November 11th 2016
“The thing that bleeds through her eyes or wherever she bleeds” – President Trump

One of the things new President The Donald said about Hillary was that she doesn’t have the looks to become POTUS. So: these are the looks of the most powerful person in the world from 2016-2020: square opposed to round, hard against soft, commanding instead of listening, it’ll be a wild ride. Photo Darren Hauck

November 9th 2016
Sexy targa


I miss my Porsche 3.2 targa (1984), and maybe this new Mazda could replace that old German racer (bit over my budget ;). There shall be a very nice 160 pk launch edition with a black roof, mirrors and rear spoiler, racier BBS wheels, alcantara trim, Recaro seats and a safety pack (limited to 500 cars). Click here to see how the electric roof works. Car Mazda MX-5 RF (targa) Price € 35.480 Available April 2017

October 27th 2016
Happy b-day to I


I’m off, celebrating my birthday with a couple of old friends in Piticchio, Italy. We visit some wine farmers and drink too much Lailum Laila, eat fantastic fresh pastas made by a (very old) neighbour, and we always buy some fresh white truffles at a small bar, wrapped in toilet paper, love it! My favorite recipe: 1 halved garlic, 8 tbsp unsalted butter, 3 sage leaves, 2 tbsp cream, seasalt – 500 gr fresh pasta – 50-75 gr white truffles > Melt the butter along with the sage and garlic, and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper and discard the garlic and sage. Add the cream and keep warm. Cook the pasta al dente in lightly salted boiling water. Drain and toss with the butter. Serve with the shaved white truffle on top.

October 25th 2016
God is in the details* – DAE


The last couple of years the masters at Design Academy Eindhoven start to repeat themselves, like making carpets from pieces of nature (last year: stinging-nettles; this year: pine needles), listening to the needs of old people, questioning pollution, etc. So it starts to be all about the realization. With that in mind I loved these objects so much I wanted to own them > L: Foam Fences (a suggestion of privacy) by Anton Hendrik Denys M: Regen (cheap and very beautiful water-proof garments made of cotton rope – without sewing or cutting – on a laser-cut steel mould with a layer of latex) by Wendy Andreu (click to watch video) R: Inside Out (a second life of 50 meters of a cow’s intestines, wrapped around LED tubes lights, meant for sustainable restaurants and disappearing over time) by Kathrine Barbro Bendixen

* Mies van der Rohe

October 25th 2016
Young rabbit mixed with an old cactus – DAE


From the DAE. This Fit in with Society project focuses on how people try to fit in a certain group but at the same time want to stay individual. Other people portray you: you’re giving away how you would portray yourself and lose control. Just look at the presidential candidates in America, and you feel sorry for them (or at least I do). Check his website for more of these thoughts, like ‘Stealing from myself’ which is about stealing thoughts from your own dreams. Design Dion Soethoudt

October 21st 2016
Kenzo goes wild


Brilliantly designed website for the Kenzo collection at H&M starring Ryuichi Sakamato and Iman, a.o. Design Jean-Paul Goude (scroll down to hear them talk).

October 18th 2016
Recycling the past is the step-stone to the new


Once upon a time there were these guys understanding the spirit of the age. They are back with these recycled piéces de résistance, made from their own old fabrics and designs, ripped into pieces and woven by hand, called ‘Vagabonds’ (those that belong nowhere, wandering from place to place – Dickens). Love the ‘wedding-jeans’. Couture Viktor & Rolf Autumn/Winter 2016

October 17th 2016
Hillary’s buttons


I don’t know if Clinton will be a good president, but she is intelligent and hopefully not corrupt, as some media like us to believe. Madam President not only hired Pentagram for her campaign logo, but also sells these pretty wild contemporary campaign buttons at her own website. Design Andrew Sloat (creative director at BAM) Shop

October 10th 2016
Sketching in gold


My first bracelet, recycled from a Dutch antique golden headpiece and precious corals from 1900. Red corals are basically anemone-like animals that secrete a skeleton. They are rare and still grow in some underwater caves in Sardinia. This precious piece is for my precious mother’s 80th birthday. I first drew my father’s face, melted the 18k gold into square wire and soldered 22 parts together. Since it was the first time I worked in gold, the nose melted twice and I had to change the eyes and moustache a couple of times to really let it become my father. I searched the internet and travelled far to get those perfect large corals, strung on 14k gold. Exhibited at De Pioen @ Kunst10Daagse, Bergen until Oct 23, 2016

July 1st 2016
Walking over water with Christº


Christo invited us to walk over the most beautiful lake. I just hád to see this dahlia-yellow walkway with my own eyes: so I was there :)) Christo (81) was there, on a raft during a big thunderstorm: “I don’t like anything about computers. Young people today on their flat screens, it’s all virtual; nothing is real. All our projects involve real things – real wind, real sun, real wet, real danger, real drama. This will never take place again. That’s why it’s so exciting.” I hope to get a little piece of fabric from the installation (unfortunately I did not). Location Sulzano, Italy Open until July 3, 2016 Follow Webcam (sun is shining!) Art The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne- Claude

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