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Sometimes you gotta LEGO!

Sometimes you gotta LEGO!

In case you’re wondering where the hell I’ve been these past few weeks, here your g*ddamn answer. A few weeks ago, my mother suggested I sell my old Lego. After all, I hadn’t done anything with it for ages (not a surprise for a 50-year old man, of course) and so we both agreed that it would be a nice ... Read More »

Navel gazing at the Braderie de Lille

Navel gazing at the Braderie de Lille

Now that I’m back in the mood for blogging again, I thought I’d move right along to part trois of my visit to the Braderie de Lille last summer. The world was a different place, I tell you. No masks, no social distancing, just miles and miles of antiques, vintage furniture and bric-à-brac. I took tons of pictures – but ... Read More »

I got your back in the sack (together with Bedsupply.eu)

I got your back in the sack (together with Bedsupply.eu)

Question. And I want an honest answer here, so no fibbing. When was the last time you asked yourself, can I go to bed yet? If the first words that come to mind are either ‘no, never’ or ‘wait, what?’ then please move along. Nothing to read for you here. If, on the other hand, you are like me and ... Read More »

Silhouette Eyewear – Admissions of a Brand Lover

Silhouette Eyewear – Admissions of a Brand Lover

Look, I’m sure it’s something we all do. But even then, I’m still kind of embarrassed to put down in writing what I’m going to tell you. Deep breath,  here it goes. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning, is read Facebook on my mobile phone. Oh, how I hate myself for my nasty little ... Read More »

Making the rounds at Morentz

Making the rounds at Morentz

In the end, how much does it matter if you go shopping at a place where you can’t afford anything? I’m not going to say that I’m going to be strapped for cash for the rest of my life, but I do have to admit that I have to be careful this year how I spend my money. Still, that ... Read More »

This weekend: Object Rotterdam 2020, Art Rotterdam 2020 and a Motley Crew

This weekend: Object Rotterdam 2020, Art Rotterdam 2020 and a Motley Crew

I’m a bit of a rush today, but that is not going to keep me from sharing with you this one tip: if you’re into art, design and all things visual, come to Rotterdam this weekend! There’s so much going on here at the moment with Object Rotterdam, Art Rotterdam and A Motley Crew. Object Rotterdam 2020 I’ve been to – and ... Read More »

Gallery of Decoration: G-O-D exists!

Gallery of Decoration: G-O-D exists!

Roos Schneijderberg is one of the most courageous women you will ever meet. She abandoned her successful and lucrative career, took all her life’s savings and created a stunning collection of art and high-end furniture. Under the eyebrow-raising name Gallery of Decoration, or G-O-D, Roos is now ready to conquer the world from her Rotterdam showroom. “If you follow your ... Read More »

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 »

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