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Kiboots Traveler

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One-of-a-kind bag combines organic artisan leather with colorful kilim rug scraps $183.00

Launched in Amsterdam in 2010, Kiboots has quickly become a sustainable fashion favorite. The Dutch company, fronted by Jovanna Kruitbosch and Martijn Lugtigheid, has built its brand around products that combine leather leftovers with colorful kilim rugs. This handsome backpack is a case in point. Dubbed the Traveler, the bag is handmade with organic artisan leather and authentic kilim......read more

Electric Scooter Taxis Debut in Amsterdam

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New EV program aims to improve city transportation options

Six years ago Dutchman Ruben Beugels was on an Amsterdam tram that broke down, leaving him stuck in an out-of-the way place, and late for an appointment when he couldn't quickly find another means of transport."I was very frustrated at being late, and it was then that I thought, hey a scooter would be able to get me to my meeting on time," said Beugels, founder of Hopper, Europe's first electric......read more

City Camouflage by Roeland Otten

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Dutch designer disguises ugly public buildings in urban spaces

What to do with public eyesores in the inner city? It should come as no surprise that the Dutch have dreamed up a novel way of beautifying them. Designer Roeland Otten, best known for the amazing ABChairs he released in 2010, uses the power of camouflage to disguise ugly public buildings in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. If you're picturing drab green military canvas draped over buildings, think......read more

SportPlaza Mercator by VenhoevenCS

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With its exterior facade completely covered in plants, an Amsterdam leisure center takes green roofs to the next level

De Baarsjes in Amsterdam is a multicultural neighbourhood that is home to people from 129 different countries. The city district wanted to boost community life in the neighbourhood, so they hired local firm VenhoevenCS to dream up a building that combines swimming pools, a therapy pool, fitness, aerobics, a sauna and steam bath, a party centre, café and childcare alongside a restaurant.......read more

Everything Old is New Again in Amsterdam

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Blom & Blom: Dutch brothers bring things back to life

In a beautifully refurbished warehouse in the North of Amsterdam you'll find the airy showroom and workshop of Blom & Blom, founded by two brothers, Kamiel and Martijn Blom. The duo shares a passion for forgotten items and lost places, refurbishing left-behind furniture that they mostly track down in abandoned factories and military complexes in the former DDR (Deutsche Demokratische......read more

MOST Architecture: Brandbase Pallet

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Recycled pallets make for a perfect studio interior in Amsterdam.

There have been plenty of attempts to build with recycled wooden pallets, but none have quite pulled it off like the Pallet Project at the offices of Brandbase in Amsterdam. When the creative agency approached MOST Architecture to design the temporary space for their new studio, their only requirement was that it had to be furnished by recycled materials. The Dutch firm went all out with the......read more

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