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singles collection 1 image-4beatles ticket to rideprocul harum wither shade of paleeven though temperature wise spring is still not here, the sun has been shining almost every day. And what better way to celebrate sunshine than with some good music!

My father gave me these records a few years ago (he only listens to CD’s now). They are all original, meaning that he bought them when they came out, back in the late sixties. A week after I took them home, a fire broke out in our house. Luckily, most records survived from the flames. Besides listening to them, I also like to look at them, because of the great graphic designs.

 

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options 1options 4options 2options 5options 3I love Amsterdam. I never lived there, but I did everything else there: study, work, shop and party. Luckily, my front door is only a fifteen minute train ride away from Amsterdam’s Central Station. Only downside: not living in Amsterdam means I have to enter the city via the Damrak or the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal. Both are busy streets with tram lines, tourists and loads of loud shops and restaurants aiming to lure in those tourists. Not the Amsterdam I like. But something has changed for the better. Since 2012 concept store Options (it is also a cafe and is connected to design hotel The Exchange) has opened its doors on the Damrak. Conveniently located between the train station and fancy warehouse the Bijenkorf, Options comes to the rescue if all the visual and literal noise from the street is making you in need of some tranquility.

In the shop you’ll find beautiful stationary that gives Muji a run for its money, fashion for both adults and babies, sturdy backpacks from it-brand Herschel, fashion magazines, books and of course ‘design’ souvenirs for those tourists I spoke about earlier. The cafe serves fresh food to eat in or take away and they even have a small terrace for when the sun is shining.

photos by me 

 

Michael Hecken founder of Grace e-Motorbikes Michael Hecken founder of Grace e-Motorbikesfound these photos on Freunden von Freunden this morning and had to share them. It is almost as if the facade is photoshopped on the house, but it is really there and so is the white plaster with neon details. I guess you have to live in Berlin to be allowed to renovate a house this way.

The house belongs to Michael Hecken, founder of e-bike company Grace.

photos by Freunden von Freunden

delpopolosf.comfood trucks are common in the USA but not so much here in Europe. A shame, in my opinion. I would love to be surprised on the street by beautiful mobile restaurants like the one Del Popolo has built. It is made of an old container that has been placed on a truck and it has its own wood oven to bake pizza’s in. To know where to find Del Popolo, simply check their Twitter of Facebook for their next location.