Ethical inspiration meets scandinavian style in Place de Bleu's patchwork accessories made with offcuts from Danish manufacturer Kvadrat. Cushions, ipad covers, blankets and colourful children's bunting are all handmade in Copenhagen by a small team of immigrant workers. The company celebrates the unique way in which exceptional skills have been passed down globally through generations of women and then brought together in their workshop. With this in mind, Place de Bleu shot their most recent catalogue in their workers' own homes, juxtaposing their signature modern graphic style with the makers' traditional interiors.
This former hen house in the south of France has been converted into a nest for guests by Spanish interior designer Isabel Lopez-Quesada. Most of the materials used in the project are recycled - from doors, windows and radiators to the corrugated tin used in the original construction.
Corrugated tin/iron is such an underrated material and it is great to see it being used in a modern and celebratory way. I would happily live under a roof of tin - it would be extremely noisy when it rained but I imagine that would be half the fun! I also like the irregular panelling in the corridor - such a good way to improve the space.
As the designer says, “a house, like a person, should blend traditions and modernity. Why do a house in just one style? Being narrow-minded is not the message you want to pass on to your children.”