GLOOBLES FRIEND: Luise van Holk in Blog

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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)!

art gallery
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.

time period
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.

art piece
There are a few works that I would love to own:
1. a ballpoint ink drawings from Alighiero Boetti.
2. a Michaelangelo Pistoletto mirror work.
3. an Ed Ruscha painting or drawing as I am somehow always drawn to works that have text incorporated.

Luise with gloobles friend Stephanie Schuitemaker at the International Young Patrons Circle Gala 2017.

art fair
Frieze London & New York are my favourite art fairs. It is a place to discover, not only paintings, drawings and sculpture but more and more galleries have become creative and show a ‘concept booth’. The trend started by Helly Nahmad Gallery a few years ago, who at Frieze London imagined and build the apartment of a collector in Paris in 1968, placing the works for sale in context. Frieze also hosts very interesting talks and performances!

Definitely Electric Cinema in Notting Hill. It has old school leather sofas, ‘day-beds’ with side tables and cashmere blankets to keep you warm. Oh and more important the bar serves snacks and drinks during the film!

healthy breakfast
I don’t really do healthy breakfasts but love to indulge in hearty eggs and bacon with avocado on the side, which are deliciously served at Little House Mayfair (Soho House group) and at the Tin Shed in Notting Hill.

coffee spot
For me as coffee addict to crucial to find the best coffee spots in each town. Amongst my favourites are Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee in NYC and Workshop Coffee in London (who make their own nut milk!) and Koffiespot in Amsterdam.

wine bar
Not only a wine bar but also a restaurant Café de Klepel in Amsterdam belongs to my absolute favourites. The staff is very knowledgeable about their wines and will always encourage you to try something new or pair different wines with your courses. Great food, great wine!

artsy restaurant
I am big fan of Hotel Droog in Amsterdam, where you get delicious coffee and food and can enjoy (and buy) the designer furniture you sit on.

Luise with her lovely husband Alexander van Holk at Oktoberfest.

date night spot
I love Little Social in Mayfair – its quite old school English with delicious food and wines in a cosy atmosphere. Great for date nights.
One of my mist recent finds is Lurra in Marylebone, a Basque grill with super buzzing but cosy atmosphere. Try the Octopus!

place to go dancing
Its a classic but at Loulous in London is a great place to let your hair down – and its always a lot of fun! I love starting of with a Nespresso Martini in the cosy courtyard at 5 Hertford Street just above – before descending down into the dark basement with its rich velvet interior and stuffed animals. The dance floor is small and allows for sing-along dancing everything from 80s to the today.

place to stay
My new favourite is by far the newly opened Santa Clara 1728 in the heart of Lisbon. This boutique hotel makes you feel like your are staying in a luxury family home with a real community feeling. The rooms are beautiful are super spacious and look out onto the Santa Clara square. Everything about this place is incredible.
I also really love the Fasano in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. We spoiled ourselves there for our first wedding anniversary and the roof top pool and bar are stunning!

Luise at South London Gallery

travel bucket list
Top of my list of definitely Japan, closely followed by Moscow and St.Petersburg and Iceland

next travel destination
Will be Tehran where my sister in law lives with her family. Iran is an incredible culturally rich country and an amazing place to visit, especially if you go south to the Persian history in Isfahan and Kashan. My sister in law and her husband have a great Persian Restaurant in Teheran called Khoone and are soon to open a Greek Restaurant too.