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Communicating through cooking

Last week my fiancé and I (Philip) went to Lebanon for a new project. We stayed in Beirut, a city with amazing restaurants and nightlife. A friend took us out for lunch to a restaurant called Tawlet. I was completely surprised. It wasn’t just another run-of-the-mill restaurant, but a project with an amazing philosophy. Lebanon… More.

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Touched by an angel

I have a preference for hands-on experiences. See art for real over Tumblr. To jump on a flight to Shanghai or share a coffee with a fellow creative. This is also why I often find myself front left in the church of creative expression, to witness the divine spirits. In awe of the ‘presentation skills’ demonstrated… More.

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Amsterdam’s Highest Cuisine

Let’s be frank, the Dutch are famous for far greater things than haute cuisine. Yet what happens when the capital’s creative class combines forces with artisanal pilgrims and lightly fuse some ‘ole fashioned Dutch adventure? Baked is a new haute cuisine concept with a distinct Amsterdam twist: a six-course epicurean adventure and tasting trip for experienced… More.

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Are there any questions?

‘Are There Any Questions’ is an inspirational lunch at Mata Hari organized by the restaurant and studio Docko. Every lunch starts with the questions that is normally asked at the end of a speech. Last months lunch speaker was Thimon de Jong. An expert in the strategic impact of societal change and the dynamics of human… More.

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Attachment

Forget Whatsapp, Snapchat or iMessage, send a message in a bottle. Made at ECAL ‘Attachment’ is a poetic machine. While connected to a website, it lets visitors send random balloon messages to random people around the world. View it here.

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What to do when you lose your unprejudiced view?

What do you do when you notice you lose an unprejudiced view on things? You challenge yourself. That’s what Robin de Puy thought: “I started in photography convinced that it was something that was ‘mine’, something that nobody else had anything to do with. Once I had discovered that photography was the only way I could… More.

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Making fast food even faster

People have no time. They are busy. Always. That’s why freelance art director and conceptor Marc ter Horst and Ingrid Koenen created “Livin’ Fast,” a fast food blended deluxe that can be consumed even faster – but in style. Three menus blended into three cocktails, each with a different and unique flavour; Cocktail Whopper, Cocktail… More.

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Nearly Not There…

In the bosom of Amsterdam’s historical center, snugly nestled between the Port of Call tattoo parlor and the Condomerie, is one of Amsterdam’s finest contemporary art spaces. Undetected by the swarms of tourists blinded by the flashing XXX lights, and locals who tend to avoid the shady goings-on of the Red Light district. W139 is a… More.

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May War Rest In Peace

A big message brought in a small way. Art director, artist and contributor of this blog Jarr Geerligs created these miniature tombstone scenes in the city of Amsterdam. Some are placed at famous war monuments, such as the statue of Anne Frank and the resistance monument across the Heineken brewery. Others on random spots around the city.… More.

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Sigrid Calon

Sigrid Calon created an amazing riso-printed (made with a stencil machine) book in 2012, with graphics based on a simple grid, only using the characters ‘/’ ‘\’ ‘|’ and ‘–’ and the limitations and advantages of the riso printer. Unfortunately the book is sold out, but some riso-printed posters from the book are on sale in… More.

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