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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Ingrid Siliakus’ paper origami buildings

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By Zolton in Architecture on Friday 21 May 2010

Taking inspiration from the work of the originator of this origami artform, Professor Masahiro Chatani, Amsterdam-based Ingrid Siliakus does paper replicates of the ‘buildings of master architects and intricate abstract sculptures’.

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Amsterdam’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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By The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Wednesday 14 April 2010

Attention all hipsters: Stumptown Coffee Roasters are setting up shop in the land where cafes rein king: Amsterdam. Adding to its Portland, Seattle, and New York locations, this all-too-trendy coffee boutique is due to open its European doors on 1 May.

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Eat Love: Food Concepts

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 15 January 2010

Tablecloths made out of pastry dough, marshmallow installations, meals where diners take small bites as dictated by a drum. These are just but some of Dutch-designer Marije Vogelzang’s fabulously quirky and over-the-top creative projects, executed via her Amsterdam-based food design company Proef. [image via Eat Me Daily]

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Imagining Mozambique at Maxalot Gallery

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Saturday 22 August 2009

On August 27, a fundraising traveling group show opens at Maxalot Gallery in Amsterdam. Eleven artists from around the world were asked to create a piece that would help to enlighten the public to the every day life of the children of Mozambique, in the hope of inspiring awareness and positive action in some capacity. Some beautiful works will be on display from Marcos Chin [above], Catalina Estrada and Para, among others.

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Amsterdam’s Matchbox building

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Saturday 11 July 2009

Designed as offices and commercial spaces for creative industries, the Matchbox is the work of design team Allard Meine Jansen and ‘houses twenty-two corporate units, a rooftop restaurant and semi-underground parking in the artistic hub of Amsterdam North’. The building’s shape was derived from piling boxes of matchbox on top of each other [see the photo below] and has been conceptualized to give every company its own space and identity. In addition, ‘bridges constructed above a central atrium garden act as catalyst for the networking between companies, while distributing sunlight through the building’.

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