Wednesday, December 29, 2010

wood in the snow

The New Yorkers would be glad to have this snowshoes yet.
nice old sleds
and a wooden backpacker for in the mountains

new wooden spoons and aluminium

got some new wooden spoons and even a mid-century cutlery but no spoons there!
and some aluminium kitchentreasures

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

books on white and emptiness

My favorite books at the moment

"White" Kenya Hara
"small images" Junya Ishigami
"Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers" Leonard Koren
"apartamento" magazin

Monday, December 27, 2010

white and emptiness

in the Rietbergpark
The bird was digging in the snow for food. He didn't find the foodball yet.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

christmas decoration

The tree is every year a point of discussion. Does everybody likes the new balls, the colour, the placement, the size! And has the tree the perfect size, the good top...
We decided the heart was too big and too much in everybodies eye.
My sisters job is not an easy one!
Their house in the winter is even nicer-with all the different shades of white inside and outside.

Friday, December 24, 2010

christmas birds

wish everybody nice christmas days.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Zürcher Winterzauber 1

some windows with trees in Zurich
Went with M. to Sprüngli our yearly ritual.
and the tea looked very nice.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

thrifted in the snow

I'm not a big fan from the 80ies. But I saw this skirt and I knew it's something special.
Vintage Alaia leather skirt in nearly top condition. Sexy shape and nice cut.
They sell it in the US for a much higher price!
heartshaped lock with key!
suncomfort glasses
bracelet from Tibet with big corals and beautiful colour combination

Saturday, December 18, 2010

After party recipe

Gave yesterday a before christmas goodbye Belgium sitting party.
Couldn't make photos of the final food, but here the recipes.

I realized that I cook a lot by colours and I like the dark tones of wintervegetables.

The little mushroom pies I did with dough from the turkish shop. Not easy to handle but nice crispy!
Here the recipe.

The beetroot soup:

- 600g little raw beetroots
- 2 potatos
- 1l concentrated bouillon
- fresh lemon juice, pepper, seasalt, little sugar
- fresh craved horseradish

cook the beetroots and potatos first cut in little slices in the bouillon
puree it
add lemon juice, pepper, seasalt, sugar and horseradish
puree again
add some Crème fraiche on top or other fresh cheese and some parsley

Enjoy it hot or cold

Thursday, December 16, 2010

wishlist 1 chairs

looking too much into inerior magazines and blogs I reallized, that the world is full with eames chairs. I can't see them anymore!
But I would really like to have the chairs from Charlotte Perriand, which she designed for the ski resort in Les Arcs in the french alps.
Let me know if you see them in real.
And I like the closet visit from momo suzuki! She has the chairs-check flickr!
Her name, what a fantastic combination. Momo was the only book in fairytale style I liked as a kid, and a motorcycle isn't bad either!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

beeswax & frankincense

orthodox basilica in Athens, it was summer when I took the photos but inside so dark like it is now outside
colours and smells for the dark period of the year
frankincense from Moskow
frankincense from Athens
matches from Switzerland
wood from Kurdistan
Mädesüss from the Alps

in the beeswax candles are letters in greek

Monday, December 13, 2010


Wow, this is really one of the post at The selby, which I was longing for.
The rooftopfarm in Brooklyn.
I think, I already have to many plans for New York in January, but we will see.

Monday, December 6, 2010

mailänderli explosion

Yes, it is the most typical swiss christmas cookie "Mailänderli"
And with the old cutters I found recently in the Brockenhaus, they get beautiful. The shapes are much nicer then with new ones I think!
A book from 1951 from a bakery woman about her business! Very fifties and old-fashioned but very beautiful.

Some Zen baking after the "Explosion im Festspielhaus" again Einstürzende Neubauten. Sorry, only for insiders who know more what I'm doing during the week!

Urknall Durchbruch Expansion
der Damm gesprengt
über die Bühne geflutet
trunkene Sterne
ein neuer See
der Höhepunkt des Ganzen:
Die Explosion im Festspielhaus
Myriaden Wonnefeuer
auf dem Höhepunkt des Ganzen:
Die Explosion im Festspielhaus
Es bleiben
Täler Kurven Mulden
ein Abdruck ihrer Formen
im gamma-Strahlenhintergrund
dazwischen in der Schwärze
verbreiten Botenstoffe
Künder dieses Höhepunkts
von Ganzen nur ein Echo:
Die Explosion im Festspielhaus
The Explosion in the Festival Hall
Big bang, break-through, expansion
the dam blown up
flooded over the stage
drunken stars
a new lake
the climax of everything:
The explosion in the festival hall
Endless trillions of years of spin
myriads of fiery rapture
hurled out hurled in
Milky Way cum shot
lava flow ejaculation
on the climax of everything
The explosion in the festival hall
What remains are
valleys curves hollows
an impression of her form
in the gamma ray background
in between in the pitch black
transmitter agents circulate
harbingers of this climax
of everything just an echo:
The explosion in the festival hall 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

bag 1

research for my new project
special bag closing systems
unusual proportions

bag 1:
a vintage seventies or maybe sixties bag
dark blue leather and snake skin
golden hardware

and a good blog for research: Jak & Jil

Thursday, December 2, 2010

white silence

so early this year the snow.
one of the only things which makes me really calm.
enjoy the cold.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


I like mushrooms.
Like in general white dots on red surface.

Friday, November 26, 2010

goat men

Ever tryed to put pampers on an animal?
I did and they stayed for 3 seconds!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I wish I was a mole in the ground

From the new CD from anbb: alva alto and blixa bargeld-mimikry

Very experimental.
I think I'm a mole in the ground!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Urban Transformation in Zürich

Wanted to see the mountains but there was fog!

The "Prime tower" in different perspectifs.
Went to the "Brockenhaus" and found a lot to bake nice cokkies but I don't have time.
I'm cleaning, washing, painting people black and this every day-everything for the art.
I hate art sometimes.

But B. sprayed me a tatoo.

Friday, November 19, 2010

homesick souvenirs 2

wood carved bambis who lost ears and legs
st.bernard from E.
the pig from 1981,  the swiss stone pine wood (Arve) still has his typical smell

have to escape Antwerp for 3 nights and 2 days. I have to see some mountains!

M. asked me today for some typical swiss music.
For me it's Stephan Eicher and Mani Matter.

Monday, November 15, 2010


with going to Brussels and Paris the last weeks a lot, I thrifted not only for my work also for my apartment.

Recent finds:

old cotton towels in different sizes
old washbasins, got 2 for the price of 1 but had to carry it through the whole city
a book about linnen in old times with a lot of useful tips about care and washing
old toothbrushes
hamam soap=black soap for the body (I really get a soap fetishist!)
a washbasin for children-like the wooden waterdrop

the black and white photos are:
washing up in a brothel, paris 1932 by Gilberte Brassai
provence nude, 1949 by Willy Ronis

Sunday, November 14, 2010

hairy stuff 3

a long african fly-whisk! The ivory handle was broken so I get it for less!
the fox cape from Paris. Definitly from the 40ies-like on the book cover. The cut is very special.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

magritte autumne

on our way to the hatmaker
japanese maple
and a polish dwarf

Monday, November 8, 2010


Maybe some diy for another christmas tree-without candles of course! If we start now then it could be maybe finished.
They work with this fantastic paperwool I bought in Berlin, but I think in Japan there should be a lot of this material. I like it.

The Selby Confetti

Sunday, November 7, 2010

the silent evolution

a movie for a much better Sunday then it was today. Got the link from N. Thanx!

And the swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger has a home blog. I don't know what to think about it. Was so homesick today and to see this clean images made me feel home in Antwerp again. November is really not my month!
And everybody is copying everybody. It makes me sick. We want to be individuals and what we get are individual copys.

New project for Zurich on christmas:
Wer eine homestory von seiner liebevollen, anderen, künstlichen, gemütlichen Wohnung auf meinem Blog haben will, wo kaum jemand je einen Kommentar abgibt, schreibt einen Kommentar zu silent evolution und ich gehe darauf ein. Ihr müsst keine Künstler, noch Werber, noch Banker noch sonst was sein. Und ich habe übrigens all die tollen, schönen Kameras die da porträtiert sind in echt, ausser einem iphone, aber das ist eh out, weil es jeder Hinterwäldler wohl schon hat. Nur die Belgier können sich das schlichtweg nicht leisten!
Diana F. + in pink
Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Alpha ( die Filme gibts wieder!)
Pentax ME ohne Blitz

blanket holder

I have an obsession with Hermès. But of course I can't afford anything. But it doesn't have to be original, I take it more as an inspiration.
And by the way: my teacher from the leather bag sewing class told me, that the prices for Hermès bags are really to high, even if everything is handwork.
I'm very happy with this find and I think it's a very practical handle not only for blackets.

You can find them on internet, not used since 1997, just as a decoration on a unused eames chair. My god, how decadent is this!!!!

Architecture and Urban Transformation in Europe

On my way to the Cranach exhibition in the BOZAR in Brussels, I came along the free exhibition over urban transformations in Europe.
Some models caught my eye because I recognized them: Zurich an Basel.
If you know the spaces for years and you could feel and see with your own eyes the transformations, it's not all that nice. Architects and cityplanners are sometimes like the mad men of advertisment, on a model and drawing, in photos it looks so good, but you forget the people who lived there.
There are fantastic places and buildings but they are only for rich people. I ask myself what Europe and especially the cities will do with the poor? Put them in ghettos around the city like in South America or Asia?
Here in Anwerp it is already like that. I live in the middle of the muslim ghetto, and the famous Spoor Noord is not far. In the summer the cool and chic drink their Latte on the bar, the marrocan families have their picknick far from the bar on the grass!
Would like to meet more architects who think about this!

Dedicated to my dear brother (if he reads my blog):

 "The Prime Tower was constructed on the borders of Zürich West, a landmark and an important stimulus to the development of the new district. The office tower, with its glazed facades constantly changing colour, is circled by public space which connects the surrounding new and renovated(?) buildings. The immediate environment is the site of countless new and ambitious projects."
So have a look here, that's how my eye sees it!

My few of urban Brussels