Openhouse in the heart of Milan

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

Modern Day Candle

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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In October we visited Malmö for a couple of days. A charming Swedish city not far from Copenhagen. In fact, it took only 20 minutes by train to get to the beautiful Danish capital. I always feel at home in the Nordic countries and visited Copenhagen a lot, I still take every chance to go. This time we planned a visit to the studio of Oliver Gustav

Oliver Gustav is a creative consultant with a focus on aesthetic development, art, interior and exterior design. With a showroom and store in Copenhagen and a gallery in New York city. A visit was on my wishlist for a while and can’t wait to go back already. The building is beautiful on its self, yet the interior makes it complete. A combination of modern art and interior with raw and antiques. Each room radiates a different atmosphere from bright and serene to moody and dramatic. 

The mix of rawness, art and pure materials like wood and linen in combination with strong aesthetics, appeals to me. Looking forward seeing the studio again, we are planning our next w/ Style trip to Copenhagen!

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Photography beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

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