While a rock might not seem like the most pristine surface, this one is. This piece of marble will make you shine. Hack off a piece when you need one, and do as your grandma did and clean yourself up without plastic bottles and unknown chemical components.

500 g olive oil
64g sodium hydroxide (NaOH)
178g water (H2O)
Silicone mould
Measuring cup
Safety goggles
Immersion blender
Cooking pot
Wooden spoon

First, mix the water and sodium hydroxide together. This creates lye.
Measure the correct amounts of water and sodium hydroxide. Use a heat-resistant pitcher when measuring the water, and a mason jar with the sodium hydroxide.
Add the sodium hydroxide in a slow and steady stream to the water and avoid splashes.  Do not attempt this the other way around (adding water to sodium hydroxide) as this can invoke a volcano-like reaction.
Store the sodium hydroxide away safely, making sure not to spill on furniture or clothes.
Gently stir with a wooden spoon until the sodium hydroxide is completely dissolved. Due to the chemicals reacting the mixture will start to get hot – about 200 degrees Celsius – and may even start boiling, so be careful.
After stirring, store the mixture away in a safe place to cool.
When the mixture has cooled to about 50 degrees Celsius, it is ready to use.
Once the lye has been made and is cooling down, start making the soap.
Measure the olive oil into a cooking pot. Slowly heat the oil, until it reaches about 50 degrees Celsius. Take your time, as oil heats faster than lye cools down.
When the oil and lye reach the same temperature, slowly pour the lye into the oil while stirring. The mixture will become cloudy when combined.
Use the immersion blender to keep the soap mixture moving. This can also be done by hand, which would require about an hour of on-and-off stirring. Using a blender speeds up the soaping process. The mixture will gradually thicken after 15 minutes of blending (or an hour when using a spoon). You can check this by drawing a line with a wooden spoon through the mixture. If the spoon leaves a trace for a while, the mixture is ready to pour.
At this point, add fragrance oils and/or colouring. Mix well to combine.
Pour the soap into the mould and let it rest for 24 to 36 hours, until it becomes hard. When the soap is hard enough, cut and slice as you please. Let the pieces of soap sit for another two to four weeks, so the chemicals can fully react and the water can evaporate.
Wash your hands and feel clean!

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Clutch | IMITATE

What is used to insulate your house, will now insulate your belongings. Keys, wallet, lipstick and even your laptop: all is protected by the power of silver.

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Insulation material (also called Isofoil)
Fishing wire
Thick elastic

Download patterns A and B from the Baroness O. Blog.
Cut out the patterns and trace them onto the isolation material, silver-side up. Cut this out.
Take piece A and fold the two rectangles onto each other, making sure the silver is on the inside. Wedge the elastic band in between the two rectangles as indicated on the pattern and pin into place.
Delicately stitch both sides together with the fishing wire. Make sure to include the elastic band in your stitching.
Your stitches should be one cm long, and about one cm from the edge.
Take piece B and lay it on top of its corresponding part, making sure the silver is on the inside. Stitch together sides 1, 2 and 3.
Turn everything inside out, so the silver is on the outside. Weigh down the clutch with some heavy books and wait a while.
Your clutch is finished and ready to be taken to the office or the bar for a couple of drinks.

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Black can be bright too. This square doesn’t look like a lamp at first sight, but will surely brighten up your house and your day.

Thin (3mm) MDF board
2 L-shaped brackets
Black paint
Lamp base and cord (including plug)
Light bulb
Glue (Tec 7)
Small wood saw

Cut a square shape out of the MDF board with the jigsaw or get it done at your local hardware store.
Paint the square black and let dry.
Attach your 2 L-shaped brackets together with the bolts so that you end up with a U-shape.
Fix one side of the U-shaped bracket to the back of your MDF square with the Tec 7 glue.
Measure a small piece of MDF so that it will fit on top of your U-shaped bracket.
Drill a hole with the same diameter as the lamp fitting and screw it in place.
Glue the small piece of MDF (with the lamp fitting) on top of the bracket.
Add a light bulb and attach it to the wall.
Plug it in and shine your light.

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This visor will give you a better perspective on the world around you. You’ll see clearer, without the sun in your eyes.

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Polyethylene plastic sheet (like the ones you find in cheaper photo frames)
Thick elastic (approximately 65 cm long)
Adhesive Velcro strips
4mm eyelets
Marble contact paper
Spray paint
X-acto knife

Download the visor pattern from the Baroness O. website.
Print and cut it out.
Draw its outlines onto the plastic sheet and cut it out with an x-acto knife.
You can now customize your visor or leave it as is. Decorate one with marble contact paper, spray-paint a black ombre effect or create a pattern.
Once you are satisfied with the look of your visor, make holes on both sides (as indicated on the pattern). Do this with the tool that comes with the eyelets.
Cut approximately 65cm of thick elastic. Tie it around your head and measure for length.
Find the middle of your elastic. Measure 10,5 cm to the right and make a hole.
Repeat on the left so that both holes are at equal distance from the ends.
Join the visor and the elastic together with the eyelets.
Lastly, stick Velcro on both ends of the elastic and stitch for a durable end result.
Have fun in the sun.

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Notebook | IMITATE

Some say you can never judge a book by its cover, but this notebook breaks that rule. It might not be the best place to guard your deepest secrets, but it’s suited for random scribbles, mental notes and vocabulary lists.

Plain A4 or pre-cut A5 paper
Polyethylene plastic sheet (like the ones you find in cheaper photo frames)
Bookbing glue
Bookbinding tape
Metal ruler
X-acto knife
Wooden dowels

First off, decide how easy you want to make it for yourself. You can either cut your own A5 paper according to the steps. Or, if your hand is not very steady, pre-cut A5 paper can be bought at a stationery shop.

Cut your A4 paper into A5:
Place your paper in a straight pile. Hold everything in place with some c-clamps or clips. Draw a fine pencil line in the middle of the paper to use as a guide. Cut the pile in two using an x-acto knife and a metal ruler.

Assemble your notebook:
Use a sheet of A5 as a pattern for your front and back covers. Draw its outlines onto the plastic sheet and cut out two identical pieces with an x-acto knife.
Make sure the pile of A5 paper is aligned and fix it with c-clamps so that the pages stay in place.
Brush one layer of bookbinders glue onto the long side of the paper and leave to dry for about half an hour. Repeat this another 4 times.
When the glue is dry, add the plastic covers to the front and back. Adhere it with the bookbinders tape to the spine. Make sure the tape is centered.
Open the booklet onto the first page and stick a piece of decorative tape on the inside to mask the back of the bookbinders tape. Repeat on the last page.
Grab a pen and start scribbling.

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Plastic bags are on their way out and that’s a good thing. Still, its iconic shape is just very practical. So why not use the same bag, but without the harmful and polluting after-effects. And with a much nicer print.

Plastic bag OR ready-made pattern (
White cotton fabric or old sheet
Shaving foam
Water-based black ink (ecoline)
Pattern paper
Sewing pins
Sewing machine
White thread

Take your plastic bag and trace its shape onto pattern paper. Remember to include space for hemlines. You can also find a pre-made pattern on the Baroness O. website.
Fold the white cotton fabric double so that when you cut out the pattern, you will have two identical pieces. Pin the pattern onto the fabric, making sure there are no wrinkles. Cut out the pattern.
Use a trash bag or a plastic tablecloth to cover your table. Make a layer of shaving cream on the plastic about 1cm thick. Make sure the shaving cream layer is larger than the two pieces of fabric that need printing. Smooth it out with a pallet knife and make sure there are no bubbles.
Drop the water-soluble ink at random onto the foam using a pipette. Then, Create a pattern on the foam by swirling around with a pallet knife.
When you are happy with your pattern, gently place the fabric on top of the foam and press lightly. Make sure not to move, otherwise the pattern will be smudged. Peel off the fabric and lay it flat, foam-side up and Remove excess foam with a squeegee.
Let the ink dry and iron the fabric to set the ink.
Sew the two pieces together according to the pattern.
Turn your bag inside out and take it out for some grocery shopping.

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A meeting here, a date there and a lot of appointments in between : it’s always rush hour these days. A little planning goes a long way, and what’s more useful than a simple clock to manage your precious time? Dig out that old shoebox (or treat yourself to a new pair) and time will be on your side again.

One old clock.
Or a cheap store-bought clock.
X-acto knife

Remove the mechanism from the clock.
Spraypaint the clock hands if necessary and let dry.
Make a hole in the lid of the shoebox: make an X with the knife, and poke a paint brush through so you have a circular hole.
Cut away the excess cardboard from the back of the lid.
Put the mechanism through the hole and attach the clock hands.
You now have a new clock and you will never be late again.

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Baroness O. x Biennale Interieur | IMITATE

Tomorrow marks the opening of our booth at the Biennale Interieur 14. Baroness O. is selected as an upcoming design duo and is given an old classroom at the Broel School in Kortrijk City where we can fill in as we please. Chop, change, drill and fill with whatever we like.
Our classroom has become the background for imitate, a collection of do-it-yourself objects specifically designed for the occasion. Eleven items and accessories show that basic materials and everyday objects have the power and possibility to become something more, something original and surprising.
The DIY’s are displayed in real life in Kortrijk, but they will also be launched online. Starting tomorrow, we will release a different DIY on each day the Biennale is open for public. A bag, a clock, a piece of soap: see how it’s done and how to add a little touch of O.

Enjoy, and do pop in to say hello if you’re in the neighbourhood.

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Contemporary Craftsmanship | ATELIERVLISCO

tumblr_nbqcwtgeAB1rtfp2fo6_1280 Vlisco is an iconic, established textile company from The Netherlands. A real piece of Dutch heritage, with focus on craftsmanship and unique designs.  They have been in the business since 1846, and have recently launched ATELIERVLISCO. This experimental platform is their way to transport all those years of crafts and knowledge into the modern age. The capsule collection combines traditional, African-inspired fabrics with contemporary fashion. The designers had their go with the vast archives of prints and patterns and put a modern, streetwise spin on the authentic fabrics. A perfect match between traditional craftsmanship and luxury designer fashion.


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The power of plants | STRANGE PLANTS

02_mockup_portada-928x618 Strange Plants features the works of 25 artists, brought together by independent publisher Zioxla. All works have one thing in common: plants. Celebrating the role of plants in contemporary art, the book ranges from paintings of rotting cacti to in-depth interviews and articles. This way, it collects a diverse selection of works and information. After the first edition was sold out in less than a month, Zioxla decided to publish a second edition, which is now for sale.


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Mundane beauty | TOBIAS FAISST


Tobias Faisst is a graphic designer and photographer based in Berlin, Germany. Although this young artist is still studying communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, he has already produced an extensive body of work that focuses on the interface between photography and sculpture.

Tobias grew up in a small village in the Black Forest, and a lot of his experiences from this period are included in his work. As a matter of fact, everything that surrounds him has potential and can be a source of inspiration.

He goes out every week on his bike and explores the urban landscape in search of building materials or bulky items. He also combines objects of different size, shape and location; and captures still life. He photographs the mundane and illustrates the simple beauty of the everyday.








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Like in every other major city,  Sao Paulo has to deal with waste on a massive scale. Studio Swine - founded by Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves - created the project Can City, that works with this fact and that also presents a solution for this global problem. Studio Swine thought about a new destination for all this collected waste and created a technique to make aluminum objects. Eighty percent of waste is collected by so-called catadores or independent waste collectors who collect and dispose the waste.

Studio Swine used this waste for their Can Stools, which are simply made by melting aluminum cans. They use recycled vegetable oil collected from local cafes as a fuel and applied this on a sand surface composed of sand of local building sites in the shape of objects found on the streets.
This project suggests a future possibility where catadores can create unique design pieces and it also is an opportunity to make people think about the big problem of our trash-laden society.


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e0287962f92179d45370d1606324e770 Nick Frank is an autodidact photographer from Germany with an interest in architecture.  In his series Mira, he explores urban architecture. Mira is a large shopping centre in Munich that consists of two buildings, forming a new urban square surrounded by restaurants and service units. Frank manages to portray the shopping center in an entirely new way, without tacky take-aways and chain stores. Instead he shows beautiful geometric forms and patterns in striking colours and shapes.

According to Frank, his photography is not about showing reality. It’s is about showing his own personal view. It’s about time, places, moments and the technology that enables him to adapt and tweak pictures until they display what he wants the viewer to see.


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Critical Objects I HELLOME


Critical Objects is a self-initiated project of graphic design studio HelloMe, based in Berlin. It explores the curious nature of everyday objects and leaves you wondering whether it is functional furniture or a sculptural form. The objects are colourful and made out of tubular steel, wood, concrete and marble.

Because these everyday objects are placed outside their context, they challenge the viewers to look beyond their initial interpretation. The function of the objects has changed and new meaning can be given. Who knew white window blinds with some plant leaves peaking through could spark your imagination?


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The Love Life of Plants I HATTIE NEWMAN

plant Hattie Newman is a set and image designer, specialized in bold paper sculptures and crafts. From her studio in East London, she has created multiple intricate and playful installations, and worked on advertisements, magazines and books for clients including Louis Vuitton, The Guardian, Cadbury, Google …  Two and three dimensional elements are combined, creating bright settings filled with quirky little details.

The Love Life of Plants is a personal project and the title is pretty self-explanatory: a cuddling cactus and a kissing carnivorous show us plants not only need water, but also a crave a little bit of love.


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Fashion Fun | CRAIG & KARL

CK-Milkmade-2-OstwaldHelgason Fashion Week season is upon us again. While London is now welcoming the fashion world , last week
New York was the place to be. Invited by Milk Studios, graphic designers Craig & Karl celebrated NYFW
in their own way. Each day they made an illustration, putting their geometric, colourful spin on their
favorite outfit of the day.
In order of appearance: Ostwald Helgason, Ohne Titel, Chromat, Public School, Sophie Theallet
and Jeremy Scott.


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Inspired by nature | WOUTERS & HENDRIX

In celebration of their thirtieth birthday, Belgian jewelry brand Wouters & Hendrix took a dive into their extensive archive. The result of this search can now be seen in a series of 5 unique time capsules, synthesizing all major influences that served as inspiration for their creations throughout the years. Each capsule represents one specific theme,  from surrealism to romance and contrast to trompe l’oeil. Each capsule is accompanied by a film, in which Frederik Heyman digitally visualizes the W&H universe.

Nature has always been a big influence on the jewelry collections. The perfection of nature and the beauty of the human body is something that must be cherished and celebrated, seeing that life itself is the most precious jewel one can have. The use of natural elements and references to the human body – skin, veins, coral, bones … – remind us of the beauty of life and of the gratitude towards nature.

Likewise, we also turned to nature for inspiration for these images, looking for a way to let the capsule stand out. Inspired by water and wind, we created a backdrop made with natural elements, and made by the human body. Blowing bubbles – and bubbles being blown away, as you can see in the video below – refers to the dreamy, playful side of W&H, while black and white form a suitable backdrop for sparkly silver and glittering gold.

Congratulations Wouters & Hendrix. On to the next thirty years.


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From head to toe | CORNAËRT

4 Clara Cornaërt is a young fashion designer who graduated from La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Over the past few years, she was trained alongside famous fashion designers such as Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela or Andrea Crews Collective as an assistant designer. This year, she decided to launch her own brand, Cornaërt, specializing on a certain aspect of fashion that we sometimes tend to forget about: socks.

Each pair of socks is made in France, named after a specific city and is accompanied by its own postcard, inviting the wearers to step outside and travel around the world. Stripes, pastels and bold colors characterize this first collection to suit everyone’s taste and dress up from head to toe.
You can find Cornaërt retailers in France and Copenhagen or purchase online on the website.


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Textile Landscapes I HANNA DALROT

TextilaLandskap_Stylat_3Textilier_HannaDalrot Textile Landscapes is the graduation project of Hanna Dalrot, who graduated in 2013 at Beckmans College of Design. For this series she was inspired by the mountain landscapes she grew up in in Sweden. The shades of light, the structure of the ground, felled trees, severed trunks, reflections of the river and silhouettes of hills are all reflected in the graphic drawings and patterns.First she captures the scenery in water-colour. Creating beautiful shapes and patterns in a combination of monochromatic colors and dark blue hues. These organic shapes are then transformed into a repetitive digital pattern and printed on textiles. S. TextilaLandskap_Alla_HannaDalrot TextilaLandskap_Berg_Landskap_HannaDalrot TextilaLandskap_Stylat_Allt_HannaDalrot TextilaLandskap_Stylat_Utsnitt_HannaDalrot

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Time is ticking | DELANY BOUTKAN

Present_Turn_3 Delany Boutkan is a conceptual designer, whose main goal is to break through habits and expectations, encouraging people to think about and rediscover their daily surroundings and almost mindless activities. Why objects are they way the are is a constant question in her work.

Delany graduated in June 2014 from Willem De Kooning in Rotterdam, and her graduation project is the exploration of the meaning of time in our world today. She makes the audience experience time in a new, different way, confronting them with how fleeting the notion of time has become. Due to rapidly evolving technology, numeral time has become increasingly important. People are fixated on the ticking of the clock. The objects she designed take the audience back to the now, back to the more intuitive approach of time where the world can be experienced without any pressure, without constantly thinking about what will happen next and without hurry.

Based on research – she asked people how they felt about the passing of time, how they felt time was passing by and when they felt most conscious of time – she distilled several objects that contemplate our vision on time. One example is Cadence. Felt earplugs refer to relaxation and taking a break. By using earplugs, you’re able to hear your own heartbeat and that rhythm or cadence can bring you to a state of relaxation. Same goes for listing to the ‘sound of the sea’ in porcelain shells, which really is just the remaining sound of filtered background noise.
Another object is Turn, a book about the actions you do while reading. Reading is an activity that lets people stand still for a while and that plays with the notion of time constantly. Turn questions how books and their designs contribute to our idea of the passing of time.

Not only is Delany a very promising designer, she’s also one of the contributors for the Baroness O.-blog. Always a plus.


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