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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 »

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 »

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

Sheila de Vries: “Use your imagination!”

“I had no idea what to wear this morning,” I shyly whisper in the ear of Sheila de Vries as we pose for a picture together. “Oh that quilted jacket looks perfectly fine,” she answers. My interview with the grande dame of Dutch fashion is done and she has approved of my outfit. What a relief! As I drive back ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Fashion, Interior and Food do a group hug at Elle Festival 2014

Fashion, Interior and Food do a group hug at Elle Festival 2014

Phew! I’m still reeling from last weekend’s specatular Elle Festival in Amsterdam. Its predecessor, Elle Inside Design, was all about interior design. For the new Elle Festival, fashion and food were added to the mix. And with great success, I might add! After a couple of years in the business, I can safely say I know quite a lot of people in ... Read More »

Royal Showpieces shimmer and shine at Paleis Het Loo – Part 2

Royal Showpieces shimmer and shine at Paleis Het Loo – Part 2

Are you ready for some more oohing and aahing? Then sit down for part 2 of my visit to the Royal Showpieces exhibition at Paleis Het Loo in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn. And in case you missed it, here’s part one.  I’ve been a sucker for big chandeliers ever since I found out last year that they make for great photo’s ... Read More »

Nuts about Dries Van Noten

Nuts about Dries Van Noten

You gots to be assertive when you’re nuts about Dries Van Noten and want to take some pictures of his exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Just pretend you  accidentally missed the ‘no photography’ sign and then do you thing until the guard walks up to you and says that if you MUST take pictures, use your mobile ... Read More »

Roger Tallon for Essilor 1983 eyewear prototypes

Roger Tallon for Essilor 1983 eyewear prototypes

Roger Tallon is the French industrial designer behind everything from the original TGV down to TV sets and furniture. I started browsing through the online database of all the Roger Tallon documents that were donated to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs a while ago and let me tell you, this man had STYLE. It’s pretty easy to get lost in all ... Read More »

Fifty years of fashion at the Antwerp ModeMuseum

Fifty years of fashion at the Antwerp ModeMuseum

Everyone, don’t tell Sally Spectra, but the Antwerp ModeMuseum has an overwhelming fashion exhibition on at the moment. Called ‘Happy Birthday Dear Academie’, it celebrates the fiftieth birthday of the world-famous Fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Of course there’s a lot of work from the illustrious Antwerp Six on display, but you can also find designs from ... Read More »

Scala Regia and the joy of teaching

Scala Regia and the joy of teaching

Had a great time teaching my Visual Communication class yesterday at Artemis. It was their fifth lesson and I definitely saw some homework that could go straight into the pages of Vogue. Most of my students are pretty young so sometimes they come up with – say – a picture of Grace Jones and they have no idea who it ... Read More »

Exact + Attitudes = Exactitudes

Exact + Attitudes = Exactitudes

I love being reduced to a cultural stereotype – not only one of my favorite lines from Annie Hall but also the theme for today’s class  that I’m teaching at Artemis Styling Academie in Amsterdam. We’re going to be talking about target audiences and what better way to visualize them than with the help of Exactitudes, the incredible work of Rotterdam-based ... Read More »

Students, the eye has to travel!

Students, the eye has to travel!

On the train to Amsterdam again, this time for the second lesson of my teaching assignment at the Artemis Academie. I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about my role as a teacher. It is such a wonderful and frightening challenge to guide of group of nineteen first-year students and to get them to understand the basics of ... Read More »

Karen Walker Forever Campaign / Advanced Style

Karen Walker Forever Campaign / Advanced Style

We all get older – but as these women of show in the new Karen Walker Forever campaign, you don’t have to lose your sense of style. In fact, they really turned up the volume fashion-wise and you have to admit, they did so magnificently. You might recognize some of the women from the Advanced Style (what a cool title) ... Read More »

Yves Saint Laurent interiors

Yves Saint Laurent interiors

So, Yves Saint Laurent interiors – that’s a surefire search term for finding stylish Seventies Parisian interiors I thought last night. And lo and behold, I was right! For your viewing pleasure I have collected the pictures of three classic Yves Saint Laurent magazine articles. Two from Vanity Fair, and one from a vintage issue of Architectural Digest. And I’ve ... Read More »

What is a weekend – throw pillows and totebags

What is a weekend – throw pillows and totebags

There are only a handful of TV clips I could play over and over again. And the brilliant What is a Weekend scene from Downton Abbey is one of them of course! Imagine my surprise when I discovered a complete line of tote bags, throw pillows, iPad cases and even hoodies – all with the image of the inimitable Dowager ... 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 »

Last call! Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition ends soon!

Last call! Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition ends soon!

It’s last call for the excellent Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. If you’re in the area before May 12th, take out some time for this once in a lifetime chance to see Gaultier’s beautiful designs up close. Also, the talking mannequins are NOT to be missed. I shot a short video last week to give you an impression ... Read More »

Erwin Blumenfeld / Funny Face

Erwin Blumenfeld / Funny Face

Sometimes you have to look back to look forward. This weekend, I found these pictures of the original Vogue fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld – incredible how far ahead of his time this man was in the 1940s and 1950s! And don’t some of the pictures make you think of Madonna’s MDNA cover? Speaking of which, I’ve included a Photoshop tutorial on how to make ... Read More »

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