Adeline Klam is a French designer who is passionate about Japan, origami paper and bright colours. She has the most beautiful shop in Paris in the 11th arrondissement where she sells a variety of colourful Japanese papers, fabrics, stationeries and books and also offers workshops to make beautiful paper flowers like these:
Erika Harberts, the designer of Mikodesign is a super mummy who has the most wonderful imagination. She creates the most imaginative and delicious breakfasts for her daughters Sofia and Mila. The latest was inspired by Sofia's birthday party theme Frida Kahlo. How sweet is her portrait and the cactus!
Erika surprised Esther and I when we launched our Vrienden Boek by making a breakfast inspired by the illustrations of the book.
Last time I met Erika she was telling me how much she loves Paris. She had the wonderful idea to create a blog dedicated to all her favourite addresses called Carnet de Paris.
Discover Erika's breakfasts images on her Instagram and visit her blog and Etsy shop to discover her beautiful prints and dolls on Mikodesign.
For the second year in a row my sister Coralie has been selected to design a fashion collection for the Festival International de Mode de Hyères at the Villa Noailles. Last year she was nominated Prix du Public. You can read my post from last year and see images of her previous collection here. This year was the 30th anniversary of the Festival and Chanel was guest of honour.
A selection of Chanel dresses and stunning details...
I discovered the wooden sculptures of Merijn Hos at the entrance of the Show Up exhibition in Amsterdam. I mentioned it on a blog post here. I wanted to show you more images of his Wooden sculptures as they really make me smile!
Merijn is a Dutch artist based in Utrecht where he works on commercials projects as an illustrator and on his own projects like this serie of wooden sculptures. So far he created 3 series of 360 unique sculptures
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slab Series pendant lights are a dimmable LED pendant light covered in 100% industrial grade wool felt which provides acoustic dampening to any space. 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.