THE NDSM WHARFNovember 1, 2013
The NDSM Wharf – what a title – and yes it’s as epic as it sounds. This old shipyard is an island north of Amsterdam centraal and is home to over 200 artists all living under one roof – each of them building their own studios and creative spaces.
With just one look at the place we knew we were set to find something special, so off we went, lurking around the crafty corridors on the hunt for visual delights.
On our journey we bumped into exhibition designer and artist Rob (he was too friendly for last names) and he gave us the lowdown and what the wharf is all about…
The wharf, as it is now, is a development area for artists and designers. The idea is that you rent a space and build your own workshop. I have been here for 14 years now and was one of the first to move here. We more or less made it official that artists could use this space. I built everything in the stretch I work in except the outside walls and ceiling.
I design sets for exhibitions using old recycled materials I find on the streets. Each one I design is different, you have to try and find new ways to exhibit art nowadays. A few of my projects have been in old buildings that are about to be demolished – so when you finish you just leave and take the windows and doors with you.
There is a sense of community here – especially in the stretch I work with all the set designers. We help each other out with various projects. The new area is for small design business and creative companies.
What a guy. Now check out all the other awesome finds from around the island…
The wharf made an ideal location to shoot some winter look-book style. Click on the images and check out the full thing.