No going back

Sometimes I come across a song where I pretty much could have written the lyrics, so close it is to how I feel. This weekend I heard a song while trying on clothes in a Zurich H&M, and its lyrics caught my attention. Not because it was exactly how I felt, but how someone else could think of me….

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Solving a mystery – part I

I like flea/vintage markets, and mostly the treasure hunting part of it. There’s loads of crap, but if you look good enough you might just find an awesome piece. A few weeks ago I went to one in Belgium and I found something completely useless, but nonetheless something I had to get my hands on.

Antique Private Ledger

In between old cans, bottles and other random stuff I noticed a big, leather book that seemed quite old. Despite the lock on it, curious me of course had to open it. It turned out to be a book used for keeping track of expenses, also called a ledger (which was on the back on the book as I later found out). When trying to decode the very old, but beautiful handwriting I found out the book was from 1869! Only a few of hundreds of pages were written on, but while reading I discovered a name (Henry Bailey) and items paid for like drawing tools and pictures. Doesn’t that sound like a painter? I’m going to find out…

Henry Bailey - painter

Contra - Private Ledger

A little tip for the people living in Amsterdam: tomorrow there will be a huge flea market at the IJ-hallen. If you have time, go check it out.

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Rock Werchter 2010

Spending the weekend with Faithless, Muse, Stereophonics, Phoenix, Skunk Anansie, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, La Roux, The xx, Midlake, Kyteman’s Hip Hop Orchestra, Greenday, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Rise Against, Coheed and Cambria, Customs, LCD Soundsystem, The Specials, Jack Johson, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Gaslight Anthem, The Morning Benders, Balthazar, Rammstein, Pink, The Ting Tings, Gossip, Chanel Zero, Das Pop, Tayler Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, Booka Shade, Empire Of The Sun, Florence + The Machine, Porcupine Tree, Yeasayer, Temper Trap, Delphic, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys, The Van Jets, Vitalic, The Black Box Revelation, Absynthe Minded, Dirty Projectors, Gomez, Shameboy and Sweet Coffee. Fuck yeah!

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 (c) csnan

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 (c) csnan

“Design is everything. Everything!”

Yes I’m quoting the Paul Rand. We’re going into the last weekend of the Graphic Design Festival in Breda, and the organisation has tried to live up to Paul’s quote as much as possible. Most of this biannual festival takes place in public space, making it accessible for more than just the people in the industry. 

Graphic Design Festival Breda 2010

Graphic Design Festival Breda 2010

 So what’s this festival all about? I can’t tell you yet, because I’ll only be checking it out myself later today. One thing I definitely want to see are the Designer Toys XL. One of them is painted by a designer I recently discovered, the talented Louis Reith. Another expo I want to go to is O.K. Festival, which presents the presents “the energy and the visual explosion of strange, beautiful and original magazines.” Not only do I love magazines, I have been following the founder on Twitter for quite a while now and am happy I can finally check out his work. Last but not least I am also kind of curious about the Graphic Surprise so I will be passing that by, just like all the other exciting things that are going on. 

This edition's theme is Decoding. That's me standing at one of the many signs that are all over town.

This edition's theme is Decoding. That's me standing at one of the many signs that are all over town.

A plus is that I have my flatmate and her boyfriend with me, who both are graphic design students. I´m looking forward to their take on things. I think GDF is a great initiative, but to make it a true festival it needs more workshops, moments of interaction and parties. If you want to check it out yourself you need to be quick, because the GDF ends tomorrow! 

P.S. Paul Rand is also known for the following design quote that I love: “Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated.”

New York Awesomeness

As I already mentioned in previous posts, I went to New York again. An ashcloud delayed it with only 10(!) days, but I made it. I can tell you a hundred stories about why I had an awesome time, but the next pictures will give you a hint of how much fun it was to be back.

The weather was beautiful, here enjoying it in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

The weather was beautiful, here enjoying it in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

Living with Greg, like I did in Copenhagen. Flatmates <3

Living with Greg, like I did in Copenhagen. Flatmates <3

Being reunited with my Amsterdam flatmate who's on exchange in NYC was awesome!

Being reunited with my Amsterdam flatmate who's on exchange in NYC was awesome!

The best museums are in New York, period.

The best museums are in New York, period.

Abundance of good food in New York, even found on rooftops :)

Abundance of good food in New York, even found on rooftops :)

After showing him Amsterdam, my NY friend showed me his city

After showing him Amsterdam, my NY friend showed me his city

Got to enjoy the unexpected. Here a sunrise from a Brooklyn rooftop during my last night

Got to enjoy the unexpected! Here a sunrise from a Brooklyn rooftop during my last night

One more reason why I’d like to like coffee

I had this one as a draft for at least five weeks, thought of writing about Stumptown Coffee Roasters before paying a visit to at least one. Life happened and I didn’t blog for a bit, but I’m back! A little while ago Wieden+Kennedy tweeted about a New York Times post on a popular, American coffee place opening a pop-up shop in Amsterdam, more precisely at creative advertising agency SID LEE. The article made me want to check out the New York Stumptown Coffee Roasters while being there, and so I did (see picture). Awesome place with the coolest people I have seen in a coffee store to date where it seemed that having tattoos was one of the job requirements!

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Ace Hotel (New York)

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Ace Hotel (New York)

Last week I returned from New York and yesterday I checked out Stumptown Coffee Roasters at SID LEE, conveniently located only 5 minutes from my house. Although the place itself is of course SID LEE like I’ve seen it before, it also had the nice vibe as in New York. Not only because the baristas seemed to carry that same cool style, but also because they served good drinks and they were playing some good solid rock. The pop-up shop will be open for three months (until 31st July), so if you have a chance to check it out, do it! You can find it here, they are open from Mon-Sat, between 07.00h-19.00h.

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - at SID LEE (Amsterdam)

My drink at Stumptown Coffee Roasters - at SID LEE (Amsterdam)

So coming back to my title, why am I recommending a place where I don’t even like the main product they are selling there? This might seem a bit contradictory, but I love products that are made with care and passion. Stumptown is such a place. And besides that, they serve a really awesome hot chocolate too :) And I did part in their coffee tasting, if you have to learn to appreciate the taste, than I might just do it in the best place around. I wouldn’t be surprised if they could get me to like coffee after three months.

Stumptown Coffee Tasting in Amsterdam

Stumptown Coffee Tasting in Amsterdam

New York City, I can’t wait!

In a few weeks I’ll be going to New York City for 9 days and I can’t wait! I’m so much looking forward to see my flatmate who has been studying there for a few months now (she will come back soon though). I’m also very much looking forward to be reunited with my flatmate and best friend from my Copenhagen days, who is lucky enough to live in that great city. More recently, I met an American guy in Amsterdam who happens to be back in NY when I’m there, perfect timing so I can join his birthday celebrations! Of course I’m also looking forward to the shopping, Central Park, Williamsburg, museums and just walking around in the city itself. Here’s a picture of me there two years ago…

That's me in Central Park - May '08

That's me in Central Park, laughing at myself because I was stuck in the tree - May '08