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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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When Christmas and Technology Become a Fairy-Tale

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 13:56:35 Europe/Berlin

Whoever thought that Christmas and technology were two separate worlds, has been proven wrong. Step into the magical fairy-tale in the heart of London where Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson unveiled a heart-warming Christmas tree installation in the lobby of the renowned Claridge's Hotel.

 

Excitement about the Future

To create the ultimate Christmas-feeling, Ive & Newson used real pines, silver birch trees and 4-metre-high lightboxes on which snow-covered silver birch trees are depicted. The natural element, combined with the subtle winter - and yet warm - lighting, gives the whole scene a truly magical character. “There are few things more pure and beautiful than nature, so that was our starting point, layering various iterations of organic forms with technology,” said the designers. “Our aim was to create an all-enveloping magical experience that celebrates our enormous respect for tradition while recognising our excitement about the future and things to come.”

 

Source: Dezeen

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About the designer: HULKI

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:34:48 Europe/Berlin

Long gone are the days of dull plastic toys cluttering your living room. HULKIs are Dutch design, vibrant-coloured, supersized playhouses. 100% eco-friendly and recyclable. HULKIs are built using an extra strong custom-engineered cardboard that withstands wear and tear. So perfect to be built and re-built multiple times without losing strength or solidity.

 

Imaginary Turtle Shells and Humpback Whales

When Jasper Janssen, designer and founder of HULKI, planned to buy a playhouse for the Benjamin of the family, he noticed that the playhouse market was dominated by huge neon-colored plastic castles and cottages. “Beyond the fact they definitely clashed with our interior, our main concern was that these plastic products last for centuries, but in many cases are played with only occasionally and can’t be recycled. So we left and took the long route”, Jasper says.

 

He decided to design something original that has the same function but lasts exactly as long as needed, without creating an environmental problem? “ And why not also make it lighter, more aesthetic, and affordable as well?” The initial idea of HULKI was born.

“We thought back to our childhood and revived stories of imaginary plays under a Turtle shell, or diving inside the mouth of a Humpback Whale”, Jasper continues. “In the sketch phase, we decided to make the playhouses unisex and animal-themed, as this would include all kids.” Jasper launched his original idea on Kickstarter in May 2016. “Feedback was overwhelming. People from over 30 countries backed us.”

 

Cardboard on Steroids

“We have spent countless hours testing an array of recyclable materials, and finally teamed up with industry leader Smurfit Kappa to engineer a custom 4mm, doublelayered corrugated cardboard. Our cardboard can withstand an immense amount of pressure and is 4 times stronger than the classic alternative. Our cardboard is unique on the market. This really is cardboard on steroids”, Jasper laughs.

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Why You Need an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Thursday, 17 November 2016 10:02:29 Europe/Berlin

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve surely noticed the huge ugly Christmas sweater hype. It has its origins in the late 90s as a tacky take on the traditional holiday party. Christmas sweaters have been manufactured for decades now. Think of the Marius sweater for example or the Rudolph sweater, all of them are older than 20 years.

 

Ugly Sweater Parties

The first ‘ugly Christmas sweater party’ was held somewhere around 2001 in Vancouver, Canada. The party soon became an annual tradition, and by 2004 it moved to several popular universities across Canada and the United States. Nowadays, a nasty ten-thousand ugly sweater parties are thrown each year around the world. 

 

Christmas Must-Have

Nothing says Christmas more than an ugly Christmas sweater. With the increasing popularity of the ugly Christmas sweater in recent years, many designers and fashion labels left their own mark on its Christmassy history. Whether it’s for a cute family picture, your very own ugly Christmas sweater party, or just to ‘chillax’ at home with a hot cocoa and cinnamon, these sweaters are a must-have during the holidays.

 

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How To Decorate Your Christmas Table

Thursday, 10 November 2016 18:15:55 Europe/Berlin

Christmas is THE time of the year for nice gatherings with family and friends. How to woow them with stunning table décor? Let us give you some tips to make your Christmas table sparkle!

1. Surprise with something unexpected

Whether it’s a funny little object, a piece of fruit (Think: pineapples! Pomegranate!) or a small gift, your guests will surely appreciate that little extra.

 

2. Not So Traditional Colours

 Skip red and green and go for less traditional colours. This will give a modern vibe to your Christmas table.

 

3. More is More

 Flowers are essential for an overwhelming table setting. With only their beautiful colours, they can steal the show. Try to mix an abundancy of glasses and vases on your table for a very rich effect.

 

4. Do-It-Yourself

Original and low-budget? Try to make your own table decoration. Keep it simple with some pine cones dipped in paint or go all the way with self-made napkin rings, name cards, minimalistic trees …

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The Ultimate Wood Sensation

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:41:37 Europe/Berlin

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