Yesterday afternoon we took the children to visit the Dutch interior trade show Show Up on the outskirt of Amsterdam. In only a couple of years this show as doubled in size and is now showcasing lots of really nice European and international brands. It was nice to see familiar faces like Amber from Down to the Woods and Sabine from Engel.
Here are some images I took while at the show. Sorry I only had my phone to take photos so the quality is not great.
Pretty flowers at the entrance to remind you that you are in THE country of flowers.
A Love wall with lots of cute cards and posters about Love...for St Valentin
Lots of really nice stuffs at Down to the Woods: wire hangers and baskets and charming felt masks for kids.
Colourful party paper hats at Engel.
Birthday party cards from Meri Meri.
I just wanted the whole lot! Egg cup holders by Lucie Kaas.
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.
Wooden model by Floris Hovers:
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.
Furniture and textures by Dirk Van Der Kooij:
Ceiling lampshades by Lotty Lindeman and Wouter Scheublin.
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 discovered the work of French artist and designer Amélie Mancini on Instagram. Amelie makes all her work by hand in her studio in Brooklyn, NY. She works with a variety of medium be it woodworking (oh I absolutely love her arrow wooden spoons!), lino cutting (check out her Tropical collection pattern!) or painting. She also makes letterpress cards, tee-shirts and prints inspired by her love of baseball.
Yesterday was a wonderful Sunday full of sunshine, creativity and surprises.
All my family met in the South of France, in Hyères to support my sister Coralie, one of the 10 young fashion designers shortlisted at the prestigious Festival of Fashion and Photography of Hyères, organized by the Villa Noailles.
We went last night to view the third and final incredible catwalk, after which the winners were announced. Coralie won the Prix du Public (winning the most votes from visitors across the week and from the visitors at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris). We are so incredibly proud of her!
Coralie's collection is inspired by the traditional sheep herders from 1950s Iran, moving from the mens wardrobe to an incredibly crafted and structured women's silhouette. The details on each of her 10 outfits were astonishing, all patiently cut, dyed and sewn by hand. It represented hours and hours of incredibly dedicated work.
For this 29th edition, members of the jury included Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, artistic directors of Kenzo, film director Spike Jonze, Jamie Perlman artistic director of English Vogue, artist Maurizio Cattelan or the actress Chloe Sevigny amongst others.
The first prize was awarded to Kenta Matsushige who designed a beautiful womens collection inspired by the architecture of Japanese museums. The Chloé prize was awarded jointly to two designers Liselore Rowjin (Netherlands) and Roshi Porkar (Austria).
The festival offers a great exposure for the 10 participants , giving them visibility and a chance to be spotted by the top of the fashion industry. I think it's fair to say that the standard was incredibly high; both in level of imagination and craftsmanship.
Canadian designer Lukas Peet graduated in 2009 from the Design Academy of Eindhoven and has since opened his own design studio in Vancouver. He is a multi talented designer working on everything from desks, lights, clocks and graphic design. I first discovered his Village table on my Pinterest. I love the reflection of mirrored shelf with the bright yellow of the underside table top.
Table Lantern is a table light inspired by oil lanterns.By turning the cork knob of the dimmer you can change the brightness of the bulb, from a subtle orange glow to bright white.
Button Series pendant lights. A LED pendant light that is suspended by nylon rope similar to a button. This suspension system allows the light to be tilted on an angle to change the direction of the light. Available at Andlight.
Tokyo based Schemata Architects are renowned for the coloured resin tables that I have previously mention on the blog. Jo Nagasaka has also designed a unique furniture line called ColoRing using the lacquering technique of Udukuri.
Udukuri is a traditional Japanese wood craft technique that consist of polishing wood surface with a brush made of sew grass to scrape off soft tissue so that coarse grain pattern is revealed.
Nagasaka then uses leftover paint from other constructions to apply three layers of different colors on the surface. After this process, the object will be polished flat, leaving a unique pattern of wood and color in a functional vibrant design.
Photography by Takumi Ota.
The last couple of weeks my youngest sister Charlotte came to work with me on some FS projects at my new studio in De Pijp area in Amsterdam. Charlotte is finishing her 4th year at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
Our ritual was to meet every morning at 8h30 in our local coffee shop on Van Woustraat. We would slowly wake up with a latte chatting about design ideas and she'd introduced me to the work of several amazing dutch designers.
One of them is Bertjan Pot, most famous his Random Light edited by Moooi.
But what caught my eyes are his mask series. As always in his work he starts to experiment with materials. On this particular occasion he wanted to find out about stitching a rope together to make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy and this is how the idea of masks was born. The colours and facial expressions are so powerful yet some of them are rather disturbing.
Downstairs lighting series are a sort of Stairway to Heaven. 'This is certainly not your average chandelier and you might be very surprises to see an upside down safety ladder with carnival lights. This chandelier won the 1st Frame-Moooi Award in 2012 and the 8 step ladder has been taken into the permanent collection of the Dutch Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.'
Disco Dome uses half an outside-in mirror ball as a faceted reflector. It creates the perfect atmosphere for a private party over a dinner table or in a hallway.
I love the Triangles patterns Studio Bertjan Pot created for Golran a family business with a long history in persian carpets. 'When weaving a Kilim, horizontal and diagonal lines are easy to create but vertical ones are hard to make. So the easiest shape to make is a triangle. Starting off with a triangular grid we build a lot of patterns. Kilims go a long way back in the nomadic tradition, Triangles are of all ages.'
I love mobiles. A couple of years ago I made a paper cut mobile with Ophelia's drawing.
Today I wanted to share with you images of exquisite mobiles designed by French sculptor Alex Palenski.
Alex only makes unique mobile pieces that are made with metal and hand painted. You can discover more of his work here.
Everything Elisa Strozyk touches turns into something truly unique and beautiful. Remember her Wooden Textiles that won few numerous awards.
On her latest project Ceramic Tables she experiments with the process of firing. Under the influence of rotation and blown air, the different colours of liquid glazes are mixed together to leave traces of fluid movement and smoke-like patterns which are solidified in the heat of the kin.
I am so proud of my younger sister Coralie Marabelle who has been one of the 10 shortlisted candidates for the final of the Festival de Mode d'Hyères at the Villa Noailles. It is a prestigious fashion (and also photography) event where 10 young fashion designers have been selected (out of 345 candidates) to present their fashion collection to a jury in April. Coralie graduated from Studio Bercot in Paris and has since worked with Hermès, Maison Martin Margiela and Alexander McQueen.
During the festival in April 2014, each candidate will present a collection of 10 outfits and only 4 candidates will be selected for a prize.
Bravo Coco and we look forward to seeing your beautiful work in Hyères!
The delicate paper cut flowers by Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar caught my eyes when I first saw her work at Tent in London back in September. Flower constructions are 3d collages from pressed flowers and cut out flower pictures. Each element is meticulously placed on pins which creates the depth. Some of them are like a fantasy Herbaria, filled with dried flowers or branches, with irregular shapes and sophisticated twists and some refer to planets.
Studio Inherent is a young Rotterdam based studio, founded by Dennis van Gaalen and Eline Wieriks.
An article in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant stated that today's city people are just as sensitive and irritable as a stressed out test-animal. Fortunately, research proved that nature and green, even a representation of it, is enough to calm down the stressed brain.
Happy Faces focuses on the interaction between man and nature in the city. Each Happy Face is a unique info graphic of one of the top 10 monumental trees located in Rotterdam.
Bundled as a booklet, they form a city-guide to locate and visit the trees. The trees are recognisable by a sign which is placed in front of each tree. This sign shows the visual of the corresponding Happy Face mask.