A recent trip to Europe allowed me to retrace the steps of my family history in Amsterdam, as well as retrace my own steps of living in London and Amsterdam over a 12 year period – going back to all the areas I lived and worked in, as well as being completely inspired by all the architecture and galleries I went to.
The Studio Drift exhibition, ‘Coded Nature’ at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam was the most incredible exhibition I have seen in a long time. A Dutch creative studio combining technology, light, and influenced by nature. I was in awe, and the creativity blew me away. They use a large variety of mediums for their art – video, sculpture, raw materials, light and multi media. It was something for all the senses.
These mechanical flowers go up and down, and then open and close. Totally mesmerising!
Side profile of the mechanical flowers, and a suspended ‘block’ that slowing moved.
I also went on an excursion (by bike of course) to the man-made island of Ijburg where floating houses have been built on the water. They can even be towed away and placed somewhere else, when you get tired of the scenery! Venice is always an option I suppose…..
The floating houses in Ijburg, Amsterdam – all custom designed and built.
New apartment block on the Amstel in Amsterdam
Modern use of bricks (apartment where I used to live), in contrast to the ‘Amsterdam School’
architectural style and their creative formations with bricks.
I came back refreshed, having been exposed again to the things I loved about living in both London and Amsterdam, yet seeing it through designer eyes, and not taking any of it for granted.
Finally, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on radio discussing ‘Future Proofing Your Home’ with David Healy from Chelsea Rotary, so if you’re like to hear the interview head here