New Angles: daily inspiration


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….


Aldo Bakker

Posted in design, furniture, kitchen by menno1976 on September 21, 2009

Dutch designer Aldo Bakker‘s work is designed to influence the factor of “time”. Eternity and endlessness are recurring concepts in his pieces. His work is smooth, durable and serene, yet dynamic enough to capture one’s attention. The pieces provoke a kind of meditative state in its beholders, slowing the passage of time and creating a “time gap”.

Materials used are silver, ceramics, glass, wood and Urushi (Japanese lacquer).

technical ceramics, green tea Urushi

Water carafe, porcelain

Milk or oil can , porcelain

I also like Aldo Bakker’s furniture very much, it’s so otherworldly…

Stool no.2, Ice blue Urushi

Side table, Lilac Urushi

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




Béton Ciré

Posted in bathroom, crafts - design, design, DIY, interiors, kitchen by menno1976 on September 12, 2009

Last week I went to Via eStudio in Amsterdam to learn more about Béton Ciré, a waterproof cement plaster (a 2 to 6mm layer), that can be applied to bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters, walls and even outdoor furniture. The great thing about this material is that you can virtually apply it to any surface (even glazed tiles and metal!).
During the workshop I learned to prepare the mortar, did some plastering and was shown how to finish the product (sanding and applying a coating).

Béton Ciré (translates as wax-coated cement) is a French product that was developed about 10 years ago. Because it’s quite easy to handle, it’s very suitable for non-professionals too. The great thing about it is that it comes in a 100 different colours and that one can apply different finishing techniques to obtain either rustic or more modern styles. 












Posted in design, kitchen by menno1976 on September 7, 2009


photo by Knorp

Cako, my new cat, is a cheeky one. He likes to keep me awake at night by biting my toes and is skilled at stealing chicken legs from the saucepan. The other day he knocked over a glass that I left on the kitchen counter and my heart stopped for a moment…”not my Bodum mug!!” Luckily he just broke one of my cheap glasses, but from now on I do stow away my precious Bodum mugs.

These mugs are so practical. The double walled blown glass works as a perfect insulator, and of course they look pretty cool too.

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