Category Archives: DESIGN

LEATHER STRAPS: STYLISH, SIMPLE & FUNCTIONAL

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These leather straps designed by Mathilda Clahr are simple, stylish and functional. You can hang them in the hallway to store scarves and when opened you can use them to hang your bags. But the straps can also be handy in the kitchen (to store kitchen textiles), bathroom and in the office. Just be creative! The straps are available here.

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Credits: images styled by Josefin Hååg | photographer Elin Strömberg | via STIL Inspiration.

SHINO TAKEDO CERAMICS

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Japanese artist Shino Takedo creates the most beautiful ceramic pieces. This is what she says about her work and herself: “I grew up on Kyushu island in southern Japan. Kyushu has a rich history of ceramics and arts. My mother admired and collected both. When I was a child we would travel all around Japan to look at different art shows and visit ceramic artists studios. My work is an appropriation of those more traditional Japanese art forms mixed with all the freshness of NYC today. All my work are hand-build, one of a kind. Searching for perfect imperfection, tracing memories, making story that connect the old to the new.” A list of stockists can be found on her website.

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MAE ENGELGEER’S BEAUTIFUL TEXTILE DESIGNS

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I love the pretty designs by Mae Engelgeer. This Dutch designer based in Amsterdam likes to design colorful and eye catching products which are like a piece of art in any interior. In this post you can find a selection of Mae’s designs. One of my favorites is ISH, a collection of blankets and tea towels that feature a zigzagging, folk-inspired pattern.

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HANDMADE PORCELAIN BY PS STUDIO

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This collection of handmade porcelain cups is designed by PS Studio, a Dutch design studio that focuses on both interior architecture and product design. Their taped series is inspired by the texture of skin and the tactile feeling and the embossing of materials. Every cup is unique design and is available in 26 beautiful colors. Studio PS: “By combining our fascination for material expression, relief and structure with a large colour palette, a surprising and colourful collection has arisen.”

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OUTDOOR FURNITURE COLLECTION BY NORM

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Danish designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn named their company Norm to express their dedication to “working with Danish norms and standards refined over hundreds of years,” says Bjerre-Poulsen, “rather than rejecting them in the endless search for new.” The sincerity of their approach – bypassing flashy design for good design – shows in the quality of their work. Together with US company Design Within Reach they have developed a beautiful collection of garden furniture. The Finn Collection is directly tied to their philosophy in that it was built on a passion for details, tactility in design and creating for the need.

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HANDCRAFTED OBJECTS AT THE VINTAGE VOGUE

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Etsy shop The Vintage Vogue sells beautiful handcrafted objects. Shop owner Charlotte combines her love of design with her love of craft which results in a wonderful selection of wooden trays, pendants and ceramics. You can see the entire collection here.

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DYED VINTAGE TABLEWARE BY JEANINE EEK KEIZER

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The beautiful blue tableware shown here in Amsterdam shop Sukha has been created by Jeanine Eek Keizer. The wife of Piet Hein Eek gives new life to existing ceramic pieces by applying a new glaze to the various old pieces of tableware. By using uniform shade variations of colours, it was possible to put together complete sets of tableware from a collection of odds and ends of crockery. At first sight it appears to be a single, beautifully coloured tableware set, but a second look lets you discover the variety and wealth in designs and decorations shining through. A near constant flow of ‘new’ old tableware has to be supplied, making snooping about in charity shops, jumble sales and auctions no longer an objectionable addiction. Isn’t this a beautiful way of recycling?! The table ware is available from Sukha and from the Piet Hein Eek shop in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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