A perfect minimal open space

This living and dining room was designed by Dutch Studio Niels back in 2012. The office, founded by Niels Maier, former graduate at the Design Academy Eindhoven, aims to deliver high quality design by focusing on the great care of details and finishings.
The open space is the result of a clear process that subtracts only the unnecessary elements: the whiteness of walls and floors will capture the light coming from the glass façade during winter shorter days.

All images ©Studio Niels.

I am very happy to tell you that last week the Tate Modern Gallery in London have included Openhouse magazine among its bookshop selection: to have a chance to win the first issue of the magazine, check the post here!

PLACES | Stunning shop in Glasgow

I love the interiors of this store in Glasgow. Designed by Spanish Tomás Alonso for the shoes brand Camper, it shows how a limited selection of materials can be used to create a space with a strong, unique character. The whole retail design is based on the combination of few elements: the 10x10 white ceramic tiles, the white powder coated steel and the white American oak of the furniture. Handmade lamps produced in Italy complete the picture.
The Camper shop in Glasgow is the third collaboration between the brand and the Spanish designer and reflects  Tomás Alonso's approach based on functionalism, minimalism and a close relation to everyday objects.

I find the visual geometrical patterns created by the variation of the tiles very interesting, what do you think?
Photography | Sánchez y Montoro

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FOCUS ON | Marble for the kitchen

I spotted this image in Pinterest last week and I immediately liked the marble tiles in the kitchen: they are an elegant and classic choice for the space and has a stylish and contemporary look. Also, the combination of green hues from the glass bottles and the Pelargonium plants fits well the vein of the marble.

For more kitchen inspiration, check here and here.

Via Husman Hagberg

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Our home #4

Some new shots from our home from last week-end. I like it minimal, you know that, don't you? The little fern leaf I collected last week is still doing great: I like it on display inside of the glass cylinder, like a contemporary version of the Victorian botanical collections. Talking about this, a urge of going back for another stroll in the Kew Botanical Gardens in London is getting stronger and stronger everyday. And also a bit of good shopping down-town, of course.

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I wish you all a lovely day.

All pictures © facing north with gracia.

GIVEAWAY | Get your copy of Openhouse Magazine!

Let's celebrate the upcoming summer holidays with a great give-away!

You will probably remember the post about Openhouse Magazine, the new project by Andrew Trotter and Mari Luz Vidal from Open House Project. Andrew and Mari Luz, respectively designer/art director and photographer, created this beautiful twice yearly publication that collect stories about creative people around the world that open up their homes to the public for special events related to art, design and gastronomy. In their first issue, published thanks to a successful Kickstarter project, you can discover the story of the Italian duo Gnam Box from Milan or Jo Nagasaka, who turns his Tokyo studio into anything from a gallery, performance space, or even sometimes a camp site, and makes the best food parties around. 
I met Andrew and Mari Luz last year as they are also the organizers of the Kinfolk events in Barcelona and, of course, I did not loose the opportunity to back up their new project last April. Openhouse Magazine went on print later this May and we all gather at H2O Gallery here in Barcelona to celebrate the new launch with a special sushi party and music session.

And today, one of you will be lucky enough to get his own copy of Openhouse Magazine, along with a special postcard, the magazine poster and the tote bag! 
To enter the competition, just follow these two steps:
2. Tell me in the comments below why you would like to win a copy of the magazine.
For an extra chance to win:
1. Share the giveaway on your Facebook 
2. Like and comment on the giveaway picture on my Instagram account, and share it with the tag #FNWGgiveaway.
Each entry is an extra chance!
This competition is open worldwide for two weeks, until the midnight of July the 28nd. The winner will be announced on Facing north with gracia Facebook Page!

WEEKEND SPECIAL | Erica Hörberg's home in Sweden

Erica Hörberg is an interior designer and stylist based in Växjö, Sweden. Her home mirrors that low-effort, graphic elegance that to me is so typical of Swedish homes. 

Eero Saarinen seems one of Erica's favourite designer: she has two of his iconic Tulip tables, one for the dining area and and a small side table next to the sofa used to display a lovely fig tree. I love the small details, like the candle holders or Therese Sennerholt last design. The Dots by Muuto in wood and black are always perfect and works great with the light.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

VOLKSHOTEL | New generation hotel

In the last years, we have seen a new hotel typology rising based on the idea that hotels cannot just be simple sleeping spots but need to be a real experience for its guests: we want more from the place where we spend our holidays, we want to gather and enjoy. We want our hotel to be a creative hub, well designed and an ideal place to meet new, interesting people and locals.

Volkshotel in on Wibautstraat, Amsterdam is a perfect example of it. It is located in the building that used to be the home of one of the biggest, most progressive Dutch newspapers and later, transformed into one of the largest creative workspaces in Holland by the Foundation Urban Resort.
Today, it is a multi-purpose space that includes the hotel and café, bar, club, restaurant and creative workspaces where everybody, from single mum to dandy artists can gather together.  

Dutch interior designer Bas van Tol of Studio Müller Van Tol is behind most of the renovation work: he maintained the same character of the original building - a strong, industrial style that can connect to the Dutch Capital. Nine of the 172 rooms have been designed by different creative people, with the White Bike Room being my favourite for its graphic monochrome look (of course!). Also, Bas van Tol's interior design work represent a homage to the creative and editorial tradition of the building as reflected by the use of newspaper graphics and illustration into the detailing. 


Volkshotel opened its doors earlier in June with an amazing party: the place looks very exciting and I cannot wait for October to come. In fact, together with my friends from the Bloggerstour, I am going to stay here during our next trip to Amsterdam!If you are a last minute traveller like myself and you are thinking to head to Holland, Volkshotel is the perfect spot also because during the month of July, all double rooms are fixed at €69 per night.

Volkshotel, Wibautstraat 150  Amsterdam.

All images © Volkshotel.