Finding a lamp that complements the interior can be quite a quest when looking for one. Workstead's new light fixture called the Industrial Chandelier seems to just blend in and stand out at the same time (a bit like the lights of restaurant Snel, part of the Amsterdam Lloyd Hotel). What a find. Thanks Holly for sharing!


About a year ago Liss mentioned Melbourne street artist Miso and it seems as if her work has been popping up ever since. Liss now shared the news that Miso is having a solo show at Gorker Gallery, opening next week. I wish I could go and see for myself...

All I want...

As promised, another shop item... yay! As every time when I'm at Etsy's I'm impressed with the quality, creativity and assortment, I thought this would be a good moment to check out some of the shops on Etsy again. I picked out some items that I thought would make great gifts for friends and family. Enjoy!

1 - Picture; 2 - Vases; 3 - Journal;
4 - Lantarns; 5 - Necklace; 6 - Bag;
7 - Illustration; 8 - Deer; 9 - Geek necklace


Sometimes it's just fun playing around. Collage created by OrangePop, via Polyvore.


Wall of insporation... nice.

All I want...

With all the holidays coming up it was time to check out a collection of wonderful shops and galleries. All the items here are great finds, but what really wowed me are the needle felted dogs. These beautiful dogs are handmade by artist Domenica More Gordon from the
Work Shop Edinburgh. Another treasure is pretty much anything from Shinzi Kathoh, but the pieces from the beautiful Alice in Wonderland tea set are for anybodies wishlist; beautiful and stylish. Enjoy these shopping treats for the weekend!

PS - As I really enjoy browsing, collecting and creating these kind of items, I'm thinking about posting a shopping item every Friday (the 'Friday shopping feast'). If you have any suggestions for a theme, designer, color, special gifts, or anything else, just let me know and I’ll make sure to post a great collection with items and ideas here.

1 - Sake set; 2 - Blanket; 3 - Cup & saucer;
4 - Card; 5 - Bird hangers; 6 - T-shirt; 7 - Plate;
8 - Kids duvet cover; 9 - Plate; 10 - Felt dog

Carysfort Road House

Irish ODOS Architects have always been on my list of architects to watch. Almost all of their projects turn into architectural gems, and this house is just another fine example of a contemporary live/work space.

Rhiannon Adam

These dreamy vintage-feel shots are taken by photographer Rhiannon Adam. It's almost as if I can touch my childhood... loving it!

Pig 05049

Currently I’m working on the PR and marketing for a marketing communications game that will be launched during the upcoming TEDx Amsterdam. Of course, it’s exciting enough that Amsterdam is organizing an independently TEDx event, but since the game will be launched at the TEDx it’s double the fun.

Anyway, while checking out the program for the TEDx I found that one of my favorite young Dutch designers, Christien Meindertsma will attend and talk about her famous PIG 05049 project. PIG 05049 is an extensive collection of photographic images that documents an astounding array of products that come from different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049. In this book, Christien reveals lines that link raw materials with producers, products and consumers that have become so invisible in an increasingly globalized world.

Christien was recently awarded the prestigious Danish Index Award 2009 in Communications Design (!) for this project. PIG 05049 has also won the Dutch Design Award for best Graphic Design, the Rado Young Design Award and the Golden Eye. At this point in time Christien is in the running for the Rotterdam Design Prize 2009 for various works; her most recent work being the Urchin Pouf, as seen during i.e. the last Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

So… if you have a chance to check out the live-stream this coming Friday, make sure to listen to Christien’s talk! She's too promising to miss out on!

Sweet dreams

A couple months ago I watched this wonderful sweet video, and although I immediately thought it was beautiful, I totally forgot about it until I ran into it again today.

This video is made by Kirsten Lepore who studied experimental animation at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). This is Kirsten's senior thesis, and took a year to get it to what it is right now. After seeing it, you'll have to agree that every minute spent was worth the effort. Cupcakes never had more personality.

Orange Pop Photography

The other day when I shared some of my photos here, some of you let me know you really enjoyed them (thank you!). So I thought I'd share another photo with you, one I took recently.
The atmosphere of the photo is just so dreamy, it makes me want to climb up there and enjoy the beauty of this autumn forest. It seems that the golden leaves are trying to embrace the tree house, trying to caress and protect it at the same time. It's already one of my favorites, I hope you'll like it too…

Ana Botezatu

Romanian illustrator
Ana Botezatu's mixed work is very refreshing and original; what a pleasure browsing through her work. Besides the fantastic illustrations and collages, she also created wonderful print for fabrics, stickers, and embroiders whatever she can get her hands on.

Spheres of fury

Tim Brown
and Christopher Hewitt teamed up and created this brillant video for Hecq Vs Exillion.

The video was shot with a Canon 7D - Canon should be so honored with this visual, a true compliment to what the new cam can do!

Suitcase closet

Sorry all! The last couple days the phone and internet were not working properly which made it pretty much impossible to post some cool news. But all seems to be fixed... yay! I'm back! :-)

Last year at the Elle Inside Design event in Amsterdam Dutch designer Lotty Lindeman surprised with her sneak preview of her 'Tassenkast'. During Design Miami next month, Lotty's latest handmade limited edition collection of suitcases will be internationally launched exclusively by Priveekollektie.

Interiors nowadays are presented like stills, but in fact there is a lot of mobility of objects, moving around by human needs. Tassenkast blends traveling storage with furniture. A collection of suitcases get a status as a cupboard in the interior.

*Heart* travelling

Every now and then you come across some amazing hotels, that it seems that just visiting the hotel would already be worth the trip. Here some great spots to consider whenever you need to book a hotel.

* China - Commune by the Great Wall is a private collection of forty-two stunning contemporary architecture villas designed by twelve Asian architects, and hailed by Business Week as a “New Architectural Wonder of China”.

* Norway - At the farmstead of Burtigard a quite out-of-the-ordinary landscape hotel Juvet has been established. The landscape hotel with ten detached hotel 'rooms' have been sited separately, all with their own unique and beautiful view.

* Japan - A small but beautiful small three-story Japanese-style inn called the Fujiya Ginzan, designed by architect Kengo Kuma.

* Ireland - Grand Designs Magazine has listed the Glencomeragh Hermitages in its Top 10 eclectic spaces in the world for a grand getaway. A perfect treat for those in need of a little reflection and contemplation.

* USA - Located in Washington’s Methow Valley, the Rolling huts are the perfect accommodation. Designed as a modern alternative to camping, the six huts are grouped as a herd, each with views of the mountains.

Polaroid week

Image by Chris Mettraux

As you may know I am totally crazy about Polaroid photography, and this week is my 'lucky week' as it's 'Roid Week over at Flickr. More than 1,500 Flickrians have uploaded their favorite Polaroid pictures. Enjoy & spread the Polaroid love.

Dutch stamps

Today my long awaited set of awesome stamps arrived, created by Dutch designer
Christian Borstlap. Christian recently designed these deliciously simple animated illustrations for the Dutch children’s charity, Kinderpostzegels. Paul Postma brought Christian’s colorful illustrations to life; check out the simple but cute animation, packed with clever little ideas.

Clara Francis

These gorgeous glass bead necklaces are made by London-based jeweller, Clara Francis. I love the look; precious, elegant and somewhat nostalgic. Clara's designs make me think of the iron-on beads, bringing back all kinds of creative and fun memories.