I recently received an email from Kevin Lindberg telling me that he had just launched his illustrated children’s alphabet, The Curious ABCs, on Kickstarter. I took a look at his project and I loved it as it’s both artwork and a teaching tool. Each alphabet character is made up of things that start with that letter, creating a multi-layered learning experience for children that is both stimulating and fun. The Curious ABCs is designed to make the the experience of learning the ABCs a more engaging and interesting one for kids. At the same time, it is intended to be a beautiful object that would look great as a piece of art in your home. I think it is beautiful, don’t you? The drawings would also be perfect as art work in a nursery or kids room.
Kevin is trying to get the funding for this project together through Kickstarter. If you like to be a part of this, you can find more information here. For example if you pledge an amount of 30$ you will get his beautiful book. I think Kickstarter is a great way for artists and entrepreneurs to get projects from the ground and it is fun being part of it.
During my visit to the Woonbeurs last Monday I came across these beautiful wooden sinks. The sinks, made by Van Wijk Dutch Design, are available in seven models and in nine different types of wood. All products are made in a workshop in Amsterdam where they get a special treatment to make them water resistant. I personally love natural materials to be used in bathrooms and a wooden sink would look absolutely beautiful. If you prefer stone, I recently did a post about sinks made from stone which you can find here.
These beautiful images show the new Fall/Winter collection from Danish label By Nord. Le Souk is changing its collection and there are still a few By Nord products left at discounted prices (40-50% discount).
Last two days were busy but fun! On Monday I attended the Meet The Blogger Amsterdam event. Despite a severe cold I had a wonderful time meeting up with familiar faces and getting to know some new bloggers. And yesterday I attended the Woonbeurs in Amsterdam which is the largest Home Decor Fair in The Netherlands. All major interior brands, and some smaller labels, are present with a booth presenting their latest collections. Each year also most Dutch interior magazines can be found on the Woonbeurs with a special ‘house’ designed in the style of the magazine. My favorite this year was the VT Wonen house which is featured above and below (images 1 – 4). The house is a huge barn decorated in a mix of industrial and country style living. A lot of natural materials were used so was right up my alley. Artisans were showcasing theirs skills (there was even an old fashion barber shop!). It all had a Kinfolk vibe, which by the way I am seeing more often.
Last month Norm Architects launched their new Flip Around table for Menu. This multifunctional product is a tray, a table and a stool in one. The tabletop can be taken off which then becomes a tray. Isn’t this clever? I love it when an item is beautiful looking and functional at the same time! The table is madE of high quality ash wood and plastic. A mix of the new and the classic – and the mix of different inspirations and aesthetics is a big part of the design.
OYOY’s beautiful Fall/Winter 2013 catalog is out and it is a feast for the eyes! OYOY’s vision is to design functional products in high quality materials with beautiful colours and shapes.’Less is more’ – is their motto. For their designs, the Danish brand uses a blend of classic Scandinavian design tradition and simple Japanese structures. And like me, OYOY has a passion for natural materials.
Stitches is a beautiful new dish ware collection designed by Gry Fager for Danish brand Menu. The design is based on the old fashioned cross-stitching technique but the collection has a very modern and contemporary feel to it. Cross-stitching is a big part of the Danish handicraft tradition, and something closely tied to the family as it is often learned from unbelievably patient grandmothers.