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PLACES TO GO | CAFE MOBY 3143 IN ARMADALE, AUS

7 December 2016

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Simple design solutions and a stunning colour palette is what struck me first about the interior design of cafe Moby 3143 in Armadale, Australia. Executed to perfection by hip design studio We Are Huntly they took their cue from the curved windows and painted the brickwork facade a warm grey contrasting with the dusty pink and dark blue on the inside.

The soft colour scheme is beautifully balanced with white metalwork seen in the seating, tables and staircase as well as a polished concrete floor and dark blue metro tiles surrounding the kitchen counter and some large table tops. Copper accents in lighting and tap ware compliment the scheme giving a hint of art deco but I’m particularly smitten with the stunning rectangular metal framed lighting next to the serving hatch.

Oh, and did I mention that this establishment is run by local foodies Steve Svensen and Christina Higgins? Their combined experience reaches from London to Melbourne and they serve delicious seasonal selections as well as heavenly coffee creations. Oh, what I’d give for a flat white and breakfast at Moby 3143.

Get there before the guidebooks do.

 

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simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

simple design solutions, colour palette, interior design, style, styling, armadale, australia, design studio, we are huntly, brickwork, warm grey, dusty pink, dark blue, white metalwork, polished concrete floor, metro tiles, copper accents, art deco, lighting, trend, hip, Steve Svensen, Christina Higgins, seasonal selections

 

 
MORE INFORMATION | Moby 3143
INTERIOR DESIGN | We Are Huntly
PHOTOGRAPHY | Sharyn Cairns
 
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FUNCTION AND FORM | BLOGGERS TOUR ANTWERP PART II

10 November 2016

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I’m continuing today with my round up of our first Function and Form Bloggers Tour Antwerp. So much more to tell you about this hip city that still seems to be slightly under the radar.

One of my lasting impressions of the trip was how much wooden furniture we saw; from solid and raw to highly polished, painted, stained or varnished. The craftsmanship was always outstanding and there was a palpable sense of pride in designing pieces that are of high quality and timeless functional design.

As was the case with table manufacturers Heerenhuis just outside Antwerp who let us a have a tour of their workshop and treated us to some delicious ‘fired bread’ by innovative local catering company Doppio. Run by friends Koen, Matthieu and Jules who pop up with food trucks consisting of a couple of traditional mobile wood fired ovens baking the most perfect pizza in 40 seconds. More about our visit to Heerenhuis in the coming months.

 

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Seasonal pop up store quatuor in the old town showing Ethnicraft, universo positivo and Notre Monde amongst other popular Scandinavian brands.

 

During our excursion into the old town of Antwerp we also got to meet local brands Ethnicraft and universo positivo who both craft highly functional contemporary furniture whilst caring deeply about the sustainability and durability of their products. We visited their current seasonal pop up store in one of the oldest buildings in Antwerp dating back to 1542 and built in the traditional Flemish style. Here you can discover their contemporary collection in this stimulating ancient environment – a real treat for the eye. More soon.

 

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Cabinet by Ethnicraft.

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Mirror by universo positivo.

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St Vincents storefront on Kleine Markt 13.

 

More shopping had to be done at St Vincents which must be Europe’s hottest concept store right now. Their selection of unique design-led items from art, fashion, furniture, lighting, ceramics, stationery and more is totally on trend and I could have quite happily bought the whole lot.

The owners Henri and Geraldine are passionate about what they do and have swapped professional careers as an economist and lawyer for shop life and host regular inspiring talks, concerts, art exhibitions and private dining events at their store.

They also serve artisan coffee and tea daily as well as small snacks so you can sit down, relax and soak up the atmosphere whilst leisurely browsing their selection. And they’re open on Sundays – a rarity for continental Europe.

 

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Ceramics, glassware, utensils, decor, books, magazines, textiles, fashion and furniture all under one roof.

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Loving the kitchen counter in the middle of the shop which serves artisan coffee and teas as well as little bites to eat so you can have a leisurely shopping experience or simply meet up in these inspirational surroundings.

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Bio Bistro Native – great little place serving organic food in the old town.

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Concrete boarding detail at Graanmarkt 13 by architect and interior designer Vincent van Duysen.

 

Talking of culinary delights we were lucky to dine in one of Antwerp’s leading design establishments: Graanmarkt 13, a restaurant, gallery, shop and penthouse which sleeps six and has been home to famous and not so famous creative figures from around the world. [You might remember me blogging about it here.] We had an absolutely fabulous three course meal served by chef Seppe Nobels before getting an exclusive tour around The Apartment on the top floor which was renovated and designed by another famous Antwerpian, architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen in 2014.

Even though we went to see The Apartment at night time and could not fully appreciate the views from the newly added top floor the atmosphere was distinctly comfortable and relaxed with a super sized deep sofa and a huge wooden table, seating 10. The space is a great example of Van Duysen’s aesthetic with polished concrete flooring and exposed beams giving an industrial edge but adding comfort and relaxed style with linen bedding, textures and textiles. You can imagine I did not want to leave this place that more recently was home to director Tim Burton during filming in the city.

It’s always a good sign when you return from a trip with lots of ideas and inspiration and Antwerp has kept me thinking and my brain busy since we returned. A lot more to explore and all being well a second trip coming up in 2017. Watch out for more posts on some of the tour’s highlights in the coming months.

 

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We stumbled across Studio Helder in the old town and loved it’s collection of decorative designer pieces, lighting and furniture.

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The stunning showroom at table manufacturers Heerenhuis.

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Tiff and Hege making sure to document our visit.

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Beautiful detailing and craftmanship at Heerenhuis

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MORE INFORMATION | Visit Antwerp
PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse unless otherwise stated
 

 

Our Function and Form Bloggers Tour Antwerp was kindly supported by City of Antwerp, Design Center De Winkelhaak, Ethnicraft, universo positivo and Notre Monde. All opinions expressed are my own.

 
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FUNCTION AND FORM | BLOGGERS TOUR ANTWERP PART I

2 November 2016

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In the last couple of weeks you’ve probably caught some glimpses on Instagram of our first Function+Form Bloggers Tour Antwerp so today I’m going to tell you a bit more of what we got up to on our 3 day trip and how it all came about.

When Tiff and I started Function+Form last year we wanted to bring like-minded people together. People who shared our love for interiors, craftsmanship and design. People who would be excited and inspired by the same stuff – from clever details, beautiful materials and design across all disciplines from ceramics, furniture and textiles to photography, interiors and architecture. For want of a better word – we were looking for our tribe.

During our events it became clear to us that we were only scratching the surface. Our tribe was as keen and hungry to discover and explore our world as we were so we came up with the idea to organise our first Function and Form Bloggers Tour. A city break was an obvious choice but we wanted to go somewhere that had been slightly under the radar, somewhere we could truly discover – though in this digital socially-networked day and age this might sound like an oxymoron.

Our group came together quite organically and we teamed up with German PR agency Pentacom who wanted to introduce us to some of their interiors and design clients based in Antwerp. The owner Annekathrin Koch managed to put an amazing program together in collaboration with the City of Antwerp and the Design Center De Winkelhaak which gave us a great overview of the local design scene and take in the city’s vibe.

 

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One of the most beautiful train stations in Europe.

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The Grand Hall in Antwerp Centraal train station.

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16th-century Guildhouses at the Grote Markt and the mystical Giant throwing a chopped off hand.
 

Let me start by saying that I deliberately didn’t research the trip. Well, not in depth anyway. I wanted to go with little to no expectations and experience for myself what the city had to offer. We did start a Pinterest board where we pinned all interesting looking Antwerp related pictures but for the most part I was ready to go and see with fresh eyes. And boy, I was simply blown away.

Antwerp is hip, cool and confident and can hold it’s own next to the more established cities of ‘cool’ like Copenhagen, Amsterdam or even Berlin. Being the second largest port town in Europe comes with a history of influences from around the world and it’s artistic reputation in the 17th century led by Rubens and Van Dyck is well documented.

Belgian fashion designers have led the way for decades with established figures like Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and Dirk Bikkembergs who were all part of the famous Antwerp Six who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts back in the early 1980s.

In terms of interior design Axel Vervoordt can be credited with establishing a Modern Belgian aesthetic back in the 1970s that relies on a rich palette of textures and neutral colours amongst sparsely furnished rooms with natural light being a key ingredient.

Since then Belgian design has grown from strength to strength meaning it was time for us to go and explore the scene in more depth. There were so many highlights during our 3 day trip that I’m just going to give you a flavour with my photos and I’ll elaborate on a few special finds in more detail over the coming months.

 

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One of the first warehouses to be restored.

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Some classic 19th century architecture in the old town.
 

First up was a visit to Gallery Traan tucked away in the old town who exhibits objects, subjects and themes with functional and subjective approaches that sit somewhere between design, art and architecture.

The owner Veerle Wenes was kind enough to give us a tour of the stunning multi-level gallery and her adjacent home that manages to combine modernist architecture with original period details like brick flooring and a huge ancient fireplace in her living room. The space and exhibits compliment each other so well that the line between them becomes blurred and I found myself admiring both in equal measure.

More of this exceptional space soon.

 

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We saw a lot of beautiful herringbone brick floors as above at Gallery Traan.

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The stunning space that is Gallery Traan. Currently exhibiting Johan de Wit.

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More objects and subjects by duo Muller Van Severen.

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Bloggers at work. Photo by Igor Josifovic.

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‘Happy coffee’ and great breakfast at Kaffeenini with an eclectic mix of furniture.

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The Mas museum.

 

Antwerp like most port towns is in the process of regenerating their old docks which are now too small for the enormous vessels crossing the oceans and the area called Eilandje is now transforming into the hip place to be. PR agency Pentacom organised a tour for us around the Eilandje with architect Hansi Ombregt of p8 architecten who was one of the pioneers in redeveloping a house on the ‘small island’. With the recently built Mas museum overlooking the Eilandje we climbed up to the top and got a great view of Antwerp and an idea of the sheer scale of the harbour which simply dwarves the city.

I’m in love with anything old and industrial especially when blended with contemporary design and we found a wealth of converted old warehouses which now house great restaurants, bars and cafes like Felix Pakhuis and Balls & Glory. This area is only going to get better and I look forward to my next trip when I’m sure there will be more places to explore.

For now I’m going to leave you with some impressions of Antwerp but check back soon for part II with more finds and things to do.

 

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View across Antwerp toward the old town from the Mas museum.

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Walk along the Schelde towards the old town.

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The Red Star Line museum on the Eilandje.

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Yours truly at the Mas museum. Photo by Ilaria Fatore.

 

 
MORE INFORMATION | Visit Antwerp
PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse unless otherwise stated
 

 

Our Function and Form Bloggers Tour Antwerp was kindly supported by City of Antwerp, Design Center De Winkelhaak, Ethnicraft, universo positivo and Notre Monde. All opinions expressed are my own.

 
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DOTTIR | NORDIC RESTAURANT IN BERLIN MITTE

27 September 2016

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I couldn’t resist showing you this stripped back but still quietly glamorous interior of restaurant Dottir in Berlin’s hip Mitte district where renowned Icelandic chef Victoria Eliasdóttir serves fresh Nordic cuisine.

The grand dimensions date back to the 1880s and many of the original details remain. I love how the interior design has been carefully kept in a state of semi renovation with some beautiful vintage items like the 1930s bar stools, large abstract paintings and some antique lighting. It’s a great juxtaposition of old and new, drab and glamour and feeds the imagination.

 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Dottir with thanks
 
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FUNCTION AND FORM 03 | NINA+CO AT DEAN STREET CAFE

16 September 2016

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It’s not even a year since Tiff and I set up Function+Form with the hope to bring like-minded interior and design lovers together and stimulate engagement on a face-to-face level. I can not tell you how excited we were to see so many lovely people turn up to Function and Form 03 last Saturday for breakfast at the Dean Street Cafe in London to hear the story behind this exceptional venue and it’s interior designer Nina Woodcroft.

Though life is becoming evermore transient Tiff and I feel that values such as good design, quality, form, function and sustainability remain a constant which is our benchmark when deciding on where to hold our events and who to partner with.

The Dean Street Cafe owned and run by UK charity Centrepoint lent itself perfectly to hosting Function+Form 03 and we were thrilled when Nina agreed to fly over from Amsterdam to be with us on the day and talk us through her professional journey as well as her concept behind the interior design of the cafe.

For me Nina personifies the apprenticeship concept when she took the brave step straight after school to start work immediately. Though not as a formal apprentice but as a receptionist in an interior design firm where her attitude, engagement and curiosity for the industry saw her progressing to design assistant and designer before being made partner working on multi-million pound projects from hotels to residential and retail – all within the space of ten years.

 

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The experience gave her confidence to set up her own studio in 2014 where she can now adhere to her own standards of sustainable sourcing and low-impact on the environment as well as fitting projects around her passion for travelling. Like many self-employed people it’s all in the mix for her and though she does have her ‘bread and butter’ clients she makes a deliberate choice to work on social enterprise projects to fulfil her duty of increasing client and consumer awareness and promoting the notion of wellbeing.

Speaking about her project at Dean Street Cafe she says:

“It was a privilege to work with Centrepoint. This was an opportunity to give the Client something interesting and creative to help them stand out from a large crowd and to offer Soho’s locals and visitors a fresh, conscious and sustainable alternative. I wanted the space to reflect the sanctuary from the outside world that the charity provides for vulnerable young people. The opportunity to be part of a busy, vibrant space for homeless young people to turn their lives around was a huge inspiration.”

Centrepoint in turn couldn’t be happier with the solution as John Raynham, Head of Innovation and Enterprise at Centrepoint, states:

“Nina and Centrepoint were on the same page from the start. We both wanted an environmentally and socially sustainable solution and this theme runs throughout the project. Our aim is to motivate homeless young people to get into work and Nina has created a beautiful and authentic environment that will inspire those working here to excel.”

For me this last sentence is the essence of why (interior) design is so important to us: it makes us better people! Our surroundings have a huge impact on us as human beings and at the cafe young homeless people can get training to become a barista or work in the hospitality sector.

 

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I’ve totally fallen in love with Nina’s simple and modern design, her combination of materials, attention to detail, the different levels of lighting and clever design elements like the pegboard style wall and integrated seating at the large feature windows. It’s a totally flexible venue space and tables and chairs can be easily hidden in the deep cupboards that form part of the pegboard wall. Available for venue hire, functions and training purposes during the week the cafe comes into it’s own at the weekend when it not offers you delicious locally sourced food and drinks but one of the only sunny terraces in the center of town.

Go and check it out and support the good work!

On another note… Nina’s favourite meal of the day is breakfast and she has recently released a ceramic breakfast collection which I’ve written about here. There are some stunning special edition mugs which can be purchased from At The Table via this link.

Our breakfast was sponsored by the lovely ladies from Luminary Bakery – another of Nina’s social enterprise projects. Exceptional Juice and Mylk from The East London Juice Company – resident at the Ace Hotel. And of course by head chef Dean Masters who managed to put everything together in record time.

 

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VENUE | Dean Street Cafe
INTERIOR DESIGN | Nina+Co
PHOTOGRAPHY | Anna Stathaki with thanks
OUR PARTNERS | Centrepoint, East London Juice Company, Luminary Bakery
 

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