Milano Into Marble

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


Star Bench

Looking forward to sunny days, drinking my morning coffee outside. Though I love the Emu garden bench indoors too. During Autumn and Winter I have it inside for extra storage space, as a nice styling element or at the kitchen table. All good and nice.. but I can’t wait to put it outside again. My balcony is cozy but small so an eyecatcher was needed, yet I also wanted a comfortable sitting. 

This bench is part of the Star collection, which also exists of chairs and tables in a variety of colors. I chose the matt black bench, big enough for two. The combination of the minimal lines and the black turns it into a graphic element.

The story behind this brand is remarkable. It is based on experience the designers gained as radio engineers during the second world war. They set up a machine shop specialized in the production of military equipment. In order to comply with the exact technical specifications for these devices, which require a high resistance to weather conditions, it was important to protect the metal parts by means of plasticization. This Italian company used this knowledge and got specialized in metal garden furniture since 1951. This history shows in its solid and timeless character.

Though the bench is made of metal, I have experienced that the comfort is very good. The bench has a metal frame with a steel seat and back support. Thanks to the galvanization and the powder-coated frame the bench is suitable for intensive (outdoor) use. 

Fun fact: the Star bench was specially designed for the Starbucks terraces. So lot’s of good coffee moments in the sun guaranteed. Can’t wait..

Photography and styling beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

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Frama Copenhagen

Last weekend was a very inspiring day at the Hoxton Hotel: the HoxHowTo design event styled by w/ Style Agency. You may have seen the Frama stools and bench used in our decoration concept. I love this Copenhagen based brand for its natural and detailed designs. 

Copenhagen

Early January we visited Copenhagen. We had two wonderful but busy days so I was glad we booked an extra day. The morning before we left to the airport we had a few hours for a coffee and delicious lunch in town. Also to visit some stores from our wish list. 

The Frama store was definitely one of the highlights. Online I already noticed the impressive wooden laboratory closet, filled with body care products in beautiful bottles. The store space is divided into several smaller rooms and corners. All equally beautiful, it feels more like an exhibition space than a shop. I made several rounds through the space and noticed beautiful new details every round.

Frama Studio operates in various creative fields, like furniture, ceramics, lighting, books and kitchens. They all have in common that they focus on natural materials, simple geometry and a general appreciation of permanency. At home, I am the lucky owner of small - but much appreciated - Frama design: the E27 table light. Made of bronze metal with a black textile cord.

The headquarters and Studio Store is located in central Copenhagen within the historic and protected neighbourhood of Nyboder. Located in a former pharmacy established in 1878. Other Frama Studio Stores are located in Oslo, Stockholm and New York. 


Photography beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg


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Last Sunday it finally happened: the HowHoxTo design event in the apartment space of the Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam. w/ Style Agency was part of this event and teamed with the friendly Hoxton staff for a day. After several brainstorms - and just as much truffle fries - in the Hoxton lobby, it was great to see our styling concept coming to life. We arrived early Sunday morning to unpack all the beautiful brands who participated in our styling and selected w/ Style collection. 

We curated characteristic Scandinavian and Dutch interior | design brands to create a natural, minimal yet warm atmosphere. With attention for quality materials: warm wood, comfortable fabrics and rugged leather. With a touch of industrial and black, supplemented with a lot of greenery in old ceramic pots. The brands we collaborated with: FramaMoebePaper CollectiveSPRDLXMiscellaneousJust RightPillahLeff AmsterdamElle DecorationNomess and Marie Stella Maris.

w/ Style was also asked to join a panel talk. Desiree and I participated in an interesting discussion about the balance between form and function in daily interiors, small living and cozy minimalism. The atmosphere was open and informal with enthusiastic attendees. 

Travel Products Selected w/ Style

In the Moebe open selves we showcased our w/ Style selected travel products. Essentials we love to take with us when travelling. Easy in use, small and - lost but not least - beautiful and stylish: think about a leather Travellers notebook, healthy body care items, a firm laptop sleeve, portable music speakers and a solid watch

The open kitchen was the central meeting point of the participants with tasty bites and fresh made cocktails served all day. On the marble kitchen top we created an installation with iconic candle holders and wooden boxes filled with inspiration. 

Thank you Hoxton and all attendees for a wonderful and inspiring day!

w/ Style agency in collaboration with Hoxton AmsterdamFramaMoebePaper CollectiveSPRDLXMiscellaneousJust RightPillahLeff AmsterdamElle DecorationNomess and Marie Stella Maris.

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The Vipp loft - our perfect home for a day


As promised in our previous blog post about the Shelter we are happy to show you the images of the Vipp loft! This hotel room is a concept created by Studio David Thulstrup. Situated on the top floor of the Vipp office in a former printing factory from 1910 at Island Brygge. Located only 10 minutes from the center of Copenhagen. Close to the harbor with bakeries, coffee-shops and restaurants within walking distance. 

I was struck by the amazing space: 400 square meters filled with Vipp design and great styling items as you can see in our photos. I immediately loved the warm brown tones of the wooden details and vintage ceramics in combination with the black kitchen en graphic look and feel. Also the combination with other brands like By Lassen and curtains from the Danish Kvadrat company. The warm and soft fabrics give you a home feeling. The amount and thickness of the beams are impressive. it gives the loft character and a unique style.

The loft is so big you could get lost. With - of course - the fully equipped Vipp kitchen area with open shelves, a lounge with a fireplace, two bedrooms areas and a library on the mezzanine. Accessible via a spiral iron staircase in the living. There is one en-suite bedroom with an enviable freestanding bath and rain shower (where we were spoiled with the fine Aesop products!) the second bedroom is under the rooftop in a cozy dark nook with a small window. 

In the morning, just before we left to discover the shelter, the beautiful Scandinavian morning light emerged itself. We could not resist creating a quick flat lay on the floor with Vipp ceramics, dark wooden spoons, Himla textiles and my current favorite Nordic cookbook by Noma

Today’s blog post on Vosgesparis and our w/ Style website provide more inspiration and stories about this wonderful hotel space. We love to travel, so if you have a beautiful hotel space you want to see captured by us and being featured in our ’Travel w/ Style’ selection, blogs and portfolio don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Written in collaboration with Vipp 

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photography Wen van Woudenberg | styling Desiree Groenendal



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