Last friday, Frame store in collaboration with “De Culinaire Werkplaats” had created an interactive food experience called “Is life like a box of chocolates?”.Read More
Mobile vendors selling goods from food to fashion to flowers are popping up all over the place, but what's driving the now global trend?Read More
Kinfolk invites communities together, infusing each gathering with local artisans and small businesses. Their goal is to reach 12 different cities in a year, with one dinner each month.Read More
What an amazing adventure we have had on our business dinner at the impressive temporary summer-restaurant on ‘Vuurtoreneiland’.Read More
Once a year, for one month, I give classes “trends and trend forecasting” to a group of freshman “Branding” students at the AMFI (Amsterdam Fashion Institute). Being the fifth year I give these courses, each and every time is a completely new, refreshing and joyful experience to see the students their commitment in envisioning the future.Read More
Each year, more wellness and food joints open. We predict only more as today’s consumer buying habits and behaviors forecast that people will be more likely to disconnect from their phones and busy lifestyles to instead spend time focusing on eating healthy and living mindfully.Read More
There are three types of retailers that "color" the current landscape: mass retailers, high-end speciality (concept) department stores and community entrepreneurs.Read More
Keeping ourselves from harm in today's chemically-overloaded world is one of the greater challenges we face. The more I read the news, the more I want to keep myself and others educated on these issues.
For example, how do the decisions of our government effect the environment, thus, our health? For this reason, everyone should be aware of the Monsanto Protection Act and what it will mean for the people around them.
In short, Monsanto is a multinational corporation that manufactures genetically modified food. The company owns over 90% of patents on genetically engineered seeds, which means it more or less controls the mainstream food supply worldwide.
In the European Parliament next Monday Regulation on Plant Reproductive Material will be proposed to the EU Commissioners. If the EU will approve of this, Europe basically allows Monsanto to exist above the law, since genetically modified seeds will be protected from any litigation involving health risks.
Now you wonder; why should I be concerned about lawsuits involving health risks, considering you don't (think) you are buying “Monsanto-frosties” for breakfast..
The bad news is, Monsanto's genetically engineered corn, soy, wheat and beet crops by now have infiltrated the entire food system. You could be eating their products every day and not realize it.
One of the many great hazards to GMO’s are the possibility that bacteria in our guts could pick up antibiotic-resistant genes found in many GM foodstuffs... Basically exacerbating the spread of disease-causing bacteria that are able to withstand our antibiotics.
Beyond this scary potential harm to human health, there are also serious ecological effects we can't ignore, as the patenting of seeds. Traditionally, farmers around the world have saved seeds in order to cultivate a variety of strands to help maintain bio-diversity. Monsanto now forces farmers to use one seed that kills itself so it cannot be used the next season, and therefore the farmers have to purchase new seed annually...
Yet, there are ways for us to try and prevent this. I know organic food is terribly expensive, but that is because organic farmers don't receive the subsidies that GM farmers do. How you spend your money will dictate where the market will start to lean. Supporting local farmers and getting involved with Community Supported Agriculture will keep your costs down, and the more people who buy food grown without GMOs, the more companies will move in that direction.
Also Tami Monroe Canal, creator or the now viral Facebook page March Against Monsanto, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generations health, fertility and longevity. I could’nt sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
By participating in this march, we urge the European Patent Council to outlaw Monsanto’s patents on seeds in the European Union. Then maybe other countries, such as the United States, will follow suit. Our health depends on it.
The kitchen has always been an inspiration for design projects. Historically, the kitchen, as a domestic room, grew from basic need to a variety of design activities related to consumption, "transforming" the area into an integral part of the modern home.Read More
The Dutch design studio Tjep is putting on an exhibition of DNA-inspired furniture and jewelry. For this project Tjep is working with Eric Wolthuis from DutchDNA to obtain genetic profiles which they then map using 3D imaging and turn into a furniture design that "literally capture a person's essence and stand as unique pieces of art."Read More
A couple of snapshots of our Peclers Paris presentation yesterday. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to come out!Read More
Who designed the “@ symbol,” what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the “World Wide Web.” Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators READ MORE
Google has finally learned how to show instead of tell. Shot from the point of view of the Google Glass wearer, the video below, shows skydivers, ice skaters, ballerinas, skiers and pilots enjoying all of the augmented-reality and photo-capturing goodness of the glasses. Also, images on the Google Glass website show more uses for the READ MORE
These photos might seem like the surfaces of Mars, Venus or any other (undiscovered) planet, but in reality, they are far from. Christopher Jonassen, a Norwegian photographer shot these beautiful and otherworldly series called ‘Devour of frying pan bottoms’, which are visually similar to the craters on a planet. By removing the handles, Christopher brings READ MORE
The Lumino Kinetic and Beyond media project explores the properties of light and perception of space. The project has been presented at the digital media installation event IDAS (hongik university and has been developed by Japanese designer Yuri endo. Yuri developed the project for the final phase of his thesis project, elaborating on the previous experimentation, ‘luminous specimen‘ which READ MORE
While poorly made infographics are being called the “plague” of the internet, its awesome to see artists like Paul Marcinkowski (AKA Kaplon) create something truly original. You might remember the famous 1999 Stefan Sagmeister poster where the designer carved text into his own body with an X-acto knife. Needless to say, his unconventional method is READ MORE
The future of space travel is closer than most of us think and last night, at the “future of space travel” conference in Amsterdam, scientists Gerard ‘t Hooft, Bas Lansdorp en Michel van Pelt all gave us amazingly clear explanations on how we will be returning some time soon. Nowadays several space agencies are taking second looks at historical READ MORE
As drones, facial recognition technology, and cellphone snooping are starting to affect the broader culture, the New York-based artist Adam Harvey has designed a line of high-tech garments made with sophisticated fabrics that can block signals and thwart cameras. Set to launch next week in London as part of a collaborative project with fashion designer READ MORE
These creatures aren’t some futuristic insect-bots developed by the government or some shadowy conspiracy group to infiltrate our homes. No, they’re little sculptures put together by London photographer Luca di Filippo, using pieces of electronic waste for his series, “Daily Contaminations”, in which they have been posed with food and photographed. These bugs with their READ MORE
Im loving this Publicis Switzerland campaign “For Any Hair Type” for Garnier Fructis, as between many boring or overly edited advertising photos this definitely finds some originality, shampoo that features guys with long beards that aren’t really beards and aren’t really attached to the guys. With the ad Garnier is responding to the fact that shampoo is for both READ MORE
Who designed the "@ symbol," what was the very first search engine? If you have ever wondered how the internet came to be, The Big Internet Museum will give you a tasteful interactive tour through the ever-growing existence of the "World Wide Web."
Aside from that it’s a museum like any other, with curators, a diverse permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, different wings, donations and more, the Big Internet Museum doesn't have a building. The museum is an online-only resource, highlighting the many internet milestones.
The museum has been created by TBWA\Neboko in cooperation with Mediamonks and is definitely a nice way to jog your memory about things you’d forgotten about. Also for the younger generation who weren't around for the earliest years of the Internet, this is a nice introduction.
How the team describe themselves:
We seek to educate and inspire visitors from all over the world with an ever-growing collection about the Internet and the World Wide Web. Not only for this current generation, but also for generations to come. Remember the sound of a 56K dial-up modem? Your children probably don’t. In fact, chances are they don’t have a clue what a loading bar is.
We’re not in it for the money. The museum is a tribute to all the pioneers who made the Internet and the World Wide Web what it is today. Undoubtedly, the best is yet to come.