September 8th, 2012
For this year’s edition of Brussels Design September we teamed up with De Invasie, a platform who supports and promotes young Belgian and Dutch talent. Until the last weekend of September you can discover an interpretation of CMYK by Studio Woot Woot, Ilse Acke and Jeffrey Van Hille.
Here some snapshots:
August 31st, 2012
For the first new post after our summer break we asked Elien Haentjes to pick her La Fabrika favourites.
Already as a young child Elien was discovering, thanks to her parents, art, culture and design. She also loved writing, so she decided to study art history and journalism. The last five years she wrote tons of articles for different websites, newspapers, magazines and books. At the moment she’s working as a freelance journalist in the field of culture and design for the most important Belgian media and she’s teaching Lifestyle Journalism at the Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel.
Colour Block Collection – Hay
Elien: When I first saw these bed covers by Scholten & Baijings at the Maison & Objet furniture fair in Paris in January 2011, I fell immediately in love with them. When I wake up in a bed covered with this colourful bed linen, I start the day smiling.
Muffins – Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova
Elien: For their lamps Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova found inspiration in the French bakeries in Paris. Just like a baker, they let their lamps ‘rise’. The glass is mound-blown, the base is made of oak. I’ve met both of them in Brussels, when their lamps were launched in Belgium. They met each other in the studio of the Israeli designer Arik Levy, ‘Muffins’ is their first project together. In the meantime, they have cooperated in other projects too.
Rocking Glasses – Normann Copenhagen
Elien: When I use these glasses, they always put a smile on the faces of my guests. They’re simple, but nice and clever. These characteristics are typical for all the products of Normann Copenhagen, a Danish design brand that’s conquering the world with well made and affordable design. So briefly, they rock.
June 22nd, 2012
Today the friday favourites are picked out by Jasmijn Verlinden.
Jasmijn fell in her first year Art History hopelessly in love with the Eames rocking chair that she discovered in a syllabus and since then she has been fascinated by all things design. A mustard yellow version of the Eames chair now brightens up her living room, as also piles of magazines about her other passion … fashion! With her job as a Project Manager at Flanders Fashion Institute, Jasmijn is one of those lucky ones who could make their passion their profession!
Love Seat – Ercol
Jasmijn: Years ago, I walked past a christian center in our street and spotted a set of beautiful chairs to seat the believers. I drooled over the chairs for weeks and eventuall walked in to check them out. The host was charmed by my enthusiasm and sold them to me for a song. The chairs are temporarily stacked in my parents’ attick, but they will most definitely get a place of honour in our future house. The Ercol Love Seat has the same style and would look fabulous alongside my beloved chairs.
Rudie Racoon – Donna Wilson
Jasmijn: My boyfriend bought me Rudie for our 10th anniversary and he’s very much part of our family now :)!
Houdini chair – e15
Jasmijn: I have always been fascinated by plywood with Ray and Charles Eames’ Elephant as my favourite plywood item. The Houdini chair with armrest (preferrably in neon orange) intrigues me because of its paper-like structure and therefore comes in second best!
Nest of Tables – Ercol
Jasmijn: I’m stunned every time I see these tables.
Display Me Box – Hay
Jasmijn: I often travel for work and pleasure and I like to bring souvenirs that are now piling up in and on top of my cupboards. I’d love to have a nice ‘exhibition’ tool -such as these boxes- to showcase my collection.
June 19th, 2012
Helsinki/Paris based designer Linda Bergroth is recently, together with arts/design collective OK Do, awarded as Young Designer of the Year 2012 by Design Forum Finland.
Linda Bergroth studied furniture and spatial design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and architecture at École d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais.
Her work goes from industrial, furniture and interior design to spatial and set design.
We picked out some of her work:
Summer House in collaboration with architect Ville Hara (pictures via Viewmasters)
Set design for Hel Looks in Antwerp (picture via the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux)
styling (pictures via Viewmasters)
interior and furniture design (picture via Viewmasters)
set design for Hell Yes! (picture via Viewmasters)
furniture design (picture via Viewmasters)
set design for Artek (picture via Viewmasters)
June 11th, 2012
Summer hasn’t officially started yet but it is just around the corner! We picked out some items for the sunniest time of the year:
Yö metsässä is Finnish for ‘Night in the Forest”. The collection of table mats, tea towels, canvas bags and cushions is designed by Saana and Olli and made of 100% European hemp fabric. The print is inspired by communication between people and their surroundings, life in the forest and traditional Finnish lifestyle blended with magical elements.
Create light, warmth and enjoyment when darkness falls. The designer duo HolmbäckNordentoft has created an iconic lantern for candles, based on the silhouette of the archetypical Nordic house, and added coulour, style and humour to the familiar and popular product. Light House wishes you welcome like an illuminated landmark in the night.
A different definition of tipsy, the Rocking Glass features a curved bottom that allows it to rock without spilling over. Suitable for cocktails or as a decorative accessory, it’s a fresh take on the simple tumbler. Or, do like they do at the MoMA café in New York; use it for an extra tasty dessert.
Serving drinks to your guests in style will be easy using the Siena Tray. The Siena pattern is designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The collection also included table mats and napkins.
What is more relaxing than reading a book in your garden or on your terrace? On our webshop you will find some inspiring books definitely worth reading!