De la Espada is multi-cultural, it was founded in 1993 by Lui De Oliveira and Fatima. Originating respectively from Porto and Madrid and educated in London, the founders opened the first shop in 1996. The factory is in Portugal but the firm evolved under certain influences including the Arts and Crafts movement, architects such as Tadao Ando, John Pawson and Alvaro Siza, and by Scandinavian design from the 1950’s. For us, we fell in love with the lights and the furniture made out of solid oak and refined outlines.
Whilst on the look out at Eindhoven’s Dutch Design Week, these lights were not missed, why ? Simply because of they’re beauty and simplicity !!
‘Moving Things’ is a collection of hanging lamps inspired by the structure and motion of cranes, so basically a nice industrial look! A little detail that I like is its non-static and minimalist side, and the small final touch of primary colours!
Ingenious, beautiful technique and aesthetic for Martijn De Boer, this brand new talented 2014 graduate, to be followed… very closely. http://studiotheun.nl
Still during our walk around Haarlemmerstraat, we discovered this florist. Everything is beautiful, the flowers, the vases, bubbles made out of glass are hung up in the air to plants that last and survive without water… We actually fell for these bubbles…! Superb set up for the shop and some beautifully coloured bouquets whose secret lies in Dutch talent! A real treat for our eyes. Definitely go there if you come to Amsterdam.
Whilst walking around the trendy Pipj district, I was craving a small fresh detox juice… and here I am in a shop that sells perfumes, jewelry, clothes, rugs… pretty suspensions for plants, etc… At the back of the room, surprise ! Two open beautiful Indian doors that through which seeps a nice smell of fruits, pastries or what turned out to be the really nice small café babocool. The menu comprises of advice for a healthy and tasty diet… Everything is fresh, organic, cooked with seeds, red berries as a base, vegetarian of course and gluten free! Very trendy nowadays. I tried a cocomousse that comprised of a base of green lemon, coco nut, green apples, figue mousse and many other crunchy and tender flavours. The cherry on the cake, Kelly the owner, organizes “Weekend Detox packages”, breakfast, lunch, dinner with yoga lessons in the small Indian styled room that’s open next to the café. Everything is delicious, the motto: positive spirit in a healthy body. I loved it, a small drawback however: the overly yogi/flute background music… Go there quickly !
YAY Health/Store & More… Gerard Doustraat 74 & Albert Cuypstraat 101/103. Amsterdam
De Hallen, one of the most popular and trendy places in Amsterdam.
Everybody’s talking about it… stradling our bikes despite the raging rain! Here were are… Located in the trendy district in the west of the city… De Hallen is a brand new center for the arts, artisanal work, fashion and food, a savory and dynamic mixture! It is an industrially historical building that dates back to 1902, it used to serve as a depot for tramways and has now been renovated. De Hallen hosts cinemas, independent shops and a hotel boutique, as well as the impressive nutritional Halle. We love the concept and the multiple small vintage Dutch styled bungalows!
Small artsy insight, cinema lovers can devour their passion in “the beautiful Parisian room” that is equipped with an authentic art-deco interior that used to belong to one the oldest rooms in Amsterdam. For a weekend, ArtyMooi recommends Hotel De Hallen which has a superb decoration that is very avant-gardist and edgy…
Thomas Eurlings, a minimalist and decorative look…
At the Milan Salon, Thomas Eurlings charmed us with two of his creations. His superb mirror “Ovum” with blue tints and pure lines reveals the work of refined engravings made on glass, the leather thread for hanging purposes brings a touch of modernity, we are fans… ! Also noting that for his previous mirror “Fading Mirror” his melting and gradient technique engaged the spectator to play around with his own image…
And then.. we also loved his pedestal tables made out of glass “Spring colour table” with tons of soft beige and rosé similar to skin color, make up powder… a very elegant refined aspect! This designer graduated from the prestigious Eindhoven Academy knows how to work many other materials and has designed for big names in fashion and textile industries.
Prix : guéridon env.335 eur. Ovum Mirror : 899 eur.
An ascending talent ….
Spotted at Rasolamp in Milan, the brand new 2016 collection created by the German designer Sebastian Herkner for example is inspired by the softness of a silky texture. The lighting is delicate and dimed thanks to the contrast of the straight/transparent and frosty glass. The Raso lamps are exclusive pieces that come in pink, gray, white and transparent. They produce a stylish touch to different living spaces: bathrooms, bedrooms, boutiques, restaurants. Functional, sober and elegant, I love it!
For the “small story” Sebastian won the Wallpaper Prize * 2014 Conception; the Elle Deco EDIDA prize as best international hope for 2015, and was guest honour at the IMM just in Cologne 2016.
During the Milan Fiera, we made a beautiful discovery in the Milan’s Renaissance Palace where all the Dutch designers were reunited in this magnificent place. Esther Derks works with different materials, porcelain, faience, ceramics, glass… She combines traditional and modern techniques. We admired her latest collection ‘Improved China’ where she uses the principle of serigraphy on porcelain. She photographs floral elements in nature then revises them on her computer, she then adds images of dancers, athletes that inspire expressions of movements with bodies that seem to float… the whole is made in very bright and modern colours but also in way that is very mannerist (16th century movement) from pink, yellow, blue, green. It is a superb collection that can seem precious at first but is in fact very modern with the mixture of the individual and floral patterns. Personally I love this! I just remembered, I had already spotted some of their mugs and plates at the Frozen Fountain, our favourite shop in Amsterdam.