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Raining Cats Shower Curtain
Parra's irreverent cartoony illustrations have been featured on everything from gallery walls to record covers to skateboard decks. Bring Amsterdam-based artist's work into your bathroom with this nylon shower curtain that's sure to catch the attention...
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Copper Bike
Designed as an antidote to the piles of steel commuter bikes that line the walks and whiz through the streets of Amsterdam, Van Heesch Design's Copper Bike—an edition limited to 10—transcends any adherence to drab utility. As copper's natural patina...
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Diffuser Cabinet
An edition of 10, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij's Diffuser Cabinet serves juxtaposing purposes, simultaneously providing storage in a series of hidden drawers and spreading sound around to improve the acoustics of a room. Best of all, the behemoth...
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Studio Visit: Lex Pott
Since graduating cum laude in 2009 from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, young Dutch designer Lex Pott has been very busy—first with working for Hella Jongerius and Scholten & Baijings, and then with starting up his own studio. When we stopped...
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VL92 Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit
More than just curious paper packaging (though it is lovely, thanks to design agency Rare Fruits Council), VL92's Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit is a smart option for the ever-famous cocktail—and those who want to quickly whip it up. With the recipe incorporated...
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Unseen Photo Fair 2014: The Hand-Built Image
A motto we adhere to around CH HQ is that there are no new ideas, only new executions. Such is true of contemporary photo collage. The technique has been around since the early 1920s, when the Dadaists took to the medium so that they “could attack...
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Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form
Now in its third year, Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it's still an enlightening medium...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Jólan van der Wiel
With its large weighted wooden frame, pulleys and ropes aplenty, Jólan van der Wiel's experiments into gravity as a natural design force is a perfect example of The Netherlands' process-driven design ethos. An extension of the work by those rogues...
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Studio Visit: Textile Designer Mae Engelgeer
Amsterdam textile designer Mae Engelgeer creates such visually striking elements of home decor that she can even command attention when her product is situated on the ground among a flurry of journalists, critics and peers at the annual hubbub known...
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Low Maintenance Indoor Gardening With Pikaplant
Whether or not you've got a green thumb, Amsterdam design agency Leaps Innovation has developed two unique systems that make caring for a plant as easy as admiring it. Their line, Pikaplant, offers both no-maintenance required blooming plants and...
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J.C. Herman Minicup Set
Straight from J.C. Herman Ceramics, the Amsterdam studio of potter Herman Verhagen, each of these aqua-hued mini-cups has been lovingly thrown by hand and glazed with care in Verhagen's studio. The cup’s tiny nature—less than two inches tall by two...
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Rijksmuseum + Etsy
The famed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses many masterpieces of Dutch history and culture, including "The Milkmaid" by Vermeer (c1660), "The Merry Family" by Jan Steen (1668) and, of course, "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt (1642). The museum's holdings...
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The Crate by Fietsklik
No one knows how to live on two-wheels quite like the Dutch. The lowland nation is home to some of the most extensive cycling infrastructure as well as some of the highest rates of bike commuters in the world. And now thanks to Amsterdam-based Fietsklik...
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Word of Mouth: Amsterdam
Much like the city's compact urban landscape, Amsterdam's creative history is also densely formed, and even a quick visit to the Dutch capital can be extremely inspiring. Interestingly, you often hear Dutch people say they strive to act "normal"—yet...
STYLE
Delikatessen Clothing
A shared admiration of well-tailored form and exceptional fabrics, stemming from a chance encounter at Barcelona–El Prat Airport in 2004, led Andrzej Lisowski and Stephen Hartog to co-found Delikatessen. Remarkably, it was just a five-minute conversation...
CULTURE
Kustaa Saksi: Hypnopompic
The way one sees the world informs their representation of it. This is true in all forms of expression—but especially in visual arts. Health ailments (from the severe to the commonplace) have oft-influenced the work of great artists. Amsterdam-based...
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The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam
Step one foot inside of Amsterdam's stunning Conservatorium Hotel and it's profoundly clear: This isn't just a glossy set of digs with opulent soaps and near-perfect customer service—this is a vacation within a vacation. The Piero Lissoni-designed...
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Rapha City Cycling Guides
Seeing a city by bike undoubtedly lends to experiences not found on motorized transportation. Rapha, global purveyors of stylishly functional road gear and Rapha cycle clubs, understand this and are launching a series of bike-based travel guides...
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De Kas, Amsterdam
by Jennifer Miller Imagine eating dinner inside a house made almost entirely of glass. The walls are eight meters high and one can see vibrant gardens, nesting storks and rows upon rows of tall climbing vines, strung with leaves and laden with tomatoes...
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Interview: Mirjam Vogt of Magazin
With one large window facing the street, Magazin looks out onto one of Amsterdam's newest design districts. The artisanal shops lining the long street of Czaar Peterstraat seem to have appeared almost overnight, although locals will tell say it's...
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Booking.com
Playfully dubbed "planet Earth's #1 accommodations site," Booking.com has been an essential travel tool in Europe for over a decade, and it's now quickly gaining momentum stateside with its unique approach to customer service and humorous TV commercials...
CULTURE
New Work by Ray Caesar
A woman sits nonchalantly in a bland office chair under an interrogatory fluorescent light, with her long bare legs crossed in front of her. She appears to be some demonic temptress of a business woman, fixing us with a stare over horn-rimmed glasses...
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Unseen
Held in a former gasworks site built in Amsterdam in 1885, Unseen is a new photography fair that features new work by known photographers as well as work by an international group of emerging young talent. This September, more than 50 galleries...
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Word of Mouth: Amsterdam
After a five-year stint studying in the picturesque Holland town of Leiden, Cassandra Pizzey moved to Amsterdam, where she interned and was subsequently hired on as an editor for Design.nl. Working as a freelancer has allowed her to explore by bike...
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