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.
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!
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.
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.
A comfy lounge chair is an essential for a hot summer day. The ‘Swingrest’ by Dedon fits the bill and is perfect for creating a tranquil space. This ultimate hanging lounger was one of the first products to emerge from Dedon Island resort, which is Dedon’s Outdoor Living Lab in Siargao, Philippines. Daniel Pouzet, co-architect and designer of Dedon Island, took his inspiration from the extra-high ceilings of the resort’s villas. Borrowing the basket-like bottom from his earlier creation, the Nestrest, he has managed to create an altogether new work that feels even more spacious (and fits more people) while seeming to take up less space. Perfect for hanging on the terrace or veranda, or even indoors, the Swingrest is distinguished by the purity and simplicity of its concept.
How lovely are these ceramic ring dishes from Baba Souk. The dishes designed by Emily Reinhardt are perfect for storing your rings but I think they would also look wonderful grouped together on a wall.
Another summer essential is a beautiful towel to bring to beach or park. I have the Majorelle towel from The Beach People. The beautiful pattern is inspired by the blue hues and exotic location of Yves Saint Laurent’s Moroccan Botanical gardens. Australian label The Beach People, founded in the summer of 2013, are makers of luxe sea essentials, designed to bring bliss to your sea adventures.