20 October 2013

The Recollection

Antwerp's answer to Merci: beautiful new concept store The Recollection
Studio Attenzione, Piet Hein Eek, MMM, flowers by Cornelis, Aesop, you find it all and more at Kloosterstraat 54, Antwerp.

Definitely worth a visit.

21 August 2013


1. Artist Paula Muhr - from the series 'Double Flowers'
2. A room with a view by E.M. Forster

2 August 2013

Peter Riek

Nichts zu gewinnen, Peter Riek, 2007

28 July 2013

17 July 2013

22 May 2013


Made by Hand: The Bikemaker.

Honest and moving.

19 May 2013

18 May 2013

Sorted books

Clever and funny: Sorted books by artist Nina Katchadourian. Makes me want to get started on my bookcase!

13 May 2013


1. Instintos Primarios for Calle 20 magazine, edition 63
2. Julian Hoenig, Inverted, 2013

12 May 2013


"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." P. Pullman

And that's why I love story-driven websites like the one above.

8 May 2013


1. Petal pendant
2. Ribbon bracelet

The things our fathers teach us, they take on a shape we carry with us through life. What is it we learn through kind encouragement, cold shoulders, the string of 'how to's' and 'how not to's'?

As I'm getting older, I find myself closely observing fathers and daughters. It seems as if those girls who were/are close to their fathers have a sense of confidence and centredness that others lack. Whenever I learn of a creative collaboration between a father and his daughter, I'm particularly touched. Most of you will already know Herriott-Grace. If you don't, you can watch a video about them here.

Wsake is another inspiring father-daughter duo. He is a silversmith, she a graphic designer. And in their workshop in Regensburg, Germany, they create the most beautiful jewelery (and other objects). 

So, what is it your father taught you about life?

5 May 2013

This is Belgian

Interior decorator Bea Mombaer's home. Discover her stylish and inspiring universe here.

1 May 2013

30 April 2013

Cat language

This made me laugh. I've got one of those at home.

24 April 2013


2. Azaleas and apple blossoms, C. Coleman, 1879

23 April 2013


I love the design of and idea behind Stone, a range of conceptual kitchen appliances by design collective Angry Bananas - a group of Design students at Goldsmith's College, London.

Stone is a range of wireless kitchen appliances, made from sustainable materials such as porcelain and birch wood. Every product is lined with mica, which insulates the heat, so that the appliance can go straight onto the table without leaving any burnmarks.

With this project the students investigated how induction cooking hobs could be used to improve cooking appliances. The interface on the stove works with a ringtone or programmable voice and lets users know when the food is ready. 

Clever and beautiful!

17 April 2013


1. Sarah Moon - then, now, always!

16 April 2013

12 April 2013


Loving these magazine covers. Just life as it is.

8 April 2013

Metro cuffs

You know the feeling: you're in a foreign city with a subway, but you don't want to look like a tourist. No, you're Parisian - anyone can see that! Your style, your aura of ennui, your je-ne-sais-quoi... You wouldn't be caught dead pulling out that metro-map, screaming 'Hey, I don't actually live here!'

Designhype have come to the rescue with their metro cuffs. Can't tell your Porte des Lilas from your Porte d'Orléans? Nothing a quick glance at your wrist won't fix. Clever! They'd be even better I think if they were to execute them in a precious metal instead of stainless steel. Jewellery with a plus.

Btw, the metro seems to be inspiring others as well. Check out Tokyo Arteria here.

5 April 2013

Natural collection

Natural collection by Spanish textile and rug company Nanimarquina.

3 April 2013


How amazing are these masks by Dutch designer Bertjan Pot? They actually started out as an experiment gone 'wrong'. Bertjan was trying to make carpets by stitching rope together. However, he never managed to get a flat surface so he nearly gave up on this project. And then he saw this 'failure' as an opportunity and these masks were born. Inspiring!

Btw, my statistics tell me that I've got quite a few Belgian readers. Well, fellow countrymen and -women: I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a note sometime!

29 March 2013

Suspended coffees

Spotted on the net today: the - originally Italian - tradition of suspended coffees.

Makes me hopeful about the human race.


28 March 2013

Eva Schreuder

Last weekend, I discovered this lovely Dutch jewellery designer at the Invasie of Antwerp - a platform for young designers. Most of the jewellery displayed there had those angular shapes which you see everywhere nowadays - and which I'm SO over seeing!  

And then I spotted her, tucked away in a corner. This lovely young girl, who'd made her own, really original display, floating through the space she was assigned. Her pieces have a really delicate, refined touch. I admire bold jewellery on others, but on me it doesn't work. Looking for the right kind of accessories, therefore, can be frustrating. Eva's work, though, looked as if it was made for me. They have a slight vintagey feel and are beautifully matte, which I love in jewellery. The fact that she turned out to be a really kind girl, a sensitive soul with a passion for beauty, was a bonus. I actually had to stop myself from giving her a hug! I couldn't NOT buy something and now I'm the proud owner of one of her rings. A ring to celebrate new beginnings and my own strength. Thank you Eva!

Check out more of her work on Eva Schreuder.

27 March 2013


Today I discovered my jasmine shrub is sprouting. It always amazes me how things in nature that look really, really dead come back alive. Such a good life lesson for us humans too ...

24 March 2013

The best things in life happen to you when you're alone - A. Martin

The Islands, Agnes Martin, 1961

I have always loved her work, but had never seen this interview