Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Inspirational people we love: Emilie Kröner

Last week we took a trip to Amsterdam to visit Emilie Kröner, an interior designer turned ceramics designer with a twist, whose brainchild Piselli Projects is making waves in the design world. The first project consists of a series of all white table accessories called 'White Animal Life', which were inspired by 17th and 18th century animals featured on tureens as decoration. The oversized napkin holders, carafe's, salt and pepper shakers and salt and vinegar dispensers - all in the shape of wildlife - are excellent ice-breakers at a dinner party, which is exactly what Emilie was going for when she dreamed them up. 

The visit to Emilie and her husband designer Bart van Heesch's home - an abandoned school they moved into about a year ago - was incredibly inspirational. The space they live in is absolutely huge, yet Emilie managed to make it feel cosy and lived in. Her design aesthetic is relaxed, humorous and bold (not unlike her design hero Jonathan Adler) and utterly unique in our little country. For that reason she was our first pick for our new segment, Inspiratonal people we love. We took the opportunity to ask her a series of design and beauty-related questions. Here's what she had to say...

Name your favourite design chair and design lamp.
- It's a tie between the hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg and the Peacock Chair.
Favourite design genius?
- That's easy. My husband Bart van Heesch.
Favourite interior designer
- Also very easy. Definitely Jonathan Adler. I love his sense of humor.
Which beauty product can you not live without?
- Rosebud Salve
What is your favourite holiday destination?
- Morocco, absolutely.
Which is your favourite restaurant in Amsterdam?
- Speijkervet in the Speijkerstraat. It's so delicious.
What's your go-to house cleaning trick?
- (laughs) My husband. He's extremely handy around the house.
Your favourite high street label?
- I wear a lot of H&M.
Where do you go for the best design bargains?
- Thrift stores. I'm addicted to them and am constantly finding the most amazing things like this beautiful mid 20th century desk I got Bart, which is so perfect for him.
Which fashion trend do you hope never to see again?
- Massive shoulder pads.
If you could have dinner with any fashion or interior designer, architect or decorator, who would you choose?
- Jonathan Adler and his partner, Simon Doonan, and Kelly Wearstler.
If you could choose to live in any house in the world, which would it be?
- Jonathan and Simon's place in New York. Did I mention Jonathan's sense of humor? Their home oozes whimsical charm, humor and colour. I love them and I love their apartment!

If you're interested in the Piselli Projects, check them out here.

The Flamingo carafe - oversized and awsesome!

Leopard napkin holder

The oversized rhino olive oil and vinegar dispensers enjoy a lofty position on the bookcase

A view of the totally cool bookcase designed by Emilie's husband Bart van Heesch

A view of the living room - how cool is all that art?!

A view of Emilie's desk from the living room - notice the cute elephant lamps she managed to find

One of Bart van Heesch's awesome copper bikes - definitely drool-worthy and so cool!

Copper bikes in Bart van Heesch's workshop - the school gym!

Prototype chair designs by Bart van Heesch