January 29, 2018

The new Scandinavian | imm Cologne 2018

After bringing my personal style to life during the Bloggers’ Trend Show last year, I have been asked to come back to imm Cologne and share my personal design highlights in a Trade fair tour for the 2018 fair in Cologne. As said every theme needs a name and I called mine 'The new Scandinavian' giving visitors the opportunity to see some of my favourite brands.  

With a preference for minimalism and functional timeless design, I am mostly drawn to Scandinavian style which I love to combine with my own soft industrial touch. Scandinavian interiors are characterized by clean lines and minimum accessories. Comfort and function are important, and natural materials such as wood, metal, stone and beautiful fabrics are used frequently. 

The Scandinavian design industry has a long history, and a lot of companies are still family-run. They cherish their traditions and craftsmanship – something I really love about many of the brands. Nowadays, many of them collaborate with young designers to be able to offer the contemporary and much sought-after ‘New Scandinavian style’, bringing in new colours or using dark wood next to the familiar pale and muted colours. Many young brands follow in the footsteps of the established ones, embracing the Scandinavian basics of design while adding their own contemporary touch. 

imm Scandinavian favourites  A recap of the brands I choose, and my personal favourite items.... of course after seeing the new collections some new favourites popped up! I will highlight some more of my favourites and their new collections in the coming weeks and add all other that caught my eye in my Pinterest albums, fairs are not the best places to shoot beautiful pictures but still hope you like to have a sneak peek.

String was founded after winning a bookshelf competition by one of Sweden’s largest publishing houses in 1949 and has specialized in shelves ever since. In 2013, they expanded their offer through a collaboration with Björn Dahlström and Anna von Schewen that resulted in a folding table, followed a year later by ‘String works’, a flexible system for office and home including many accessories.

The String booth is always one the highlights of my visit at imm, not only because I love the shelving system, but also because of the amazing styling. Like in previous years, Lotta Agaton Interiors was responsabel for the styling, using the tiny homes as an inspiration the team build a small home that was inspirational and provided many ideas on how to use String in your own home.

Last year in my own trend stand for imm I already talked about the new way of living I build my stand around. People want to sit, work and entertain in the same area's and String shelving offers everything to do so. 'New' are the metal shelves and also the hangers for your wine glasses are new, making the String combination as seen in the kitchen corner in the picture above a multifunctional wall system. There were many corners that caught my eye but I fell in love with the  black oiled smoked oak pocket! 

Company website: String

Menu is probably the brand whose collection best represents my love for useful and timeless pieces that show a certain elegance. From furniture and accessories to textiles and homeware, I always find that something extra in their design that makes me want to buy it for my own home.

Menu collaborates with different designers such as Søren Rose, Taiwanese design duo Afteroom or Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen who has put his stamp on many of the furniture and smaller items. With all good design brands you always fall in love with their latest work and not only did the stand of Menu stood out by atmosphere, which I blame the new lamp collection for. I simply loved their new pieces of which I already spotted some when visiting the Menu Space in Copenhagen, with the huge Eave couch and the Zet shelfs on top of my list.

Company website: Menu 

Design House Stockholm
Until last year’s imm cologne, I was unfamiliar with Design House Stockholm, and first came across them in the list of exhibitioners to choose from for my stand. Design House invites designers to bring in their personal ideas, some of which are then selected for development and production. Working with both established and unknown designers, their ambition is reflect the very best Scandinavian design has to offer.

It was the use of green in combination with light ash wood that caught my eye at their bright stand last year and this year it was the opposite. A huge stand again with a dark wall and a focus on among other their new light design and carpet. I was so happy to have chosen Design House Stockholm as I really loved the open stand and the huge amounts of black.
Company website: Design House Stockholm

It’s often the simple things I love most for my home. Moebe first caught my eye with their poster hanger made out of a metal rod and rubber band. This minimalist approach can also be found in their frames, which consist of four lists and a rubber band holding two pieces of acrylic glass.
In collaboration with ‘Norm Architects’, one of my favourite design teams, and Copenhagen-based ‘Paper Collective’, Moebe created ‘Floating Leaves’, a series of beautiful images and frames inspired by botanic samples and illustrations. In addition to frames, Moebe offers different items for organizing and small furniture pieces such as mirrors. The company will now be launching its first larger furniture in form of a shelving system that Archiproducts already added to their design selection of 2018, a new coat rack and a full body wall mirror.
Company website: Moebe

NORR11 and 101 Copenhagen
Norr11 was one of my collaborating partners for my last year’s stand. I got introduced to them when visiting Iceland and have been following them ever since. With showrooms in Reykjavik, London and Berlin, NORR11 offers furniture pieces and home accessories. All of them are designed and developed in collaboration with young, ambitious designers who embrace innovative Scandinavian design and modern furniture architecture.

Norr11 recently collaborated with new Danish brand 101 Copenhagen for creating a unique experimental lighting collection. The creative drive is a fusion of the Scandinavian design tradition with the timeless Japanese approach to material and techniques. Their new lighting series and sculptural vases created with 101 Copenhagen went straight to my wish list

Company websites: Norr11, 101Cph

By Lassen
The Lassen brothers were among the first architects to work with functionalism in Denmark. The style became a defining characteristic, especially for Mogens Lassen, who was inspired by the German design school Bauhaus. Its geometric shapes are often reproduced in his iconic designs of which the Kubus candleholder is probably the best-known.

The company as we know it today was founded in 2008 – before that, the Kubus candleholder was reserved for good friends and family. In my own home I only have black galvanised candleholders, including the Kubus, which next to the frame collection is my favourite piece by Lassen. At imm they presented the new chairs they added to their furniture line.
Company website: By Lassen

When I first visited Denmark, &Tradition was one of the first brands I got to know during a styling workshop given at Norm Architects, designers of the iconic Milk lamp. I have been following them ever since, and I think they have a beautiful and stylish collection designed by an international team.
Choosing a favourite is almost impossible, the rice paper lamps are among my front-runners, as are different couches and smaller accessories.

At imm & Tradition showed among others their new couch 'Develius' designed by Dutch designer Edward van Vliet Develius is comprised of 16 different modular sofa components varying in depth, width and shape.
Company website: & Tradition

pictures © Vosgesparis | Written in collaboration with imm Cologone | #advertisement
January 24, 2018

Travel w/ Style | The Vipp Shelter - A minimalistic getaway

In November I attended the opening party of the Vipp Hotel in Copenhagen, not knowing that only a few weeks later I would experience the first two locations of the Vipp Hotel myself together with Wen van Woudenberg of Beeldsteil celebrating our new agency w/ Style

A lot happend since then and this week we added a new section to our site 'Travel w/ Style', where we share everything travel related. We are kicking off our series with the Vipp Hotel and I will share both locations on Vogesparis for you to drool or maybe book, starting today with the Vipp Shelter.

I am a long time follower of Vipp, and I first got to visit their flagship store in Copenhagen five years ago with a team of international bloggers where I learned about the family history and the famous Vipp bin the whole Vipp line started with. Since then Vipp not only produced bins but also bathroom and kitchen accessories, an extensive kitchen with all conveniences and the ultimate getaway, the shelter.

Fun times followed by visits to Paris for the launch of the limited edition Vipp bin in collaboration with Merci and now getting the chance to experience the Vipp Hotel and kitchen.
If you ever consider a Vipp kitchen, spending time at the Vipp hotel is the ultimate test drive!

A minimalistic getaway at lake Immeln, Sweden
On a stormy day when most flights were cancelled we flew to Copenhagen and spent the night at the Vipp loft I visited earlier. The next morning we drove up to Sweden, a 2 hours ride from Copenhagen leading us to Lake Immeln.

At the lake, surrounded by only a few homes we found total silence and a path leading us to the waterside and the shelter, it was so amazing to finally see this black beauty, completely made out of steal, with my own eyes. The shelter is a 55 square meter one room getaway with a kitchen, dining and living room area, bathroom and a mezzanine bed loft. Windows from floor to ceiling on both sides, including the roof above the bed give you the feeling to be one with nature. 

The shelter is totally furnished with Vipp furniture, lamps and accessories giving you the total Vipp experience. I really enjoyed walking barefoot on the grey floors with floor heating, while heating up the fire and seeing the darkness fall in. It was a long time ago I felt so relaxt and one with nature, especially at night when I woke up with a huge moon above the lake and the only sound I heard was the call of the owls. Just an amazing experience which I think you should experience for yourself.

Book the Shelter
The next morning we had breakfast at the huge table, and opened one side of the shelter giving us the possibility to just step out of the window and walk towards the lake. This trip wil be on my mind for a long time and I think it is the ultimate getaway for a total offline experience.

Book the shelter at the Vipp hotel site and also check out the Vipp Loft, I will show you the pictures we made there while spending two days in Copenhagen next week. Meanwhile check out Beeldsteil and our website for more pictures.

Written in collaboration with Vipp 
© w/ Style 

photography Wen van Woudenberg | styling Desiree Groenendal

January 22, 2018

Tisca Rugs by Lotta Agaton Interiors | Domotex

Bringing textures into my home is something I am still working on as you might know, and I love the idea of a huge white carpet on a dark floor, combining the best of both my love for dark, and light. 

I have seen many carpets at Domotex where I was together with a team of international bloggers. Find out here what we did DOMOTEX | Framing Trends & How to collaborate with bloggersLike most of us I really loved the presentation of Tisca rugs styled by Lotta Agaton Interiors, which once again showed how important styling and adding the right props and furniture can be for a brand when designing their stand as lots of people were making pictures of the presentation.

Tisca is a Transylvanian brands producing hand-woven rugs that are woven in linen weave and therefore equally beautiful on both sides and can be reversed as often as you like. With 26 structures from single classic single flat to woven material right up to opulent structural landscapes or modern patterns and over 90 colours, there is a carpet for everyone. The image above shows Bella Lotta, made in collaboration with Lotta Agaton with a combination of different structures in light colours. 

pictures @fashionandnail

January 14, 2018

DOMOTEX | Framing Trends & How to collaborate with bloggers

I am back from Hannover where I spent some days on invitation of DomotexWith a small group of bloggers we visited several brands and joined two discussions for the audience at the "Framing Trends" area, led by Holly Becker. Although I expected a small fair there were actually more halls then I expected and many... many more carpets from all over the world than I ever saw. At fairs like this you can't focus on everything, so I was glad we had a small tour where we visited some of the brands that were selected for us, including one of my personal favourite brands I mentioned earlier in this post.

January 10, 2018

Introducing w/ Style | my new collaboration

2018 is on it's way! And as said before I couldn't think of a better way to kick of the year than travelling to Copenhagen , and Sweden with w/ Style, our new company, on invitation of Danish kitchen manufacturer Vipp! Over the last years I have been working with both Dutch and international leading brands and Design fairs, I love to collaborate, not only with selected brands but also with fellow bloggers and other creatives. I truly think that we can inspire each other and let's face it, working together is just more fun than sitting in front of your laptop on your own.

It's almost ten years I keep Vosgesparis up and running on my own, the emails with 'hi team' or 'can you connect me with your ceo' still make me laugh, as many people think there is a whole team behind Vosgesparis, sorry to disappoint you, it is just me! Don't get me wrong, I love being a bit of an einzelgänger and can perfectly work alone but sometimes it is nice to connect and talk about your work with someone who is in the same position.

Introducing w/ Style
Some years ago I connected with Wen van Woudenberg, the creative mind, photographer, (photo) stylist and owner of photography and visual concept studio beeldSTEIL. After annual trips to Milan Design week, countless cups of coffee all year round, and collaborations on different projects, we decided to team up and work together.

Although we both have our unique style, we share an interest in minimalism and interior design, by working together we inspire each other. 'w/ Style' is our collaborative project and we are looking forward on all things to come, and of course we would love to work with you. Collaborating brings out the best in both of us, the results of which can be seen in our new project and exciting plans for 2018.

Both of us will actively maintain our individual brands and blogs but we aim to collaborate as much as possible, expanding the online coverage and impact, with three websites, two blogs and multiple social media channels.

Learn more about us and how we work at our brand new website w/ Style 

© w/ Style
pictures from our photoshoot in collaboration with Vipp