Take a seat, have a cup of tea. Brush aside the fallen petals from the tulips, try not to think of the encroaching autumn. Brush aside the last remaining cake crumbs, try not to think of how quickly little boys become big boys.
Tuschinski theater, continuously running since 1921, with exception of one recent renovation.
I could imagine Vincent Price designing a movie theater like this. To call it lavish is a serious understatement. Even today, there are still private viewing boxes--and love seats. (I found another photo on Flickr of the interior, here.)
But the splendid photo of the foyer, below, was not taken by me. (It was posted, uncredited--boo!-- here.)
The Tuschinski would be decidedly out of place in the planned Ijburg, built upon artificial islands, where the buildings look more like this. [The 'j' in Ij is silent.]
This is where I found myself this past Sunday, in order to take part in Elle Decoration's annual Inside Design Amsterdam. There were loads of designers, artists and furniture companies scattered across the airy islands in cool loft spaces in such a way that you sort of wandered from one striking arrangement to another, without ever feeling crowded by others.Studioilse.
I also loved the concept and craftsmanship of this low coffee table by a pair of young Dutch twins. Who comes up with an idea to glue together pencils then cut them like a slab of wood--leaving the ends sharpened? Tweelink, that's who. They also made a dinner table out of coloring pencils, and the sides had more of a rainbow effect.
There were a lot of pieces to admire by both the up and coming and the established, but for sheer monumentality and vision, I'd say the prize goes to Barbara Broekman. This piece below is 4.2 meters by 3 meters, and is a composite image of "Good" as drawn from the masterworks of Rubens, Veronese, Tiepolo and Caravaggio.
Essentially, it is a giant collage (with a companion piece, "Evil".)
contemporary art and design gallery in Amsterdam well worth visiting. If you love tapestry, explore Broekman's beautiful site to see some of the many works coming out of her atelier--and how she makes them. And finally, you can also browse a preview of Inside Design Amsterdam in the October issue of (Dutch) Elle Decoration if you want more. I didn't want to overwhelm you with photos, so I only selected a few.
Bulthaup--do check it out), I was ready for a cup of coffee in the sun. Dispensed from a three-wheeled mini-truck. Overlooking the little harbor on Ij-lake.
There are worse ways to spend a sunday.