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.'
Ábécés könyv is the latest book I got for myself (and I'm sure it will end up on the children bookshelf). It is a delightful book self published and designed by the very talented Hungarian graphic designer Anna Kövecses.
Anna lives in Cyprus in a small village with her boyfreinds and daughter Rebeka. She designed Ábécés könyv for her daughter to teach her the 44 letters of the Hungarian alphabet.
All photos credit This Is Paper.
While ordering her book I discovered the site Blurb. Have you heard about it? You can create and publish your own book but also make photo albums with the quality of a hardcover book (you can also publish an online book or photo album).
I am so behind with my photo albums, but this has motivated to start - as soon as I get some free time -really?!
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!
We escaped to Paris for the weekend to visit our family and wonder on the riverside and the Jardin des Tuileries with the children. We went to see the Typorama exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Our short trip was actually an excuse to come to France to eat a galette des rois...
This is a selection from my Pinterest board of my favourite pendant lights that I would love to have in my living room. Hard to choose. I know. My selection is my 'coup de coeur'.A lot of them don't really fit into my budget (ie George Nelson) but it's good to dream. If I had to choose one (without thinking about the cost) it would be the aerial Vertigo lamp from Constance Guisset, edited by Petite Friture.
What's your favourite? Vertigo, Petite Friture.
Great above a table but too small to hang in a living room is Tom Dixon, Beat Light Fat
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.
I discovered these beautiful illustrations while browsing on Lagom Design blog. Studio Tipi is the Canadian duo Keith-yin Sun & Judi Chan. Their folk and vintage inspired style has won them several awards including D&AD In-Book Illustration for Design award.
I love the cards they created exclusively for the Art Gallery of Alberta to celebrate the exhibition "The Art of Animation". This series is inspired by some of the most recognised characters in modern cartoon history and behind the scenes of traditional animation production. You can see more and purchase the cards here.
Enjoy your weekend. It's sunny today in Amsterdam :-)
Ringo is a young design studio based in Warsaw in Poland. They make the most beautiful cardboard toys that I know of. I love the colours and the graphics for each category that have designed: Paper Town 1, 2 and 3 and how cute is the new The Animals set!
I also love the fact that it requires some imagination and patience to fold and create each piece and it can be folded after playing to store or take away in a bag to a friend's house. Paper Town 1:
This is not my usual post but I really wanted to share with you this incredible story that my cousine Sophie Robinson, a producer and film director has been passionately documenting: My Beautiful Broken Brain.
It's a film about 34 year old Lotje Sodderland, who in November 2011 experienced a massive life-threatening brain haemorrhage – regaining consciousness in a world where words were incomprehensible, sound and vision distorted and where her peripheral vision was filled with frightening hallucinations. Still unable to speak or even think properly Lotje started using her iPhone to record every changing moment.
Sophie and Lotje wanted to make My Beautiful Broken Brain independently - staying true to the way Lotje sees the world using graphics and picture enhancement.
For Sophie it was imperative to keep filming as soon as she met Lotje: 'I have learnt so much about the human brain and the power of the human mind by sharing Lotje's story with her, which is why I believe this film must be finished and shared.'
You can watch the trailer here and help them make this documentary by pledging on Kickstarter.
This morning I went to my son's class room to organise a little atelier of christmas tree decoration. I had some cardboard boxes left from our removal so it came in handy to make very simple cut out shapes of Christmas trees for the children to paint and cover with glitter. It was a fun project to do and the children were very proud of their creations!