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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



Famous Wisseloord Studio’s restyled by the Huizenfee

Remember my earlier post about ‘De Huizenfee‘, the Home Fairy? She recently sent me these pictures of her work in the famous Wisseloord Studio’s in Hilversum, the Netherlands. These studio’s were set up by Philips in 1978 to record albums for their record label. Many famous people made use of the facilities including Elton John, ELO, The Rolling Stones, the Police and the late Michael Jackson. The studio recently underwent big renovations and that called for a new interior too. De Huizenfee and her magic wand were called to decorate. An architect provided the blank slate. Ikea, vintage design, one off’s and some amazing pieces from the old interior, together with the magic touch of de Huizenfee provided the ingredients for the final result. Great work!

The White Lounge at Wisseloord Studio’s. Styling by de Huizenfee

The Blue Lounge at Wisseloord Studio’s. Styling by de Huizenfee

I passed!

Hurray! Yesterday the mail came bringing good news. My diploma interior design. I took a crash course from January to June this year, to rekindle my spark for interior design.

Have a look at my presentation for the final exam. Mind you, this was a given assignment. Redesign the ground floor of a 30’s villa for a gay couple in their forties with a love for bold colours. I am particularly proud of the 3D drawings.

Interior design exam presentation Pieter Valk






Cardboard furniture for a quick sale!

This is very clever! Everybody knows that a furnished home sells faster than an empty one. However, sometimes people have already moved out, or homes have just been remodeled and there is not always money for a decent bit of furniture. Enter Boxter.nl. Sacked realtor Marijn Muller noticed the demand for real estate styling and designed cardboard furniture. 250 Euros will get you a standard set with a cardboard sofa, book shelves,  fire-place and a TV. Other accessories and furniture are for sale in the webshop.


Cardboard furniture by Boxter.nl



Origami table by Tian Zhen

 “It all begins with folding of a paper crane at elementary school in China”. 

Thus quotes her website the Chinese born/Netherlands educated Tian Zhen. She applies the art of origami to many of her designs. In 2006 she graduated from Academie Minerva, my own Alma Mater, and started working with various studio’s and on the side pursued a career as a solo designer. 

Paper can carry the weight of much more than we think when folded with origami. In an earlier post Homevoyeurs highlighted the paper Flexible Love Chair by Korean designer Chishen Chiu. This sofa/seat design also makes use of paper folded and formed to give it enough strength to seat up to 16 people. Inspired by this magnificent quality of paper Tian designed the LOTUS side table. The glass top is made of plexiglas, and the ‘paper’ is actually Tyvek, a synthetic woven material also used in the building- and the automotive industries. 

Lotus side table by Tian Zhen


The table can be changed from one shape to another in only a few seconds. In total there are six unique shapes. 

Inspired? The Homvoyeurs web shop sells many books about Origami and paper art and design. One of them is  Unfolded; Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry
By Petra Schmidt, Nicola Stattmann.

Unfolded: Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry


In “Unfolded Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry” paper conquers the third dimension and demonstrates the undreamed-of possibilities it holds today for lightweight construction, product design, fashion and art. From “Paper”, the collection of bags by Stefan Diez, to Konstantin Grcic s paper models and the scented paper garments of Issey Miyake, this book presents paper as a high-quality contemporary and ecological material. An enormous selection of projects, the lavish design and numerous illustrations provide designers with invaluable inspiration for their work. The content core of the book is a comprehensive list of state-of-the-art paper products and innovative paper technologies, supporting designers in their everyday work with detailed information on the “high-tech” material paper. From Japanese washi paper and paper foam, to ceramic paper and carbon fiber paper, “Unfolded” presents the latest in research and development, as well as the most important methods and technologies in handcrafts and industry.

Upholstery tips

I could do with a bit of advice.

My husband and I have 6 dining room tables that we love. The current upholstery however has seen better days. The colour is still fine, and it looks OK from a distance, but a closer look learns that it might be time to have them redone.  I myself am thinking of a velours or heavy cotton/wool type fabric with a rich texture in a light or maybe dark grey.

Dining room chair

Dining room chair

Then we have this antique arm chair. It came from my parents old house and they don’t have room for it in their apartment. I believe it used to belong to my late grandmother. We love the wood and style but are not too pleased with the colour of the fabric on the seat. I think a big floral pattern in maybe a heavy silk or rich cotton mix in blue/green/grey or, to match the red corduroy sofa, a red floral pattern would look great.

arm chair

arm chair

What do you guys think?