Since I visited the Menu headquarters a few years back I’m an admirer of Menu Design. I was lucky to see the remarkable HQ building just outside Copenhagen. Also photographed their collection and got a sneak peek on the new items. Norm Architects - also with roots in Denmark and founded in 2008 - is one of their many collaborations with designers. Norm Architects is responsible for several home accessories and small furniture. Like this beautiful Meet bench.
The idea for this indoor bench originates from the traditional piano bench. The Meet bench caught my eye because of the minimalistic look and graphic lines. The slim legs ‘meet’ under the top, which refers to its name. It’s multi-functional and perfect to move around the house, just where I want or need it the most. A bench at my diner table as an extra seating for example, there is just enough space for two to ‘meet’. It also goes well in the hallway or bedroom. For now, it’s an eye-catcher in the living room as you can see in the photos. Now and then the bench also serves as a coffee table next to the sofa.
The construction is made of black powder coated steel, the wooden top has beautiful curved edges. It comes with a thin felt cushion in blended dark grey. Norm Architects did such a great job: it’s a minimal and timeless design with character. The masculine look and feel in combination with the rounded shapes appeal to me. And - not to forget - the color: it comes in black :)
Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg
In collaboration with mister design
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Last month I was in Amsterdam at the beautiful home of Desiree for a w/ Style photoshoot of the bulthaup b solitaire unit. A solid and sturdy shelf unit made of steel with a thick wooden top. Designed and made by Dutch kitchen manufacturer bulthaup. A perfect addition to an existing kitchen unit or dining table for a more flexible and personal use. It certainly fitted Desiree’s bright industrial kitchen very well.
As always we love to add our own visual ’w/ Style signature’ to every brand we work with. Minimal, with an eye for detail and materials. For this photoshoot we choose raw ceramics, bamboo, linen fabrics and fresh vegetables. All the natural tones combined well with the black steel and oak of the kitchen unit.
I always love our w/ Style photo shoots. Weeks in advance we start to brainstorm and searching for the perfect props. During this shoot it all came together. The bright morning light that came in, the great styling of the beautiful items, our interaction and the fun we had. These moments always provide such good energy. Especially when we collaborate with lovely brands like bulthaup.
Read more on bulthaup and the b solitaire on Vosgesparis
Concept: w/ Style
Styling: Desiree Groenendal
Photography: Wen van Woudenberg
I have seen so many beautiful brands and installations in Milan last April it took me a while to go through all the images. For my blog I didn’t know where to start, so I decided to start with the final day when I visited a marble exhibition created by Nendo. On my way, I enjoyed a sunny morning walk through the Brera district. A very lively area with exhibitions, unique stores and coffee bars. I love strolling through the small streets of this big city.
This beautiful poetic exhibition was called ’Into Marble’. Created by Japanese studio Nendo for the Italian company Marsotto Edizioni. The installation comes to life from water, turning into a suggestive landscape of original shapes. It consists of a new collection of marble furniture by Nendo together with the iconic works of well-known designers like James Irvine, Jasper Morrison, Ross Lovegrove and Swedish Thomas Sandell. Though all the shapes are made of marble, the surface and edges seem very soft. Gentle ripples were added on the top of the surfaces to accentuate this soft appearance. During my visit I was the only one person in the room for a short moment. It felt so calm and serene during these hectic (yet not to missed) Milano days.
Photography beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg