OUR STORIES

We want to inspire people to discover how unique everyday products are and seek the story behind them. Brew a coffee, carving wood or baking sourdough bread: each of these authentic crafts is very common, we almost forget to value. SIMPLY SLOW puts craft in the spotlight it deserves to create an inspiring awareness for authenticity. By visiting our MAKERS and simply GET TOGETHER, there is a lot to discover behind the everyday …


CAFFENOL, THE RESULTS

CAFFENOL, THE RESULTS

At this mid October day Amsterdam was at it’s best, enveloped in crispy autumn weather. We loaded our La Sardina-camera – orinoco ochre – and went for a walk. We…

GET TOGETHER CAFFENOL

GET TOGETHER CAFFENOL

On Sunday October 11th we gathered at our venue Spaces for an intimate Caffenol get-together. Our makers Madri van Veldhuizen and Anna Meijer from Lomography Benelux were preceded by Joyce…

ABOUT CAFFENOL

ABOUT CAFFENOL

When we first heard about the alternative photographic process Caffenol, we were charmed by it’s simplicity. Caffenol is a film developing method using instant coffee, washing soda and vitamin C…

GET TOGETHER SOAP

GET TOGETHER SOAP

Since 1497, soap is manufactured in Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s newest soap factory ‘De Amsterdamsche Zeepfabriek’ revives this tradition. They seethe soap as it was usual in those days. Made of natural…

MEET OUR MAKER MARGOT RUTTEN

MEET OUR MAKER MARGOT RUTTEN

One morning in March we met Margot Rutten from SOaP7 while she was making soap at her laboratory in Haren/ Groningen. At our upcoming get together she will guide us…

BOUGH BIKES

BOUGH BIKES

2015 February 24  The days are getting longer. As we jump on our bicycles and head into the city, the cool winter breeze still kisses our checks when we pass the…

GET TOGETHER NATURAL INDIGO

GET TOGETHER NATURAL INDIGO

2014 November 16 Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color. The primary use for indigo is as a dye for cotton yarn, which is mainly for…

MEET THE BLOGGER

MEET THE BLOGGER

2014, October 4 On October 4 we were invited by the international bloggers community 'Meet the Blogger' to host a small GET TOGETHER at their fourth conference. SIMPLY SLOW was invited…

GET TOGETHER SUMMER LEAVES

GET TOGETHER SUMMER LEAVES

2014, a slow Sunday in August On  Sunday we gathered at the newly opened SLA Zuidas to celebrate summer. Despite the lousy weather it was the perfect day for our…

GET TOGETHER PRINT MAKING

GET TOGETHER PRINT MAKING

2014 June The summer solstice has passed, the sun is shining and the air is warm. As we pass Park Frankendael in the East of Amsterdam, we hear the birds…

MAARTJE VAN DEN NOORT

MAARTJE VAN DEN NOORT

The honest simplicity of the work of illustrator Maartje van den Noort is intriguing. We first met Maartje at her light and spacious studio at 'Het Zeemanshuis'. A huge brickwork block…

THE SCENT OF SPRING

THE SCENT OF SPRING

2014, May As we gathered in the newly opened Marie-Stella-Maris Archives in the middle of the Nine Streets, the city was alive celebrating the first warmth of the year.  In…

BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES

BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES

At our upcoming GET TOGETHER we will dive into Spring and soak it up  by utilizing a selection of spring flowers and appurtenant scents. Spring is the ultimate season for fresh starts when…

GET TOGETHER LEATHER

GET TOGETHER LEATHER

2014, Sunday April 13 The North Eastern wind makes it a little cold outside on this early spring day.  However the sun warms us under the simple glass roof light…

ON LEATHER AT BAGISM

ON LEATHER AT BAGISM

On Sunday April 13th we are proud to present Amsterdam based designer Marjel van Tilborg as MAKER for our GET TOGETHER on leather. Back in 2008 Marjel searched for a…

GET TOGETHER CERAMICS

GET TOGETHER CERAMICS

2014, Sunday March 16 We were excited about our GET TOGETHER CERAMICS where we presented three MAKERS - J.C. Herman, Atelier NL and MAUKstudio. A wide range that will lead…

MEET OUR MAKER J.C. HERMAN

MEET OUR MAKER J.C. HERMAN

J.C. HERMAN Ceramics is the name of the Amsterdam-based pottery shop and studio of Herman Verhagen. J.C. HERMAN Ceramics designs, makes and sells ceramics; earthen- and stoneware. All products are handmade on…

GET TOGETHER COFFEE

GET TOGETHER COFFEE

The streets are quiet. It’s early, before 9. The morning sunlight bathes the corner of the Kinkerstraat. A sleepy crowd walks in, enveloped by the comforting smell of fresh coffee. MAKERS Onno van…

AT LOT SIXTY ONE COFFEE ROASTERS

AT LOT SIXTY ONE COFFEE ROASTERS

2014, February Sundays It’s Sunday and the day is off to a slow start. At Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters, the morning crowd is in, their coats and scarves hung…

GET TOGETHER JEWEL

GET TOGETHER JEWEL

We met on a rainy Sunday afternoon in January. NLstudio’s, a hidden gem in the Jordaan, was a beautiful location for our celebration of the fine craft of jewelry making…

GET TOGETHER WINTER BBQ

GET TOGETHER WINTER BBQ

We could not wait to fully embrace winter. So we took the time to get together and celebrate December at our winter-BBQ. At the bio dynamic farm 'De Stadshoeve' in…

GET TOGETHER WOOL

GET TOGETHER WOOL

We felt the need for warmth, cosiness and getting together. The apparent arrival of winter made us feel to go for //. WOOL as our third GET TOGETHER. Wool is natural…

ON WOOL

ON WOOL

Wool is beautiful, wool is warm and insulates. Wool is natural and organic, wool is renewable and recyclable, wool is fabulous. Wool breathes and is suitable for every season. Wool…

GET TOGETHER BEER & SAUSAGE

GET TOGETHER BEER & SAUSAGE

Last Sunday was the perfect day to celebrate autumn with our second GET TOGETHER  //. BEER & SAUSAGE. During this afternoon, our MAKERS Rick van den Berg and Paul Driessen from Oedipus Brewing…

BEEING SLOW

BEEING SLOW

Our first GET TOGETHER is a fact .. Everyone knows the story of the birds and the bees. Bees are extremely diligent, by pollinating our flowers and veggies they ensure…

SIMPLY SLOW LAUNCH

SIMPLY SLOW LAUNCH

Simply Slow: we are alive & kicking! Yesterday we celebrated this milestone, by presenting our new project to family and friends at the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-Noord. We had a great…

TEAM PICNIC

TEAM PICNIC

In slow preparations of our SIMPLY SLOW launch, the best way to team up in summer is having a picnic in the park with lemonade, juicy cherries and freshly baked…


SLOWLY DISCOVER

“Arriving at each new city,
the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had:
the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess
lies in wait for you in foreign, unprocessed places.”  
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ITALO CALVINO – INVISIBLE CITIES