Dutch Monochromes : Kamper history in a different light

Dutch Design

Dutch Monochromes rebuilds disposed household materials, such as dishes, pots, and pans, as well as old-fashioned items such as lamps, tables, and other home accessories. The creative process is guided by both the functional and visual character of each piece. The design philosophy is loosely inspired by the visual language of Studio Job, and combines a feeling-at-home mentality with what is known as Dutch Design: experimental, innovative, and unconventional design with a sense of humor.

Monochrome light

Monochrome light is light of a single wavelength; something that is monochromatic has a single color. If all color has been removed, only form remains. Composition, structure, and rhythm are more than enough for an interesting image. Put in a little light, and it all comes to life.

Kamper history

For example, Model 019, the “Counselors cup,” visualizes objects from Kamper history. We see the skates of Avercamp, the cow, the royal portraits, and, inside the cup, the connection with God. When it’s dark, you see a light beam at the ceiling, making a connection with heaven. On top is a kind of observatory from which heaven is studied, another Kamper tradition.

So, the decorations that once stood at the heart of the rebuild have gradually shifted in emphasis. The decorative details invites the viewer to explore their deeper meaning. By playing with scale and context, the space between two skates for instance makes you wonder whether it is a barn door or a city gate. The lid of a cup is also an immense observatory.

Handmade

All pieces are handmade and unique. The components are separately sprayed, screwed, and can be disassembled if needed for repair. Dutch quality!

More information 

A number of models are still for sale. For more information mail : kampenandbeyond@gmail.com or call +31(0)618160410

Model 019 especially refers to various sections and aspects of The City Museum collection. Kampen and Beyond offer guided visits to The City Museum 

You can explore Kamper history and visit Nico’s studio during the Daytrip Kampen  as well

Nico van Maastricht is one of The Favorites of Kampen and Beyond

 

 

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The Ideal Trip for Tourists : Amsterdam, Kampen, Bruges and Paris

The Ideal Trip for Tourists: Amsterdam, Kampen, Bruges and Paris.

Kampen: A lot of potential

Recently I had the pleasure to show Peter Laanen, his wife and their two American friends around in Kampen. Peter is a fan of Kampen and sees a lot of potential in this ancient old Hanseatic city. He persuaded his former neighbors from San Francisco to join him to this lovely city at the river IJssel.

Quality Time

Peter’s friends were on a journey in Europe – they visited Amsterdam and were going to Paris and Bruges (for the third time!). Part of this trip would now also be Kampen.

The sun was shining that day but also the first view of the cobble stone market and the characteristic bell tower immediately appealed to our visitors. From that point on everything went very smoothly.

What I like about American guests is that they, way more than us ‘objective’ Dutchman, value quality time so much. They don’t hesitate to tell whenever something is wonderful or amazing or when they have the feeling of genuine welcome.

Personally I feel attracted by this kind of enthusiasm and sense of awe. Therefore I try to do my utmost best to show my guests the most beautiful things, to tell them special stories and to be a good host.

Testimonial

During our day trip Peter and his wife were contemplating to stay longer the next time they would be in Kampen. The next day I received the following testimonial:

At 09.15 we were heading for Kampen. Kampen ?! Well sure, we wanted to prove our American friends that in Holland there is more than Amsterdam. After one hour and fifteen minutes we arrived in Kampen where our host, Mr. Kampen Reinier de Wit, was waiting for us with a wheelchair for Ann who had difficulties with walking. What a guy! Thanks to Kampen and Beyond – www.kampenandbeyond.com – and a personal visit I already learned quite a lot about Kampen’s history. 

First we visited ‘De Olifant’. De Olifant (literally means The Elephant) is one of two remaining cigar makers in The Netherlands. Production: 4.5 million a year, from cigarillo to ‘bolknak’. Very interesting tour, from tobacco leaves to quality assurance. Top-notch ! Reinier’s city tour was amazing and I can recommended it to everyone, but another highlight was the museum. The only museum in The Netherlands which holds a life size gallery of The Royal Family and a Courtroom with all the wisdom one can imagine. My wife cleverly pointed out that the bar at which the lawyers stood, was taken over by the Americans when they have to ‘pass the bar’ to be qualified as a lawyer.

Tomorrow we are saying goodbye to our former neighbors and remember: Visit Kampen and ask impassioned Reinier for a tour !

Our American friends also really enjoyed Kampen. They loved it!

I was wondering though if there would be any cigars left in De Olifant after they left Kampen 🙂

Sincerely yours,

Reinier de Wit

 

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An Artist Impression of Kampen

Kampen, an Artist Impression

People have been walking the narrow streets and alleys of the historic city centre of Kampen for centuries. The street pattern has hardly changed. The city has always been a backdrop for soap manufacturers, bag carriers and for the shoppers.

Awakening City

For some time, Kampen photographer Bouke Peterson’s main focus has lain with the numerous enchanting intimacy of the narrow streets and alleys within the historic centre of Kampen. Peterson gets up at the crack of dawn to record the slowly awakening city, from the very moment the first sunbeams kiss the age-old walls. The early lone cyclist. The first rambler. It results in beautiful timeless, serene black and white images. Still-lives of the street. A single bike, casually cast aside against a rough wall build from medieval bricks, casts its elongated shadow over the cobblestone pavement. The glimpse through the Vispoort is reminiscent of melancholic paintings by Giorgio de Chirico. It exudes some of the atmosphere from Chirico’s “Pittura Metafysica”; a feeling of abandonment, the elongated shadows and arcades.

Light

Peterson, who is trained as a teacher and painter at the only art academy ever to be established in Kampen, provides a picturesque image of the city. A magnificent composition, an eye for detail, but above all: a painterly light that characterises his pictures. These features are the foundations of a lengthy and intense process, which starts with observation. Endless observation… Discovering the world around him. When most people are still tucked up in their beds, he explores, continuously observing and photographing, the city centre. Constantly searching for places estranged from every-day reality by an extraordinary light that forms an enchanting colourless world in their own right. This pictorial quest requires patience and perseverance. It is not until that magnificent sunlight warms the earth and Peterson has captured a unique image in no more than a fraction of a second, that his determination is rewarded.

This authentic connection between Peterson, Kampen, and the world surrounding him touches me and many others !

Reinier de Wit

 

Would you like to join Bouke Peterson on one of his quests? You can! Please email kampenandbeyond@gmail.com or call +31-(0)6-181 60 410 for a street photography workshop by Bouke Peterson.

The pictures are available in a limited autographed edition for €350 a piece, including a black wooden frame (42 x 43 cm) with a passe-partout. Shipping not included. The serie can be purchased as a whole with 10 % discount.

The narrow streets and alleys can also be discovered during the Daytrip Kampen under guidance of M.A. Reinier de Wit.

Bouke Peterson is one of The Favorites of Kampen and Beyond

 

 

About Bouke Peterson:

Bouke Peterson is a professional photographer and has worked on numerous different projects in and around Kampen city centre. For instance, the 2012 Reflection series, with images of beautiful reflections in the city’s canal the Burgel. This resulted in an exposition in the municipal exposition hall in Kampen during the summer of 2014, which attracted a record-breaking number of visitor. In 2013 and 2015 his work was nominated for the Art Award Kampen.

Peterson is also a portrait specialist since 2015. In this capacity, he has been able to help many entrepreneurs by creating a powerful profile picture for the growing LinkedIn community. A beautiful presentation photo on a company website. Musicians for a band photo. He considers it to be an inspiring challenge to achieve the best result together!

Are you about to launch your company? Do not hesitate to contact us today! You can contact us by email   kampenandbeyond@gmail.com or call +31-(0)6-181 60 410

 

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The Essential Facts and Figures about Kampen: One of the most authentic places of Holland

Before the rise of Amsterdam, Kampen ruled the waves. Kampen was the most powerful and prosperous town of Holland and one of the leading cities of Northwest Europe. Kampen was part of an international trading alliance called De Hanze (The Group) which included cities such as Hamburg, Cologne, Bruges and Copenhagen.

The historic center is one of the country’s best preserved, boasting no fewer than 500 medieval monuments, including houses, gates, and towers.  Kampen won the Dutch Heritage Award in 2013, and in June 2017 Kampen will host The International Hanseatic Days.

In Kampen you have the chance to make an authentic connection with the Dutch people and their beautiful culture. Main themes and attractions include:

Water 

  • The waterfront of the city is the most precious one of Holland
  • The Kogge Shipyard. A Kogge was a kind of ship you could compare with the big containerships of our days. The Kogge’s made Kampen tremendously rich. Just recently a Kogge was discovered in the IJssel River. BBC, CNN and National Geographic were among the media who covered this event.

Music 

  • The 17th century Bell Tower designed by the renowned architect Vingboons carries bells by Geert van Wou and the brothers Hemony. Carillon players from all over the world like the U.S.A. give special concerts in summertime.
  • The church was built in 1369 by Rutger van Keulen, whose father was the master builder of the famous Cologne Cathedral. The church towers above the other churches also in a figurative sense, mainly because of the Hinsz organ. With its 3200 pipes and incredible sound, it is a major eye-catcher. Its tones do not simply descend downwards, but they rise up into the 27-metre-high vaults! This also explains why this church attracts people from all corners of the world.

Arts, Artisans and Crafts

  • The Magistrates Court, the original 16th century hall where trials were held and from which Kampen was governed is now an integral part of The  City museum. The museum houses an exceptional collection and a number of treasures of national and international importance. For instance, the 17th century painting by Hendrick Avercamp, renowned for this winter landscapes with merry ice skaters and the elaborately decorated guild cup from the Rijnschippers Guild dating back to 1367, the oldest known silver guild piece in the Netherlands. And if that wasn’t enough, the museum boasts a unique Orange portrait gallery comprising 17 life-size portraits of the Dutch royal family, including the most recent addition: a portrait of king Willem-Alexander.
  • The Olifant Cigar Factory: Kampen has a reputation as a city were once 3 out of 4 people worked in the cigar industry. The Olifant, in the historic center, is now the only surviving family business were high quality cigars, some made by hand, are manufactured. The Olifant cigars have a reputation matching the Cuban counterparts. The Olifant is connected with a shop and coffee bar, The Eenhoorn, were you can buy and drink superb tea and coffees.
  • And there is The Guild-quarter: local specialist like for instance a chocolatier who makes their own bonbon,  a small brewery and cafe were you can drink authentic Kampen beer, and a gelatoria were artisan ice is made.

Polders, traditional (dairy) farmers and farmshops

The polders around Kampen, The Kampeiland (The Kamperisle), are one of the greenest and oldest polders of Holland. A polder is land reclaimed from the sea. Especially the polders surrounding Kampen are very prosperous thanks to the sedimentation of fertile clay, being located in a unique and one of kind national landscape of the IJssel Delta.

Quality products like butter and hay are renowned in Kampen and beyond. For instance the hay was bought by the Royal Family for their horses. Of course only the best was good enough for them!

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Full Color Festival : Celebrating the Unity & Diversity of Kampen

Full Color Festival Kampen 2016

Celebrating Diversity & Unity of Kampen !

For the second time in a row Full Color Festival Kampen took place in the City Park at the petting zoo and in the natural playground.

This festival celebrates both the diversity and the unity of Kampen and beyond, with music theatre and artisan trades with a renewed and fresh zeal!

Watch this very nice video from Julius Media :

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Coffee at De Eenhoorn

COFFEE AT DE EENHOORN – My family and I were introduced to De Eenhoorn coffee and tea house on the very first day that we moved from Los Angeles to Kampen. It is a beautiful, cozy cafe and adjoins De Olifant cigar shop – famous for its Kampen cigars. De Eenhoorn serves delicious drinks and pastries, the service is welcoming and friendly, and the unique, historical atmosphere always made us feel so connected to genuine Dutch culture.

My favorite drink is the cappuccino. I can’t find anything quite the same now that I’m back here living in the States – with foam so firm that you can rest a spoon on top. Any time we had visitors in Kampen, we would take them to De Eenhoorn for a special treat. And what a delight it was to receive De Olifant cigars as a gift upon my doctoral promotion from the VU Amsterdam!

I am so happy to hear that De Eenhoorn is now an official partner of Kampen and Beyond! Guests will certainly enjoy learning about the unique living history of Kampen’s industrial expertise in coffee, tea, and cigars. And then, to sit and relax with a delicious cappuccino and pastry – that is something you will not want to miss!

– Brant

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A Lovely Day in Kampen

A LOVELY DAY IN KAMPEN

#Hospitable #Beautiful

 “We had a lovely day in Kampen. The walking tour with Reinier de Wit was very pleasant and interesting. We will certainly visit this beautiful city again.” – Ladies Day MG Club, May 2016

How rewarding it is to show people around and have a genuinely good time together. Let the pictures speak for themselves!

 It would be more than my pleasure to guide you through my city!
– Reinier
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Five Tips from Kampen

FIVE TIPS FROM KAMPEN

Posted on 27 August 2015

Let me start by introducing myself: I am Reinier de Wit, born and bred in western Brabant, a province in the south of the Netherlands. After having studied and worked in Utrecht for ten years, my wife and I decided to move to Kampen, where our daughter was born.

Six months ago I founded the company Kampen and Beyond with the objective to bring the beauty of the city of Kampen and its surrounding area to the attention of tourists.

I would love to take you on a trip around the world in Kampen!

1.Daan Gunnink and Water

Kampen is beautifully situated on the river IJssel, in the IJssel Delta and surrounded by age-old polders such as the Kampereiland. This is where Daan Gunnink is in his element. Despite the fact that Daan has reached the respectable age of eighty, he can still hold his own when he steps into a rowing boat from the Kamper rowing and sailing club on the Ganzediep, a branch of the IJssel. It is a joy to row with him and to listen to his stories about the people and the history of Kampen. He himself is proof of this. Recently he took us on a wonderful boating trip over the Ganzediep, the Zwarte Water, the IJssel Delta, the river IJssel, and back again to the club house.

Whilst rowing past barges, conquering the waves and with a view of the magnificent waterfront of Kampen, I felt happy as a lark.

Of course there are many other ways to discover Kampen and its surroundings by water: we at Kampen and Beyond, of instance, offer a bike and boat package along the IJssel.

2. Stan Petrusa and the Municipal Museum

Stan Petrusa is the passionate museum director of the Municipal Museum, a museum which houses an exceptional collection and a number of treasures of national and international importance. For instance, the 17th century painting by Hendrick Avercamp, renowned for this winter landscapes with merry ice skaters and the elaborately decorated guild cup from the Rijnschippers Guild dating back to 1367, the oldest known silver guild piece in the Netherlands. And if that wasn’t enough, the museum boasts a unique Orange portrait gallery comprising 17 life-size portraits of the Dutch royal family, including the most recent addition: a portrait of king Willem-Alexander. My personal favourite is the Renaissance mantelpiece in the Magistrate’s Court, a paragon of harmony and ornately decorated with symbolic depictions in honour of Roman emperor Charles V. His personal motto was ‘Plus Oultre’, which translates as ‘And Beyond’.

3. Ab Weegenaar and the Bovenkerk

Kampen is known for its many churches. And for good reason! Kampen has a tightly knit community and from a cultural-historical perspective it is home to a number of extraordinary churches. The Bovenkerk literally towers above all the other churches and it has dominated the city skyline for many centuries. The church was built in 1369 by Rutger van Keulen, whose father was the master builder of the famous Cologne Cathedral. In my humble opinion, the church also towers above the other churches in a figurative sense, mainly because of the Hinsz organ, of which Ab Weegenaar is proud to be the organist. With its 3200 pipes and incredible sound, it is a major eye-catcher. Its tones do not simply descend downwards, but they rise up into the 27-metre-high vaults! This also explains why this church attracts people from all four corner of the world.

4.Auntie’ Bets Bottenberg and the market

She retired some time ago, but she appears to be indispensable to the Bottenberg family’s fish stall. Every Monday morning, the road along the city’s canal the Burgel is transformed into a street market, where you can enjoy a salted herring (a traditional Dutch delicacy), snack on fresh old cheese or traditional Dutch ‘stroopwafels’, or buy a posy of flowers, all under the musical accompaniment from the carillon in the Nieuwe Toren, played by carillonneur Frans Haagen. On Saturdays, the street market is held on De Plantage, a square with many lively terraces.

5. Hanjo IJkhout and the City Park

Designed in English landscape style by father and son Zocher, the City Park is the green heart of the historic town centre. These same landscape architects were responsible for the lay-out of many parks in the Netherlands, including the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Part of the City Park is the petting zoo and a large natural playground passionately managed by Hanjo IJkhout. Hanjo invests in sustainability and responsible entrepreneurship. In this area, he is an inspirer and a connector. Thanks to his efforts the natural play ground has recently been realised; a place where children can romp around in true old-school style. They can climb trees, tumble over and roll around in the mud. This year the Full Colour Festival took place in the City Park at the petting zoo and in the natural playground. This festival celebrates both the diversity and the unity of Kampen and beyond, with music theatre and artisan trades with a renewed and fresh zeal!

 

 

 

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