EAT | DRINK | SHOP | THINK at Hotel Droog A’dam

This spring we got the chance to enjoy a lovely weekend at Hotel Droog, Amsterdam.
A little designheaven in the midst of Amsterdam with a stunning view over the rooftops of Amsterdam, fully equiped with a little kitchen, bedroom, livingspace, all totally filled with beautiful Dutch design. The hotel is part of a multi-space location that opened its’ doors in 2012 and has become the destination for a drink and a bite in the beautiful cafe, to do some exclusive shopping in the store filled with wonderful brands, or to be inspired by exhibitions in the courtyard and finish the day with a stroll through the fairytale garden. A perfect place for a dreamy weekend in Amsterdam!

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Hotel Droog is located at Staalstraat 7b, Amsterdam. Daily open 9am – 7pm

EAT | DRINK | SHOP | THINK at Hotel Droog A’dam

‘A CELEBRATION OF SPRING’

Spring deserves to be celebrated. And what better way than to do it exuberantly with ranunculus, the springflower ‘pur sang’ This delicate beauty is available in white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple. Its petals open up piece by piece, so you can slowly day by day see more and more of her beautiful heart.

Did you know that the buttercup symbolizes charm? When someone gifted a ranunculus in Victorian times, then he said: “I think you’re full of attractions. Oh, those were the romantic days…

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All images by Hilde van Gerwen SPONS vormgevers
All flowerimages created for #mooiwatbloemendoen campaign Bloemenbureau Holland
Image dresses for Nationale Opera en ballet, Amsterdam

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‘A CELEBRATION OF SPRING’

‘FLOWERGIRL’

NEW WORK FOR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN OF BLOEMENBUREAU HOLLAND

After our first collaboration with Bloemenbureau Holland in 2016 we were more than honored to be asked to be their ‘flowergirl’ which means styling and shooting images during a year for a special advertising campaign which focusses on the different seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, all with their own special flowers.

So this January it started with the tulip. This always cheerful beauty is available in any color, from white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or multi-colored petals. Also, the shapes of the tulip be a joy to the eye. You can find them with a single or double row of petals, and there are also striking franje- and parrot tulips with jagged petals.

The beauties we used in our shoot had the most lovely pink blushy tone, and ruffled edges at the end of the petals.

When you gave tulips as a present in the sixteenth century, you gave wealth. At that time the flower was in fact immensely popular and there was a speculative trade in tulip bulbs. For the price of a single tulip bulb you could buy an entire canal house in Amsterdam. This bunch of beauties would have meant an entire street;-)!

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‘FLOWERGIRL’

‘MY FAVORITE FLOWER’

FOR THE NEW ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN OF BLOEMENBUREAU HOLLAND

Last week we were asked to collaborate and shoot an image for a new advertising campaign for Bloemenbureau Holland, called #lievelingsbloem or ‘My favorite flower’. Since nature and flowers are one of our biggest inspirations that was an absolute dreamjob to style and shoot. Lucky us, we just got a lovely gift that week after a shoot in Amsterdam, so these colchicum bulbs, one of Autumn delights’ for sure, were perfect for this occasion. Not only because of their promising beauty, but also as a reminder that sometimes on the least expected moments in life you’re fortunate enough to meet people that give you wings…

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All images by Hilde van Gerwen SPONS VORMGEVERS
First image created for #watbloemendoen advertising campaign Bloemenbureau Holland

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‘MY FAVORITE FLOWER’

AN EVENING FILLED WITH WONDER…

Last evening we got the change by special invitation of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam to pre-view and photograph two new exhibitions of Frans Post & Hercules Zegers, opening its doors in a few days from 7 October to 8 January 2017.  It turned out to be a magical evening, not only because of both artists’ incredible work but the way it’s curated and diplayed in this exhibition really makes you step into a magical world of wonder.

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FRANS POST – Animals in Brazil

The 17th-century artist from Haarlem—who worked in Brazil between 1637 and 1644 in the entourage of Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, governor of the Dutch colony there—is famous for the paintings of Brazilian landscapes that he produced after his return to the Netherlands. That the native flora and fauna depicted in these paintings must have been based on original drawings made in Brazil was always suspected. Until now, however, not a single animal or plant study from his hand was known. Alexander de Bruin, curator of the image collection of the Noord-Hollands Archief, stumbled, to his utter amazement, upon the unrecognized studies. These drawings, together with a selection of related paintings and corresponding stuffed specimens of the South American animals, lent by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, are to be seen in a wonderful mix that makes this exhibition a must-visit this autumn.

Exhibition: – Frans Post, Animals in Brazil –  runs from 7 October 2016 to 8 January 2017 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

All images by Hilde van Gerwen – SPONS vormgevers

AN EVENING FILLED WITH WONDER…