Category Archives: DESIGN

BEAUTIFUL CERAMICS & UNIQUE HOMEWARE ITEMS

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Online shop Little Upside Down Cake (LUDC) has some gorgeous ceramic pieces and other homeware items in their collection. The owner of LUDC: “Every single peace is unique and handmade with love. Every single imperfection is due to be celebrated. Every single peace has a place in my hart and I hope it wins place in yours also.”. One of the brands available through the shop is MF Ceramics. Each piece created in this ceramic studio is unique and totally handmade with care and patient. MF Ceramics has been inspired, most of the time, in the kitchen atmosphere and in all that is relatively to this basic need of life – food and cooking. The interest in collect objects from the past, that designer Margarida learned with her grandmother, has influenced and enriched her craft production. Beautiful!

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TOM DIXON BRASS PENDANT LIGHTS IN A DANISH HOME

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I’m loving the Tom Dixon lights in this beautiful Danish home! The pendants are inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional water vessels on the subcontinent. The lights, made from brass with a black patinated exterior, are spun and hand-beaten by renowned skilled craftsmen of Moradabad in Northern India. I especially love these lights when grouped together.

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Credits & source: images by Pia Winther.

A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED CALANDER POSTER

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Every month of this beautiful calendar poster has it’s unique paint texture and color, fitting the month and season of the year. Designed by and available from Coco Lapine.

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HOW TO CHOOSE DOOR AND WINDOW FURNITURE FOR YOUR HOME

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When renovating a home a lot of thought goes into making a floor plan, choosing kitchen and bathroom appliances, selecting a colour scheme and buying furniture pieces. But most homeowners spend surprisingly little time on selecting door and windows furniture (in Dutch: deur- en raamkrukken). Although these serve a functional purpose, door and window furniture are also design elements and can actually add a stylish touch to your home and complement the rest of the interior. So choosing the right lever handle is more important than you would think!

When we renovated our home a few years ago and were faced with choosing door and window fixtures, we found out that there are a lot of options when it comes to design, materials and finish. It seems like a daunting task to make the right choice but by following some guidelines you will be able to find the best option for you and your home.

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MY REPORT FROM MAISON ET OBJET 2015 IN PARIS

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Last weekend I was in Paris to visit Maison et Objet, one of the largest and most important interior trade shows in the world. Eight grand halls are packed to the brim with brands and designers showing their latest collections and newest products. It is the major event for professionals working in the field of furnishings & design. And it is here where every brand want to be! With many exhibition stands there is a lot of ground to cover so it can be overwhelming . The best strategy is, especially when you have limited time, to plan ahead and use the available floor plan. My favorite halls were Hall 1 ECLECTIC where you can find an eclectic mix of design and decoration from all over the world, and Hall 8 where the new generation of designers is playing with forms and mixing styles with talent and inventiveness. Below you can see some of the highlights of my trip!

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BJORN WINNBLAD’S MAGICAL UNIVERSE REINTRODUCED

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Bjørn Wiinblad (1918 – 2006) was a famous Danish painter, designer and artist in ceramics, silver, bronze, textiles, and graphics. Characteristics of Wiinblad’s work include whimsical round-faced people, dressed in vaguely 19th-century costume. They are often surrounded by natural elements: twining vines, floral wreaths, and fantastical trees. His style was anything but ‘conventionally Danish’. While functionalism ruled the roost in Denmark, Bjørn Wiinblad trod a very different path – one distinguished by intricately wavy lines, a rich colour palette and romantic, hedonistic universes. What was really important to him was to give free rein to his creative zest and to spread delight to Danish homes through his numerous and varied productions. No matter what surface or medium Wiinblad chose for his creations, his style was instantly recognisable and truly inimitable. Wiinblad was one of a kind and his vision was to bring joy to people and to introduce his creative delight into homes throughout Denmark. In recent decades, Bjørn Wiinblad’s designs have been ‘in hibernation’, almost forgotten in Denmark. But luckily Copenhagen based Rosendahl Design Group has revitalizes Winnblad’s name and his majical universe has been reinterpreted in a range of new products.

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MADE BY HAND: A SPIKY LITTLE VASE

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Loving this cute little cactus vase! I just purchased the mint green one from Etsy seller Oli’s cupboard. She mainly focusses on handmade original ceramics, mostly thrown on the wheel, but at the same time Oli (who is from the Czech Republic) is also trying to make new playful objects. She experiments with different glazes and new technology and materials. Inspiration comes from her Grandma’s cupboard and her country house loft space.