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Hide and See – Jetske Verdonk

Another clever graduation project from the Design Academy Eindhoven was “Hide and See”, furniture designed by Jetske Verdonk – where storage becomes a part of the decorum. Constantly packed with inquiring minds, this project was a huge crowd pleaser.

For more information contact Jetske at jetskeverdonk[at]hotmail[dot]com

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, Objects on November 10, 2006

Sharing Chair – Mieke Meijer

“Sharing Chair” from Mieke Meijer.

Mieke sees a trend in the Netherlands – people are becoming more and more self-centered. She hopes that this chair, if used in public places, could lead to change, helping people see that sharing is a good thing.

“It’s a challenge to design mature products that make people realize that sharing them is a fun thing” Mieke says. Because this is a rocking chair and is a bit unstable, it’s the perfect chair for a waiting room because it “makes people aware of each other and forces them to start a conversation”, Mieke adds.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, Objects on November 10, 2006

Dutch Design Week: Graduation Galleries

Time to enter the Graduation Galleries. This is where 140 design graduates from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven present their innovative products to the public for the first time. Strolling through the galleries, lingering at each presentation, I could feel a definite energy in the air. The designers were so friendly and most were on hand to explain their projects. All were invited to vote for their favorite, but I could not narrow it down to just one. I’m sure after you see these photos, you’ll have a hard time as well. :)

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets on November 10, 2006

Moa Jantze Chairs – Folkloric Charm!

Let’s take a pause from the Dutch life…

Sorry, I can’t focus on one thing too long today, perhaps I have a dose of ADD or I’m just over stimulated (and tired!) from my trip to Hamburg, but I have to show you these great chairs from Swedish designer, Moa Jantze. She designed them as part of the Rotter collection (Rotter meaning ‘roots’ in Swedish). And together with Hanna Brog?rd and Johanna Asshoff, this awesome threesome form Jantze Brog?rd Asshoff in H?gersten, Sweden. Rotter was presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this year (February) and included the chairs of Moa Jantze as well as other furnishings from both Brog?rd and Asshoff inspired by their heritage, tradition, nostalgia, memories, family and friends.

These folksy finds send tingles up my spine, I want to own the white chair with the black embroidered seat – I would like this in my entryway.

I love the vibrant, yet understated, patterns on Moa’s chairs. There’s something very comfortable and sweet about them, and the pattern adds just the perfect touch of warmth to the home without being too over-the-top girly. I can see Victoria from sfgirlbybay really loving the white chair above. Or maybe the DIY queen, Scrappygirl? Perhaps Joy would be into it, too? [Please peek at Joy’s new business website, she has an amazing portfolio! Go Joy!] What about you, do you or don’t you Moa?

Moa Jantze via: The lovely Ana at Ohmygooshness.

(images from moa jantze)

Posted in Objects on November 09, 2006


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