Author: Kate Stockman

Willy Vanderperre_London

The moment I first heard about the exhibition Willy Vanderperre ‘prints, film, posters and more‘ was holding in London, I knew I had to go and see it. I know Vanderperre’s work since I started my study photography years ago and I always love the way he looked at images, especially when he started working with stylist Olivier Rizzo. Two Belgian fashion pro’s who, years later, made it to the absolute top, without losing their naturel and edge. Willy is a longtime collaborator and friend of Raf Simons, shot everyone from A$AP Rocky and Millie Bobby Brown, to Harry Styles and the Kardashian-Jenners, and made campaigns for brands like Calvin Klein, Prada and Jil Sander. The exhibit took place at Store X, in the basement of Brutalist landmark 180 The Strand.  Not easy to find as nothing but a black plastic cache indicated the entrance of the show. The friendly doorman wanted a picture with me and I could enter the venue reception. A simple table with the (few) leftovers of all the merchandising (which I bought straight away), a …

Bar Luce_Milan

Each year we head to Milan for ‘Il Salone del Mobile’. Besides a shit load of design, great food and interesting talks we always visit the wonderful Fondazione Prada. Always , really always good & surprising expo’s to discover while strolling around in-between the buildings and posing in front of the shiny gold leaf wall. Rem Koolhaas, of OMA, was the star architect working together with Miuccia Prada on this special project. But the most important place to visit is the magical, unique pastel painted Bar Luce. Don’t be mistaken: this is not an evening bar but a breakfast/lunch & apero venue straight from the world of Mary Poppins. To set things right straight away: this is not a fairytale but a creation by cineast & movie director Wes Anderson, famous for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and my fav The Royal Tenenbaums. Imagine: color-blocked Formica tables, whimsical wallpaper, a perfectly modish WC, and there’s even a Steve Zissou–themed pinball machine. In the counter & bar only very Italian drinks_think campari, espresso and amaretto_and over the …

Leek paper food waste innovation_DDW 2017

Thé themes of this Dutch Design Week was definitely waste management, but even more trying to make new, innovative materials out of it. This Leek paper food waste innovation is one of them. This initiative I spotted at the Embassy of Food. What is this about? Well, meet Jan Van Lierop, the largest organic vegetable grower in the Netherlands. He exports most of his produce and he is legally obligated to deliver his leaks in packaging. But today we all try to have less packaging and preferably biodegradable… The question popped up: What if his company were able to use the waste flow from the leaks to make a wrapper? That is what Belgian (based in Rotterdam) designer Isaac Monté came in. He started to experiment with leak pulp, as you do with wood pulp to make paper. The result of his experiments were quite impressive. Interesting printable leak paper, all different texturewise because of the many greens and fibers in the waste pulp. The leak paper did not smell funny, had a beautiful look and …

Algae bar_DDW 2017

The Algae Bar is an interactieve installation by the guys behind Cateringa & kompanen. The idea is the attach yourself to the life cycle of the algae. Algae are considered one of the new food components for man & animal in the future. The bar is an tempt to close that circle. Visitors of the Embassy of Food at the DDW 17 in Eindhoven donate their time and breath to the algae, while they lie on a bed underneath a set up of different algae samples, while to listening to an essay of waterline or just listen to their own breathing. What we breath out contains warmth and CO2, what are valuable resources for young algae. The algae on their turn, produce oxygen, but on itself they are a rich source  of proteïne, vitamines en minerals. In the future algae will be used a animal & human food but also as bio fuel. I found this such a great story, that I had to try it out. I donated 15 minutes of time, warmth and …