You might have noticed the little tower on the roof of Amsterdam's most famous and recently modernised store "De Bijenkorf " Over the last 100 years the tower has never been used, but things are changing and from today the sixteen square meter tower room will become the workspace of different artists, writers, musicians, architects and designers selected by The Bijenkorf in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum. The Artist in Residence project ‘Room On The Roof’ will start with Maarten Baas being the first artist using the studio... The wooden installation, designed bij i29 interior architects contains several all functions designers will need, while the other side of the room is left totally white.
Awardedi29 interior architects designed this family apartment in Amsterdam. The thing with those pretty perfect places is that each time I post a home like this on the blog, I don't feel like exactly copying but it feeds my imagination with ideas on things I could do in my own home.
My home is situated at the corner of a building, it has a square block in the middle where some cupboards and the bathroom is build in. You can have a look at it from 3 sides and I often think of covering the walls with wood or another material, making the block stand out, this home certainly shows how it could look like.
i29 believes in simplicity and contradiction. The result of being selective is that you have to push each choice to the limit. It also provides a field of tension, and energy to a space. But more importantly it leaves you with a charismatic environment. i29 stands for a work ethic that leads to design solutions dependent neither on expensive materials nor on technical show.
Love to show you some of the pictures of Barbara Iweins project 'Au coin de ma rue' today. Barbara is an Amsterdam based photographer and her project is based on her obsession with strangers and her drive to find out more about each individual passer-by. She decided to embrace this obsession and capture some of these people 7 years ago. She bought a camera and a 50mm fixed lens and simply started to ask and immediately realised that it would not be as easy she thought.
Barbara: 'What I had not realized- lacking any real photography experience- is that a 50 mm lens didn’t allow me to shoot a full body and keep the details of a face. Instead I took two pictures, one of the face and one of the legs and thought I would photoshop them together. I quickly realized this was a pretty bad idea. But when I placed the head and the body side by side I loved the result. And so AU COIN DE MA RUE was born ! Each day I walked around Amsterdam for two hours to make pictures of people" The stranger eventually became a friend and Barbara followed 30 of them for 5 years, and each year she made a picture of them with a different theme.
If you look at year 1, you might recognize some people from the "Street Style memory Game" The name was given to the game by her publisher and sold over 10.000 copies to date and is still loved by the international fashion and style press.... If you ask Barbara though... she says "In real I didn’t want to detail the dressed person I wanted to “undress” them and as a voyeur, enter his life and thoughts as much as possible" I was touched by the beautiful black and white pictures of year 3visit Barbara's site for more inspiring pictures.
These amazing pictures are made at Patch cafe, Melbourne Australia... looking at the pictures a thousand ideas for future kitchen cabinets go through my mind. Especially the small sink above made out of concrete and wood stole my heart! PATCH cafe came to life in a warehouse space located in the old channel nine studio’s in the inner city suburb of Richmond, and together withStudio You Me, an intimate and inviting space was created for diners. This amazing space was first published at Est Magazine