Category Archives: DESIGN

K DESK: A NEW DESIGN BY RAFA KIDS

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Kids furniture label RaFa-kids has just released a new design: the playful K desk. This stable and functional desk has been designed without compromising its beauty. The K desk, which is made from Finnish birch wood, can be set in two different positions: an open and close one. When closed the furniture is clean and elegant. Once the lid is lifted you discover another layer of the desk with rounded corners and hidden organizer. A perfect place to put notebooks, iPad or little toys and treasures. The vertical part can serve as an exposition space for drawings, photos or important messages. Great attention to detailing has been put in the design: here are no screws or connectors outside. RaFa-kids originated from the shared dream of two married architects, based in The Netherlands. Two people, who in whatever they do, put all their soul and energy into it. Agata takes care of the esthetic side of the designs. Arek is the technical brain of the duo. You can see more of their beautiful designs on their website.

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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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DELICIOUS DESIGN FROM BONBONBOX

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Bonbonbox is an online store (based in The Netherlands but shipping world wide) that offers beautiful products that have a soul and a story to tell. Bonbonbox wants to tell those stories, creating connections between the designers, the products and the design lovers and make shopping a fun and more personal experience. They work with well-established but also undiscovered designers. New designers are added every week, to offer you a new delicious selection of bonbons to choose from all the time. My favorite ‘bonbons’ are the concrete pendant light from Dutch designer Renate Vos and those lovely porcelain cups designed by De Intuïtiefabriek.

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A STREET IN PARIS DECORATED WITH LAMP SHADES

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So beautiful! A street in Paris (Rue de Mail) is decorated with linen lamp shades to create an illuminated archway. Initiated by Club Masters of Linen in partnership with 29 ‘Editeurs’ and Paris Deco Off.

Photo Sebastien Rande / CELC

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