Time off : Berlin

I took some time off and it became two months, some days of it I spent in Berlin. It was great again (or should I say supergeil)!

When in Berlin:
* have breakfast at Im nuGorky Park or Beakers. These three are very good options, but the possibilities are endless and practically every corner has a breakfast spot.
Do you read me? magazines on top!
Boros collection a contemporary art collection inside a bunker put together by Christian Boros. Book in time for a guided tour and prepare mentally with this report on Freunde von Freunden of the owners' loft.
Lavanderia Vecchia a little bit of Italy hidden in the neighborhood Neukölln
Tempelhof & Prinzessinnengarten to take a rest


Report : Kinfolk Dinner Antwerp

The past few weeks were very busy but on Saturday everything fell into place.

Kinfolk / L'Esprit de la Mer / Antwerp co-hosted with Joy of Little Things

© all photos by Melissa Milis

(this is me)


Design Joy : Toys

These days a design brand has to have a kids collection and of course it includes toys. I think toys are for all ages, especially these ones, they bring joy and fun to your space and life.
Some of the following things I saw in Milan and I filled it up with items I came across during my endless strolls of online window shopping.

Blocks in Milan

Archetoys & CarTools block set by Floris Hovers for Magis
Different vehicle types handcrafted and produced by remains of Magis products and a wooden block set based on car forms to build your own.

Vitra owns Alexander Girard's inheritance, great news, now we can enjoy these fun designs again!

BAWA, a multifunctional design, table-storage-toy-in-one

Shapemaker by Miller Goodman, wooden blocks for 'drawing' and building

Iconic Toys

16 Animali by Enzo Mari, each year a limited edition of 200-300 boxes of pure fun is edited by Danese Milano (oooooh yes I want this)

And the expression of the wooden animals by Kay Bojesen is just fantastic, edited by Rosendahl

More Animals

Handmade birds by a fair trade network of knitters in Bolivia, Various Projects by Elisabeth Beer & Brian Janusiak is also the duo behind this concept in New York: Project No.8

The beautiful wooden figurines by Ostheimer (horrible website, but great product :)!)


Design Joy : Salone del Mobile 14

Finally I managed to wrap up this post..
Milan, it was definitely fulfilling again. It's such a great experience to be part of the whole buzz and to see how the design industry works and how huge it actually is. I stayed there for 3 days, even though I planned it really well, it is just not enough time to see everything.

I love to read the overviews made by other designlovers. My favourites are Ambra Medda of L'Arcobaleno's instagram (I love their new website!) and Sight Unseen of course. Both, they have a curated view and don't just post everything which I really appreciate and it are mostly things I love.
And here is mine..
(I'm on instagram now and I like this medium)

The most obvious trends this year (which I made compilations of before, to see them click the 'title') and my picks in it:

There were many marble items, imagine anything and think marble..
Grande by Aurelie Mathieu & Charlotte Sunnen - 6x6 - a modular shelving unit/system in marble or stone and lacquered metal

Another trend that was everywhere
Room collection by Studio E.O. (I absolutely love all the designs of Studio E.O.)

an eyecatcher trend for sure
Bubble mirror from the collection
One Year Later by former ECAL schoolmates Josephine Choquet & Virgile Thevoz
LT04 (floor lamp) by Daniel Rybakken & Andreas Engesvik for e15, 2010 (from 2010?! This is not actually irisdescent but I like it and I think it fits in)

Other things I noticed

weird and quirky, and sometimes a bit dingy

The Importance of the Obvious by kollektiv PLUS Zwei (Stefanie Högl & Matthias Borowski), candy inspired furniture from 2 graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven.
I can't find back who these pieces made, but I know it's from a graduate at Academy Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht and I think it's jewelry

also worth mentioning : Sarah Lucas for Sadie Coles gallery (especially the pieces accompanying the furniture fit in this theme)


Folie (bench) by Shirley Van Piere & mirrors by Bernardo Palazzo, presented by Leclettico gallery
Nendo for Cos (a favorite of many)
Divina Calendar by Graphic Thought Facility for Kvadrat
Bosa (ceramic clock) by Jaime Hayon for Bosa Ceramiche

photo ECAL/Axel Crettenand & Sylvain Aebischer

Agravic (marble tabletop balancing on glass) by Tokujin Yoshioka, image via Wallpaper

ByChance / HowItGrows (I was undecided on one specific name for this topic)

I still plan to do an overview of Toys, Plant related items, things I missed, ... so stay tuned ;).