The city of Amsterdam, the Dutch government, and a host of private sponsors are funding an accelerator for "successful dropouts and Harvard alumni" from around the world. The goal? More talent in Amsterdam.
What does a designer do after he has made wooden sunglasses, a wooden wheelchair, wooden park benches, wooden bath furniture, and a wooden poker table? If you’re Jan Gunneweg, an industrial designer in Amsterdam who says his greatest passion is wood, then the answer is obvious: a wooden bike. Actually, he has already designed two wood-framed bicycles but his newest bike, expected to be available later this month, takes it step further and, he says, offers a smoother ride.
You have to wonder what the employees of Tribal DDB, a digital marketing agency, thought when they first saw their new office in Amsterdam. It has gray walls, gray ceilings, gray lamps, gray desk dividers, gray stools, gray tables, a gray staircase — gray everything. Sure, it’s got some glimpses of white here and there. But all in all, they might as well have put some buttons on it and called it Gregory Peck. They must’ve been horrified.