Sweet Treat Jurianne Matter launches her much awaited Autumn 2014 Collection of textile and ceramic goodies. Page 3
Bitten by the Travel Bug Bloesem goes international! We share the latest and greatest travel finds in our Amsterdam City Guide. Page 9
but not cheap
Oh My Sweetness
The Perfect Gift
Editor’s Note #B.Instagood Dutch Design
For Everyone Bloesem Class Just the Beginning
Coming up! Weaving & Macramé Marketing for Makers
Come travel with Us Around Amsterdam Berry Popsicles
What’s Cooking? Ode to Handmade Do it Yourself!
59 Eng Hoon Street #01-79 Tiong Bahru Singapore
Sweet! Never actually realized there are five (or six, if you’re Asian) basic tastes. Perhaps you already knew this but I thought it was quite interesting to find out that similar to what primary colours are for the eyes, our taste buds like the basics of sourness, saltiness, bitterness, savory, spiciness and, last but not least, sweetness! But let’s face it, except for the hard core spice lovers (there might be some of those amongst us perhaps), if you had to make a choice of only one taste (for the rest of your earthly life) surely it would have to be sweetness. Apart from all the pleasures associated with a sweet taste, the word has such a positive connotation (ignoring for a moment the negative rep sugar has these days) it is hard to think of any better word to describe all things beautiful in life. Right? Sweetie, my sweet baby, sweet tooth…should I go on? Well, at Bloesem we agree with you. We like sweetness in all its pleasurable dimensions and sensations, most importantly of course we crave design that is sweet on the eyes. Sweetness in all the things we do at Bloesem, something to nurture and treasure from within. Much like the embryonic lifestyle and fashion that will shape a new era according to the prophecy of trend watchers, we intend to relish in the new softness of the all-encompassing sweetness that surrounds our world of design. New ideas and initiatives that will evolve into innovative models for our industry. Sweet is the new slow. Where the slow movement is asking us to slow down and pause, taking in the world around us in all its sweetness, we want you to use your new found time to connect with you, your true passions and talents. So more down to earth, you guessed it right, we are going sweet this quarter. While munching away on all sorts of sweets in our studio, we decided to have one simple objective for this issue of the Bloesem Gazette. After browsing through our new quarterly, we want you to scream and shout: Sweet! We’ll take you on a sweet tour, with stopovers in Amsterdam, a dive deep into the world of vintage ceramics, pastel colors and floral patterns, gift ideas, recipes and DIYs. Oh my sweetness… Irene xoxo
B.instAgood We could not have gone through doing up another Bloesem Gazette without leaving space to feature our favourite form of social media. Instagram is mostly fun and games Follow Bloesem on Instagram
(you will know that if you join our Be Insta Good! class taught by Jelito de Leon), but it’s
also a great way to catch up with everything Bloesem-related, for us and you both! For us, instagram let’s us do a little innocent stalking of our students to see how they got on in class and how they continued with their crafts back home. Thank goodness for hashtags right? Follow the 3 Bloesem hashtags below for everything Bloesem related. Thank you to everyone who has helped spread the Bloesem word through their beautiful snaps. ps. learn how to make beautiful pics for your instagram then come to our class! #bloesemshop
Images by @zaaras - 2,3,5
@meikwee - 1
Contributors Founder // Irene Hoofs
Ernica Ding Managing Editor // Zara Salahuddin
Contributor // Anouk van der EL
Contributor // Chong Mei Kwee
Irene is a long way
Zara stumbled upon
Mei Kwee Chong is
Anouk is the designer
from home but she
the newest member
definitely isn’t lost. The
globe trotter and her
world of Instagram,
family have cozied up
decided to jump the
from NUS Division
to sunny Singapore and
the result: The Bloesem
ship and has never
and New Media, she
Time Capsules and
Creative Space in Tiong
looked back. She
lives and breathes
most recently, the
Bahru. The energetic
spends her days in
social media both
Little Quote Jar. She
mom of 2 also founded
the Bloesem studio
in and out of school.
is the voice of reason
Bloesem Class, the school you go to be inspired
writing, styling and creating content for the
Apart from managing Bloesem’s social media
and source of comedy in the Bloesem studio,
by the who’s who in the world of design and
Bloesem blogs. After spending too much time in
platforms, she helps out in the organization of
always ready to serve up some useful advice
creativity. This crafty lady also makes her own
university on Youtube and blogs, she found her
creative classes and maintenance of Bloesem’s
or constructive criticism for anything Bloesem
products, from dainty necklaces to hand woven
true passion in social media. Luckily for Zara, her
online shop. She also has a passion in layout
related. Thank you Anouk, you make us smile!
cushions, and shares her love for hand made
day job allows her to dabble in everything from
design and spends her free time scrap-booking
goodness on both of her blogs, Bloesem Living
photography to DIY craft projects.
byzaaras.blogspot.com - shopsalu.bigcartel.com insta @zaaras
marketing Make of
and Bloesem Kids. bloesem.co - bloesem.blogs.com - bkids.typepad.com insta @bloesemblogs
make-history.com - littlequotejar.com insta @makehistoryco
She was here
Jurianne matter www.juriannematter.com
One of the first teachers to kick off Bloesem class, Dutch designer Jurianne Matter, shares her experience in Singapore and some post class advice. We are also drooling over her 2014 collection, don’t mind us. Bloesem Team // What did you think of teaching your first Bloesem class? Jurianne // It was so exciting! First of all the location was very inspiring of course. Irene and her team have a certain touch, you feel your creative juice start flowing as soon as you enter the Bloesem Creative Space! The Bloesem students were so nice and had diverse backgrounds which made it very interesting to work with them. It is great to pass your experience and knowledge on to people who love to learn from you. And the results were remarkable! BT // Any post-class advice for those who attended you class? M // Don’t forget to get a Pinterest account, so you can practice moodboarding every day. But watch out: It’s highly addictive. And secondly (they heard me saying this several times during the workshop - stay strict in the choices you make for your moodboards!
Don’t opt for second best. Only choose the piece you feel is exactly right. That is what will keep your style as clear as possible! BT // What is one spot in your home town that never fails to turn your day around? M // The village I live in (near Amsterdam) is actually quite boring itself. But I have this huge forest right behind my house. Heather, woods, low hills, Scottish highlands, deer and birds. This is where I start my day, power walking for one hour, even sometimes when it rains. I can’t do without it anymore! BT // If you could teach your next class anywhere in the world, where would it be? M // I would love to teach in Amsterdam of course, London is absolutely on my list and I dream of teaching in Berlin or Munich, would love to teach in German as an extra challenge! BT // What is one thing you miss most while you were in Singapore, and one thing you miss most now that you are back home? M // It was funny, although I loved the tropical climate, what I missed the most was our fresh Dutch spring temperature (20 °C). What I miss here are the polite, kind and relaxed Singaporeans, what nice people! BT // Though you were only in Singapore for a few days, can you tell us 5 spots you loved or visited while you were here? M // Firstly, Tiong Bahru area, where the Bloesem store is located, was my absolute favorite. It has a kind of small town atmosphere, beautiful architecture and some lovely shops. Secondly, Emerald Hill Road, a breathtaking area, a sleepy and authentic kind of village just around the corner of crazy Orchard Road with all its malls, cars and people! The third spot has got to be the Art Science Museum which Irene nicknamed ’The Glove’. Very impressive building! One night Irene took me to the PS café at Dempsey Hill for a mojito and truffle fries...what an awesome place! This is the superlative degree of hip and happening, if you ask me. Huge trees, nice view, very laid back feel, for instant relaxation after a day of hard work! Last but definitely not least, the Botanical Gardens. I took several walks there, admired dozens of varieties of palm trees, saw waterlilies the size of a huge restaurant tray and luckily I didn’t run into the local anaconda! BT // Any places in particular in Singapore that you would definitely bring your family to visit? M // I am sure my husband and sons would be thrilled with one night in the swimming pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel with a view over the city. BT // Did you try any of our Singaporean dishes? What did you think of them? M //Oh yes, I was completely blown away by the Singaporean food culture. The food is so tasty and healthy! My favourite dish was Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang. As soon as I came home to Holland I started looking for recipes and now it’s on my weekly menu, my men love it!
Photography and styling by Valerie Delsman
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Put on your skin, what you would put in your mouth. Earth tu Face is a 100% natural skincare line, free of toxins or synthetic
Studio Roof Teknika Traffic
beautiful candles. Even if he isn’t much of a “candle guy” we are sure these candles are going to change his mind. SGD 55
her you care with their great smelling
are captured in this range of
Let the little ones’ imagination run wild with this cardboard
products. SGD 43 - 60
Lovely Pigeon notebooks Pearls in neon
traffic pop out toy. It even comes with policemen.. who else is going to keep the streets of toy land safe? SGD 13
The stylish solution for note taking.
These porcelain hangers are
These A6 sized notebooks feature
available in different animal
Dare to wear pearls! 125 AA+
copper foiled geometric designs
designs. To be used as a hook for
freshwater pearls knotted together
and comes in almost every colour
garments, or just as decoration
with bright neon pink thread to give
under the sun. We are sure you’ll
in your home. SGD 22.50
it a modern and funky look. Just
find one you fancy. SGD 12
right for the trendy go-getter. SGD 120 - 240
Lucie Kaas dishware dishware
blanket or a pram cover to shield the baby from the sun. Comes in
a great gift for him. Each
5 different characters, the pirate,
box contains 23 magnets to
iconic ‘lotus’ design and and pitchers
the Bu! Blankies work as a baby
face magnets are definitely
Lucie Kaas features its comes in bowls,
One of our all-time best sellers,
Let the boys play! Fun tribal
The beautiful range of ceramic
Studio Roof magnets
the panda, the bear, the red
create even more patterns
Indian and the bear. SGD 49
and shapes! SGD 26
colours. SGD 29 - 89
Tiny Cottons wear Hasami
Keecie Iphone slip The stylish solution for phone
A great gift for any lady of the
scratches and cracked screens.
house. This small oak tray from
Keecie’s full leather handmade
Japanese label, Hasami, is multi-
Iphone slip covers sure are a bang
functional and just an all-round
for your buck, no pun intended.
great product to have in the
kitchen. SGD 65
Desinere concrete paperweights
from only the best cotton with adorable patterns for everyday comfort and style by new Spanish label, Tiny Cottons for babies and kids ages 0 to 4. SGD 24.90 - 69
Studio Roof stool A small solid beech stool for
This beautiful folded origami
the little ones that can also
paper lamp is a collaboration
double up as a mini kids
between Studio Snowpuppe and Tas-ka and comes all the
table. Use it as a portable
Rok is a paperweight handmade by Singaporean designer, Melvin
way from the Netherlands.
dining table or a surface to
Ong. The industrial and raw nature of concrete works beautifully
The cheery colours are sure to
do colouring on (of course
with this decorative object creating a focal point wherever you
put anyone in a festive mood.
choose to place it. SGD 34 - 42
crayon). SGD 135
Alfredo Gonzales socks set
Castell Avarca sandals 100% leather and handmade
The perfect present for
in Spain, these sandals are all
handpicked vintage ceramics
the fashion forward male
the hype right now. The Avarca
from big names such as Arabia,
loved one. A set of 5 funky
sandals come in a whole range
West Germany, Stig Lindberg
socks with a beautiful gift
of colours and patterns. Say the
and many more, for a gift with
box to boot. SGD 79
magic word ... frozen ... and she
sentimental value! SGD 49 - 179
will love to wear them. SGD 98
between the stool and the
// Just the Beginning
We truly scored with this amazing Bloesem Class space! At the heart of a creative and up and coming neighbourhood, the space has a good atmosphere and lots of natural light. Perfect for crafting and getting your hands dirty! With the past 6 months of classes, we have gotten amazing feedback from both students and teachers and could not have asked for a better start to the Bloesem Class journey. Thank you everyone who has attended and supported Bloesem Class thus far, and of course an extra big thank you to our teachers who have come from all over to share their craft with us. You can look forward to many more classes in the months to come, everything from more social media classes to gift wrapping for the jolliest time of the year, so stay tuned!
28 - 30 Aug
Shibori Dyeing with Indigo
// Arounna Khounnoraj (Canada)
Textile genius and screen printing expert, Arounna Khounnoraj is the brains and hands
behind Bookhou designs, beautifully screen printed and sewn products with emphasis on natural materials. Making her way to our sunny
island, she is going to teach us Shibori dyeing techniques – definitely in trend for 2014-2015. Be prepared to get your fingers stained as you learn to transform plain white fabrics into impressive original patterns. You also get to
14 - 15 Oct
walk away with your personalized Shibori tote
bag and scarf and proudly say, “Hey, I did this!”
// Natalie Miller (Australia)
Natalie Miller, the queen of knots, will be heading down to our side of the world this October to teach us macramé – the art of decorative knotting. Learn the basic knotting
23 - 24 Oct
techniques to make a variety of styles, designs and patterns that will definitely
The Art of Visual Story Telling
challenge the old-fogyish accents of the
// Irene Hoofs
1970s. You will also learn to web your very own macramé pot hanger, which we believe
With over 8 years of experience in blogging and
will add a fresh modern look to your home.
creating content online, Irene Hoofs, founder of
With these ‘knotty’ skills at your fingertips,
Bloesem, will be going over all the tips and tricks
you will be able to explore future macramé
of how to create online content for your blogs
projects on a grander scale. So will you be
and other forms of social media like Facebook,
signing up for this class or knot?
Twitter, Instagram etc. Specifically catered to newbie bloggers, the class will be split into two 2-hour sessions - theory and practice - for you to put your best foot forward online. Along with understanding the process of searching and creating original content, the class will also equip you with the basics of Photoshop, such as editing images and creating collages.
10 - 13 Oct
// Natalie Miller (Australia)
Weaving is no granny’s past time… to this fiber artist, maker and weaver from Australia, Natalie Miller, it is her source of escapism and satisfaction. A registered architect and a mom of 3, Natalie has been creating the most beautiful tapestry weavings in her vibrant and eclectic studio. We are
18 - 21 Sep Be Insta Good!
// Jelito de Leon (Philippines)
photographer from Manila whose photographs
extremely lucky to get to see her live in action on how to weave beautiful woven wall hangings – an interior accessory that has recently found its way onto the walls of many sleek and stylish homes. Be prepared to get your hands tangled with yarns and definitely have a wooly good time!
are inspired by the daily things he sees around him. A very popular Instagrammer with over 50k followers, we couldn’t think of a better person to teach us about Instagram than Jelito
20 - 23 Nov
himself! Learn how to take shots that stand out on Instagram and optimize this platform for your small businesses. And yes, we will be looking forward to seeing your beautiful feeds after the class too!
// Anne & Luke Suthern (Australia)
Anne and Luke Suthern hail from the land down under and the sweet couple are also the makers of the Deckle and Hide candles that Bloesem carries in our store. Their candles come in 5 scents and are made from 100% botanical ingredients. In this class, participants will learn the secret to making beautiful and unique scents using botanical oils. They will then learn how to make soy container candles scented with their own individual scents. You can even bring your own candle jars so each candle is even more special!
With fewer and fewer companies offering letter press services, this class is a must-attend! The technique of relief printing using a printing press has been around since the mid 15th century and though it is difficult to get your hands on a letter press, we still see many cards and books being made using the technique. With it’s exquisite finishing, it is no surprise that the demand for letter press stationery is still on the rise. Let us show you the ropes and help you create your own personalized letter press stationery. Visit Bloesem.co for more class details.
We have a huge line up of classes you should look out for, so check out our website and social media platforms for more updates!
With the present giving season just around the corner, the Bloesem Team will be organizing a 4-part gift wrapping series. We will be teaching 16 of our favourite gift wrapping techniques over 4 weeks. Join us and make
your gift wrapping as covetable as the gifts themselves, making them even more exciting to receive! Warning:
With the success of our previous calligraphy classes and an
Some recipients might not even bare to open the
overwhelming demand for us to bring back the class, we are
beautifully wrapped presents. You’ll just have to take it as
finally putting down a concrete date for more calligraphy fun!
a compliment. Intrigued? Bloesem.co has all the details
If you think that your handwriting is terrible or are worried that
you’ll need about this class.
you have no previous experience with Calligraphy, we want you to remember one saying “ If you never try, you’ll never know.” Sign up for class at Bloesem.co.
Food Styling Marketing for Makers
One of the most highly-requested classes has
Want to turn your potential into a professional
obviously it does not come as a shock to us
and profitable business? Plug into the energy
being in Singapore, constantly surrounded by
of other like-minded creators and watch your
its great food culture. It has long surpassed
business accelerate in this unique Bloesem
the need for food to just taste good but to be
Class. You will learn how to define and refine a
both presentable and even photogenic. Learn
marketing strategy that you can put into action
the ways of an industry expert, little tricks to
right away. We are firm believers in quality over
make food look enticing whether it’s for your
quantity, so you will walk away with loads of key
business or just making everyone jealous
concepts and action steps on PR, online and
of your food adventures. Book your spot at
visual storytelling, SEO, pricing guidelines and
Bloesem.co before its all sold out!
got to be Food Styling and Photography, and
work sheets – all wrapped in a nifty handbook. After this class the marketing of your brand will be just as much fun as the creative process. If you mean business as well, visit Bloesem.co.
Screen Printing If you like creating your own patterns, you will love screen printing. Learning
Tassel Making If
the basics of screen printing on seen
everywhere, we are here to tell you again, tassels are making a huge come back. We see them on dresses, necklaces, keychains, even earrings. They are a great statement piece to jazz up any outfit. Learn to make your own tassels in all kinds of advanced designs and bright colours (choose neon for a real pop!). You’ll be amazed at the number of different tassels you will be able to create, because we are too. Head over to Bloesem.co to grab a spot in class.
fabric is just the first step to creating products with your own signature pattern.
baby clothes to personalized tote bags, t-shirts and tea towels. The possibilities are endless! Find out more at Bloesem.co.
A dessert for every season Words and desserts by Andrea Goh
If I had to absolutely pick just one season, it would be Fall. I call it the season of inspiration. It is the most colorful season of the year, the best-dressed and a period where many fall in love. Caramelized pears atop a warm moist vanilla cake is one of the best comfort dessert to enjoy during autumn. I dream of hot chocolate, the marigold flames of a (non-existent) fireplace whenever December arrives. When the thunderstorms hit as it often does during year end, I close my eyes and imagine that it is snow flurries, not raindrops that descend onto the ground. I will hustle over to the stove and whip up this easy-to-bake, decadent hot baked chocolate that is guaranteed to win over any chocoholics. It is best advised to enjoy this in your PJs and in the arms of a loved one.
Hot Baked Chocolate Serves 2 sweeth tooths
Ingredients 130g semi-sweet chocolate chips 45g butter 2 small eggs 2 tbspn caster sugar Icing sugar, mint leaves and berries for decoration
Directions Preheat oven to 180â€™C. Melt chocolate and butter using the double-boiled method. Whisk eggs and sugar in a separate mixing bowl till frothy. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate mix into the whipped eggs. Divide evenly into 2 ramekins and bake for 12 minutes or till the top forms a crust. Sift icing sugar over, top with some fresh berries and a mint leaf and serve immediately.
Photography by Franz Navarette Art direction by Hosanna Swee & Melody Tan
Hit the Sack Stout & Co
Super nice, small scale design hotel. Run by the two architecture agencies on the ground floor. The rooms and garden terrace look smashing, the breakfast is the best hotel breakfast I have ever had and loved the complimentary international design magazines and Aésop body care products! Hoogte Kadijk 71 www.stout-co.com
Newest and only boutique hotel in the famous ‘9 streets’ shopping area with 5 beautifully designed suites. HARTENSTRAAT 8 www.hotelixamsterdam.com
The 9 cozy rooms of this hotel each offer a nice ‘home away from home’ vibe. Located just a few steps from the Utrechtsestraat, this is the perfect starting point for your city exploration.
Hit the Sack: Stout & Co
COME TRAVEL WITH ME TO AMSTERDAM
Utrechtsedwarsstraat 79 www.hoteldwars.com
Our friend and founder of Make History, Anouk van der El acts as our tour guide as she takes us around our favorite city in the world
Amsterdam, sharing her favorite and must-visit spots.
This one bedroom hotel is without a doubt the most stunning of them all. If you have a special celebration and your budget allows it, then surrender yourself to the splendour of the Droog dynasty! Enjoy the view, the spacious room with design galore, the ‘room service’ café below, the spa, the beautiful courtyard and all the inspiration that the store and studio of design company, Droog, has to offer.
Although born and raised in Rotterdam – Amsterdam’s biggest rival – I fell in love with Amsterdam instantly when I moved there 12 years ago. A picnic in the Vondelpark, exploring Amsterdam’s fun neighbourhoods (by bike!), boat rides along the canals or visiting a museum, Amsterdam has it all but still feels like a small village. This summer I saw Amsterdam in a whole new light. As I had moved to Singapore the year before, I was now a tourist. So I explored as many new and old hot spots as humanly possible. Here are some of my favourites. Be sure to rent a bike, it’s by
Staalstraat 7B www.droog.com
far the fastest and easiest mode of transport! Shop Stop: Felice
After an entire renovation the ‘Rijks’ opened its doors again in 2013. The stunning architecture and the amazing collection that include the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer and many others make this a must see. Buy your tickets online and come at 9 am on a weekday to avoid long waiting lines. Museumstraat 1 www.rijksmuseum.nl
A short stroll from the Rijksmuseum, this is Amsterdam’s museum of modern and contemporary art and design. Again, book tickets ahead and online. Museumplein 10 www.stedelijkmuseum.nl
Amsterdam’s Photography museum. Keizersgracht 609 www.foam.org
Festival & Festivities Parade
An outdoor theatre festival with colourful tents and a vintage carousel that are surrounded by small food stalls and bars. Usually happens in mid August and lasts 17 days. Martin Luther King Park www.deparade.nl
Koningsdag (King’s Day)
Shop Stop: Moooi
It’s not only the King who celebrates his birthday on April 27th. The whole country goes crazy and orange for this special day. Street trade is allowed everywhere and there’s a good openair party on every street corner in Amsterdam.
Hit the Sack: Hotel De Goudfazant
Shop Stops: Sukha
Shop Stops: The Otherist
Shop Stops: Store without a Home
Thirst Quenchers Hiding in Plain Sight
Shop Stop: Human Beauty
Shop Stops Restored
Award-winning cocktails are shaken here, next door to Gebroeders Hartering (See ‘Time for Food’).
This charming store offers a platform to design talents and tiny labels. The store is a visual treat by itself!
Rapenburg 18 www.hpamsterdam.com
Haarlemmerdijk 39 www.restored.nl
The perfect spot for pre- or after-drinks in the Jordaan neighbourhood! Vinkestraat 57 www.vesperbar.nl
Hugo’s Bar and Kitchen
Cocktail bar and restaurant. Happy oyster hour every Saturday and Sunday 3-7pm. Hugo de Grootplein 10 www.barhugo.nl
This exclusive cocktail bar is hidden in the back of The Butcher burger joint. Reserve your table and you will get access with the latest secret password. Albert Cuypstraat 129 www.the-butcher.com
Shop Stop: Hear Hear
Jaw-dropping gorgeous new store in the Pijp neighbourhood with a surprisingly affordable collection of Japanese, Scandinavian and Italian brands. The founders are architects so next to the fashion, you can also shop floors, curtains, kitchen and dining tables here. Gerard Doustraat 88 www.facebook.com/feliceshoes
The most L O V E L Y stationary shop in town. De Clercqstraat 130 www.misc-store.com
Cute two story shop in the center of the city with a collection of treasures (think cards, prints, jewelry and ceramics) from all over the world. Heisteeg 8 www.hearhearamsterdam.nl
Anna + Nina
Lifestyle, accessories and other wanna (gotta!) haves. Gerard Doustraat 94 // Kloveniersburgwal 44 www.anna-nina.nl
We Are Labels
Beautiful minimalistic Scandinavian and Japanese clothing, and very affordable! Utrechtsestraat 68 // Huidenstraat 17 // Eerste van der Helststraat 58 www.wearelabels.com
Store without a Home
Large collection of home furnishings and design items. Haaalemmerdijk 26 www.storewithoutahome.nl
Biggest collection of paint, paper and anything else your creative heart could wish for. Amstel 34 www.vliegerpapier.nl
Shop Stops: Maison Rika
Time for Food STACH FOOD
A deli that has the yummiest fresh soups, coffee, sandwiches, treats (sticky toffee!) and take away meals for every hour of the day. With 5 outlets across the town, STACH is your best choice for a quick and healthy meal. Van Woustraat 154 // Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 52 // Nieuwe Hoogstraat 1 // Haarlemmerstraat 150 // Admiraal de Ruiterweg 77 www.STACH-food.nl
This is the city’s best kept secret for lunch. They serve passion on a plate, all homemade and homegrown in their biological garden just outside of Amsterdam. Make sure you book ahead as its 6 tables fill up quickly.
Time For Food: SLA
Time For Food: Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam
Taksteeg 7 BG www.gartine.nl
Step into the world of good food at SLA. Their delicious and healthy salads, juices and soups are surrounded by the beautiful design of their shop (the counter is a greenhouse! ). Ceintuurbaan 149 // Westerstraat 34 // Claude Debussylaan 35 www.ilovesla.com
Time For Food: Scandinavian Embassy
Indulge Yourself: City Spa
Indulge Yourself The City Street Spa
After a hard day of sightseeing, it might be nice to treat yourself to a divine massage or facial. I highly recommend this beautiful salon on the Prinsengracht. Prinsengracht 764 www.thecitystreetspa.com
My favourite and the cutest 102-yearold cinema in Amsterdam. It shows the latest blockbusters and cult movies and on Thur-Sun you can eat a cheap movie meal at their restaurant before your movie starts. Haarlemmerdijk 161 www.themovies.nl
Whenever I’m in Amsterdam I want to eat at this restaurant with FrenchFlemish cuisine at least once. The food and wine menu is mouth-watering and the personal service is superb. It is housed near the Amstel, in an old science school, which gives the place a funky vibe.
These people have raised the bar when it comes to making GREAT coffee! Westerstraat 150 www.headfirstcoffeeroasters.com
Marcusstraat 52 www.rijsel.com
Lot Sixty One
They roast their own beans downstairs, so we can safely say that the Australian owner officially offers the freshest coffee in town.
If you have time and want to try something special, book a table at this restaurant run by two food loving brothers. They have a daily six course menu with only seasonal products. And Amsterdam’s best cocktail bar – Hiding in Plain Sight - is just next door.
Kinkerstraat 112 www.lotsixtyonecoffee.com
Nicolas and Rikard are the two happy Swedish guys behind this cute little coffee bar in Amsterdam‘s Pijp neighbourhood. They introduce the Swedish coffee (Swedes apparently drink A LOT of coffee) culture with Swedish bites along side.
Peperstraat 10 www.gebrhartering.nl
Beautifully presented and delicious Dutch food in a charming historic Felix Meritus building right on the canals.
Sarphatipark 34 www.scandinavianembassy.nl
Keizersgracht 324 www.facebook.com/foyerfm
Mossel & Gin
Located in the Westerpark, this new restaurant is an ambassador of the famous mussels from the Dutch coast in Zeeland. They serve all kinds of other seafood as well, all best accompanied by a beautiful glass of Gin and Tonic.
Two for Joy
Shop Stop: Human Beauty
A go-to spot for coffees, breakfast, pastries and sandwiches. Frederiksplein 29 www.twoforjoy.nl/cafe
Gosschalklaan 12 www.mosselengin.nl
The construction (out of old sea containers), this large outdoor hangout, friendly staff and nice food make this the perfect escape from the city. Only a 15 minutes boat ride across the canal from the back exit of Amsterdam’s Central Station. TT Neveritaweg 59 pllek.nl
Most delicious takeaway in town. Looiersgracht 12 www.foodware.nl Hit the Sack: Hotel Droog
Time For Food: Cafe George
Time for Food: STACH Food
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If you are like us and love a little crafting
once in awhile, join us every Tuesday
Bloesem tries to give our
over on Bloesem Kids for a new craft. We
own spin on each brand. We
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// by Mei Kwee Chong
Berry basil iced tea popsicles
Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes Freeze time: 2 - 3 hours or overnight Serves 4 sweeth tooths
Ingredients 1 punnet of fresh berries, eg. raspberries or blackberries 1 cup of water (depending on popsicle mould) 1 bag of flavoured tea (preferably fruit tea or white tea) 1 tbsp of sugar, to taste 1 tbsp of lemon juice Handful of loosely-plucked basil leaves, to taste
Directions Rinse berries under clean water and add 3-4 to each popsicle mould. Pour a cup of boiling water and allow tea bag to brew for 1-2 minutes. Stir in sugar, lemon juice and coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves. Taste and add sugar or basil leaves if needed. Pour tea mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the basil leaves. Pour the strained mixture over berries and 1-2 pieces of basil leaves, into popsicle moulds. Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes. Remove popsicle mould from the freezer and place popsicle sticks in the center. Then put back in the freezer to freeze until solid. When ready to eat, run warm water over the outside of the mould for 10 seconds, slowly pull the popsicles out, and enjoy!
what’s cooking? Sugar, spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of? Nah. To us, they make the perfect ingredients for our dream kitchen – a homely space loaded with yummy food and adorned with literally ‘everything nice’. You may think: why bother? Well, we’ve got plenty of reasons for you to spice it up a little. More than just a space for cooking and eating, the kitchen is the place in your home where everyone gathers; hearty conversations are held; life lessons are taught over dinners and memories are shared. And did we mention waking up to the smell of bacon and scrambled eggs lingering from the kitchen? Yes, it’s the true heart of any home. And we have no reason not to add a few decorative touches every now and then. We have got some chic items to add a little freshness to your kitchen, whether it’s through nice pops of colour, durable tableware or stylish countertop accessories. A lovely curation of Irene’s personal finds, be prepared to wave goodbye to boring serveware and plain kitchen accessories. Here’s 5 of Bloesem’s must-haves to transform your old kitchen into a delicious new space.
1. Egg Press Recipe Cards
3. FineLittleDay Pot Mats
4. Mae Engelgeer ISH Tea Towels
2. Tas-ka City Bread Board
No more missing out ingredients or forgetting
Infuse some colour into your kitchen with these
New naperies are like sprinkles on top of
Every kitchen needs an unexpected and
your recipes! The Egg Press recipe cards come
chic Scandinavian pot mats from FineLittleDay,
cupcakes – they bring a new flavour to your
whimsical piece of accessory to warm it up and
in the perfect size to write down your favourite
a Swedish label. Use them to hold your piping
kitchen. Made at the Textile Museum in Tilburg,
give it personality. The Tas-ka city bread board
recipe, featuring an ‘Ingredients List’ column,
hot cooking utensils or to serve breakfast on.
Netherlands, we love how Mae’s ISH collection
will do the trick. We are big fans, not only of
and one for ‘Directions’. The set of 6 folded
The quirky and colour-blocked patterns work
spells playful, colorful, bright and festive. More
hardy beechwood material, but how it will be
recipe cards is great for passing down recipes
with every kitchen decor and will give your
than just a dish rag, use them as placemats to
a real eye-catcher in any home. It can act as a
in the family or giving to friends who love to
kitchen a more lived-in feel. Comes in various
bring new life to your table, line them on tea
stand-alone statement piece, or use it to chop
bake or cook. The lovely card design means
designs, you will be spoilt for choice.
trays for your next tea party or wrap a wine
vegetables, and even to serve cookies and
bottle in style. That’s how versatile it is!
desserts on to make it a centerpiece on your
you can even put them up on your fridge as decoration!
dining table. 5. Lucie Kaas Ceramic Bowls A shipment of ceramics has arrived at the Bloesem Shop featuring cheerful colours that will add a retro twist to your modern home. Clean and Nordic design, these bowls are both practical and beautiful for everyday use during meals or for decorating your kitchen shelves. It’s simple – almost graphic – expression of the “lotus” pattern is a remake of it’s original 1960s design from Norwegian artist Arne Clausen. Wouldn’t you love some happy colours on your dinner table?
// words and pictures by Irene Hoofs
I have always been attracted to vintage ceramics.
grail. Ignoring raised eyebrows and funny looks while
It combines all the things I like about design: prints,
turning and examining every piece of ceramics, hoping
colours, illustrations and functionality. Not that I
to spot that cherished mark or logo!
know much about the technique used in producing tableware, porcelain or ceramics in general. My only criteria is whether I think a particular piece is beautiful!
Once you start searching
The variety in vintage ceramics is overwhelming, and
for ceramics it is easy to
Figgjo was founded in 1941, and is located in
name ‘ceramics’ for all items made out of clay (or similar
Figgjo, near Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway. Figgjo’s delicately illustrated ceramics are characterized by the stories they tell. Collections have names as Saga, Viking, Lotte, Daisy and Corsica. When you put Figgjo on the dinner table your guests will never lacking in conversation and the illustrations really fire up the imagination. The colorful designs just put me in a good mood, thinking of a spring picnic or summer garden party.
the jargon can be confusing. I simply use the generic materials, if that is even possible). My own collection of
get lost, it is a collectors’ heaven for sure.
vintage ceramics started out rather modest, consisting only of a few pieces I found at flea markets and garage sales on trips back to the Netherlands. But over the
Scandinavian and Dutch pieces are my true passion,
past few years, these humble beginnings are indeed
so naturally my focus has been on designs from these
a thing of the past and I am proud to say that I have
regions. And the images you see in this Gazette are
managed to collect (or amass one might say) some
from my Nordic collection. Vintage ceramics are great
pieces to add to your home to give the decor a personal and unique touch, creating your own personal
Some of my new vintage finds from the Netherlands
museum. One iconic piece mixed in with some more
(including the ones shown here) are on sale in Bloesem
modern pieces can make a world of difference. Use
Shop, if I can tempt you to drop by and have a look!
beautifully illustrated ceramics as centerpieces for
Truth be told, collecting genuine vintage ceramics
your table, to give a little life and character to the
requires quite a bit of luck and persistence, in addition
space. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes
to a skilful eye. A collector-to-be must have a knack for
to the world of ceramics. There are so many beautiful
patiently and relentlessly browsing
designs out there I just know you will have a great time
through thrift stores in search of the holy (ceramic)
looking out for the perfect ones!
TAPIO WIRKKALA I am one of the lucky few owning the Pollo Vase by Tapio Wirkkala, one of my absolute favourite contemporary
artist in the world. His work
had exceptional diversity and he left no area of design unexplored. Although his artwork and unique objects can be found in the world’s leading museums, people have used his more anonymous objects for decades. His work ranges from plastic ketchup bottles and metal ware to advanced unique pieces of glass, ceramics and plywood. Although the long time creative director of Iittala, he also designed for other international companies, for example, glass for Venini and ceramics for Rosenthal - like the Pollo vase.
WEST GERMANY West German ceramics were produced by many manufacturers including companies like Otto, Carsens, Bay and Scheurich. A familiar term used when referring to West German pieces is ‘Fat Lava’, derived from the thick glazes used which look as if the vases have lava running down their sides. A collector’s dream, West German ceramics come in many different sizes, forms, colours, glazes, designers and year of make. There’s a design for every personality and the price range varies widely so to me it is very affordable art. They are super easy to decorate your home with and will give it a special touch because every piece is unique, it will be something no one else has.
shop salu A Childhood Dream Come True Handmade by Zara S, these necklaces are true eye-candy! Incorporating her passion for accessories and her huge sweet tooth, she designed SALU, a collection of marbled polymer clay necklaces that resemble candies and other sweet treats. Each design is unique and one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you like make sure you grab it! It looks so tempting you will want to eat it! Shop online at shopsalu.bigcartel.com or visit our showroom at 59 Eng Hoon Street #01-79
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