Year in the Netherlands, marking 350 years from the great master’s death. The Dutch Pavilion features a carefully selected constellation of Dutch craft, design, and art professionals. Touching upon themes inspired by Rembrandt’s legacy.
Mosa took the visitors on a journey through space and time with Reflections Their installation, used mirrors as a reference to Rembrandt’s famous self-portraits, in combination with Terra Tones floor tiles and the elements of light and perspective. Sharpness and elegance define Mosa ceramics and this was clearly translated through a calming, modern exhibition with a strong theoretical base. A beautiful minimalistic room with tactile ceramic surfaces featured warm colors and a minimalistic design that kept the overall aesthetic clean and sophisticated.
Mosa introduced three new warm colors to the Terra Tones collection. Mosa scenes floor and wand tiles were used in combination with the portrait of Rembrandt at the entrance of the room, the tiles are available in eight color groups, in four different nuances and textures for a perfect mix and match.
Mosa w/ Style
We always love to add a personal touch to each w/ Style collaboration by using the clients products in our own way. For this we styled some stills with a mix of tiles from the Mosa scenes collection and a beautiful Rembrandt self portrait. By creating a table setting, using dark colours, glass and linen, we created our own view on the Rembrandt theme.
Concept, photography beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg for w/ Style
Concept, text editing Vosgesparis | Desiree Groenendal for w/ Style
In collaboration with Mosa
So much happened in Milan during those 7 days of Design Week, I hardly know where to start and what to share. What I always love the most is a special installation or collaboration. And the ability to see places you would otherwise never visit. One of those moments was during the launch of Openhouse Magazine no. 11 in the beautiful home of Christian Pizzinini and Antonio Scolari in the heart of Milan.
It was very special to be invited to a private home. I was impressed by their hospitality and enthusiasm about art and architecture. This home is a perfect mix of carefully selected furniture, unique design and 20th-century art pieces. It shows a true passion for living and beauty.
The interior felt calm and basic, yet colorful and very intriguing at the same time. Special lighting and art play a major role in every room of the home. Like the geometric rug above the bed and the ‘imperfect’ lamp in the living room.
Openhouse is a lifestyle and culture magazine. An inspiring guide to creative people all around the world who open their homes and private spaces to the public to share cultural activities and experience life together. The latest issue also features an article about the house of Christian Pizzinini and Antonio Scolari located in Puglia.
Photography Wen van Woudenberg
It was on my wishlist for a while: a beautiful small and cordless lamp. To use it in different rooms and later when the weather will be warmer, outside on my balcony. A cordless lamp is not only easy to move around but necessary too because I don’t have a power point on every wall and in every corner. The Bellhop from Flos meets all my wishes and expectations.
The lamp is designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby a London based design duo. Emerged from a table lamp they designed for the New London Design Museum. The Bellhop collection was launched during Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2017 and immediately caught my attention. In the beginning of 2018 the table lamp is included in the FLOS collection. The name Bellhop refers to the well-known hotel clerk ‘bell men’ with their typical round hats. Often seen in chic English hotels.
I chose the Chocolate brown version which gives a warm light and atmosphere, both on and off. It is rechargeable and has a 4-step dimmer function. I use the lamp every day and have to charge it only 2 times a week during the night. It also comes in the colors Brick Red, White and Grey. All versions give an even and warm distribution of the integrated led light. I love the minimal look and shape of the lamp. Also, the shadows it gives. It is very atmospheric and practical at the same time.
Often the Bellop lamp stands in the living room on the Plant Box. In a cozy corner close to the window but without a power point for a normal lamp. When working in the kitchen I move it over to the table or a shelf. Currently, it is in my bedroom as shown in the photos. It perfectly matches the dark wall and brown and black details of the String Pocket shelves. Can’t wait for better weather to come and bring it outside!
Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg
In collaboration with mister design
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