KingsDay in Amsterdam. Sharing without Caring

The King of the Netherlands (I kid you not) had his birthday yesterday, 27-4-19. The city of Amsterdam always turns into one big fleamarket on Kingsday. Kingsday is always crowded because this is the only day it’s allowed for everybody to sell anything on the streets. We don’t know the origin of this custom, please look that up if you are really interested.

Weather-wise it wasn’t such a good day for shopping and selling outside. Lot’s of wind and rain made sure that the flea-market-fun was cut short. So a lot of people just left their unsold stuff lying in the street, didn’t clean up or anything and went on their way. Most likely to drink more beer because that’s another custom during Kingsday.

You must now that this is all perfectly good stuff that’s left behind. Many clothes, kitchen appliances, lamps, books, jewelry and also lot’s of toys. Vintage records and antique collectables were left in the rain for garbage. The waste-collectors came as early as 7 o’clock PM. Seeing everything just being trown away and not recycled made us sad: it all seems very respectless.

To cheer ourselves up, we managed to save a pair of black pumps, never-worn plastic Primark pumps, which we are never gonna wear, but throwing away new shoes…we just can’t.

Mirror Mirror Magazine #8 The Launch

Mirror Mirror Magazine

Mirror Mirror Magazine is the newest, bi-annual, beauty magazine on the Dutch market. The glossy is founded by Georgette Koning, who also is the editor-in-chief and creative-director. Issue number 8 was launched the other day at the New Werktheater in Amsterdam, the headquarters of ‘…,staat’, the ad-company responsible for the design and art-direction of this issue of Mirror Mirror.

#8 Spring 2019

We, at Mimi Berlin, went to the launch because we were invited ànd are always very gespannt to flip through the pages of this lovely mag, it’s one of our favorite actually. The newest issue is filled with tons of editorials and interesting reads. Interviews with, for example, Violet Chacki, the famous dragqueen and Val Garland, global director of L’Oréal and with Sandra Govers, a make-up artist who is a collector of fake eyelashes ànd a read about beauty-product design. Stuff you won’t find in your average beauty magazine, we feel like. We will spare you mentioning all the editorials because that’s a long list as well. Just go and see for yourself is our suggestion.

The Spring 2019 issue has 4 different covers to choose from. Cover 3, photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang was revealed by Juno Dijkshoorn, the make-up artist for this photo.

Georgette Koning

In the 1980s Ms Koning (graduated as fashion-designer) designed bags, she had her own label called ‘Pearls for Swans’. She also designed for large(r) companies, such as for example; Thierry Mugler. Konings made a careerswitch in 1995 and started writing for several newspapers, such as the Dutch Qualitätszeitung NRC Handelsblad, and magazines such as Avantgarde and Vogue Italia. She has her own on-line magazine as well it’s named Independent Fashion Daily, which is written in Dutch only, unfortunately.

Mirror Mirror is available at bookstores and at of course at Athenaeum in Amsterdam where the magazine will have a feature shopwindow in April 2019.

Margot van Huijkelom at The Grand Amsterdam

Margot van Huijkelom

Margot Huijkelom is an artist with a background in fashion, she’s based in France; to be exact in Barbizon. She was born, raised and educated in the Netherlands, so you could say that she came back to her roots with this exhibition at The Grand Hotel in Amsterdam.

We, at Mimi Berlin, met Margot the other day to have a look at her most recent works. Ms Huijkelom was so kind to take us on a tour around the ground floor, where the walls are covered with her paintings and illustrations.

Fashion Illustrator

Margot’s career has been a divers one, within the bounderies of fashion. She made illustrations, for Vogue Japan, L’officiel and numerous other glossy magazines. She sat next to the haute-couture runways for Le Monde and she has had her work published in several books, she also worked as the art-director for Gerbe in Paris. (more on that later on this blog, promised!) Next to this commisioned work she found out that she could fulfill more of her creative inspirations by painting. As mentioned above; she is based in Barbizon and that’s where she has an atelier where she creates ‘free work’, mostly on canvas made with natural pigments. These works are also on show at The Grand.

On exhibit at the Grand

Huijkelom’s exhibition will run through to the end of August 2019 so you have plenty of time to take a stroll through the hallways of the hotel and enjoy her work for yourself. @margot_van_huijkelom
And here’s a link to The Grand, Amsterdam.

See more about fashion Illustrations and illustrators here on Mimi Berlin’s Blog

Patterns as Time, Innovative Interior Design

Patterns

Patterns as Time is the name of the presentation of two Japanese design-studios; AtMa and Noiz, they both collaborated with DNP (Dai Nippon Printing) Innovative Design Center for Milan Design Week 2019. The presentation is clearly divided into 2 spaces: on the left, in full color, the installation ‘Time Printing’ by AtMa and ‘Patterns of Nature’ on the right in black, white and grey. The installations have in common that they are made in transparent layers and change colors in a subtle way. Walking through this installation is a fairytale-like experience, or maybe, if we get more poetic; a high-tech artificial fairytale forest where light, sound and color come to life. And, let’s not forget, this all is designed for your home. (or maybe for your store) It’s interior decoration.

The Good thing about collaborations

We, at Mimi Berlin, feel that i’ts always interesting to see ‘creatives’ and ‘techs’ working together because both disciplines can serve eachother to reach the next-level. Collaborations like this also can simply save time, so there’s more left to create new things. Why invent the weel if it’s already there, or why come up with ideas that already have been produced? What do you think? Let’s make some conversation below!

Click this link to read more about this presentation on the DNP site. If you are really interested the rest of their site is interesting because they are one of the largest printing companies worldwide. (it’s a very ‘dry’ website so you really need to dig hard.

View more posts on Milan Design Week 2019 here on this blog

Swedish Design Moves presents Home Gone Wild

Swedish Design Moves

Home Gone Wild is the name of the group exhibition by Swedish Design Moves Participating are 22 companies and several Swedish design institutes. We, at Mimi Berlin, visited the Home Gone Wild, or Hemma Gone Wild. (Hemma means Home we guess). presentation at the Fuorisalone (that’s in the city not at the fair) during Milan Design Week 2019.

Mimi’s take on the Home Gone Wild show.

We enjoyed this presentation very much because it gave a peak into what the future could hold for us; with a touch of humour to it. Next to showing not only wonderfully crafted furniture, this presentation could well be changing the mindset of how we handle interior-design today. How we decorate our home in the future, shifting priorities about design in general and gathered designs in our home.
At least, that’s what we got out of it.
Read the story below written by Swedish Design Moves.

When Nature takes over

For most Swedes, the idea of HEMMA (HOME) is closely linked to a strong connection with nature. While this relationship is often romantic, nature can also be something threatening. What happens when it takes over? Swedish Design Moves returns to Milan Design Week this year with HEMMA gone wild– a sequel to the 2018 exhibition, HEMMA – Stories of Home.

Joyn Studio

Curated and designed by Joyn Studio, HEMMA gone wild invites visitors to experience an abstract and playful vision of home, from hallway to living room and onwards through an unfolding scenography that showcases the best of Swedish design, drawn by curiosity and a mood of mystery. 

Home is Hemma

Home is a place of refuge and security – but it can also be a place from which to escape. HEMMA gone wild explores the complex relationship that we have with home and the influences of both nature and technology as they shape our experience of living and our connectedness with the changing world around us.  (read more at swedishdesignmoves.com)