Wall of Dolls Milan

Wall of Dolls Milan / Il Muro delle Bambole

The ‘Muro delle Bambole’ is a protest, or a way to highlight violence towards/killing of women: that’s femicide in one word. The Wall of Dolls Milan can be found outside, in the Via De Amicis 2. It’s a very grim and gloomy installation of a collection, with maybe hunderds of dolls: tattered, dirty and grey (because they’ve been outside since 2015) they hang from a metal rack.

Amongst the dolls are posters which explain what you’re looking at, images of women who died and also some dried out flowers. So we guess it became a monument as well to remember the female victims of (domestic) violence.

The initator of these walls, which are scattered througout Italy, is Italian TV host Jo Squillo,  she works with the organization ‘WeWorld’ in Italy. Continue reading

Kaleidoscopic Effect through the OP Vase Collection

Kaleidoscopic Effect through the OP Vase Collection

The OP-Vase collection is a series of vases designed by Studio Bilge Nur Saltik in 2015, they are hand-crafted in collaboration with Turkish artisans in Istanbul. The glass pieces come in two colors (blue and green) and in three sizes, each with  a unique pattern of cuts and extremely precise corners.

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“A signature quality of each glass vase is the illusion created by its complex pattern of cuts. A kaleidoscopic effect is created within each thick glass form, so that when viewed from different angles, a single flower placed within it, dissolves into an entire bouquet!” (read more bilgenursaltik.com)

We feel that adding OP to your home-deco collection is an investment worth making, certainly if in you live in a country where flowers are expensive.

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UCWHY Fashion Design from Belgium Presented at Cristofori in Amsterdam

UCWHY Fashion Design from Belgium at Cristofori in Amsterdam

The fashion label UCWHY presented it’s second collection yesterday (Sept 5th) at Cristofori in Amsterdam. Just as the presentation in Antwerp, where the brand is based, the venue was filled with flowers. Artistic Director Wim Bruynooghe completed a casual, or relaxed, ànd festive collection. Yes you’ve read it correctly: these opposite styles come together very well in the Spring-Summer ’18 collection by UCWHY! The brand choose to work with high-end fabrics in a daring and flashy colorscheme. Also nice to know: the collections are produced in Europe.

UCWHY was founded by Anne Chapelle (founder and CEO of BVBA 32, the parent company of well-known Belgian brands Ann Demeulmeester and Haider Ackermann. UCWHY will be sold at Menage à Trois in Amsterdam


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Souvenir Doll With a Nasty Face

Souvenir Doll With a Nasty Face

Look what we stumbled on the other day. This Souvenir Doll is SO well made (by hand). But. What a nasty and unfriendly face she has! Or is she just sad? Never mind. It is some fine Folk art! N’est pas?

We think she’s from Poland but we’re not sure.

Flower Botanical Models

Flower Botanical Models

Maybe more pretty than real flowers, maybe not, either way…Auch Haben!

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Mimi Berlin Visited Aalsmeer

Mimi Berlin Visited Aalsmeer

On a very Misty and Grey day, in typical Dutch weather, Club H.o.p. and Mimi Berlin decided to visit Aalsmeer. Situated in this small town, near Schiphol Amsterdam, is the largest trading centre for plants and flowers in the world. The flower auction is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 07.00 to 11.00, and on Thursdays, from 07.00 to 09.00 (Royal Flora Holland). There are many colorful flowers to be seen, in bulk! But outside of the buildings there isn’t so much color to be found.

Nice to know: The Aalsmeer Flower Auction building is the second-largest building by footprint in the world, covering 518,000 square metres.