Aas I am writing this post about Contemporary Architecture, I realize that most of the houses that I feature here, are actually situated close to the sea. I guess that this building style works best when implemented with free-standing structures in natural surroundings, preferably with water close by. Why would that be? Well, these houses tend to have those super large floor to ceiling windows.

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Wwith spring in the air I am sharing this Let There Be White mood-selection with you. In my former life I probably lived somewhere in the tropics. That’s why I’m always longing for the strong summer sun and the bright daylight that goes with it. In the meantime, I will settle for spring, which actually isn’t bad at all this year here in The Netherlands.

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Hhave you seen those elegant black or white insect-like light fixtures by Serge Mouille? I got intrigued after seeing them appear in numerous interior blogs and did some research. These lamps, which are the epitome of mid-century lighting design, were first launched in Paris in 1953.  Serge Mouille’s lighting collection fast became the lighting choice for collectors and avant-garde architects worldwide.

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Aare you feeling blue? Nah… I don’t think so, spring is in the air and the sun is shining, right? Nevertheless, I had this collection of blue inspiration lying around, just collecting dust, so I thought it would be nice to share them with you. Hope you like them!

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Yyesss, I’m back again. It’s been a while but “things were busy at the office” as they say. Although hectic times are here to stay for a while, I am not going to give up on my little Design Icons series. So today I want to talk about Warren Platner. The first time I saw one of his iconic steel wire chairs was in an interior designed by Kelly Wearstler and they blew my mind.

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Iin blogland the buzz is all about the color Green trending for spring 2014. It probably has a lot to do with the indoor gardening trend that is so hot right now. Or with how the color Teal is so visible in everything these days, be it in webdesign, fashion or interiors (the room in the opening shot of Downton Abbey!). So, as a break from my Design Icons series, here is a little green shot to get you in the mood (for spring!!!)

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Ttoday, Eero Saarinen is considered one of the masters of American 20th century architecture. But in his own time he was criticized for having no identifiable style, as he adapted his modernist vision to each individual client or project. Saarinen was born in Finland in 1910 but emigrated to the USA when he was thirteen years old. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where his father was a teacher.

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Ii must say, I learn a lot from writing this little Design Icons series. This one is about Arne Jacobsen, famous for this Egg/Swann/Ant chairs. But who would have thought that the little Louis Poulsen lamps (which I use a lot in my visualisations) are also designed by good old Arne? I never knew.

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Iisn’t it great how furniture that was designed in the first half of the 20th century (1900 – 1950) is still so “en vogue” today? I’m talking about famous designers like Mies van der Rohe, Ray and Charles Eames, Charles Corbusier, Arne Jacobsen, Frits Hansen, Eileen Gray etc. and their iconic designs like the Bibendum Chair, La Chaise and so on.

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Aas I am sitting here behind my desk at the window, staring outside, all I see are the grey wet skies that are so typically Dutch at this time of the year…. It’s rain and cold wind galore at the moment, which makes me cocoon indoors and compels me to make big batches of hot soup in my warm kitchen. Here are some kitchen’s that I really like, some modern, some classic and some in between.

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