A bookstore inside a cathedral? Oh, Amsterdam

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 30 September 2013

Go inside the Broerenkerk, a famous Gothic cathedral in Zwolle, Amsterdam, and you will be in for a surprise. Alongside the cathedral’s elegant interiors, is a modern-day bookstore called Waanders In de Broeren.

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Brilliant marketing for budget hotel, Hans Brinker

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

It claims to have been ‘proudly disappointing travellers for 40 years’ — or so goes the refreshingly straight-talking marketing spew of Hans Brinker, a budget hotel in Amsterdam. We can’t recall the last time we’ve wanted so badly to stay in a terrible room with ‘levels of comfort comparable to a minumum-security prison’ and ‘doors […]

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Solo-dining restaurant ensures you can only get a table for one

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 16 July 2013

Now this is a business we’d support: an entire restaurant with tables that accommodate no more than one person each. Unfortunately, Eenmaal opened in Bos en Lommer, Amsterdam for all of two days last week and is now closed. Yep, social designer and initiator Marina van Goor, who wanted to address the social taboo of […]

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Amsterdam’s Pitch Festival 2013: electronic, witch-hop, experimental, music

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By Kirsten Sibbles in New Events on Friday 28 June 2013

Groot-Mokum is famous for its beautiful canals, bicycle riding, art world, and, of course, other unmentionable things. It is not renowned for its electronic music as such, which is usually reserved for mega cities such as Berlin, London, New York or the shore lines of Croatia and Ibiza. Nonetheless, Amsterdam has been known to embrace the out of the norm with grace.

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Rembrandt Van Gogh: are they the same person?

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By Roberto Voorbij in New Art on Friday 17 May 2013

Rembrandt van Gogh or Vincent van Rijn is the theme of this collage by Amsterdam graphic designer Jeroen Huijbregts. This perfect symbiosis of Van Rijn and Van Gogh goes beyond just a physical analogy. Vincent van Gogh adored Rembrandt. For that matter, it’s certainly possible that this specific portrait of Rembrandt served as an inspiration for Van Gogh.

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Ask 13-year-old Mariah for a custom illustration

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By Annie Churdar in New Illustration on Thursday 4 April 2013

This 13-year-old illustration wizard makes custom art upon request. Just drop her a line with all the details and she’ll come up with something clever and quirky. What better way to say ‘Happy Birthday’ than with a custom ordered card or portrait? Plus, you can feel good about supporting this young Amsterdam dweller: she started her […]

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Bad neighbors in Amsterdam sent off to live in a container

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By Eugenia Viti in New Trends on Thursday 20 December 2012

We’ve all had them (and if you haven’t, then you probably are one): those neighbors that really suck. Well, the Netherlands won’t stand for it, and government officials in Amsterdam are planning on sending those bad neighbors to live in container. That’s right, a container. The containers will be located on the outskirts of Amsterdam […]

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Paint Job Hijack at the Rijksmuseum

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By Rani Nugraha in Video on Tuesday 5 June 2012

Under normal circumstances, you’d be hauled off promptly to the nearest police station for defacing art of significant historic and national value. But Dutch advertising agency Brilliant After Breakfast have managed to pull it off. Having created a virtual exhibition in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, they are aiding and abetting the act of digital delinquency. With a smartphone […]

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The Big Melt: a clever World Wildlife Fund campaign

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By Matt Blackwood in New Eco on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Add one QR code, some ice, and then you have a smart way of connecting people in Amsterdam to the melting ice caps. Gin is optional.

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275 streetlamps in Amsterdam park to emit blue light

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By Bryan Stewart in New Art on Saturday 3 March 2012

I’m really looking forward to seeing this. Steve McQueen, artist and filmmaker, will transform Vondelpark in Amsterdam by swapping out the white street light bulbs and replacing them with blue ones, transforming the ordinary into a work of art with the simplest of touches.

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How Max Zorn creates his tape-art works

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By Rani Nugraha in New Art on Saturday 12 November 2011

We first told you about Max Zorn in July this year when his fresh tape-art works were just in Amsterdam. Tinkering with nothing more than an exacto knife, some packing tape and plastic sheets, it takes wrapping his work around street lamps to see the pieces in all their glory as the complex layers of slicing and shading formations take their full effect.

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Memories of the Structure of the Universe

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By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Tuesday 19 July 2011

Memories of the Structure of the Universe is Cristina Guitian’s 38 metre long mural commissioned by the AMC Hospital in Amsterdam to decorate their staff area.

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Tape art lighting up Amsterdam

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By Rani Nugraha in New Art on Monday 4 July 2011

As if the cobbled lanes and canal lined streets of Amsterdam needed any more romance injected into them, along comes street artist Max Zorn. With some humble PVC plastic sheets covered in sliced and layered packing tape, he is creating emotive and dreamy portraits laced with the mystique of years gone by.

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Amsterdam’s Fur Free exhibition

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By Eve Politanoff in New Fashion on Saturday 5 February 2011

January 24 was the official opening night of Amsterdam’s latest Fur Free project. Hosted at one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, the Hortus Botanicus, five fashion designers such as Bas Kosters, And Beyond, exhibited a fur-free fashion showcase in the greenhouse.

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Proef Amsterdam

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By Pauline Egge in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 14 September 2010

Proef Amsterdam is a little restaurant in Amsterdam West. Proef means ‘taste’ in Dutch, and it’s all about tasting honestly produced food, presented in a very original way. Order a pear juice and it’s served in a jam jar; on the table is a notebook with funny questions in it. Creativity is literally boiling in […]

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