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Vitra Schaudepot – THE SHAU MUST GO ON

Vitra Schaudepot – THE SHAU MUST GO ON

You would not believe how tired I was after two days running up and down the Vitra Campus along with some of Europe’s most influential interior designer influencers that ever influenced. In spite of my humongous vintage Umbro benchcoat, I was cold, wet and desperate for my second wind to kick in. And boy, did it ever when our group entered ... Read More »

Nope. I am not writing about the Carnaval dos Caretos today.

Nope. I am not writing about the Carnaval dos Caretos today.

Nothing to see here today, folks. Just move along! Because today, I am not sharing with you where you can celebrate the best carnival in all of Europe. I would never, ever reveal that all you have to do is fly to Porto and then drive a few hours to Portugal’s far northeastern corner. In fact, I would strongly advise you against ... Read More »

Object Rotterdam 2018 – the morning after

Object Rotterdam 2018 – the morning after

Do you know what I like best about design exhibitions like Object Rotterdam? The morning after! I go through all the photos I’ve taken and as I drink at least five cups of coffee, I read all the websites of the designers whose work I’ve seen. For me, it’s the only way to truly take in everything I’ve seen. So ... Read More »

Art Rotterdam – 6 insider tips from director Fons Hof

Art Rotterdam – 6 insider tips from director Fons Hof

It’s that time of the year! Yes, from 8 February until 11 February 2018 Art Rotterdam will once again open its doors and I can’t wait to go there. It is the must-see accessible art fair where art lovers can discover works by new and innovative artists. I sat down with Art Rotterdam director Fons Hof and asked him to ... Read More »

Two days at the Vitra Campus with Europe’s biggest, most famous influencers that ever influenced (and me)

Two days at the Vitra Campus with Europe’s biggest, most famous influencers that ever influenced (and me)

They are Europe’s biggest interior design influencers. Together, they have an audience of millions of followers. One Instagram photo from them earns hundreds of likes in a New York minute. Brands bend over backwards to be featured on their feed – and aren’t afraid to pay a hefty sum for the privilege. All these insanely important influencers showed up one ... Read More »

Small Space Decorating Ideas – I’m sharing them at Hox How To!

Small Space Decorating Ideas – I’m sharing them at Hox How To!

Do you live an a teeny tiny apartment? And are you looking for some easy to apply decorating tips that will make your place look like a million bucks? Then I have just the thing for you! On Sunday 4th February, I will be sharing some of my best small space decorating ideas during a panel talk called Make it Mini: ... Read More »

I went color hunting in Afurada and all I got was ignored

I went color hunting in Afurada and all I got was ignored

Ah yes, Afurada! With your soft pastels and bright than bright colors! And your intimidating looking fisherman’s wives! You enticed me when I was in Portugal last spring and someone I met suggested I go an visit your shores. You were supposed to be beautiful and exotic and I couldn’t wait to check out the reportedly inspiring color combinations that were ... Read More »

Hotelnacht Amsterdam – PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s

Hotelnacht Amsterdam – PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s

Amsterdammers! Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be a tourist in your own city? Sure you do! Like it or not, Amsterdam is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – and not without reason. As many tourists can tell you, you can PARTY HARDY and then catch some zzz’s at one of the many ... Read More »

Dementia and art – an interview with Frans Hoogeveen

Dementia and art – an interview with Frans Hoogeveen

Dementia and art – it’s a combination you don’t hear about too often. Yet dementia care specialist Frans Hoogeveen thinks it’s high time we start paying more attention to this subject. Hoogeveen is convinced that dementia is not always the horrible disease we all make it out to be. In fact, it is often still possible to provide a good ... Read More »

Feliz Alidad! One of my favorite interior designers opens his doors for £500

Feliz Alidad! One of my favorite interior designers opens his doors for £500

Feliz Alidad! I read this morning that starting January 2018, renowned interior designer Alidad will be opening the doors of his London home once a month. You, yes, you can feel right At Home with Alidad because and ‘join him on a journey of discovery, through his personal world of art, antiques, architecture and interior decoration.’ Sounds splendid, but I can ... Read More »

Joana Schneider’s overwhelming rugs for overwhelming times

Joana Schneider’s overwhelming rugs for overwhelming times

If you’ve ever been to Dutch Design Week, you know it’s a bombardment of ideas wherever you go. Walk ten feet and I’ll guarantee you’ll miss at least concepts that…tsk, tsk…you really should have seen. With their ultra-fluorescent colors, however, the textile hangings by Joana Schneider were pretty hard to walk by without at least looking. They were bold, they ... Read More »

La Cage Aux Folles – License to frill

La Cage Aux Folles – License to frill

A lesser known, but oh so sweet soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. A groundbreaking story – well, for the Seventies at least. And two heartwarming older queens living together in the cosiest interior of the entire Côte d’Azur. All those elements combined make La Cage Aux Folles parts I and II the perfect place to start a new column I’m writing ... Read More »

Surer after Tal R that this dreamer should be a doer

Surer after Tal R that this dreamer should be a doer

If there is one thing nagging at the back of my mind about writing an interior design and art blog, is that it’s never about me. Wait, let me rephrase that. It is about me, of course – I am fortunate enough to do see beautiful things, go to inspiring places and see the work of some of the most ... Read More »

Scherven brengen geluk, right? Buh-bye 2017, hello 2018!

Scherven brengen geluk, right? Buh-bye 2017, hello 2018!

Scherven brengen geluk. It’s a Dutch saying that roughly translates as “Shards bring good luck”. Well, let me tell you, if that saying is true then I’m in for a veritable shitload of good luck in 2018. And I’m going to need it. I spent much of last year writing and photographing my first book together with my former teacher ... Read More »

It’s the Interiorator Christmas Special Special!

It’s the Interiorator Christmas Special Special!

Are you as heavily into Christmas as I am? If so, then I’m sure I’m telling you nothing new whatsoever when I say there are some very great vintage American Christmas specials to be found on YouTube. For you binge watching pleasure, I’ve put my favorite Christmas specials in this here list – hope you enjoy it! Now, if you’ll ... Read More »

Stacii Samidin doesn’t move for anybody

Stacii Samidin doesn’t move for anybody

Once, he was a street boy. Now, Stacii Samidin works on his ultimate goal: to become the second-ever photographer to be signed by Magnum in New York. And you know what? He’s going to succeed. To celebrate the comeback of Interiorator after an off year, I meet up with an amazing person with an equally amazing story. “I’ve done enough ... Read More »

A ten-minute peek at the one and only Piet Hein Eek

A ten-minute peek at the one and only Piet Hein Eek

“Did you just say we have to be back in ten minutes?” the Italian journalist next to me asked. “You should have brought your running shoes!” our guide snapped back in jest. It was one of those typical Dutch Design Week international press tour moments that I have not only learned to appreciate, but love as well. For design writers like me, ... Read More »

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 »

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