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Dallacorte Super-Mini February 10th, 2013 Dellacorte_Super-Mini.png ¬ Super in terms of coffee, it’s not super small. However you cannot get a smaller package containing what this machine holds. It has the same brewing-head as their proffesional evolution series. further features are: 1 Separate boilers for steam and brewing 2 Rotating pump (silent) 3 Auto fill & direct water grid connection) 4 Excellent temperature control (once you get it right) 5 You can fit real sized cup under its brewhead

Dimensions (W x D x H): 320 x 400 x 500 Weight: 33 kgMax Power Usage 2.5 kW (16 amp) Voltage: 230 Volts It costs about the same as ordering 600 good espresso’s around the corner

Dick van ‘t Hoff – Socketlight December 2nd, 2012 Socketlight.jpg ¬ Brilljantly simple design. I hope they are able a bit stronger version. It looks sturdy but apparently is extremely brittle. As soon as they fix this I will want buy a whole motherload to hang in my kitchen.

Dick van ‘t Hoff – Stonestove December 2nd, 2012

The stonestove by Dick van Hoff is a mini version of the swedish clay and tiles that I have seen and admired when living in sweden. These ovens are able to heat a whole house with just 4 logs a day. I am not sure if this mini version works as well but it certainly looks sturdy enough. Produced by  ”Weltevree”: the production and retail firm that Floris Schoonderbeek and Dick van Hoff have set up to make their work available to the masses.

Nutcracker from France August 3rd, 2012 20120803-171813.jpg ¬ Does not crush the nut only it’s shell ! Can somebody tell me where to order one ? please ?

“Le cose che restano” February 20th, 2012

A continuation of the masterpiece ” la meglio Gioventu” : 7 hours of sweet bitter sentiment. Cry your heart out !

Nespresso Coffee sucks December 11th, 2011 frothed_milk-450x450.jpg ¬ But their little machine to make frothed milk does not ! It works and is not difficult to keep clean. Buy online at

Cambridge Audio: DacMagicPlus November 27th, 2011 DacMagicPlus-450x217.jpg ¬ Cambridge Audio’s Dacmagic was allready widely recognized for delivering high value for little money. But there was room for improvement. 1)  the performance is improved using a new superior upsampling algorithm called “ATF2″. 2) The USB input is revised and now supports 24-bittransfer over USB for “better than CD quality” playback. 3) a new digital preamp function allows the DacMagicPlus directly connected to amplifiers or powered speakers to operate it. Resulting in a machine that allows you to do more with less. Buy Online in the Netherlands at at in Germany or in the US View the User Manual to find out more

Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio November 21st, 2011

Eero Aarnio made this chair in the first year he started his own company in 1962. Wonderfull to isolate yourself from the world and get some thinking / writing / reading done Zoek ernaar op marktplaats

Bathingsuit for men November 17th, 2011 Bathingsuit_men-400x450.png ¬ Bathingsuit for men – Where can one buy these ?

Pre-Amplifier : NAD Silverline 100 November 17th, 2011 nad_s100-450x89.png ¬ The Amplifier of choice: XLR- Balanced Output, simple and highly praised by Audiophiles (people with better ears or more time than I have) But they are hardly ever sold with out their End-Amp brother the NAS-S200. But be patient and you will come across one. You should pay 500 $ or a bit more if you are less patient

Rainbow Boots by Sergio Rossi November 17th, 2011 Sergio_Rainbow-450x358.png ¬ Sergio Rossi’s Eelskin “rainbow” boots, By far and easy the coolest and sexiest boots ever !

Dynaudio Studio Monitors November 17th, 2011 Dynaudio_BM6A1-450x336.jpg ¬ If you like sound to be in your face, rather than “ambient” than near field monitors are what you want. These highly praised speakers have their amplifiers built in (less clutter in the house) are wired by balanced inputs (no expensive cables needed) and produce wonderful almost touchable sound. To get the most out of them you however need a pre-amp with balanced outputs like the NAD S-100 or the Denon AV7100

Gispen 407 Reading Chair October 23rd, 2011 gispen_407.jpg ¬ Simple design – looks great – sits wonderful Zoeken op marktplaats Search on E-bay

NAS: Qnap TS-259 Pro+ October 18th, 2011 qnap_ts259pro_plus-363x450.png ¬ I was looking for a NAS with: low power consumption, torrent-download , Itunes-server, apple time machine support, and RAID disk upgrade (swapping your harddrives for bigger ones) . Qnap makes these kind of machines, we like the relatively modest 259 pro + for a home network. The remote replication options opens up nice opportunities for library sharing with trusted friends and family .

Tent: “de Waard – Albatros” August 12th, 2011 Albatros-450x222.jpg ¬ No comment needed Zoeken op marktplaats

Iittala – Taika (cappuccino cups) June 6th, 2011 Italla-450x270.png ¬ It’s my birthday tomorrow, And if you are wondering what present to buy me, this is it ! Above is shown the blue version (my favorite) but variation is welcome ! an IIttala – Taika Cappucino cup ! Winkels in Nederland: Iittala store Amersfoort Iittala store Amsterdam Iittala store at De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam Iittala store Breda Iittala store Den Haag Iittala store at De Bijenkorf, Den Haag Iittala store Haarlem Iittala store Maastricht Iittala store Rotterdam Iittala store at De Bijenkorf, Rotterdam Iittala store Tubbergen Iittala store Utrecht

Ingmar Schneider: Instrument Slijper September 29th, 2010 foto-site-nw-1.jpg ¬ Iemand die je je messen wel kan toevertrouwen Ingmar Schneider, afkomstig van een geslacht van fijnslijpers uit Solingen. Er zijn er vast meer betrouwbare slijpers, maar dit is er alvast 1.

Robert Herder: Handwerk uit Solingen September 29th, 2010

Het “Molenmes” onbetwistbaar het betere mes. Tegenwoordig maken ze bij Herder ook varianten die in de afwasmachine kunnen (die zijn wel een stuk minder mooi)

New: Steyr boat hybrid June 15th, 2010 steyer_hybrid-450x298.jpg ¬ Steyr, the austrian producer of sturdy electric propelled stuff (skilifts, indoor electric cars, elevators) is now making a ready made hybrid solution for boats. for more information

Polyurea: cool stuff May 13th, 2010 courtyard-450x282.jpg ¬ Nice Example of a roofterrace made from polyurea (design by MVRDV ) This summer  Bert Kramer will realise a more modest design here in Amsterdam (on top of my house, yeah)

New: Ceramic Kettle May 6th, 2010 1.jpg ¬ A watercooker that looks allright on the breakfast table, comes with two matching cups Rowenta BV-701

Puma: Sneaker-Heels April 5th, 2010 puma_sergio_rossie.jpg ¬ Designed for Puma, by no-one less then Sergio Rossi. They are cute ! Nowhere to be found on the internet anymore but they were slightly expensive at 560 EUR anyway, bther is however a very cute little shop in Paris that has stocked them.. ..can’t tell you where icon_smile.gif ¬

Cook & Book: Thai Food (davis thompson) April 1st, 2010 3697430152_2da4224e74-450x299.jpg ¬ Renowned chef David Thompson first went to Thailand by mistake: a holiday plan had to be changed at the last minute and he ended up in Bangkok, where he was seduced by the people, their culture and cuisine. Since that fateful trip some 20 years ago, Thailand has become his second home. Working alongside cooks who had perfected their craft in the Thai royal palaces, he began to document the traditional recipes and culinary techniques that have been handed down from generation to generation – before they were eroded, altered and modernized beyond all recognition. The result is “Thai food”, the most comprehensive account of this ancient and exotic cuisine ever published in English. Order it on at Cook & Book or visit the shop in Arnhem : Route

Cook & Book: The Silver Spoon April 1st, 2010 zilverenlepel.jpg ¬ “The silver spoon” is the bible of authentic Italian cuisine. It’s been 50 years the best-selling cookbook in Italy and includes both traditional dishes as well as menus from celebrated chefs. Now also in Dutch, with 2,000 recipes an indispensable classic for anyone who loves good food Order it on at Cook & Book or visit the shop in Arnhem : Route

Rancilio: Silva Espresso Machine March 14th, 2010

A very good single boiler espresso machine and it looks good too !

KPN VOX 310 March 13th, 2010 509486-Vox-310-grijs-groot.jpg ¬ Classic Inbuild Controlroom Phone They still sell it new at KPN-Zakelijk in the Netherlands

Nokia 6250 Unbreakable Phone March 13th, 2010 Nokia_6250_Orange_NEW_011-450x337.jpg ¬ A phone that does not break, it’s shockproof & waterproof. I had one once (no it didn’t break, it got stolen) and friend would throw it around the room for fun. Find in on ebay:

Ericsson: T65 TDK March 10th, 2010 dcp_1514.jpg ¬ A phone that really rings !

Dietrich Lubs for Braun, 1987 Calculator March 10th, 2010

Calculator ET 66 designed by Dietrich Lubs for Braun Need I say more ? Search for it on E-bay Zoek ernaar op marktplaats

Deskchair 105 by Charles Eames 1958 March 10th, 2010 eames.jpg ¬ For work: The basic one is model 105 by Charles Eames, maybe a bit un-original but why be – beauty should be copied ! Zoek ernaar op marktplaats Search for it on E-Bay

Le Corbusier: LC3 March 10th, 2010 Picture-3-300x178.png ¬ Timeless: The longest living design for a bank – Still being produced according to original (1928) specifications today. When buying one, get it right : pillows a bit sloppy but still holding shape. People owning the non-wrinkly, hard versions are supsected of having a obsesive compulsive personality disorder or they are dentists (is there a difference ?) Zoek ernaar op marktplaats Search for it on E-bay

Gispen Chair 101 December 10th, 2009 Gispen201.png ¬ Needs no Comment : Best diningroom chair ever

Holmes & Wattson by DYIKyoto December 10th, 2009 DIYKyoto-450x337.png ¬ Super-gadget ! Shows you your real time Electricy usage in your home. Can be installed by anyone who is is remotely handy. The display show the usage either in Watt or Euro’s. The ‘ambilight’ shines between red and blue depending on your usage. It is relatively cheap and will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Grundig: sounds like thorough (gründlich) September 29th, 2009 Grundig_CL105TR-450x142.png ¬ Grundig  CL-105 TR Excellent product, Grundig brings this car-radio with good quality sound and an auxiliary input jack at the front, no cd, no frills, you can plugin your sound producing gadget. I t has a great 4x 45 watt amplifier and . . . .  Buttons that do what they say they do ! You’ll need to order it – sales people have not recognized it’s greatness (yet) In the netherlands you can order it at Brezan Product Description

HTC Android G1 August 26th, 2009 Android-G11.jpg ¬ Hypermoderne smartphone in een “retro” jasje. Geen cosmetisch design geneuzel maar een degelijke kast met de technieken van nu en het gevoel van je eerste mobieltje. Kortom tijdloos model ! de Android G1 Phone

Manufactum – Oldschool Lightswitch August 2nd, 2009

From one of the nicest department stores around:” manufactum” . These people sell anything that they like or once liked ( and if it happens not to be in production anymore – they take it upon themselves to produce it agian)  – True Heroes !

Hopfer Rochebois – Mahjong July 10th, 2009 Mah_Jong.png ¬ Is it a bed is it a sofa is it apillow ? It’s Great modular design by Hans Hopfer with Kenzo fabrics

Style and Grace: Vintage Ski Suits by Bogner June 28th, 2009 Bogner_Natalie.jpg ¬ They don’t make ‘m like they used to: Ski Overalls ! Looks cool, easy on and off and a great way to differentiate yourself from the noisy ‘hang-loose’ crowd

Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona Chair June 9th, 2009 0839-450x438.jpg ¬ Designed for in the German Pavilion of the World Fair In Barcelona in 1929. This design has been “in” ever since. Also check out his small houses and realise how far ahead this guy was (together with corbusier, whom he new)

Bang & Olufsen – Beovision 8 June 9th, 2009 444215.jpg ¬ A TV that draws hardly any attention when it’s off with great sound Most flat-screen TVs produce asound that is just as flat as the screen. Not this one: The down-facing bass speaker provides a firm low for movies and music, the front speakers are built for human speech. You get the feeling of voices are coming directly out of the screen.

Apple iPod June 8th, 2009 Ipod.png ¬ First introduced in 2001, The design of the iPod has hardly undergone any real changes in it’s original design. Its unique circular browsing dial was a revolution both from a estatic and ergononic point of view. Cannot tell how long they will keep the now called “Ipod Classic” in production. Now be the time to get one if you don’t have one yet.

NEW: Colombo Two by Chauhan Studio June 4th, 2009 colombo-two3-450x262.jpg ¬ This phone is in terms of style and simplicity a tribute to the italian designer Joe Colombo. It has the sleekness of the early 80′s si-fi design that we all love so much again

Bike – Biomega Boston June 4th, 2009

Cool Bicycle  ! smart folding design – lock is part of construction (so breaking it makes the bike unusable) Proper sized bike when unfolded.

Droog Design – Drive In Sofa June 3rd, 2009 sofa.jpg ¬ Designed for Droog Design by the French Gaële Girault this Sofa is a herald of functional beauty. It is not yet for sale (droog design is working on it) we’ll let you know when it comes in production Gaële Girault’s Website

Spider Lamp – Joe Colombo 1965 June 3rd, 2009 Spider-Lamp.jpg ¬ Early Si-Fi design by Joe Colombo, both direct as indirect light. Be carefull with the bulb and make sure you stock a few if you find a shop that sells them

Coupe Floor Lamp – Joe Colombo 1967 June 2nd, 2009 Coupe-Floor-Lamp2-450x336.png ¬ Timeless Lamp design by Joe Colombo. The are still made by Oluce and sell for about 850 Euro’s in the shop. but the best thing is to look for them on sites like Ebay. You may be able to find one for around 250 Euri

McDonough and Braungart – Cradle to Cradle June 2nd, 2009 cradletocradle-450x282.jpg ¬ Fed up about people talking total BS about sustainable development /energy / living /etc. Read this book, although focussed on design McDonough and Braungart set a standard for the people who want a bar to measure activities against. (made of durable paper – you can actually read it in the shower) Cradle to Cradle considers systems as a whole. It can be applied to many aspects of human society.

Nice: Volvo 262c (Bertone Coupe) May 30th, 2009 bertone-450x189.jpg ¬ The gangstah ride from Sweden, Well not from sweden alone a concersion of the 262 by Bertone built in Italy solely for the US market. To cool for skool !

Classic to be: BWM 3-series E30/U9 Touring May 28th, 2009 E30-Touring-450x280.png ¬ It has the sleekness of a sporty Beamer, it has the cuddliness of Pooh-Bear. I like it and just bought one for virtually zilch

Harman Kardon “Go Play” May 5th, 2009

The Ultimate portable speaker system from Harman Kardon. A better sound you will not soon come across, this is really so loud and pure! Only Downside: Not inbuilt rechargeable battery Product Information

Goteborg – Hotel Avalon April 4th, 2009 Avalon-450x337.jpg ¬ By far the nicest hotel I’ve ever been in, great design, great staff and GREAT rooftop pool with glass bottom looking out on the square 8 floors below, Super Cool !

Tent: “de Waard – Albatros” August 12th, 2011 Albatros-450x222.jpg ¬ No comment needed Zoeken op marktplaats

Volkswagen Bus T2 June 3rd, 2009

Almost impossible to imagine, but in 1967 the T2 was a herald of carsafety; Now it is a design icon: one of the examples of round, tight and cuddly. The T1 (also nice) was a more sloppy design, fits well with the baby boomers in their late-life crisis who are having them restored for small fortunes. When you go out and search for a T2 of your own go for the 2 liters air-cooled engine (late 1980 series) good speed, the sweet beetle-sound, and ….indestructible

Nice: Volvo 262c (Bertone Coupe) May 30th, 2009

bertone-450x189.jpg ¬ The gangstah ride from Sweden, Well not from sweden alone a concersion of the 262 by Bertone built in Italy solely for the US market. To cool for skool !

Written on December 18, 2000