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Spicy Mustard – Fresh May Catches

 

 

 

MAY SPICY MUSTARD FRESH CATCHES ON CROWDYHOUSE

This month, CROWDYHOUSE selected a fantastic fresh collection of design products. Discover our Spicy Mustard catches from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Our selection of the month includes:

1- Freakish CLOCK Wall Clock Yellow by Sabrina Fossi Design

2- ETNA Candle Wood Collection Yellow by WOODENDOT

3- Mimosa Ceramic Coffee Mug by PING & MOOS

4- TrueColors Stool Yellows by visser&mei- jwaard

5- Crinkled Paper Print Cushion Yellow by Suzanne Goodwin

6- THE BIG WALRUS STOOL color by NI- MIO-LAB

7- Flora Small Tall Table by DAM

 

Designer Spotlight: Sabrina Fossi

“When it comes to everyday objects, it’s the smallest details that turn the ordinary into something that really stands out from the crowd”. Since founding her label, designer Sabrina Fossi has honed this covetable skill, giving well-known forms an unexpected edge-and a much needed dose of light-hearted playfulness.” Sabrina Fossi Design is a company producing 100% Italian handcrafted homeware products. It aims to bring the best Italian master crafts man skills in each product giving to the final customers an outstanding product quality. Sabrina Fossi Design started its own production in 2013 in partnership with LIAF, a company based near Florence that has been creating handmade interiors and products for home and commercial spaces since 1984. Her Freakish CLOCK Wall Clock Collection has been one of the best sellers on Crowdyhouse!

 

If you want to discover CROWDYHOUSE Entire Spicy Mustard design products Collection check out this page!

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Pantone Greenery – Fresh April Catches

 

APRIL PANTONE GREENERY FRESH CATCHES ON CROWDYHOUSE

This month, CROWDYHOUSE selected a fantastic fresh collection of design products. Discover our Pantone Greenery catches from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Our selection of the month includes:

1- Hermain Chair-Olive by Hawke & Thorn

2- Plera Green by Enrico Zanolla

3-Keli Vase by HR Design Studio

4-PENTA Hook Mirror and Cork by VALENCE

5- LUNEdot endless candle/candelabra concept- Apple green by LUNE

6- Lupin Leaf A3 Poster by Lissa Thimm Studio

7- Zingy Palm Print Cushion Small by Suzanne Goodwin

 

Designer Spotlight: HR Design Studio

HR Design Studio is a Portuguese design studio with the will to create, explore and show new details in Design. Started in 2014 by Hugo Ribeiro, graduated in Design Environments in ESAD -School of Arts and Design at Caldas da Rainha. Soon he revealed a different view to create new forms, materials and colors, combining them in unique ways. The rapid growth, the multidisciplinary team and the strong ambition for the studio to become a platform in areas like ambient, furniture, accessories and consultancy, will give the vision for new and amazing ideas. ​ The Studio recently promoted their new collection of Keli Vases with new colors and smells! These are made out of wax with fragrances, it perfumes the environment and thanks to its geometric shapes, the vases can create an unique and elegant ambiance for your space.

If you want to discover CROWDYHOUSE Entire Pantone Greenery design products Collection check out this page!

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The ultimate list of the best European interior design blogs

Are you sure you’re aware of all the best European Interior Design websites ? You should definitely read this article and see if you surfed the internet enough to discover this Interior Blog pearls. Enjoy the reading of CROWDYHOUSE’s favorites of the moment!

1- BlueBerry Home

https://www.blueberryhome.fr/

Blueberry Home is a french website run by a blogger and mum, Aurèlie. She is passionate about home design and interior decor. In her website you will find loads of home ideas articles, you will be able to make virtual tours in different houses or find inspirational pictures and suggestions. We hardly suggest you to check Blueberry Homes because it’s extremely on top of trends. You will find there all the latest and hottest topics about interior design. The websites offers also a section dedicated to kids furniture, which looks fabulous!  After all, Aurèlie is a mum, and also kids deserve the best interior design for their rooms.

2-ITALIANBARK

https://www.italianbark.com/ 

We all are aware that Italians have a very good taste. From food, to clothes and of course interior design. You should take a look at this Italian home design website. Elisabetta is the founder of the site. She is an architect and interior designer. We loved the fact that she is also a traveller, and so she reflects also this passion in her website. Indeed, you can find a section dedicated to her travels. ITALIANBARK includes many different categories, from interior trends to home tours, Interior tips, original interiors, and also the section “buy it”, where you can find some products on sale. Due to the fact Elisabetta works as interior designer, if you are curious about her talent, you will also find a section dedicated to her personal project works. ITALIANBARK, even tough the name may say the opposite, is entirely written in english. So , no excuses, go and check it out!

3-Droom Home

https://droomhome.nl/

Let’s move in Dutch territory, so for all the dutchies out there, this could be something interesting for you! We know that dutch design it’s all about feeling “Gezellig”…and Droom Home won’t disappoint you if you want to find your favorite gezellig (Cosy) idea of design. The website is divided in home categories: Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, Floor, Interior, Fireplaces and Garden.  In each category you can find plenty of related articles which are about product descriptions, tips and reviews. We suggest you to visit the Droom Home also for another nice offering  of the website, which is the “Brochure” section. You will be able to find and eventually order many different FREE brochures from a variety of designers. The website offers also a section dedicated to sales and discounts, where you will find the best offers from different design websites, so if you are searching for cheap design we would recommend you to visit their discount section.

4- Design House Stockholm

https://designhousestockholm.com/

Are you a fan of Scandinavian Design? Then you will find all you need in this website. Design Stockholm House offers a very large variety of Scandinavian design products. You will find a long list of designers and architects and all their design products. A nice feature of this website is that each picture of a product showed is available for download, you can save high resolution images, and read a short story about the object and his designer. If you want to buy some of those products you will find a page on the website linking to all the existent physical stores in the world, and all the online stores. You definitely have to take a look at this wonderful nordic designs.

5-Roomstyler

https://roomstyler.com/

Here we are with another Inspirational website. In this case the website works like a platform where people can share upload and download. The websites offers very beautiful and high resolution pictures about nicely decorated and furnished rooms, where different products  are tagged. So if you like one particular product of the picture, you can follow the link and end on the designer’s page and eventually buy the product. But Roomstyler is not only about suggestions, this websites gives you also the opportunity to be active. This is why we love their style! One of its features is the possibility to participate in contests, here people can vote for what’s their favorite home design item between many, related to a specific theme. Also, the most unexpected (and fun) activity in the website is the “3D Room planner”….have you ever dreamed of being an architect? you can try out this feature and create your own virtual house! Go and have some fun on Roomstyler!

6-Apartment apothecary

https://www.apartmentapothecary.com/ 

Let’s now move to England! If you are more a type of persona that likes intimate and personal blogs, check what Katy Orme created. Apartment Apothecary, a wonderful  and really personal design blog, where she daily posts about home decor. She wants to share ideas about how to make your house look better, offering you tips for helping you getting the perfect house you always wanted! Apartment Apothecary has also a category dedicated to DIY and Crafting, one to plant and flowers, and a section dedicated to all the seasonal designs. It’s also possible to shop some lovely products on her website. We totally agree with her motto, so follow it and make your home feel better!

7- Residence

https://www.residence.nl/

Residence is another dutch websites. In this case the genre is not strictly focused around interior design , but it features also art and travel. It has the structure of a magazine, and offers an exciting mix of styles from all over the world. A special property section highlights also exclusive residential properties currently on the market.  The magazine is divided in topics, including Interior design, with a different dedicated section for each room of the house. You will find interesting articles about different design topics, and you will also be able to follow links to the shops, if you may be interested in buying any particular product mentioned. We really suggest you this online magazine if you have a sense of fine taste, a critical eye, a flamboyant creative hand, and an enterprising spirit

8-Avenue Lifestyle

https://www.avenuelifestyle.com/

This is another hidden pearl for blog lovers. Avenue Lifestyle is a blog run by Holly Marder, interior design journalist and stylist focusing on interiors and editorial productions.  Why we recommend you her blog? Her prints, stylings or photography works can be seen in many famous European magazines and she was one of 16 of Europe’s most prominent bloggers. Well, definitely a relevant background!  The Blog has also a dedicated section to workshops. Holly organizes periodically some interesting meetings made to share photography and home decor passion together.What you can find on Avenue Lifestyle Blog is the reflection of it’s owner passion for documenting people’s homes and stories that go with them through imagery and words.  Aside from this, Holly also works decorating homes, she offers help for consultancy and home re-styling works.  So Avenue Lifestyle becomes  the place where to document inspirational finds, share projects, beautiful images and snippets of work and life. Are you curious to see Holly’s projects and pictures ? We would suggest you to discover her talent…

9- Atmine

https://atmine.com/

Are you looking for something similar to Pinterest or Instagram for interior design inspirations? Then you definitely have to register on Atmine. It’s another inspirational home design website which gives you the option to follow, save and share what you like, exactly like Pinterest or other similar platforms. The original thing is that you can also follow real people that post images of their own houses and design ideas. In this way you can take inspiration from other design lovers like you and share the passion.  In the section “Explore” you will find a lot of different categories, and each one has a variety of wonderful interior design pictures , perfect for daily inspiration! In the section “Home Stories”  you can discover home tours, trends of the community and style stories, and even post your own one. Atmine offers also the possibility to shop what you like by finding the furniture sources, readily tagged in all the pictures.

10- Home & Garden

https://www.homeandgarden.nl/

And let’s go further with another Dutch website. We know that dutch people love their gardens, maybe even more than their houses. If you also like to take care of your garden, as well as your home decor, check out Home&Garden. This website gives large space to gardens, outdoor design, verandas and terrace furniture and decor. You will find also interesting tips on plants maintenance. After all, the garden is a fundamental part of a house, especially in spring and summer. This is a perfect timing for gaining some “outdoor” inspiration and showing everyone your wonderful garden!

11- Ergenstussenin

http://ergenstussenin.be/

 

Come and meet Eliza! She is a creative girl from Belgium and has made her blog become her passion in life. Writing about Interior design, home decorations and everything concerning “beautiful things” it’s the purpose of her blog. On Ergenstussenin you will find weekly articles related to various topics, with suggestions, tips, stories, inspirations and much more. For example, do you want to know how to paint your kitchen, which ones are the best chairs for your dining room or the best products for the Spring, tips on how to decorate your terrace, how to set up a wonderful Christmas Table and to perfectly package your gifts or how to create wonderful and original picture frames? Then here you will find the answers and also many mores! Loads of interesting articles are waiting you on Ergenstussenin. The website it’s divided into the section Hotspot, Interior, Styling&Decor and Projects, so to categorize the different articles in the appropriate section. More than just a design website, Ergenstussenin can be considered as Eliza personal diary that she wants to share with you. She will keep you company while you read her nice and friendly articles.

12- L’Essenziale

http://essenziale-hd.com/

L’Essenziale means “essential, the most important thing”, and this blog is dedicated to fundamental elements of interior design such as: design process, history of styles, decorating news and trends, ideas and inspirations. This is how Anna Kovalchenko, the founder of the website, defines her Blog. Are you curious about how the idea of design it’s interpreted by a Russian girl? Anna is from Moscow but she considers herself an International person, because she lived for years in different exotic islands and also in London where she got a Diploma in Interior Design. On L’Essenziale you will find many of Anna’s design Projects and Works about the different Apartments in Moscow that she re-styled. A mixture of nordic cold Russian furniture and warm exotic design from the islands….sounds good ? Take a look at L’Essenziale!

13- Kate Young Design

http://kateyoungdesign.com/

Could you think of an Interior Design which mixes Scandinavian and Bohemian style? well, Scandi-Boho is the original look, that the blogger Kate Young gave to her house. Scandinavian design is about less and bright colors, maintaining a very clean and simple design. Instead, boho it’s more an explosion of colors and a use of mixed and mostly natural materials. The perfect combination? Little colors with bohemian materials and forms. Kate Young is an Interior Stylist who lives in the south of England, since she was 8 she always breathed interiors. Her passion for design ended in her Blog where she shows this perfect mix between Scandinavian and Bohemian Style. On Kate Young Design you can see pictures of her house, and also buy some products. You’ll find a whole load of inspiration. Go and check!

14-Lost and Layers

http://lostandlayers.com/

 

Lost and Layers it’s the personal blog of a creative girl. Sarah reflects there, her passion for fashion chronicles, lifestyle diaries and the things she get inspired every day. On her blog you can find different categories like Lookbook where all your curiosities about the latest fashion trends will be fulfilled, Wanderlust where you will read interesting articles about travels and, Lifestyle category and even a section dedicated to Food. And of course the category Interior, where she shares her personal tastes about interior design with original articles and loads of inspiring pictures. Don’t forget to check also her Instagram for even more wonderful pics!

 

15- BoulevardB

http://www.boulevardb.nl/

 

Let’s meet a blogger which could be considered a Crowdyhouse’s neighbor. Barbara Natzijl lives in Amsterdam, she works as a freelance editor for famous interior design Magazines like vtwonen, Elle Decoration, at home, 101 Woonideeën en Flair. On her blog BoulevardB, Barbara likes to share all the inspiring things she discovers during her work and hopefully help others to get inspired too. If you are a fan of simple lines, bright and clean design, you will totally love what you can find on this blog!

16- Fresh Design Blog

http://www.freshdesignblog.com/

 

Here we are in UK Territory. This blog is run and edited by freelance interiors and property writer Rachel Newcombe. Fresh Design blog is updated regularly with fabulous finds and inspiration for home and garden. You can find articles regarding single products reviews, or about entire rooms and living spaces decorative ideas. All the products mentioned in the articles are linked to the respective source so that it’s possible to buy those eventually. The Blog itself offers also a Shop section where Fresh Design Blog sells the designs that finds more appealing for his audience. If you’re in for online shopping you should take a look. 

17- Design Therapy

http://www.designtherapy.it/

 

Are you a fan of clean, simple and elegant home decor? Then, this beautiful Italian Blog will surely satisfy your curiosity. Light and sober colors are the main protagonists in this website. Design Therapy gives you a feeling of freshness and spring air. You will find here the most beautiful Italian designs inspirations. The website offers also some interesting articles about some common home topics. Raw materials, influences from Scandinavian style and clean design, it’s what Manuela, the blog founder, finds inspiring and wants to share with the design world. Definitely, one of the best inspirational Interior design Blogs out there!

 

 

 

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Spring Colours – Fresh March Catches

 

FEBRUARY SPRING DESIGN CATCHES ON CROWDYHOUSE

This month, CROWDYHOUSE selected a fantastic fresh collection of design products. Discover our spring colours catches from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Our selection of the month include:

  1. Set Of two White Ceramic Cups by More Degrees
  2. Oasi- Glass Containers With Wooden Lid by Incipit Lab
  3. FLY’S EYE PORCELAIN VASE by Krafla
  4. Carrots and Roses silk and Velvet Cushion by Texas and the Artichoke
  5. Porcelain Bowl by Nüüd Ceramics by Amy Sia
  6. Confetti Colorful Terrazzo Coffee Table by Fish and Pink

 

Designer Spotlight: More Degrees

More Degrees is a ceramic studio located in Vilnius, Lithuania. They design and handcraft ceramic products. All their items are molded by hands so they’re all unique and all full of handmade charm. Their goal is to create modern exclusive product for modern interior. Hope our products will help people to create breath-consuming interior. Their “Set of two White Ceramic Cups” has been also featured in ELLE’s decoration Creative Collection! Check out also their other versions of Ceramic cups, Set of two White Ceramic Cups 1 and Set of two White Ceramic Cups 2.

If you want to discover CROWDYHOUSE best catches make sure to check this page!

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Spring Design – Fresh February Catches

Spring Design - Monthly Catches - February

FEBRUARY SPRING DESIGN CATCHES ON CROWDYHOUSE

This month, CROWDYHOUSE selected a fantastic fresh collection of design products. Discover our spring design catches from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Our selection of the month include:

  1. You-Tube Wall Vase by Van Tjalle en Jasper
  2. Robot Side Table by &New
  3. Natural Wood Plant Stand by Oitenta
  4. Self Watering Natural Balance by Studio Lorier
  5. Triangulus Small in Salmon by frauklarer
  6. Plantini Growing Kit by Another Studio
  7. “Condie” Wall Decoration by Kevin Callaghan

Designer Spotlight: &New

Winner of best new furniture design at Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2015, &New is a modern furniture brand created by a British-Finnish design duo Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn. &New was launched in January 2014 and was tipped by The Architectural Digest as one of ‘five UK based brands and design studios worth keeping an eye on’. Distinctly modern with elegant lines, &New’s steel furniture collection is recognisable by it’s minimal powder-coated form. All &New products are manufactured in Britain. &New aims to produce pieces that are long-lasting and strong as well as beautiful. The products are made in small batches and they all have plenty of individual character as every weld is different. The result is a collection of furniture that celebrates the imperfections that make objects beautiful. Discover their shop on CROWDYHOUSE.

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Hot Products: LiliLite

Discover the LiliLite by Thijs Smeets

 

LiliLite; the all in one solution for reading in bed
The all in one solution for reading in bed

Award-winning designer comes up with the perfect combination between functional and cool. Say hi to LiliLite – the all in one solution for reading in bed.

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Is it a bookshelf? Is it a reading light? Is it a bookmark? It is the solution for all the above: The LiliLite. Aside from looking adorable, its most unique feature is the responsive light switch: the sensor registers if an open book is placed on the peak. The light will switch on and off when you use LiliLite as a bookmark.

LiliLite; the all in one solution for reading in bed

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Dutch Designer Thijs Smeets designed the LiliLite. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign it is now an off the shelf product. Smeets came up with this multifunctional design when he and his book-loving girlfriend got frustrated with the old-fashioned night-stand. Bed lamp, glass of water, pile of books… There was always the chance of creating a mess.

LiliLite provides a next level solution: the product can be hung above your bed. It also works perfectly with e-readers or tablets. The shelf itself is made out of single piece of steam pressed plywood finished with an American oak veneer. A top shelf product that fits any bedroom style.

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LiliLite Double Bed

The perfect gift for your bookworm mother, a housewarming or as an encouragement for your kids to get them to read.

…or why not treat yourself?

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LiliLite is sold via the webshop www.lililite.com for 149€ for one, or 249€ for two.

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About the Designer

 

Thijs Smeets

Thijs Smeets (1979) is an Amsterdam based product designer. His talents are recognized by consumer brands like Coca Cola, Nokia and Nike, as well as high-end furniture brands like Leolux and Gispen.

His designs are exhibited all over the world, currently in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. Millions of his products have been sold.

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Sustainable Design – Fresh January Catches

Sustainable Design - Monthly Catches - January

JANUARY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN CATCHES ON CROWDYHOUSE

This month, CROWDYHOUSE selected a fantastic eco-friendly collection of design products. Discover our sustainable design catches from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Our selection of the month include:

  1. Pion White Cardboard Bed & Side Table with Coloured Felt Top by Andrea Brugnera
  2. Magi Basket – Prunus by Jinja
  3. Trobla – Wooden Ampfilier for Smartphones – Walnut by Trobla
  4. Kruk – barstool by Fabrikoos
  5. Späneschirm by Shigeri Yamamoto studio
  6. Natsuki Origami pendant lamps by moshi-moshi by Mitsue Kido
  7. Cardboard Playhouse: Green and Beige Turtle by HULKI

Designer Spotlight : Fabrikoos – Digital craftsmen

This monthly selection is also a great opportunity to introduce you to one of our brand new designers: Fabrikoos. It is an independant design studio based in Delft, the Netherlands.

Fabrikoos is using the newest digital production techniques to make your brand new piece of furniture sustainably without the use of any screws, nails or glue. Digital production techniques like 3D printing and CNC milling are capable of turning a digital design into a physical object instantly. In this way the European manufacturing industry can once more compete with outsourced mass production. There are even predictions of a 4th Industrial Revolution based on digital production techniques. At Fabrikoos, they know the capabilities and the limitations of their own 5m wide CNC milling machine inside out and integrate this knowledge in their designs. Thanks to the 0.1mm precision of their CNC milling machine, the furniture can be slotted together and taken apart in no time, with no need for fastenings. This type of assembly results in a clear and functional aesthetic, resulting in a pure product made out of one type of (sheet) material, on one (CNC) machine, with one (digital) file: digital craftsmanship! Discover their shop on CROWDYHOUSE.

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Fresh December Catches

Monthly Catches : December 2016

DECEMBER CATCHES ON CROWDYHOUSE

Discover our fresh design catches from some of Europe’s most exciting designers.

Our selection of the month include:

  1. ARINA SPEAKER SUEDE cream by Muemma
  2. Pot Loft, copper by LoftYou
  3. BENJAMIN round magazine basket by Villahomecollection
  4. 3 X60° Black by Peter van den Ijssel
  5. Monday Dining Chair Razzle Dazzle by Fest Amsterdam
  6. CHRONEK cube concrete clock by Natural Born Design
  7.  Bird walnut by DRAAJ

Designer Spotlight : DRAAJ – Fresh designer on CROWDYHOUSE

This monthly selection is also a great opportunity to introduce you to one of our brand new designers: DRAAJ. DRAAJ is an independent studio and workplace located in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The DRAAJ collection consists of handcrafted objects designed by the artist, wood turner and musician Karim Eharruyen. With loving devotion, he works on these objects in his atelier Houtzaagmolen De Ster, which happens to be an ancient saw mill. Karim does not consider himself as a creator, but rather a discoverer of existing forms and structures. He does not want to impose a specific meaning, but just passes on what the earth already offers. He invites you to play freely with the objects, feel the shapes, arrange them as you please. Give your own DRAAJ (twist) to them. Wood lives. Each piece has it’s own history, a story that is reflected in the growth rings, the grain and the knots. Like a human being, every wooden object therefore is unique. Karim nurtures these stories with compassion and let them flourish in his objects. He works exclusively with sustainable timber. With wood species that have grown up not too far away. If possible, he offers found wood a second life. Because recycling materials often have rich stories to tell. And recycling reduces the impact of the production process on nature. DRAAJ objects can be obtained, among other materials, in oak, maple, pear and walnut. Discover his store on CROWDYHOUSE.

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New in the House: Form&Seek Collective

Meet Form&Seek

Meet Golnar, Ruben and Bilge. They are 3 designers and good friends, and are initiators of Form&Seek. Form&Seek is a young collective of designers and right this moment they are presenting their work at the London Design Festival. We think Golnar, Ruben and Bilge have a very exciting story to share. Have a nice read!

FS_GroupPortrait_BWFLTR: Ruben, Bilge and Golnar

INTERVIEW

What is Form&Seek?

We are a dynamic collective of young designers. We gather designers who are interested in both the functional and poetic appeal of design and believe that objects have the power to communicate meaningful messages and new ways of looking at the world. By placing our work within the familiar framework of everyday life, we aim to innovate and provoke discussion.

 

 

Why did you start Form&Seek? 

We started Form&Seek in 2013 with a group of friends in London as a platform to show our work to the world and give creative talents the opportunity to do this. It is difficult for young designers to bare the cost of exhibiting and international design shows. We wanted to have this opportunity through sharing the costs and responsibilities in order to have our own shows. Through Form&Seek we are constantly creating an ever-evolving network of designers who are challenging design and looking at it from diverse perspectives. It allows us to have a place in the design through creating a context and environment of our own.

If you can define From&Seek in one word, what would it be?

FRESH – Form&Seek gathers the newest and freshest ideas together.

How many designers are part of Form&Seek?

It varies, we started with just 9 designers when we first showed in Istanbul Design Week in 2013. This year in London Design Festival we have 30 designers showing with us. Since 2013 we have created shows with 72 different talented designers.

How do you select designers to be part?

Form&Seek is by invitation only. We look at what sort of work the designers are doing and think about the process behind the work. If we find the process and material interesting and if the work fits the show theme we will invite them.

At this moment you are exhibiting at London Design Festival, what is the show all about?

We have two shows at London Design Festival. The show in Boxpark is based on the concept de-construct/re-construct. The work we have selected for the show play with this idea through the process involved in making the work. Here all the work on exhibition will be available to purchase as well, which is very exciting for anyone wanting new and unique design pieces. Our second show based on the same theme will be held at London Design Fair in the Truman Brewery. Both are within the Shoreditch Design Triangle.

What can we expect to see from Fom&Seek in the near future? 

Each year we are growing larger. We started with 9 designers and now we have tripled the amount of work and space needed. We have big plans for Milan Design Week now. We are now working on taking Form&Seek further from a collective of exhibitors making their own work to a brand which will hopefully be able to take on a collection of objects to produce under the F&S label. We would also like to have opportunities to curate other shows and spaces.

SHORT AND PERSONAL QUESTIONS

What is your best quality as a designer and what would you like to improve?  

  • Golnar: I feel I am open minded and don’t dismiss anything as impossible. I’d like to be able to turn more ideas into a reality.
  • Ruben: I am quite versatile and comfortable in different disciplines. I would like to improve my leadership skills as we are starting to grow as a studio.
  • Bilge: As designers we should be able to understand and create new human behaviors and habits. This all leads to stories that design objects tell and the user feel that they are part of the story. I believe in my work I am able to tell good stories. In the near future I would like to work with different mediums and scales to challenge myself.

What is the best part of being a designer in this decade?

  • Golnar: connection to the whole world. I love that we can travel the world doing what we do. Meet people from other cultures and influence and inspire one another.
  • Ruben: You have the freedom to build a company and do many things yourself that used to be very difficult to be done.
  • Bilge: I believe we live in an era that people understands and values design which i feel very lucky.

What are your biggest struggles as a designer?  

  • Golnar: keeping up
  • Ruben: To know when to stop and to know when to push something further.
  • Bilge: Designing process is always an emotional roller coaster, it actually doesn’t happen overnight. As a designer i need to play with the material understand the processes to be able to design. Since the craftsmanship slowly leaving the cities it is getting harder to be part of new craft techniques.

If the sky is the limit, where would you be in 10 years from now?

  • Golnar: Living a nomadic, creative life between continents.
  • Ruben: I would like to have a hub where design, art, music, food and theatre come together.
  • Bilge: In 10 year i would live in London and have a huge airy studio in a very green neighbourhood where i can make a big mess:).

The person I admire most in the whole world is…

  • Golnar: my parents
  • Ruben: Nelson Mandela
  • Bilge: Vincent Van Gogh

My favorite music artist or band is…

  • Golnar: I really like Joan Armatrading
  • Ruben: Mos Def
  • Bilge:

The most important thing in my life is…

  • Golnar: Love
  • Ruben: Golnar
  • Bilge: Family

My guilty pleasure is…

  • Golnar: Catching up on sleep
  • Ruben: Red Wine and cheese
  • Bilge: Chocolate

If I could have a super power it would be…

  • Golnar: teleport from Europe to Australia and back
  • Ruben: Flying
  • Bilge: Flicking my finger and getting what I want

My favorite city in the world is…

  • Golnar: Amsterdam
  • Ruben: London
  • Bilge: London so far but I need to see much more in the world to answer this, so ask me in 10 years

 

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CROWDYHOUSE 3 years later

CROWDYHOUSE celebrates its third birthday

This month CROWDYHOUSE is celebrating its third birthday and the launch of their brand new website. CROWDYHOUSE started three years ago as a crowdfunding platform for design, transformed into a rebel with a cause within the existing design industry. CROWDYHOUSE works with selected raw and talented designers with an exciting uniqueness and connects them to the crowd. Founders Mark Studholme and Suzan Claesen are looking back at their journey and explain what the ‘new’ CROWDYHOUSE is all about.

Three years ago CROWDYHOUSE started in the uprise of the crowdfunding market. Mark and Suzan, whom both have a background in the furniture and design industry, have a lot of passion and compassion for what they call the ‘undiscovered designers’. This group of young and talented upcoming designers is main group they facilitate. When CROWDYHOUSE launched as a crowdfunding platform the aim was to help these designers raise funding to set up a production line and directly sell to customers.

Mark & Suzan, co-founders of CROWDYHOUSE

The platform kicked off with 20 different products online, based on the crowdfunding principles each needing a minimum number of orders before the designer would start the production. Shortly after the launch CROWDYHOUSE grew fast in number of products and designers to fund on their site. The response from customers on the products was very positive, it became clear that there is a huge consumer need to buy something different from all mainstream design products out there. However, selling the products through crowdfunding turned out not to add a lot of value. Many designers were able to deliver directly and were mainly looking for a suitable platform to sell their work.


After taking in these learnings Mark and Suzan took away all the parts, including the crowdfunding concept, that were distracting from the most important and exciting part of CROWDYHOUSE, the raw and talented designers they bring together on their platform. With the launch of the new website the vision for CROWDYHOUSE has never been more clear.


Mark and Suzan feel the commercial system of the traditional design industry has led to a rather uniform pool of established designers, working for a rather uniform pool of well-known brands, selling to a rather uniform pool of consumers. With CROWDYHOUSE they are working towards a world filled with a wider variety of design. That’s why they open their doors to design talents that are blessed with an exciting uniqueness. Even for the super edgy ones with a small commercial audience. Not just any upcoming designer is suitable to join their club. Their creations must be unforeseen and outspoken. They must be skilled enough to produce high quality products suitable for daily usage. And most importantly, they should be absolutely passionate about their work.

‘When the right people are gathered in the right way, the whole becomes greater, perhaps much greater, than the sum of its parts. Gathering the right people at the right time in their lives, in the right combination of talents, is our core business.’ – Suzan Claesen
Beyond the limits of the traditional design conventions CROWDYHOUSE creates the right conditions for upcoming designers to be discovered. They encourage designers to develop design that is off the beaten track, and offer a platform that intensifies their designs and gives them instant credibility. CROWDYHOUSE creates a platform for designers where they are free to add some swag to the design industry. By removing the obstacles between designers and design fans worldwide their goal is to enhance a more personal connection. Currently CROWDYHOUSE is selling products to customers in 58 different countries worldwide.

‘Having talent is something. Yet marketing it and getting noticed is completely different. We see designers with skills that are both undeniable and unparalleled, but they still seem to stay undiscovered. It’s exactly these raw talents we want to connect to the crowd.’ – Mark Studholme
Many designers that joined CROWDYHOUSE at the very start have experienced the impact the platform has had on the growth and recognition of their studios. Tjalle Niehof and Jasper Kuil from studio ‘Van Tjalle en Jasper’ are a great example of upcoming designers on their way making name in Europe. They were one of the first designers to join CROWDYHOUSE. Over the past years their studio grew in popularity in the industry and sales through the platform allowed them to further develop their business. Today they are a profitable studio selling their work all throughout Europe. The role of CROWDYHOUSE is giving them the needed exposure connecting them to the right people interested in their work.

‘CROWDYHOUSE played a big part in us being discovered as upcoming design studio’  – Japser Kuil
 

Tjalle and Jasper from studio ‘VanTjalle&Jasper’

 

For ceramic designer Jasmin Djerzic, CROWDYHOUSE was one of his first online sales places. He produces his products himself in his workshop. From the moment Jasmin joined CROWDYHOUSE he quickly noticed people discovered his work through the exposure on the platform. He started selling many products and even struggled to keep up production. Jasmin’s vision is that design should be affordable for everyone. Right this moment Jasmin is expanding his production line to make his products available for a larger market.

‘I am proud to be part of the CROWDYHOUSE family, it is fantastic to be able to present my work among so many like minded designers’– Jasmin Djerzic

Jasmin Djerzic

These designers are on their way to take the next step, a level up from an upcoming to an established studio. Mark and Suzan believe it is a good thing designers spread their wings and have ambition to grow big, even when they started small on CROWDYHOUSE. At the same time they welcome new upcoming design talent they connect to the crowd.

 

What to expect from CROWDYHOUSE the coming years? CROWDYHOUSE believes the design industry needs some spice. They aim to do that by going off the beaten track, and add some swag to the design industry. CROWDYHOUSE wants people to feel instead of think, to laugh out loud instead of giggle and to be orange instead of grey. Within the traditional design industry CROWDYHOUSE is the rebel with a cause, the real deal with a feel.

 

Keep an eye on the new website where CROWDYHOUSE will continue to surprise you with the most unique products from Europe’s most exciting designers.

 

Suzan Claesen – Co-founder of CROWDYHOUSE

 

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French Press Release – PDF
Dutch Press Release – PDF
English Press Release – PDF
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