'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite'.
'When friends came over with their kids, I treated them like radioactive material. Tolerable for short periods of time. Prolonged exposure would have unpleasant effects, like hair loss, or inexplicable stains on the sofa….
When loulou was born, I was in the delivery room watching the whole thing. I remember two things. The sun, rising over the east river, filling the room with a shimmering gold light. I leapt to my feet and uttered a phrase of Churchillian heft: ‘Holy shit, she’s enormous!’…
Also, sleep is cancelled for the next three years….
Handling a baby was like working with highly unstable explosives. I would lower Loulou gingerly into the crib. The slightest movement and….BOOOOM! I’d be franticaly looking for a way to diffuse the infant. GREEN WIRE OR RED WIRE?! WHICH ONE DO I CUT? I would fly into a multi-armed panic. Does she need milk? Has she crapped her pants? Is she too hot? Too cold? WHAT’S WRONG?! SHE WAS JUST SOUND ASLEEP! I remember mentioning to Carla that the screaming was making me crazy. She said ‘I know, doesn’t it just break your heart?’. I meant throwing the baby out the window crazy.’
'Europe in the Fifties. Through a Soldier's Lens' is a book of photographs by Bill Perlmutter, a soldier with the US army who traveled through Europe beginning in 1954. The photographs were presented for the first time earlier this year by the German house of seltmann+söhne who are thrilled to announce that the book just won silver in the prestigious Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. You can buy a copy of ‘Europe in the Fifties’ directly from them, for 40 Euros. Source here.
Working at Fat Fred’s film & photo company means that I come across lot’s of tv commercials. This one made me smile. It’s by director Jesper Ericstam for IKEA.
For his graduation Thor ter Kulve designed a collection of products that reshape and redefines our public space. “By using well known products I want to show what is possible with what already exists. Simply attaching a bell to a lamppost transforms it into a landmark. More or less the same idea inspired my design for a fireplace insert, attachable to Holland’s most wide spread public trashcan. Thanks to this design dull and derelict places become hangouts of choice and to the same object I designed an attachment that makes a fire post into a fountain. It’s my strong belief that in a time of economic hardship and individual isolation we should address ourselves to public space as a collectively owned domain and possible ways to use it to our joint benefit.
The term public space somehow suggests that urban environments are open to our free use. The reality is that public space is over regulated. There is little room for free use, no room for play. A serious obstacle is zoning or urban planning with the attached discussions on what is permissible where and the ambition to regulate on this for the long run. To make public space free and a life again I propose temporary intervention making short term use of the plastic possibilities of specific places.”
Theo and Beau. When you see the images of these two friends, you’ll have a puppy within a week.
Office in a Christmas Cracker 2014. Just a random present from the fabulous Present & Correct shop. You should visit their site immediately. If not, it’s your own fault.
A description from presentandcorrect.com: Our Christmas crackers are back for 2014! Each cracker is handmade from graph paper by some nice ladies in Dorset. Inside you will find a bang as well as:
• a 2014 tag book calendar
• a rubber stamp (4 designs… which one will you get?!)
• a christmas pencil & vintage eraser
• 2 meters of airmail string
• an old paper clamp & a scrabble magnet
• a lucky chocolate sixpence!
• some confetti & labels
All packaged in a card prism with a label for writing your recipients name on. Bang!
All psyched up! Sinterklaas finally arrived.
Thousands of people in the Philippines are affected by Typhoon Haiyan and aid is needed. Please donate if you can.
In the Netherlands you can support the nation wide call for action today by donating here. Internationally you can support the Red Cross.
We are a big fan of WRAP magazine and here is the cover of the new winter issue ‘Telling Tales. With illustrations by Pieter Van Eenoge (cover artist), Marina Muun, Karol Banach, Sarah Mazzetti, Steffie Brocoli, Viacheslav Vystupov, Pawel Mildner, Leslie Wood, Eleanor Taylor and Assaf Benharroch this is a great issue to wrap your Christmas presents in. If they are to nice, don’t wrap and just hang them on your wall.
Amazing lookbook by BonBon on the Block. Click here to enjoy the complete lookbook. With cool artwork by Roxanne Dekker, cool dads, cool kid’s wear, cool styling, cool photography by Jan Bijl. And if this all isn’t cool enough for you, here’s a 20% discount on the entire winter collection. LOVEDAD20 is the special code, now just visit BonBonontheBlock and buy some cool stuff!
We leave you with a DADS video by Koen Berkhout, to make the cool complete.
The BonBon on the Block loves Dads campaign is back! After successfully launching the summer edition, our dear friends Lenny & Marieke, owners of the BonBon on the Block concept store, present their brand new winter campaign: BonBon on the Block loves Dads loves Roxanne Dekker.
And what a fantastic campaign it is! The images by photographer Jan Bijl are truly great. Not the least because this campaign has a little personal wewantwow touch: first image is Mr. Wow with Lola and Parel in our very own living room. Styled by… wewantwow. So we can definitely call this a family affair.
This edition is dedicated to ‘favourite things’. All five dads selected their favourite items and looks from the winter collection while the BonBons collaborated with their favourite artist Roxanne Dekker. Lenny: ‘Our first multimedia campaign last summer got a hugely positive response. Because of the no-nonsense look and feel of the store as well as the brands that we carry, dads like to shop with us.
Just like last season we have roped in five stylish dads and their kids and portrayed them in their own environment. The result once again is a pure and affectionate image of modern dads.’
This season the Bonbons collaborated with artist Roxanne Dekker.
Marieke: ‘We are excited to be working with Roxanne. Her colourful work “My favourites” matches perfectly with us and the campaign. Roxanne interpreted the favourite songs of the five dads into works of art. Additionally she translated Lenny’s and my favourite song – a hip-hop classic from our youth – into a canvas. The six pieces have been included in the lookbook and will be exhibited together with the portraits at BonBon on the Block.
With the holidays fast approaching Lenny and Marieke have selected their ‘all time favourite holiday gifts’ for the lookbook, that we will post later today. As always there’s something for every budget at BonBon on the Block. And of course this new campaign is accompanied by a very nice discount BUT for dads only! 20% on the winter collection from November 15 through 17, so hurry hurry! Check the website for details.
Sweet Lenny and Marieke, what a great campaign and what a nice collaboration. You bring wow! LOVE.
And here is this year’s John Lewis Christmas campaign: The Bear and the Hare. There once was an animal who had never seen Christmas. As autumn winds turn to winter snow, the bear begins his annual retreat into hibernation to sleep his way through the best part of the year. The festive spirit is strong though, and his friend the hare is determined to give him a gift he has never received before – Christmas.
The John Lewis Christmas campaign has become a symbol of the start of the British festive season. This year they present The Bear & the Hare, we will post that later on. It’s a huge internet hit and has been viewed many, many times. But let us start by showing you the previous campaigns; also quite the tearjerkers if you ask us.