When in Paris… | PARIS


Hôtel Paradis is located in a typical Parisian street situated halfway between the Gare du Nord railway station and the prestigious Opéra Garnier in Paris.
This up-and-coming neighborhood is filled with hip restaurants, bars and shops.
The French designer Dorothée Meilichzon designed the interior of the hotel. All rooms feature hand-painted wallpaper and bespoke fabric. Beds and carpets too are designed by Meilichzon.

Hôtel Thoumieux is located at the heart of Paris, just minutes away from the Eiffel tower. The luxurious boutique hotel has a special feeling for combining colorful patterns and textures. Make sure to try the complementary cookies because they are to die for.


At Bronco you can eat legit American food. Delicious hamburgers and homemade pie will fulfill all your needs. The interior resembles an old French restaurant with lots of dark wood with a modern twist.

A hidden coffee bar in the center of Paris, that must be Télescope. They will fulfill all your caffeine and sugar needs.

At the heart of Saint-Ouen you can find Habitat Vintage. A unique concept where you can discover pieces of furniture and home accessories from the old collections of the brand.

The most famous store of le Marais must be Merci. Its selection of home, fashion and beauty goodies is impéccable!


Palais de Tokyo was created in 2002 and since then it has become the perfect anti-museum of the 16th arrondissement. It is one of the largest sites devoted to contemporary creativity in Europe. Not only is the Palais itself phenomenal, but the exhibitions are always very surprising. It’s our favorite hideout spot to escape the city Parisian-wise.

Le Centre George Pompidou is the leading center of modern art in Paris. The iconic building serves a mixture of modern art, design and an amazing view over the Parisian rooftops.

The most famous flea markets are located at Saint-Ouen, a small village at the border of Paris that is completely devoted to vintage and brocante.

La Jeune Rue is a wildly ambitious project of  Cédric Naudon and his company Behind The Scene. He has bought no less than 45 buildings in the northern part of Le Marais, with the intention to transform this area into a culinary and design mecca.


This Paris trip was sponsored by Thalys, Hôtel Paradis and Hôtel Thoumieux.

Comments { 0 }

Hide and seek| IKEA PS 2014


The IKEA PS 2014 wardrobe, by Matali Crasset, plays with what you hide and what you reveal.
The white industrial grid serves as a blank canvas for its owner, whom can create his  own masterpiece by attaching plastic squares to it.

Wardrobe by IKEA PS – Glitter Slipper by Maison Martin Margiela – Tabi Boots by Maison Martin Margiela
Clock by HabitatWhite storage box by IKEA – Foldable storage box in black and white at Piet Moodshop

Comments { 0 }

La Jeune Rue | PARIS

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 13.44.21
La Jeune Rue
– inspired by a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire – will most likely become one of the places to be in Paris, as French investor Cédric Naudon is transforming this corner of the City of Light into a new cultural and culinary hub.

This wildly ambitious project is the brainchild of Naudon and his company Behind The Scene. He has bought no less than 45 buildings in the northern part of Le Marais, with the intention to transform this area into a culinary and design mecca. Situated around the Rue du Vertbois, an entire village will rise, replacing the vacant shops and bland wholesalers with creative top-notch destinations for food and design.
All sorts of shops and artisans will have their own spot, from a fishmonger and a tapas bar to a hardware store and a cinema. All of these locations will be designed by a specially commissioned designer, making the list of participants read like a who’s-who of contemporary design: Jasper Morrison, Ingo Maurer, Tom Dixon, Jaime Hayon, Paola Navone, Nendo, Wallpaper, Patricia Urquiola …
Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 16.36.07

While these designers draw their plans, others have spread out across France looking for the best farmers, producers and craftsmen and their products to fill the shops with. The aim of La Jeune Rue is to bring agriculture and natural produce to the urban landscape so people can enjoy its qualities but also to protect and defend traditions, resources and generations of savoir-faire. It wants to encourage people to consume in a different, more responsible way. All stores will have healthy, nutritious and tasty products, which are carefully and ethically sourced, coming straight from the producers.

Some spots have already opened, while others will be in business at the end of May and some will only open at the end of the year.

Naudon himself sees this project as a gesture of love towards the city of Paris, a project that can be seen as a humanist gesture: “It takes its roots in the most beloved value we have, the environment, and shapes the most precious thing we will leave behind us, the future.”

Jeune Rue at Wallpaper Handmade Model
La Jeune Rue-photo groupe- credit Philippe Chancel Final picture by Sam Gilbert

Comments { 1 }

Impressions day 3 | SALONE DEL MOBILE 14

Salone del mobile 2014

Brent Dzekciorius established dzek in 2009 as a design production company, focusing on high specification architectural materials and material-based design collections. For its first collaboration, British designer MAX LAMB examined and explored different types of materials and stones, questioning how he could design and use his own type of material and use only that one. With a strong emphasis on material, this collaboration wants to balance the skill of handmade products with the power and intelligence of industrial manufacturing. The result is called Marmoreal, a high specification architectural material for use in many different types of interior designs. This newly engineered marble is composed from 4 different Veronese marbles, and has very strong graphic and visual characteristics. Marmoreal can be used for flooring and cladding, but Lamb has also made a series of furniture, showing that the material can be used for a multitude of architectural and interior-oriented objects.

FAYE TOOGOOD launched her latest collection Assemblage 4. Like her previous ‘assemblages’, she does not stick to one kind of object but has experimented with materials and shapes to create different objects and designs that together form a unified narrative. Assemblage 4 is also called Roly-Poly, and the sound of these words already evokes the soft, round and voluptuous characteristics of the collection. Roly-poly consists of a low four-legged chair, a dining chair and table, a sculptural daybed, and a reinterpretation of Toogood’s Element table accompanied by tapestry and textiles, all in creamy shades of white.

Parisian concept store MERCI once again picked a spot to pop up during the Salone del Mobile. Located in Zona Tortona, the store was set up in the picturesque studio of Italian designer Paola Navone. You could find a fine selection of tableware, linen, stationary, lightning … along with a selection of Aesop products and a special collection of accessories and clothing designed by Paolo Navone.

H. & A.

Comments { 0 }

Impressions day 2| SALONE DEL MOBILE 14

Salone del mobile 2014

Dutch brand DROOG was inspired by the collection of the Rijksmuseum for their concept Rijksstudio m2. In this palazzo they created a minimalistic environment where the old masters meet contemporary design, with lots of black and white, topped with a playful shot of greens.

In the San Gregorio district, WALLPAPER magazine together with Leclettico hosted the exhibition Wallpaper* Handmade, showing specially commissioned objects, furniture, food, fashion and more by a collection of designers, artists, craftsmen and manufacturers.

To support and stimulate Belgian talent, Design Flanders, MAD Brussels and Wallonie- Bruxelles Design Mode joined forces under the header Belgium is Design. At La TRIENNALE di Milano they showed Reflections, featuring mirrors in all shapes and forms and using reflective surfaces to create ingenious play. They showed pieces by Jean- François D’Or, Nathalie Dewez, Stefan Schöning, Linde Hermans, Delvaux and many many more.

At Spazio Rossana Orlandi, located in a former tie factory, is a space dedicated to limited editions and unique pieces. In this two-story building around a lush green courtyard, you can find a vast collection of contemporary and vintage furniture. During Design Week, Rossanna Orlandi curated the exhibition Untold, showing a combination of pieces by new and known brands who showed their collections, like Piet Hein Eek, Astier de Villatte and Marimekko, who celebrated the 50th birthday of the Unikko print. But you could also find the graduates of Stockholm’s KONSTFACK or younger brands like collection III by NIKA ZUPANC for Sé, Something Good and new designs from SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS for J.Hill and for Luce di Carrara.

KVADRAT not only presented new textile designs by Raf Simons and the Bouroullec brothers in Milan, but they also hosted the exhibition Kvadrat Divina: every colour is divine. Twenty-two international designers were asked to reinterpret the felt-like Divina fabric created by Danish artist Finn Sködt and give it a contemporary twist. Designers like Muller Van Severen, Martino Gamper, Werner Aisslinger, Robert Stadler … participated in this unique exhibition celebrating the iconic textiles.

Dwell magazine presented the ongoing Man Made project of the American designer STEPHAN BURKS and his collaborations with The White Briefs, Calligaris, Roche Bobois … Burks mixes artisanal techniques with industrial production. With his Man Made projects he wants to bridge the gap between authentic developing-world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.

H. & A.

Comments { 0 }

Impressions day 1 | SALONE DEL MOBILE 14

Collage 1

The Spanish designer JAIME HAYON shows his new projects for numerous brands, while giving insight on the creative process, technical development and innovation behind these designs.

DESIDERABILIA is an experiment, an acknowledgement and a survey on the conditionings that somewhat unconsciously determine individual choices and ambitions. All participating designers created their own personal “object of desire”, stimulating a consideration about the concepts of pleasure and happiness.

MINDCRAFT is an internationally recognized and award-winning exhibition concept presenting some of the best contemporary Danish craft and design, aiming to demonstrate quality, potential and versatility of new Danish designs.
Kristine Tilge Lund’s Untitled study between three points in six directions questions the fragility of porcelain. Utilitarian porcelain that we use on a daily basis is often expensive and fragile and should be handled with care, creating a particular kind of day-to-day interaction. This fragility is also the key element in this installation, which consist of 600 porcelain bars leaning against two opposite walls.

The Graffitizer, an installation by DANIEL BERIO who in 2013 graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, will slowly enrich the walls of the exhibition space with technologically generated graffiti. The Graffitizer generates algorithmic drawings inspired by Berio’s style of drawing and sketching graffiti letters. After years of experience as a graffiti artist, Berio attempted to convert his drawing style into a digital medium.

HAY set up camp in the city centre to show their newest collection, including the Wrong for Hay subline. Visitors could catch some new goods at the pop-up Mini Market.

VIJ5 is a Dutch collective focussing on lightning and accessories, but who also showed their new furniture collection. All cupboards, stools, tables … are made from Newspaper Wood, a material that looks like weathered wooden boards but are made from bundles of newspapers.

All Belgian Design at Venture Lambrate can be found at BELGEN, where LABT, Atelier Belge, Decolabs, De Invasie, School of Arts/KASK and De Invasie gathered their works in a Milanese Mansion.

COS and Nendo worked together on a specially commissioned installation and concept store exploring the re-imagination of everyday objects, in order to create a small “!” moment, providing a new, unexpected context for the iconic white shirt: a wearable classic that can be reinvented for a modern twist on convention.

H. & A.

Comments { 0 }

Recompostions | JENNY NORDBERG


Rejected, unwanted furniture forms the base of Recompositions, an exhibition at Falkenbergs museum by Swedish industrial designer Jenny Nordberg.

From a reversed value perspective, she sees these pieces of furniture as a supply of material. She takes them apart, and then uses them to create new objects with a new function and meaning.

These rejected objects can have a new life and become new artifacts through relocation, disassembly and redesign.
A pubic call was made before the start of the exhibition, asking people to donate unwanted pieces of furniture and objects that were no longer in use. Once those pieces arrived at the museum, Jenny Nordberg categorized them: tables became boards and carpets became textiles.

During the exhibition Jenny works in a temporary workshop, set up in the exhibition space, where she demonstrates how the rejected objects can become new ones through recomposition.


1904053_621853671230668_259659856_n 1982139_621502331265802_1092815046_n 1982155_621853794563989_617809037_n 10152654_621853907897311_107933569_n

Comments { 0 }



Luz, the SS14 collection by a.KNACKFUSS, tells a mysterious story throughout its clothes.
Luz is the name of a inter-dimensional city of higher consciousness.
The collection is inspired by a woman who enters the city gates by taking ayahuasca – an ancient medicine of the Amazonian Shamans – which opens up the world of its user trough vivid, intense hallucinations.
The user of the drug draws images of their journey. These psychedelic drawings form the key print in the collection, a surreal jungle scene replete with playful hidden elements.

The materials of the collection are inspired by nature and the Amazonian peoples’ approach towards it. Prints resemble banana fiber, veneer and net made from rattan in contrast with the futuristic neoprene and transparent plastic to strengthen the hallucinogenic story of the collection.


09 07 06 05 04

Comments { 1 }

Word on the street | FLANEUR

1_cover copy Independent magazines are big, much to my delight. Still, to stand out in this vast crowd you need to have a solid concept that will draw people to your publications. And this is were Flaneur comes in. Each issue focuses on one single street. One entire magazine is filled with stories that can all be linked back to the hustle and bustle of just one road. Artists, writers, designers, photographers and others all contribute, and together they convey the atmosphere that dwells around a particular part of town nowadays, but also in the past and in the future.

Flaneur was founded by Ricarda Messner and launched in June 2013. Design credits go to YUKIKO, a German studio which has won an Award for Typographic Excellence at the Typedirectors Club NYC for the work they’ve done on the second issue. The editors don’t claim to show the definitive image of a street, but instead they want to show what that street could be and what it is capable of.
The first issue was all about Kantstraße in Berlin, the second about the Georg-Schwarz-Straße in Leipzig and the third one – to be released this summer – will show us a glimpse of life in Montreal.

Flaneur appears bi-annually and can be ordered on their website.


spread_5 copy 3_cover_open copy spread_11 copy 2_stack copy

Comments { 0 }



As part of the year of Belgium, Opening Ceremony delivered a beautiful dedication to the work of René Magritte. Together with the Magritte foundation they selected twelve of Magritte’s iconic works of art and translated them into fashion.
Dresses, button-downs, pants and surrealistic paintings have been transformed into wearable art.


104032_1 104000_1 104027_1 104012_1


Comments { 1 }


12589532955_ef0576e38f_b Normann Copenhagen has been around for over a decade. Their collection has grown extensively these last years from furniture, to lighting to accessories. They offer every little detail for a Scandinavian inspired home.

They just released their new spring catalogue and it’s phenomenal! The use of a saturated color palette with bold shades en textures is to die for.
The graphic design and the styling of the catalogue are kept minimal and the focus lies on the products.The foam podiums with marbled texture are surprisingly contemporary and work well in combination with the minimalistic objects.

12589562485_76f0062f3d_b 12590007884_81721a8e7e_b 12589669073_d324d175fe_b 12589977794_a2738f9a22_b 12590015994_07b2512ab2_b

Comments { 0 }

Primary Fluorescent | OS & OOS

OS - OOS_ Mono Lights  1 copy OS & OOS is Dutch design studio based in Eindhoven. Their works border the line of design and contemporary objects derived from a concept.
They seek a balance between form, material and its relation to the surroundings. What drives them is the desire to find the essence in the complex.

Primary Fluorescent by OS & OOS is a collection of three different forms of lighting objects. All three are made of marbleized foam and are embedded with tubular bulbs.
The result is a series of lighting objects that walks the thin line between industrial design and art.


OS - OOS_ Mono Lights  4 OS - OOS_ Mono Lights  10 copy

Comments { 2 }


At the Margiela Fall 2013 Couture show we already got a glimpse of their collaboration with Swarovski.
The jewellery’s unique identity lies in the use of the new Crystalactite fusion technology, in which crystal is merged with matt white resin before it is cut, making glue unnecessary .
The result is an avant-garde and asymmetric thing of beauty, inspired by the shape and structure of stalacites.


998717_10151725733929462_863221417_n 969509_10151725734094462_295289513_n 50151133bk_14_f 50151135ds_14_f

Comments { 0 }



Would a night still be a night if there were not a day to compare it with?
The graduate students of Beckmans College of Design asked themselves this question. The result is an exhibition that explores a world of contradictions.

How can an object or a piece of furniture exert an act of resistance? Where do you draw the line between private and public? Can long-term happiness be found in materialism?

Spaces and objects carry history, descended directions that generate patterns, layers of inclusions and exclusion. The Desk by Minna Magnusson carries out an act of resistance. Against its direction, in opposition to a desk as a place for thinking.

Hej (hi) is not a word you say to yourself, nor is it a seat you use by yourself. Hej is a piece of furniture, designed by Sofia Holt, that breaks the ice between strangers. You are affected by, and depend on each other to sit comfortably.

To whom belongs public space? Everyone or no one? Stella Pilback designed a table built from a wall that became everybody’s.


PATRIK_THALEN-minnamagnusson_beckmans1 PATRIK_THALEN-stellapilback_beckmans1 PATRIK_THALEN-sofiaholt_beckmans3

Comments { 0 }


lonneke van der palen 1

Souvenir is the work of Dutch photographer Lonneke van der Palen. It’s a serie of memories of a journey she never made.
She replicates places, like the Taj Mahal or the pyramids of Gizeh in her own living room, into graphical and colorful shapes.


13_lonnekevanderpalen06 Lonneke van der palen 2

Comments { 0 }

We’re back | BARONESS O.

collage 1

First and foremost: welcome to our brand new website! We hope you like it!
We want to celebrate this special moment with a flashback to our birthday dinner at The Plantshop, where we gathered our closest  friends, online and offline, for an intimate birthday party.
One year after officially launching our online webstore and studio, we felt very fortunate for all the adventures that crossed our path the passed year.
Unfortunately, all those adventures also demand full focus of our creative brains. That’s why we have decided to close down our webshop, at least for a while.
We’re extremely proud of what we havve done this past year and we hope to continue down this road for a long time.

Special thanks to IKEA for offering a blank canvas to our creativity, by letting us develop the DIY charcoal collection. 

H. & A.

Pictures by Astrid, Elke, Hanna, Kim, Maria ,Marijs and Sophie.


Comments { 2 }

Thursday Dinner at The Plantshop | LILI DANG-VU


During The Plantshop, each Thursday night we hosted a dinner on the second floor. While we took care of the setting, with a little help of IKEA, we invited a different chef each week to take over the kitchen and surprise our guests with lovely flavours and creative combinations.

Our last pop-up restaurant was hosted by Lili Dang-Vu, who is famous in Antwerp for her fine cuisine. Lili turned our Plantshop into a perfect Asian deli for the night. She served many delicious Asian dishes, like her famous Phô, an authentic South Vietnamese noodle soup. We finished the night with an authentic jasmin tea, complete with blossoming flowers.

To create a contemporary urban atmosphere, matching with the oriental flavours, we decorated the tables with a geometrical black pattern, made with washi tape, and some fresh white flowers in reused green Vedett beer bottles.

IMG_5324 IMG_5341 IMG_5339

Comments { 0 }

Thursday Dinner at The Plantshop | BALLS & GLORY


During The Plantshop, each Thursday night we hosted a dinner on the second floor. While we took care of the setting, with a little help of IKEA, we invited a different chef each week to take over the kitchen and surprise our guests with lovely flavours and creative combinations.

Wim Ballieu has turned the meatball – an already perfect creation in my opinion – into a culinary experience. Balls & Glory serves delicious meatballs with suprising and tasty fillings. The third B&G restaurant was recently opened in Antwerp, and to celebrate we we wanted to bring the ball-experience to our own Plantshop. Since this dinner took place on Boxing Day, Wim and his team brought along their limited edition Christmas Ball, stuffed with turkey, beet and cranberries. But of course, there was much more to enjoy then just meatballs. We started off with a tasty, fresh vegetable salad and finished with delicious, gooey brownies.

We wanted to convey the same athmospere as in the Balls and Glory restaurants, meaning a contemporary spin on the authentic athmosphere of a butcher’s store. We went for subtle details like milk bottles for flowers, menu cards with a vichy pattern, price tags as name cards, …


IMG_5269 IMG_5256 IMG_5247

Comments { 0 }

Thursday Dinner at The Plantshop | ALLE DAGEN HONGER


During The Plantshop, each Thursday night we hosted a dinner on the second floor. While we took care of the setting, with a little help of IKEA, we invited a different chef each week to take over the kitchen and surprise our guests with lovely flavours and creative combinations.

The ladies behind Alle Dagen Honger – a food blog that is so much more than passing around recipes– gathered us around the table for some serious comfort food.
To get us all in the mood, they started off with a delicious rum and apple cider punch.
Main course was mashed potatoes with fennel sausages. Exactly what you need on a cold december night!

We believe comfort food does not need fancy chandeliers or 6 different forks, so we tried to keep things basic yet elegant. Some fresh rosemary leaves spruced up the minimalistic plates we designed with IKEA, while the menus, designed by ADH’s in-house illustrator Mayken, added a creative element. And to cosy things up: candles, a lot of candles.


IMG_5181 IMG_5204 IMG_5233 IMG_5243

Comments { 0 }

Postuum | 10 QUESTIONS


Annelies Desmet-Wiesbauer is the woman behind the Belgian label Postuum. Describing her in one word would be close to impossible. She is jewelry designer, a philosopher and a taxidermist that curates an online gallery and webshop called Postuum.

We asked this multitalented lady our 10 famous questions, fell in love with her work and decided to collaborate. More on that very soon!

1. How would you describe what it is you do?

That’s about the most difficult and yet most frequently asked question I get.You would think I’m trained by now and have a ready-made answer but sadly I don’t.
What I do isn’t easy to explain in short and this tends to make people uneasy. We are used to everything being clear, short, fast and unambiguous.
In an attempt to solve this I created the label Postuum to give a name to everything I do. Postuum now works as an online gallery, webshop and design studio. In everything I do, focus lies on natural material, craftsmanship and aesthetics. This translates in a combination of jewelry, taxidermy, interior design, photography and more…
To say that Postuum is a platform would be wrong, because I’m just one person. It’s a combination of forces, of different design languages that emerge into something new.
The people, including me, that are featured under the Postuum label also share a certain philosophy, one that stands for beauty, integrity, respect for techniques and nature.

2. At what time do you start your day and what do you do first?

Around 8, earlier when I go running, later in the weekends.
It all starts with coffee, or if I’m hung over with tea. The British were right all along, you know.

3. What is the reason you started doing what you do? What makes you so passionate about it?

In everything I do, write or make, I look for some form of beauty that comforts or activates me. What I do, is constantly looking for things that make me passionate, it’s inherent to my way of living.
Before I started Postuum, the things I made or found just didn’t have a name or standardized form. Now that they do, it’s easier for me to communicate with the outside world about what moves me.
I tend to set high standards for my environment and myself because I feel we have some responsibility towards the life we were given. One of my main goals now is to try and explore more social or ecological relevant issues, like putting the emphasis on sustainable design or looking for new inventions in in bio-art or fabric design.

4. What or who is your source of inspiration?

Seen as I am secretly a philosopher by education my greatest inspiration still comes from the written word.
Thomas Kuhn, Michel Houellebecq, Kierkegaard, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, Thomas Mann…I think that, above everything else, words move me the most.

5. Which is your all time favorite design?

I would say nature, but that might be a bit to easy.
The work of Hussein Chalayan has always intrigued me, because he makes interdisciplinary cross overs, just like jewelry designer Ted Noten,…
Or maybe Theo Jansens’ strandbeesten.
I could never pick one, there are too many and I don’t even know half of everything that exists.
If you think of design as ‚giving shape’ even music is design, no?
In that case I definitely can’t answer this question.

6. Do you think you’ll keep walking down this path in the future or do you have other creative calls?

I have a lot of calls! Before I die I want to be a successful designer, philosopher, gallery owner, make the world a better place, travel everywhere and be at home a lot, read every possible book and memorize at least ten operas.
Let’s say my future is sometimes uncertain, but always very well filled.

7. Which piece of work would you consider your very own masterpiece?

The label Postuum. The whole of things that fall under postuum and the way they are presented, combined and developed.
But you will never hear me say I produced a masterpiece, you asked the question. Horrible question.

8. If you had a time machine, in what year would you be living?

I think I would go into the future, and then come back and try to anticipate on ecological disasters.
If I know what accidents or misfortune will occur, I can prevent them.
That would make me superman.
No, batman.
Definitely batman.

9. Cookies and milk or chips and soda?

Chips and soda. It’s a conspiracy, can’t have one without the other.

10. If you could give yourself one single piece of advice before you started this adventure, what would it be?

Cura sui, I found it in the writings of Michel Foucault, you should look it up sometimes.



Comments { 0 }