Door and window furniture (in Dutch: deur- en raamkrukken) should not only be functional, it is important that they are visually and aesthetically pleasing as well. After all, these fittings are the finishing touch to a home. This is why Dutch manufacturer Intersteel has collaborated with well-known designers to create a collection of high quality door and window furniture that will look beautiful in any home. Together with Intersteel I would like to introduce you to three of these designers, their work and their design philosophy.
Designer Erik Munnikhof (image above) has collaborated with various international brands such as Casala and Kembo. His work is characterized by a clean design. Erik is always looking for, as he puts it, “the optimal mix of aesthetics, ergonomics, ecology, economics, design and functionality.” For Intersteel he designed ‘Dock line’, a collection of door and window handles that is modular which enable the customer to choose between the warmth of walnut, the modern look of stainless steel or the soft feel of synthetic material. The Dock line has recently been awarded with a Goed Industrieel Ontwerp (= Good Industrial Design) award, a Dutch design award that is similar to the American Idea award and the German Red dot award.
Johanna Gullichsen is a textile designer from Finland. With her label Johanna Gullichsen Textile Craft & Design she offers an extensive range of woven textiles for modern living. Bold and simple patterns, natural materials, a down to earth sensibility – the entire collection is all about comfort, colour and ease-of-use. Johanna describes her approach to design: “Handweaving with the loom is my inspiration for exploring techniques and patterns. That’s how most of my designs are born. Craft is a living design tool for me, always included in the narrative of my textiles. I am especially interested in the construction of fabrics and I am drawn to technically challenging designs, even though the final product might seem simple. The ready-made products that I design are defined by the fabric itself; by its material or by its pattern.”
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!
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.
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!