Sunday, January 26, 2014

showUP and co-create!

Trade fair ShowUP is getting BIG. We started last year in february with 25 stands, and I am so proud to say that this year 75 wholesalers will be showing their latest designs!
A big hooray for Daan and Maya from the showUP organisation: they combine professionalism with thinking out-of-the-box. Next to a real professional trade show, ShowUP is a center of inspration and co-creation.

ShowUP loves to see people connect! This year there will be a wonderful embroidery 'machine', (see above) by designer Floor Nijdeken. It is called Crossover Collective. Visitors can sit down, stich and co-create an XXL piece of embroidery together with other people. I think this is awesome!

So, to all you people in the home-gift-design-interior business (retailers, bloggers, designers or students): come to the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam next week (sunday 02-02 and monday 03-02). Entrance is free after registration on the website.

At this very moment I can not tell you if I will manage to show you samples of my future collection of ceramics or tea towels next week on ShowUP. If the samples come in, it will be at the very last minute (the beakers will still be hot the ink still wet, I am afraid) and I will have to decide on the spot whether the collection is good enough (price/quality/production) to be presented on the market.

To be honest, I am not sleeping very well these last is too exciting.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

crowdfunding the small and beautiful

You and me we can be finance bankers new style (human, fun ;-), aka people that believe in beautiful things and give designers a go.

Look what an incredible beautiful stuff dutch based crowdfunding platform Crowdy House has for us!
Winter in Holland, textile designer Anouk van der Laan, with stunning textiles. To support her you can buy one of her cushions with a good discount! Ceramic plates and bowls (with wooden lids) by Janet Emmelkamp and very subtle, Japanese looking, felt lights by Vilt aan Zee.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

to confess colour

Working on colours is one of the best parts of the design process if you ask me. 
I am busy developping a small ceramics collection (tea/coffee cups) and I need to define the colour scheme before tomorrow. 
It is striking: I always end up in greys, blues and golds. It seem to be the colours that belong to me at this moment. 
By the way, I like the first palette best: greyish blue with 'nude' and 'blush', but how would it be to drink your coffee out of cups in those colours? Maybe a black and white would be better? 

All of the pictures can be tracked back via my Pinterest colour board.