One Day Young, by Jenny Lewis / Sunday Morning Art

DesignJoyBlog / One Day Young, by Jenny Lewis

One Day Young is a delightful project by London based photographer Jenny Lewis picturing Hackney-born babies during the first 24 hours of life. The touching and beautiful portraits of mothers with their newborn babies is the perfect ode to all mums, today and everyday, cherishing the extraordinary bond formed between the mother and the baby from the moment of birth!

These beautiful images of loving mums and their amazingly cute babies can now be found on the book One Day Young by Hoxton Mini Press. In the book the photographer shares 5 years of portraits of mothers and newborns in these precious first few hours of a life long bond.

You can check out more of these heart warming photographs on the artist’s website.

Happy Mother’s day!

xx

via My Modern Met

Viner studio | Sunday Morning Art

Oooohhh… Hello Ladies!

designjoyblog_viner studio_AvenueRx(medres)Brooklyn based painter Jonathan Viner‘s works primarily with oils to create these beauties. Painted with perfect skill, these ladies are young, they are beautiful and they are cool. What more could you want to look at really?

But ladies, don’t worry. Viner has got something for everyone! Though not as lush and glamorous as his female muses, his man do have a quiet coolness about them that we could even call sexy… I mean, who doesn’t like a guy with a kitty or, on the more surreal side, a hipster standing on a sofa with a yellow painting? Excellent!

Limited edition prints are available on the artist’s online shop.

Happy Sunday!

All images Copyright © 2014 Jonathan Viner

Courtesy of the artist.

The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam’s coolest hangout

If you’re looking for a cultural and historical experience as well as a comfortable place to stay in Amsterdam the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is definitely the place for you. However strange it is to know that your room may have been occupied by prisoners, this building’s history is as appealing as its wonderfully creative interior design.

DesignJoyBlog // Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam 5 star room

Since its construction in the 1920s as a hotel for migrants waiting to board the ships of the Royal Dutch Lloyd, the Lloyd ‘lived’ the history of the 20th century. It served as a refugee camp for Jewish people in the late 30s, a German occupied detention center in the 40s and a youth prison for nearly 30 years from the 60s onwards and until 2001 it was a living and working space for local artists. Lucky for us, the brushstrokes of these artists have left as many marks in the interior of the building as the decades of being used as a prison.

DesignJoyBlog // Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam Facade Voorkant- door Allard van der Hoek

In order to restore the building to its original purpose as a hotel, the dutch architectural firm MVRDV was commissioned and in 2004, after major renovations, the Lloyd Hotel was successfully mutated from a youth prison to a ‘one to five star’ hotel and Cultural Embassy. The interior design of the common areas and suites was a collaborative effort of over 40 interior designers and artists, among others, Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout, Christoph Seyferth, Ineke Hans, and Richard Hutten.

The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy was the first one-to-five star design hotel in the world offering a home to travellers of all classes. The rooms are rated according to design, size and comfort but the common areas are shared amongst all guests fostering a rich cultural experience.

In addition to being beautifully designed (they have Richard Hutten to blame for that), the Cafè-Restaurant has a great menu with simple, yet very well executed, french and southern european dishes. With friendly staff, affordable prices and a lovely Terrace during the summer this is one of Amsterdam’s nicest spots.

The Cultural Embassy promotes exhibitions, conferences and other events which are open to all guests and the local community. There is even a permanent exhibition ‘Lloyd History’ tells the story of past through old photographs, a 1928 video, documents and other objects. Even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, this place is definitely worth a visit!

All images courtesy of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. Link with love.

Guest Post | Danish Street Art by Interiorwise

Hi, ‘Design Joy’ readers, I’m Daniélle and the author of the blog Interiorwise, where I write about my obsession with interior, DIY and places that inspires me in my decoration – I decorate to the level where a room makes me feel more happy, more relaxed and even more curious!

I’m truly honored to be guest blogging for Julia today, who I sincerely thank for allowing me the way into the world of ‘Design Joy’ and you! I live in Copenhagen and in these days the city is “suffering” great under constructions and thats our luck! Because the transformation of the city has brought us even more creativity and art to explore in the streets! And, that’s what I´d like to share with you!

Monkey

 This little monkey means so much to me! I actually don’t know whats in there but for many years I’ve passed by the monkey every morning and it just makes me smile… it actually looks you straight into the eyes 😉

Though I am a Scandinavian Ive ditched the minimalistic Scandi look! I am a huge fan of challenging and blurring boundaries, and I love to place things in a room or a spot, where you wouldn´t normally find or expect them to be! To me, that’s when interior design turns into interesting eye candy!

These photos are from Vesterbro the very heart of hipsters in Copenhagen!

Street Art! It’s in the name, it belongs in the street, but why? When you drag it inside my experiences are that its imaginative and raw universe carries such a contrast to the “home” that it adds a cool, dynamic and personal surprise.

These photos are taken in an abandoned hall where creativity has no limits!!

The rebellious nature of street art gives me the feeling that the city actually belongs to all of us. And if you go for a walk in Copenhagen or a lot of other places – by taking a closer look at the neighborhoods where street art thrives, thats often where I see the largest number of people actively using the street. In Copenhagen, this is where people relax and meet, how is it at yours!:) I think it describes the effect that street art adds to our homes precisely and nicely! SO, let them kids play – it’s no longer forbidden to draw on the walls, OR… ? 😉

If this doesn’t make you wanna go ballistic on your walls then I hope at least these Copenhagen street photos will inspire you to forget all about do’s and dont’s interiorwise and to look for inspiration anywhere, … that’s when interior design becomes interesting and personal 😉

My journey on Interiorwise is to hunt for stuff that you might not look after yourself and I do my best to avoid mainstream and trends. I believe that style hasn’t got anything to do with money – if it talks to me I’ve succeeded!

ALL THE BEST to all of you and a special thank to Julia for letting me guest your blog! ❤

/Daniélle, Interiorwise

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6 Cool things to do in Amsterdam

I’m so pleased to finally have some time to sit down and write a post! Although I’m very happy to be working (ridiculously hard) on some really fun projects at the moment, I miss the blog… but it’s all going to be better from now on, hahaha or, more realistically, here I am now!

Aside the fact that I somehow can’t even find time to do the laundry (true story, a couple of weeks ago we’ve reached the state of having to shop for new clothes so we wouldn’t have to wear pyjamas to work), my husband and I managed to go away on a little holiday in Amsterdam.

Design Joy // Amsterdam

I don’t know why for all these years I’ve been avoiding going to Amsterdam. I think it’s because when I was younger everyone kept talking about the ‘cafés’ and the ‘naked ladies’ everywhere, I just had this image in the back of my mind that the city would be full of potheads and perverts! Roaming around a decadent city drinking beer and looking at porn. Nothing further from the truth.

Design Joy // I amsterdam

Amsterdam is such an incredibly beautiful city and Dutch design is fantastic, particularly the interiors. We had the most wonderful time there so I’ve selected a few of my favorite places to write about, like a mini city guide. I’ll try to cover everything from a hotel to bars and restaurants, shopping, a bit of art and design, sometimes all mixed together, actually most times all mixed together, pretty much like the city itself.

I’ve added a little preview bellow… I’ll work through the list one by one. This should be fun!

Happy Weekend!

Design Joy Blog // Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

1. The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Design Joy // Felix & Foam

2. Felix & Foam

Design Joy // Straatjutter: An exceptionally Long Walk

3. Straatjutter: The beautiful work of Krista Peters

Design Joy // Lion Noir

4. Lion Noir

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5. Bridges, Le Petit Bistro

Design Joy // Droog Flagship Store

6. Droog

Happy weekend!

Image credits:

1. Courtesy of The Lloyd Hotel

2. Foam

3. An exceptionally Long Walk, by Straatjutter

5. Elle Eten

6. Droog

All other images were taken by me.

Link with Love x

Katerina Plotnikova | Sunday Morning Art

I wanted to write a special art post today to celebrate mother’s day with something of spectacular beauty. So I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share the work of Russian fine art photographer Katerina Plotnikova.

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While this young photographer may modestly describe her own work as  ‘another tale about wonderland’, I for one believe these are by far some of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen. These wonderful dreamlike images portray beautiful heroines and wild animals, gently living in a world between reality and an ethereal fairytale.

Katerina Plotnikova’s work is available for sale at 500 px where you can chose from a large number of her mesmerizing pictures, one more stunning than the other.

Happy Sunday!

katerina Plotnikova

Source Katerina Plotnikova on 500 px and Facebook

 

Sophie Woodrow | Sunday Morning Art

I must admit that I fell in love instantly when I saw these little faces! It might be a foolish thing to say, I know, but they are so wonderfully poetic that I don’t even care. The definition of ethereal itself, these wonderful little creatures are the work of Bristol based artist Sophie Woodrow.

Sophie’s figurines are like entire universes within themselves… with such tenderness in their eyes and dressed in their most beautiful garments… They step out of a dream and make you want to know their story and hear about all the wonderful things they talk about when we’re not looking. According to the artist, ‘ these sculptures are not visitors from other worlds, but the ‘might-have-beens’ of this world’. But oh, how much don’t you just wish they were real?

Sophie Woodrow’s incredible artwork will be showing this summer at the Arusha Gallery, in Edinburg.

Happy Sunday!

All images courtesy of the Artist. Link with love.

Slim Aarons Collection by Surface View

I get so excited when I see good art made popular that it’s actually quite funny!

Slim Aarons Collection by Surface View // Mara Lane at the Sands

This time is Surface View, a UK based Interior Design company that prints incredibly beautiful images in various supports, from prints & canvases to home decor items such as lamp shades and window films. You can chose from various collections, presenting a wide range of carefully curated images in 5 categories: Galleries & Museums, Photography, Classic Graphic Arts, Designers & Collaborators and, my personal favorite, Vintage Archives. I’ve worked with them a couple of times and I was very pleased with the quality of the prints and the excellent customer service.

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Their newest addition is the work of American Photographer Slim Aarons, best known for his photographs of jet-setters and socialites. This amazing collection of twentieth century luxury images includes gems such as the portrait of Louis Armstrong chomping down some spaghetti, Italian mafioso Lucky Luciano having a coffee in Brooklyn and many many more brilliant pictures of garden parties and ski holidays of the rich and famous. Definitely worth checking it out!