Must see: rijksstudio

Experimenting with a new post format just highlighting some cool stuff we found around the interwebs. Very simple: just an image, a link and a few sentences description. Think of it as a curation of our pins. So here goes:

The rijksmuseum of Amsterdam just launched a website where you can download images of the works in their collection, high res and for free. According to the museum protecting copyright is difficult in this digital age and they’d rather see good reproductions of their work than bad ones, hence this amazing initiative. Now go create.

Rijksmuseum image

Enzo Mari Table

I have the best brother in law in the world. I should probably not put this in writing, he wìll use it against me. Sometimes though, you just have to say things like they are.

I hope you are now wondering what he’s done to deserve this title. Well, he built me a table. Not just any table, a full size (seats 6 to 8) Enzo Mari design, dining table. For those unfamiliar with Enzo Mari, as I was to be honest, Wikipedia tells us he is an Italian artist and furniture designer. One of the things he’s famous for is his book Autoprogettazione, a manual for constructing easy-to-assemble furniture. He explains how to build tables, chairs and even a bed with just a few tools and widely available materials.

So for my combined christmas, easter and birthday present for, euhm, about the next five years… he built me this tabe:

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - full view

He added his own inspiration to the design: on top of the basic construction he built a tabletop consisting of under parquet tiles (this is literally translated from the dutch ‘onderparket tegels’, I have no clue what the correct translation is!).

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - view of the table leg

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - table surface

Enzo Mari design table made by Filip Cossement - table surface

The result is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks Filip!

Polished up

This is one of Annelies’s ideas, such a simple way to add some colour to some plain fake pearl earrings. I guess you could try it on any piece of jewellery with a light and even base colour when you get a bit tired of it. Just four steps are required to transform your plain white studs to new and brightly coloured accessories:

1. Gather your favourite nailpolish coloursIMG_6354

2. Stick your earrings on a cardboard surface: makes it easy to paint the earrings without them spinning around too much and without painting your nails. (Unless that is required off course, in which case, multitask away! And let me know how you get on)IMG_6352

3. Paint! I opted for plain colours, but the sky is the limit here. You can pick up some fun nailpolish painting tricks on here: Search for ‘nailed it’ (one of our favourite blogs!)IMG_6355

4. Let dry and wear them. Or put them in your jewellery box and take some pictures to show off. My absolute favourite are the neon pink ones.IMG_6361

That’s it! Let us know if you give it a try…