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From Montreal I hopped on a bus and drove up to Ottawa in a couple hours. My stay was cool, chose a hostel that used to be a prison in the early 1900. Rooms where still the exact cells and even the doors had bars, death-row cells where still there to check out and it even had a small exhibition on the history of the building. Anyways, a Chileen guy who had been living in Ottawa for about a year, was eager to show me around town. And so he took me and a Parisian traveller around to see the lake, waterfall, canals and parliamentary. Ottawa is the Washington of Canada and has some buildings that obviously make you think like you’re in London! And even the tower plays the same tune as the Big Ben, kinda funny!
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Next I took a train to Toronto to go see two of my friends from Canada. We went to AMFI together when we were doing the International Fashion Magazines project and stayed in contact after. I couldn’t be more excited to spend time with them! We had a blast and it is honestly so cool to see a city from a ‘local’ perspective. Watching movies in one’s loft, secretly checking out the University they graduated from, stay over at my friends’ place and hangout with lots of their friends.
Funny fact, Toronto kinda seem the be a small version of New York, with its mini verion of Manhatten, Timesquare and the Flat Iron building. Though Toronto has a real charm to it that it is a lot smaller, friendlier, bike-able and cheaper. It has a fair amount of street art as well, which inspires while taking a stroll down the centre, while trams, the old retro ones, pass you by and add a nostalgic feel to the whole scenery. One slight down side, which would be the only thing that holds me from moving there… it’s freakishly cold during winter time. Bummer. Gotta go back in summer time though.. Would love to hang around there and have drinks in the park on a warm summer night!

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Try to think of French and English culture, the architecte, the streets, the people.. and imagine how that will look like if you both mix that all up and build a city with it. Well.. I’ll help you a little. Look at the images below, this is Montreal. A city that to me is the precise result of both cultures mixed together.

A city that is gorgeous, has lots of amazing buildings, great street art all over the city, cute shops, lunchrooms, restaurants and a mountain! A mountain, well hill, The Mont Royal, on the edge of the centre that will give you an amazing view over the city if you climb it. A slippery walk trough the snow that is more than worth it. And although it was super cold and there was still snow everywhere, which gives a gorgeous white sereen scenery, I can definitely imagine this city will even look more beautiful in summertime.

            

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Alright, time for some travel blogging! It has been a while since I’ve travelled and I thought it was about time to get away for a bit again.

Last week I shared my adventures in New York with you. After my friends left to go back home I took the train and travelled from New York city to Montreal. A trainride that takes 10 hours and drives past tons of frozen lakes. An experience that is what I can tell to most relaxing ever! Since it just turned spring and it’s still freezing outside there aren’t any leaves on the trees nor green grass or flowerrs. That kind of made the whole scenery a bit grey and dead, but the sun was out and the lakes are amazing! I started reading ‘Into the Wild’ a story which I’ve seen the movie they made from a couple times. A book that inspires and make you overthink society and materialism over and over. Together with some Bon Iver music and a cup of tea I thought this train ride was just perfect!

          

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So my friend and I were having drinks in Amsterdam after a concert we went to. After a couple glasses of wine we started sharing our fantasies about destinations we wanted to go to in the near future, not being to serious about it. The next day both kinda hungover we individually thought it over, having this fanasie stuck to our brains we looked at eachother and both said the same ‘Wtf let’s book a ticket to New York and we’ll just see how to make it work moneywise!’. And that’s how we ended up in the Big Apple last week.

We decided to go as 3 besties and stayed in this tacky but well known place ‘The Roosevelt’. Got a good deal trough hotwire and it’s situated right in the centre of Manhatten. Perfecto! Now I can tell you about all the stuff we did but I’ll just share you our conclusion about New York and have you make it happen yourself one day.

Go to Brooklyn, Williamsburg and the Meatpacking district to eat, drink coffee and gin tonics, wonder around, shop and enjoy the relaxed and  young atmosphere these neighbourhoods have to offer you. Walk past the headquarters of Vice, get fashion inspired by locals biking past you and enjoy the view over Manhatten from the waterside. Go get dinner at Mogador and 5Leaves in Williamsburg. The highline is a must, together with ConeyIsland on a sunny day and don’t forget to try the fried oreo’s. Hop on the metro and get out in Soho if you want to upgrade your wardrobe with some nice items from Urban Outfitters, Topshop or American Apparel or maybe some cool sneakers from ‘Kith’. Little italy and Chinatown are definitly nice to wonder around and have a nice lunch or dinner.

What about all those famous attractions like te statue of liberty, wall street etc? Well let’s just say we saw them from a distance but there’s much more interesting stuff to do than standing in line to walk over a bridge or go see a statue. We had a blast being in this city and hopefully we can go back someday when it’s a bit warmer and the treees have leaves on them!

Up next? I decided to hang around America for a bit longer and go visit my friends in Canada as well, so next will be Montreal followed by Ottawa. stay tuned!

 

 

              

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“Although stuff is made either horizontal, vertical or for a purpose to be seen always from one perspective.. doesn’t mean it can’t be more beautiful upside down, sideways or from any kind of angle”

You know, people almost always see things from the same angle.. but have you ever tried seeing things, or trying out stuff, different than what you’re supposed to?  Like sitting upside-down on your couch? Just because it’s designed to sit like we sit most of the times.. doesn’t mean we’re obliged to. And isn’t it fun to see your livingroom upside down? It’s like a whole new world!
When trying out those kind of things, you start to see more beauty and opportunities around you. I like to look up when I walk down a street, or take a closer look at an item and see if I can transform it to something different. A jar doesn’t have to be a jar per se does it? In my home a jar is a candle, planter or fruit juice cup.
What I‘m trying to say is that I like to think outside the box and recycle. And that’s what I do with my collages. There is no top or bottom, you can choose to see it the way you like. Try and see this page upside down or sideways.
Images are very much disposable these days, there are tons of them. We see them and when there’s a new series of f.e. a clothing season line we forget about the previous ones. I like to reuse and combine these images. Create a new story, make them last longer and therefor in a way get a bit extra respect as well. Recycling is the word!

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Lately I’ve updated my portfolio with some new work. Mostly made while working at Superrebel, where I am a junior designer. I think it’s important to keep sharing my work and showing the world or anyone interested what I make and do.
It’s funny how I got rid of a lot of stuff that was in my portfolio that I made either during my study and freelancing and replaced it by much better work. It’s amazing how fast you can learn stuff and I really hope that will keep going on for quite a while because I’m surely not done learning yet! Too eager to just keep working within my own comfort zone I guess.

Well enough of that. Here some of my new projects I designed together with my colleagues at Superrebel.com

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During this summer I worked on a big interior project together with Plywood Constructions and Bonk Breda.  Both company owners build their life project, an indoor skate hall in Breda. It took them over 6 years to get this project to happen and that effort was worth it!

I did the interior design for the restaurant together with Jeroen van Eggermond (Plywood Constructions.) We both agreed we wanted this cafe not only to be a place for skaters to hang. The location has much more potential and so we decided to try and create a place that has a much bigger target-group in which everyone is welcome and wants to come over for a cup of tea, beer, sandwich etc.
I choose to go for a style that is rather industrial and gave it a cosy and feminine touch by adding materials like wood,  colour, plants and accessories. I started off designing the bar and went from there. Most items are vintage and the tables we designed ourselves by recycling materials and products we found while hunting in f.e. thrift stores.

Like to visit the park for a round of skateboarding or maybe a drink and some food -> Veilingkade 12, Breda or check their website www.pier15.nl

Want to know more or interested in getting some interior design done by me? Please give me a shout out!

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© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

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