A perfect marriage of color, materials and shapely style is apparent in the lighting designs from the two young designers pictured above, Wendy and Maarten. They are based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and have been working together since their graduation from the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
Thanks to the internet, the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. While a store in the UK or Australia may have felt like it was a world away, now it's just a click away. And the best part, of course, is that click is often on a "buy it" button. Oh the joys of the modern age!
Friday Next is in a great location for visitors to Amsterdam, just a few blocks from the Vondelpark; a short stroll from the Museumplein. It's absolutely worth a stop for design lovers, it gives you a good overview of a certain cozy home style AND you can have a tasty lunch while you are at it - they have a small cafe as well.
This is how it begins. Simple shapes, natural materials. Combine with a skilled craftsperson and the end result is a modern classic that, even in today's super speedy fast-forward world, involves more than 100 manual operations to create...
If you know Amsterdam at all, you most likely are familiar with the Damrak. It's one of the major thoroughfares, leading you from Central Station right into the heart of the city. For years the section close to the station has been touristy and not super fashionable, but that all changed this year with the opening of The Exchange, an unusual boutique hotel with an eye on the worlds of fashion and design.
This minimalist lamp seems unassuming at first, until you take a closer look: The entire sculpture is made from a single tree branch, stripped of its bark and artfully re-shaped into a freestanding floor lamp.
I'm just back from "Inside Design: Amsterdam" an annual long event from Elle Decoration showcasing amazing design from the Netherlands and beyond. It took place in storefronts, studios and homes in IJburg, the very new neighborhood in the east of Amsterdam. One of my favorite finds from the (really amazing!) show was the work of Mae Engelgeer...