Sunday, January 25, 2015

ShowUP spring issue

The biggest stress for a designer/wholesaler is getting the final samples or the production at the trade shows in time twice a year. My experience is that either parcels arrive super last minute on the build-up day (when you are lucky), or the production process gets stuck somehow and you have nothing at all to show. But I never give up hope and I keep on planning semi-unrealistic launches. This dreamer is unteachable in that regard.

New products that will be there for sure are: new Sailing Lightboats (see test ship above left) and my first series of Tea Towels (yay, finally!). The tea towel  final samples are here, the production bulk will arrive within 10 days from now. 
Would love to meet you at ShowUP  next week! So if you are a professional in the field, hop over to their website and subscribe for a free ticket.

Friday, December 19, 2014

my christmas on pinterest

One of my favorite relaxing activities in the scarce spare time I have in winter: filling my Christmas board on Pinterest. I throw pictures out of my last year's board and search Pinterest for new inspiring images that match my christmas mood for this year. 

And of course this collage is a dream, it's the feeling BEHIND all the Christmas fuzz. This board is not about the planning stress when you invited 10 people for dinner, not about busy food stores, it forgets the fact that that one very important ingredient for your christmas recipe is sold out everywhere and it doesn't show the pile of greasy pots & pans afterwards... 
Yes, this is the winter wonderland of my intention and my wish for you: have a warm, light, playful, and relaxed Christmas (good is good enough).

All of the above pictures can be tracked down via my Pinterest Christmas board.

Monday, December 8, 2014

christmas in madrid

Sofia did it again. She managed to find a nice location for her annual christmas pop-up shop, filled with beautifully crafted gifts! So if you are (living) in Madrid, don't forget to pay her a visit between 12 - 16 December. And please do say hello from me ;-)!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Today it's the first of Advent, my favourite time of the year!
I am going for a morning walk in the woods now to find some green for the advent wreath I make every year.
The photo's above - my Christmas collection - are taken by Valerie Delsman.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

floral contemporary

It is already 3 years ago that Olivier Dupon wrote about me and my work in his gorgeous book The New Artisans. I remember how proud I was to be featured in such a wonderfully published book together with so many great artisans!
This time Olivier featured florists from all over the planet as well as my favourite Dutch florist Saskia de Valk in his latest book called 'Floral Contemporary' (Thames & Hudson).
There will be a booklaunch in Amsterdam next week: Saskia will decorate the shop windows of Athenaeum Bookstore during the week and she will be present on Thursday the 27th of November to 'sign' your book with a flower...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

my autumn on instagram

Autumn has this special kind of 'evening' - atmosphere: before it goes to sleep nature gives us great colours and smells, lovely fruits and foggy horizons....
Would you like to read the 'subtitles' to my pictures? Follow me on Instagram, your most welcome!