Heerenhuis Manufactuur in Antwerp
A little warning before you'll read this blogpost: no color! But there's a lot of wood in here. That's a good excuse, because I happen to love wood ;)
As I told you before, seeing how a product is made, can completely change your perspective. For the worse but in this case for the better! As a lucky blogger, I didn’t only get a peek behind the scenes of Spanish Design this year: in October I was invited to Antwerp as part of the Function + Form Bloggers Tour. We visited several design companies, a fabulous art gallery, had a tour around the Eilandje, the area around the MAS museum and enjoyed lovely Belgian food and the good company of fellow bloggers. I can’t wait to tell you more about the cool places we visited. But today I start with the first stop of the F+F Tour: a visit of Heerenhuis Manufactuur in Hoboken, on the outskirts of Antwerp.
Heerenhuis is a Belgian company that I knew from their booths at Maison & Objet, that focuses on one product only: wooden tables. High quality wooden tables. The kind of table you buy to stand the test of time, of long family dinners or wild dinner parties with friends, and that you take with you when you move to a new place. That one piece of furniture that is the first to move into your new place and only looks better with aging.
Besides all the details about the kinds of wood Heerenhuis Manufactuur uses for their tables, like oak, reclaimed teak, African walnut, birch, poplar, French and Italian oak, the thing was struck me most was the following. Wood is a natural material, it moves, cracks, bends and changes with the seasons, air humidity and light. The techniques Heerenhuis uses to pull together the wood in layers and the fixtures of (non coated steel) legs avoid that a their tables become unstable or wobbly. It's all about the quality and durability. And also about KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. I like that! In my head I'm a minimalist and I truly deeply love minimal homes, spaces, interiors, musea, galleries, art. But my hands are not and I keep gathering and arranging stuff in small or large groups. Even on a table ;)
Anyway, back to tables: in the factory all Heerenhuis tables are produced by hand in their Hoboken factory. Pieces of wood are assembled, glued, shaved, waxed, polished and made to measure. Every natural mark in the wood is preserved to show the character of the raw material in the final design:
The impressive amount of wood, soon to be turned into new tables:
Function + Form bloggers at work:
At the last Maison & Objet, Heerenhuis not only presented new tables, but also a new super sleek chair with rubber seating. Lightweight and surprisingly comfy! But their main focuses will continue to be on tables.
We make tables. That's what we do.
And another fun detail: before touring the Heerenhuis factory and showroom, we enjoyed a lunch with pizza baked on wood ovens, with leftover wood from the tables! Yum!
Heerenhuis Manufactuur /// Van Praetstraat 140 /// 2660 Hoboken, Belgium /// +32 3 238 66 03
If you liked reading about Heerenhuis, you may also like the check out Anton Doll Holzmanufaktur in Munich. A completely different style, but the same passion for wood!
Cozy guestroom with Urban Outfitters
Hibernation mode is in full swing in our home! Most of the plants from the greenhouse are now in the warmer parts of our home, waiting for the winter to
start be over. Some plants are actually occupying the guestroom and it looks like a jungle in there. Which I like a lot! Almost enough to spend the night in the guestroom, as we don't have any plants in our own bedroom because there's not enough light. So when Urban Outfitters asked me to pick some products from their new collection, I knew I wanted to make the guestroom extra cozy with some good vibes. The bath mat was the first product I put in my shopping basket, because who wouldn't want to wake up with good vibes?!
The eye-catcher of the guestroom is no longer the plants, but this cool bedding with hundreds of eyes watching over our guests in their sleep! Or when having a little snack ;)
If you're into Pokémon, you probably recognized Poliwhirl making himself comfortable between the pillows. He seems to quite like the jungle vibes in here!
On the console table I displayed some of the smaller plants that need some rest for the winter. I stopped watering all my cacti but keep watering the succulents, palms, Euphorbia, the big Zamioculcas and the Begonia maculata.
As you know, I'm always on the lookout for containers for my growing plants or new cuttings. Small laboratory flasks, French ceramic yogurt pots or glassware, like these cute glasses with cacti are perfect to grow small plants, as long as you put some drainage balls or pebbles on the bottom. The Opuntia zebrina cactus below loves it! On the cork globe I pinned all the places I've traveled to this year, like Madrid, Helsinki, Berlin, Toulouse and the UK.
Of course I provide my guests with some good reading material (a.k.a. our own #urbanjunglebook), the cozy perfume of a Byredo Pavillon candle and the joys of this mini plantgang:
So now the big question is... who will be the next guest in our guestroom?
Urban Outfitters products used: Eye bedding /// Good vibes bath mat /// Cork globe /// Cactus wine glasses /// Pink Diamond glasses /// Nelson console table /// S'well water bottle
Plus lots of plants and the #urbanjunglebook
This blog post was created in collaboration with Urban Outfitters. All photos, words and opinions are my own.
Urban Jungle Bloggers #33
November's Urban Jungle Bloggers topic consists of one of my current obsessions: creative plant pots! Ever since my collection of plants reached the number of 150 I stopped counting. I have no clue if I have more or less plants than that today, because some of them didn't survive this year's lifestyle of (too) much work, lots of traveling and constantly moving them around for photoshoots and other projects. Anyway, with a large number of plants at home, I'm always looking for nice beautiful plant pots to compliment my dear plants. As you know I love French vide greniers (flea markets) for unexpected vintage treasures. Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy and blogs are some of my other go-to-places when I want (or need!) something new. While I was preparing this little roundup of some of my favorites I noticed a pattern: cylinders, terracotta, speckled glazings and graphic shapes and patterns... oh and tits :D
1 /// Maevo Studio (via Etsy) /// speckled from the outside, glazed from the inside and made in Barcelona! (pssstttt you get a 10% off if you follow Mariana on Instagram!)
2 /// We are Studio Studio via Human Empire Shop /// The Dalmatiner cup is almost too pretty to use, love the hint of color on the inside!
3 /// Matagalán Plantea /// Ever since I bought myself a little set of Carolina's cylinder pots, I want more Matagalán pieces! Especially the big yellow pots!
4 /// Group Partner /// Someone said tits? Yep... and tanlines! This fantastic pot also comes in a nude (unglazed) terracotta version!
5 /// Living Things Voltasol /// My friends at Living Things just launched their new baby called Nano: a miniature version of their beautiful Voltasol pots. Cuteness overload!
6 /// Palm Springs by Yfna x Green Monsters (via Etsy) /// When talented plant lover & professional Fanie meets talented ceramicist Fanny, a beautiful & practical collaboration is unavoidable. The pots come with a matching draining tray with a hint of color (Aurora, Dune and Mint).
7 /// Arabia Finland vintage pot /// A classic that's still on my wishlist.
8 /// Studio Twocan /// Gorgeous colors and patterns, cylinder shapes... a big crush for the colorful plant pots by Studio Twocan from Australia! Also love their name ;)
9 /// Skagerakt x Stilleben Edge pots /// Love the sleek shape of these Edge pots from Copenhagen. And they come in BIG sizes too, which is pretty rare for nice ceramic plant pots. And much needed, because healthy plants grow! Big time!
10 /// Pawena Studio /// I discovered their work via my friend Einat's Instagram. Cylinders and beautiful patterns with a little mid-century vibe, what's not to love ;)
11 /// Light + Ladder Architectural planter /// Interesting shape with matching draining tray.
12 /// Apparatu Extrusion /// This is like potter's art! Made by Xavi in his ceramics workshop in Barcelona that I visited this summer.
Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by 2 bloggers: Igor (Happy Interior Blog) and Judith (JOELIX.com). Every month we share ideas to create an urban jungle through styling ideas, DIYs and green tips & tricks. You can find additional inspiration on our Urban Jungle Bloggers Pinterest board and keep up-to-date via Facebook or Instagram. Want to join? Find out how on our website and use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
► For more Creative Plant Pots, check out the gallery!
Mama Petula at Welcome Bio Bazar in Paris
Congratulations! Mama Petula now has a second point of sale in Paris! Talented Caroline worked with the team of Welcome Bio to create a very inspiring planty corner in their brand new concept store called Welcome Bio Bazar. It's a spacious corner in the back of the shop where you can buy lots of interesting plants, like Alocasia, ferns, rubber plants, Philodendron, Begonia and plant accessories and planters. I love how Caroline always chooses out-of-the-ordinary plants and works with old terracotta pots. Remember what she did at the über-Parisian Sézane shop? Looks like a true décoratrice végétal, right?! Let me show you some more of the newly opened plant corner:
Lush hanging plants, like the Senecio rowleyanus, also known as the string of pearls:
A gorgeous and big Begonia Rex:
And besides gorgeous plants, Welcome Bio Bazar also proposes a very nice selection of sustainable, bio, organic products for the home, like Octaevo paper vases, adorable and super soft Main Sauvage pillows and puppets, wooden kids toys, kitchen tools, and even some products from Etsy France!
Caroline didn't only bring in the most gorgeous plants, she also selected lots of watering cans and urban gardening tools for the Welcome Bio Bazar corner. You can also scoop some soil and clay balls to give your plants what they need:
Mama Petula at Welcome Bio Bazar /// 13 Rue Boulle /// 75011 Paris
Monday - Saturday: 10:30 - 19:30
Delighted by Marset and Apparatu
The biggest perk that comes with being a blogger is that you get to meet the coolest people and visit the most amazing places. This summer in Barcelona, our group of design bloggers and journalists was invited to the showroom of Marset, a Spanish creative lighting company. You may recognize some of their lamps, like the Scotch Club (above) or the famous Pleat Box from homes, hotels, restaurants around the world. And lucky us, we also got to visit the ceramic workshop where these designs come to live! A real treat! But first, let's have a look at some of the lights in the Marset showroom. Like most of the companies we visited during Sunny Design Days, LZF, Expormim and Mosaista, Marset is a family business. Founded in the 1940s dedicated to casted metals, Marset focuses on lighting since the 1960s and works with young upcoming as well as established designers. Below, Fabien Dumas's Tam Tam design on the left and the new Concentric wall lamps by Rob Zinn:
And the famous Pleat Box suspensions by Xavier Mañosa & Marshallah for Marset:
What surprised me most, is that Marset's range consists of very different lamps: some are very colorful and futuristic, while others have that typical mid-century aesthetic. Materials used are aluminium, glass, polycarbonate, oak wood, ceramics... But their products do have one thing in common: functionality and simplicity.
Not a surprise that I also loved the lush and green patio, where they display the Marset outdoor collection:
Marset outdoor lamps TXL under a giant Bougainvillea:
Shooting the shooter (Linda of Hvitt):
And then, after a delicious lunch of Spanish gazpacho, jamón and paella, we are off to Rubí, a 40 minute drive out of Barcelona, where Xavier Mañosa receives us in his family's ceramic workshop called Apparatu studio.
With natural charisma and flair, Xavier shows us around in the hot and dusty workshop where all ceramic lamps and home accessories are created. Kilns are burning, prototypes stand next to nearly finished products, glazed lampshades are drying and waiting to be fired, employees and Xavier's father are sanding the products that just came from the kiln, moulds are waiting to be drained. This is where the Pleat Box and Scotch Club come to live!
Xavier, tells us about his parcours. He grew up spending all his time off at his parents' ceramic workshop and actually didn't really care about ceramics and thought it wasn't very special. After studying Industrial Design in Barcelona, he moves to Berlin with his girlfriend at the time and makes some extra pocket money with products he creates in the primitive pottery studio that he set up, while working in a small shop. His parents ask him to make a few pieces for them, he sends his creations to an exhibition in London and slowly but surely he finds his way back into ceramics. And realizes it is actually something special! And the funny thing is that "everyone" except himself, always seemed to know that Xavi would end up being a potter, like an evidence!
What Xavi brings into the family business of artisanal pottery is a contemporary eye and intuition. He's not afraid to collaborate with other creatives, like the Marshallah team with whom he created the digital moulds for the Pleat Boxes, inspired by pleats in silicone fabric. This video explains their collaboration in detail:
And that's exactly what makes the work of Apparatu stand out: all pieces are made by hand by using traditional pottery skills and digital techniques. A winning combination if you'd ask me.
Liquid gold is applied to the inside of the Pleat Box (as an option). Before glazing it's like a brownish varnish, and once fired it gets it shiny golden look. Xavi didn't choose the gold to make it look like a bling bling lamp, but to improve the reflections of the light:
These Pleat Boxes that have been fired four (!!) times, are now ready to be undusted and shipped:
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