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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Remodeling and Home Design

Y[/dropcap/esterday I received an email from Houzz.com telling me that I was awarded Best of Houzz 2014 in the Design Category! Apparently, my portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz.com chosen from all the 16 million monthly Houzz users. Above you can see the winning image: our bedroom in South Africa. I must say, I have fond memories of that room.

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Iit’s been a while since my last post, but things have been (and still are) rather hectic. But I’m not complaining, I’m working on two lovely projects making visualisations for a very special modern villa to be built somewhere in a forest in The Netherlands and a beautiful chalet in a well known Swiss ski-resort.

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Ii think that any interior design style can be enhanced with a touch of ethnic decor here and there. It radiates a certain worldliness, tells a story about the occupants and it lends a certain authenticity to the design. I myself have some beautiful pieces brought back from, amongst others,  South Africa. An ancient hand-carved door now hanging as an ornamental “conversation piece” against the wall,

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Ii know, January is depressing enough as it is, no more X-mas celebrations to plan or NYE parties to look forward to. But hey, look on the bright side, there is a whole new year ahead of you, full of new opportunities, I’m ready to go! And to recuperate from all the December-festivities, full of noise and color, I thought you would appreciate  some peace and quite now.

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1 Ssince moving back from sunny South Africa to the cloudy Netherlands a few years back, I find that my taste in interiors has made a move as well. My current crush is all about the cool, clean Scandinavian designs, illuminated by the beautiful Northern light.

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Iin my previous posts, it may appear that I am inclined towards the more classic/vintage styles of interiors. To correct this one-sided impression, here is my look on Modern Architecture. I think modern architecture can be great, unless it is built in the right location. For me, the right location is usually in a forest or in some tropical spot, preferably seafront!

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