“Well, well, well,” I can almost hear you think. “What excuse will he have this time for not putting anything online for a full three weeks?” Yes, I know that my blog hasn’t exactly been a full-time project these past few weeks. But I was tired and I needed some ‘west’ – so there you have it. Besides, I spent a lot of time writing for Gevonden op Marktplaats, a collaborative blog where the most tasteful tastemakers in the Netherlands (and little old me) share the best design items that they unearth on Marktplaats. I have to say, it’s nothing short of addictive. You see, Marktplaats is the Netherlands’ biggest online marketplace by far. There is so much to discover that you sometimes can’t even see the forest for the trees. And that’s where I come in! I love spending every waking moment trawling through page after page of antiques and design, fully convinced that the ultimate treasure will reveal itself to me on the next page. I thought it would be cool to do a small recap of the stuff I’ve found and then share some other things that have been on my mind lately.Okay?
Gevonden op Marktplaats Recap #1
So sad! Earlier this week, the legendary Jeanne Augier passed away. She was the owner of the Negresco in Nice, one of the last independent five-star hotels in the world. Yes, I have a bit of a thing for the Negresco – I even featured it in my book. Its whacky interior design style is totally out there – especially the wild carpet that was custom-designed for Jeanne Augier by her good friend, Yvaral. It so happens that I found this stunning Yvaral print on Marktplaats that features a similar pattern. Want!
Now, who in their right mind wouldn’t drop everything and run out to buy this giant pink ceramic Pierrot? I know I would, but since my entire living is already painted out in pink, it would be a tad much even for me.
This Curt Schlevogt Art Deco ashtray looks stunning. Of course, smoking cigarettes is a sure way to kill yourself but at least you’ll die comforted by the thought that you’re going out in style.
Now, who said that nothing good ever comes from Eastern Europe? This Polish optometrist lamp looks great!
Marktplaats is perfect if you want to expand your design knowledge. I stumbled upon this vase made in the 1960’s by the Ingrid Glashütte in Germany and am still regretting not buying it when it was online.
You’re a doll! A vintage bath doll, that is! I don’t know why on earth you would want to take a bath with this thing, but to each his own I suppose.
Too much is never enough – I guess that is what the designer of this Sèvres mantle clock with two matching vases must have thought. Neo-rococo at its neo-rococo-iest!
When I was in Essaouira last year, I fell head over heels in love with a Beni Ourain rug just like this one. Since I’m terrible at haggling, I asked my friends on Facebook how much I should offer for it. My initial price turned out to be so low, that the owner refused to even talk to me. Oh, well.
One of the things I learned working on my book is that you should buy vintage furniture when it’s out of fashion. This chair would be a prime example. I still like it, though.
Just close your eyes and think of all the things you could make out of this vintage French balcony. Personally, I think it would make for a stunning bar – but then again I quit drinking for a while so I guess my imagination is running a little wild when it comes to alcohol.
This Georgetti Progetti chair has the most stunning Eighties floral pattern I’ve ever come across. I found it on Marktplaats two weeks ago and in my mind I’m still figuring out a way to fit it in my cramped little living room.
Some cool bonus stuff that’s been on my mind
It’s probably going to look all over the place, but I don’t care. Mitt Romney may have binders full of women, but I have something better: bookmarks full of cool stuff!
Check out Sergio Bustamante’s Family of Cats – it’s been for sale on eBay for AGES and for the life of me, I can’t understand why it hasn’t been sold yet. Yes, the asking price is $10,999 but it’s also 5 feet high – that’s 1.52 metres!
Let’s go on uma visita à propriedade do presidente Ford, na Califórnia. I don’t know how on earth I ended up finding this video of the home of President Ford and his wife complete with Portuguese subtitles, but there you have it. Enjoy. Want to see more of this stunning place? Check out this article in Australian Vogue.
I loved, loved, loved that Sahara documentary that was on Dutch TV a while ago. It reminded me of a bookmark I had kept for one reason or another of this Eighties Sudanese music by Ibrahim al Hassan.
It’s jus a vase I’m going through! I found this article about ceramic artist Besnik Harizi who makes beautiful ceramic heads and runs a website that looks like it was last updated in 1997. Oh well, you can’t have everything!