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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 »

Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Do you ever get the feeling that you want to disappear? Just leave everything and everyone behind and poof…you’re gone. In the America of the 1980’s that was still a viable option. Because in a world where cell phones did not exist yet, you could vanish without a trace. You would wander around aimlessly through the Mojave Desert or submerge ... 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 »

All About ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’

All About ‘Todo Sobre Mi Madre’

Which figure in film history was a true revolutionary who boldly went where no one had gone before? ¡Pedro Almodóvar, of course! After all, it was this film director who started a genuine sociocultural movement, the Movida Madrileña, after the death of Franco. Anything and everything was possible – and it was in that hedonistic Zeitgeist that Almodóvar became the ... Read More »

Boris van Berkum’s Divine Winti Inspiration

Boris van Berkum’s Divine Winti Inspiration

In Winti, there are no coincidences. And that is exactly why Dutch artist Boris van Berkum became inspired with this Surinamese religion. Winti, you see, takes elements from African and European cultures and mixes them together into an outlook on life that deserves more attention than it does now. It definitely captured Van Berkum, an artistic polyglot and dear friend ... Read More »

Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Glamour! History! Interior Design!

Pestana Amsterdam Riverside – Glamour! History! Interior Design!

Can I just come out and say that I love luxury hotels? As far as I’m concerned, they are the pinnacle of glamour. I don’t care about money or being rich, but give me a night at five-star hotel with all the trimmings and I am a happy man. The latest hotel to bowl me over is the Pestana Amsterdam ... Read More »

A Louis XV fever dream, Divine cheapness…and more

A Louis XV fever dream, Divine cheapness…and more

Now that my book is out almost everywhere, it’s time to relax a while and start thinking about what I want to do next. I’m turning 50 – FIFTY – next year, so it feels like I have some very important choices to make. After all, with about 20 years left in my professional life, I realize for the first time ... Read More »

Woody Allen’s Interiors – It’s Just a Vase I’m Going Through

Woody Allen’s Interiors – It’s Just a Vase I’m Going Through

Let’s face it, the biggest cause of divorce is marriage. In Woody Allen’s Interiors, the stately Manhattanite of advanced style Eve is slowly abandoned by her husband. To process this, she throws herself into improving her impeccable greige interior – and that of her children. And who in their right mind can blame her? Don’t we all feel the need ... Read More »

Is this burning an Eterne flame?

Is this burning an Eterne flame?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: your home should have an eclectic mix with accessories you’ve collected during trips to faraway countries. But what if it turns out the hand-crafted occasional table you’ve *just* bought at that souk in Marrakesh doesn’t fit in the overhead luggage bin? What a nightmare that would be! Luckily, I ... Read More »

What is it like to write a book – in two hours or less

What is it like to write a book – in two hours or less

‘Procrastination has always been my weakness,’ I confessed to my new friend Ron earlier tonight. ‘Oh, who cares? It’s charming!’ His reply was just what I needed. The time had come to sit down, overcome an insane bout of writer’s block and finally tell you what it’s like to publish a book – in two hours or less. And so, ... Read More »

TEFAF, I love you but you’re bringing me down

TEFAF, I love you but you’re bringing me down

I was at TEFAF Maastricht the day before yesterday. And I could easily write a quicky blogpost saying what a totally unique exhibition it is. I would challenge you to come up with an even finer fine art show that so effortlessly combines art from different eras in one single building. You would come up empty. But you know what? ... Read More »

Thanks to Maarten Spruyt, there is NOTHING NEW in Milan this year

Thanks to Maarten Spruyt, there is NOTHING NEW in Milan this year

There are two things that all the very best creatives I’ve met have in common – and take it from me, I met a lot of them the past few years. First, they are always down to earth. Tom Dixon, one of the world’s most famous designers, once told me that he was still skeptical he was a designer at ... Read More »

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