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Creative Workspaces: Get inspired!

Thursday, 23 March 2017 15:12:42 Europe/Berlin

We spend so much time working so why not make our office a comfortable and stylish space? A space free from unnecessary clutter and distraction. A space that leaves room for creative thoughts. A space that inspires and motivates. We love to give you some inspiration to create your own happy workspace.

 

This week we offer plenty of office essentials to make your (home) office look great. The items give your décor something special, they add personality and motivate you to keep on going.

Desktop ChargerInspirational QuoteRetro Lamp

Inspirational Quote - Magnetic BoardWired Basket

 

More inspiration? Take a tour of some of the coolest workspaces of the moment.

Fosbury & Sons in Antwerp

Studio Farris Architects in Antwerp

SelgasCano for Second Home in Lisbon

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When fashion industry waste gets a new life

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:54:47 Europe/Berlin

Did you know that the materials in Rug Solid carpets had another life before ending on your floor? The Danish company Rug Solid makes rugs from upcycled materials to reduce waste coming from the fashion industry. The makers take it upon themselves to give waste a new life by transforming it into something beautiful and useful.

 

Local charm

For the production, the label has sought away from industrialized production, finding refuge in a wonderful and charming village 100 km outside New Delhi, India. Over time, Rug Solid has become part of the local village culture, where basically every adult involves himself in the production of the rugs. This way, the local charm and culture is now part of Rug Solid.

A promise made

“We want to make it easy for our customers to choose products that are environmentally friendly”, states Rug Solid. “With our global recycled standard certificate, we guarantee that we keep our promise when we say our products are sustainable.”

Stunning Leather Collection

“When the fashion industry makes shoes, bags, belts and so on, they end up with millions of leather leftovers. We transform those leftovers into rugs. All leather strips have different nuances. They are carefully selected and weaved by hand.” The result of this time-consuming handwork is a unique rug with a stunning play of nuances.

Source : rugsolid.dk

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Trends 2017 Spotted by Decovry

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 18:20:12 Europe/Berlin

We love to give you an insight of what we think will be huge in 2017. These are the seven interior trends you can’t miss this year!

 

1. Terrazzo Stone

Never heard of the terrazzo stone? Time to fill this gap in your “interior trending” vocabulary. You can call this natural material the new marble. Material with this patio like pattern can be found indoor as well as outdoor. Think: table tops and lampshades, but also fruit bowls, cushions and candle holders.

2. Velvet

From fashion to interior, velvet is more than trending right now. Give your décor a warm and soft eye-catcher with a sofa or one-seater in velvet. Or take the safe way and add some velvet cushions to make your interior very 2017.

3. Animals Everywhere

Dogs, cats, sheep and reindeers. Animals are everywhere! Besides (fake) animal skins to elegantly drape on your lounge chair or to place in front of your fireplace, cute but interior design worthy animal toys are now trending. Those toys are nowadays so beautiful, you can easily display them at home. See for yourself …

Wallpaper My Terrazza - Velvet Sofas - Animal Chairs

4. Mirror, mirror on the wall

Mirrors are everywhere this year. We see them in various forms and colours; many times, in atypical combinations or together with other materials - wood, metal …- which elevates the item into something more special.

5. Smoked Glass

This type of glass is smoking hot! Not only do we see this dark and sophisticated material in home accessories such as wine glasses, vases and bowl, but it’s also incorporated in interior design.

6. Rotan

Rotan is going strong again. After years of neglection, this natural and decorative material is present in all kinds of interior pieces such as mirrors, chairs and lamps.

7. Fashionable Shoppers

More and more people care about the environment but still like to be fashionable. Therefore, lots of designers came up with fashionable shoppers; reusable bags with a beautiful design in often recycled materials with always one important feature: the bags must be practical!

The Splendid Mirror Collection - Smoked Glass Design - Rotan Chair - Fashionable Shopper

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5 Extraordinary Places to Stay

Friday, 3 February 2017 18:10:50 Europe/Berlin

We bet you are just like us already craving for your next holiday. We search the web in order to find some extraordinary hotels that come close to a heavenly spot in paradise … Join our trip to some of the most magnificent stays on our planet. 

 

1 SOUTH AFRICA

One step away from spotting the lions, the masters of the African savannah, and sure of a breath-taking view over the South African bushveld. ChalkeyTreehouse in Lion Sands Game Reserve is a hit for uninterrupted panorama views.

2 FINLAND 

Enjoy true nature from your own Glass Igloo in Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland. This family hotel in Finnish Lapland is located 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Perfect location to spot the northern light!

3 CHINA

This is a place you can’t reach without effort. At the top of China's Yellow Mountains, you’ll find the Jade Screen Pavilion. It will you a climb of 60.0000 stone steps to get here but your reward will be very sweet.

4 THE PHILIPPINES

Once you arrive at Dedon Island Resort in the Philippines, you wish you never had to leave. Pearl white beaches, palm trees, the beach … Do we need to say more?

5 GERMANY

Probably the best reachable hotel but none the less, a super location is the 25 Hours Bikini Hotel at Berlin. Great design, energetic vibe and a necessity in this list: a great view. If you’re lucky you might spot some of the animals of the Berlin Zoo located right next to it.

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How To Style Your Winter Home

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:13:09 Europe/Berlin

We don’t feel anything for a January blues. That’s why we think it’s the perfect moment to brush up your interior. The Christmas tree and cosy lights are gone but this doesn’t mean there are no other ways to create a lovely cocoon. How about 4 suggestions to redecorate your home into a chic nest you wish you never had to leave?

 

1. Inject warm materials into your home

It’s no surprise that natural materials and colours can warm up your interior with their lovely tones, texture and overall appeal. Use the assets of nature in your own home.

Img: Lovedesignfest - SHOP NOW: 366 Concept

2. Let your walls speak

“Stay Wild”, “Good Vibes Only", “I Am Not Weird, I Am Limited Edition” … These quotes make you laugh or give you a little push to enjoy life to the fullest. Combine these words with a stylish design and you’ll discover the magic of words.

SHOP NOW: MM House Design

3. Cocoon with comfy cushions

It’s a no-brainer that cushions make your space feel extra cosy. Choose different shapes, sizes and textures to make it more interesting.

SHOP NOW: Nomess Copenhagen - Img: Pinterest

4. Play with textures

Besides pillows, different textures bring warmth and an aesthetic playfulness to the room. Think: floor rugs, wool blankets, cane side tables, fluffy sheepskin chairs …

Img: Elsa Billgren - SHOP NOW: Cuero Design

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A Warm Yet Contemporary Urban Retreat

Friday, 6 January 2017 11:47:29 Europe/Berlin

In London’s residential borough Westbourne Gardens, there is a hidden gem to be discovered. This first-floor apartment was internally refurbished by Nimtim architects, resulting in a colourful yet peaceful urban retreat.

 

“The flat itself is small but with generous ceiling heights and a strong sense of its grand past”, state Nimtim architects. “The proposal seeks to retain this sense of space and grandeur by retaining the existing ceiling heights and allowing a reading of the entire space as one. Three new and distinct elements are added to the existing space - a small and compact kitchen, a stone-clad, marble-lined bathroom and bedroom wardrobes in cherry-wood veneer.”

A Sophisticated Look

For the interior design, the architects opted for a wonderful mix of materials and colour. The warmth of the deep cherry-wood veneer blends perfectly with the luxurious marble and a hint of gold finishing wardrobes and doors. The combination gives the flat a refreshing and sophisticated look. A pied-a-terre in London to dream of… 

Source Nimtim architects, Yellow Trace

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Spectacular Flower Installation

Thursday, 22 December 2016 17:39:41 Europe/Berlin

Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French architect living in Tokyo since 1996, surprised everyone with her “Color Mixing” installation, which consisted of 25.200 moving flowers in 100 shades of colours. In the middle of the installation, a circular empty space allowed visitors to be surrounded by colours and immerse themselves in the colourful world. Visitors could extend their hands and move the flowers. The result? A mind-blowing installation releasing a large energy.

We spotted this spectacular installation on EYEspiration.nl.

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About the Designer: fustlamp

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:14:33 Europe/Berlin

When design and sustainability come together perfectly, you know you have a great marriage. That’s exactly the case with fustlamp, a unique lamp made of used plastic kegs of PET plastic. With its creation, designer Arco van den Berg, contributes to the conservation of the environment and puts a fun design lamp on the market.

 

Empty beer kegs

“The idea to create this lamp, arose here at ‘De Stookplaats’ in Hilversum. It’s a creative hub where I have my office together with some other creative entrepreneurs, as well as the beer brewery ‘Gooische Bierbrouwerij’. This brewery supplies beer to restaurants and bars in kegs. After use, the brewery throws away the empty beer kegs. In my opinion, a big waste,” says Arco. “When I saw the form of the keg, I imagined it could be a beautiful industrial lamp. So, I started developing a prototype.”

 

“When making the lamp, sustainability was very important. That’s why, I chose a long lasting 225 mm LED 8 Watt filament lamp with an expected lifetime of 17 to 20 years. Next to this, most parts – LED, cord and fitting – are supplied by the same company to limit transportation. The caps are made at De Stookplaats by my neighbours from BeastMount who manufacture GoPro mounts for kite surfing and wake boarding using 3D printers. These caps are 3D printed from bio plastic, made from corn and potato starch. Removable and recyclable.”

 

A beer story

Besides a sustainable lamp, buyers get a beer story. Each lamp is accompanied by a label which describes the beer that the keg contained, the brewery which made the beer and who assembled the lamp.

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Xmas Gift Guide

Saturday, 17 December 2016 09:59:00 Europe/Berlin

How to Escape the Christmas Madness?

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 17:46:18 Europe/Berlin

How to escape the Christmas madness? We asked Magali Elali from Coffeeklatch, who’s not so fond of the typical Christmas and New Year’s tradition and came up with her own festive tradition. Less trivial hohohos, all the more fun.

Let us first introduce Magali. Together with her partner Bart Kiggen, Magali founded Coffeeklatch. In this online magazine, the couple shares stories of inspiring people such as artist Luc Tuymans, interior architect Lionel Jadot and musician Bent Van Looy. While Bart is in charge of Photography and Art Direction, Magali takes care of the copy. Next to their work for Coffeeklatch, they are big plant lovers. In their book ‘Greenterior: Plant-loving Creatives and their Homes’, 18 designers and artists from Brussels to New York are featured in their plant-filled homes.

 

Anti Christmas Party

“We are not really the Christmas-kind-of-persons”, Magali says. “Therefore, we try to escape the Christmas tradition by throwing our own New Year’s Party between Christmas and New Year. It’s a party as a reaction to a traditional New Year’s Eve gathering. The advantage is that everyone is available and nobody has high expectations of the evening. The concept? Fifteen of our best friends sitting together at a nicely set table, plenty of candles and flowers, an open fire, good food and lots of drinks. Imagine us on the 28th of December counting down for New Year!”

“We’ve been organising this ‘anti Christmas diner’ for five years now. This year is going to be extra special since it will take place in our new home. How we spend New Year’s Eve? We stay home, prepare a nice meal and keep far away from the hustle.”

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