Jelmer Wind, young student who has just graduated from the Eindhoven academy presented to us his end of year project, which caught our whole attention. This cabinet is made out of bamboo; its transparent structure unveils a perfectionist and very elaborated work, notably on the hinges. He expresses elegance and a unique design, we can picture this furniture in an entrance or in a bedroom very well. At the moment, there is only one prototype but I wouldn’t be surprised if an editor thought his idea is genius !
360 Volt is located on the Prinsengracht, one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canal, in the famous merchandising district, De 9 Straatjes (« the nine streets »). Hilde de Lange and Emile de Cock are the owners of one of the biggest collections of original vintage industrial lamps and other specialised objects.
The designs come from different regions in Europe, and most date back from the beginning of the 20th century. The collection comprises of some classics of timeless design from the Bauhaus period in the 1930’s.
360volt has collaborated with different international interior designers on projects ranging from Levi, Lee, Denham the Jeanmaker, only for Diesel, and diverse hotels, theatres and restaurants : Conservatorium Hotel Restaurant Tunes, Amsterdam, Amsterdam’s De Balie theatre, the Monsieur Truffe chocolate factory in Melbourne, Australia and London’s Town Hall Hote
And yes indeed another designer that graduated from the prestigious Eindhoven Academy! She makes her first steps at Amsterdam’s Studio Droog, quickly seduced by the creation of a bath rug and a subtle vase made out of a new material : polyurethane, Droog thereby launches her collection world wide, thanks to Droog for propelling me to the summits of the 90’s/2000 trends!
She then decides to launch her own studio: Jongeriuslab, the fusion between artisanal and industrial design. Artisanal is a recurrent theme in her work, she integrates it in an industrial process of “high and low” technology, step by step her work becomes less sober, she focuses more on materials, decoration, colours, she constantly oscillates between modernity and tradition. She was quickly spotted by big clients such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, IKEA and KLM. The Dutch creator conceived unique creations such as the Polder Sofa and the Woker Chair for Vitra. Her pieces have been displayed at institutions such as the Design Museum (London), the Kreo Gallery (Paris) and the Moss Gallery (New York). www.jongeriuslab.com
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
Utrecht, Great destination for summer Holidays… ! The boutique is located on the border of a canal in the city centre of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Emma b essentially offers furniture that has Scandinavian designs, its collection is made with care and comprises of a lot of big brands. They offer advice on decoration and also curtains or cushions. If you are looking for pretty wallpaper you can also consult the ‘Wallpaper’ books which are at your disposition in the boutique.
Emma b, Oudegracht 218- Hoek Hamburgerstraat, 3511 NS Utrecht
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
Do not hesitate ! A piece of wood and a nice painting, and hop it’s done ! A new headboard for your bed ! note the two cutes brass lamps bought in Amsterdam, easy to clip ! and the very trendy mirrors…
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…