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



Posted in interiors by menno1976 on April 20, 2010

Spanish rug manufacturer Nanimarquina‘s colourful booth attracted a lot of attention at the Salone. I spoke to the people behind the brand and they explained that Nanimarquina is a Care&Fair member (all rugs are manufactured without using child labour), which made me appreciate their products even more!
The rugs are available in rich, exotic colours, although neutral colours are also available. I especially liked the contemporary take on ethnic patterns.

for more info on the Care & Fair programmes click here

Pavé by Kreoo

Posted in design, furniture, interiors by menno1976 on April 17, 2010

So I just got back from Salone del Mobile 2010 in Milan and loved it! I spotted a couple of trends such as combining organic and synthetic materials, psychedelic flowers, and rough, tribal, natural shapes and materials.

I really liked Pavé by Kreoo (owned by Italian marble processing company Decormarmi). These stools look like giant pebbles with driftwood and they can turn around a built-in axis.



Posted in design, kitchen by menno1976 on March 9, 2010

Although I’m a total tea fanatic, I never pay much attention to how I serve it. Then I saw these trivets….

Metal Candle Holders

Posted in design, interiors by menno1976 on November 2, 2009

The chilly season is upon many of us. It’s the perfect time to light some candles and snuggle up under a nice blanket…

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Posted in crafts - design, interiors by menno1976 on October 29, 2009

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Posted in interiors by menno1976 on October 28, 2009

I’ve been looking for a way to cast concrete objects such as planters, and then I found this company.I don’t think I’m even gonna try anymore…these are just perfect!

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Posted in furniture, interiors by menno1976 on October 27, 2009

Some eco-furniture for your inspiration!

Fiji Hanging Lamp
Z Gallerie

Kenmochi Design Associates
Round Rattan Chair C-315-E
manufactured by Yamakawa Rattan

Bell 95

Pati Chair

Rattan Barstools
1970’s, the Netherlands

Lolah, easy armchair
Kenneth Cobonpue

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Studio Edward van Vliet

Posted in interiors by menno1976 on October 19, 2009

Dutch designer Edward van Vliet definitely has a thing for patterns. Some of his designs are outrageously opulent, whereas his designs for Palau are more subdued and very sophisticated (such as the sofa in the last photo). He’s worked on collections for Moroso, Moooi, Coco-Mat, Ligne Roset, just to name a few. Check out his website for more of his exotic and colourful work.

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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