donderdag 27 mei 2010

finishing up phase one

This week I'm finishing a lot of 'phases one' of most of my assignments (that's why there's not as many posts as usual). I measured up some rooms with the carpenter Douglas van Vugt, for new cabinets that I designed for a beautiful old house. Tomorrow I (hopefully) will be finalising the drawings of the house with a new kitchen, first floor and attick, so the contractor Cor from Tools can make his calculations. And today I made the (semi-)final selections of a colour scheme of another beautiful house that was designed in 1921 by architect F.A. Warners.

I made the mood boards last week, and also the first selection of the colours that we will use. Today we went to the house to check the selected colours in the house itself. Because you always have to check if the colours that you select actually fit with the light and athmosphere of the house.

I selected a lot of colours from The Little Greene Paint Company and Farrow & Ball, because they have such beautiful, intense colours and because of their good quality. The price is worth it, and you cover much more square metres with one can than with one of a cheaper brand. I usually buy these paints at De Ru, a paint and wallpaper company that is specialised in the better paint brands. I always have to brace myself a bit before I enter the store, because sometimes they can be a bit patronising, with that typical Amsterdam attitude, but they really know a lot about paint.

dinsdag 25 mei 2010

Christian Borstlap

Dutch art director Christian Borstlap used to work for advertising agency KesselsKramer, where he made a lot of (award winning) campaigns that most of Dutch people know.

He invented Artis de Partis, a sock puppet that has a lot of adventures in Artis, the Amsterdam Zoo. So the zoo became even more famous, and every child (great and small) wants to own the puppet.

He also made a beautiful campaign 'For the Birds', again for KesselsKramer, who would like us to know as many birdnames as we know sneaker names. The illustrations are made by Stuart White.

He also made a film for Clutchy Hopkins, the mysterious funk artist.

And the good news is: he's started his own business, so he's no longer working solely for KesselsKramer. Welcome to the freelancers' league! Now you have all the time for your beautiful random paintings. (just kidding, he's probably covered in assignments)