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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 »

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 »

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 »

Rolf Benz Pouffe adds Oomph my living room

Rolf Benz Pouffe adds Oomph my living room

POUFFE! I love that word! Its sound has an element of surprise to it, something unexpected. And I guess that’s exactly the effect that designer Johannes Steinbauer went for when he designed the new Rolf Benz 953. I got my new pouffe as a gift a couple of weeks ago and let me tell you – this thing has been ... 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 »

Living with Nest thermostat – part 1

Living with Nest thermostat – part 1

As I sit on the morning train to Amsterdam, I decide to play a little joke on my husband, who is still at home. I take out my phone, open the Nest app and set the temperature to 30 degrees Celcius. Moments later I get a text message: Are you turning our living room into a sauna? It’s my first ... 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 »

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 »

Work Art | Play Art – I OBJECT!

Work Art | Play Art – I OBJECT!

So you think it’s impossible to follow all those trends you see in interior design magazines? I object! In this new installment of Work Art | Play Art I’ll show you how easy it is to use statues and other art objects from Kunstuitleen Rotterdam if you want to get your living room ‘on trend’ for 2015. Dus jij denkt dat ... Read More »

Work Art | Play Art – Office Art works

Work Art | Play Art – Office Art works

Office artworks – it’s something we’re not very good at in the Netherlands. A few colleagues bring their yellowed leftovers from home and hang them randomly throughout the office. A Toulouse Lautrec poster that curls up under the glass of its aluminium frame – or that hackneyed photo of those construction workers eating their lunch on a beam high above ... Read More »

Work Art | Play Art – Art on a budget

Work Art | Play Art – Art on a budget

Your very own art collection for only twenty euro’s a month – it’s possible! After all, why buy art when you can rent it? At Kunstuitleen Rotterdam all you have to do is a make an online reservation of the works you like, pick them up and Bob’s your uncle! Easy? Absolutely! But how do you make your choice? In ... Read More »

Rent your art at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

Rent your art at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam

I’ve probably been one of the best customers of the Kunstuitleen Rotterdam – after all, the concept is perfect: you rent a work of art for a couple of euro’s a month and when you grow tired of it, you just return it. Not sure if this is typical Dutch phenomenon or not, but I thought it’d be nice to share with ... Read More »

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