New 23 November 2012

Neon colours stay

Neon colours stay

In a small press preview in Brussels yesterday I had the opportunity to see the shoe collection by Avril Gau for SS 2013 in the La Redoute catalogue. Fun shoes by a former employee of – my favourite – Robert Clergerie.

I did not expect this, but in coming Summer and Spring all the neon colours that haven been hot since about a year now, are here to stay.

New 23 November 2012

Need some sleep

Need some sleep

Sleep is the new sex, I heard trendwatcher Herman Konings say a couple of months ago. He meant that people stay up later and later because we are all addicted to our screens. In this feature, currently in VAB-magazine I sketched the solutions that are on the market right now, in the form of new beds or better sleeping habits.

New 22 November 2012

More about me on the blog

More about me on the blog

I haven’t been that prolific on this blog for the simple reason that I had more (paid) work off line and wasn’t that busy in trying to find a business plan for my blog. I am now going to use it in a new dimension, as a tool for autopromo, because I need a way to let people know what I am working on.

New 22 November 2012

New gallery in Antwerp

New gallery in Antwerp

Opening with a fun constructivist exhibition by Guy Vandenbranden with work from the early sixties. For lovers of modernist art.

For those who grew up in the nineties in Flanders. The gallery is co founded by former actor, Brecht Callewaert, who starred in the popular series ‘Wat nu weer?’.

A couple of years ago he traded his acting carreer for a job in fashion, working for his partner Tim Van Steenbergen.

@ Wolstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen. www.callewaert-vanlangendonck.com

 

 

Ideas for living 1 December 2011

The van gift shop

The van gift shop

In the Belgian magazine Knack Weekend you read about my favourite webshops and if I really have to chose one thing out of all the lovely stuff they provide, than it is this one: “20 hangers” by the young designer Alice Rosignoli, you can buy it at The Van gift webshop, or at Alice Rosignoli’s own website.

www.thevangifts.be

www.alicerossignoli.it

Ideas for living,New 8 July 2011

This is summer to me

This is summer to me

Hanging in a hammock lolita-style with a transistor, love this one from Roberts Radio, starting at around € 200,

New 3 December 2010

Fun christmas gift on Etsy

Fun christmas gift on Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SycamoreHill

14, 95 dollar.

Ideas for living,Limited editions,New 3 December 2010

Fun christmas gifts – sale tomorrow

Fun christmas gifts – sale tomorrow

See previous post for an image of their lovely little broches.

Ideas for living,Limited editions,New 3 December 2010

Fun christmas gifts

Fun christmas gifts

www.elke-bruno.be

Quotes 17 September 2010

Michele De Lucchi about light

Michele De Lucchi about light

“The thing I love to design the most is lamps. (…) They reflect the times in which they were designed.”

“My most famous design is the Tolomeo, I designed it in 1986 and the success is still growing. Every year we make a new addition to it. I don’t know what the recipe for its success is. Sometimes I try to make ‘the new Tolomeo’ but these designs are usually totally uninteresting.”

Quotes from the talk he did in Flagey in Brussels, yesterday evening which was often funny .

www.micheledelucchi.com (here you can see a picture of Michele De Lucchi, in his spare time a member of ZZ Top).

www.artemide.com (brand where you can find Tolomeo)

www.flagey.be (beautiful building from the late thirties by Joseph Diongre)

Ideas for living,New 7 September 2010

Hanging plant (2)

Hanging plant (2)

At Maison & Objet Authentics also showed a system for hanging plants in the house, Urban Garden, prices from about € 50 for a set.

www.authentics.de

New 7 September 2010

Hanging plant (1)

Hanging plant (1)

‘Sky planter’, about € 80, via the new Thorsten Van Elten online store, www.theo-theo.com

Thorsten has reassured us that he ships to Belgium and that the skyplanter doesn’t drip.

New 7 September 2010

Humour and energy

Humour and energy

Donna Wilson had her own stand at Maison & Objet but was also present at one of my favourite British brands, SCP. They have two stores in London, and I see them often on the international fairs, but so far I don’t think they have sales points in Belgium yet. From their new collection I like these throws out of the ‘Nos Da’ range, there handmade from Welsh wool, about 275 pounds. ‘My aim as a designer is to create colourful objects with an energy and a sense of humour.’ is what Donna Wilson says about her work.

www.scp.co.uk

www.donnawilson.com

Ideas for living,New 7 September 2010

A simple lamp

A simple lamp

Muuto is a new Scandinavian brand with a wonderful collection, one of their absolute bestsellers is this lamp called E27 which is available from  € 59, which is also wonderful, isn’t it?

Muuto is available in the nicest shops, e.g. Espoo in Antwerp and Diito in Brussels. www.muuto.com

Ideas for living,New 7 September 2010

Marimekko classic

Marimekko classic

I had a wonderful time at Maison & Objet, the interior decoration fair in Paris, last Friday. On the press cd of Marimekko I discovered this image with one of the most classic Marimekko tablecloths, for Belgian sales points, see www.marimekko.com. Retail price for this tissue: € 36/ m, also available in what we call ‘toile cirée’, € 39/m. All the tableware is also from Marimekko.

http://www.maison-objet.com/