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 …

Time in Color: Chrono Chroma

Dutch designer Jolene Carlier's latest work replaces numerical values of time with bright hues

The ubiquity of clocks on our phones, tablets and computers lessens the burden of pinpoint accuracy for wall clocks, opening up the door for more (sometimes purely) decorative, experimental design pieces. Taking full advantage of this shift is Jolene Carlier (a recent graduate from the Netherlands’ Design Academy Eindhoven) whose inventive and thoughtful objects evoke a sense of childlike wonder from users. Her latest creation, …