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
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
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