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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 »

I get so ‘emocional’ every time I look at Alberto Lazaro

I get so ‘emocional’ every time I look at Alberto Lazaro

Being a blogger can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. I started out with Interiorator.com a little over three years ago and have been developing my taste in interior design and (equally important) my voice as a writer along the way. Needless to say, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes and to be honest with you, revisiting some ... Read More »

Ditty Ketting has earned her stripes

Ditty Ketting has earned her stripes

What’s it all about? That is the question I often ask myself when I walk past the two painting I’m borrowing at the moment from Kunstuitleen Rotterdam. In this edition of Work Art | Play Art, I decide to go find the answer. Let’s go to the studio of artist Ditty Ketting in – of all places – Pernis! Vertical ... Read More »

How We Work at the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch

How We Work at the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch

Life as an interior design blogger can be extremely tough. You’re invited to parties all over Europe, you get to meet fascinating people and you get to see all the latest designs first. The invitation I got a while ago to attend the opening party of the How We Work Exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Bois-Le-Duc proved to be ... Read More »

Gerard Faivre – Muted chutzpah in grey, biscuit and gold

Gerard Faivre – Muted chutzpah in grey, biscuit and gold

Guts. Chutzpah. Cojones mas grandes. See? I can tell you in at least three languages you have to be pretty self-confident as an interior designer to combine a biscuit-colored Chesterfield chair with a Cappellini Pyramid cabinet. Gerard Faivre pulls it off effortlessly in this swanky Paris apartment AND even adds one of those slightly impractical fancy round beds to the mix. It’s all ... Read More »

Design Icons 2015 is coming up!

Design Icons 2015 is coming up!

Eames, Schmeames! That’s what I wrote about a year ago right after my visit to the fantastic Design Icons fair in Amsterdam. Now that I read back my old blogpost I think to myself, sheesh – someone got out of the wrong side of the bed that morning! But there you have it. I guess I’m going to have make ... Read More »

Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith at home with their pet lion

Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith at home with their pet lion

OMG, how weird is this? I never knew that famous Hollywood actress Melanie Griffith’s mother is famous Hollywood actress Tippi Hedren! What is even MORE weird is that Mel grew up with a pet lion named Neil! As they say in French, this was all un petit peu strangé (kidding) and insanely fucking dangerous if you ask me. Still, Tippi Hedren ... Read More »

Casamanara by day, Casamanara by night

Casamanara by day, Casamanara by night

What do an apartment on Broadway in New York City and a nightclub in Monaco have in common? Two things: A – they were both designed by Casamanara and B – they’re both so cool I just had to (HAD TO!) feature them on Interiorator.com! Okay now, CasamaWHO? I hear you ask. And yes, I understand what you mean. I’ve ... Read More »

Ten reasons you MUST visit OBJECT Rotterdam 2015

Ten reasons you MUST visit OBJECT Rotterdam 2015

Normally I don’t do clickbait headlines like ‘You won’t BELIEVE bla bla’ or ‘X reasons you really should…’ but here I am promoting the living SHIT out of an event that has turned into one of the highlights of the Dutch cultural season. Yes folks, the 2015 edition of OBJECT Rotterdam is coming up and I’m pulling out all the ... Read More »

My lunch at Eenmaal, the pop-up restaurant for one at Lensvelt

My lunch at Eenmaal, the pop-up restaurant for one at Lensvelt

What’s it like to eat at a restaurant that only has tables for one? I had lunch a few weeks ago at Eenmaal, the one of a kind pop-up restaurant in Amsterdam! If you know Hans Lensvelt, I am sure the first thing that comes to mind is his laugh. It’s loud, it’s proud and one of a kind. Out ... Read More »

Tom Dixon – Still skeptical he’s a designer!

Tom Dixon – Still skeptical he’s a designer!

He’s cool. He’s British. He’s Mr. Tom Dixon! And I got to interview him when he was in the Netherlands recently – how do you like them apples? Tom talks about what it’s like to run a big company as a designer and the biggest temptations young designers face at the moment. Let’s find out what he has to say, ... Read More »

Traffic be damned- I’m feeling New Sensations!

Traffic be damned- I’m feeling New Sensations!

It’s been over two weeks since I last updated Interiorator.com. And you know what? I thoroughly enjoyed my extended absence online. Didn’t plan it, didn’t work ahead. So sue me – a blogger needs a break from time to time. That being said, I’m glad to be back online and I promise you, this is going to be the best ... Read More »

Swept away by Grotta Palazzese!

Swept away by Grotta Palazzese!

It’s that time of year again. You arrive at the office – it’s still dark. You go home again – it’s dark again. Urgh! I don’t know about you but I’m already thinking about where I’m going to spend my next vacation. And although I’m probably going to end up in Portugal like last summer, the Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese ... Read More »

Too much is not enough for Madcap Cottage

Too much is not enough for Madcap Cottage

These last few weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time updating our living room instead of blogging. I got some new art works from Kunstuitleen Rotterdam, my husband bought two brand new blue velvet club chairs and I even painted out the radiators (quite a lot of work but oh, so worth it). It’s a multi-year project – our living ... Read More »

House of Voltaire arty farty favorites (NSFW)

House of Voltaire arty farty favorites (NSFW)

I love art. You know – I spent the last half hour getting all arty farty, thinking of ways to start this blogpost with a deep and meaningful statement on the importance of art in modern life. But I decided to give up and just write what it all comes down to. I love art. And I wonder what kind ... Read More »

Will YOUR design be at Ventura Lambrate 2015?

Will YOUR design be at Ventura Lambrate 2015?

God, I feel like Tim Gunn as I sit here and write this blogpost…but here goes. ‘Designers? Make it work!’ Anyway, now that I have that out of my system let me tell you that Ventura Lambrate are looking for talented designers to display their work in Milan next year. How exciting it that on a scale from nine to ten? ... Read More »

I tested Hästens and all I got was a good night’s sleep

I tested Hästens and all I got was a good night’s sleep

I’m an expert sleeper. I am! And so when I was asked to spend a night at the Amsterdam Canal Hotel to test a Hästens mattress, I knew I’d be perfect for the job. Think about it. You spend nearly a third of your life in bed, at least I know I do! It is the place each new day starts when ... Read More »

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