2014, May

As we gathered in the newly opened Marie-Stella-Maris Archives in the middle of the Nine Streets, the city was alive celebrating the first warmth of the year.  In this oasis in the city center, we celebrated the end of spring and welcomed the beginning of summer with MAKERS Isadora Lebouille, scent expert, and Saskia de Valk of design studio Vlinder&Vogel. The clean, inimalistic décor of the new shop was complemented by a multitude of wild flower bouquets. Beakers and flasks adorned the center table with lilies of the valley, daisies and bluebells.



As we gathered in the newly opened Marie-Stella-Maris Archives in the middle of the Nine Streets, the city was alive celebrating the first warmth of the year.  In this oasis in the city center, we celebrated the end of spring and welcomed the beginning of summer with MAKERS Isadora Lebouille, scent expert, and Saskia de Valk of design studio Vlinder&Vogel. The clean, inimalistic décor of the new shop was complemented by a multitude of wild flower bouquets. Beakers and flasks adorned the center table with lilies of the valley, daisies and bluebells.

The soft afternoon light poured in through the large corner windows. Isadora introduced us to perfumes from the past, including Fougere Royale with hints of lavender and warmer tones of vanilla and almond cookies from 1882, and the clean scent, and the world’s most well-known perfume, Chanel No.5 from 1921. Passing around small bottles and scented sticks, the air infused with scents from near and far. Like lilies of the valley, jasmine and rose, lilies and violets…. The scents of spring.

A light spring dinner of fresh couscous, silky hummus and crunchy pita bread was followed by a flower workshop with Saskia de Valk. From roses grown in her own garden to aguilegia resembling birds, the room filled with natural, fresh flowers. With a background in theater and exhibition design, Saskia shapes flowers in an almost whimsical manner. Inviting, pure and beautiful. We’re invited to create these flower bouquets into jewelry pieces, into necklaces and crowns. To embrace the temporality of their nature.
On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, we welcomed Marie-Stella-Maris’ philosophy, ‘Sharing is caring’.

With love,
SIMPLY SLOW

Makers:
Saskia de Valk, Vlinder en Vogel
Isadora Lebouille

Photography:
Danique van Kesteren, 88forever

Text:
Margot van der Krogt, The Makers Amsterdam

Location:
Emiel Gerardu
MARIE-STELLA-MARIS Archives

Copyrights:
The copyrights of the images are with Danique van Kesteren.
The images have been photographed with care for SIMPLY SLOW.
Please keep this in mind and treat them the same. Thank you.