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!

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

© Max Fransen

photo’s by Max Fransen

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Editorial and Empower! event logo design by me for Gr8 Industries.
In assignment of Schouten Global (Schouten Nelissen) we designed a visual identity and magazine for the Volvo Ocean Race events Empower. More here


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In continuation of my previous post where I was talking about the rediscovery of chicory and beetroot, I now share with you a gorgeous and healthy salad I’ve put together last week.
So I had those beetroots left in my fridge.. what to do with them? I knew they’re actually really good in combination with a salad and salmon. Got myself a whole bunch of tasteful ingredients and added them all together into a salad.
I really like salt and sweet combined in a dish. To create a nice boost of different tastes, I added some spice and other herbs as well. Eventually my basket was filled with; Apple, radish, beetroot, rocket, lettuce, smoked salmon and walnuts. Gotta say, those ingredients create a gorgeous colourful dish, if this doesn’t look tasteful!? I added a honey, mustard, dille dressing and in less than 10 minutes it was ready to be eaten. There wasn’t a ripe avocado in the store but it would’ve been a nice add too.

Full plate - radish, beetroot, salmon salade

Detail plate - radish, beetroot, salmon salade
Recipe for 2 persons:

– radish
– rocket
– lettuce, any kind you prefer
– beetroot
– a sweet and soft apple
– smooked or raw salmon
– walnuts

– honey 1 tbsp
– oil 1tbsp
– salt
– pepper
– dille  1/2 tsp
– mustard 1 1tbsp

I’ve cut the apple in small parts and boiled it for a few minutes in water to get them a bit soft. Slice the beetroot and grill it for a few minutes together with the apple. Let it cool off a bit.
Cut the salmon and radish in parts and put in a bowl or on a plate together with a nice amount of rocket, lettuce, walnuts and the grilled apple and beetroot. Crunch the walnuts and spread them on top.
Put all ingredients for the dressing in a bowl or little bottle, stir/shake until oil and the rest are blended nicely together and than spread over the salad.
Easy as that, ready to eat!

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Lately I’ve been trying out some new dishes.
A few weeks ago I was wondering around in the supermarket. A little num after a hard working day I was passing all the vegetables and stopped to walk back and see these beautiful chicories laying there.. I realised I hadn’t cooked chicory in like a year! Such a gorgeous  vegetable.. How could I forget their existence?  I challenged myself and bought a couple of them to make a new dish with.
Now it wouldn’t be me to just cook them with a little sugar and eat them just like that. So I made a nice grilled vegetable plate out of it by adding some pear, red onions, honey, oil, salt and pepper.

It turned out the be very tasteful and certainly am keeping this on my food list. Now I also realised I never ever eat beetroot. I just don’t like it that much I guess.. and you’re not able to find them uncooked/fresh and in other colours that easily. But what if I experiment with that vegi ass well? So I did and added this to the chicory, onion, pear and honey grill plate. A perfect add.

Now when buying a pack of 4 cooked red beetroots.. you’ll have to eat them throughout the few following days, because I’m not gonna put 4 of those in a dish haha.. so I ended up using them in the follow up dishes that week as well and tried out some other new things. Stay tuned for those to be put up on the blog soon as well!

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Recipe for 2 persons:

– 2 x chicory
– 1 pear
– 1 big red beetroot
– 1 red onion

– honey (1 table spoon)
– Olive oil (1 table spoon)
– peper
– salt

Make sure you cut out the middle and bottom part of the chicory to prevent it from a strong bitter tast. Wash and cut all leaves through half in the length. Cut all the rest of the veggies in parts and put it all on one plate. Add the honey, oil, salt and pepper and put in the oven for like 20 min on 220 degrees Celsius. You can also grill it in a grill pan, goes a little quicker.

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I love change in my own house.. I try to switch around with the furniture, change the accessories every few weeks or see if I can replace an item that I don’t like that much by something new. And something new doesn’t mean it has the be ‘new’. Actually I like secondhand stuff much more. Though a brand new couch or table would look nice. But I believe a new and modern item like a couch or a table mixed with some secondhand items can probably give you the perfect interior.

I’m changing my interior bit by bit from student like living to an actual house! Last week I got rid of my old desk. I got that one when I was studying and didn’t have money to buy a fancy one but replaced it by something much better.
Now I like a clean and empty desk. Who can work on a messy desk right? Well, I can’t though.. So I went trough my interior moodboards and used these interiors as my inspiration! I’d love to share some of them with you.


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I actually bought the white desk you see in the pictures here. A drawer on one side just like the first picture and one support leg like in the last 3 pictures. And let me tell you a little secret.. a fancy desk doesn’t have to be super expensive.
Ikea does it.. Easy does it!
Find yourself a cool vintage light and maybe some plants.. and ready to use that gorgeous desk!

Need some more inspiration? Go check out my ‘workspace‘ Pinboard.

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In continuation of my previous post I came up with a second outfit for the #MyVegasStyle challenge.
This time it’s an outfit for a diner date at Javier in the Aria Hotel. I choose a classy but stylish outfit, not too much.
I like putting accents on particular items like shoes and accessories. So I picked a basic tunnel skirt and striped shirt in combination with a pair of robust shoes, aren’t they cool?! I like hats, so why not add that.. ow and I found a cute little  necklace with an Las Vegas hanger, ain’t that cute! To add some colour and a touch of fanciness I added a burgundy, purple lipstick.
Let that dinner date begin!



outfit02_V2Would love to hear you thoughts on the outfit! Would you choose something totally different?

Stay tuned for the 3rd outfit! >> Party in Vegas!

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Recently I was contacted by the Content Director of  Vegas.com asking me and some other bloggers from around the world to curate outfit ideas for those that will be traveling to the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this summer! A challenge called #MyVegasStyle .. and I accept it.

Now I’m not planning to go to Las Vegas this summer and neither have I been there before, but I did saw a great challenge in thinking of outfits to wear IF I would go there.. which hopefully will happen some day.

So here’s the thing.. I used some creativity and imagination, looked for places I would visit in Las Vegas and came up with 3 outfits.

This first outfit will be ‘Lunch at Lemongrass’.
I chose a basic and not too fancy outfit. A little bit sporty actually with the nikes and bomber jacket.
You know, I won’t be only eating and drinking tea during the day, some gambling, parading and shopping is a must as well, so no high heels yet.
A high waist black skinny jeans, combined with a basic loose falling but sexy top. A striped bomber jacket, black roshe runs and a leather bag. I always cary a big bag around during the day haha. Ok so I added a sportive nixon watch, in combination with golden earcufs, a cute little skull ring and a very subtle choker necklace to give it a bit of a glamorous touch. Added a cool pair of sunglasses and ready to rock I think!



Stay tuned for the other 2 dinner and party outfits as my next posts!

Find out all about the Aria at www.vegas.com/resorts/aria/
Want to share some thoughts about this challenge or my choice of outfits? You’re welcome to comment below :)


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