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Chocolate Mill

During Art Basel, the Vitra Design Museum opened an exposition dedicated to a number of innovative Dutch designers. The designers were invited to join a partner from the region in developing a design project. The spectrum of partners ranged from the molecular biology laboratory of the firm Roche to the only female charcoal maker in Switzerland.
Studio Wieki Somers teamed up with chocolatier Rafael Mutter to create the ‘Chocolate Mill', a large cylindrical block of chocolate from which delicate rosettes can be shaved off with a crank-turned blade. Various patterns are integrated into the block using different types of chocolate, creating a flipbook effect as the layers are scraped off. [ Continue reading ]

Leslie Williamson

One of the tabs on my browser that is active for weeks, if it isn't months, is the website of the Californian photographer Leslie Williamson. The use of color, the beautiful capture of light, and the amazing places she visits are so inspiring and I can't get enough of it. The interiors of the Mid-Century American artists and designers like Wharton Esherick, Kay Sekimachi, George Nakashima, J.B.Blunk and others breath such a calm atmosphere and the wood tones all make it feels warm and welcome. [ Continue reading ]

Light a Moment

Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk created an exclusive candle lantern with Laikingland. The two creative worlds of Bleiswijk and Eijk are very visible in this poetic kinetic object, with soft and romantic ceramic forms and custom mechanism. The light of the candle… [ Continue reading ]

Children’s Chairs

Later this week Partners & Spade will host a lovely exhibition of children’s chairs from the collection of Patrick Parrish of Mondo Cane. Over 50 colorful chairs made between 1890 and 1990 will be on view at Partners and Spade starting May 17th till June 10th. [ Continue reading ]

X-Ray Vase

In their glassblowing factory in the suburbs of Novi Bor in the Czech Republic glassmaker Lasvit created these beautiful transparent glass domes cluster inside a larger glass dome with a thin vapor-deposited mirrored coating, designed by Nendo. When flowers are placed inside, the glass and flowers… [ Continue reading ]

Alvar Aalto

Last year the Paris based photographer Estelle Hanania made a beautiful series of images of the house of Finland’s most celebrated aesthete, Alvar Aalto for NOWNESS. ‘Today preserved as an atmospheric museum, the Alvar Aalto house, which was the architect’s domicile and… [ Continue reading ]

Las Doce

During the Design Week this week in Milan, the Andes House, a design studio based in Santiago, Chile, presented these lovely wooden household products. Las Doce is a line of tableware – dishes, plates, and mugs – all made from a single piece of wood, hand… [ Continue reading ]

Curated

Imagine receiving a gift, a very unique item with a personal note specially selected for you, every quarter. Curated, an initiative from Arjan van de Steeg and Rocco Stallvord, offers a service where you can subscribe to a so-called curator who will select one product every quarter and… [ Continue reading ]

Coloni

Sometimes you stumble upon something extraordinary, new, fresh and completely beyond anything expected. Coloni is one of these things. Coloni is a swedish based gardening house founded in 2010. In collaboration with a horticulturist, Coloni has developed an approach to a new kind of indoor gardening based on seed mixtures composed from a conceptual point of view. The mixtures consist of seeds from desert and arid Mediterranean climates and include both annual and perennial species. [ Continue reading ]

Re-turned

Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland just shared this lovely project with us. ‘Re-turned’ is a family of birds made out of old furniture. Perhaps they were once the part of a loving household as a supportive table-leg or an armrest, now they’ve come back to life as a… [ Continue reading ]

Luminaire

Amsterdam based designer Joren Naerebout created this beautiful minimalistic light, the ‘Luminaire’. A balancing construction between the floor and the wall, made out of blued steel and finished with a ecological linseed oil it brings a very subtile but clear atmosphere in a gentle and serene way. The… [ Continue reading ]

The bike

When I started road cycling a few years back I bought a simple bike, just to see if this was the thing I wanted to do. After the first km's it felt like I was built for it! When I met Elian, a dutch craftsman building some amazing bicycles, a year ago, I instantly wanted a bike from him as my 'official' road bike. We did a little tour together with The Village from Utrecht to Antwerp and back, supported by Rapha, joint by Ajanaku a.o. and I got infected with the custom bicycle virus... We sat down, talked about steel frames, details, colors, old vs new techniques and we drew the first outlines of my new bike. More then 6 months later it is here, and it was so much worth the wait! [ Continue reading ]

Minimalux

Minimalux, a London based design brand, got some lovely items in their collection. Modern collections of desk objects, table objects and accessories all with great simplicity and splendor, made out of premium materials and lustrous finishing. Our favorite is definitely this ballpoint pen made from a… [ Continue reading ]

Big ideas

Last week we received a lovely package with some small notebooks, pens and pencils from Calepino. We love stationary, but are are always very picky which one to use. Years back we started with Moleskine, then moved a level up with Rhodia (also made in France) and we're now very attached to the Midori notebooks. But we can't leave these small books un-noted. In their nice boxes, with rounded corners, robust cover and practical dimensions, they're simply beautiful. 'The Calepino pocket book was designed to be carried anywhere. [ Continue reading ]

White Blocks

I think we wrote about it before, but couldn’t find it, and I guess it’s worth writing about it more than once! White Blocks is a set of stone-sized balancing blocks to build structures focusing on height, speed or style. The ten salvaged hardwood game pieces finished in… [ Continue reading ]

Craft Design Technology

One of our favorite stationery brands, Japan’s Craft Design Technology, is now available at Vetted. Some highly aesthetic pens, a beautiful scissor, and a smart Memo Roll to name a few. All extremely beautiful, functional and enduring. (via Acquire)… [ Continue reading ]

Collection of light

‘Collection of light‘ by ‘Human since 1982‘ is simply a collection of LEDs which together constitute a lamp in itself. The aim is to create an aura of a real collection (similar to a collection of insects) and expose each illuminant as a worthy industrial product. [ Continue reading ]

Rhino by Karl Zahn

We simply love these animal boxes by Karl Zahn. This Rhino, made with sustainably harvested new growth beech wood, is one of our favorite. On the shelf, it is sculpture. On the side table, it’s a totem. On the counter, it offers a hiding spot. They are all… [ Continue reading ]

Flat by Romain Lagrange

Last week we received an email from Romain Lagrange who just graduated from the ECAL in MAS-Luxury courses. Between interior croquet games for adult players, a very style-full bubble stick/spoon and a really nice set of tableware made in a workshop for Pierre Charpin is this ‘Flat for Baccarat’. [ Continue reading ]

Lucy the Crocodile

Big fans as we are of the work of David Weeks Studio for Areaware we are happy to see there’s a new member added to the family. Meet Lucy the Crocodile. A beautiful 20″ long wooden crocodile with moveable limbs and a jaw that opens and closes, made… [ Continue reading ]

Geo Blocks

Love these wooden blocks, initially designed for drawing exercises, but just as useful as paperweights or eye candy upon your desk. The blocks, made in Russia, are really nicely packed and sold online at Present and Correct. [ Continue reading ]

Excavations

Excavations is a charming treasure cabinet that fires the imagination, made by the Dutch design studio De Intuitiefabriek (‘the intuition factory’). The cabinet is filled with a unique collection of treasures, dug up from the corners of their imagination, varying from hand tools to vessels, from brushes to… [ Continue reading ]

Martell & Pinel Pinel

The House of Martell asked Frédéric Pinel to design a creation that would enable connoisseurs and lovers of Martell cognac to rediscover the pleasures of tasting. The result is this amazing trunk by Pinel Pinel, filled with all the best cognac’s of Martell. From the legendary Cordon Bleu,… [ Continue reading ]

Glass blowing

Love this video by Crane.tv showing the innovative glass blowing technique developed by Omer Arbel for Bocci to make the 28 chandelier. It showcases an unconventional glass craft approach which involves reversing the direction of airflow (out of the glass matrix instead of into… [ Continue reading ]