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TECH
Smart Booo Wireless Light Dimmer
As the internet of things as a concept continues to materialize, more and more smart products for the home are introduced. Some are born out of necessity, while others seem to simply exist for fun and to push the space further. The Smart Booo lands...
DESIGN
Dutch Designer Rugs from ICE International
Dutch rug-maker ICE International's hand-knotted throws grace some of the most esteemed establishments the world over. From The Savoy in London to the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, ICE is no stranger to high profile clients. The family-run company's latest...
CULTURE
Summer Dreams at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Having served as an archivist at Rotterdam's Het Nieuwe Instituut, for the past two decades, Alfred Marks is making a curatorial debut with "Summer Dreams," an exhibition inspired by the way the Dutch spent their leisure time in the last century...
DESIGN
Interview: Formafantasma Studio
by Stefano Caggiano Formafantasma—a studio based in Eindhoven, Netherlands—is run by Italian designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Ferrasin, who have become famous over the past few years for their alchemical approach to design and their use of...
DESIGN
Interview: Aldo Bakker
by Stefano Caggiano Designs by Aldo Bakker look quite different from designs by his father Gijs Bakker who, in 1993 founded—with Renny Ramakers—the worldwide famous “conceptual design" brand Droog. Rather than focused on the concept, Aldo Bakker...
DESIGN
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...
FOOD-DRINK
Smool Kitchen Tools
Dutch design agency Smool, led by founding designer Robert Bronwasser, presented an exhaustive collection of products for the home this past week in Milan as part of Ventura Lambrate. Among the furniture, television and even transportation designs...
DESIGN
Wendy Maarten Pulley Lamps
Dutch design duo Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon found inspiration for their latest collection in the industrial shipyards of Rotterdam that surround their office. Better known as Wendy Maarten, they came together in 2010 after successfully partnering...
CULTURE
Louwman Collection
A 1914 Dodge Type 30 was the initial inspiration for the Louwman Collection of classic cars and automotive art housed in the newly-constructed National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands in the Hague. Located near the Queen's Palace, the collection...
DESIGN
Lissitzky+ Project
The Van Abbesmuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands is set to open a three-year exhibit on the Soviet visionary El Lissitzky, dubbed the Lissitzky+ Project. The first of three one-year installments opens 19 September, 2009, giving up an entire floor to...
DESIGN
Blofield Inflatable Chesterfield Furniture
by Laura Neilson Blofield's inflatable chairs one up other blow-up options, introducing the concept of permanent air-filled furniture with classic styling. After two years of working on research and development, Dutch designer Jeroen van de Kant...
STYLE
Le Clochard Cardboard Bedding
Dutch bedding designers Erik van Loo and Peggy van Neer recently came up with their line of Le Clochard sheets and pillows that look like cardboard. Named for the French word for "bum," a portion of the proceeds go directly to SZN, a foundation...
CULTURE
Photographer Maarten Wetsema
Dutch photographer Maarten Wetsema (b. 1966) has some of the most fetching canine portraits I've come across. I've been particularly taken with his series on Daan and Jacob (left and right, above), in which the two dogs are photographed on...
TECH
The Impossible Project: The Re-Invention of Instant Film
The creators of The Impossible Project are following the advice of instant photography inventor, Edwin Land. With just 12 months to sort out a new way to make instant film, Land's famous quote "Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly...
STYLE
Swing Skirt
by Ariston Anderson While waiting for a train, hanging in a park or simply wanting to take a playful break throughout the day, Rachel Griffin's hand-knotted swing skirt is an outfit that becomes an insta-swing anywhere, anytime. All that'...
DESIGN
Spranq Ecofont
by Ariston Anderson If one of your resolutions was to start shifting toward a green lifestyle, we've got an easy way for you to start that involves little more than using a new eco-friendly font. While it may seem that a change in typography won...
CULTURE
Lagombra Bicycle Rollercoaster
The Swedish artist and designer Anders Jakobsen, also known as Lagombra, has created a bicycle rollercoaster for the MU Art Foundation in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to coincide with the designhuis exhibition "The Dutch Bicycle." Constructed...
STYLE
Rockwell x Alife x Patta: Everybody Mid Rap
A collaboration between illustrator Parra Rockwell, Amsterdam's Patta and seasoned veterans Alife, the Everybody Mid Rap has some texture and color details that made me take notice. A mix of materials, including Nubuck suede, nylon and leather...
CULTURE
The Pyramids of Makkum
For years, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the Netherlands' longest extant company, has quietly mounted the most impressive displays of ceramic ware during the Milan Furniture Fair and this year is no exception. Two years ago, they released a hugely...
DESIGN
Soul of a Nation
“Soul of a nation” is an ongoing project by the Icelandic designer Gudrun Lilja Gunnlaugsdottir, a partner in the firm Studiobility. From objects as varied as a chair, a cabinet, a coffin, a broom, or a lamp...
DESIGN
Fire Table
The brainchild of Dutch designers Ward Huting and Gerard de Hoop, the Fire Table aims to bring the physical and social warmth of a campfire into the living room. Its squat, round design looks vaguely like a UFO and would seem right at home in a mid...
CULTURE
Geneviève Gaukler: Pierre and Food Chain
Meet Pierre, one of Medicom's newest designer toys and creation of the prolific French illustrator Geneviève Gaukler. Pierre brings one of Gaukler's more well known 2-D characters into plushy, 3-D form—we couldn't be happier...
CULTURE
Os Gemeos: The flowers in this garden were planted by my Grandparents
Os Gemeos, our favorite identical Brazilian twin artists Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, have many reasons to be excited about their new show, “The flowers in this garden were planted by my Grandparents.” First of...
DESIGN
Minale Maeda: Table Manners Collection
Minale Maeda's "Table Manners Collection" is a clever exploration of the intersection of formal dining and fast food. Toasted directly onto a grilled sandwich, the porcelain pattern lends the refinement of fine china to eating on-the...
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