Friday, May 31, 2013

Tenbosch house in Brussels

The interior design for Tenbosch house in Brussels by Michel Penneman and Catharina Eklof.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Anglepoise - British Icon

Anglepoise Giant 1227 Tranquil Range Pendant
For over 70 years, Anglepoise was the ingenious result of a collaboration between automotive engineer, George Carwardine and spring specialists, Herbert Terry & Sons. 80 years on, Terry’s archetypal Anglepoise Original 1227 lamp, based on Carwardine’s pioneering perfect balance mechanism, is recognised as a British design classic. Over the years, the Anglepoise brand has been developed by the Terry family - more recently in collaboration with preeminent British product designer, Sir Kenneth Grange - to create an incomparable series of instantly recognisable, highly functional, energy-efficient table, floor, wall & ceiling lamps. All the new designs remain true to Carwardine’s original design concept, whilst incorporating essential modern features, such as energy saving bulbs.

Anglepoise Giant1227 Warm_Beige

Anglepoise Original 1227 in Chrome

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dum by Dumoffice, Amsterdam

Pleat lamps

'DUMOFFICE is a design studio founded by designers Wiebe Boonstra, Martijn Hoogendijk and Marc van Nederpelt.
In the late nineties these three men achieved international fame with their design studio DUMOFFICE. Their design-driven furniture is purchased by museums all over the world. In 2008 they started their label DUM.
The main objective of the DUM label is to provide spaces with distinctive items – to embellish hotel lobbies, airports, business lounges and waiting rooms with outspoken design.' All the pieces have a recognizable DUM-signature: they are monumental yet playful and colorful.

Pleat lamps and Wagner lounge chair - Chiton lamps and Beech bar table

Dum in via Tortona 32 Milano

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FINE Design Studio by Boora Architects

The  spectacular work space for FINE Design Group has been designed by Boora Architects from Portland, Oregon. You know that I love yellow! More here.
Photos by Jon Jensen

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Today's pic

Outside a restaurant in via Stendhal, Milano. It was open and full, so that kind of nothing should be really special. Have a special weekend!
L ;-)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Libratone Fairytale Edition - with Stine Spedsbjerg

Libratone presents "Libratone Fairytale Edition", a series of Libratone Zipp speakers hand-embroidered by Danish cartoonist Stine Spedsbjerg and inspired by the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. The magical speakers will be auctioned on eBay, with proceeds going to UNICEF, the global children's charity organization and awarded to a lucky winner in a "Fairytale Edition" competition.

Stine Spedsbjerg is an award-wining Danish cartoonist whose spare style and warm drawings always elicit a smile. Her comic strip, "StineStregen" is an honest and humorous autobiographical strip about her daily experiences and challenges. In 2010 she won's price as "Best Web Comic".

The "Fairytale Edition" collaboration with Stine Spedsbjerg began at the Danish Chromatism exhibition, at Salone del Mobile, furniture fair in Milan earlier this year, when Spedsbjerg hand-embroidered selected scenes from Thumbelina on the speakers on display to remind us all that audio speakers are much more than just black boxes!

01) Emerging from a flower / Join the competition to win it (ends June 15, 2013)
02) A marriage-minded toad / available on from May 26nd until June 5nd
03) Carried of by a shallow bug / available on from May 31st - until June 10nd
04) A one-way engagement / available on from June 5nd - until June 15nd
05) Happily ever after / available on from May 21nd until May 31st

Online contest                                                        eBay auction

Thursday, May 23, 2013

eQ plus | Zona Tortona

The Look And Feel chair (L.A.F.) - design: Geke Lensink / Jesse Visser

The Connect - design: Geke Lensink / Jesse Visser
Between the eQ plus highlights designed by Geke Lensink + Jesse Visser and presented in Zona Tortona last month:
- The Look And Feel chair (L.A.F.), inspired to architects and designers' seat. A very clear and sleek design with maximum comfort available in 9 contemporary colours. The material is very practical and bends itself to the shape of the body. Because of the diversity of bases the L.A.F. chair fits in many different locations and situations. Colours: oxblood, red, orange, forest, green, lime, petrol, taupe and black.
- The Connect, a sturdy and very comfortable seat on a swivel base that can be delivered in several fabrics and leather.

In the eQ plus catalogue, I especially love the Big Mama table, see next photos.

TV production company De Haaien bought a Big Mama for their Amsterdam office

Big Mama in the office for Kunstwerk Loods 6 - designed by Geke Lensink and Jesse Visser

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Arocca - Ilblua collection

It looks like boys' room after a party - while it's effectively a boys' room during the FuoriSalone in via Savona Milano. Anyway, the sofa is fabulous! And the rest of the collection, too.
Salotto Sofa is part of the new collection Ilblua designed by Arocca and introduced during the Zona Tortona Week in Milan.  
The Dutch design team consists of Jan Wout and Dax. Besides the inhouse design team, Arocca works with several freelance designers. 
The Arocca showroom is located in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. The building was designed by the Dutch architects of 'Duck Deventer', and has been nominated for the National Prize for Architecture!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Acqua Alta Collection

Murano - scent diffuser

'Acqua Alta is the italian word for the “High water”, phenomenon that occurs in the city of Venice. This project is conceived from the idea of enhancing a cultural and historical heritage that belongs to us: the city of Venice. Venice and the Venetian region are home to such craft techniques and secrets that few know how to play. Strong traditions characterize this city that has for a long time been the center of commerce and trade with the rest of the world.
Among them is the manufacturing of textiles, with a wide range of products created in the area. No less important is the Murano glass craft, and the trade of spices and essences that are precious keys to Mediterranean’s business. Acqua Alta as a tool to link all these techniques starting from a unique phenomenon. Water as transport, water as energy, water as an issue that affects the lives of citizens, leaving it’s mark. It deeply influences the life of this city, haping and surrounding it with thousands of different colors and textures. The first collection “Aqua Alta Collection”, is influenced by these findings. Aqua Alta includes a series of objects strongly linked to the theme. These can be summarized in a series of textiles (fabrics), a carpet, a series of fragrances correlated with diffuser, and a table lamp
The intent of the collection is to translate an important and delicate issue, as an inspiration for the development of objects that fit in the contemporary living.'

Monday, May 20, 2013

Florence on Sister Magazine 7 - the big ITALY issue!

EN   -   DE

Sister Magazine 7 is out! Main theme of the magazin: "Do you know the land where lemons grow?" - the big ITALY issue! I'm very honoured that Thea and Tony published my article about Florence :-) You can choose between the English or the Deutsche version.
Soon I will post new photos about crafters in Florence.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arper - new products 2013

Song - Wing Collection Design by Lievore Altherr Molina, 2013 + Saya chair
Arper presented the last 2013 releases near to the successfull pieces of the last years in its stand in Milano. The new products are: Aava Collection Design by Studio Antti Kotilainen, Ply, Song, Wing Collection Design by Lievore Altherr Molina.

Aava Collection Design by Studio Antti Kotilainen, 2013 + Dizzie table

Song freestanding + Pix pouf

Catifa Collection - 2006

Milano Design Week 2013
Is an object as elemental as a chair or a table still subject to insight or innovation? After eons of development, is there still something to be done? We say: Absolutely. Everything is in flux – life, culture, technology – and that basic fact demands a considered response. Good design is a synthesis of technique, cost, material, function, use, taste and sustainability. That concentration of meanings, associations and possibilities must reside in simple, singular forms. We believe the best objects carry a rich, intellectual density in a shape that seems natural and effortless. An object that feels spontaneous while clearly the result of rigor and precision. Creating new forms that are physically and stylistically resilient is hard work, but this is the work we embrace. This way of thinking and working – the pursuit of the essential – extends to everything we do.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mette e Martin Wienberg, Danish summer house

'The intimate Danish summer house, designed by Mette and Martin Wienberg, is a rigorous play of light, material and volume. The design is simple and abstract; the hard lines of concrete and steel are tempered by the warmth of wood, and softened by large windows and soft lighting. The result is a sense of intimacy– a ‘warm cove’, beautiful, functional and cosy.'

Ps: all the chairs are Catifa by Arper.
Photo by Mikkel Rahr Mortensen.


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