Design Joy : Salone del Mobile 14

Finally I managed to wrap up this post..
Milan, it was definitely fulfilling again. It's such a great experience to be part of the whole buzz and to see how the design industry works and how huge it actually is. I stayed there for 3 days, even though I planned it really well, it is just not enough time to see everything.

I love to read the overviews made by other designlovers. My favourites are Ambra Medda of L'Arcobaleno's instagram (I love their new website!) and Sight Unseen of course. Both, they have a curated view and don't just post everything which I really appreciate and it are mostly things I love.
And here is mine..
(I'm on instagram now and I like this medium)

The most obvious trends this year (which I made compilations of before, to see them click the 'title') and my picks in it:

There were many marble items, imagine anything and think marble..
Grande by Aurelie Mathieu & Charlotte Sunnen - 6x6 - a modular shelving unit/system in marble or stone and lacquered metal

Another trend that was everywhere
Room collection by Studio E.O. (I absolutely love all the designs of Studio E.O.)

an eyecatcher trend for sure
Bubble mirror from the collection
One Year Later by former ECAL schoolmates Josephine Choquet & Virgile Thevoz
LT04 (floor lamp) by Daniel Rybakken & Andreas Engesvik for e15, 2010 (from 2010?! This is not actually irisdescent but I like it and I think it fits in)

Other things I noticed

weird and quirky, and sometimes a bit dingy

The Importance of the Obvious by kollektiv PLUS Zwei (Stefanie Högl & Matthias Borowski), candy inspired furniture from 2 graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven.
I can't find back who these pieces made, but I know it's from a graduate at Academy Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht and I think it's jewelry

also worth mentioning : Sarah Lucas for Sadie Coles gallery (especially the pieces accompanying the furniture fit in this theme)


Folie (bench) by Shirley Van Piere & mirrors by Bernardo Palazzo, presented by Leclettico gallery
Nendo for Cos (a favorite of many)
Divina Calendar by Graphic Thought Facility for Kvadrat
Bosa (ceramic clock) by Jaime Hayon for Bosa Ceramiche

photo ECAL/Axel Crettenand & Sylvain Aebischer

Agravic (marble tabletop balancing on glass) by Tokujin Yoshioka, image via Wallpaper

ByChance / HowItGrows (I was undecided on one specific name for this topic)

I still plan to do an overview of Toys, Plant related items, things I missed, ... so stay tuned ;).


Top of the Pile : The Kinfolk Table

I finally laid my hands on this beautiful book The Kinfolk Table. Last October, together with Joy of Little Things' Annemarie, we hosted the corresponding dinner in Antwerp. I had a quick look back then, but now I'm giving it the attention it deserves.

The Kinfolk Table is more than an ordinary cookbook, Nathan Williams (co-founder of Kinfolk) gives an insight in the kitchens and lives of the community which Kinfolk became over the years. He tells their stories and shares their favourite recipes. It's definitely a book to lay on your coffee table and let it fill your quiet moments with homely coziness.

And also some new, the Kinfolk story in Belgium goes on as well. Our next dinner is planned on the 17th of May in Antwerp, but it's already sold out (that went really quick). The dinner will take place in 21 places in several different countries, all at the same day with the theme L'Esprit de la Mer. Check if your home country is participating and book your ticket here.

(Milan-report is coming up...)

I was eating some almonds with acacia honey, mmmmh :)