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Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Hello and welcome to last year – aka Mong Kok & Dutch Design Week

Okay, so I’m going to do one last cathartic blogpost about all the leftovers I have from last year and then it’s full steam ahead with all-new stuff. Promise. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a a brief recap. I got divorced. Life happened. And I was too busy taking care of business ... Read More »

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

More hoity toity eye candy at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

Remember I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I spent an entire day practically alone a the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016? Even though it was AUGUST and the city was practically overflowing with tourists from every nook and cranny on the planet? I know – what a shame! You don’t have to be an architect or even an architecture ... Read More »

Orange sunglasses, a one-woman musical…and more

Orange sunglasses, a one-woman musical…and more

What do you do when you wake up at 4AM because you’re too effin’ jetlagged to get even one more second of sleep? You get out of bed and blog! I got back last night from an epic one-week trip to Guangzhou and Hong Kong and my mind is still reeling. So many things to process – big stuff, trivial ... Read More »

The day I had the entire Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to myself

The day I had the entire Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 to myself

Ah yes, I remember Venice…the sweltering August heat. The endless throng of badly-dressed tourists. And let’s not forget the vastly inflated prices! You would think that with so many people in town year-round, the Venice Architecture Biennale would be packed as well. It wasn’t! In fact, I practically had the entire place to myself when I was there last month. ... Read More »

Breaking rules the Dutch way at Residenz Würzburg

Breaking rules the Dutch way at Residenz Würzburg

If you have ever been to the Netherlands, you probably know that the Dutch are not very good at sticking to rules. Smoking not allowed in bars? The bartender will gladly offer you an ashtray just before closing time. Can’t park your bike because of some pesky no parking sign? Just ignore it like everyone else! In a similar vein, ... Read More »

Sintra – three palaces that will make you go YAASS QUEEN!!!

Sintra – three palaces that will make you go YAASS QUEEN!!!

As our plans for next summer slowly but surely become concrete, I thought I’d get in the mood and revisit the trip my husband Patrick and I took to Sintra in Portugal last year. We both get a kick out of visiting European palaces and castles – for us, they are a heady brew of fascinating history and way over ... Read More »

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is զարմանալի

The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is զարմանալի

Oh my. I look back at the pictures I took a couple of weeks ago at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon and realize I spent very little time actually looking at the art on display. I’m sure it was all highly impressive, but I was so totally enamoured with the building the museum is housed in that I must ... Read More »

SPLENDIDE HOTEL at the Palacio de Cristal

SPLENDIDE HOTEL at the Palacio de Cristal

‘I thought there was supposed to be an art exhibition going on here’, my husband Patrick said right after we entered the Palacio de Cristal at the Retiro Park in Madrid. He stared at a space that was virtually empty. ‘Eeeh…this is the exhibition’, I answered. We both laughed and walked around in awe of SPLENDIDE HOTEL devised by French ... Read More »

El Mercado de San Miguel and more Iberian tips

El Mercado de San Miguel and more Iberian tips

Oy vey! Did you notice the twelve-hour Interiorator blackout yesterday? It was frustrating to no end and made me feel like this all day. Anyhow, I’m back and I have some more weird and wonderful travel tips for you in case you’re going to Spain or Portugal – like the Mercado de San Miguel! Oh and by the way, in ... Read More »

Testing 1, 2, 3 heavenly recipes of the upcoming Hemels cookbook

Testing 1, 2, 3 heavenly recipes of the upcoming Hemels cookbook

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. Last Saturday, I was invited to test three recipes of an upcoming Dutch cookbook called Hemels – which translates as Heavenly in English. I already knew one of its authors – in fact, I consider Alexandra Hereijgers of Alexstyling.nl one of my best friends – and had the pleasure of meeting ... Read More »

Aloha Bar at Tropicana Rotterdam

Aloha Bar at Tropicana Rotterdam

It’s Saturday morning – which is usually the time I sit down and update an old blogpost. This time around, I thought I’d go back to last September’s blogpost about the Aloha Bar in Rotterdam, which is situated in – believe it or not – an abandoned subtropical swimming paradise. They’re opening again this weekend with an updated decor and ... Read More »

Drone walks dog, parked cars as art…and more

Drone walks dog, parked cars as art…and more

Woohoo! It’s Sunday morning, the sun is shining, and my apartment is featured in the Netherlands’ biggest interior design magazine – what more could I possibly want? I don’t want to get rich, although a new Bemz cover for my IKEA sofa would be nice. And I don’t want to get famous either, although I don’t mind all the publicitity ... Read More »

A white vintage Citroen GS, a gaudy Chinese skyscraper…and more

A white vintage Citroen GS, a gaudy Chinese skyscraper…and more

Yeah – daylight saving time started today in the Netherlands! To celebrate, lets’ kick off this week’s edition of ‘…and more’ with a sunny ad campaign that features a vintage white Citroen CX. Citroen GS ad Campaign : Kim Riekenberg by Henrik Purienne for Mlle Mademoiselle Spring/Summer 2014 Well, hello there! Haven’t we met before? And no, I’m not chatting ... Read More »

OMG! Only $30 a night to stay at Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower!

OMG! Only $30 a night to stay at Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower!

I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo but the thought of paying 60 euro’s for a Big Mac has somehow held me back. Okay, okay, I may be exaggerating but you get my point, right? You always hear those stories of how Tokyo is shockingly expensive and how you really need to bring a big bag of yens. But not ... Read More »

Elle Inside Design goes ‘members only’

Elle Inside Design goes ‘members only’

I’m sure more than a few nice old Amsterdam ladies passed the Lensvelt building on Amsterdam’s Herengracht this weekend, clutching their pearls and muttering “Well, I never!” And I must say, I was duly impressed – and a little intimidated – myself by the giant penis hanging from the hoist. This was definitely the Elle Inside Design – Members Only Edition. Inside, ... Read More »

Deckard’s apartment

Deckard’s apartment

If I had to spend the rest of my life on a deserted island and I could only bring one movie, I would choose Blade Runner without hesitation. I must have this classic 1982 science fiction movie hundreds of times – literally. The art direction is exquisite and is such an integral part of the story. I especially like the ... Read More »

Black Pearl Rotterdam for sale

Black Pearl Rotterdam for sale

Wh-what? You’re telling me that the Zwarte Parel – the Black Pearl – is on the market? And the asking price is only 299,000 euro’s? It was built in 1901 and completely – and I mean completely – renovated in 2010 and has an Escher like floor plan and a stunning black facade. Which might be just the thing to ... Read More »

Wayne Thom

Wayne Thom

Although I can’t tell you why just yet, I’ve been exploring Seventies Modernist interior design lately. One of the first websites Google came up with was that of the amazing architecture photographer Wayne Thom. I spent that last couple of nights looking at all the crisp new office and hotel interiors Mr. Thom photographed in the Seventies and was amazed ... Read More »

Jean Nouvel – Pure Shoes

Jean Nouvel – Pure Shoes

After an eighteen-month stint at shoe design studio Premium Inc. I can safely say I know a good sneaker when I see one. The new Pure Shoe by self-proclaimed ‘starchitect (God, I hate that word) Jean Nouvel is a sneaker that I will definitely check out as soon as it is released here in Holland. I also know how challenging it can be to ... Read More »

Seidler House & Gissing House

Seidler House & Gissing House

While working on my interview with Bona Fide Modernist designers Modiste over the last two weeks, I got into a bit of a Modernist mood. Not the cold, minimalist European version – but rather its warmer American version. Yes, there is a distinct difference between the two, I learned, and I ‘ll show you next Monday when part one of ... Read More »

Flinders Cafe Groningen

Flinders Cafe Groningen

What better way to end a great day in Groningen with some great Groningen grub? My tour of this northern Dutch city ended at Flinders Cafe, the hottest hotspot in town that opened last April. It wasn’t easy to get a reservation, but I managed to secure the very last table for the night. And I’m glad I did!   You see, ... Read More »

Groninger Museum – the highlights

Groninger Museum – the highlights

It’s hard nowadays to not reduce the art you see in a museum to one big 3D Pinterest board. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this. Still, I’d like you to see my personal favorites from the excellent Groninger Museum in the town of Groningen. I was there in April 2013 and was duly impressed ... Read More »

An interview with Disguincio & Co

An interview with Disguincio & Co

Mirko Daneluzzo and Mirco Bianchini, who work together under the nameDisguincio & Co are two of the most prolific designers I have come across recently. Their work is absolutely jaw dropping and so you can imagine what an honor it was to talk with them recently! In this exclusive interview with Interiorator, Disguincio & Co explain their work.   Fat, Swollen ... Read More »

Moby LA Architecture blog

Moby LA Architecture blog

White bald forty-something creative male with grayish beard broadens his horizon by dabbling in architecture photography. That could technically be me – except that it’s Moby. The musician recently started an interesting blog about architecture photography in Los Angeles – the beautiful city that Carrie Fisher once described as “twelve suburbs looking for a city center”. So you want more? Then head over to mobylosangelesarchitecture.com. ... Read More »

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