Fashion, Photography

Introducing photographer Bettina Genten

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Fashion photographer Bettina Genten spends her time between Brussels and Liège, creating beautifully dreamy images. Her passion for photography started as a child when she would borrow her father’s camera and make shots without putting film in the camera first. She always liked to imagine the pictures in her head and she loved the sound of the shutter and the idea to see the world through the little hole of a camera. The following series was shot on the beach of Ostende, Belgium starring model Yana from Bemodels. More at bettinagenten.com and bettinagenten.tumblr.com
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People, Photography

Edouard Levé’s ‘Pornographie’

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This series called ‘Pornographie’ was created in 2002 by the late French writer, artist and photographer Édouard Levé. The series contains a range of typical porn scenes, with the difference that the protagonists are fully dressed.
Architecture, Design

Architecture firm XML introduces vitamin drinks shop in Amsterdam’s Red Light District

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Architect firm XML has designed a bright white interior for a store that only sells water and vitamin drinks, set in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The Amsterdam based studio XML was commissioned to come up with an interior for Whitestore, a pharmaceutical concept store that sells water and vitamin drinks to those who visit the city’s famous Red Light District. The result is an interior that is “saturated in white light”, placed in a narrow shop with low ceilings, nestled between the signs that emit the red lights of the sex shops, nightclubs and brothels of the area. “Since its an area well known for its nightlife, our client had the idea this store would be a nice remedy for all the drinking and partying going on there,” explained XML co-founders David Mulder and Max Cohen de Lara.

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Design, Fashion, Technology

Discover a laser-cut fashion line resembling 3D graphic design

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Rotterdam based designer Martijn van Strien currently presents his new label mphvs at Dutch Design Week. The collection is called ‘Contradictions’ and uses laser-cut PVC to create futuristic, dazzling patterns that will certainly appeal to the graphic designers among us. The collection is “inspired by a man who travels the edges of his existence. The cuts and patterns reflect his journey and originated in the buildings, bridges and other man-made structures he passed.” In other words, the collection draws inspiration from architecture and indeed: skyscrapers aren’t that far away when you take a look at the garments. The pieces are made from laser-cut PVC, then cut into oversized, square shapes that are often almost completely see-through. “It’s a ‘unisex’ collection because I don’t believe in the difference between men and women,” as van Strien describes the collection. ”It’s about being confused and lost and liking it,” van Strien adds.
Art, Culture, Music, Nightlife, Photography

Blend Selects: Museumnacht

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For the 15th time the museums of Amsterdam will open up their doors with special activities and exhibitions for the annual Museumnacht on the 1st of November. From 19.00 to 02.00 art lovers and culture fanatics are invited to make their way to 50 participating museums. With music performances, special exhibitions, tours and DIY projects you have a sea of opportunities to go and experience the art Amsterdam has to offer. BLEND has selected the best Musuemnacht has on offer.

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