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The art of being at home and a chance to win some amazing German furniture design pieces.

At the beginning of this year, I attended imm Cologne, one of Europe’s largest furniture fairs, and it was there, that I was introduced to the concept of #zuhausesein or being at home.

Being at home or #zuhausesein for me means being able to relax, recharge by being creative and to spend quality time with my family.

At the fair, I sought out pieces of furniture that would help me feel that way at home.

I was drawn to Thonet’s classic woven cane seating.

In fact, I’m now the proud owner of one of their classic 210R chair, as seen styled in my bedroom workspace. German furniture The Thonet 210R chair was designed by German designer, Gebrüder Thonet in 1900, and was described by Le Corbusier as a chair with nobility.

It is indeed a piece of beauty, with a frame bent from one solid piece of Beech wood to form the back and armrest. In addition, the cane in the seating and backrest have been woven with such mastery. Thonet is amongst one of an amazing group of German furniture makers.  In collaboration with the Association of German furniture industry, you too now can have an opportunity to own your very own German furniture design classic in a photo competition that I will be co-hosting.

The theme for this competition is “what does #zuhausesein or being at home mean to you?”

Here are the 10 categories

  1. Outdoor living
  2. Tiny Spaces
  3. The Hallway- the ticket to your home
  4. Kitchen lover
  5. Relaxed sleeping
  6. The living room – my private retreat.
  7. The bathroom- the private wellness temple
  8. Living with children
  9. Working at home.
  10. Other forms of living (e.g caravans).

You can submit one photo per category and pick as many categories as you like. In other words, you can submit up to a maximum of 10 photos.

Below is the list of prizes per category:

German furniture 1.Outdoor Living: prize from Janua, bowl “SK 07 Ritual”

2.Tiny Spaces: prize from Bordbar, lighting “Super Light”, colour black.

schonbuch german furniture design

3.The hallway – the ticket to your home: prize from Schönbuch, coat hanger “Line”. The winner can pick from one of the colours shown in the photo.

4.Kitchen Lover: prize from Caussa, lighting “Fabella”, colour white

5.Relaxed sleeping: prize from Vitamin Design, nightstand “Pfeife”

German furniture 6.The living room – my private retreat: prize from Rolf Benz, footstool “Rolf Benz 953”, colour anthracite.

German furniture zuhausesein 7.The bathroom – the private wellness temple: prize from Duravit, wall shelf “L-Cube”

8.Living with children: prize from Hülsta, footstool “Birdy”, colour blue

German furniture 9.Working at Home: prize from Tojo, cantilever chair, colour white/green 10.Other forms of housing: prize from Thonet, side table “S18”

The photo competition is opened to all globally, from the 5th to 18th August 18 2019, and the winner per category will be announced on 27th August 2019.

Participants must be over 18 years of age.

The instructions to enter are:

1.To post your photo on your Instagram channel, follow and tag @zuhausesein_vdm

2.Use the hashtag #zuhausesein and #beingathome

3.Tell us which category you are entering the photo for and what being at home means to you.

4.Then, separately also send your competition photos ( must be 300dpi) to

The email should include:

1.Name of the category in which you wish to participate

2. Your Name

3. Date of Birth

4. Country

5. Telephone and email

6. Name on social media

The winner retains copyright of their own image but agrees to VDM ( Association of German furniture industry) using it on their social channels, website or publications for an unlimited period for the purpose of the Zuhausesein campaign. You will be acknowledged for any of your photos used.

Each winner in each of the categories will win a stunning piece of furniture from a German furniture manufacturer associated to that category (as stated previously).

If you win, your photo will be exhibited at imm cologne 2020. You will also get to attend the fair with two complimentary tickets and a travel allowance for hotel and flights of up to 500 euros. You will be responsible for your own booking.

Finally, the winning photo will be incorporated into the “German Design Book 2020”.

Doesn’t that all sound so exciting?

I can’t wait to see all the photo submissions.

I hope you will all enter. The prizes are amazing.

( This is post featuring German furniture is a paid collaboration with the Association of German Furniture Industry)

My pink woven cane chair from PLEASE WAIT to be SEATED

When I spot something that I love, I simply can’t get it out of my head, and PLEASE WAIT to be SEATED is one such brand. 

They are a young Danish design company since 2014, and owned by Thomas Ibsen and Peter Mahler-Sørensen.

Their goal is to introduce design that have a potential of becoming future classics.

The AHM chair is one such future classic, and I’m so happy to say that I’m now the proud owner of one.

Can you spot it in my workspace above? woven-cane-chair-rattan At the start of 2019, I noticed from the trade shows that woven cane (rattan) furniture was a big trend, and PLEASE WAIT to be SEATED was definitely a front runner with their cane chair. The AHM chair comes in a range of colours, mine is Indian Red, a gorgeous deep pinky tone.

It was designed by Isabel Ahm. Isn’t it beautiful?

The curves are shaped from three pieces of interconnected wood, combining the sleek lines of 1950s Danish design with a contemporary angle. You may wonder why the name PLEASE WAIT to be SEATED ? 

I was curious to find out more.

They said the name summed up who they were: “polite people with a keen interest in interior, with a sense of humour and both feet firmly on the ground”. 

I think that’s a great way to describe their ethos and it’s definitely unique. I’m currently sitting on my AHM cane chair as I write this, and I can say hand on heart that it is so comfortable.

The rattan webbing is firm but keeps the pressure equally distributed when seated.

The smooth curve back is wonderful as support when leaning back. 

I absolutely love the feel of the arms too. cane chair It’s such an elegant chair viewed from all angles. cane-chair-rattan-chair Do check out PLEASE WAIT to be SEATED ‘s site. They have so many other inspirational designs.

I will be showing you one of their other iconic pieces soon.

See if you can guess what it is? Hint:  It’s not a chair. Can’t wait to reveal it soon.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post, have a lovely day all. 

( The AHM was a gift for review. )

upcycled chest of drawers Upcycled chest of drawers in ombré pastel pink and yellow.

Sustainability and non wastage in design and decor is now more important than ever. I’m slowly taking steps to embrace this for my home.

I’ve been wanting to get a chest of drawers for the corner of this room to store my props. However, I haven’t found anything suitable.

I was really pleased to discover Made By Raphael who restores and upcycle second hand furniture.

I’ve been looking for a narrow chest of drawers in an ombre collection of pastel hues. Raphael showed me his stock of vintage furniture. There were many beautiful mid century modern pieces, but I wanted something simple.

I knew instantly the chest of drawers above was what I wanted.

We then discussed colours, and I told Raphael that I wanted 3 ombre shades of pastel pink and yellow. I left him to pick the shades. Judging by his past work, I knew he would pick the colour palette that I like. upcycled chest of drawers I was so thrilled when I unwrapped the drawers that Raphael himself delivered to me.

The quality of the painting was amazing.

The upcycled chest of drawers looked totally new. This is unsurprising as Raphael has experience in furniture restoration and repair.

It just looks perfect in this corner of my workspace don’t you think? I’m so pleased with how it had turned out. Now, I can tidy away all that mess I previously had on the floor. The colours are soothing and so in line with the aesthetic of my home. If you are looking for something similar, I highly recommend Made by Raphael. Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my upcycled chest of drawers. Have a lovely day.

( My photography)

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