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February 27 2014

08:01

February 12 2014

20:00

Gijs+Emmy exhibition of Futuristic jewellery to open at the Stedelijk Museum

Jewellery that resembles stove pipes is among body adornments by Dutch fashion design duo Gijs+Emmy to go on show at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum later this month (+ slideshow). (more...)

February 05 2014

17:07

February 04 2014

08:05

Shot in the Dark

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

The year is 1975, and the place is the Iranian capital Tehran. Within the walls of the Shahr-e No citadel was a place only women lived, and where only men were allowed to visit – the city’s red light district. Our tour guide is Irani documentary photographer Kaveh Golestan who spent two years in the area compiling his series, Prostitute, which is being exhibited for the first time in this complete set since 1978 in Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel. The series remains an important record of the Shahr-e No, or New City, as it was eradicated by the Ayatollah following the revolution in 1979, falling foul of the new regime’s strict Islamic rule.

Golestan is considered an important figure in photography if somewhat overlooked in Western circles; in particular his work covering the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s was judged particularly noteworthy. The Prostitute photographs appeared in an Iranian national newspaper of the day along with three essays, highlighting the poor working conditions of the women, but the story did not have a happy ending for either the artist or the women he photographed. The area was set on fire before it was demolished, and some of those who survived the blaze were rounded up and shot in the summer of 1980. Golestan himself was killed by a landmine while working for the BBC in Iraq in 2003, aged 52. Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel is being exhibited at Foam in Amsterdam from 21 March to 4 May.

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Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

Kaveh Golestan — The Citadel

Untitled (Prostitute Series, 1975-1977)
© Kaveh Golestan,
courtesy Kaveh Golestan Estate

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January 30 2014

17:00

Subway Maps Designed To Reflect A City's Soul

Revised subway maps for New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo reveal more about a city than just the best way to get from point A to point B.

There's a delicate art and sweet science to making a great subway map. The maps need to be geographically relatable, yet quick to visually process. Local charm, however, is not usually a design consideration.

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January 28 2014

08:42

Fashion’s Game Changers

Sonja Bakker with Stovepipe Collar
and Stovepipe Bracelet by Gijs Bakker, 1967.
Collier: Centraal Museum, Utrecht,
Armband: Stedelijk Museum,
’s-Hertogenbosch,
photo: Matthijs Schrofer

Wearing a length of stovepipe as a necklace in 2014 would raise a few eyebrows, but back in 1967 it caused a sensation. Jewellery designers Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum broke new ground with their collaborative show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, bringing together design, art and fashion in a revolutionary way and gaining them international recognition.

Apart from the pair’s stand-out designs, the show, part of the larger Edelsmen 3 exhibition, was remarkable for its presentation. Featuring electronic music, cutting-edge lighting, and futuristically-styled live models throwing shapes, the show can claim to have changed the face of fashion presentation as well as breaking new ground in the designs themselves. The museum is currently revisiting the work of Bakker and van Leersum with The Gijs+Emmy Spectacle, a retrospective of their creative endeavours from 1967-72. The centrepiece of the event is a reconstruction of the famous show, including backstage images and sounds from just before the original show started. No footage has survived of the actual show, and this version has been pieced together by first hand accounts from people who attended and participated, as well as Bakker himself. There will also be seven outfits and a jewellery collection on view. The event will be held from 22 February to 3 August.

@Stedelijk

Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972

Sonja Bakker with Large Collar
by Gijs Bakker, 1967,
collection Stedelijk Museum,
‘s-Hertogenbosch,
photo: Matthijs Schrofer

Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972

Renie van Wijk with
PVC Head Ornament by Gijs Bakker, 1967,
photo: Sjaak Ramakers

Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972

Sonja Bakker in blue and black pantsuit
with Large Collar, 1967.
Pantsuit: Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag;
collar: Stedelijk Museum,
’s-Hertogenbosch.
photo: Matthijs Schrofer

Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972

Gijs Bakker, Scholderpiece, 1967,
photo: Rien Bazen,
courtesy Gijs Bakker

Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972
Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972
Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972

Sonja Bakker in turquoise halter dress
with Neck Ornament by Gijs Bakker, 1967.
Dress: collection Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag;
Neck ornament: collection Stedelijk Museum,
’s-Hertogenbosch,
photo: Matthijs Schrofer

Fashion and Jewellery Design by Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum 1967—1972

Imagery courtesy Stedelijk Museum

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January 23 2014

22:00

Cities From The Sky

Voici de nombreuses vues impressionnantes prises depuis le ciel sur des lieux et des pays aux 4 coins du monde. New York, les pyramides d’Egypte et l’Arc de Triomphe à Paris sont assez reconnaissables mais il y a également des vues plus surprenantes comme ce cliché au milieu de l’Océan Indien. A découvrir dans la suite.


New York, Etats-Unis.

Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis.

Shanghai, Chine.

Mexico, Mexique.

Barcelone, Espagne.

Amsterdam, Pays-Bas.

Venise, Italie.

Spoorbuurt, Nord des Pays-Bas.

Turin, Italie.

Maldives.

Moscou, Russie.

San Francisco, États-Unis.

Paris, France.

Seattle, Etats-Unis.

Chicago, États-Unis.

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January 13 2014

11:00

November 25 2013

09:58

Tricked Out

Pimp My Ride has got nothing on this baby! Studio Job‘s Land Rover has taken the concept of personalised vehicle styling to brilliantly ghastly levels with a custom Defender project they call Automobile, created to mark the Series models’ 65th birthday. Possibly the most outlandish looking pensioner seen in Britain since Vivienne Westwood last popped to the shops for some milk.

Studio Job bridled at the thought of styling a vehicle in the way guest designers usually do it – concept cars with futuristic looks, hi-tech gadgets and almost no basis in the here and now. Instead Job has produced what they term “a sculpture of today”, with a couple of wheels in modern Britain and a couple negotiating potholes on an Africa exploration. Festooned with the ceremonial dress of a tribal chieftan, dripping with alternative bling, clownish and utterly impractical, this is a special edition even footballers would think twice about driving around Cheshire. Stained glass windows, a cartwheel, and of course the huge golden rhino phallus on the bonnet all contribute to the tongue-in-cheek fun. While they had their pens out, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel also came up with CAR, a limited edition artwork based on the Range Rover Evoque, which comes with a Studio Job monograph. Their work will be presented at the PAN art fair in Amsterdam between 24 November and 1 December.

@PAN_Amsterdam
@LandRover

Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile
Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile
Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile

CAR by Studio Job, for Range Rover Evoque

Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile
Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile
Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile
Studio Job and Land Rover — Automobile

Photography Zero40, R. Rezvani, R. Kot
Fashion, Viktor & Rolf

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November 07 2013

10:55

A Quick Drink?

All but the most abstemious readers will know that thirsty feeling, watching the office clock advance painfully slowly towards home time and some well earned liquid refreshment at a favourite watering hole. It turns out it’s not just you who can’t wait to see a pint poured. Floortje Donia was commissioned to design the interior of the new Bar Brouw in Amsterdam, and just six weeks later bartenders were scraping the head off half litres of craft beers in the European fashion.

There was a small budget to go with the quick turnaround time at the bar on Ten Katestraat, which probably helped rather than hindered. Donia didn’t have to wait for bespoke furniture to be made from scratch as much of the materials were salvaged – the bar and tables were formerly French wagons, for example, and old workshop stools were re-invented as bar stools. One of the eye-catching features is the neon “Meat” sign; as well as craft beers, smoked meats are a speciality here. Expect to see Homer Simpson drooling at the bar when you visit, but it might be wise to call ahead – the place is selling so much beer that the microbrewery can’t keep up!

Bar Brouw — Amsterdam
Bar Brouw — Amsterdam
Bar Brouw — Amsterdam
Bar Brouw — Amsterdam
Bar Brouw — Amsterdam
Bar Brouw — Amsterdam
Bar Brouw — Amsterdam

The post A Quick Drink? appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

November 01 2013

11:54

Not ‘Arf

There was a time when dropping ones aitches was considered a sign of low class, but times have clearly changed – art’otel amsterdam near the city’s Central Station has got buckets of the stuff with a youthful, contemporary edge thanks to the work of artist Atelier Van Lieshout and designer Eyal Shoan of Digital Space. The guest rooms are characterised by gold light paired with greys and blues which gives a futurist feel, as does the space station panelling around the entertainment centre and the reading lights descending on rods from the ceiling. Don’t worry if you forget your book by the way – you can just read the floor for a bit.

Restaurant 5&33 is where the action really gets going. Atelier Van Lieshout has been very busy indeed, creating 120 original pieces for the new hotel, and many can be found in the restaurant and bar. A rank of giant anglepoise lamps lines the wall, reminiscent of Pesce’s Moloch (currently on display at the Barbican as part of their Pop Art Design exhibition). Each lamp illuminates its own circular table around which is a cluster of chairs – do they resembling lacy knickers, or is it me? Pop and contemporary is very much on the menu, and one of the standout features is a permanent installation in the shape of a 12 metre “art curtain” from our friends at Present Plus; the visual projections change interactively with sound and movement. Far out.

@artotel
@5and33
@AtelierLieshout
@presentplus

art’otel Amsterdam
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art’otel Amsterdam
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art’otel Amsterdam

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October 29 2013

10:15

Bilder & De Clercq by …,staat

Dutch Design Week 2013: Dutch creative agency …,staat has designed the interior and branding for this alternative supermarket in Amsterdam, where ingredients are grouped together as recipes rather than food types (+ slideshow). (more...)

October 28 2013

16:19

In The Picture

Buskerfest, Toronto
24 August, 2013

You know how people put disposable cameras on the tables at their wedding so all the drunk guests take incriminating photos of themselves without the need for employing an expensive professional photographer? The Disposable Camera Project is almost nothing like that – instead, the cameras are placed in interesting outdoor locations worldwide, and hardly anyone in the pictures looks drunk, but they do both produce pictures with a authentically personal quality.

The idea was hatched by Michaelangelo Yambao and Cliff Davidson of the Toronto Urban Photography Festival and came from a desire to engage the subjects of street photography – the people in the pictures – in the creative process. Cameras were placed around Toronto for the public to pick up, take a picture and put back, with full cameras taken for development and replaced with new ones. The idea snowballed, a couple of friends from Vancouver joined, and the project got organised, expanding the scope of their locations and displaying the pictures in a constantly updated online exhibition rather than a one-off gallery show. To get involved check out the camera locations on the DCP website or via Twitter.

@findDCP

Disposable Camera Project

CNE, Toronto
28 August, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

DCP kit in the wild,
Granville Island, Vancouver

Disposable Camera Project

Gastown, Vancouver
24 July, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles
23 July, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Queen St. Toronto
17 August, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Toronto Island, Toronto
25 July, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Amsterdam
4 September, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York
7 September, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

English Bay, Vancouver
14 July, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

English Bay, Vancouver
1 September, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles
23 July, 2013

Disposable Camera Project

Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles
23 July, 2013

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October 22 2013

17:00

Wooden Houses in Amsterdam by M3H Architecten

Untreated timber cladding and angular dormer windows feature at this small housing development in Amsterdam by Dutch studio M3H Architecten (+ slideshow). (more...)

September 30 2013

09:41

A bookstore inside a cathedral? Oh, Amsterdam

A bookstore inside a cathedral? Oh, Amsterdam

Go inside the Broerenkerk, a famous Gothic cathedral in Zwolle, Amsterdam, and you will be in for a surprise. Alongside the cathedral’s elegant interiors, is a modern-day bookstore called Waanders In de Broeren.

Though one would think that to put in a bookstore, or any other establishment for that matter, inside a 15-th century cathedral would desecrate the place. But in fact, the design of the store was aligned with the church’s original architecture and interiors. Ultrecht-based BK Architecten even had renovations for the church in order to preserve its cultural heritage.

They put most of the bookstore onto the side aisle of the church. It is fenced in by a row of marble columns and shoppers can access the upper three floors of the bookstore via the aisle’s symmetrical center.

So I’m just wondering in the middle of all of this, do they have a copy of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code somewhere in there?

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The post A bookstore inside a cathedral? Oh, Amsterdam appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

September 20 2013

13:25

Hidden Secrets

The creation of the Calf & Bloom café in Amsterdam required a root and branch design job – everything from concept to branding – and the job went to local firm concrete, who did an extremely solid job. Located between two streets and a canal, the design agency used the existing internal brickwork and a second artificial façade to create the feeling of a hidden piazzetta.

There is lots to admire internally, such as the parquet tables that rise from the slate grey floor, and particularly the huge dome pendant lights overhead, protruding in clusters from central columns, which look as though they might be harvesting thoughts, or making ready to suck up diners through the air conditioning system and off to a lab for experimentation at any moment. Of course that might just be me. Things get even spookier at night, when a purple glow permeates the dining space from the light boxes behind the large lettering of the restaurant’s internal Calf & Bloom sign; that unusual name is a product of the venue’s surroundings on the ground floor of the Kalvertoren (Calf Tower) shopping centre, near the Bloemenmarkt (flower market).

Calf & Bloom — Amsterdam
Calf & Bloom — Amsterdam
Calf & Bloom — Amsterdam
Calf & Bloom — Amsterdam
Calf & Bloom — Amsterdam
Calf & Bloom — Amsterdam

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September 18 2013

08:45

We Can Digit

Citizens of Amsterdam, stop what you are doing and proceed directly to Batallion at the Westergasfabriek, as you only have two more days to catch the current exhibition from Israeli art collective Broken Fingaz. The group from Haifa created this hugely impressive mural on Made Creative‘s wall in the Amsterdam docklands a couple of weeks ago, then it was over to the gasworks to install some more of their visually lacerating pop-art nightmares.

Broken Fingaz have been over in Amsterdam to work on a project with the Amsterdam Fund for Arts and KUNSTENISRAËL, and they’ve brought with them a whole lot of artistic energy which has poured out in some pretty dystopian imagery. Not only are the Fingaz broken, but so is society as seen through the collective’s eyes. Theirs is a world of belching factories, choking vines, rivers of blood and a whole lot of skulls – the stench of death is everywhere. Get over to Batallion by 19 September, or you’re all doomed…

@BrokenFingaz

Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam
Broken Fingaz in Amsterdam

The post We Can Digit appeared first on We Heart; Lifestyle & Design Magazine.

04:50

Brilliant marketing for budget hotel, Hans Brinker

Brilliant marketing for budget hotel, Hans Brinker

It claims to have been ‘proudly disappointing travellers for 40 years’ — or so goes the refreshingly straight-talking marketing spew of Hans Brinker, a budget hotel in Amsterdam. We can’t recall the last time we’ve wanted so badly to stay in a terrible room with ‘levels of comfort comparable to a minumum-security prison’ and ‘doors that lock’ (phew!) so much, but we really, really do now.

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September 11 2013

12:16

Halls of Excellence

Being a student in Amsterdam must be a severe test of one’s powers of concentration and willpower at the best of times, so sharing your halls of residence with hedonistic tourists seems like it would be a step too far for mere mortals. Presumably The Student Hotel is hoping for a better class of short term guest than we’ve proved to be in the past, for the sake of the nation’s future as much as anything, as it is offering room rates per month for scholars and per night for visitors all under the same, albeit vast, roof.

The quality of accommodation (707 rooms and suites) stands head and shoulders above standard city break B&B – and most university digs come to that – so hopefully that will scare off the riff-raff. In all seriousness though, it’s a great opportunity for both the students and travellers to get some cross-cultural exchange going and gives visitors chance to mingle with the locals more than they might otherwise. A standard room is just £500 for a month, which is a massive bargain considering both the designer finish and the facilities, such as the gym, games room, basketball court, and use of a VANMOOF bike for every guest. The only downside is the maximum stay limit of 10 months – the management might have some trouble getting people to move out…

@TheStudentHotel
@VANMOOF

The Student Hotel Amsterdam
The Student Hotel Amsterdam
The Student Hotel Amsterdam
The Student Hotel Amsterdam
The Student Hotel Amsterdam
The Student Hotel Amsterdam
The Student Hotel Amsterdam

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September 02 2013

16:36

Cardboard Crib for cats

Prodotta dagli olandesi di KEK, queste cucce in cartone per il vostro amico peloso sono adorabili. Richiamano di fatto gli edifici di Amsterdam e ne trovate di varie versioni e forme.

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