Monday, August 22, 2016


The Pllek (meaning The Place) is located on north of Amsterdam.
 It’s easy to get to Pllek, just take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the NDSM wharf and you’re there in 15 minutes.
Pllek is located at NDSM Amsterdam along the waterfront, NDSM, was the largest shipbuilding company in the world, The empty buildings left to waste at Amsterdam NDSM East Wharf were soon squatted. ‘City nomads’, craftsmen, artists and wanna be artists, settled in and united, naming themselves foundation Kinetisch Noord. The city council like the idea of this new so called ‘broedplaats’ (‘breeding grounds’). Kinetisch Noord now receives subsidies from the Amsterdam city council to further develop the area an make good use of the large boathouse, the huge outside terrain and ramps.  The Pllek is made out of old ship containers that form a large room with big windows directly on the beach with a beautiful view over Amsterdam, all furniture is made from recycled materials. Here in addition to eating, sometimes you can listen live music or even watch a movie or simply enjoy the view while having a drink. Also other cool activities like yoga and massages on the beach. It's opens every day from morning to night.

The Pllek (cioè Il Luogo) si trova a nord di Amsterdam.  E' facile da raggiungere, basta prendere il traghetto gratuito dalla stazione centrale di Amsterdam al molo NDSM e siete arrivati ​​in 15 minuti. Pllek si trova lungo il litorale del NDSM Amsterdam.  NDSM era la più grande società di costruzioni navali di tutto il mondo, gli edifici lasciati vuoti dalla società  furono presto squottati. 'I City nomads", artigiani, artisti e aspiranti artisti, si riunirono e formarono la fondazione Kinetisch Olanda. Al consiglio comunale piacque l'idea di questa nuova associazione 'broedplaats' ('terreno fertile'). Kinetisch Noord ora riceve sussidi dal consiglio comunale di Amsterdam per sviluppare ulteriormente l'area e fare buon uso della grande darsena, dell'enorme terreno esterno e delle rampe.
The Pllek è composto da un insieme di containers che formano una grande sala con delle vetrate direttamente sulla spiaggia con una bella vista su Amsterdam, tutti i mobili sono realizzati con materiali riciclati. Qui oltre a mangiare, ti può capitare di ascoltare musica dal vivo o anche guardare un film o semplicemente godersi il panorama sorseggiando un drink. Ci sono inoltre anche altre attività interessanti come lo yoga e massaggi in spiaggia. E 'aperto tutti i giorni dalla mattina alla sera.

Friday, August 19, 2016


In the 20th century everything was new, inventions, innovations and charges were introduced at an unprecedented pace. The world had to come to terms with both beneficial and horrific inventions. Life fell under the spell of technology. Innovation was also a leitmotif in art. What had been done before was considered old-fashioned. A new abstract, colourful, and sometimes unsettling pictorial idiom emerged.
Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. One of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl. Rietveld was one of the first Dutch designers to use plywood, which made of multiple thin layers of wood veneer bonded together and pressed under great pressure into a particular form.
 Here some pictures of the firsts Gerrit Rietveld's experiments about chairs design from the early 900's.
Zig zag chair with hole and zig zag chair 1932 by Gerrit Rietveld

Beguile chair by  by Gerrit Rietveld 1927

Passenger seat for the Fokker aircrafts  -  Red-Blue Chair 1918 by Gerrit Rietveld

Low chair 1945 and Mondial chair 1957 by  by Gerrit Rietveld
Piano Chair 1923 and Steltman Chair 1963 by Gerrit Rietveld

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Bansky "Lough Now" exhibition.
This exhibition at Moco Modern Contemporary Museum, contains around 50 original works by Street Art-legend Bansky. For the first time in history there is a Bansky exhibition in a museum.
In fact Bansky is well know for his outdoor art, you can find his street pieces around the globe.
Not everyone knows that Bansky also makes indoor art. Original and unique works on materials like canvas and wood. At Moco museum you can see his indoor art, owned by collectors who bought these works at Banksy's exhibitions. There are also a few of Banksy's street pieces at Moco, these were rescued and preserved from buildings that were torn down.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


For her first exhibition in the Netherlands, American artist Avery Singer (New York, 1987) developed a number of new paintings, which are shown in the VandenEnde Foundation Gallery along with the recently acquired installation , Untitled (2015), and other recent work. As an introduction to Scenes, the artist selected a number of works from the Stedelijk collection, on display in the IMC Gallery. Singer has gained reputation for her original use of contemporary design techniques in the development of paintings. She uses the 3D design softwares SketchUp and Blender to create digital compositions., which are then projected onto canvas and coloured in using an airbrush. Her color palette is mostly limited to grab scale, in reference to the longstanding tradition of the grisaille. Another important theme in Singer's work is the art world-the network of curators, collectors, critics, and galleries. With a sense of irony she depicts the relations between artists and the world as well as its rituals and behaviours. Her abstract figuration also references the formal aesthetics of early twentieth-century art movements, such cubism.
An illusion of three-dimensionality arises not only from the troupe l'ceil effect, the size, and the placement of Singer's paintings, but also from their production process. Generated within digital space, her work represents a lack of materiality while simultaneously giving this digital world a physical, tangible shape.
until October 2, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016


The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art and design in the Netherlands. The original 1895 museum building has been fully renovated and expanded with a futuristic new wing on Museum Square, affording the Stedelijk more space than ever before to present its world-renowned collection.
One of the most interesting section of this museum is the area dedicated to the 900's design.
You can see a lot of iconic pieces from the most uncommon to the most common everyday objects.
 GROUND FLOOR, HISTORIC BUILDING: DESIGN Organized by theme, an impressive survey of the design collection features furniture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, posters, printed matter, and textiles from 1900 to the present. enjoy applied art and industrial and graphic design by internationally acclaimed figures.
Bel air chair by Ettore Sottsass 1982

Brionvega RR126 by Achille Castiglioni 1965

Philips record player Ufo Age Space 1970 by Patrice Dupont
Verner Panton chair by Verner Panton 1960

Chaise Longue PK 24 by Poul Kjaerholm 1965

Thursday, August 11, 2016


De Hallen is one of the places to visit in Amsterdam.
 It was a building where once the first electric trams in Amsterdam were serviced. In the former tram depot, an official monument built between 1902 and 1928, you now find De Hallen Amsterdam. Right in the middle of the 19th century district Amsterdam West. This ex tram station was transformed in a centre for media, culture, fashion, food and crafts.
 This 19th century neighborhood, right next to the City-center and the Jordan, is packed with unique shops, cafes and restaurants, a library, hotels and markets – which creates a fantastic place to spend your time. The shops in the Hallenkwartier are popular by the distinctive and creative Dutch. And then there is in the center of Het Hallenkwartier: De Hallen: Center for Media, Culture, Fashion and Gastronomy.

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