It’s Sunday morning, 7AM. You’re probably sleeping, and rightfully so! I woke up at the crack of dawn and decided to just get out of bed and do some spontaneous blogging. Probably not the wisest of decisions because I have a zillion other things I really should be doing instead, but there you have it. I have a recap of my favorite stuff on Gevonden op Marktplaats to share with you and some other fantastic things that have been on my mind, so by all means do scroll all the way down to the bottom of what I’m sure is going to be a massive blogpost. Let’s get the show on the road!
Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #2
What I thought would be a short gig, has now turned into a fantastic collaboration of seven months…and counting! I love, love, love writing for Gevonden op Marktplaats and sharing all the vintage furniture, art and design I find on the Netherlands’ biggest second-hand marketplace. Every day, there is so much great stuff on offer that I truly wonder sometimes how ethical it is to keep buying cheap new furniture that was made on the other side of the world. Collectively, we already own more great design than we could possibly use in our lifetime. Time to put the brakes on things, people! Here, let me show you ten of my favorite finds from the last couple of months. Got you in the mood? Then follow me right here!
I hate kids. I wouldn’t kick them, but you know what I mean. They can totally mess up your otherwise perfect interior! So why not make the most of a very bad situation and buy them this Starform Pluto table?
I’m not really sure what this giant thing is supposed to be – it looks like a the headboard of the bed of an alien drag queen and for that, I love it.
Nothing makes a good interior like a good vase. And by good I mean one of a kind and over the top – like this particular one in the shape of a Fifties Japanese woman’s head. Because, why not?
The cover of this David Hockney book made me wonder if should just go out and buy a blonde wig. What do you think? I liked this book so much, I bought it myself and put it on my coffee table – where else?
Screw Ikea when you can buy this set of Cassina Marema nesting tables – what more can I say? (and yes, my current kitchen, sofa and credenza all come from Ikea. Nobody said I was perfect).
This vintage soft pink Alape wash basin would be a great place to start if you’re getting a new bathroom. There’s definitely something to be said for vintage building materials. And don’t forget to check out the blogpost I wrote a while ago about my press trip to Alape in Germany, ja?
I fell hook, line and sinker for Fu, Lu and Shou. In fact, I just went out and bought them myself. Turned out the seller had a massive warehouse filled to the brim with Chinese art, such a pleasant surprise!
My next sofa is going to be this blue Gelderland 6730. Amazing color, wonderful shape and built to last a lifetime.
This Meissen soup tureen is only one example of why I like German porcelain. I could look at it for hours, which is probably not a good idea because my soup would get cold.
I always make a point of sharing only the items I’d actually buy myself on Gevonden of Marktplaats. These two Martin Visser Osaka chairs are a prime example.
Night of a 100 Stars II
“But now, here we are, in the Eighties. And the spectrum of our available entertainment is so wide and so varied, that one might wonder what the influence might be this time.” That was part of the intro Joan Collins gave at the Night of 100 Stars II as she wondered where fashion designers would get their inspiration from in a media-saturated world. Looking back, the Eighties were the Stone Age compared to the visual overload that is the 2010’s – but it doesn’t really matter. Just sit back and enjoy a celebrity-filled fashion show with lots of big hair and big shoulder pads – and that’s just the men!
Terracotta Flower Chairs
Does anyone have € 2,950 lying around? Because I feel like splashing out on this set of eight terracotta flower chairs NOW. Belgian interior designer Jean-Philippe Demeyer put them for sale on 1stDibs a while ago and they’re totally adorable.
A few weeks ago, I was at the launch of Rembrandt Reality, which is a fantastic augmented reality app based on Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp. Using actors and all the latest technology, the makers painfully reconstructed the scene of this Dutch Golden Age painting, thereby allowing you to walk around it and explore every nook and cranny from any angle you could possibly imagine. Rembrandt Reality also tells you the fascinating story behind Nicolaes Tulp, which features everything from a stolen cape to a rather clumsy Golden Age surgeon. Highly recommended stuff!
Atelier Décor: What six rooms from famous paintings would look like in real life
Bringing classic paintings to the 21st century seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. HomeAdvisor.com recently recreated some of the most iconic interiors in art history and the result is totally fascinating. Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom is only one example – definitely check out the other five paintings as well – they’re well worth your time.
The Luxury Paint Company Creating a New Kind of Decorating Anxiety
What a great photo of Joa Studholme on the Farrow & Ball website! I hope they don’t mind me borrowing it for a minute.
To close off, here’s some recommended lazy Sunday reading material I think you will enjoy. The New Yorker wrote an article about Farrow & Ball’s Joa Studholme a while ago. It is so long, that its audio version (that is included on the site) runs at a whopping 34 minutes. So why not stay in bed and listen to it while doze off one last time? I know I would!