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Winners of the VDM home and interiors photo competition.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I don’t know if you can recall, a few weeks ago, I announced a home and interiors photo competition in collaboration with the Association of German Furniture industry.

They received a total 232 entries from 19 countries, and here are the 10 winners.

The winner for the Outdoor Living category is Silvia Ferrando from Italy ( above).

How cute is that little dog and outdoor space? Next up, is the winner for the Tiny Living category, Karst Rauhé from the Netherlands.

It’s brilliant how Karst has been able to incorporate a living room, dining space and bedroom into a small space, without compromising on style.

Absolutely love those on trend cane dining chairs too. This is Agata Dimmich’s winning Hallway photo. Super stylish and almost like a piece of still life art. Next, is this pink kitchen by a very green fingered owner, Mike Klar from Germany.

He is the winner of our kitchen photo competition category. Doesn’t this photo scream adorable? Love all the textures and likewise its cosy feel. Therefore very Hygge right?

This is the Relaxed Sleeping category winner, Anastasia Benko from Germany. This is such a pretty living room, with midcentury modern styling and pops of colours.

It belongs to the winner of the Living Room category, Roger Lemoyne from Canada,. What I would give, to lie here for a relaxing bath and hence be able to gaze out into nature.

This gorgeous bathroom photo belongs to Alex Schäler, also the winner of The Bathroom category. First of all, this is a kitchen of dreams, due to its beautiful pastel hue, bright skylight and gorgeous wooden floor, but most of all, I adore the fun little swing.

This space belongs to Elizabeth Barrett, from the USA, and she is the winner of the Living with Children category. How fabulous is it to be able to work from home surrounded by all this wonderful greenery? This is the winning shot by Vicson Chan Chua for the Working at Home category. If I were a kid again, I would so covet this outdoor play house. The winner of the Other Forms of Living category is Pepper Schmidt from Germany.

So, that finally concludes the 10 winners of the photo competition. Each winner will be awarded with a wonderful piece of German design, get a trip to Cologne and have their photo exhibited at the imm Cologne fair next year.

Furthermore, I hope you’ve enjoyed these inspirational pictures from the photo competition.

Finally, have a lovely week all.

( All photography are the copyright of the respective listed owners from the interiors photo competition. This is a paid partnership post with the association of the German Furniture Industry VDM ).

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)

Top 10 Interior trends 2019 from imm Cologne.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I was in Cologne earlier this week.

I was attending imm Cologne, one of Europe’s largest interiors and furniture fair.

Whilst there, I decided to explore the the fair using the concept of #zuhausesein, looking for the pieces that would make being at home meaningful for me.

Here are some of my favourite finds and interior trends for the upcoming seasons.


Since Spring and Summer are now round the corner, we will be thinking of brightening up our homes with candy coloured hues, such as dusky pinks, light blues and lots of sunshine yellow.

Don’t you love that lemon yellow wall? In fact, yellow is a trend of its own this year.

This is one of the ‘Trend atmosphere’ spaces called New Nordic, designed by Floor Knaapen and Dick Spierenburg.

For those of you who know my aesthetic well, will surely agree that everything in this New Nordic room would fit perfectly in my home.

Here is a list of where everything is from.

Seam 1 table light designed by Mark Holmes for E15.

Grace trolley designed by Sebastian Herkner for Schonbuch.

Ceramic dolls on trolley by Normann Copenhagen.

Line coat hanger from Schonbuch.

Cabinet by Kettnaker.

Chair 562 by Rolf Benz.

Blue FortyForty side table by E15.

Pastel porcelain by 1616 Arita Japan.

Textiles Tonga and Romano by Jab Anstoetz

Font table in mint by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo

Dita and Olivia mirrors by Davide Monopoli for Pulpo

2. BRIGHT CONTRASTING COLOURS From pastel hues to bolder solid colours. This is Schoenbuch’s booth at the fair.

This is giving me that 1980s Memphis vibe.

I love the interplay of colours, with boldly contrasting hues accentuating furniture pieces or similar tones camouflaging them into the walls.

Have you noticed yellow playing a huge role here?


I know I keep going on about yellow being big, but I would never abandon my favourite colour pink.

For the new season, I have noticed that pink has moved from soft furnishings to solid pieces of furniture.

This Bureau and Mala bench by Earnest studio for Schoenbuch definitely caught my eye.

In fact, I would love to have this as a small dining table in my kitchen, part of my aim of bringing pops of colour into that very white space. interior trends Here’s another beauty, the AHM chair from PLEASE WAIT to be SEATED.

Did you notice the YELLOW floor? Everywhere I look seem to exude this happy hue.

4. WOVEN CANE IN FURNITURE I think woven cane is going to be big in the upcoming seasons.

Thonet has been using it for years, and I absolutely adore their special edition Two tone Coffee House Chair 214 here.  Showing you the AHM chair again to illustrate CANE’s popularity.

I don’t think cane will be confined to just chair, I think we will start to see it used on larger pieces of furniture too. So I would like the Thonet and AHM chairs for my dining room. Maybe I should go eclectic with one of each and maybe add a Zanotta Noli chair as seen above too ?

5. CURVES – ARCHES, CIRCLES, OVALS and PLEATS / RIDGES. Curved or three dimensional shapes on furniture and decor were prominent at the show.

Arched shapes, ovals, circles and pleats / ridges are big news this season.

The Arc tray by De Intuitiefabriek and Olifant the elephant by Andreas Kowalewski are by Caussa.

The deep blue pleated wooden sideboard is by RSW These Palais Royal series tables designed by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm for Asplund feature lacquered oak panels and oak veneered tops.

Again we see ovals, circles and pleats. These coffee tables are called Echino. Their cylindrical legs are made of hand blown glass and the table tops are mirror or steel.

They were designed by Sebastian Herkner for Zanotta. Again, as you can see, circles and pleat like patterns feature here. This adorable Podia table is by Ferm Living. No surprise! Oval and ridges again. This Poise oval mirror is also by Ferm Living.

Last year, there was an explosion of round mirrors on Instagram. Everyone seem to have one.

Although, circular ones will still popular, I think oval mirrors will be overtaking them in the upcoming seasons. I’m certainly on the look out for some oval mirrors for my bathroom refurbishment. These are Pli side tables by Victoria Wilmotte for ClassiCon. Aren’t they so pretty?

The kinks and folds on its stainless steel foot makes it look like a gemstone.

6. MODULAR SOFAS. There were modular sofas everywhere I turned. I love this set at Rolf Benz, styled with circular elements. Here’s another modular sofa at Rolf Benz, styled with oval shapes.

7. SPICED HONEY and 8. LIVING CORAL. Pantone and Dulux are particularly influential when it comes to their Colour of The Year, which often influence interior trends.

Here String have gone for shelving with a tone between those two popular colours, and I’m loving it. interior trends Here’s how some of those pinky brown colours can be used in a space, as spotted in the interior trends display at imm Cologne.

9. CAN’T FORGET YELLOW As if I haven’t emphasised the power of yellow enough, it is a huge trend contender to the Spiced Honey and Living Coral camps.

This yellow kitchen space is part of a simulated house ‘Das Haus’ by Studio Truly Truly.  Check out Walter Knoll’s yellow Onsa chair. Even Fritz Hansen has gone for yellow as one of their new colours for their Drop chair in 2019. This yellow sofa is by and tradition

10. BAUHAUS imm Cologne was celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus at the fair this year. I don’t think Bauhaus, such a design and style icon would ever grow out of fashion, hence I’ve added it as one of my interior trends.

Here you can see some of the classic pieces revived by Tecta, the German manufacturer of authentic Bauhaus furniture. I totally adore this Marcel Brauer Wassily chair using Japanese patchwork technique and recycled material. Here’s more Bauhaus elegance. I wouldn’t mind having this dining set. I’m currently on the look out for a new dining set, and this is pretty similar to the one I’m currently considering for my home.

Hope you have enjoyed my interior trends from the fair. I would certainly be happy to be at home( #zuhausesein) with my selections.

Wishing you a wonderful week.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was a guest of imm Cologne, but all words and opinions are my own).

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