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!
Aino-Maija Metsola is the designer who created the beautiful Sääpäiväkirja collection of tableware and fabric for Marimekko. The starting point of this collection was a fascination for rain, fog, wind, light and water and how we perceive the weather surrounding us.
Aino-Maija Metsola spent several months creating sketches and patterns and colour palettes using different type of media such as aquarelle and ink.
Here are some images of her research:
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.
As December begins we're starting to feel the Christmas spirit! This weekend is a big one for shopping and we wanted to offer something special to really kick the season off, so we have a magnificent 25% off of absolutely everything in our store starting today Friday 29th November until Monday 2nd December*
We have a large collection of wonderful gift ideas, for every budget and for everyone in the family.
*Sale begins 8am (GMT) Friday 29th November and ends midnight (GMT) Monday 2nd December 2013.
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.
Translated into physical objects, the masks are the embodiment of the relation between man and tree and the effect they have on each other. These masks serve as interactive objects at home.
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.
The fresh fruits & vegs from the greengrocer on Valeriusstraat
The bricks on the road. There is something very charming about this pattern.
Oh, and the colourful tiles on the side of the entry doors. They are all different from one door to the next. J'adore.
This weekend we decide to explore the villages around Amsterdam so we took the car and drove off for about 20mn to Volendam on the East coast. We had a delicious fish and chips in a typical fish restaurant on the harbour. After lunch we went to the picturesque village of Edam. Yep this is where the famous Edam cheese comes from. It was cold but it didn't stop us to have a lovely walk. On the way back home we bought an apple cake with cinnamon and watched The Sound of Music cuddled up on the sofa in front of the fireplace. It was so nice!
Christmas is only 6 weeks away so we wanted to give you some ideas of presents (starting as little as £7!) for your friends and family. We have a beautiful range of tea towels, fine bone China mugs, birch wood trays and a great selection of hand screen prints!
Enjoy your Christmas shopping!
The tea towels Un Dimanche à Paris in grey/pink back in stock. The quirky parisian illustration is screen printed on a 100% cotton soft fabric. Our tea towels are all printed in the UK.
Have a nice week!
Today our big boy is turning 4! He woke up this morning so excited about his birthday.Yes it is a big deal now. He wanted to eat his birthday cake straight away and didn't understand why he had to go to school on his birthday. Fair point but c'est la vie, school on Wednesdays here.
I am going to pick him up in one hour and we are going explore the pirate ship (it is actually the replica of the Amsterdam vessel at the Maritime Museum). He has been waiting for this moment since we arrived in Amsterdam! Later this afternoon he is having a big 'grown up' party at his daddy's office with the whole agency invited to sing happy birthday Lucien!
Lucien has grown up so much this year. Yes, he is taller and has more hair ;-) but it is his personnality that has changed most. He is the clown of the family. Always making everyone laugh. He aslo loves to perform and sing songs in front of everyone. For sure he is not shy.
Lucien over the years... from 3 years old to 3 months old!