Good morning!


I like to introduce a new feature on my site called the Monday Memo. A diary of fun things: new openings I’m excited about, exhibitions I like to go to, products I love, initiatives that caught my eye, news I want to share and much more. All related to hotspots, design and travel of course. Every two weeks 10 things, so let’s go!


New Dutch travel brand


Last Wednesday I was invited to the headquarters of Nortvi, a brand new travel brand from Amsterdam focussed on creating sustainable luggage for the modern-style design traveller. They have two different suitcases in three colors: the Essential (pictured) and the Front Pocket. And you can customize it with one of their straps so it perfectly matches your outfit 😉



The Netherlands Guide


During quarantaine time I worked on several new guides, one of them being The Netherlands Guide. The last few weeks I visited the latest openings here in The Netherlands and added them all to the guide. From a beach club in Noord-Holland to a secluded almost safari-style lodge on top of a mountain in Overijssel. I’ve launched the online guide last week and will soon open the pre-order for the printed version. See:



By Jarmusch


On Tuesday I had a meeting at By Jarmusch in Rotterdam, an American-style diner with an outdoor terrace. Going out in these post-covid-19 times means adjusting to the new rules. Reserving a table, downloading the menu via a QR-code from internet, leaving enough space in between tables: but we have to support our favorite places – especially now! So I’ve ordered their pancakes and didn’t have to eat for the rest of the week anymore 😉



New in The Hague


I’m a big fan of Arket as they concentrate on making stylish yet minimalistic fashion. I live in their Heavy Weight T-shirts, as they stay good even if you wash them 100’s of times. And when I visited a friend last week he had the Oakmoss Hand Wash and I bought it at their Amsterdam store immediately. The news I like to share though is that they’ve opened a store in The Hague last week. Closer to my home. Haven’t been there yet, but you have to go: if only for the Danish pastries 😉



(Image via Arket)




Gray Label is an Amsterdam based organic fashion label for the little minimalist. They opened a store in the ‘9 Straatjes’ area and when I went there I noticed that they also created a perfume together with Abel Perfumes. It’s called Nurture and the smell reminds me of holidays in Formentera. The perfect Summer perfume.



Open in Copenhagen


Last year The Audo in Copenhagen opened its doors. Norm Architects teamed up with Menu and designed a hybrid space where you can sleep, shop, work and have a coffee. This month they’ve opened their restaurant run by the team behind restaurant Lola. Definitely worth a bike ride to Nordhavn!



(Image via The Audo)




On my list is a visit to the Kunsthal. Their main exhibition is called Extra Large – tapestries from Picasso and Corbusier to Louise Bourgeois. But they also have a program called Kunsthal Light where they shine the light on young artists. Until September 13 you can see the work of Thomas Trum, a Dutch artist who makes mesmerizing work using objects such as a machine for road markings or an XXL marker. Check out his Instagram page to see his work process.



(Image via Kunsthal)


The Hotel Chronicles


Recently found out about The Hotel Chronicles, tapestries designed by Sanne van de Goor especially for the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. The patterns are inspired on bedding left behind by hotel guests. Makes you think about how you leave your hotel bed. Are you someone who makes the bed before leaving or do you just leave it there messy as it can be? The throws are for sale on request.



(Image via Sanne van de Goor)


New in Paris


Frenchie is the well-known restaurant in Paris by chef Gregory Marchand. He opened a wine bar, wine shop and Frenchie To Go in the same street as Frenchie, on Rue de Nil. This weekend he opened his second Frenchie in Paris in Hotel Grand Pigalle in the 9th arrondissement. Designed by Dorothee Meilichzon (known for Hotel des Grands Boulevards and Menorca Experimental among others). Good food + good design = a win!



(Image by Karel Balas via Dorothee Meilichzon)


Lille Métropole – World Design Capital 2020


Lille in France is this year’s design capital. Covid-19 did put a hold on events and exhibition but it’s slowly coming back again. One of the exhibitions I like to recommend is ‘Design! Muller Van Severen at Villa Cavrois’ which opened last week. In this iconic castle the Belgian design duo share their favorite designs combined with their new collection ALLTUBES. Until October 31.



(Image Fien Muller)


That’s it! Hope you’ll have a wonderful new week with lots of inspiration. x Pauline







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