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Palazzo Clerici on Fast Forward

Palazzo Clerici on Fast Forward

So, are you up for one more thing? I ask my husband as we get up from our chairs. We spent the last half hour on a crowded Milan terrace, carefully sipping our 7 euro beers. It’s late in the afternoon and there is just one more thing I want to see in the Brera design district before we head ... Read More »

Amen to the Nest Thermostat!

Amen to the Nest Thermostat!

Today, I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth! That’s what I thought a couple of weeks ago when I unearthed this artwork by legendary artist Woody van Amen. It had been hiding in one of the darkest corners of the vast Kunstuitleen Rotterdam archives and it had my name written all over it – especially since ... Read More »

Kartell goes Sottsass – aka: Hema, can you hear me?

Kartell goes Sottsass – aka: Hema, can you hear me?

Remember two years ago when all of a sudden everyone including me was besotted by Sottsass? Not long after that, I took some pictures of Memphis design at Designmuseum Gent that we’re quite a hit on Pinterest. Oh and then last year there was the überhip Gevonden op Marktplaats Salon in Amsterdam with more Memphis (and Hollywood Regency) than you ... Read More »

Living with Nest thermostat – part 1

Living with Nest thermostat – part 1

As I sit on the morning train to Amsterdam, I decide to play a little joke on my husband, who is still at home. I take out my phone, open the Nest app and set the temperature to 30 degrees Celcius. Moments later I get a text message: Are you turning our living room into a sauna? It’s my first ... Read More »

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

“I had no idea what to wear this morning,” I shyly whisper in the ear of Sheila de Vries as we pose for a picture together. “Oh that quilted jacket looks perfectly fine,” she answers. My interview with the grande dame of Dutch fashion is done and she has approved of my outfit. What a relief! As I drive back ... Read More »

Inside Hubert le Gall’s Studio

Inside Hubert le Gall’s Studio

Another month, another notch in my belt! You see, this month I was featured not in one, but TWO interior design magazines. Thanks to Quooker and VTWonen, the whole world knows every nook and cranny of my kitchen. And with a little help from those nice people at Ruinart, I got to interview designer Hubert le Gall at his studio ... Read More »

Quooker x Interiorator Superfoods Special

Quooker x Interiorator Superfoods Special

Het eerste gerecht dat ik ooit klaarmaakte in mijn designkeuken was…een diepvriespizza. Mijn hoofd hangt in schaamte als ik eraan terug denk. Een ongezonde bevroren maaltijdschijf met meer calorieën dan een volwassen paard op een dag nodig heeft – nu ik al een jaar op mijn streefgewicht zit zou ik er niet meer aan moeten denken om thuis ongezond te ... Read More »

Wealth between my ears / Rijkdom tussen mijn oren

Wealth between my ears / Rijkdom tussen mijn oren

Kwart over vijf ‘s ochtends. Dat is hoe vroeg ik elke ochtend opsta. Die gewoonte leerde ik mezelf ooit noodgedwongen aan toen ik een baan ver van huis had. De baan heb ik inmiddels (gelukkig!) niet meer, maar een vroege vogel ben ik nog steeds. Ik sta op, doe het licht aan en maak een potje thee met mijn Quooker. ... Read More »

Edith Lundebrekke’s Multi Meander Stripes

Edith Lundebrekke’s Multi Meander Stripes

Everybody, I’d like you to meet my new favorite artist! I’m a sucker for stripes as you may know and it should come as no surprise that I fell head over heels for these paintings by Edith Lundebrekke when I was at Ventura Lambrate in Milan two week ago. “Interaction and colour are key elements in Lundebrekke’s art. She is intrigued ... Read More »

Let’s file Nika Zupanc under ‘F’ for Fabulous!

Let’s file Nika Zupanc under ‘F’ for Fabulous!

Out of the over seven hundred pictures I took in Milan last week, I selected a whopping 218 that I want to edit and publish. A daunting task, to put it mildly. I didn’t have much doubt about which photo’s I wanted to publish first – I ooh’ed and aah’ed the loudest at  the delicious brass designs of Nika Zupanc ... Read More »

Vegan hot dogs ready in five minutes

Vegan hot dogs ready in five minutes

Ja, maar wat mag je dan wél eten? Dat is steevast de eerste vraag die ik krijg wanneer ik mensen vertel dat ik tegenwoordig veganistisch eet. Ik eet – een kleine uitzondering daargelaten – al inmiddels meer dan een half jaar geen dierlijke producten meer. Goed voor mijn gezondheid, goed voor de wereld. Achteraf viel de overstap reuze mee. Het ... Read More »

De ambitieuze klimmer / The ambitious climber

De ambitieuze klimmer / The ambitious climber

Hij komt uit Europa, heeft zilveren accenten en kan goed voor zichzelf zorgen. Hij houdt van groeien, werkt het beste bij bescheiden temperaturen en doet het prima in het donker. Het zou een beschrijving van mezelf kunnen zijn, maar dat is het niet. Ik heb het namelijk over een andere ambitieuze klimmer – de klimop. Wil jij een klimop winnen? ... Read More »

Ik een nieuwe Quooker, jij een nieuwe Quooker!

Ik een nieuwe Quooker, jij een nieuwe Quooker!

JA, WAT DACHT JIJ DAN! Het was de eerste zin die in me opkwam toen Quooker mij onlangs vroeg de nieuwe Fusion te proberen. De zin die direct erna bij me opkwam kan ik me trouwens ook nog levendig herinneren: HELP! Want oh, oh, oh wat vervloekte ik designliefhebber die gedateerde taupekleurige achterwand van mijn open keuken. Mijn eigen klaagmuur, ... Read More »

Vesper Hotel – Boutique and the Beach

Vesper Hotel – Boutique and the Beach

Finally! Up until now, there weren’t too many nicely designed hotels on the Dutch coast – at least none that I can think of. They’re either really classic (not that there’s anything wrong with that) or just plain boring (always wrong). Anyhow, all that is about to change in Noordwijk, one of the Netherlands’ most popular beach resorts. You see, the ... Read More »

Are you in art? R U in art? Ruinart!

Are you in art? R U in art? Ruinart!

“I was a free man in Paris, I felt unfettered and alive!” A sentence from one of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell. that perfectly sums up my trip to the French capital two weeks ago. Now, I’m not much of a braggart, but I’ll gladly make an exception for this blogpost. After all, you have to admit it sounds pretty ... Read More »

Eccentric Extravaganza: Nicky Haslam

Eccentric Extravaganza: Nicky Haslam

What is it about eccentric interiors that I’m liking so much this year? Is a new trend – or is it just me gradually turning into an old geezer? I thought I’d explore this question a bit further over the next few weeks and so I hope you’re into big, busy, bold, beautiful, brazen, bountiful, bootilicious and lots of other ... Read More »

Iris van Gelder: “Why does art have to be perfect?”

Iris van Gelder: “Why does art have to be perfect?”

With her nonconformist collages Rotterdam-based artist Iris van Gelder is about to make an international breakthrough. Two of her works were selected for In Stock: Rotterdamse Fotografie, the current exhibition at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam. I recently interviewed Iris about a wide-legged Lil’Kim, blunt Italian scissors and her personal Kunstuitleen favorites. Left: Iris van Gelder, right: ‘X’ So, what’s your fascination with ... Read More »

Houshi Ryokan – Japan’s oldest hotel, my newest obsession

Houshi Ryokan – Japan’s oldest hotel, my newest obsession

You say Hoshi, I say Houshi – but let’s not call the whole thing off because the oldest hotel in Japan is a site to behold. This video by Fritz Schumann about the Houshi Ryokan (or Hoshi Ryokan, depending on eeer…what exactly?) is all the rage on the internets at the moment and I figured, I’m not going to waste ... Read More »

St Francis Elevator Ride: “Never settle in your work”

St Francis Elevator Ride: “Never settle in your work”

It’s one of the hottest art mediums of the moment – collage! I was lucky enough to do a short e-mail interview with my favorite collage artist, St Francis Elevator Ride.  I’ve been teaching Visual Communication at the Academie Artemis in Amsterdam for two years now. It’s a subject that starts off first-year students on their creative path, which is probably why I ... Read More »

TEFAF 2015 – This stuff belongs at a museum!

TEFAF 2015 – This stuff belongs at a museum!

It’s Sunday afternoon. March 15, 2015. And my head is still reeling. Yes, I went to TEFAF 2015 yesterday and I’m suffering from Stendhal Syndrome so badly even Mr. Stendhal himself would feel extremely sorry for me and say, there there Interiorator – just take a chill pil and calm the fuck down will ya? And you know what? I’d ... Read More »

Springtime is here – not that I have time for it!

Springtime is here – not that I have time for it!

Spring can really hang you up the most – remember that song? I never really got it. I mean, what’s not to like this time of year? The days get longer, you can sit outside again and of course you can start jogging (I’m still plucking up the courage but I’ll get there). The thing is though, you need to have time ... Read More »

Screw uniformity – here’s Bernhard Willhelm 3000!

Screw uniformity – here’s Bernhard Willhelm 3000!

Do you know that joke about the Dutch design blogger who went to MOCA Los Angeles to see the ultracool Bernhard Willhelm 3000 exhibition? Well, neither do I – because he didn’t go. Another week and another exhibition I have to miss because everything seems to be happening outside the Netherlands at the moment. Which reminds of another joke that ... Read More »

Otto Snoek – ‘Wonderment is my signature’

Otto Snoek – ‘Wonderment is my signature’

Partying. Shopping. Eating. This is how Otto Snoek prefers to depict the people he photographs. Snoek doesn’t judge – even though his subjects don’t always look too good in his pictures. Earlier this week, I interviewed this trendsetting photographer about In Stock: Rotterdamse Fotografie, the exhibition that he has curated together with Michelle-Aimée and that shows the rich photo collection ... Read More »

Enjoy Life with Beagle Street

Enjoy Life with Beagle Street

I don’t know about you, but I have a brain like a sieve. Keys, phones, chargers – not a month goes by that I don’t lose at least something. And don’t even get me started on where I keep the really important stuff, like my life insurance policy. Luckily, the people over at UK online insurance company Beagle Street have ... Read More »

Oskar Schlemmer – Visionen einer neuen Welt

Oskar Schlemmer – Visionen einer neuen Welt

Schlemmer time! The Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart is the host of an Oskar Schlemmer exhibition that you simply cannot miss. Except I am going to miss it, because I just don’t have the time to travel from my home in Rotterdam, the Netherlands all the way to southern Germany anytime soon. Instead, I’ll just have to look at these amazing pictures ... Read More »

Gerald Watelet has good taste coming out the wazoo

Gerald Watelet has good taste coming out the wazoo

Folks, keep your smelling salts at the ready! Since last Sunday’s blogpost about Belgique Excentrique was such a roaring success, I thought I’d explore that titillating theme a bit further. Submitted for your approval…the amazing Gerald Watelet. Wait until you hear this – according to his Wikipedia page, Gerald has been maître d’hôtel at one of Belgium’s finest restaurants, a Belgian ... Read More »

Spread ’em with Fransje Killaars

Spread ’em with Fransje Killaars

If I ever make a sh*tload of money, the first thing I’ll do is buy one of those awesome bedspreads by Dutch artist and designer Fransje Killaars. But wait a second, Mr. Interiorator – I hear you say. Didn’t hundreds of thousands of people distincly see a hot pink and orange checquered Fransje Killaars bedspread on your bed in the ... Read More »

Belgique Excentrique is fantastique!

Belgique Excentrique is fantastique!

Sunday – finally! I’ve been working my ass off this week and so you can imagine my delight when I found myself sitting outside my balcony with – GASP! – nothing urgent to do. Oh sure, there’s the interview with fashion designer and QVC legend Sheila de Vries I really should start preparing now and there are a few new blogposts ... Read More »

Studio Job Godiva Valentine’s Day giftboxes

Studio Job Godiva Valentine’s Day giftboxes

I am a forty-five year old man who wants heart-shaped designer pralines for Valentine’s Day. I reached this horrifying conclusion on a crowded 7:55 AM commuter train between Rotterdam and Amsterdam this morning – the place I do most of my blogging. However, once you’ve seen these special Studio Job Godiva Valentine’s Day giftboxes and their deliciously sweet Japanese TV ... Read More »

Straight US congressman Aaron Schock and his Downton Abbey office

Straight US congressman Aaron Schock and his Downton Abbey office

Tacky Eurotrash interior design, Downton Abbey, a political scandal in the making and the one hundred per cent certified totally absolutely no doubt about it STRAIGHT anti-gay Congressman Aaron Schock are the ingredients of the heady mixture that is my favorite interior design story of the week. Now, for those of you who don’t know US Congressman Aaron Schock, here’s a picture him. ... Read More »

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