Amsterdam School

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Between 1910 and 1930 the Amsterdam School arose as a style of architecture in The Netherlands as part of the International Expressionist movement. Even today some Amsterdam neighbourhoods, such as the Spaarndammerbuurt and De Baarsjes, are stunning examples of urban design in this architectural style. Over the last year Studio Refill has been involved in refurbishment projects in both neighbourhoods. We worked on design proposals for two community buildings, that need to be made future proof with respect to their heritage status. Actually, though we always liked Amsterdam School architecture, we are devotees now. Its just amazing how good architecture can affect the way we feel when walking around. As J. Reader once said: “We shape the city… and than it shapes us…”

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17th century meets 21st

 

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What happens when 17th century meets 21st? That was something we had to think about, when we were asked one year ago, to come up with a conceptual design for the complete refurbishment of a 17th century church. The building itself hasn’t been used for quite some time, apart from classical music concerts and expositions on a regular base. However, the building has much more potential. In cooperation with two social entrepreneurs, we worked on a conceptual strategy for a mixed-use commercial as well as social programme. With some minimal interventions, it must be possible to prepare the building to facilitate the new functions. Respecting its heritage qualities, these interventions can give the building a new and vital life for the rest of this 21st century.

Taste the Language: Chocolatexture

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Nine chocolates that have identical ingredients but taste completely different because the distinctive textures of each chocolate creates a different taste. I find this a an incredibly intriguing idea. The mini sculptures feature pointed tips, hollow interiors, smooth or rough surface textures.

According to Oki Sato (Nendo), each of the chocolate types were inspired by an onomatopoeic word from the Japanese language that describes texture. The chocolates correspond with words like “toge toge” (sharp pointy tips), “sube sube” (smooth edges and corners) and “zara zara” (granular, like a file).

Chocolatexture was created for the Maison & Objet trade fair currently taking place this week in Paris. 400 limited edition Chocolatexture sets were created and will be sold during the event in Paris at the Chocolatexture lounge. “Taste the words”… not a figure of speech anymore:).