My personal favorites from IMM Cologne 2017
Earlier this week I was in Germany, in Cologne to be exact, at the IMM fair: an international furniture & interiors fair. While I was there mostly to work, I also took some time to check out some of the other booths and to spot new plant ideas for Urban Jungle Bloggers (more about that later this week!). One of the first things I noticed was that a lot of brands used bigger plants in their stands. The random and small succulents were gone and it looked much more attractive and interesting, just like the Pinterest board with large plants in interiors that we created with Marie Claire Maison last year. I also noticed lots of blush colors, muted greens and pale wood. A pretty nice combo I'd say ;) These were some of my personal IMM favorites:
My first crush is this crazy cool plant vessel designed by Juliette Warmenhoven, part of Frame's Living Kitchenlab booth with Dutch designers showcasing DIY cooking. It's not entirely clear if it works (it's supposed to irrigate your plant with minimum effort), but I actually don't even mind: it looks fantastic as a plant display. The little 3D-drawn potato-cage (top image) is also pretty amazing, don't you think?
The booths of French design editor Petite Friture at Maison & Objet in Paris are usually really nice, but this time they surprised me by including these amazine felt plants by Dutch design couple Wandschappen. These are true pieces of art with metal spines and gold tips (and cost a little fortune... I couldn't help thinking about how many real plants I could buy with that... whoops!). Have a look:
Also, a Wandschappen Sansevieria in felt:
Also love these graphic cutouts and placemats:
Beautiful rugs by Studio Zaven for CC-tapis on the left, and two new designs by Patricia Urquiola for CC-tapis on the right:
I was totally smitten with these colors and shapes at the stand of Vitra, I mean how beautiful is that vessel, X3 Kontextur watering can and the donkey's tail succulent and the Euhporbia tirucalli (pencil cactus) look in this corner:
And just behind the corner, two big Euphorbia triangula succulents and a mother-in-law's seat:
The beautiful Edge terracotta plant pots by Skagerakt x Stilleben that I also listed in my recent favorite plant pot roundup. You can now pair them with beautiful brass trays (or those cool green benches!) for a Nordic vibe. Love it!
One of my favorite French interior brands Hartô because you never have enough mirrors... or plants, right?
This is another brand new design discovery (for me at least): the Bulgarian brand Zanat. By working with some very talented Scandivian (!) designers, like Harri Koskinen and Monica Förster they created beautifully manufactured wooden furniture with a hint of boho. The Igman lounge chair with pale blush/pink saddle leather and beautifull carved wood is not only great to look at, it's also very comfy. When I sat down, I couldn't stop touching the patterns in the wood: an amazing combination of beauty and haptics:
A handcarved detail of the Tara shelves cabinet:
Another product that makes you want to touch and play is this Bowlkan table, with three wooden bowls that fit perfectly into the surface of the table:
And my final favorite: this outdoor Pipe shower by Marcel Wanders for Boffi... for in our dream garden:
Later this week I'll be at Maison & Objet here in Paris... so you can expect some more design favorites from me very soon.
Oerwoud plant shop in Den Bosch
It's a smallllll world, it's a small after all! ♫ A while ago I visited a new plantshop in
my hometown the city where I was born in Holland, called Oerwoud, Dutch for "jungle". That in itself is already pretty "it's a small world", right? But when talking to one of Oerwoud's owners Bregje and her mom, we realized that we are family! And not just plant-lovers-family but we're also related by blood. Bregje is my second cousin, and fellow plant lover :)
Anyway, Oerwoud opened its doors in the fall and is a urban plant shop with a "health café" in the back. They carry all kinds of plants, plant accessories, botanical gifts and our Urban Jungle book of course. In the back you can sit back & relax and enjoy some healthy snacks, different kinds of teas & coffee. And if you like, you can even sign up for a yoga session or macramé plant hanger workshop in the middle of the jungle. Check their website for all details.
Above on the wall another design product from Den Bosch: a Banana Leaf IXXI.
Books, postcards, candles, prints, terrariums, books and plants:
Before moving to France I lived & studied in Den Bosch and in the past two decades it changed A LOT! And it now has a cool plant shop too :) Two of my faves are Outspoken gallery and Mariapaviljoen. And I also love this hanging Epiphyllum anguliger, also known as the zig zag succulent:
Oerwoud Stadstuinwinkel en Health Café /// Vughterstraat 84 /// 5211 GL 's-Hertogenbosch /// The Netherlands
Open every wed-fri 10-18 sat 10-17 sun 12-17
Een gelukkig 2017!
Een gelukkig nieuw jaar! Bonne année ! Happy New Year!
For the world, I hope 2017 will be peaceful and with lots of love and common sense. For you and your loved ones I wish it will be filled with joy, love, energy and surprises.
Our family's New Year's card is one of these projects that's very close to my heart. My papa took the first photo in 1980 and in 2003 I joined the team. This year was the fastest card we ever made. The studio was set up in no time: 11 people, 5 hugs, 6 photos. One "star shape" and bam: the 37th card in da pocket! You can view all our cards here!
Urban Jungle Bloggers #34
This entire December month seems to be dedicated to Light... and plants... and light! Chasing the last rays of sunlight to take pictures of my plantgang, a desperate need for some lightness in these dark days for the world, watching the Christmas decoration in our city, testing the Philips Hue lamps (you can still participate for a chance to win them!) and today's last Urban Jungle Bloggers topic of the year: Plants & Light.
And to make this Light topic extra special, Igor and I worked together with a young Danish Design company called HAENG to design something special. Meet the limited-edition HAENG x Urban Jungle Bloggers pendant! It is a high quality pendant lamp with a lage filament light bulb that shines bright like a diamond. No seriously, it gives a beautiful warm light that gives an instant cosy feeling to the room.
Of course our lamp had to be green: with a mintgreen cylinder, a green stick that creates a dynamic look and a green sphere in super soft merino wool I think we succeeded ;) The other four elements are in beautiful wenge, walnut, cork and oak and the entire lamp is made and manufactured in Scandinavia!
Our HAENG x Urban Jungle Bloggers lamp is available in a very limited edition of 10, so if you like it, you better be fast ;)
When you turn off the light this is what happens: a glowy and cosy light:
For the occasion I gathered some of my bigger plants: one of the palm trees that I grew from seeds, our Christmas Euphorbia, a Philodendron cutting from our greenhouse, a Rhipsalis, a cactus group and a Philodendon xanadu:
And if you don't really like green, HAENG also creates pendant lights in other colors, with merino woolen spheres in yellow, blue or red, or even without. You can find their entire collection here. And to make your HAENG lamp even more personal, Jakob and Rune invite you into their Copenhagen-based showroom where you can customize your own lamp. Choose the shapes and colors you want for your own unique design pendant!
And here we are, the last blog post of the year! Next week I'm on holidays, enjoying some much needed rest after this whirlwind year 2016. It's been intense, exciting, exhausting, surprising, overwhelming and beyond amazing! Thank you for reading my stories the entire year! And for all the support I received from you in person or digitally. Merci mille fois! I wish you a wonderful Christmas and lots of of LIGHT for the New Year! See you very soon!
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 Plants & Light, check out the gallery!
Philips Hue + giveaway
One of the best features in our home is the light: all the outer walls are from glass, so we have a lot of sunlight coming in throughout the day. Which is beautiful (and hot!) in the summer and pretty great in the winter too. Especially in these short and dark days before Xmas, I realize that good light at home is essential.
In all rooms we have multiple light sources, lots of pendant lights with medium or bright light bulbs. But none of them are dimmable and they all have the same "white color". So when Philips asked me to try their Philips Hue white ambiance lights I was intrigued.
Philips Hue is a range of wireless lighting with LED lightbulbs that you can control with your phone or tablet. Once you setup the bridge you can start playing and create the right "ambiances" for your day. Bright right for reading, cosy light to watch a movie or for having dinner. Or energizing light if you need an extra boost to clean the house (I know I need all the boosts I could use for that ;)). If you like, you can create different light recipes or a scenario for when you're not home. And you can even let Hue help you wake up more naturally by letting it gradually increase the brightness of the light in the morning and thus mimicking the effect of sunrise.
So time to test these lamps and see their effect for real. I started in our all-white bedroom, because if you want to see different shades of white, there's no better space to test it than on a white canvas, right?
I love that you can change the light per lightbulb: Robert can chill while I read a book or vice versa!
I created different ambiances in the bathroom by installing the lightbulbs above our transparant ceiling. A slightly blue light is perfect when you want to take an energizing shower, but I'd opt for a cosier Savannah Sunset light for a double shower ;)
In my home office I like to surround myself with plants and good light. I really like my yellow desk lamp but decided to install an extra Colani pendant above my desk for even more light when I'm taking notes during Skype-calls (there's been a lot of that lately ha!) or when I'm doing crafty DIY-stuff. And at night it becomes an extra light source that creates a cosy corner in the living room!
What I like best with the Philips Hue lamps, is that you can really change the ambiance of a room without changing the light bulbs. From very practical light for cleaning or working out to cosy Christmas light! If you like to see what a different hue of light can do for your home: I'm giving away a starterset!
If you want to win a Philips Hue white ambiance starterset, worth 139,95€:
Leave a comment below and tell me in which room you would use these lamps
For an extra chance, you can also leave a comment on Instagram!
I'll pick a winner on Thursday December 20th 2016. Good luck!
This giveway is now closed. The winner is @beahallberg
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