Goodbye November

November was mainly about building. Like this brand new website for my company beeldSTEIL, starting a new and second company (more about this coming up soon!) and personal development. Meanwhile, I tried to keep my city apartment inspiring and cosy. Because November also means short and grey days..

For years I had the wish to combine beeldSTEIL blog with my photography portfolio and focus more on my work as a photographer and visual concepts. As most of you know, new things take time and a website/blog will always be in progress.. yet very happy with the result so far.

Greens, art, candles and music are the main ingredients for Autumn days working from home. And since December I also have a new flex working space in my hometown for 1 day a week (also more coming up ;) which I am very excited about. A great extension to find the right balance in working from home, shooting on location and to be part of a creative working environment with mind-liked freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Whether working from home, a fancy coffee bar or flex space.. a beautiful surrounding feels good, inspires and increases my focus. Wish you a great (working) day!

Wen x

Photography and styling © beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

Autumn is here

We were lucky to have some beautiful after summer days this month. It was a mediocre summer so we all longed for a few bright days before Autumn. Now the mornings and evenings are becoming chilly. But despite the changeable weather, Autumn is a favourite season.  

The light has something special, which is good for photography. I love to run in the coloured woods, trying to catch every sunbeam. And after a stormy day, it’s always a pleasure to come home, have a drink and a warm blanket with some good reading material within reach. Both indoors and outdoors on the small balcony of my city apartment I enjoy fall.  

My favourite covering is the Cross Blanket. A well-known design by Pia Wallen. A small Swedish family business that produces fine organic cotton in Peru in the traditional way. The characteristic Cross design was introduced by Wallen in the early nineties. The cross dessin has its roots in the Swedish folk art tradition as a symbol of hope. The cross played a major role in the designs of Pia Wallen. I like the design because of its simplicity and the repetition in the pattern.

Also, I love the size, the blanket comes in a mini and big version. The biggest one is probably intended for a double bed. But I like to wrap it around me when having my first coffee in the morning. Besides the size, I fell for the softness of the fabric. The Cross blanket is made of 100% bio cotton.  Even after washing it is still soft and very comfortable. And last but not least: design matters. The iconic cross is minimal and fits my interior very well. Both the black/white and the grey/white version (I must admit I have them both..). More colours available are red-orange, camel and midnight blue. 

Photography and styling © beeldSTEIL | Wen van Woudenberg

In collaboration with mister design

Thonet table 1060

Something special, minimal and warm. Table 1060 by Jorre van Ast was the perfect addition to my bright and minimal interior. I was temporarily living in a lovely home. Yet a bit empty and very white with floors of rough concrete, so I could use some furniture with a more cosy appearance. I now live in a cosy city apartment with a wooden floor and painted walls in white and warm grey. It seems this table feels at home anywhere and fits in various interiors

A while ago I visited the Thonet factory in Germany. This furniture brand is well known for their bentwood furniture, made with a special and delicate technique. During this visit, the collaboration between Dutch designer Jorre van Ast and Thonet was introduced. I was immediately impressed by the modern version of the classic wooden table. And the initiative of Thonet to collaborate with new designers. The combination of a classic technique and new knowledge and visions turned out to be a very good one, resulting in table 1060. 

When you look longer and closer the beautiful details of the table are visible. The corners of the top are rounded. Both the table legs and the crossbar are made of solid wood and perfectly match the bentwood tradition of Thonet. Jorre van Ast combined classic craftsmanship with a modern graphic touch. Table 1060 is massive and elegant at the same time. 

Table 1060 comes in several colours, such as oak, essen and walnut. I preferred the lightest wood version because this blond wood is warm and emphasizes the elegance of the solid table. It also matches the light walls and graphic details in my interior. The big size is perfect to eat, work or relax.

Photography and styling © beeldSTEILWen van Woudenberg

IMM Cologne 2017

It’s been some weeks ago since I went to Cologne to shoot the beautiful stand of my friend Desiree from Vosgesparis. She created an inspiring and green oasis with relaxed sofa units in wool and leather. The best place to be during IMM 2017

Mix (air) plants, ceramics, warm fabrics with industrial elements and innovative brands. Then add a sturdy dark wooden floor with comfortable Bolia seating units and a relaxing lounge corner is born. It sounds easy, but I know Desiree spent a lot of time to make this real. I’m glad she did and I loved to capture this unique collaboration.

Photography © beeldSTEILWen van Woudenberg

Concept and styling Vosgesparis

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