Deze categorie heette eerst ‘Great Products’ maar aangezien ik met mijn blog van Engels naar Nederlands geswitcht ben leek het me wel mooi om een leuke Nederlandse titel er bij te bedenken: ‘Mooie Merken’. In deze categorie laat ik dus merken en producten zien die ik mooi vind.
In deze blog het merk Mini Empire. Dit Zweedse merk maakt vrolijke, maar ook een beetje gekke, illustraties. Hun focus ligt op gekke dieren en diepe bossen (“Odd animals and deep woods” volgens hun site). Ik ben helemaal fan van hun mix van zwart-wit en kleur. Vooral de gek-uit-zijn-ogen-kijkende-uil is een van mijn favorieten. Zelf heb ik helaas nog niks van hun in huis maar als mijn portemonnee het weer toelaat ga ik zeker zo’n mooie zwart-wit poster kopen, een setje ansichtkaarten en dat leuke gekleurde ronde dienblad met de gekke uil er op.
Magpie is a design studio which focusses mostly on housewares and notebooks. Nature is one of their most important inspirations which is not only visable in their productdesign, but also in their methods of manufacturing. Their notebooks are made of recycled paper, the porcelain they are using is animal friendly, and also their packages are made of environmentally friendly materials. They also donate part of their sales to a Cat charity.
Magpie works on a different theme for every collection they make. Most of these collections are inspired by nature like the collection ‘birdy’ or my personal favourite ‘wildlife’. They also have some collections that are more influenced by geometrical shapes like the collections ‘backgammon’ and ‘spiral’.
In this category on my blog I want to show some products and brands I really like. This time, I want to show you something of Ferm Living. Simple and geometric shapes is what I really like of Ferm Living, and I am also quite fond of their way of combining bright colours with natural colours, like grey and brown. They also make stuff for kids which is more playful than their regular items, but still has their characteristic colours and simplicity.
In this category I’m telling you something about products I like. In this posts I want to introduce you to Kikkerland.
Kikkerland makes fun colourful gadgets and home accessories. I like Kikkerland because their gadgets look great but are also useful. Lots of gadgets from other makers are fun but nothing more than that. Kikkerland creates cool things that actually come to use like a cushions that look like logs , a pencil sharper that looks like a vintage camera, a solar powered radio, kaleidoscope coasters and a funny family of wind up toys.
Blok Power Strip
Solar powered radio
Log head rest
Camera pencil sharpener
Tea for two
I want to start some new categories on my blog I want to write about every week or month. One of them is the product category where I want to show product brands I like. This week I want to show the products of the Danish brand Hay. I like Hay for their colourful but simple designs. They use simple geometric forms and patterns. The other thing I like about them is how their photography matches their products. In their photos they cleverly use colour, shapes and composition to display their products. The combination of their photography and products is what makes their brand stand out.
I love to look in magazines like 101 woonideeën to collect ideas for my own place. Since a year me and boyfriend have our own place which we like to decorate with products we like. Before he lived with his parents and myself with two room-mates so we never had a real place of our own which we could style and decorate the way we wanted. We started here with stuff I already had from my old place but in that time I bought stuff which I liked just a bit because it was cheap and kind of nice to look at (or because it was cheap). Furthermore we had lots of stuff which I got for free from my parents who recently moved to a new house so they got lots of spare furniture and accessories. So over the past year we got rid of lots of old stuff which we didn’t really like anymore and only bought new stuff which we really like and fits with our style. I posted some photos of our house on my pinterest and want to make some more photos soon (after I organized everything)
This week it was time to replace our coasters! Today I went to Amsterdam to buy paper for my exhibition and on my way back to the trainstation I paid a visit to De Bijenkorf and found these real cool coasters from Kikkerland . You can rotate the transparent top to get a kaleidoscope effect.