dinsdag 19 mei 2015

Designday Maastricht

This Saturday I visited Designday in Maastricht which was a pretty long drive but totally worth it! It was the 10th edition of this design event including young and/or new designers that are very approachable to talk to about their brand & products. A lot of designers were new for me so it was great to talk to some of them and hear about the story behind their designs. I would like to share with you some of my favourites!


Pou-Belle Design stands for innovating products made from disposable materials. This vase is still a prototype and is made out of concrete and recycled (and now powder coated) PET bottles found on the street! Who knew waste could look this good?!


"Wanderlust", a design created by students of Fontys, an academy for creative industries. A piece of art that you can share with your friends and take with you on your journeys and trips to make you feel at home wherever you are!


A very strong presentation by V3RS, an Eindhoven based design duo committed to hightech craft and innovative design. The "Shades Pendant" is a dimmable pedant lamp where the transparency of the 3D printed material creates a colour gradient.


Ikruitfabriek: Ingrid Kruit designed an impressive collection of lamps made with different kinds of wood, built up layer by layer. Especially for Designday, Ingrid made a new design inspired by an old miners lamp from Limburg.



The Belgian Studio Sergeant, consisting of three young designers, stands for honesty, functionality & happiness. The playful "Jeanne" stools are made of oak and climbing rope. The "Daniel" table is a design inspired by quasicrystals. You can create a big table by combining smaller tables with each other. I love the colours!



This big and impressive industrial "Wecklamp" is a design by Chris Ruhe, a traditionally trained joiner. It comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes so every design is a unique piece. 




Francoise Oostwegel
 shows a collection of graphic & modern lamps. Designing the "Lamp Zuid" collection, Francoise was inspired by the Limburg province in the South of The Netherlands. For the wood she selected a Limburg style type of oak wood because of the beautiful wood grain and the fact that oak trees grow in her hometown. I love the combination with copper!


These organic shaped side tables are designed and made by It's Latta. The patterns and combination of wood with ceramics were very surprising!


Pictures by Marij Hessel

donderdag 14 mei 2015

A Happy Home

Today I had a relaxing day at home so I made some new pictures. Summer is getting closer and it makes me so happy, everything & everyone looks better when the sun is shining! Last year I joined the "Dare with Colour" contest by Little Greene and I was the lucky winner of a voucher that I used for some beautiful Little Greene paint. One of the colours that I chose was Cupboard Green. With this colour I made a big triangle on the wall behind our dining table. The origami lamp we bought at Habitat in Antwerp last month, it fits perfectly in our living room I think!

If you want to see more "Happy Home" posts, click here!












Pictures by Marij Hessel

maandag 11 mei 2015

Wallpaper Design by Studio LileSADi for Photowall

A while ago I received a message from Photowall if I was interested in a collaboration. A couple of weeks later this beautiful wallpaper was delivered at my doorstep! This wallpaper is a design by the Dutch studio LileSADi for Photowall. Twin sisters Dinah & Sarah Smutny created this label in 2011. Their collection contains of original textiles, fresh wallpapers & home accessories. In 2014 the studio launched their kids label LileSADi Petite as well. Take a look at their shop here

It took me some time but I decided to use the wallpaper in my hallway because it was in desperate need for some changes... I really love the graphic pattern of marble, concrete and one of my favourite colours ocher! On the first picture you can see a little portrait my mom made of me when I was a little girl. I recently found it again and I love it! We bought the white lamp at Ikea, the hanging planter with little shells I found at Laif & Nuver in Groningen and the wooden hanging shelf is a DIY I made for Stek Magazine which I'm going to tell you more about later!

Thank you Photowall & Studio LileSADi for brightening up our home!





Pictures by Marij Hessel

dinsdag 5 mei 2015

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Offer a Plant to a Friend

I really like this month's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme "Offer a Plant to a Friend"! Just showing your loved ones that you care about them with a little green gift! I found this small Cacti garden at the garden centre and thought this would be a perfect gift... I painted a triangle pattern in white & light pink on the flowerpot to give it a personal touch. The person I wanted to show some green love is my sister. She deserves some extra love because she had a tough year. Nevertheless she makes the most of it! Love you sis!






Pictures by Marij Hessel

woensdag 29 april 2015

Today's Crush: the home of Leah Bartholomew

Via The Design Files I came across the draw dropping home of designer Leah Bartholomew in Australia. Leah is working as a freelance graphic designer & also has her own homewares label "Beneath the Sun"! This playful collection consists of pillow cases, ceramics, art prints, postcards, hanging pots and more (I want it!). 

I absolutely love this fresh & colourful home which is surrounded by nature and breathes summer! Because this is a rental and the place was for sale, Leah had to move out a while ago but luckily she's moving back in soon! 











Pictures via The Design Files

zaterdag 25 april 2015

Hotspots: Broei Utrecht

If you've read a couple of my latest Hotspots posts, you'l probably understand why I'm such a fan of the Oosterkade & Westerkade in Utrecht. Across Koffie Leute, which I wrote about here, you'll find Broei, a creative place where you can enjoy coffee, food, books & art! Every Sunday you can join gamenight with your friends where you can even bring your own favourite game!






Another thing which I think is really cool is their "Wall of Frame". An exhibition wall where you can find and buy the work of several talented artists like illustrators, photographers & graphic designers. How nice to pick out your favourite artwork while you're enjoying a cup of good coffee or a nice lunch! You can find a lot more creative & original events on the agenda of Broei like workshops, concerts and "La Table Longue" where all the tables are pushed together and you can enjoy dinner with the other guests.




Pictures by Marij Hessel
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