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Faas est.2016 means bauble trouble

Faas est.2016 means bauble trouble

I can’t be spontaneous on a moment’s notice. And that is exactly why I have to plan weeks ahead if I want to do something fun on a day off. A while ago, for instance, I went to the town of Leiden for an afternoon of Christmas bauble shopping at a shop called Faas est.2016. I have not one but ... Read More »

The Ceramic Fruit Topiary is *hot* – buy it on INTERIORATOR BOUTIQUE

The Ceramic Fruit Topiary is *hot* – buy it on INTERIORATOR BOUTIQUE

Forget Hollywood Regency, forget the pineapple and by all means, forget all Scandinavian design except for Svenskt Tenn – next year’s HOTTEST home accessory is…cue orchestra, cue show dancers…the ceramic fruit topiary! Yes, what your life is sorely lacking right now (and you didn’t even know it) is a vintage ceramic fruit pyramid. At least, that what the voices in ... Read More »

Restless at Riad Malika

Restless at Riad Malika

Back in 2018, before I started suffering from flygskam, I spent two weeks in Morocco. I explored Marrakech for a few days and then drove through the Atlas Mountains and along the Atlantic coast. I love traveling solo and seriously think it is something everyone should do from time to time. You and you alone decide what it is you’re ... Read More »

Big Art 2019 – bigger, better and more beautiful than ever before

Big Art 2019 – bigger, better and more beautiful than ever before

The past weeks I’ve been thinking about how we use our phones – and I think you should, as well. Funnily enough, what started it all was a new Dutch prime time TV game show that will start airing next month. I’m not allowed just yet to share any details, other than a) I’m a contestant in one of the ... Read More »

Les Puces de Marseille

Les Puces de Marseille

Paris might be for lovers, but Marseille is…well, I don’t know who it is for – but is definitely not for the faint of heart. I’ve been in France’s second city for three days now and can’t seem to make up my mind. Do I really love Marseille’s curious mix of grittiness and chique or should I come back in ... Read More »

Leandra Eibl’s Wanderlust – a customizable cabinet to fall for

Leandra Eibl’s Wanderlust – a customizable cabinet to fall for

The day I stop wanting to change something at home, is probably the day I die. That thought crossed my mind when I finally took some time to go through the photos I took during last year’s edition of Dutch Design Week. I was lucky enough (again) to be selected for the international press tour, which meant that I was ... Read More »

Edwardian Times Bloom at JEE-O

Edwardian Times Bloom at JEE-O

 You may not be aware of the brand name JEE-O, but I bet you know one product they have designed: the iconic original shower 01. I first saw it at the opening of the C-More Concept Store, which is owned by my good friend Iris. A while ago, she invited me to come over for another party, this time to ... Read More »

Jacqueline Louter-Hoos recreates art history with artificial flowers

Jacqueline Louter-Hoos recreates art history with artificial flowers

Even if we don’t see each other a lot, photographer Jacqueline Louter-Hoos and I have a lot in common. First, we both didn’t embark on our creative careers until later in life. Also, we both love making bold statements in our work, preferably with color. Lots of color. I met up with Jacqueline in her studio in the town of ... Read More »

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #2, Rembrandt Reality, and more. Lots more.

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #2, Rembrandt Reality, and more. Lots more.

It’s Sunday morning, 7AM. You’re probably sleeping, and rightfully so! I woke up at the crack of dawn and decided to just get out of bed and do some spontaneous blogging. Probably not the wisest of decisions because I have a zillion other things I really should be doing instead, but there you have it. I have a recap of my favorite ... Read More »

And I’m telling you, IJM not going to Milan this year (but that’s okay)

And I’m telling you, IJM not going to Milan this year (but that’s okay)

I’ve lost count of how many designers I’ve interviewed through the years – but this I can tell you with absolute certainty: the most talented creatives are modest, forthcoming and don’t mind talking about the mistakes they’ve made along the way. But whenever I interview someone who automatically assumes you understand everything they do and gets irritated if you don’t ... Read More »

Ten items I would have bought in a heartbeat at Design Icons 2019 but didn’t

Ten items I would have bought in a heartbeat at Design Icons 2019 but didn’t

One of my favorite assignments of these past few years, is curating for Gevonden op Marktplaats, a blog run by the best Dutch tastemakers who share their best interior design finds on Marktplaats – which is the Netherlands’ biggest online marketplace. Believe it or not, but this is hard work. I can spend endless hours trawling through page after page of ... Read More »

Object Rotterdam 2019 from top to bottom

Object Rotterdam 2019 from top to bottom

Time flies when you’re having fun! One year ago today, I was racing against the clock to get my book finished. Together with designer Ingrid Robers, I was spending every waking minute tweaking the layout and making sure that everything was perfect. It was a hectic time, to be sure – but I still made time to visit Object Rotterdam. ... Read More »

Krystle – the short film that was shot at my home

Krystle – the short film that was shot at my home

Last August, my friend and filmmaker Abid Chand asked me if he could use my home as a location for a film that he wanted to shoot. He told me he was participating in the Rotterdam edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, an annual competition in which local filmmakers have to write, shoot and edit a short film in ... Read More »

Simon Schrikker, master of suspense

Simon Schrikker, master of suspense

He used to paint dangerous-looking dogs and played with our associations with danger. Now Simon Schrikker focuses on rough seascapes in distant places. On a cold winter afternoon, I decided to put on my raincoat and visit the studio of a driven and fascinating artist who also happens to live in my neighborhood. “My art arouses suspense, that Hitchcock feeling.” ... Read More »

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #1…oh, and some cool bonus stuff

Gevonden op Marktplaats recap #1…oh, and some cool bonus stuff

“Well, well, well,” I can almost hear you think. “What excuse will he have this time for not putting anything online for a full three weeks?” Yes, I know that my blog hasn’t exactly been a full-time project these past few weeks. But I was tired and I needed some ‘west’ – so there you have it. Besides, I spent a lot ... Read More »

VOLUME – Buy your signed copy in time for Christmas!

VOLUME – Buy your signed copy in time for Christmas!

What if your interior could speak, tell its own story? What would that story be? I bet you would want it to be rich, exciting, with unexpected twists and turns. Now look around your living room. If you’re not happy with what you see, well, congratulations! You are about to buy a book that is so right for you, it’s not even ... Read More »

Hardcore antiquing at Anterieur Leiden

Hardcore antiquing at Anterieur Leiden

Take me to a good antiques store and I am a happy man. My friend Bianca knew this all too well when she took me along to Anterieur in her hometown of Leiden. On my own, I would have never found this shop myself. In fact, I think I would have walked right by its tiny storefront. Anterieur looks frightfully ... Read More »

It’s in the bag! My nine-year old nephew reviews Terapy’s Elly beanbag

It’s in the bag! My nine-year old nephew reviews Terapy’s Elly beanbag

Yes, you read that correctly. My nephew Kick turned 9 a while ago and, even though much like his uncle he is very well-behaved, I thought I’d teach him a lesson – about interviewing, art direction and photography, that is. Our subject? A new ergonomic beanbag that we could both enjoy. As I approach my mid-late Forties, I realize more ... Read More »

Annebet Philips: “I Do What I Do Because It Is Who I Am.”

Annebet Philips: “I Do What I Do Because It Is Who I Am.”

If you’re at home, like I am right now, you are surrounded by products that were each designed by a particular person. And you can bet that person has a story to tell. To find out more about the story behind the fabulous new knotted lamp in my hallway, I headed to Amsterdam to meet up with its designer, Annebet ... Read More »

Who run the world? Girls.

Who run the world? Girls.

Seriously, where would the world be without women? Nowhere, I tell you. Nowhere! There should be more women in politics, at the top of the corporate ladder – and Goddess knows America could use one at the White House. In honor of the fairer sex (or is that sexist to say now?), I bring you a selection of amazing girls ... Read More »

Spice up your bedroom with the new Auping Pixel nightstand

Spice up your bedroom with the new Auping Pixel nightstand

It’s the first piece of furniture you see in the morning. And the last one before you send yourself off to sleep. Yup, I’m talking about the trusty old nightstand. I’ve looked many, many years for just the right solution. The ideal nightstand does not only look good, it also has to be functional and ideally feature a handy drawer ... Read More »

Snijder & Co: “Authenticity is always rewarded”

Snijder & Co: “Authenticity is always rewarded”

With their hand-painted wallpaper, Snijder & Co are taking the Netherlands by storm. And not without reason! Marcelo Gimenes and his partner Jaap Snijder use their craft with love and attention to every detail. Another thing these two gentlemen are good as, is talking. Lots and lots of talking. That is what I found out when I visited them in ... Read More »

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