Dear Shaded Viewers,
I’m leaving my toile-covered lair at the Amstel InterContinental in Amsterdam to head to the airport for my flight to Beijing to attend the 2nd edition of Beijing Design Week. As a segue, I present some of my photos from the design and art events that have been going on around this delightful design capital. INSIDE DESIGN was a sprawling design hop in the desolate but upscale area of IJburg, just east of the Eastern Docklands. ART IN REDLIGHT was staged in the gorgeous former-Catholic cathedral Oude Kerk in the Red Light District. Here are my highlights. (And FYI, like last year, there will be a strong Dutch presence at Beijing Design Week.)
J’Adored these holy birdhouses – a Christian church and a mosque.
Fungi sconce that I simply must have.
Interesting but perhaps ill-advised urban campground.
This small object magically created these color patterns when light was shone on it.
Whimsical espresso drips rendered in real gold.
This brought back late ’90s memories when I was a stubborn Luddite and would type out all my articles for GLUE magazine and fax them to Laurie Pike.
Me typing out my email address for the gallery. It wasn’t easy!
Why can’t they paint ugly warehouse buildings beautiful colors like this in America?!
Where there’s design…there’s roasted swine!
Stunning Oude Kerk cathedral’s organ
I prefer art that is juxtaposed in a surprising setting (like here or in the Beijing hutongs or in Versailles) than some sterile white-walled gallery.