Tuesday, 15 April 2014

At Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek is another place you should visit when in Eindhoven. Piet Hein Eek designs and manufactures furniture and other things, most famous of which are his scrapwood objects. Not all of his designs are my style, but I can really appreciate his way of working, which is about combining uncommon materials and also uncommon, but simple methods of working and about getting the maximum out of the circumstances. Close to Strijp-S there is an entire Piet Hein Eek compound, located in and around two old industrial buildings, where you can find a workshop, showroom, shop, restaurant and more. A very inspiring place with a great, no-nonsense atmosphere. Plus point are their absolutely delicious cakes and other snacks. Definitely worth a visit if you're in town!!

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Latest music discovery: Highasakite!

Last weekend, as a birthday gift, Daan took me the Nordic Delight Norwegian Night in Ekko, this small popmusic venue in Utrecht. We didn't know what to expect, but the (Norwegian, of course) music programme was in one word f a n t a s t i c ! ! ! It started with Jonas Alaska, a singer-songwriter with touching pop/folk/Americana songs, and ended with the energetic blues-rock band Atlanter (of which bass player Morten Kvam definitely stole the show with his 'uncool' appearance but more-than-cool look and moves!!!). Highlight I guess though was the band Highasakite, that mixed 'delicate and sparkling dream pop with electro and African rhythms and exciting art-pop'. That sound!! That voice!! Their debut album Silent Treatment came out last year and has been on repeat ever since at our home (ok, together with Atlanter's album 'Vidde').

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cool lamp @ Mangiare

Mangiare is the perfect spot in Rotterdam for treating yourself on a delicious Italian lunch and afterwards having a look in the lovely and friendly shop of Nen Xavier just across the street (the Van Oldebarneveltstraat, which is close to the - new!! cool!! - central station).

© Eva V.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Tour de Holland Part III: Den Bosch

Music. Manga. Machine. The grand finale of our tour (which was two weeks already, sorry for the delay in posting!) was in Den Bosch, where we went to see 'War Sum Up', a manga opera on the nature of war by Hotel Pro Forma (co-produced with the Latvian Radio Choir and the Latvian National Opera). It was beautiful.

War Sum Up tells of war through three main characters: the Soldier, the Warrior and the Spy. It's inspired by Japanese culture and its powerful expressions of poetry, pop, precision and brutality, which is illustrated through the music (a combination of classical music/pop/electronica; by The Irrepressibles and Santa Ratniece), the song texts (in Japanese), the Manga-style light projections and the old-meets-new-style costumes (by Henrik Vibskov!). All this resulted in a multi-dimensional piece of art telling the hyper realistic, never-ending story of war, at the same time covering it in surrealism. A performance that is still stuck in my mind and will probably stick there for a little longer!

Also check out the trailer:

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Tour de Holland Part II: Eindhoven

So, on day 2 of our little design/culture/culinary tour we went (first) to... Eindhoven! Why Eindhoven??!! you might think, but if you skip the ugly city centre and go straight to the Strijp S area and surroundings, Eindhoven can be so cool!!! Strijp S used to locate the factories of Dutch electronic giant Philips. After they left Eindhoven, the area has been redeveloped (and is still being redeveloped), turning it into the new creative and cultural hub in town. The annual Dutch Design Week (DDW) is (partly) held here and you can find restaurants, cafes, studios and more here. One of the Strijp S' highlights is definitely Radio Royaal, which used to be a temporary restaurant (linked to DDW), but is here permanently now. I went there a couple of times now and it has been a delight every time. It's located in Philips' old energy house, which gives it a rough and industrial touch - just fantastic! The food (French/German) is simple but really good, make sure to try their shrimp croquettes. Oh and bonus of course are their inspiring toilets. ;) More photos to follow!!

@ Radio Royaal © Eva V.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Concrete-glass-steel view

View from the Erasmus bridge: the Toren op Zuid by Renzo Piano (left) and De Rotterdam by Rem Koolhaas (right).

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Color blocking @ Kunsthal

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