Back in the summer of 2010, we went on a month long roadtrip in the USA with no less than 11 friends. It was right after my graduation and I think it’s safe to say it was an unforgettable vacation. Our first and last stop was Las Vegas, which despite its fake exterior had more to offer than I first thought. So here are some snaps and addresses from the few days we spent there, no tequila, no Elvis impersonators, I promise. Read more ›
Somewhere in the middle of the twentieth century former president Juscelino Kubitschek decided to take a piece of desert and turn it into Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Up to then, it had been Rio De Janeiro, but Kubitscheck wanted to move the capital to the centre of the country, and since there wasn’t really a city there, he made one. Consequently, Brasilia is one of the few cities built from scratch, based on a complete masterplan. As an architect, my boyfriend wanted to visit Brasilia for so long. This summer, we made it there and he was very excited to finally see this manmade heritage in real life. Read more ›
Helder is a combination of a shop and a design studio, founded in 2010 by Brecht Baert and Diana Keller, who have a background in interior design and fashion design (the two met while working at Ann De Meulemeester). They have an eye for beautiful objects, and sell not only home decor items and furniture, but also jewelry and accesories. They focus on high-quality, mostly handmade objects, often produced on a small scale in Belgian or Dutch ateliers.
You’ll find ceramics from Makkum, the oldest ceramics atelier of the Netherlands, and the ‘D-tile’ range, ‘a system which allows any space or object to be completely covered with tiles’. Read more ›
Modern Shapes is a small but intriguing shop in the Kloosterstraat, founded by Michael Franken and specializing in incredibly beautiful ceramic objects (pottery, vases, art pieces, …) by European artists, both vintage and contemporary. One of the designers Michael focuses on, is the Italian born but Belgium based artist Antonio Lampecco, a passionate and humble ceramist who’s still active at 81 years old. Other artists represented are Piet Knepper (60′s), Karl Scheid (70′s), Beate Kuhn (60′s), Wendelin Stahl (60′s), Bruno and Ingeborg Asshoff (70′s) and others. Read more ›
On a very rainy saturday , Le boyfriend and I went to Rotterdam. 20 bucks and 37 minutes and we were there. To be honest, I don’t think we will be going back anytime soon, at least not without a specific reason. It was kind of depressing to see how empty the (rainy) streets were on the last weekend before Christmas, so we spent our time mostly in cafe’s, restaurants and museums. We actually did quite a lot: 2 coffeebreaks, lunch, dinner, drinks, a little windowshopping (meh), an exposition called The Road to Van Eyck (meh), one about architect Louis Kahn (great stuff) and we visited the Sonneveld house. Read more ›
Easily one of our favorite stops in the Kloosterstraat -a street in the center of Antwerp housing many antiques and design stores- is VIAR. The store, run by shop owner Verlaine, is a classic in the Kloosterstraat, having been there since 15 years. The huge and beautiful, loft-like space is filled with an eclectic mix of vintage design furniture (roughly ranging from the 40′s till the 80′s). Apart from the unique furniture pieces, they also sell a smaller selection of vintage clothing, often including real haute-couture treasures. Read more ›
In the beginning of September 2013, The Recollection came to town. An amazing new concept store in my favorite street in Antwerp: De Kloosterstraat.
The Recollection houses clothing and accessories, interior objects, art, books, beauty products and even flowers. It’s a unique space where you can spend your time browsing the impressive items The Recollection has to offer. From Australian beauty brand Aesop to the designs of Maison Martin Margiela, the shop slash gallery is one big paradise for people who love fashion and design. One thing is for sure: this shop is a must when you’re visiting Antwerp. Check out the website for details on their amazing brands including Piet Hein Eek and Haustier. Read more ›
Welcome to Dishoom, A Bombay style cafe in London with a nostalgic wink to the early 20th century. No noisy, sticky or smelly scenes here though, but rather a sleek London version of what you dream Mumbai would have been like back in the day.
I have to say I am not a big fan of Indian food (too many bad memories from our trip in India), but I would definitely visit Dishoom again, if only for the decor, atmosphere and great cocktails. Others that can appreciate the food have shown some love for the food as well though, as you can see here. Read more ›
Remembering how happy I was sitting on top of The Standard Hotel in NYC makes me want to hop on a plane and go back asap. Maybe I should wait until the next heatwave hits, so I can go back to Le Bain. To drink cold cocktails, lie on the waterbeds, get served by waitresses in cute tennis outfits and look at this view. Simply amazing. Read more ›