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Hästens – I’ll sleep on it!

Hästens – I’ll sleep on it!

Thanks to Hästens, I had the worst night of sleep in ages. I tossed and I turned, woke up at least once an hour wondering if it was time to get up yet and dreamt at least twice I slept through the alarm clock. I don’t know about you, but after a very, very short night, the last thing you ... Read More »

Big Art. Great Evening. Minor Mistake.

Big Art. Great Evening. Minor Mistake.

What happens if you ask your mother to be your ‘plus one’ for the opening party of a major art exhibition? Well, you have a great evening for starters. Because if your mother is anything like mine, you’ll first spend an hour driving to Amsterdam together and catching up on everything that’s been going on in your lives. And since you ... Read More »

In and Out at Brussels Design Market

In and Out at Brussels Design Market

My friends on Facebook already knew it – I am not a fan of Brussels. Every time I go there, I leave again wondering why I never discover the cool part of town. Except now I think I’ve found it. Sort of. You see, every year Brussels hosts the biggest vintage interior design market in Europe. It’s called Brussels Design ... Read More »

Exclusive: Interiorator VOLUME book preview at Salon Residence 2017

Exclusive: Interiorator VOLUME book preview at Salon Residence 2017

It’s all happening! I am *very* proud to annouce that my first book, called Interiorator VOLUME, will be published internationally in April of next year. And I am going to tell you all about it at Salon Residence 2017. Photo by Chidi Onwuka | chidi.org Interiorator VOLUME – from blog to book Over the years, I’ve done my best to create my ... Read More »

Sticky Business – The Temptation of Sugar in Art

Sticky Business – The Temptation of Sugar in Art

Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at supper time! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth normally but I thought it would be interesting to check out the new Sticky Business exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam anyway. You see, sugar is making a bit of a comeback. It is still frightfully unhealthy mind you! But when ... Read More »

Svinging by Svenskt Tenn in ten minutes

Svinging by Svenskt Tenn in ten minutes

What if you only have one and a half hour of free time in Stockholm? Well, you sving by Svenskt Tenn before you do anything else! At least, that’s what I decided to do after an exciting press trip to the Hästens factory and flagship store had come to an end. Some of my fellow interior design writers had decided ... Read More »

Accor Hotels asked me to imagine what a hotel room in 2030 would look like

Accor Hotels asked me to imagine what a hotel room in 2030 would look like

One of the best things about being a design writer is landing assignments that really stretch the imagination. I was recently asked by Accor Hotels to describe what a hotel room in the year 2030 might look like. I travel quite a lot and have stayed at most brands carried by Accor Hotels. I can tell you that this weary ... Read More »

Mesmerized by Arlene Gottfried

Mesmerized by Arlene Gottfried

Do you know Arlene Gottfried? If you had asked me that question two weeks ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders and answered: WHO? Right now though, I am rapidly turning into an Arlene Gottfried expert. This extraordinary New York street photographer unfortunately died last week – and it wasn’t until I read her obituary in the New York Times ... Read More »

Mad about the Boijmans – The Collection as Time Machine

Mad about the Boijmans – The Collection as Time Machine

How many people can claim they live just around the corner from a world class museum? Not too many, I guess, but who cares? I am one of them! And that is exactly why I was one of the first visitors to the newly opened exhibition at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen with the exciting name The Collection as Time Machine. ... Read More »

Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected

If you had told me before I drove to Arnhem that I would end up in a total stranger’s living room admiring a skeleton dressed in a velvet cape, I would have laughed in your face. But there I was, and I was in total awe. So why don’t you sit down, relax and enjoy my very own version of ... Read More »

The Memphis revival is OVAH, but who cares? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Memphis revival is OVAH, but who cares? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So what happens if an interior design revival trend is more or less over and you still like it? Well, you just keep on’ truckin’ and shrug your shoulders like so: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Together with my mother (who is celebrating her 70th birthday today, btw), I visited the Stedelijk Museum in the southern Dutch town of Bois-le-Duc last month to see The ... Read More »

Hessing. Pickford. Servaes. Proud Mary’s keep on burnin’.

Hessing. Pickford. Servaes. Proud Mary’s keep on burnin’.

You would think that being single involves going to parties and singles’ bars all the time – although I doubt the latter still exist. I’ve been happily alone for the last six months now but to be honest with you, I’ve been concentrating on anything but finding a new special someone. As far as I was concerned, all I needed was ... Read More »

Hôtel Droog – Part one: A Critical and Honest Review of Droog Shop

Hôtel Droog – Part one: A Critical and Honest Review of Droog Shop

The other day I was thinking about when I first got interested in design. Not casually, but seriously, hardcore bitten by the design bug. I couldn’t think of an exact year. Was it in the Eighties when I was a teenager and decided to paint a white cabinet in my room in bright Memphis-like colors? Or when I first started ... Read More »

Milan Design Week 2017 – Day 1: An interview at Moooi

Milan Design Week 2017 – Day 1: An interview at Moooi

It is the biggest interior design in the world – Milan Design Week. Needless to say, I was there. I ran as fast as my legs could carry me to the Via Savona showroom of Moooi, where I met up for an exclusive interview with stylist Martine de Schipper of Stories of Sense and Space. For the 2017 show A Life Extraordinary ... Read More »

C-More Concept Store…it’s all happening!

C-More Concept Store…it’s all happening!

Did I ever tell you about my good friend Iris Havekes? This woman is going places! To be honest, I don’t even remember when or where I first met Iris. A couple of years ago, she was just there. At least that’s what it felt like. Iris is not only a kick-ass interior designer, trend forecaster, blogger and walking design encyclopedia. She’s ... Read More »

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Okay, so I’m going to do one last cathartic blogpost about all the leftovers I have from last year and then it’s full steam ahead with all-new stuff. Promise. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a a brief recap. I got divorced. Life happened. And I was too busy taking care of business ... Read More »

Back in the saddle at TEFAF 2017

Back in the saddle at TEFAF 2017

There is nothing I like better than getting up at the crack of dawn and do some blogging. And that is exactly why I’m so glad six gruesome months are now firmly in the rearview mirror. I had the day of my life last week at the prestigious TEFAF 2017 fine art fair in Maastricht. Yup, I was back in ... Read More »

See you at OBJECT Rotterdam 2017!

See you at OBJECT Rotterdam 2017!

Time flies when you’re having fun – and even when you’re not, the years seem to go by at the blink of an eye. Case in point: I took these pictures at last year’s edition of OBJECT Rotterdam and never got around to publishing them, for crying out loud! I know, my head hangs in shame, because OBJECT Rotterdam always ... Read More »

Death in Venice. And Munich.

Death in Venice. And Munich.

Now that it’s time Now that the hour hand has landed at the end Now that it’s real Now that the dreams have given all they had to lend I want to know do I stay or do I go Things were pretty much over when we drove from Munich to Venice last summer. Our marriage wasn’t over just yet ... Read More »

At Long Last Love – and more amazing movie interiors

At Long Last Love – and more amazing movie interiors

Buh bye, 2016! You’ve been insightful to say the least. Before my mind wanders off again to think about all the good, the bad and the ugly the past year has provided me, allow me to wish you a HAPPY 2017! It’s going to be great year, I’m sure. I have some great projects lined up and now that my ... Read More »

All Pallone Am I

All Pallone Am I

It’s a bit of a cliché, I know. But it’s true nonetheless. Things come and things go. Sometimes they never return. But then other times they slowly find their way back into our hearts. The Pallone by Dutch furniture manufacturer Leolux is one of those chairs that had undeservedly dropped off my radar– until last month, that is. You see, ... Read More »

Elle Decoration Live, Snurk Horizontal Wear…and more!

Elle Decoration Live, Snurk Horizontal Wear…and more!

What do you do when you can’t sleep because it now looks very likely that an oversized Oompaloompa is going to be the next president of the United States? You get out of bed and blog like nothing has ever happened. After all, I’m more than a little behind – to put it mildly – and 5:15 AM seems like ... Read More »

My first night on an eve Mattress

My first night on an eve Mattress

Every great day starts the night before. When you think about it, the eve Mattress slogan makes perfect sense. After all, what makes a good mattress, is not necessarily how you sleep on it. It’s how you wake up on it! I was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the Netherlands to try an eve Mattress ... Read More »

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

OMG I’ve been so busy it’s not even funny anymore! You see, October is the most important month for anything that has to do with interior design and art and my inbox is overflowing with invitations and it’s very difficult to choose. Poor me! Still, these are three events I’m definitely going to this fall. Let’s start with the Affordable ... Read More »

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

Remember I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I spent an entire day practically alone a the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016? Even though it was AUGUST and the city was practically overflowing with tourists from every nook and cranny on the planet? I know – what a shame! You don’t have to be an architect or even an architecture ... Read More »

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