The Woonbeurs Amsterdam 1 – 6 October 2013 was a smaller event this year compared to 2012 however, I was very pleased that I attended. It’s great to see new and upcoming local Dutch talent showing their latest creations and innovations for interiors.I met some amazing people and was extremely impressed with the creative play of industrial and natural fabrics used. I am a big fan of industrial mixed with contemporary and modern.Making a space unique and special is the key to any interior being styled.Leather was a big draw this year used in very neutral shades of brown, beige, grey off white etc.. Lighting was also a big feature and again the use of eco friendly materials was quite prominent.
One young designer in particular was very fascinating – Sander Mulder. His use of industrial design and lighting was amazing. Imagine taking the shape of a light bulb and designing it to look “cracked open” at the bottom. You not only get the actual light bulb but, a glass shade from the actual light bulb itself thus, using one element to create a two dimensional effect! Metal containers in multiple colours placed on wheels to create ease of movement and great storage. Truly amazing thought put into the designs. Other designers gave you bold use of colour creating a very sixties feel.
Jess Design was a real “wow factor” with it’s use of leather to design super comfortable sofas and chairs. Their designs allowed you to simply sit back and relax – I didn’t want to get up! It all gave me a great boost of energy and drive for going forward with ideas that can work in all kinds of spaces. And that is what attending an interior design event should do – give you endless possibilities of creating amazing spaces.
Article by: Aerial De Neau, Interior Stylist
Photos: Aerial De Neau