To keep myself and my mind busy during the strange times of Covid-19 lockdown, I started working on a new project: Lockdown animals. Amongst all the sad and disturbing news I came across one small beautiful thing: animals started to reclaim the cities. Swans in the canals of Venice, ducks in the fountains of Rome, foxes in Berlin gardens and raccoons in Central Park. And there were more: mountain goats in Llandudno (Wales), monkeys in Lopburi (Thailand), wild boars in Barcelona, coyotes in San Fransisco, hedgehogs on the roads in the UK, penguins in Cape Town. For now I had time to design four of these lockdown animals, but it is an ongoing project.
Because of the lockdown a lot of shops are closed, causing small and local makers to loose a significant part of their income. Steun de Maker (support the maker) is an initiative of the Maker Store to support local makers of Amsterdam by giving them an online platform. They joined forces with Het Ware Westen, Pakhuis de Zwijger en Urban Resort. With the website www.steundemaker.amsterdam they motivate to support local businesses and buy authentic and durable products instead of imported mass products. Go check it out! A lot of beautiful brands including Kaplum...
Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus the Unduetrestella Design Week in Milano that we were going to be part of this month has been canceled. The good news is that next year we will definitely be there and will have even more beautiful things to show!
The Unduetrestella Design Week is planned every year in Milano as a Fuorisalone event during the Milano Design Week, the most important Italian and International event dedicated to the design. The 2020 edition would be a great exhibition of brands and designers, all with a green theme and entitled Go Planet Go !, to remind us there is no “Planet B”. Next year the theme of the Unduetrestella Design Week will remain the same, stronger and more powerful than ever.
We were very excited about going to Milano next week, but with the things happening in the world right now everything has changed. We would be launching our brand new plastic-free collection of whales this month and show them for the very first time during the design week. At the moment we are thinking about an online launch of our new collection. We will keep you posted!