German beauty Luise has a big love for art. With her strong vision she supports projects that inspire new audiences. This striking lady just moved back from Amsterdam to London with her inspiring husband who competed at the Paralympics in Rio. They love to explore new places and experience new culture, cuisines and art all around the world.
There are so many great places for art, but the most recent place that blew me away was Chateau La Coste (which we visited for the birthday of gloobles friend Stephanie Schuitemaker!!). Its a vineyard and private sculpture park not far from Aix-en-Provence and the perfect place for every ‘bon vivant’ to enjoy good wines, great food, beautiful architecture and incredible sculptures all in one place. Tadao Ando build the restaurant, Renzo Piano has just completed a sunken exhibition space, which is set among the grape vines of a winery, and most recently Francis Mallman, the Argentinian celebrity chef has opened a restaurant on the the estate too. So there are 1000 reasons to go and visit (again)!
Living in London there are so many great galleries and art spaces. One of my favourites is Gallery Ropac, which just opened their London space in the famous 18th century townhouse Ely House in Mayfair. Its a great example of a gallery situated in an existing architectural structure rather than in a white cube space. Ropac represents artists such as Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer and one of my favourite, Robert Longo.
Contemporary Art. I am just so curious how artist manage to continue to reinvent and develop their practice in todays world. There are interesting new media like virtual reality and digital art, which I think are very interested to discover like Radom International or TeamLab.
After living in New York Nathalie got inspired to start her own company and in October 2014 she opened the very first and only 100% organic & cold-pressed juice bar in The Netherlands: The Cold Pressed Juicery. This striking business women and fit girl has a strong vision about food & fitness and dreams to make everyone healthier & happier. In the little spare time she has, Nathalie loves to explore unique health & fitness concepts and healthy restaurants.
inspiration for The Cold Pressed Juicery
Totally selfish reason. I have been making my own fresh organic juices at home for the past 9 years as there was no place in Amsterdam with fresh organic green juices. Then when I moved to New York in 2013 I not only found juice bars but places with cold pressed juices and raw food! After this revelation I never touched my own juicer again and I realised there were more people that were living this healthy lifestyle. I noticed that people in Amsterdam slowly but surely started to realise that white bread with chocolate sprinkles or cheese is not the healthiest way to live a long and happy life: more organic supermarkets opened up in Amsterdam and the regular supermarkets even started to sell gluten free bread. That is the moment I thought: now is the time to open up a place like The Cold Pressed Juicery. We were the very first in Europe to import the original Cold Press machine from the States!
type of traveler
Adventurous and curious I would say. I always like to explore new places and only go back to the same location if my family lives there or if I really really loved it.
Nathalie in Oahu, Hawaii.
To follow his passion for traveling and nice products, Michiel started Travelteq, a beautiful Amsterdam-based leather goods brand fit for the modern traveler. All products are made in his birth place, Italy, using the finest leather. Apart from Amsterdam, Tuscany is where this charming foodie spends most of his time, both checking out new products but most of all exploring new restaurants.
preparations for a trip
Usually I don’t prepare a lot but I make sure to know the hotspots, book some good restaurants in advance if necessary. Furthermore I pack simple and light, so the night before is just fine.
Monocle magazine. They are great at discovering the undiscovered places. Years later others catch on. This is how I learned about Comporta for example.
Maurits loves to explore unique places & cultures with his friends and girlfriend. This handsome engineer has impeccable taste and when visiting new places he likes to conduct a thorough research so he can make the most of everything a new place has to offer.
place to start of a night out on town with friends
Conservatorium Hotel is always a good starting point. Whether on the beginning of a Friday night or having a Sunday brunch to explore the surrounding museums afterwards. A international crowd and cool architecture and design, the impressive steel and glass structure above the lobby still impresses me.
romantic dinner with your girl
Utrechtsedwarstafel, located unsurprisingly in the Utrechtsewarsstraat in Amsterdam, was a favourite venue when we lived three doors next to it. The restaurant is a very classic place owned by two truly passionate friends: the sommelier and the chef. Their new neighbour Bistrot des Alpes is also definitely worth a visit.
Maurits with his girlfriend & gloobles friend Stephanie Schuitemaker
Stylish detective Frederiek is gloobles’ hidden gem specialist. Wherever she goes, Frederiek doesn’t stop investigating until she has found a truly secret local treasure.
preparations for a trip
I ask my good friend Steph for tips and I always read customer reviews. Nowadays I find it hard to know which sincere tips are and which are sponsored so I compare the reviews of different sites. And if I go in over-prepare-mode, I check Instragram to see tagged pictures of the food (and the people who are eating there).
After her studies Art History and working at several contemporary galleries & Christie’s Nina van Heuveln decided to set up her own art consulting firm in Amsterdam: Heuv Art. This gorgeous art historian is always driven to visit many art related places around the world such as art museums, art galleries, art fairs, art academies and artists’ studios and has a wide network within these places.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen, Denmark. Their shows are amazing and I just love the site of the building, near the sea and their sculpture garden is amazing. The sculpture park at Storm King Art Center near New York also belongs to one my favourite public art spaces.
Nina van Heuveln at Storm King Art Center.
I have got many favourite art galleries but I am a big fan of the artists presented by Sprüth Magers gallery in Berlin and Pilar Corrias in London.
Heleen is one of gloobles’ Dutch friends who has moved abroad. She currently resides in New York and loves to travel for both work and leisure, and to explore cities by running or eating. Her favorite restaurants are small and cozy with great, simple dishes that remind her of some of her favorite places: Amsterdam, Paris or the South of France.
how to prepare a trip
I don’t prepare. I prefer to keep my options open and to be spontaneous so I typically just pack my bags, hop on a flight and see what happens.
beach holiday destination
Anywhere around the Mediterranean in summer.
city trip destination
Depends who I am with and what I want to do. But any European capital I can keep going back to. There are always more museums, restaurants, beautiful squares and buildings to explore.
Bella breathes fashion: she always looks strikingly beautiful and is ahead of our time. Bella studied architecture in both Paris and London at the best universities, but fashion was her big dream. After she moved back to her home country she decided to follow her passion in the Big Apple: New York. Bella likes honest, simple & elegant places, just like the clothes she designs.
Difficult question ? I have lots! My favourite designers at the moment are Eckhaus Latta, they are based between NY and LA and have an artist family around them that collaborate on their shop interior, accessories and clothes so you’re constantly surrounded by newness and designed experiences. And I like that you feel the polyester Chinatown in their collections still…which was where they started.
But! Favorite designer of all time will stay Agnes B, of course ?
I try not to buy anything new anymore unless it’s really special. So my favourite clothing shop at the moment is Mirth in Greenpoint NY. Lauren’s vintage finds are hard to beat… I never leave her shop without a new treasure.
Bella in Joshua Tree National Park
Businesswoman and fashion icon Stephanie always turns heads with her unique style and her bold fashion statements. In 2016 she started her own fashion gallery SCHUIT together with her creative partner Diek Pothoven to support unique talented designers. Stephanie also has an impeccable taste for food & wine and her dinner parties are definitely something to look forward to.
how to keep up with the latest fashion trends
I seek to visit all the graduations shows, as it is the most exciting to connect with the designers at the beginning of their career. I also keep myself updated by Instagram and by talking to young upcoming designers who are often very aware on what is going on.
new & upcoming designer we should keep an eye on
I feel very privileged to work with a few young emerging designers which I believe create work which goes beyond seasons and have a very unique style. In the Netherlands these young designers include Barbara Langendijk, Max Zara Sterck, Johannes Offerhaus and Joanne Vosloo.
Stephanie Schuitemaker with gloobles founder Stephanie van Rappard at Dutch National Opera & Ballet
gloobles sister and beauty Rosa is in love with Africa. As a doctor she has worked and lived in Malawi, Mozambique, Cameroon and Cape Town. Wherever she goes, Rosa quickly and easily makes new friends and this is how she gets the best insider tips for gloobles.
Llandudno, that is in my opinion the most chilled citybeach where the locals go for a good surf and hangout afterwards. I heard Madonna has a house there and I can imagine why. Otherwise a bit further from Cape Town, just past Gordons bay, Koolbay beach on the Indian ocean side, great for a warm swim. But watch out, it can be sharky!
Erf 81 foodmarket, local goods, very idyllic, hidden in the middle of the city.
Rosa at AfrikaBurn
Environmental health specialist and surfer girl Taïsa lives in Paradise. In her hometown Byron Bay, Australia, she knows exactly where to find the healthiest, happiest and hippiest places. Together with her adventurous husband and son she cruises along the Australian coast in their family van in search of the best waves and hidden beaches. We’re truly lucky she wants to share her discoveries with us!
health food store
I love so many shops in Byron Bay and surroundings. I am particularly fond of the Source as it is a bulk food shop and you fill your own bags. I love how this shop has reduced our family’s plastic and food waste. I also love the Byron Farmers Market on Thursday mornings, a great place to catch up with friends. Fundies, Santos Organics and Jing Organics are the best health food stores and the local supermarket in Suffolk Park, Baz & Shaz has a great collection of local fruit and veggies and if you are super lazy like me just order a munch crunch (fruit and veggies) box and skip the shopping altogether.
There is Combi and Naked Treaties for the superfood smoothies that might brake the bank. Since I have been working harder to reduce the great pacific garbage patch hence reduce my single use items, I do often opt out for a take away smoothy, as they come in single use cups, luckily I just have started a business Bam & Boo and we are currently designing a hip, handy & reusable smoothy cup, so take away smoothies won’t be a no-no for me anymore.
Judith was born in Amsterdam and moved to New York more then 10 years ago to pursue her dream in writing. Now, Judith spends her time writing plays, screenplays and teleplays she loves between Amsterdam, New York and anywhere great projects take her.
place to write
I like to write at home, but when I need a change I go to the most beautiful library of New York. The big old one on 42nd street. It was recently renovated.
places to get inspired
Anywhere! When I get stuck, I leave my house and take an aimless walk. There are inspiring things and people almost everywhere. It’s also good to be in a park. Or near the water. As long as it gets you out of your head and into the world.
Sophie started her professional career as a model in New York but after a few years she decided to follow her passion in Amsterdam and become an art historian. Sophie then moved back to New York to chase her true love and found a job at Tina Kim Gallery, the coolest contemporary art space in town. Sophie is also a passionate photographer. She knows exactly where the great exhibitions & exciting auctions are and which galleries & art spaces are the hottest in town.
Tina Kim Gallery!
changes constantly, but I recently enjoyed one of Pipilotti Rist’s video works from her ‘Pixel Forest’ exhibition at the New Museum. One particular room was transformed into a massive dreamlike environment where you got the chance to be very close to nature through beautiful video projections while laying on beds and looking at nature maximized by technology. A very nice and surprising experience when living in New York City ?
The Armory Show 2016, New York
Fleur and Stuart make the perfect (gloobles) couple. These super intelligent and good-looking foodies with an international background (including Belgium, France, South-Africa, USA) love to explore new destinations together, where they search for the best street-food in hidden alleys as well as the most elegant restaurants for a romantic (double) date.
when in Belgium
Try the typical Belgian things: brunch at Le Pain Quotidien, drink a good Belgian beer, taste a good Liege waffle (which you can find in every city)
preparations for a trip to South Africa
Book a car in advance! And don’t forget to book a table at all the top restaurants well in advance, especially during high season in Dec/Jan. Also, you should know that most of the special restaurants are located outside of the city, up to an 1h drive.
gloobles kicked off the new year with a safari at the stunning Marakele National Park in South Africa. This wildlife reserve was established in 2003 by philanthropist Paul Fentener van Vlissingen. It has become a ‘place of sanctuary’ for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds have settled here. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen.
White and black rhinos are actually called ‘white’ and ‘black’ due to a misinterpretation. An Afrikaans speaking man referred to one type of rhino as wyd (wide) due to is wider under lip, which was understood as ‘white’. The other type was automatically referred to as ‘black’.read more...
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Here are our tips to get the best local food experience.
Eat lots of ice cream
The rule is: eat at least one gelato a day.
Drink your coffee standing
Coffee should be enjoyed at the bar, not on a terrace. It’s much more fun and also much cheaper.
left: coffee at the bar of Sant’Eustachio; right: at Caffè Greco, however, you are allowed to sit down and enjoy your coffee while admiring the cafe’s beautiful interior
If you happen to be around Byron Bay, Australia, between the 24th and 26th of October 2014, and love surfing and/or the surfer lifestyle, make sure not to miss the Byron Bay Surf Festival. This is where some of Australia’s best surfers, shapers, hipsters, and hippies get together each year to share and celebrate their love for the ocean.
Impressions of the Surf Festival’s surf art market in 2013, with left: a sweet dog, right: super cool Thomas Bexon surfboards
The simplest things are often the most beautiful. An Italian pasta with only three ingredients; a Mondriaan painting; a little black dress…
Rudi van Dantzig, with his choreography of Swan Lake by the Dutch National Ballet, could not have portrayed the essence of the art of simplicity more beautifully.
Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried, who soon has to choose a bride. One night, after his surprise birthday party at the castle, he goes to the forest, where he sees a swan appear out of a dark lake, which takes on the human form.
Principal Igone de Jongh (The Netherlands) as Odette, the Swan Queen
Dutch National Opera opened the season of 2014-2015 with an absolute first: performing Arnold Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder as a music theatre production. This scenic world premiere gives the performances a unique character. Until now, the work has only ever been performed in a concert hall.
pictures of the final dress rehearsal, Saturday the 31st of August 2014
left: close-up of Crinkly (1969); right: glimpse of the glamorous & spectacular opening of the Alexander Calder exhibition in the gardens on Saturday evening the 21st of June
The second summer exhibition in the Sculpture Garden of the Rijksmuseum exceeds its expectations by far with an impressive exhibition of sculptures by Alexander Calder (1898-1976). 14 monumental sculptures and mobiles are displayed in the museum’s new outdoor gallery. Never before have so many works by Calder been gathered in open air. Guest curator Alfred Pacquement, former director of Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, has selected mobiles, stabiles, and standing mobiles by Calder from major museums and private collections. The exhibition is the second in a series of annual international sculpture displays which will be presented in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens over the next four years: Henry Moore was the first.read more...
Giovanni of la Scaletta in Sicily gave us the recipe for his take on our favourite classic Sicilian dish: la caponata.
All the different methods of making it are more or less the same – the things that make it stand out and be special are the quality of the aubergines, tomatoes and vinegar.
This caponata recipe is absolutely gorgeous as a warm side or cold antipasto.
left: lunch at la Scaletta with caponata, parmigiana di melanzane and insalata di polpo; right: la Scaletta, seen from Marettimo’s harbour
front: gloobles friends Zoe Baars, Madri van Veldhuizen and little Lev; back: gloobles friends Juliette Hugenholtz and Maurits de Boerread more...
In autumn my boyfriend and I went on an unforgettable trip to Italy. He had never been in Italy before, so we had to cram all the beauty that Italy has to offer in 8 days and 8 nights.
We started our journey in Milan where we stayed one day and two nights. On our first night in Milan we had a delicious dinner at Trattoria Toscane Torre di Pisa, an old trattoria in the popular Brera district. The restaurant is clearly a favourite with the locals, it was jam packed with Milanese people. Have a look at the framed Mauny wallpapers, they are super special. After dinner we went dancing at Armani Privé in the Armani mega-complex. Make sure you dress up so you get past the strict bouncers.read more...