Wishing you all a very happy and merry Christmas with your family and friends!
Big love from la Famille Summerbelle.
Less than 10 days to go until Christmas! It is going so so fast and so much to do. This is some Christmas inspiration from my Pinterest Christmas board. Oh I love Christmas and how creative one can be around that time of year!
1.Paper doily xmas trees DIY.
2.Advent calendar from Mokkasin.
3.Paper tree origami garland from Nurin Kurin.
4.Antique glass trees found on Anthropologie.
I love the excitement we all have every year when the time comes of choosing and buying the Christmas tree; bringing it home and getting the boxes from the basement with all the Christmas decorations nicely folded in tissue paper from the previous year!
This is what we did this weekend.
It was so cold outside (below zero) here in Amsterdam that the only thing we wanted is to put the fire on, sit by the Christmas tree while watching Miracle on 34th Street!
A couple of years ago I made these stars to decorate our tree.
They are very simple to make and it is a nice activity to do with the children (Lucien painted the stars while Ophelia did the glitter).
Buy some clay (the one I used was just plain/normal clay), cut about 20 shaped stars, let them dry.
Paint the stars with a paint primer to protect the clay (ie:Gesso) and then use your favourite colour (acrylic paint) and lots of glitter!
We are so excited to be able to share with you what we have been working on over the past few months, our House Boxes!
Our pack of four colourful houses is a fantastic solution for storing all of your small objects in a stylish and fun way.
The House boxes come as a pack of four colours (pink, blue, black and mustard) and the design is featured on all sides, so you can keep turning and playing with combinations!
Featuring our familiar paper cut style design, these four house boxes are made from strong cardboard. Great solution for living rooms, bedrooms and offices.
The 4 houses are shipped as a flat pack in reinforced packaging.
They are incredibly straightforward to assemble, and can be dismantled and rebuilt as many times as you need!
We are very happy to have collaborated with the talented photograph and stylist Aurélie Lecuyer from Le dans La for this new collection. We have worked with her for our previous collections and it's always a pleasure to see her beautiful photos.
I hope you'll like it as much as we do!
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.
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 wanted to share with you some inspiring photos I took while I was in London last week. I was there to work in the Famille Summerbelle studio in Finsbury park. On Saturday I met with my younger sister Emeline (we call her Milou!) who lives in Shoreditch for a nice breaksfast at Albion. She took me in all the cool shops in the area. Oh and I also went on Regent street to Anthropologie and J Crew. There were so many nice things to buy!
The Handweavers Studio on Seven Sisters Road.
Anthropologie, Regent Street.
J Crew, opposite Anthropologie on Regent Street.
Albion on Boundary Street.
Nice pattern on the front of the building Forge & Co on Shoreditch High Street
Custom made umbrellas at Lockwood Umbrellas on Shoreditch High Street.
Labour and Wait on Redchurch Street.
There are so many little flower shops here in Amsterdam so on my way back home I spotted these beauties. I just love the colours. In the background you can see some of my paper cut houses.
This is Lucien in the bath, lucky boy he has a good view from there!
I wanted to share with you some photos of the Villa Noailles we visited during the Easter holidays for the International Festival of Fashion and Photography (click here to see more on this subject).
Built in the early 1920's by French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens for Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, the villa was one of the very first modernist style buildings constructed in France. The couple Charles and Marie-Laure were both from prestigious families and became well known art collectors and enthusiasts of modernism.
The villa was their holiday home located on top of a hill overlooking the bay, offering stunning views of the mediterranean sea.
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.
On saturday morning Ophelia and I went to the Stedelijk Museum to see the Kazimir Malevich and the Russian avant-garde exhibition.
It was an excuse to have some (quiet) time together to do some drawings.
Ophelia is such an easy going and curious child. She would just sit in front of a painting a draw it carefully without missing to write down the name of the artist and the title of the artwork. She really encouraged me to be less shy to draw in public!
We both love drawing but it is a rare moment as when her little brother is around he hasn't got the patience to sit and look at paintings. Fair enough, he is only 4 and he couldn't care less about an abstract art exhibition! He was very excited to go instead cycling sitting at the back of his daddy's bike.
Ivan Klyun. Suprematist study of color and form. 1917.
We had a beautiful blue sky day yesterday and I took random photos of things I like in my neighborhood. We live in the very nice area of Willemspark near the largest park of Amsterdam ,the Vondelpark.
THINGS I LIKE:
The children have their cute little red and yellow chairs, tables and toys on the pavement to play outside their building. The chairs are left outside overnight and to my surprise no one steal them! This is something you would never see in Paris...
Red brick building and the neon sign of the food store Albert Heijn.
I'm typing this post sitting on the floor of our empty house, with only 10% of battery left on my laptop I have to be brief.
We are moving...to Amsterdam! Big news and so little time to think about it as we had to make the quick decision at the beginning of September to start a new life over there. More on this crazy move in a few days with pictures. The removals guys have just left the house, and on Thursday I'm driving with the children to our new home, next to the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
We are so excited.
It has been a month since we came back from our long Summer break and I am already thinking of the holidays and where we could go next with the children. When we go abroad for a family weekend break or longer holidays we always try to rent an apartment instead of staying in hotels as we like to have the comfort of a home.
The newly launched Kid & Coe is what we have been waiting for since we had children. It says it all 'A vacation holidays rental that simplifies family holiday travel'.
This beautiful website has carefully selected kid-friendly homes around the World to rent for one night or more.
Simon and I have been talking about going to Italy for ages and I think I found the perfect place here...
London, Primrose Hill:
I am so excited to share with you some images of the project I have been working on since last January. I had a fantastic opportunity to work with Outsign architects in Paris to design a unique art piece for the newly refurbish Italie Deux shopping centre in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The commissioned work was to design a permanent three meters diameter map of the South East of Paris to be featured on the floor of the shopping centre.
I started to do a lot of research, to draw landmarks and quirky details of the Parisian landscape. It was a real pleasure to design this map and to work on this scale.
The challenge was to excecute this large map as my papercut map series so we decided to laser cut the design onto a 3 meters diameter circle of polished metal.
The disk had to be sectioned in two parts as it was too big for the machine to cut in one piece. Cutting the design with a powerful laser cut machine took more than 4 weeks. It was filled by hand (with a seringe!) with a heated resin that would become hard when dried. This was the most difficult part of the job as the map had a lot of details!
The map can been seen at Italie Deux, Place d'Italie. It is located on the ground floor entrance near La Fnac.
We are back on the beautiful island of Ré on the French atlantic coast. I have been waiting for this break for so long! The last months have been so grey, cold and wet that it feels like a dream to wake up every morning with the sun shining...Enjoy the holidays wherever you are!