I was just flipping through The Gentlewoman that I bought a couple of months ago and came across these pictures again. Viviane Sassen is by far one of my favourite Dutch contemporary photographers. Her carefully constructed photographs mostly consist of insanely bright colours, strong contrasts and I especially love the way she portrays the human body; often reduced to geometrical or graphic shapes. She has done campaigns for Stella McCartney, Miu Miu and Acne, and now also for 3.1 Phillip Lim. If you’re interested in (fashion)photography, make sure to check her out.
Although I love the city I live in, it’s nice to visit another city in your own country every once in a while. Now I know a lot of people tend to go shopping or sightseeing in Amsterdam which is one of my all-time favorite cities too of course. But ever since I started working in Rotterdam a couple of years ago, I discovered it’s a pretty exciting city to spend your day in, with a lot of things to see and/or do. So I created a map with my favorite spots divided into 4 categories: shopping, food/drinks, art/architecture and others and added a description of three of the places you will most likely run into me (which, in most cases, is probably not a good thing). Let me know if you feel like there’s anything missing!
Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 137 I website
In case you ever wondered where to buy those pretty Diptyque candles that you’re seeing all over Instagram and blogs, Skins is the place you’re looking for. A cosmetics store that exclusively sells niche brands such as Aesop, Diptyque and Byredo. But most importantly my favorite perfume, Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 79a I website
Hands down the best bakery in Rotterdam when it comes to pies, muffins, bars and cookies. Or maybe I should just describe this place as Heaven. I don’t think I ever met someone from Rotterdam that wasn’t familiar with this bakery. I highly recommend the caramel shortbread, lemon meringue pie and well, pretty much everything else too.
MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN
Museumpark 18 I website
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. It houses a unique collection of art from the Middle Ages until today. Here you will find works by Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh, Dali and Margritte. This autumn the museum is showing an exhibition about the future of fashion with contemporary fashion designers including Viktor&Rolf, Christophe Coppens and Hussein Chalayan.
I love Paris and I love Daniel Buren even more. Make sure to stop by his work Les Deux Plateaux in the inner courtyard of the Palais Royal if you ever visit Paris. In case you find art a waste of time (side eying you right now, just so you know), I’d like to point out the guy on the right. Apparently it’s also an excellent place to work out.