SwissMiss and Belgian Waffles for Chairs

I find that more often than not, Danish, Swiss, and Belgian designers have this voodoo power over lines and color . When its done right, the result is light and austere - autonomous.  Able to stand up.  So this a compilation of works by designers from the region (albiet one from Taiwan, that must be included). 

Here you'll meet Muller van severen, the photographer + Sculpture duo from belgium, From Us With Love, a Stockholm based design studio involved in everything from product design to art direction (their website is killing), and Michael Verheyden, the quiet craftsman who describes his home, "as a child would draw it" . 

Several of works have been selected as favorites from some of this year's best known design fairs: Maison De Object 2014 and Biennale Interieur 2014: the Kortrijk,  

The Tati Hanger, by Tati -- Elle Decoration Swedish Designer of the year 2014. Designed by Mats Broberg and Johan Ridderstale, named after French filmmaker, comedian and actor Jacques Tati and inspired by Tati's character Monsieur Hulot Tati the coat hanger is curved and simple.   For more , go  HERE    

The Tati Hanger, by Tati -- Elle Decoration Swedish Designer of the year 2014. Designed by Mats Broberg and Johan Ridderstale, named after French filmmaker, comedian and actor Jacques Tati and inspired by Tati's character Monsieur Hulot Tati the coat hanger is curved and simple.   For more , go HERE 

Detail Shot of Furniture by  Muller Van Severen  

Detail Shot of Furniture by Muller Van Severen 

seat bleu/green by Muller van Severen

Meet My Project Shelf by   Takuya Hamajima .    Meet My Projects is a Paris based organization that creates the platform for designers, publishers, and the like to conceive of, make and promote works of designers choice.

Meet My Project Shelf by Takuya Hamajima.   Meet My Projects is a Paris based organization that creates the platform for designers, publishers, and the like to conceive of, make and promote works of designers choice.

Kenyon Yeh Wall Table, Kenyon Yeh is a British trained, Taipie based product designer.  The young designers has already made a splash with signature pieces like the Wall Table and a collaboration with TOPMAN - His work has been covered in the pages of Elle, Dwell, and Wallpaper Magazine. More work  here

Kenyon Yeh Wall Table, Kenyon Yeh is a British trained, Taipie based product designer.  The young designers has already made a splash with signature pieces like the Wall Table and a collaboration with TOPMAN - His work has been covered in the pages of Elle, Dwell, and Wallpaper Magazine. More work here

From Us With Love : The Cage Collection.  The company was created through a friendship between two design students in Stolkholm.  Minimal with a wry sense of humor, this team feels more like a tribe than your average design studio. More of From Us With Love Here

Color Color Color ! Nordik Spruce Box by Labt - See more of Labt Work Here

TATI designed by Mats Broberg andJohan Ridderstråle, became one of ASPLUND’s big success stories for 2011, winning the coveted Wallpaper* Design Awards 2012. This year the series is extended with a mirror, coatrack and two different tables — a rectangular and a circular dining table.  More Here..

Clean lines, simple and efficient, work by Belgain designer Michael Verheyden.  To resovle their fickle taste, Verheyden and his wife, Saartje Vereecke, have designed all the finishes and furnishings in their Belgian home with the help of their friends. For more  HERE

Clean lines, simple and efficient, work by Belgain designer Michael Verheyden.  To resovle their fickle taste, Verheyden and his wife, Saartje Vereecke, have designed all the finishes and furnishings in their Belgian home with the help of their friends. For more HERE


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first rocking chair by  muller van severen

first rocking chair by muller van severen

The New York Times Blog covered a great story about the move from fashion to housewares in an interview with Verheyden  here

The New York Times Blog covered a great story about the move from fashion to housewares in an interview with Verheyden here

To Cook by the Fire

Making a fire to cook is a great lesson on the ins and out of good, honest material. Basically, you want things that are made to take a beating naturally, that are simple but work - like a great wooden spoon.  Here's a selection a few basics made in small batches by young designers (except the cast iron pan) along with a few memorable pics.

 


Butter knives by Arial Alasko. Get it  HERE

Butter knives by Arial Alasko. Get it HERE


Ok Fine, I had to add another Ariel Alaska image. Couldn't help it, they're so delicate! 

OK so its not a sexy picture, BUT Griswald cast iron pans are THE BEST. Hard to find but Greg, the cast iron pan-man,  has tons of info HERE

There is always one cast iron pan on my range.  One cast iron pan wherever I cook. You only need one.  Do it - you'll never turn back.  Pinky swear.

Sycamore Cutting Board by Na Nin - Get it HERE

Aside from John Berger essays, I read alot of Rumi poetry in Vermont.  For how dreamy he sounds, he also has the tendency to be quite the provocateur - crack open a couple of his poems, let it ruffle your feathers a bit

The perfect teapot : made from glazed dark stoneware. It'll be fine on the fire - won't stain or mark either.  Winner. Australian, by Andrei Davidoff. Get it at Straw and Gold

Ceramic, so its safe for your coffee. Sleep Eye Pour Over by Martina Thornhill.  You can grab this on Straw and Gold

Coffee and tea become essential in the fall, whether or not your outside. This teapot and Pour Over take heat really well - Food tastes better in ceramic vessels, really.

Our eggs and bacon before we threw them on a fire.  If you cook over a fire, chuck the olive oil for bacon grease - and melt.


In my online wanderings,  I came across the work of Chelsea Miller, Northern Vermont bread Brooklyn based knife maker.  She gets her chops from blacksmithing and woodworking alongside her dad on their family farm. Using horse rasps and wood from her family's farm, Chelsea culls her know how to make a fine line of real beauties.  The kind of know how that makes you wish you'd drop everything and find something to widdle.

Chelsea Miller Knives - High carbon steel repurposed from a Vermont Farrier's horseshoe rasp. HHERE


That bacon was killing.


Kings County Distillery Bourbon. Drink up HERE

This bourbon was perfect for late afternoon hikes and kept us warm under the moon - warm and boozy.


The Palermo Copper Series by The Citizenry. Was first created in 1938 by Argentine Architects - Americans and Europeans caught on as the symbol of modern design. AKA 'BKF' style.  Get it HERE

Whales Tea Towel By Enormous Champion. Check them out HERE

Trip to Southern, VT and Grace Hill Farms

We just got back from an amazing trip through Dover, VT during peak season - as if it weren't enough to sleep in a cabin AND in the precise time AND place to witness the leaves change during the fall..we were lucky enough cook over a fire every meal, meet friends at Grace Hill Dairy Farm, and drink alot of wine - oh and to bring back pictures 

The "One Of A Kind Plywood Chair" by Brooklyn based Sit and Read : Get it  Here

The "One Of A Kind Plywood Chair" by Brooklyn based Sit and Read : Get it Here

One our late afternoon walk with Amy from Grace Hill Farms, the rain had just slowed and we were welcomed by a rose color sky 

One our late afternoon walk with Amy from Grace Hill Farms, the rain had just slowed and we were welcomed by a rose color sky 

Being in Southern Vermont during this time can feel like being in the Netherlands - there's a certain weight or austerity thats crisp, clean. 

The pieces selected remind me of the palette in Vermont in October - and even the composition of the photos we took.  A lot of color and a lot of framing.

 

Keep cookin outside with the The Outdooroven. Get it  Here

Keep cookin outside with the The Outdooroven. Get it Here

The underside of the Williamsville Bridge in Newfane - so its was used for an LM // PM ad. See the ad  here

The underside of the Williamsville Bridge in Newfane - so its was used for an LM // PM ad. See the ad here

Maybe a little sheep with chic ?! bad joke.  Check out Infinity +++ by Azadeh Shladovsky. Get it  here

Maybe a little sheep with chic ?! bad joke.  Check out Infinity +++ by Azadeh Shladovsky. Get it here

The view from loft space in our little 300 sq foot wood cabin - lanterns and blankets kept us warm nights

The view from loft space in our little 300 sq foot wood cabin - lanterns and blankets kept us warm nights

Southern VT is pretty popular for its covered bridges.  I caught this view on our way to a farm stand from Williamsville Bridge on Dover Road in Newfane, VT.  Built in 1870 at about 118 ft, this bridge nothing short of magnificent. Get the full list  here  

Southern VT is pretty popular for its covered bridges.  I caught this view on our way to a farm stand from Williamsville Bridge on Dover Road in Newfane, VT.  Built in 1870 at about 118 ft, this bridge nothing short of magnificent. Get the full list here 

Keep your toes warm with a Native American Styled Kilim by Safavieh. Get it  Here  

Keep your toes warm with a Native American Styled Kilim by Safavieh. Get it Here 

Matisse, "The Swimming Pool" 1952"  - According to the  New York Times  the room sized work on nine panels is the highlight of the Matisse show at MoMa. On view  October 12 - Feb 8 

Matisse, "The Swimming Pool" 1952"  - According to the New York Times the room sized work on nine panels is the highlight of the Matisse show at MoMa. On view  October 12 - Feb 8