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Interior Design for a luxurious city apartment in London

I recently developed a design concept for a luxurious city apartment in London. Above you find a snapshot of the design concept. To explain a little more about what I did and why, find my ‘design philosophy’ below.

The Tower, at the beautiful location of St. George Wharf on the London Thames river, is a unique building in many ways. Its shape, its location and the construction techniques taking into account environmental sustainability. While creating a concept for an apartment in this building, I tried to make optimal use of these unique features, while also taking into account the lifestyle of a busy international client.

The concept I created is based on the following: comfort, 5 star luxury, style, modern, timeless and international. In addition I considered and integrated the latest home technology features based on ease, need and sustainability.

The provided structural layout of the apartment was inspired by the form of a Catherine wheel and was therefore slightly unusual, but above all unique. To emphasise the uniqueness, I elaborated on the form of the Catherine wheel when developing the floor plan. As a result the layout provides a natural consistency with the structure of the building. Read The Rest

Pure C- a resto bar and beautifully designed sanctuary



A beautifully designed interior in the Netherlands for some Friday inspiration. If you only love this design half as much as I do, I’m sure this will make you happy. Pure C is the name of this brasserie/resto bar, which is part of the Strandhotel. It’s located in Cadzand (in the Dutch province of Zeeland), pretty much on the border with Belgium. It’s surrounded by dunes, right at the North Sea.

I absolutely love everything about this interior: the colours, the materials, the layout, the furniture (by Piet Boon). Belgium interior designer Lieven Musschoot created different zones, where you can eat or lounge. One zone is characterised by white with contrasting colours and a screed floor, which with its concrete look gives it an urban feel. The other zone is characterised by contrasting elements such as wooden floors and stone walls, and has a more cozy look and feel.

It’s run by Sergio Herman, one of Holland’s best chefs. Besides his culinary interests he has a love for Ibiza, of which you can see elements in the interior. The building with all the glass, brings the natural environment inside, and is a place which you could call a sanctuary.

Image source: Lieven Musschoot

Top picks from Tent London 2011



The London Design Festival has come to an end, unfortunately. With bags full of information and a head full of inspiration, it’s now back to business! During the festival, a visit to Tent was high on my list, and it proved to be right up my street. As a result, there is simply too much I want to share, so here are just a few things I liked:

  • the ‘Festival’ mix and match tableware design collection of Mini Moderns, a collaboration with homeware brand Magpie.
  • the DEK table lamp by Khairul Hussin, where the coiling of the cord (usually the ugly part) has become part of the design. The lamp is made of recycled felt and oak wood.
  • the concrete collection by Ivanka Studio, including their stunning floor/wall tiles.
  • La Bibliochaise by Nobody & Co is a chair and bookstorage at the same time. It has hidden wheels and the leather cushions colors are customisable.

There were so many things I liked about Tent: the cutting-edge products, the innovation, and even the location (the Old Truman Brewery). I wish I didn’t have to wait a whole year!

Bloggers Meet Up Woonbeurs Amsterdam



Last weekend I had my very first bloggers meet up in Amsterdam. The meet up was at the Woonbeurs, the Dutch exhibition when it comes to homes and living. The Woonbeurs is organised by Sanoma, publisher of Dutch home magazines such as VT Wonen, 101 Woonideeen, Ariadne at Home, Eigen Huis & Interieur and More Than Classic. I once did an internship at Sanoma, I used to live in Amsterdam, I blog and love anything design related. So enough reasons to fly especially to Amsterdam to attend and it was well worth it.

After receiving our press badges in the press room (first time and I have to admit it felt pretty cool), it was time to explore the fair. What is nice about the Woonbeurs is that each magazine has a house on the fair which is designed and decorated according to their particular style. Editors in chief of magazines VT Wonen and 101 Woonideeen welcomed us in ‘their’ houses. Above you see an impression of the VT Wonen house, one of my favourites because of the industrial and funky look.

If you want to find out what Dutch design is all about, the Woonbeurs is open until October 2nd!

An impression of Maison & Objet Paris 2011


It has already two weeks ago that I visited Maison & Objet in Paris. And ever since my visit my bag full of flyers, brochures and business cards has been sitting in my room waiting to be unpacked. September surely is the busiest month for design lovers. With Paris Design Week barely finished, the London Design Festival is already in full swing. And in between there are events in other countries which I don’t want to miss. My friends are not seeing much of me as I go from one exhibition to another and in the mean time trying to keep up with my blog. So stay tuned, as you will be swamped with posts the coming week(s)!

This year was my first visit to Maison & Objet. Not having learned from Salone del Mobile in Milan I planned again a one day trip, which I won’t recommend. One day is simply not enough as there were 9 halls and after about 4 your feet start to protest (don’t know if that is proper English, but you get the point..). I tried to sqeeuze in as much as possible in a day and as I was rushing my way past all the stands I noticed a few themes:

  • Combination of (seemingly) untreated wood and shiny metal
  • Upcycled furniture and accessories
  • Studio lights with an industrial look
  • Supersized items that make a statement
  • Denim (more on the blog about this soon!)

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Baked and ready to launch: The Muffin Pouffe

Only a few days left until The London Design Festival starts. During 9 days, more than 280 events across 25 design disciplines will be held across London. With so many events, getting the most out of the festival requires some rigorous planning. What definitely should be on the agenda is a visit to Tent London: a progressive exhibition where you can see the latest contemporary interior products. One product that will be launched during Tent London, and that should definitely be on your ‘must see’ list is the Muffin Pouffe.

The Muffin Pouffe is a brand new product design from Matteo Bianchi, Italian born designer and Director of Daruma Design Ltd. Having been very successful as an interior designer (and in my opinion ‘one to watch’) Matteo turned his hand to furniture design, of which the Muffin Pouffe is the result.

As the name suggests, it’s a muffin and a pouffe, but it’s more than that. As Matteo describes it: “This luscious and functional cushioned stool is not just a regular seating item, it is humorous and stylish, bursting personality, and it also includes a hidden storage. Made with the finest materials, prime-cut leather from North Italy area of Veneto and optimum solid woods, the feeling you get couldn’t be more overjoyed. These ingredients give you unlimited options in finishings and colors for you to bake your own Muffin, according to one’s personal taste!”

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Hôtel Americano- a New York hotel for design lovers



The title of this blog post subtly (or unsubtly) reveals what has been on my mind lately: New York! The Decorex Loves Bloggers contest is in full swing, and only a few days until the announcement who will be going to New York next year. With such great competition the chances are slim, but a girl may dream right?

One hotel that I would certainly like to visit one day, is Hôtel Americano. This hotel has just recently opened (in fact, reservations are accepted as of this week), and belongs to Mexican hotel chain Grupo Habita. Mexico-City based architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos and Paris-based interior designer Arnaud Montigny of MCH created a hotel that is a combination of industrial Manhattan and Latino warmth.

The hotel has 56 rooms and suites and features an outdoor rooftop pool (which becomes a thermal bath in winter), two restaurants and three bars. The hotel is located in Chelsea, a neighbourhood in Manhattan, which is known for its art galleries and its rehabilitated warehouses. It’s not a very touristic area, so staying in this hotel will let you experience life as a real New Yorker. Read The Rest

Funky wallpaper designs



You thought wallpaper was old fashioned? Think again! These designs proof that wallpaper can be really modern and stylish (in a somewhat unconventional way) and will definitely give your interior a funky look.

At the top are two wallpaper designs from the Life collection of Wall & Decò. The letters design is called Whispers and has a chalkboard look. The world map design is called News Planet and is made up of simulated newspaper pages.

The Bookshelf Wallpaper is designed by Young & Battaglia and I love how this wallpaper creates an optical illusion. The tape recorder wallpaper is called Analog Nights and is designed by Aimee Wilder. Now this is funkiness at its best. Read The Rest

Love Design- Love Decorex

28.. 27.. 26 days to go until Chelsea’s Royal Hospital grounds will transform into what is considered to be the event in the interior design industry: Decorex. It almost feels a bit like the time towards Christmas, where the excitement grows and everyone seems to be talking about only one thing.

With nearly 300 exhibitors, exciting features created exclusively for the show around this year’s theme ‘Cherished Places’, and a name for being trendsetting and innovative, I believe my excitement is justified.

Diana Yakeley, President of the British Institute of Interior Design, explains why she believes Decorex is an event not to be missed: “Free from the large corporate suppliers of office furniture or carpet tiles, designers have a chance to see the more desirable and unusual suppliers on well designed stands – it should be on everyone’s agenda for late September.”

Your Decorex journey will start as soon as you arrive at the lobby, which designers Nicky Haslam and Colette van den Thillart turned into a surreal, theatrical space with (to speak in interior design terms) a good portion of drama added.

As you explore further, you will discover exquisite trend setting products, come across new materials, find beautiful craftsmanship and (for the savvy minded) see the latest innovations in home technology. You will (re-) discover established names of the industry and meet the emerging designers of the future.

There will be new product introductions too. Such as the ‘Charleston Collection’ of beds and furniture designed by Nina Campbell for ‘And So To Bed’, which will be launched at Decorex, to name just one.

Adrenaline may just be enough to keep you going, but why not recharge at the enchanting riverside Café and Ranelagh Restaurant, designed by Broosk Saib, or drop by the exclusive Champagne Bar, designed by Martin Hulbert. What’s nicer than a combination of bubbles and design and indulge in true style?

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the show, find sanctuary at ‘And So To The Beach’, the ultimate coastal retreat, created by ‘And So To Bed’. This stand promises to be utterly tranquil with a soundscape of waves and gulls, and the perfect place to relax and find inspiration. Read The Rest

Chairs that make a fabulous living room feature



Give your living room an uplift with these stunning lounge chairs! Chairs with an unusual shape, feature, material or manufacturing method that bring ‘sitting’ to whole a new level. And they look great too. I’m sure you will steal the show with one of these in your home.

Top left: TriWing chair by Marco Hemmerling. The designer is an expert in computational design, which is most likely why it was made through computer based design and digital fabrication. By flipping the chair over, this chair cleverly transforms in either a dining, lounge, reading or deck chair.

Top right: Gladis lounge chair designed by Ayala Serfaty for Aqua Creations. This chair is made of polyurethane foam with a pre-shaped fabric cover. This comfortable looking chair is also available as a high chair, a love seat or a poof and in several colours.

Down left: Bufa chair by Polish company Mowo Studio. The strings on the sides can be pulled to change its shape. The chair is made of polyester felt and stainless steel.

Down right: Nord lounge chair by the Norwegian Petter Knudsen and Steinar Hindenes of Knudsen & Hindenes and was designed for VAD. This chair is made of solid pinewood, in combination with the colours make a rather cute and beautiful chair. Read The Rest

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