Category Archives: Design, designers and online finds

Bloom – Baby products that are both functional and stylish!


A recent study in the Netherlands shows that 82% of parents are annoyed by the sheer inexhaustible amount of necessary baby-products that fill the house with the arrival of a baby. Most of the time these products are made of sensible plastics that are produced to last forever, but not to look pretty. Especially those parents who spent a lot of time decorating their home to a certain standard.

Funny enough, especially the dads out there would like to see products that are both functional and appealing. 50% of them say they think there is room for improvement there. Bloom, a company founded by 4 fathers, agrees. They design baby products that target trend- and style-conscious parents with a range of furniture that adheres to both quality and an attractive package. The products have been very popular in the USA and Canada for quite some time now. Many Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, the Kardashians and Orlando Bloom (what’s in a name) are fans. But the products are taking other parts of the world by storm too.

Bloom fresco chrome high chair

Bloom otto table and chairs

Bloom coco lounger

How LED suffers from a bad rep without deserving it


It was as if we were forced to say goodbye to our good old lightbulbs. From one day to the next, or at least it felt like it,  the cosy glow, lamps that actually lit up right away, were harder and harder to find on the shelves. We were all a bit confused why they were bad for us all of a sudden. And even more frustrating, in return we were given weird shaped fluorescent lamps exuding harsh and unfriendly light. And it took forever to actually exude anything. Sometimes it took minutes to light up completely. The dissatisfaction we felt might be part of the reason why we are not all loving LED bulbs. Because LED bulbs  offer all the good things we liked in our good old bulbs, yet without compromising on our demand for green and eco-friendly. The light is warm, cosy or bright if you need it, and the bulb lights up immediately after its switched on. And what’s best; LED light comes from computer chips. Companies like Philips have already developed special products  and apps that allow you to control the colour or brightness of lighting from you smart phone or tablet. Imagine the possibilities!

Example of an interior design making use of LED lighting

Designers were the most adamant opponent of LED. Yet they are now also the group embracing LED because of its sheer endless stream of opportunities. More and more architects, designers and artists  choose to use LED in their work. The CN tower in Toronto for instance was relit in 2007 making use of LED. Before that the tower was sparsely lit to save energy. LED allows to illuminate the tower fully, with even less energy. And this is just one of many examples of the last few years.

The CN tower is lit with LED since 2007

After a long refurbishment, the Dutch Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam decided to commission Philips to light up the building with LED

Slowly but gradually consumers are embracing LED too. People from the industry expect LED to be responsible for 16% of sales in the residential sector by 2015. Since it’s introduction, LED has grown in popularity and has shown to be in increasing demand by consumers. Interior designers, lamp manufacturers and home/deco stores believe in LED too, and are eager to tell their customers why. A representative of New York based Oriental Lamp Shade Company  commented on how consumers can benefit from LED. “LED lasts a lot longer than regular incandescent lighting. Not only does this mean customers save money, but it also makes LED more eco-friendly. We find that to be an important consideration for customers when they buy lamps and lighting. The rather steep investment pays itself back in more ways than just the longevity. LED uses far less electricity too. Something consumers are beginning to realise more and more. We think eventually LED will be the main source of light we all use”.

A stunning wine cellar with LED lighting as part of the main design

 

Check out the website of Todd Selby… now!


You are going to hate me for this because for the next couple of hours, you’ll be staring at your screen. Photographer, illustrator and journalist Todd Selby’s website The Selby is extremely addictive. His photographic portraits of homes and the people who live there are very inspiring.

PACO PINTÓN AND CHIQUINHO AT HOME IN MADRID. photo: The Selby

OTTO SANDER & MONIKA HANSEN photo: The Selby

ANDY SPADE AND KATE SPADE Photo: The Selby

 

HERVE PIERRE Photo: The Selby

 

If online is not enough for you, you might want to consider Todd Selby’s book, available here at Homevoyeurs. 

The Selby Is in Your Place was conceived when fashion and interiors photographer Todd Selby began taking portraits of dynamic and creative people—authors, musicians, artists, and designers—in their home environments and posting them on his web site. Nosy by nature, he wanted to see how personal style was reflected in private spaces. Lucky for us, he found his answer in the color-rich and eclectic quarters of a diverse group of subjects, including Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, Faris Rotter, Andre Walker, and Olivier Zahm, in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and London. Each profile is accompanied by Selby’s watercolor portraits of the subjects and objects from their homes, and illustrated questionnaires, which Selby asks each sitter to fill out. This book consists of over thirty profiles, many of which have never-before-seen, selected exclusively for the book. The result is a collection of unique spaces bursting with energy and personality that together create a colorful hodgepodge of inspirational interiors.

The Selby Is In Your Place by Todd Selby

 

Comfortable ‘marble’ chair carved out of… silk?


This wonderful chair looks anything but comfortable. But it is! Designers  Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman used 100% silk for the outer material of the chair, and applying it over a polyurethane foam structure. This created the illusion of it being carved from a single piece of marble, while giving it the comfort of any great old chair. It is aptly called the Louis XV Goes to Sparta Chair

The Louis XV goes to Sparta Chair by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman

 

‘Paper Vase Cover’ allows you to create your own designers vase


The ‘Paper Vase Cover’ is what it says it is. A vase cover made of paper. It allows you to create a modern design piece out of an ordinary vase or bottle. Because of the folded creases, the vase can be shaped to your liking and fits most standard sized vases or bottles.

Pepe Heykoop ‘Paper Vase Cover’

The vase is made by women in India working for the Tiny Miracles Foundation. When you buy the ‘Paper Vase Cover’, you automatically help the Pardeshi community in India to establish an independent livelihood. The designer, Pepe Heykoop, was awarded the Interior Innovation Award at the imm Köln in 2013.  The retail price is € 21,50  Check out the webshop of MoreThanHip, a site dedicated to ecological and fair trade design and fashion accessories.

Pepe Heykoop ‘Paper Vase Cover’ comes in three colours.

Mediaeval times trend in interiors 2013/2014


According to the forecast of famous trendwatcher Lidewij Edelkoort, Middle Ages inspired interiors and accessories are the new trend for 2014. Voluminous details, rich textures and deep, rich colours as if dyed by hand.  And think woods, grey slates, bricks walls, brass accessories and rugs. Here a mood board compiled with pictures I found online.

Here the large window, matte painted wall, rugs and chandelier are obviously inspired by interiors from the Middle Ages

Mediaeval Inspired Kitchen

Bold colours in a sober design scheme

But this interior design also took inspiration from Mediaeval times. The curved brick ceiling is reminiscent of (and maybe even is) that of an old dungeon

Infinity Pools


Not sure what the weather is doing where you all are, but here it is HOT! We are experiencing temperatures we haven’t experienced in a long time. It makes me want to take a swim! So for all of you in hot weather; here some images to help you cool off. The best infinity pools I could find online.

Marina Bay Sands pool, Singapore

Rangali island Infinity Pool

Santorini Grace, Greece

Resort Pool Ubud Bali, Indonesia

 

Phuket Thailand pool