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Up Store – when second hand turns into design @ Les Petits Riens

Yesterday I was Christmas shopping and decided to pop by at Les Petits Riens on Rue Americaine. To my surprise I found signs pointing Up right next to the entrance to what looked like a designer pop-up store. Walking up the beautiful wooden staircase I saw portraits of participating designers; both well-established creators as well as up-and-coming talents. My curiosity grew and as I entered the spacious and atmospheric apartment turned into sustainable design heaven I could only admire the people who came up with this great idea! Up Store offers furniture, home decor, lightning, clothes and toys; all re-worked from recycled materials into contemporary design objects. Equipped only with my smartphone I took a few snapshots of the store, which is open until the 23rd of December and absolutely worth a visit!

design september: One & Only

Today a small exhibition and pop-up store opened its doors in one of the meetings rooms of Hotel Bloom. Once you enter the world of One & Only, the atelier feel is instant. Traditional craftsmanship, high quality materials, amazing attention to detail and contemporary style bring six talented designers together for Design September in Brussels. One & Only is definitely worth a visit if you’re interested to see the techniques behind the exclusive handmade items or if you’re in the mood for shopping something really special. Below you can find a link to the home page of each designer and you can find more information about the One & Only Exhibition / Shop HERE. There is an after work cocktail tomorrow (Friday), so no better time to visit than then! And if you have a good excuse to miss this tomorrow, the designers will keep the shop open until the 15th. One & Only heavenly silk scarves from Marine Delmoitiez Géraldine Peumery All Mashüt bags are one of a kind and made from fabrics handwoven …

design september

It’s here! – Just in time to save us from getting lost in the grey and rainy days. The city is full of exciting events, exhibitions, cinema, pop-up stores and restaurants, vintage fairs and lectures. I’m sure to share some of my discoveries in the upcoming days, but in the meantime take a look HERE.

skull ring

I’ve let this whole skull trend pass me by and watched from the sidelines as these shapes and patterns have moved from teenagers’ T-shirts to hipsters’ accessories and finally made their way into the textiles worn by middle aged career women. And I had no particular interest to take part in any of that, not until I set my eyes on Janice Louise Byrne’s silver jewellery at Project 51.  The ring on display was too big for me, but the friendly staff at Project 51 organized to order a smaller one in for me. And in just two working days I had a brand new ring on my finger, made to measure. Since JLB Jewellery, Dublin based Goldsmith & Jewellery Designer, is the designer of the month at Project 51, there are special offers and discounts available at the moment. The designer offers a wide range of exclusive handmade jewellery inspired by natural shapes as well as unique engagement and wedding rings. And if you still don’t find what you’re looking for,  why not design …


On Thursday we stopped by at Project 51 for the launch of Corium Collection, a jewellery collaboration between Czech born Filip Vanas and Dubliner Yvonne Beale. Filip’s architectural vision and know-how in silver meets Yvonne’s expertise in modern leather crochet in Corium’s elegant statement jewellery.  From necklaces and earrings to cufflinks and rings, the collection offers designs for both women and men. The collection was presented on beautiful leather hides. If you missed the opening: Don’t worry, the pieces will be on display throughout the weekend and after that the collection is on sale at Project 51. For more information, visit and for more Irish design, stop by at Project 51. Last picture is from here.

jewellery hanger

I’m still trying to decide what to do with the branches I found on the beach, but I already found a place for one of them. I don’t have a big jewellery box where I could keep my necklaces neatly organized and it only took a very simple idea, one small piece of wood, some paper thread and about 3min of time to make this jewellery hanger. Now it’s easy to pick a necklace when leaving for work in the morning.


In between touristic restaurants and souvenir shops, on one of the narrow streets that climb up from the main street in the old town of Dubrovnik, Lega-lega is waiting to be discovered. The brand has gained international attention with it’s award-winning packaging, which in all fairness is Brilliant! Funky T-shirts sold from what look like industrial fridges come in red and blue milk cartons. Against the other wall notebooks are arranged in a bookshelf made of old wooden crates. The brand is obviously proud of it’s Croatian origins and uses for example Dubrovnik’s motto Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro (Latin for “Liberty is not to be sold for all the gold) in it’s designs. The store is decorated with wood, flowers and vintage pieces from traditional grocery stores that together with the graphic colourful products form an interesting, fresh concept. I bet that the small designer team behind the brand definitely still has some aces up their sleeves, so I’ll make sure to keep an eye on this one. And, the good news is that you …


I can’t believe I broke one of my wine glasses after it had survived many moves and plane trips, dinner parties and toasts; and now it suddenly found peace on the kitchen floor tiles.