Monday, 28 April 2014

Lines & neon lights @ Cris

Yep, there is definitely an obsession going on.

@ Cris (Utrecht) © Eva V.

Lines & neon lights @ Nen Xavier

It seems like I'm having this little obsession with lines and neon lights...
Anyhow. Nen Xavier = one of my favorite (because: cool and friendly) shops in Rotterdam!

© Eva V.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

At Piet Hein Eek

Piet Hein Eek is another place you should visit when in Eindhoven. Piet Hein Eek designs and manufactures furniture and other things, most famous of which are his scrapwood objects. Not all of his designs are my style, but I can really appreciate his way of working, which is about combining uncommon materials and also uncommon, but simple methods of working and about getting the maximum out of the circumstances. Close to Strijp-S there is an entire Piet Hein Eek compound, located in and around two old industrial buildings, where you can find a workshop, showroom, shop, restaurant and more. A very inspiring place with a great, no-nonsense atmosphere. Plus point are their absolutely delicious cakes and other snacks. Definitely worth a visit if you're in town!!

© Eva V.

Latest music discovery: Highasakite

Last weekend, as a birthday gift, Daan took me the Nordic Delight Norwegian Night in Ekko, this small popmusic venue in Utrecht. We didn't know what to expect, but the (Norwegian, of course) music programme was in one word f a n t a s t i c ! ! ! It started with Jonas Alaska, a singer-songwriter with touching pop/folk/Americana songs, and ended with the energetic blues-rock band Atlanter (of which bass player Morten Kvam definitely stole the show with his 'uncool' appearance but more-than-cool look and moves!!!). Highlight I guess though was the band Highasakite, that mixed 'delicate and sparkling dream pop with electro and African rhythms and exciting art-pop'. That sound!! That voice!! Their debut album Silent Treatment came out last year and has been on repeat ever since at our home (ok, together with Atlanter's album 'Vidde').

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cool lamp @ Mangiare

Mangiare is the perfect spot in Rotterdam for treating yourself on a delicious Italian lunch and afterwards having a look in the lovely and friendly shop of Nen Xavier just across the street (the Van Oldebarneveltstraat, which is close to the - new!! cool!! - central station).

© Eva V.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Tour de Holland Part III: Den Bosch

Music. Manga. Machine. The grand finale of our tour (which was two weeks already, sorry for the delay in posting!) was in Den Bosch, where we went to see 'War Sum Up', a manga opera on the nature of war by Hotel Pro Forma (co-produced with the Latvian Radio Choir and the Latvian National Opera). It was beautiful.

War Sum Up tells of war through three main characters: the Soldier, the Warrior and the Spy. It's inspired by Japanese culture and its powerful expressions of poetry, pop, precision and brutality, which is illustrated through the music (a combination of classical music/pop/electronica; by The Irrepressibles and Santa Ratniece), the song texts (in Japanese), the Manga-style light projections and the old-meets-new-style costumes (by Henrik Vibskov!). All this resulted in a multi-dimensional piece of art telling the hyper realistic, never-ending story of war, at the same time covering it in surrealism. A performance that is still stuck in my mind and will probably stick there for a little longer!

©  Eva V.

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