All posts tagged ‘Design

Hey Camel ceramics

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Alejandro is the face behind Hey Camel Ceramics and his designs are full of sensibility and surprises. I love the way he explores the shapes and textures or includes striking pattern in the pots, cups and spoons he creates. Especially, believe it or not, the colours and textures of Hey Camel ceramics make me feel calm and relaxed. How strange and beautiful! Alejandro, may I ask you for your glazing recipe? Please :-)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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All you need is wood – top 12 South East Asian designers

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What is your favourite material? Mine is undoubtedly wood {of course, we’re talking about solid wood here!}. I love the texture, the smell and the sense of it. Especially when it comes to design, I’m always fascinated by the way designers explore and transform different types of wood into unique pieces, sometimes incredibly intricate, sometimes just simple.
Wood is a fascinating living thing. It shrinks, expands, wears out with time and a wood art designer must keep this in mind when planning out the dimensions of a piece.

But I better let their work speak…


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A treat for the eyes and the soul: Marou – Faiseurs de chocolat

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Wait a second, I didn’t reveal to you my obsession yet? Here it comes: I’m desperately obsessed with Marou Chocolate, and that for some years now ever since I first encountered this wonderful treasure during my time in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

How could I not fell in love with Marou Chocolate? This bean-to-bar chocolatier, founded by Samuel Maruta and Vincent Maurou in Vietnam, is an experience per se that you have to discover. I guarantee: Marou will become a friend, a special gift or simply something that makes your life more beautiful! {I’m sure I’m not the first one who said such things about Marou Chocolate!}

From every single bar emerges a luscious and distinctive taste. Ba Ria 76% dark chocolate is my favorite and I find it works perfectly with red wine. But for coffee, I prefer Tien Giang 80% single origin with a texture I find slightly “softer” that balances well with a strong espresso. So tell me which “Marou” is your favorite because I’m very curious to know!

Marou chocolate isn’t only top-notch gourmet chocolate but also outstanding packaging design. I’m a huge fan of the {award-winning} bold and gorgeous screen printed wrapping paper by Rice Creative. My confession: I can’t throw the packaging paper away!

This week-end, I thought I could shoot some pics to share with you how Marou Chocolate continues to be a wonderful part of my life ever since…

Enjoy this dear everyone because you can grab Marou at many  gourmet boutiques and coffee shops around the globe.

Where did I grab my bars of Marou Chocolate?
In Ho Chi Minh City at L’Usine and Annam Gourmet.
In Singapore at Robinson de Heeren.
In Sete at L’Epicerie-Sete.
In Berlin at Berliner Kaffeeroesterei.

Photography: La Mangosteen.


Studio Juju

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Wait a second, you haven’t heard of Studio Juju yet? Then have a look and I’m sure you will easily fall in love with this Singaporean based design studio. Led by Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui and working with different types of material, Studio juju definitely sets the design benchmark for the region.
I really love the sophisticated and witty look of their designs. No collection looks like one another and there is always something whimsy and surprising to discover.
Based in Singapore, Studio Juju’s work is showcased internationally and won different awards like “Designers of the Future”  by Design Miami as well as Design Report Award by SaloneSatellite in Milan.

Below are other some objects of my desire…

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La Salle College of the Arts

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Designed by award-winning RSP Architects Planners and Engineers {who also built ION Orchard, Henderson Waves, The Oberoi Hotel Gurgaon}, it was completed in 2007 and aims to “reflects and engages the city fabric by embracing the city’s diversity”.

I love the consistent use of glass which allows space and transparency. The monochrome design emphasizes very much the geometric shapes. The fact that you can easily get lost when strolling around the different “cube-like” towers {which are connected by bridges} also makes the architecture more complex and interesting. Like a maze. Or a labyrinth. Or anything you can imagine!
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One-day chilled-out and design guide through Bangkok

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Whenever I’m coming to Bangkok, I’m simply impressed by the city’s many faces, colours, flavours, fragrances and charms. There are so many textures in this chaotic urban jungle, so many ramifications that the place feels somehow organic. How strange yet beautiful!
But above all, Bangkok is for me a creative hub, a place that always surprises me. It will never fail to simply give me a chance to “discover”, but also to lay back. Here are some of my favourite spots to share with you in this Bangkok guide – volume 1!

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Talk with Ouu from By Myself handcrafted

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If you read my latest post about By Myself handcrafted, then you might have noticed how impressed I was when visiting the atelier and boutique of Ouu Tanawat Kuansuwan, the designer and founder behind this brand.

Recently, I was given the honour to interview this passionate and brilliant designer {Thank you Ouu!} from Bangkok, talking with him about how far designs play a role in his life and the vision that led him to be a humble and accomplished designer!

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Awesome and funky – Studio 248

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I’m sure you will agree with me if I say Studio 248 is just a gem! I litterrally LOVE everything created by the trio designers from Bangkok. Each design is provocative and memorable. The combination of different materials makes each design a one-of-a-kind creation, here the cutting edge chair with steel rod and teak wood.

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Vito Selma – striving for perfection

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Truly epic is the furniture work of Vito Selma from the Philippines that I discovered on a very nice curated online boutique Wooddesign.
Established in 2006, Vito Selma strives for perfection when exploring shapes, lines and textures that “are often repeated in the earth, the sky and the sea.” Do you simply feel the flow and movement of each table, chair or lighting design you’re looking at?

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6 jewellery designers from Singapore to fit all your moods

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1. This jewellery will make you feel stronger 

Mandy Wu‘s collections is inspired by human’s strength and vulnerability, sensuality and rationality. These are the concept that she explores with her jewellery, working with contrasting shapes, elements and materials. Given the fact that Mandy is self-taught, he creations are even more impressing.

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