The Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is one of the biggest event happening in October in the Netherlands and it is really worth going (18-26 Oct). The quality of work from Dutch designers is outstanding and so inspiring. The event is taking over the entire town of Eindhoven, offering numerous exhibitions, seminars, workshops, parties, food and drinks. Altogether there are more than 300 events at 80 different venues!
My sister Charlotte is graduating in December from the prestigious Design Academy. She invited my family over to spend the weekend in Eindhoven to show us the different events and to visit the graduation show at her school. We had such an amazing time, thanks also to the most beautiful weather. It felt like Spring time!
I will show you a selection of images of my favourite events and designers I discovered over the weekend:
We Make Carpets by Dutch trio Bob, Marcia and Stijn. Not the kind of carpet you would expect. You cannot walk on them. From a distance they may look like a carpet but come closer to discover a carpet made of pasta, colourful sponges, beer bottles, fire crackers, pegs, wooden sticks or some other everyday product.
Lunch on the sunny terrasse in the Strijp Area. There is a huge skate park right next door. We also went for a coffee at Pastry Club located in a reconverted factory.
On Sunday after a long breakfast sitting outside in the sun, we all went to visit the Piet Hein Eek factory where he reconverted an old Philips building into his workshop, showroom, shop, restaurant and studios for up and coming Dutch designers. It is such a wonderful and inspiring place to visit. Piet Hein Eek huge workshop:
Piet Hein Eek signature table made of small recycled wood blocks:
Ceramics rENs, exploring the colour red on different ceramic objects.
Make your own paper animal trophy with these step by step DIY folding kits from Dutch studio Assembli. Aren't they beautiful? I'd love to get the Giraffe for my children's bedroom. It would be a nice project to do with Ophelia on a Wednesday afternoon after school.
This morning I went to visit Woonbeurs, the Dutch Interior trade show in Amsterdam. I went along with my friends Ester Van der Paal from Babyccino and Erika Harberts from Miko Design. Erika is famous for her beautiful Paris Dolls and for making the most adorable and imaginative breakfast and afternoon tea for her daughters. I have known Erika for a while but only through her work and social media so it was nice to meet her 'for real'!
It was my first experience of an interior trade show in the Netherlands and it was a nice one. It was a good size show, not as huge as Maison et Objet so I managed to see quite a lot within my tight schedule of 1h30.
Here is my selection of things I liked. I took the photos with my phone so excuse the poor quality of the snapshots.
I am following Helen Dealtry on Instragram and I am always so inspired to see her stunning hand painted flowers. Helen runs a textile studio Woking Girls Designs based in Brooklyn, NY where she and her team specialises in hand painted and computer-generated designs for the textile industry.
If you live in NYC, Helen also runs hand painted florals classes. I wish I could go to one of them.
During the class showing different technics. Photo by Dana McClure.
I cannot tell you how happy Ophelia was when she received the new book written by our friend Al MacCuishThe Bee Who Spoke. It is her sitting in the middle reading the story to her friends.
When we lived in Paris, Al came to visit us with his family and mentioned to us later that Ophelia inspired him to write a new story for a children's book. He even dedicated the book to her. Ophelia was SO happy.
The book tells the story of Belle, a little parisian girl who goes on holiday to the countryside and is eager to explore on her new bicycle. After falling off her bike she meets a talking bee who rescue Belle and they go on an adventure together. It a beautiful story that educates children about nature, plants and the environment. You will be charmed by the painted illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon!
Yesterday I received a copy of the Dutch magazine Flow on my desk. It was such a nice surprise. Do you know Flow? I only discovered it since we moved to Amsterdam. It's a creative magazine with beautiful illustrations, articles about designers and other creative people. It is also full of little paper products to tear and to keep such as a pretty notebook on this issue. I love it, I just wish I could read in Dutch to fully appreciate it!
Edition Paumes was created by husband and wife Hisashi Tokuyoshi and Fumie Shimoji (read here for their interview on Hanna Saren's blog).
We have collaborated many times with Hisashi and Fumie since we met them in Tokyo while we were visiting Japan with our daughter in 2008.
Fumie since became my agent in Japan and I truly enjoy working on different illustration projects with her for the Japanese market.
It was such a pleasure to work with Hisashi and the editor Coco Tashima when they came to shoot our home for the book Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle.
Hisashi would take a lot of photos of every room, just as they are. He would very rarely style a room as he likes the reality of a home as it is.
He has a very good sense of presenting things. He can find beauty in very small details and show it in a very nice way in his books.
He would group random objets (but they were not random to him!) and turn them into a very well composed image.
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I wanted to share with you some photos of the process of screen printing our World map:
All of the colours follow a Pantone reference but are mixed by hand and eye - which makes some serious experience. The paint is pushed through a squeegee (i love that word!) on to the silkscreen then onto the paper.
Each layer needs to be completely dry before applying the next.
Before we are heading back to Amsterdam (sadly it's the end of the Summer holidays for us) I wanted to share with you some snapshots of my detour to Merci shop while I was in Paris at the end of July. I stayed at my sister's flat who lives very close by Merci, so I went for a fresh mint tea with her and looked around the super nice concept shop with the oh so nice bed linen! Tsé-Tsé April vase:
Sorry for the lack of blog posts over the past weeks. We have been away in the South West of France, in Cahors where we go every Summer in August to spend time with my family. We don't have internet connection in our country house and I have to say it is really nice to be disconnected! Twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays the most amazing food market is taking place in front of the Cathedral in Cahors. I love going there to buy saucisson, garlic, olives, Cabécou (the local fresh goat cheese) and large juicy tomatoes that taste so good! I wish we could have this kind of fresh and tasty food all year round!
I love Paris in August: it is warm and sunny, the parisian have gone further South on holidays (most French people take a long break in the month of August), it is quiet, most of the shops are closed so no temptation and you can park for free in the streets :-)
Deyrolle, rue du Bac. Lucien and Ophelia in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Merci, Boulevard Beaumarchais (11th) and Nanashi rue de Paradis (10th).
We are spending some family time on the beautiful île de Ré on the West coast of France. Lazy mornings, long bike rides, late lunches and lounging by the pool. We are loving it! Check here for more photos from last year and here for the interview I did about all the things we like to do on l'île de Ré on Bozaround.
It was a rainy day so we stayed home with the children doing what we love: painting, baking a chocolate cake, watching Madagascar 2 and packing our bags to go on holidays to France.
On saturday night diner at the beautiful and delicious De Kas restaurant in Amsterdam to celebrate my aunt 70th birthday with all my family from London. It was a really fun night.
On Sunday it was windy and rainy so we all went to the Stedelijk museum to see the permanent exhibition and also a retrospective of Jeff Wall.
Buying flowers for the weekend
Strange birds on Noordwijk beach, on the coast near Amsterdam.