Thursday, 6 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
A few weeks back we met Ping & Cheryl, a very friendly couple from Malaysia while they were in Singapore. After chatting for awhile, we found out that they are the owners of the cafe LOKL in Kualar Lumpur! (Love the name of the cafe!) They are also connected to BackHome hostel (pictures below), which looks like a lovely place to stay if you are ever visiting KL.
LOKL is a neighbourhood cafe in the historic heart of KL. They serve espressos and local coffee, hot sandwiches with a local twist, and cakes and pastries. It is housed in a bright airy space with an internal courtyard that’s shared with BackHome hostel.
BackHome is an award-winning boutique backpacker’s hostel located right in the heart of Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia. Located in the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find some of the city’s best attractions located within a stone’s throw away. They promise that you’ll get the same tender loving care as you do back home. That means personal attention, a good night’s rest and peace of mind.
BackHome is also home to the LOKL Coffee Co., it's own in-house café that helps sets a positive vibe for your stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Credits: All pictures by Loo Jia Wen ( i know her from Malaysia too ... bought ceramics from her! )
Thursday, 29 August 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Are you ready for visiting another shop with me today? This time we are going to Seah Street in Singapore. Just behind the famous Raffles Hotel and right in the arts and heritage district of Singapore. Here you will find a couple of streets with hidden gems ... like supermama, P5, the best chicken restaurant (I am forgetting the name as I am writing this post) and one of my favorite furniture shops, Foundry.
My friend Marjon Hoogervorst and I visited Foundry a while ago while making a city guide about Singapore. Just by coincidence we met the friendly owner and founder Felix. Marjon had the wonderful idea of making some extra images of one of Felix' own designs 'Loppa' a gorgeous paper lamp.
I recently bought one of the String shelving systems and will come back for other goodies.
Foundry: 3 Seah Street
All images by Marjon Hoogervorst
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Founded by Erik Wong in the Northern part of the Netherlands is Wongema ... a multiple workstation for artists and designers and other creatives who would like to seek shelter for a couple of days to retreat, meet and greet or just to relax and find inspiration.
But it is also a super location for spending a weekend with friends and have your own private pub and restaurant ...
I found this magical place via Wij zijn Kees ... you remmebr I worte about them last week. You might recognise studio IJM's signature here too ... :)
9978 PD Hornhuizen
All images by Jitske Hagens from ‘wij zijn kees’
Wednesday, 3 July 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Often people ask me where to sleep when visiting Amsterdam ... well this might be a good place to stay: the &Klevering apartment. Right in the city centre and a very authentic and typical Dutch ambiance.
Seeing so many design accessories in this B&B is no surprise as the owners are also the founders of &Klevering, a well-known home decoration shop here in Amsterdam. A visit to Amsterdam is not complete for me with a stop-over in one of their outlets.
The kitchen below is spot on, cool with the wood and green accessories.
I love seeing my friend Jurianne Matter her pop-up poster on the wall ...
Thursday, 2 May 2013 by Irene Hoofs
If you are wondering where to go for the best design furniture in Singapore how about starting right here at P5. Brands like moroso, e15, artek and royal tichelaar makkum all under one (beautiful) roof.
When I walked in I was happily surprised to see the vases by Hella Jongerius when I mentioned them to the sales person he was impressed that I recognized them and understood I knew a thing or two about design so we started chatting... Aloyus, no longer the salesperson, but the owner and founder of this shop, is as passionate about furniture as he is about food ... hopefully soon he will show me around in town and chat about our love for design. P5's address.
Today I am helping you with a visual tour inside P5.
ps. If you can't find it here perhaps wonderful Foundry just 5 minutes away can help you.
Friday, 5 April 2013 by Irene Hoofs
When opening a brick and mortar shop I would use these images for my inspiration board ...
They are from pop-up shop Umami Mart. Normally a Japanese food blog and webshop importing speciality and luxurious Japanese kitchen ware. They were part of Popuphood, an initiative in Oakland (outside San Francisco), giving stores six months free rent in dead areas of town to invoke new life and growth and hopefully allow the new shop owners to sign a long term store lease after the test period.
The shop was designed by Arhoj.