Holland Heineken House at the Winter Olympics

Viewing the Games through a uniquely orange lens

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are coming to a close and we’ve seen heartwrenching disappointment but also records broken, comebacks from injuries, commentator bloops and dismissals, multiple wardrobe malfunctions, and new faces to cheer on—regardless of nationality. The spotlight has been on the world’s best athletes, creating a sense of community in a time when when it’s most needed. For Dutch Olympians, …

Previewing the 2018 Winter Olympics’ Holland Heineken House

Why the Dutch organize a national house open to the public for every Games

There are fewer than 100 days to go until the opening ceremonies at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea—the second time the country has hosted the Olympics, with the last being back in Seoul in 1988. There will be 102 medals up for grabs in winter sports, from luge to the fastest non-mechanical sport in the world, speed skating. And if you’re a Dutch fan …

Studio van Broekhoven + Olivier van Herpt: Solid Vibrations

Translating soundwaves to 3D-printed ceramic pots

The “Solid Vibration” project is an ongoing collaboration between Eindhoven, The Netherlands-based sound laboratory Studio van Broekhoven and industrial designer Olivier van Herpt, who built a custom ceramic printer where the extruding clay is influenced by vibrations emitting from a speaker. As the video above makes clear, van Herpt’s printer translates low, rumbling frequencies into textural patterns that resemble weaving. There’s a lot of room …

Amsterdam-based, Japanese-inspired Kiyoko

A new lifestyle line with just two products thus far: lip balm and a sweater

With their debut product being a quality, 100% natural lip balm (“that softens your lips on a sunny morning after a swim in the lake,” the minimalist packaging reads), many (incorrectly) considered the mysterious brand Kiyoko to be a new skincare line. Founded in Amsterdam by two friends Evelien Emondts and Merel Groenenboom, Kiyoko is actually a lifestyle brand prioritizing good quality and design. The …

The Netherlands Brings Banknote Bridges to Life

In his most recent “Things You Might Not Know” video on YouTube, Tom Scott reveals how the Netherlands has laid claim to the bridge designs found on Euro banknotes. In order to be fair to all countries of the European Union, fictional bridges were drawn up for the bills that could represent infrastructure styles across various European nations. In 2011, artist Robin Stam decided to …