Wednesday, 1 July 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Another stop along Design Kwartier was Studio Thier & Van Daalen. They fascinate us with their interior objects that incorporate elements of nature with a play of colour, light and reflection. The duo behind Studio Thier&vanDaalen, use individual strengths to come up with their unusual and intriguing designs, Ruben being more focused on the technical aspects, while Iris plays with how the design looks and takes shape.
With the end goal set at surprising people, Iris and Ruben are constantly working on new ways and areas to use their designs in. Their common interest colours and structures can be seen in the on going theme through all their works.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 by Irene Hoofs
If Vij5 sounds familiar, it's because we've wrote a post or 2 about the design duo on Bloesem. Walking around The Hague during Design Kwartier we somehow managed to walk right past Arjan van Raadshooven, half of the Vij5 duo, who very kindly showed us the way to where Vij5 had set up their little home they had set up and decorated in all their products, which was one of the stops along the Design Kwartier trail.
Designers themselves, Arjan and Anieke design most of the products in the collection, which consists of interior design pieces. They also work together with many young designers to broaden the collection. Most recently, the team's newspaper wood designs have peaked our interest.
With the endless possibilities for Newspaper wood, a new material invented by Mieke Meijer in collaboration with Vij5, the NewspaperWood company was set up. Turning newspapers back into wood in the form of a log and cutting them revealing the rings of a tree resembling the wood texture, genius. Then using the newspaper wood in a series of cabinets by Breg Hanssen. This shows the true beauty of team work don't you think?
Thursday, 18 June 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Last week we did a sneaky little preview of our favourite stop along the Design Kwartier journey, but let's keep on the trail of Dutch design. Even if you did not manage to head to Design Kwartier, let us bring you on a virtual tour recap of all the amazing designs that were present during the 3-day event.
Dutch designer Roos Meerman works in what we would call the experimental realm, her designs work with the development of materials and technology. Ever gave a second thought to how patterns come about? Roos' Canorgraphy project shows us what sounds look like, a machine she developed moves tools such as pencils and pens on a surface based on sound waves produced by a set of speakers to create patterns on textile or paper. Imagine turning a song into a pattern on a scarf.. email Roos for possibilities!
Another experimental endeavour by Roos is Aera Fabrica, combining the different techniques of blow moulding, glass blowing and 3D printing. Watch her video and you'll understand how she came up with the idea - it's like balloons for designers!
Image above and below by Base Photography
Images via Studio Roos Meerman
.. Roos Meerman
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Most definitely our favourite stop on the Design Kwartier journey we took while we were in The Hague a few weeks ago - Plant Power. The name itself, come on, how catchy is that? When you enter their wonderful pop up space, you just want to know what everything you see actually is, you immediately go into observation mode.
We were lucky enough to have met the sweet girls behind Studio Plant Power, Roos Rutjes and Iris Rozendaal, who were both kind enough to take us on a little walk through the space, explaining everything and even letting us try some really unique vegetables (I think that's what they are!), something that was really crunchy and juicy, and did not taste half bad! Actually it would make a great healthy snack.. speaking of snacks.. One of the items that caught our eye was the book Plant Power, a collab between Roos from Studio Plant Power and food stylist and author of vegan cookbooks, Lisette Kreischer. Together they are Veggie in Pumps and their aim is to inspire people to integrate more greens into their daily life. This dynamic duo already have 8 books to their name!
There were many beautiful and healthy food and drink options. Like tea that looked too pretty to drink and an elderflower drink that we actually drank and tasted heavenly. Along with those were some other products like the most delicate porcelain pieces by Jennifer de Jonge.
Overall the space was curated perfectly and we definitely walked away plants on our mind and veggies in our bellies!
Images via Veggie in Pumps
.. Plant Power
Monday, 27 April 2015 by Irene Hoofs
"Immediate acceptance of the presented objects is not the purpose of our work." Studio Roex presents to us pieces that make our minds work. Using familiar materials and objects and presenting them in a new and unconventional way. " We want to increase people's awareness of what they see, heightening their ability (and desire) to understand it."
A furniture and product design studio based in Amsterdam, Studio Roex's projects will definitely make you rethink the way you view the objects you see and use on a daily basis. Can this spoon I use to eat my cereal be just a food delivery system or can it be something else too? Hmm..
Monday, 20 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Let's jump right into the new week with Ontwerpduo's latest Loena lattern! Beautiful new product being exhibited in Dutch Design Week along with their other designs. They have captured the magic of light in this lamp that stays lighted for up to 8 hours after all other lights have been turned off. Great dim lighting for a night light. Truly magical!
For a little piece of Ontwerpduo, the Bloesem shop also carries their line of "Unstationary".
All images found via Ontwerpduo Facebook.