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.
I'm happy to be back! How was your Easter weekend? I'm in Paris with the children after spending the weekend visiting my grand mother in the South West of France. It was so nice to spend time with my brother, sisters and all the family.
Here are some of my Instagram photos of the week in Amsterdam before we left for France:
After school activity, Ophelia's painting Mount Fuji!
From top left to bottom right:Snapshot of Starch café in Amsterdam, children drawing with thick chalks on the pavement in front of our house, Lucien helping me taking photographs and a very pretty flower shop in Amsterdam.
Hello, we're really excited to share with you some creative cutting ideas for Easter to do at home. This is the first of a serie of Creative Cutting ideas that we will share with you an will become a regular feature on Famille Summerbelle blog and website.
You can download and print our free PDF, follow the instructions to make your own colourful paper cut table decorations. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
We're planning to build a new kitchen in the old barn of our family home in the south west of France over the next month or so. The house is very old and used to be over the years the village school, a barber (!) and an auberge where the men would meet for a drink after a day working in the fields (in the 1920's). My great grand father lived there, my grand father was born in the annex (where they used to dry tobacco!).
Every year at the end of August we all meet there to spend some time together. That's my brother, his wife and their 4 children, my 3 sisters and their boyfriends, my dad, his wife and the 4 of us. It's a happy and rather chaotic place when we're all together. I love it! This year we're going to build a new kitchen in the renovated barn as the actual kitchen is more than 20 years old and start to be very small when we all cook together.
At the moment my sister is drawing the plans while I'm researching ideas and pin them on Pinterest. I love this part of research! The hard bit is to make this happened in a tight budget and on time before the Summer!
Oh! and today we've been featured in the (free) issue 4 of Enfants Terribles, a really nice Danish online magazine! Check out my interview here. Aurélie Lecuyer our stylist and photographer is also featured with beautiful photos of her house in France.
Hello, I hope you had a lovely weekend. We had friends from London staying with us so we took them on a cycle ride around Amsterdam. It was so warm and sunny we ended up having a bbq in the garden. Oh I love Spring an I can't wait for the Easter break in a couple of weeks to relax in the park...
Have you started your Easter decoration yet? I am preparing a little surprise for you next week so start to sharpen your scalpel and gather lots of colourful papers! To celebrate the build up to Easter we are offering 30% off our collection The Performers: mugs, trays, hand screen prints, tea towels and cushion. Enjoy shopping!
The 30% off reduction will appear on the checkout page.
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.
Some snapshots of our past few days from my Instagram
from top left: Hot chocolate and home made cakes from De Bakkerswinkel, Ophelia's reflection in my favourite Hay's mirror, Lucien trying to break the piñata he made at school, Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum my favourite magazine store in Amsterdam.
A morning cycle ride along the canals in Amsterdam
Craft day at the studio, Lucien playing outside our house, cool barber shop at Hutspot Amsterdam, cutting city names for our short animation.
Spring has arrived and it's the start of the flower season here in the Netherlands. As new inhabitant of Amsterdam we went along (with other tourists!) to the famous flower garden Keukenhof to admire what the Dutch are renown for, tulips.
I don't have green fingers (our garden grow wild and I'm not really good at keeping our indoor plants alive for long) but I do love flowers. I was actually very impressed by the variety of shapes and colours of tulip flowers. We didn't see much of the tulip fields as most of the flowers haven't bloomed yet. I guess we need to go for a sunny Sunday bike ride mid April to see it.
We are very pleased to introduce our first A5 notebooks featuring Famille Summerbelle familiar World map and City map collection.
The notebooks are sold as a pack of 2 with plain white recycled paper.
We had fun shooting this short paper cut video introducing our notebooks:
The sun is shinning here in Amsterdam. I have the window open in my studio and I can hear the birds singing. Here are some random touches of yellow from our home, a colour that put a smile on my face :-)
Lucien made this yellow crown at school using a loo roll!
Paper cut mobile made by Ophelia
Detail of Ophelia bed side table with a Christmas tree she made at school.
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.'