The other day we stumbled upon a lovely pouffe, a design from the new furniture brand Vivolli (since 2015); It has the in the shape of an eyeball. It can be lifted up at the “eyelid”; you can put your hand under that part.This little gem comes in 3 vibrant color-variations and is made in a velvet like fabric (in two sizes 40cm and 60cm in diameter.) We think we need the larger size, it seems more functional, sitting wise. (is that an understandable word combination? if not: sorry our native language isn’t English. But you knew that already ofcourse….)(photo taken at the x-bank in Amsterdam)
Vivolli has 4 chairs only for sale. The eyeball is the one design we really like, probably because of it’s surreal vibe. The three other designs are very different from this little seater, and a bit too eighties and unfriendly in design for us. The pouffe is available online at Vivolli webshop, the smaller size in store at the X-Bank in Amsterdam. Continue reading →
Textiles heir Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia bought Eltham palace, in the south east of London, as their main residence in 1936. The Courtaulds lived there from 1936 until 1944. Before the couple moved into the palace it was transformed (and revamped) into a 1930s design dream in combination with the remains of a royal, medieval palace. The Courtalds hired the architects Seely and Paget for this job. We guess you have to see it in real life to appreciate this palace….Anyways it’s decadence galore!
The Courtalds portrait painted by Leonard Campbell Taylor in 1934
Virginia Courtauld’s bathroom, one of many original interiors to survive from the 1930s. The walls are lined with onyx, with gold mosaic tiles in the bath niche.
The interior of the entrance hall, created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer
Royal heritage: The Great Hall of the palace was refurbished in the 1930s, saving what had been the childhood home of Henry VIII
Believe it or not: People used to color glass with uranium (in oxide diuranate form).
Uranium was not seen as being particularly dangerous during the 19th century; so the development of various uses for the element, such as tableware and household items were quite normal. Continue reading →
An other tip for when you are in Eindhoven during the Dutch Design Week 2015;
Visit the Saint Augustine Church; designer Aart van Asseldonk transformed this church into his own exhibition space ànd a place to wine and dine by means of a “still life installation”; The Allegory of the South.
Everything you see is designed by van Asseldonk, furniture, lighting, candle holders, shoes, carpets, ovens……well everything like we already said. Continue reading →