Monday, 21 May 2012 by Irene Hoofs
Very happy and proud to share our 2nd Face-to-face: a designer's profile today with Mae Engelgeer from Studio Mae. Marjon and Sandra visited Mae at her ground floor apartment of a house in 'de Pijp', a wonderful neighborhood in Amsterdam two weeks ago to talk with her about her textile label Studio Mae, inspiration, the way she combines work with family life and what it is like to start your own business.
Would you like to see all the beautiful images and the complete interview then click here for the special Designer's Profile page.
Photography: Marjon Hoogervorst
A little while ago I told you how my friend Lisette Scheers, who lives here in Kuala Lumpur had visited the Milan Furniture fair and she made some fantatsic images of the things she liked. You might remember this post about Paola Lenti's new collection or Ventura Lambrate... today just a summary of all the designs she saw at Fiera Rho, in lIsette her words: "This year not so inspiring - a lot of the same - and everyone uses the same colours : fluo, light blue, ocre yellow and light green" ... not sure of you agree ? I hear what she is saying but I do like these warm and cozy little stools... called the Bambi chairs by Takeshi Sawada.
The Y-lamp by Monica Thurne and paper flowers by Singapore's design facility, they will change color once you put them in water.
The coloured lamp bulbs - Designer : Lindstén Form Studio.
The Yellow steel and wood chair by UNU Design Studio, the collection is called plica. Designers : Jean -Babtiste Goetgheluck & Marie Bequet.
The Foldable table - "term" by akka - this was very cool.
----------------------------------- All images above are by Lisette Scheers.
Friday, 18 May 2012 by Irene Hoofs
these Stack chairs by Skrivo ..
these stoarge containers by Monochro from Japan...
and seeing my youngest son playing in our apt. in SIngapore...
Enjoy the weekend... we have got some partying to do... Rik is going to be 40 on Sunday... surprise surpirse ... xoxox hope to see you back on Monday! ~ irene xoxo
Thursday, 17 May 2012 by Irene Hoofs
It was probably the word Glamping that did the trick for me to write about Urbans and Indians ~ a new online shop that is entirely devoted to make camping and outdoor adventures a bit more glamorous .... just how I like it :-)
I never understood this whole camping thing as much as most of my fellow Dutchmen like to do , I rather go to a nice B&B or cozy hotel , but sleeping in a tent that is decorated like this ... Yes you could convince to go.
Behind the canvas of urbans and indians, find Mariëlle and Linda
. Two women who believe nothing is more fun than hang out with friendssomewhere in the open fields, listening to the nightingales and spend the night under the stars.
..Urbans and Indians
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 by Irene Hoofs
I really like this series by Sue Tirrell at The Clay Studio - you can always find such interesting pieces at The Clay Studio, and it feels good to know that you're supporting independent artists. One of the things I like to do when I visit The Clay Studio online, is go to their shop by artist section, and that way I can take an individual look at each designer, and not feel overwhelmed by all the lovely options.
Michelle Miller is the artist behind these sweet little cupcake stands (pictured above) found at The Clay Studio, and I like the idea of displaying your cupcakes...though I'm not sure I've ever been able to keep any in the house long enough to make it to its own stand. - Sponsor Spotlight
..The Clay Studio
And speaking of copper ... how about a whole bike made of copper! While Lisette was in Milan visiting the Milan furniture fair 2012 she spotted Dutch designer Bart van Heesch at Studio zeta. He was one of fifty recent Design Academy Eindhoven graduates chosen to exhibit in Milan. And although he was there showcasing his luxaflex made from circles of brass (see the images below in this post) . I also love to show this incredible bike and the cool accessories from him.
Another graduate who made it to THE '50' in Milan is Eva Smeltkop with her Refrigerator 02. A small, transparent storage appliance, in which sweets and snacks not only keep well, but also look good. Thank you Lisette for the images!
More info about Studio Zeta and The 50 design graduates is right here.