Meesterlijk Design & Ambacht :: 2016

Afgelopen vrijdag was ik aanwezig bij de opening van Meesterlijk Design & Ambacht georganiseerd door Nicole Uniquole. Voor drie dagen stond design en ambacht centraal in de Zuiveringshal en het Machinegebouw van het Westergasterrein in Amsterdam. Er waren makers uit uiteenlopende disciplines en je kon je er verheugen in ‘de nieuwe luxe‘: duurzame, verantwoorde en ambachtelijk geproduceerde producten van een uitzonderlijke schoonheid. Centraal stond ook de passie die al meteen te voelen was in de openingsspeech van Nicole. Ook al wordt de beurs voor de achtste keer georganiseerd; haar enthousiasme om mooi design en ambacht te presenteren is onverminderd groot terwijl de interesse de afgelopen jaren alleen maar toeneemt. Afgelopen jaar stond Meesterlijk (of Masterly) zelfs voor het eerst in Milaan op de Salone del Mobile en was daar een groot succes. Hoe valt deze toenemende populariteit te verklaren? Afgezien van het ijzersterke concept dat eraan ten grondslag ligt? Ik ging naar de beurs met mijn trendwatchpet op en duidde een aantal trends. Deze trends baden vanzelfsprekend in een zee van oneindig veel meer trends, maar geven op zichzelf ook een goed beeld van de tijdsgeest. Ik probeer vooral hun achtergrond te verklaren. In het verlengde hiervan zou je kunnen […]

Eva Schreuder jewellery

Today is my five year wedding anniversary. How time flies! It struck me that most of my jewellery was a gift from my husband. He knows I really love jewellery and whenever there is a special occasion, like the birth of my son or my birthday he gives me something for my ‘collection’. This way every big emotional moment connects with a piece and tells its story which I really like. At ShowUp I met the lovely Eva Schreuder, she makes beautiful fine jewellery pieces that can fill any sort of silence in your own life poem. In her own words: “A poem consists of words and the silence in between”  (A free interpretation of a Dutch poem by Martinus Nijhoff ) This poem, written on a wall near my home, touches the core of my inspiration to make jewellery. I intent to make ‘half-way-there-products’. It is lost without the wearer. In my jewellery I want to capture the silence in between the words, but at the same time invite the wearer to do so. My jewelry should be a marriage between art and a utensil. The icing on the cake is the added sentimental value. Besides her own label Eva […]

~ SuTurno ~

I’m a sucker for accessoires. Hats, bags, jewelry, belts; you name it, I want it. I think there is nothing better than finding the perfect accessory. There is something about that perfect accessory: it promises a life of adventure and romance. You can dream about being the perfect woman… I love these beautiful scarves by SuTurno, a Spanish brand, they are simply dreamy: SuTurno was founded in Madrid by Julia Vergara and Javier Gutierrez Bayo. We work on different design areas and media (fashion, interiors, graphics…). We are specialist in print design and have worked in projects for international clients such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jocomomola by Sybilla, Baum und Pferdgarten, Norse Projects, Hoss Intropia, Zara Home, Loreak Mendian, Indiwoman, Hakei, Laga. We also run our own brand, SuTurno, where our personal projects are carefully crafted in limited numbers by local artisans, combining quality natural materials and striking prints. All of our items are made in the UE.

Some things I love #7

O boy, the rain has found our little country again and just as I was getting used to summer! I will have to come to terms with the fact this was probably it and we’re heading towards Halloween, Sinterklaas and then Christmas faster than we think… Before you know what’s what we will be singing carols again. And besides that? Well, I’ve been busy with work (September and October being the busiest of months in the business) and I’ve been thinking about the future. What goals do I want to accomplish? Here are some things I love. {1. Apres ski bracelet via Restored / 2. Shelve mirror by Roel Huisman via Wannekes / 3. Mr. Larkin fox wand / 4. Necklace Acacia by A Peace Treaty }

ShowUp August edition 2013

Last Sunday I went to ShowUp for the second time and I saw a lot of beautiful new brands (and old) in Amsterdam-Noord. I was pleasantly surprised the fair had grown so much, it’s such a great initiative and I think its success proves that. I made photo’s of a couple of my favorites, like the incredibly talented and quirky De Krantenkapper, the environmentally conscious NikoNiko and designs by the lovely Bibi de Lang alias BL-ij and her initiative Little Black Book a collaboration with Yvette Jacobs. (we are kindred pastel sisters I’m sure). I loved the ceramic cups by Alissa + Nienke (you can buy one at Restored!), the taxidermy (you know I have a thing with that) by Luxury for Nature just to name a few. Keep your eyes out too for the new collection by Kidsonroof and check out the new papergoods at WowGoods. See you in February for sure! {1. Kidsonroof / 2. BL-ij / 3. Alissa + Nienke / 4 & 5. Wowgoods / 6. Studio NSybrandy / 7. Almedahls via 0031 designs / 8. Little Black Book / 9. Luxury By Nature / 10. De Krantenkapper / 11. Ompak tree / 12. Cards by NikoNiko }

Artist: Lyndie Dourthe

It seems somewhat ‘incroyable’ I haven’t blogged about the French Lyndie Dourthe, since I secretly want to BE her. I’m just that much of a fan. In my opinion she’s just about as beautiful a creator as they come. She creates intricate sculptures made of fabric and often places these pieces under glass in a delicate composition. It took her many years to perfect her unique technique of painting the fabric and her atelier must be a rare magical collection where dreams do come true. With recent features in MILK magazine and FLOW her work is gaining international attention. I bought a little ladybug years ago and like to think I discovered her first *wink*. { All photo’s copyright Lyndie Dourthe website }

Jewelry: Ivy & Liv

Last time I was in Amsterdam I visited the lovely shop Tenue des Nimes. And there I saw these beautiful jewelry pieces, very delicate, but fierce at the same time. I discovered they were designed by Isabella Machine, a very talented a versatile lady. These are all very unique pieces, you should definitely keep an eye out for them! At the moment the Ivy & Liv website is being constructed but you can follow Ivy & Liv on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. And if you’re curious about Isabella: here you can read something abut her on Interior Junkie. And yes, she is beautiful too as you can see!

Some things I love #5

All I think about is birdies and spring. So here are some things I love. { 1. Birds by Kristian Verdel / 2. Little America bird backpack Herschel via Restored / 3. Dress with bird print via Etsy / 4. Bird necklace via Bird on the Wire }

Meet the Tweet revisited

When I went to Meet the Tweet last Sunday (thanks again Nina, Rivka and Ria) it was actually one of our conversation topics: why post something about something when others have posted about that something. Is there anything you can add? I thought about that conversation while I postponed writing about MTT. You see, I was a little bit shy. Because how could I add something when so many attending had written so many good posts already? But then I remembered our conclusion: you always have something to bring to the table when it’s in your tone of voice or when it’s drenched in your particular ‘style’. And I remembered what I thought was the great positive about that Sunday: it was meeting so many talented and passionate Dutch ladies. I really was blown away by how amazing some of their products were. I have this awe for anyone with the creative gene, maybe because I lack it. So here are some examples of the talent of some of my (new) favorite creative ladies. In the little booklet Nina made all the attendees have written some quotes and blogtips. If you would like to get your hands on a copy, […]

Modefabriek 2013 #1

Last monday I went to the January edition of the Modefabriek in Amsterdam. I have been fortunate enough to attend the last two editions too, so by now I have a pretty good idea which areas I have to check out. I have to see MINT  (with ambassador Egbert-Jan Weeber) of course and another area called Trash and Treasures which is pretty cool and a little bit edgy. I like the fair, clean and hip environment of MINT. Actually maybe it’s even my most favorite part of the fair. But I have to say I also get really inspired by the ‘Garage Sale Extraordinare’ where thirty sellers are handpicked to showcase (and sell!!) their handmade, vintage or young designer fashion and accessories. For me the Modefabriek was all about the details this edition. So lots of accessories and small details that caught my eye. I have posted some pics on Instagram too and will highlight some new brands the coming weeks.   {1. Modefabriek promo photo / 2. Options department store selection in MINT area / 3. *eco* People Tree dress designed by Peter Jensen / 4. *eco* Granny’s Finest selection of knitwear in MINT area / 5. *eco* O My Bag […]