Urban Jungle Bloggers #12
This month's Urban Jungle Bloggers topic fits my current state of mind pretty well: back to school, plants on the workplace. It's been one busy month, but a very productive one too, here in my home office. Strangely enough I don't have many plants on my desk. Most of them don't like the northern light in our yellow living room plus our cats love nibbling on fresh green leaves a lot. Especially palm tree leaves. I wish I could leave my home-grown palm tree behind my screen, I love the way it looks:
Palm trees create the best tropical shadows that immediately remind me of sunshine and the Mediterranean: that's why I love them so much. Did you know that growing your own palm tree is pretty cool (I think!) and only requires lots of patience? Mine is about 4-5 years old, but grows happily all by itself. If you like to learn how it works: I made a little infographic with instructions a while ago, you can find it here.
On my little side desk I created a small composition with succulents and cacti from around the house.
See that tall cactus plant on the left? Since June he grew so much, I wonder when he'll fall down, but sofar he stays perfectly green and balanced.
And here's one of the things that's kept me busy: our brand new Urban Jungle Bloggers website! We are launching it today, so take a look! We hope you'll like it :)
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 our Facebook page. Want to join? Subscribe to our monthly topic newsletter or use #urbanjunglebloggers on twitter and instagram. Let's bring some green into our homes and blogs!
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Nouveautés Papier Tigre
Papier Tigre is one of the brands that makes me proud of French graphic design. At Maison & Objet they presented some of their new products for this fall. Recently Papier Tigre created an exclusive collection with Diptyque which is fabulous, but let me show you some of their new paper goods.
First a family tree called The Origine of Me. A great gift for a newborn baby or just create your own perfect family. Apparently, according to Papier Tigre Justin Bieber is related to Sarah Jessica Parker and Wonderwoman:
Papier Tigre has such a consistent look, colorful and clever graphic design on recycled paper, a plywood interior and cactus & succulents. Both in their Parisian shop and at their stand:
Lots of new notebooks and beautiful wrapping paper:
And what do you think of these smart folding note cards? One side is hidden somewhere on the inside: perfect for little secrets...
And my absolute favorite, these clever mailing labels to spice up snailmail packages or birthday gifts:
If you're traveling to Paris this fall, be sure to hop by their boutique in the Haut Marais or simply shop online ;)
Tina Frey Designs in pink
Oh yeah I have more pictures from Maison & Objet! Last January I fell for the bright colors of the resin planters from Tina Frey Designs. This time I was really surprised: the entire stand was soft and fuzzy: black, grey, white... and pink!
Very different colorwise, but with the same sensual feel of resin and a handmade look. And a new fun touch: little pompoms! A reference to the bunny Tina Frey Designs uses in her identity as well.
For the new fall 2014 collection, Tina was inspired by winter: Falling snowflakes on cozy pom pom hats and Blushing cheeks in the cold. Personally I really love pom poms: I have a Pinterest board dedicated to pom pom beanies and even pin them in the middle of the summer ;)
What do you think? Do you like this new pale pink color? As an Urban Jungle Blogger I really like her hanging plant pots:
Want to see more of my favorites from Maison & Objet in Paris? They're right here.
September means maize
Remember how I told you I loved working this summer while everyone seemed to be on holiday? Well, people are back and it's very busy/. Back to school (or work) means that soon the maize will be harvested. As a teenager I biked past these same kind of maize fields every day to go to school. In September the crops would be high and you would spot many maize ears between the leaves. And then suddenly, after the first few weeks at school, the fields would be empty again. It changed the entire perspective.
Everyone always told me these kernels aren't edible (they are used as fodder) and I always believed it. But I also always have the urge to peel a few ears and eat them... do you know if you can? Are these edible or not? Could I even turn them into popcorn? If so, I'll go back to these fields nearby and pick some for this weekend's movie date ;)
By the way, did you enter my running giveaway yet? I know many of you are not into running at all, but you can enter and try to win a pair for your partner, friend or a family member. Always a nice surprise... in September!
Giveaway Kalenji x JOELIX.com
Yayy! I'm throwing a little party, because I just went on my 200th run! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that after each run I post a picture, usually of my shoes and something colorful. My instagram series #joelixruns has been so motivating for me throughout the past fifteen months and the support has been heartwarming. A BIG thank you to all my virtual cheerleaders: you are the best!
To celebrate my victory properly I teamed up with the brand of my running kicks: Kalenji. Last year when I decided to start running, I went to the nearest Decathlon and tried on all the running shoes they had in store. I had to set aside my usual shoe-habit and choose the most comfortable shoes instead of the prettiest. Function over vanity: not very easy for someone who never wears sneakers, like me ;)
Finally a pair of Kalenji SD (short distance) running shoes came home with me and I loved them. No blisters, good support, very lightweight and as a bonus: a fun color for my running pictures too. When choosing my second pair, I did a little bit more research on all the technical aspects of the shoes. I learned about pronation, flexibility and ways to tie my shoelaces. I chose these Kalenji Kiprun MD (medium distance) in white, pink, purple and neon green. They have a little bit more cushioning, which I like, even though I still don't run "official" medium distances.
And now... the best part: three of you can win a pair of Kalenji Kiprun shoes! You can choose between SD, MD or LD (small, medium or long distance) and your kind of pronation. Which means women can choose any of the running shoes below:
Men can win any of these:
And because I'm a graphic designer after all, I'll add a set of postcards to the package:
To win a pair of Kalenji Kiprun running shoes (SD, MD, LD for men or women in your size) and a set of postcards:
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The three lucky winners will be announced on September 26th. The giveaway is open for everyone worldwide: I'm happy to ship around the world :) Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed. The 3 winners are: Argone, Ursula and Joyce. They have been contacted and will receive their pair of Kalenji running shoes and postcards shortly! Thanks everyone for playing and the running support!
Kalenji kindly offered 3 pairs of running shoes to 3 of my readers, but all opinions and pictures are my own. Merci Kalenji!
I heart Hartô again
I have a few more beauties from Maison & Objet to share with you. Over the week I checked the M&O coverage and realized I didn't get to see at least 80%, but I'm happy to show you the booth of my January crush: Hartô. This time around, this fresh brand from Paris presented a more toned down collection, colorwise. With a hint of retro and a bit of toile de jouy in the new Moogli cushions and pouches:
New is also a jewelry box called Edmée in painted ash and a mirror on the lid. I'd love to use the Suzanne carpet with its swimmingpool feeling in our new bathroom (once it's finally finished, that is...):
Navy and cobalt blue carpet Noé... for a very cosy winter feeling:
Can you so what's in this little bowl on the table?
Yummm... Hartô candy by Papabubble! (they are coming to Paris this fall!)
And of course I couldn't help taking a #mirrorselfie ;)
I think my favorite new Hartô product is the Léon tray in laquered metal (like the pale and salmon pink ones above). Ultra sleek and a round twist of the famous Hay kaleido trays.
Have a great weekend! I'm getting so excited because I'm close to running for the 200th time! Reason enough to throw a little party, right?!
Mama mia, Mamama!
A pale pink stand and a brand called Mamama: for an instant I thought this had to do something to do with mamas and children. But mama mia! I was wrong! Mamama is a French design company specializing in innovative tableware. At Maison & Objet they presented their Sfumato collection with 2 cups and 3 plates. The names explain it all: volcano, mountain, lake. These shapes help to dress a plate and serve a beautiful dish.
Six times a year, mamama invites food celebrities, chefs, bloggers or enthusiasts to put their mark on the design of the collection. Hmmm this looks very graphic and tasty!
mamama ma mama mama mia ! mama miam mmmh, aaah... ma+ma = ma
"Brochettes gently lean against the mountain, sauce coats the lake, stock gives off steam as from a volcano".
The beautiful pure identity was designed by WA75. Somehow it looks very Dutch to me, this makes me so proud, because I'm slightly frustrated with French graphic design. Merci!!!
More of my favorites from Maison & Objet, right here.
Kristina Dam Studio
The new botanic photography posters by Kristina Dam are a real treat for Urban Jungle Bloggers with a thing for scandi design. There's magic in the misty posters Kristina made in collaboration with Danish photographer Tuala Hjarnø. For me, meeting the makers behind a product can completely change my perception of the work. When I spoke with Kristina at Maison & Objet this weekend, I met a super friendly woman who talked enthusiastically about her new products, graphic design, her sculptures, the marble plates. And that she wants her posters to be framed in thin border frames. No washi tape and no Ikea Ribba ;)
Kristina brought a beautiful Monstera and a spiky Aloë Vera to Paris:
Brand new: a gold engraved marble plate to use as a cheese platter or for display only:
I think this was my favorite product, a beautiful mirror with a mix of antique mirror and copper mirror. You can flip it from one side to the other!
If you like Kristina's new botanic posters, you can now win one via Elena's instagram! Giveaway closes 16 September. Are you joining?
I love Love Reykjavík
It's one of these things that can be a dealmaker... or breaker: product display. At big tradeshows like Maison & Objet you'll see anything between a table and a white table cloth as a background, to stand designs in marble & (real!) gold. And somewhere in the middle you'll find creative people that create magic with a limited budget.
One of my favorite stand designs at M&O this weekend was made for a union of designers from the most magical country I've ever visited: Iceland. Five designers united under the name Love, Reykjavík presented their products in a landscape of glaciers, vulcans and waterfalls. All built in chipboard, a less expensive version of plywood that made me pin like crazy.
Love Reykjavík represents Ihanna Home (the birds & cushions), Umemi (you may know them from the knotnot pillows), Marý (the plywood clouds are storage hangers), Anna Þórunn (Sunrise tray) and Hring eftir Hring (handcrafted jewelry).
And my favorite, the Experience sheets by Ihanna Home, that splash like a waterfall:
And you? Have you ever seen a stand design you really loved?
Aufschnitt Berlin Textile Butchery
Yesterday I was at Maison & Objet in Paris and my first crush was a rather unexpected one. It took me two seconds to realize this was fresh and different (and let's admit: a little bit crazy too). Aufschnitt Berlin is a Textile Butchery: they create products that mimic regular sausage and meat products in traditional sewing techniques.
Designer Silvia Wald is a vegetarian but loves creating cold cuts in wool, lycra, microfiber and fake leather. She also designed human organs, like lungs, a stomach, a tongue-backpack and a beautiful heart:
I never thought I'd say this: but I fell in love with a sausage! My favorite is the salami, but look at that Face-sausage:
The chicken leg below has a removable skin (eewww!):
These are not just some kind of cheap plush toys: they're actually really well made, some fabrics are tie-dyed to obtain a very meat-y aspect and the fillings are customized to ressemble the fat and veins in real sausages.
What about some bacon & eggs, a.k.a. a sleeping mask and pillow:
And not only do the meat and organs look great, their entire branding and styling is spot on. I'm such a sucker for nice branding...
Another fun fact: earlier this year Aufschnitt presented their sausages at Markthalle9, where Streetfood Thursday takes place every week. If you're ever in Berlin on a Thursday, you don't want to miss it. I wrote about it here.
Silvia showing me her lungs:
Although Aufschnitt is a Berlin-based brand (hence the pretzel!) they also included French baguettes in their collection:
So, what do you think? Yayy or nay? I totally wishlisted the Heart and a Salami.
I'll be back very soon with more design from Maison & Objet. In the mean time you can check out my favorites from last January, if you like. Enjoy your weekend!
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