Design District 2014 – Zaandam 21-23 May

Design District held it’s interior design event for the 3rd year in Zaandam just 20 minutes by car just outside Amsterdam. This year the focus of the event appeared to lean more towards commercial and office space design. The use of modular furniture was very apparent throughout. However, nothing really caught my eye or, got me very excited. In the past when I would attend this event, there was always something new and interesting that would get my attention. After walking around a bit I finally saw something out of the corner of my eye, the design of an amazing lamp! I stopped to take a closer look and definitely wanted to take a photo. I asked a young man standing nearby if I could make a photo. He then proceeded to inform me that he would ask the designer if it would be okay to do so. The young man went away for about 1 minute and returned with the actual designer. For a moment I was speechless as they approached. The designer was as stunning as the lamp he created! Tall, extremely handsome with a great smile he approached me and asked if I had any questions. Within 30 seconds I worked past the visual of the designer and began to ask questions about his design and the concept of it’s creation. We talked about 15 minutes together about interior lighting styles and the different variations being introduced. I took his card and told him how impressed I was with the design and looked forward to seeing his website. He was pleased that I had such strong interest in his work. Feeling hopeful now that I had discovered something great, I looked for more things that could be of interest. Deciding that I really did not see anything further at the event itself, I took one of the VIP Mini’s which were standing just outside with drivers. This service allows you to go off-site to visit showrooms which are nearby. I requested to go to Zuiver, a Dutch furniture design brand. Once there, I got to see their new collection which was absolutely great and felt my spirit had been renewed. Their focus was a retreat back to the sixties. Creating amazing pieces with form and function (very Scandinavian idea, I am a huge fan of this type of design).

It was refreshing to see a showroom with something that excited my senses. I definitely will be using several of the pieces I saw in future ideas. As well, I definitely have a strong feeling we will be seeing more of the work from Ir. Willem-Jan Eisbrandt Vos (designer of the lamp) – great design and great form all around.

Aerial De Neau, Interior Stylist
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Aerial De Neau-Karlas

“Coming from San Francisco, I moved to Amsterdam as part of following my passion to experience life in another country. Amsterdam had an appeal that I absolutely loved. That same passion lead me into interior styling. Being able to create a look for a space is the best feeling. It is a challenge at times finding exactly what works and what doesn’t, but that is all part of the journey. Being able to bring to reality a look that is special and unique is the creative process in motion. It’s what I love doing.”

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