New Angles: daily inspiration


Posted in architecture, bathroom, interiors by menno1976 on April 22, 2010

At the Salone I was really impressed by the minimal design of bathroom fittings and kitchen taps manufacturer CEA.
I think the SWITCH collection is their most interesting design, I’ve never seen a light switch-design being used in bathroom taps before! I tested them myself in Milan and these fittings are very user friendly.

What I find great about the company is that it strives for making more efficient fittings (limiting capacity to 5 lit/min opposed to the standard of 12 lit/min). Furthermore CEA has developed a system that supports the installation work of the wall fittings, getting rid of the built-in parts and constitutes a universal joint for all the wall fittings, deviator taps and thermostats.

More wonderfully sleek design by CEA here


French Basque Guesthouse

Posted in architecture, interiors by menno1976 on October 18, 2009

Love the contrast between the rough walls and the sleek,  simple furniture. All that light and space! If this is the guesthouse, I wonder what the prime residence of the owners looks like…

This 18th century timber framed construction, in the mountains of the French Basque country has been restored and turned into a high-end guesthouse with 5 rooms. Modernity and tradition go hand in hand; in the architecture, the interior and the cuisine.
via OWI

Kitchen Island

Posted in architecture, interiors, kitchen by menno1976 on September 19, 2009

This is more a real island! How wonderful it must be to give dinner parties in a kitchen/dining area like this…

YTL Residence – Kuala Lumpur by Jouin Manku





Posted in architecture, food, interiors by menno1976 on September 7, 2009

This traditional Japanese inn was established in 1624 and is still renowned for its refined hospitality. Shiroganeya is situated in Kaga, Japan, a city famous for its number of temples and hot-springs.
Visit the website for a taste of tranquility, traditional Japanese refinement and style.
How incredible it must be to wake up in a beautiful, serene place like that. I wish we had something like that here in the Netherlands…










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Prast Hooft Amsterdam

Posted in architecture, design, food, interiors by menno1976 on September 2, 2009

Every time I go out for dinner at Brasserie Harkema in the heart of Amsterdam I keep gazing at that lovely striped wall, it’s so light and happy! Perhaps it’s the interaction of various industrial elements, nice furniture with some retro touches and good lighting that makes me enjoy Amsterdam-based Prast Hooft‘s projects so much.

Restaurant&Vinoteca Gustavino in Amsterdam

Flowing lines

Posted in architecture by menno1976 on September 2, 2009

The last few years I’ve noticed that faceted, crystal-like shapes were becoming more and more popular in both architecture and interior design. At the same time there seems to be another trend which is heading in the opposite direction. Round, flowing, organic shapes create a soothing and serene atmosphere which is still dynamic enough for commercial spaces such as restaurants or bars. Boston-based architects Office dA turned the Penny Saving Bank into this flowing birch and bamboo sanctum.

Another great example of this style is the 2008 Pavilion of the Ayuntamento de Madrid (Book Fair Pavilion) La Casa de Librio by Olga Sanina and Marcelo Dantas. The ribbed structure was made of fabric.




This tea house by Kengo Kuma may look somewhat like an ice cave. I do think it would make a fine tea house, because of it’s translucent, yet private character. This ethereal space places the emphasis on the guests, the tea and the ceramics being used in the ceremony.