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Villa Empain
20 / 06 / 2019

This building is certainly one of the most beautiful architectural masterpieces of Art Deco in Brussels. In 1930, at the age of 21, Baron Louis Empain had this private mansion of 2500 square meters built, on the prestigious Franklin Roosevelt Avenue. This splendid mansion was designed by the Swiss architect Michel Polak. Dutch interior magazine ‘Eigen huis & Interieur’ created a design special for their summer edition 2019 with products from several dutch designers. Amazing to see how well my Yukiko floor lamp, designed in 2015, fitted so well in the Art Deco environment of Villa Empain. A modern lamp with an old soul.

 

Photography: Kaatje Verschoren    Styling: Theone van der Eerden 

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Salone del Mobile
14 / 04 / 2019

Moooi Carpets reinvents the carpet and opens up new horizons in the design world by introducing a technology that generates extremely high definition prints. All the carpets combine an endless mix of colours thanks to the use of a groundbreaking high definition Chromojet printer and its accurate tones, which generate a playful illusion of depth. For Moooi Carpets Claire Vos designed the Yarn Box Collection, presented at Salone del Mobile 2019.
 

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Thank You, Cor Unum!
05 / 04 / 2019

Cor Unum is a ceramic art centre founded and based in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. They develop and manufacture our products designs and we love this unique company! Cor Unum takes social and cultural resposibility for the legacy of the ceramic crafts. Their mission is brought to the market through a team consisting of professionals, students, volunteers, people with distance from the labour market and designers. They all share one common passion: everyone deserves a place, everyone has got a talent and anyone can contribute to make the world somewhat nicer. 

 

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Wally, a cartoonish ceramic tablelight
05 / 04 / 2019

Most of our design projects are commissioned. But sometimes we feel the urge to create something by ourselves because we simply want to. In our previous project we were creating hexagon shaped tiles. The shade, lines and reflection on these tiles made us realize that we could use this concept for a light object . Primary linear forms do very well especially when the reflected light reveals the beauty of a shape.  In this case an odd but charming looking  ceramic table light. Wally will be introduced bij Cor Unum this coming year in 2019. Welcome, Wally!

 

 

 

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Nemo
04 / 04 / 2019

Pressed glass is glassware produced by mechanically pressing molten glass into a plain mold by means of a plunger. Pressed glass can generally be distinguished because of its mold seams, but in my opinion this gives all its charm to the product. The use of a plunger enabled glassmakers to spread the thick, molten glass quickly throughout the mold before it solidified and thereby made it possible for them to shape the glass into intricate forms with elaborate designs. The pressing process became the single most important factor in making glassware affordable for everyday use, in this case a first prototype of a tiny table lamp Nemo. 
 

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Oily Busk, structural design
03 / 04 / 2019

Ceramics at their most basic is simply a process of mixing water with earthen powders and clay, shaping it and baking it at high temperatures. But it is one of the world’s oldest crafts, which over millennia has been perfected to a high art, particularly by the Chinese.
With our design the vertical busk lines create a solid, strengthened structure for this remarkable ceramic side table/stool for Dutch brand 'Pols Potten'. Busk has a unique appearance, especially because of its unique, iridescent glaze. This liquid clay casted product could only be made because of the highly skilled Chinese handcraft. 'Oily Busk' will be introduced at Maison & Objet Paris, September 06-10, 2019.

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