Month: March 2008

Gaivota rocking chair in Spaces magazine

This month, you can see the beautiful Gaivota rocking chair by Reno Bonzon in Spaces magazine.Bonzon’s Gaivota rocking chair is certainly his most emblematic design as it combines aestheticism and ergonomy. Winner of the Museum of the Brazilian House Prize and Movesp Prize winner in 1988, this creation was selected in 1990 to represent Brazil at the Biennial of Design in São Paulo.The curved forms of both seat and back were defined by Reno Bonzon as he was sat in deep snow during a stay in the French Alps and had a look at his bodyprint after standing up. Keeping ergonomy in mind, Reno wanted to reproduce this comfortable form. He paid special attention to both dimensions and balance making this rocking chair very confortable whatever size the person may be.The Jury of the Museum of the Brazilian House Prize particularly highlighted ‘the principle of manufacturing giving the product its great lightness’ as well as ‘the aesthetic qualities combined with the ergonomic factor’. For the sake of the environment, Bonzon chose a plywood manufacturing process …

Or jetting off to Amsterdam……..

While I’m on the European city break, I really wanted to tell you about Breaks and Butlers, a fantastic and exclusive guesthouse in Amsterdam. It is located in a beautiful building from XVIII century, in the heart of the city. It overlooks two canals and the famous Zuiderkerk (South Church). These hotel apartments are nicely decorated with warm oak floorboards, amazing Dyptique candles, crisp bedlinens…. Alternatively, another great place to stay if you’re off to Amsterdam is 86SOUS which I mentioned last year. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

White family home

Linda Loenen’s Amsterdam home really strikes a chord with me. It has a very relaxing vibe about it and shows that an all-white scheme is a great colour to have when you have kids, as long as you choose the right materials and dont freak out at the sight of little sticky fingerprints on a wall. She also mixes classic designs with vintage pieces like the wardrobe above which contributes to the relax feel of the house. At the end of the room, you can see that she softens the scheme by adding a pretty floral fabric on the daybed, which gives the corner a bit of a boho feel. Cote Bastide makes a gorgeous French daybed with a removable and washable cotton cover). Personnally I favour leather sofas which are easy to wipe clean. Same for the walls, choose a stain-resistant paint to wipe off little marks or colourful strikes of creativity from the children. To make your life easier, choose painted floorboards over-high maintenance carpets. As soon as they start to look tired …

Nelson Sepulveda & Belart Industries

Atelier Belart Creations is the creative encounter between a Tunisian stoneware manufacturer, Ali Belajouza and a Chilean creative director, Nelson Sepulveda. The beginning of their collaboration started in Paris when Belajouza offered Sepulveda, the opportunity to conceive and create a new stoneware collection as well as the image and ethics of the collection, investigating not only what to produce, but how to produce it…. From this was born bowls, tumblers, plates, salad bowls, water jugs….just in two colours, white and black to seduce the soul. I discovered the ceramics designed by Nelson Sepulveda at Maison & Objet a couple of years ago when Elodie & I were scouring new designs for BODIE and FOU. We had decided to have a quick look at the Chic Ethnic Hall and suddenly we were standing in front of this amazing display of ceramics piled on rough wooden planks and warehouse pallets and I fell instantly in love with their simple, organic curves inspired by nature. The Dadasi collection in black. The Ewa collection in white. Since then, these …