The Emanuelle Chair: a Sex Icon made of Rattan

Emanuelle Chair

The Peacock chair became the Emanuelle Chair In the 1970s. This throne-like chair with a massive back made of rattan, became a tool for being sexy after the release of the film and the poster-image for the rated X movie Emanuelle; in which the lead-actress Sylvia Kristel posed topless in such a chair. (She did that, or had to, for many years to come.) It became an iconic image associated with sensuality and/or plain sex. Anyone who posed in a Peacock chair became sensual in an instant. And so, it those days you will find images from Julio Iglesias to Brigitte Bardot in a Peacock chair. Amazing!

Exotic Morticia Addams Chair

For people who were old enough to watch TV in the 1960s: you know the chair probably as being linked to the The Addams Family tv series. Mom Morticia Addams sat in one all the time. If you were born in the early 1900’s the peacock chair would have an exotic connotation to it as well, For the first time western culture came in touch with Asian design and materials.There lies the origins of the peacock chair: to be specific in the Philippines.

Twenty First Century designer adaptations of the Peacock chair
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Fuorisalone 2015: Moooi

Fuorisalone 2015: Moooi

Moooi did it again! Showcasing their designs in a spectaculair presentation during Fuorisalone 2015 at the via Savona 56 in the Tortona area; 21 settings were unfold in a combination of 9 home environments, emphasized by 39 artistic photographs, with a towering height of 4.5 meters, made by Rahi Rezvani as backdrop. Continue reading

The Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

We attended the launch of the 10th issue of NRC DeLuxe magazine, this soiree was held at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam. The hotel (opened october 2012) is designed by Marcel Wanders, you would think this is a Boutique Hotel, but it’s an experience, according to the Andaz/Hyatt website. Everywhere your eyes wander they meet (Dutch) design and yes, that’s quite an experience.
It’s overwhelming, above the registration area with 3 huge (christmas?) bells filled with glittering chandeliers above the “desks”IMG_0108
The main lobby has an open plan filled with lights and elevators. The main theme in this hotel is Holland: red, white and blue, tulips, dutch tiles, the red light district etc. Are these walls the work of the Dutch artist Hugo Kaagman?
Behind the registration tables; a huge cupboard filled with Dutch Design allsorts. On the left, next to the red vase; a quirky photo of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (she’ll be princess from April 30th 2013) The black lamp is from moooi designed by Nika Zupanc.
The carpet is dutch-themed as well: A mix of Delft Blue patterns and the sailing routes from the Golden Age  (this info is from the top of our heads, do not quote without checking)IMG_0113
The view from the lobby into the restaurant, notice the big spoon shape hidden in a pattern of blue and white Dutch tile like pattern. IMG_0106
Tulip shaped chairs.IMG_0107
The restroom area with an intimate red-light-district (one of Amsterdam’s main attractions)
feel to it.

We came for the launch of the fashion issue of NRC DeLuxe magazine remember? So we had to walk through the garden to the Andaz Studio’s situated in the Keizersgracht building.
The painted wall belongs to the neighbours, it’s an eyecatcher!IMG_0043
Modern and funny statues in the garden of the Andaz hotel.
The Andaz Studio’s situated in the Keizersgracht building.
Ms Edelkoort was interviewed by Monique Snoeijen

Peter Vandermeersch, editor in chief of NRC Handelsblad with, in the middle Ms Edelkoort, trend forecaster and chief editor of DeLuxe magazine Monique Snoeijen. Ms Edelkoort guest curated this fashion issue (#10, March 2013) You can find more pictures taken at this soiree via our Party Page.
The Andaz Studio’s treat the eye to more rest, in comparison with the main building that is.
What a nice surprise, Mr Wanders himself walked into the hotel just as we left! Thank you for taking time to pose for us Mr Wanders, xoxo Horst Berlin

We had a lovely time! Thanks for inviting us NRC.