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Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Dutch Design Week…and BIG ART!

OMG I’ve been so busy it’s not even funny anymore! You see, October is the most important month for anything that has to do with interior design and art and my inbox is overflowing with invitations and it’s very difficult to choose. Poor me! Still, these are three events I’m definitely going to this fall. Let’s start with the Affordable ... 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 »

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 »

Havin’ a BAL! at Soestdijk Palace

Havin’ a BAL! at Soestdijk Palace

“Are you a pussycat or a rabbit?” It was definitely one of the weirder questions I got asked this year. But taking into consideration the setting, I guess it was relatively normal. You see, last Tuesday my husband Patrick and I were at a bal masqué to celebrate the opening of BAL! – a new art and design exhibition at ... Read More »

Interior decorating cliches – here’s how I avoid them (like the plague)

Interior decorating cliches – here’s how I avoid them (like the plague)

“The strongest card for the stylist is art. ‘Art is unique and looks beautiful against a brightly colored wall. Choose rental art. Just try it'”. With these final words I concluded my recent interview for the interior design section of the most important regional Dutch newspapers. And I firmly stand behind what I said. Renting art is the ultimate way ... Read More »

Seven days of night

Seven days of night

Nighttime has a peculiar attraction to all of us. It’s a time to reflect upon themes as The Meaning of Life – or just to be with yourself for a while. Artists also get their inspiration in the dark. And so for every night of the week I’ve made a selection of art works at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam that all revolve ... Read More »

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 – Lights! Camera! Beatrix!

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 – Lights! Camera! Beatrix!

All of the lights! When I received an invitation for the 2015 edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, I just knew I had to go. Not once. mind you. but twice. On Thursday I did the press preview tour. And then last Saturday I was at the opening ceremony – performed by none other than HRH Princess Beatrix.  Fancy schmancy, you say? ... Read More »

Kunstbon is *the* ideal gift for art lovers

Kunstbon is *the* ideal gift for art lovers

  Crisis moment! Your best friend is getting married – and you’ve been assigned to buy a gift on behalf of all the other friends. What’s it going to be? You know that the new couple will be in dire need of seriously tasteful stuff around the house – but how can you contribute to that lofty goal? Why not ... Read More »

The depot men of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

The depot men of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

I write about the many joys of  Kunstuitleen Rotterdam all the time and so you probably know by now they have an extremely big and varied collection of art for you to rent. But where do they keep everything? I decide to go looking for the answer with Frans Tuink and Paul Post, the two depot workers of Kunstuitleen. They do ... Read More »

An interview with Tidy Untidy Todd Hido

An interview with Tidy Untidy Todd Hido

I distinctly remember writing down Todd Hido’s name in my travel notebook when I was at the San Francisco MoMA in 2000. I was standing in front of a small version of a photo from his Homes at Night series and was fascinated by its eerie atmosphere. Fast forward to September, 2015. Todd and I are enjoying the last rays ... Read More »

MUDE Blues in August

MUDE Blues in August

You know what? I just wasn’t feeling it these last two weeks and decided to give the whole blogging thing a rest. Yes, people – I have the blues. In August, nothing much happend interior-wise. Few – if any – exciting new designs are released and everyone is gearing up mentally for September and October, the two holy months in ... 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 »

Sasja Hagens: “The paint is the story”

Sasja Hagens: “The paint is the story”

Grand and immersive. That’s how I’d describe the paintings of Sasja Hagens. I got to meet this successful artist in her studio in the north of Rotterdam. “I start painting for real the moment I realize: this looks like bullshit!” You can see Sasja Hagen’s paintings from July 1 until September 5 2015 at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam.  So Sasja, you’ve been ... Read More »

My eight favorite European Design Museums are…

My eight favorite European Design Museums are…

So, are you thinking of visiting a design museum this summer? I’ve made a list of my eight favorite European design museums. I’ve been to all of them and had a great time this morning looking back at all the pictures I took over the last few years. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did taking ... Read More »

The Four Seasons of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

The Four Seasons of Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

So you think bringing art into your home means you’re going to be stuck with it for the rest of your life? Think again! At Kunstuitleen Rotterdam you can rent and return to your heart’s content. So why not change a different combination every season and update your wall with a matching color? It’s the perfect thing to do if you ... Read More »

Amen to the Nest Thermostat!

Amen to the Nest Thermostat!

Today, I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth! That’s what I thought a couple of weeks ago when I unearthed this artwork by legendary artist Woody van Amen. It had been hiding in one of the darkest corners of the vast Kunstuitleen Rotterdam archives and it had my name written all over it – especially since ... Read More »

Inside Hubert le Gall’s Studio

Inside Hubert le Gall’s Studio

Another month, another notch in my belt! You see, this month I was featured not in one, but TWO interior design magazines. Thanks to Quooker and VTWonen, the whole world knows every nook and cranny of my kitchen. And with a little help from those nice people at Ruinart, I got to interview designer Hubert le Gall at his studio ... Read More »

Edith Lundebrekke’s Multi Meander Stripes

Edith Lundebrekke’s Multi Meander Stripes

Everybody, I’d like you to meet my new favorite artist! I’m a sucker for stripes as you may know and it should come as no surprise that I fell head over heels for these paintings by Edith Lundebrekke when I was at Ventura Lambrate in Milan two week ago. “Interaction and colour are key elements in Lundebrekke’s art. She is intrigued ... Read More »

Are you in art? R U in art? Ruinart!

Are you in art? R U in art? Ruinart!

“I was a free man in Paris, I felt unfettered and alive!” A sentence from one of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell. that perfectly sums up my trip to the French capital two weeks ago. Now, I’m not much of a braggart, but I’ll gladly make an exception for this blogpost. After all, you have to admit it sounds pretty ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Amsterdam Light Festival – city life at its best

Amsterdam Light Festival – city life at its best

Let’s face it people, there’s no place like Amsterdam. I’ve been spending a lot of time in our tiny nation’s capital these last weeks  and have a new sense of appreciation for and incredibly rich history. With the third edition just underway, the Amsterdam Light Festival is adding another layer of awesomeness to the city’s canals. The festival features thirty-nine ... Read More »

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