Sunday, October 31, 2010


Friday, April 30, 2010

Barra Grande Guesthouse online!

Designed, development and photography, Ide Claessen Studioi

And here he finally is! The brand new Barra Grande Guesthouse website.
I was so fortunate to design it locally under the Brazilian sun!

Barra Grande Guesthouse is Located at "THE" kitesurf-paradise-bay in northern Brazil (Piaui). ThE place to go for kite surf addic

Also check them out on Facebook!
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's been a while

Ide @ Barra Grande Guesthouse, Piaui, Brazil

I know it's been a while, but new updates on projects and travels are coming soon!
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wilde beast migration Serengeti

By Ide Claessen,
Masai Mara

By Ide Claessen,
The Big 5

By Ide Claessen,

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jumping Masai @ Ngorongoro

By Ide Claessen -, Masai land Tanzania
Banana selling

Hippo loving

Who's rubbing themselves at Lake Manyara :)

By Ide Claessen,

Lake Manyara is a shallow freshwater lake in Tanzania. Said by Ernest Hemingway[1] to be the "loveliest [lake] ... in Africa," it is also the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife.

Tuns of elephants and a gorgeous Hippo "pool".

Flickr here:
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Tarangiri National Park

Next stop while heading towards Serengeti in Tanzania was Tarangiri National Park close to Arusha. It's a small less known and appreciated park, but herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

flickr here:
to Tarangiri picture set

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Beautiful and colorful Zanzibar people

For the ones that didn't know yet, my buddy Filip and I made again a December trip to beautiful Africa.
This time destination was Zanzibar and Tanzania.
First stop was the Idyllic little island Zanzibar, semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa. Known for its spices, raffia and not to forget honeymoon tourism (but grooms, be careful not to loose your bride on one of these Masai escort boys:))

We mainly enjoyed their white sandy beaches and beautiful/colorful people and their Hakuna Matata mentality.

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Happy Holidays from the white teeth-ed kids!

By Filip Weymans, Lake Manyara, Northern Tanzania
Here they come!!!

By Ide Claessen,

I know it's been a while but here finally some new posts.
Gradually I'll be uploading the pictures from our trip to Zanzibar and Tanzania.
Here's already a sneak preview on the Zanzibar images...


flickr here:
Zanzibar December 2009 - a set on Flickr
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace

Any body traveling to London one of these days should really go and check out the Musical Billy Elliot, now running at the Victoria Palace.
Just stunning!
Based on the smash hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realise his ambitions against the odds. Set in the North East of England against the background of the historic 1984/85 miners' strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance in secret to avoid disapproval of his struggling family.
The award-winning creative team behind the film, writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling are joined by the incomparable Sir Elton John to create a musical that is immensely entertaining.
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Wee Birdy: secret London

Traveling to London this weekend and while looking for some cool tips, I ran into this great Wee Birdy blog giving tips on secret spots in London.
A striking project during the summer were these London’s gang of graffiti knitters and their rather splendid handiwork.

Armed with (knitting) needles and (crochet) hooks, Knit the City’s Yarn Corps are a posse of purlers whose sole aim is to “reknit your neighbourhood”.
Check out the extraordinarily beautiful results when a telephone box gets a rather woolly makeover. Hope they're still around while I'm there...
Gideon exhibiting again...

My Brother is exhibiting again on December 3th at VVB 82 Gallery in Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium.
Everybody is welcome from 8pm! See you there!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The kidos

ltr and cw Otis, Lion king Otis, Luca and Ella

The kidos last weekend and...
Otis and me had some fun in the jungle ;)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Beautiful Sushi

Every time I eat or see Shushi, I'm always stunned how beautiful it looks
This set we had a while ago at my place
... hmmm
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

From the old box

pictures by Ide Claessen, Studioi

Just by coincidence I found (on a lost SD memory card) a bunch of colorful leftover pictures I made 3 years ago during a trip to Morocco. Pictures are made in Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki and Marrakesh.

Beautiful picture made by Mirjam Bleeker at one of my favorite places, Gokarna West India.
Check out Mirjam's website, her Photography, sense for color and aesthetics is just amazing.

Bleeker's work has appeared in numerous publications - particularly in national and international food- travel- and interior magazines.
Because of her curiosity and open minded style, she is able to establish a real connection with the subjects of her work. In this way, she is able to see the true character of the people and the cultures she photographs ... capturing their lifestyles and folklore, as well as their interiors.
Inspired by extensive travels, Mirjam has an evolving vision on life, work and how the two interact. Because so many of her productions are made on her own initiative, she has the creative freedom to bring her concepts and inspiration to reality.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gideon Kiefer exhibiting

My brother is exhibiting again, this time at 'Antiquariaat Settembrini' in Leiden, The Netherlands.

October 10th till November 14th
Every Saturday and Sunday

Pieterskerk-choorsteeg 17

Wanna hold sheep? But don't have the space or time?

These Life-sized Sheep sculptures could add a touch of rural whimsy to
your most urban interior or exterior. Specify in natural, white, or black. This
amazing sculpture is available in four sizes.

Designer: Jason Phillips (United States)
Rainy fall day :)

Ok, I guess here we go :) Fall is in the air...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hemisphere Brussels

For all world cuisine lovers visiting Brussels, Hemisphere is the place to go! Just across from the Royal Munt Theatre right at the city center you find this souk like decorated restaurant offering nothing fancy but just great oriental food (Tangines, couscous, curries,..). Very much like Antwerp's Zurenborger counterpart El Warda.

Good choice Albert :)!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Handfabriek

Here they go again, I've mentioned them already before in previous posts. Quote "... De Handfabriek' or in English 'The hand factory' stands for handmade things, made by a collective of young women designing and making mainly kids cloths and accessories.
They're pretty well known in Antwerp and surroundings..."

This weekend they're organizing again a seasonal sale:

Saturday October 3th from 20u00 Sunday October 4th and Monday October 5th from 11u00 till 17u00
Pipo Mandarine
Korte Altaarstraat 24

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Having fun in Middelkerke ;)

Top pic ltr. Ella, Sofie, Ide, Otis, Ief, Bottom pic ltr. Olav, Ide, Sofie

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ief in Illustration now!

The latest volume of Taschen’s Illustration Now! (Volume 3) is released this month, and guess what?
My brother is in it on page 100!

Go to their website, click right on ‘leaf through’ to get an inside preview and start scrolling!

Illustration now presents a dazzling selection of groundbreaking work by 150 of the world's most exciting illustrators. A fascinating mix of established master draftsmen and neophytes, working in a vast range of techniques, Illustration Now! Vol. 3 features illustrators from 30 countries, including information about their career paths, and lists of selected exhibitions. Also included is an introduction by specialist Steven Heller on current trends in the field. This book is perfect for graphic artists, creative professionals and illustration students, as well as anyone with an appreciation for draftsmanship and visual language.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sample sale at Flint Agenturen!

designed by Ide Claessen, Studioi

For all women looking for affordable boards/street wear for their kids?
A good friend of mine, head distributor for Protest kids clothing in Holland, is having a sample sale at the end of this month!

DONDERDAG 24 sept. 15.00 TOT 20.00 UUR

VRIJDAG 25 sept. 9.30 TOT 18.00 UUR

kids winter 2009 collectie maten 128 -152



070 4156601


Cash only:)!
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Monday, September 7, 2009

My home town

You don't see that every day! Doesn't she (well, for me it's a she) look great! (pictures taken by my dad in my hometown Neerpelt last weekend).
This rubber duck(ie) is designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, and was maliciously damaged while traveling through Limburg a couple of weeks ago.
Luckily they managed to fix her and now she’s floating again through various Limburg villages.
The duck is part of contemporary art project from the Hasselt art center Z33
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Where to go when you wanna eat legendary healthy food in Antwerp?

Go to Lombardia for a lunch with appetizing organic sandwiches, delicious ginger tea and smoothies.
They are a trendsetter in vegetarian food, ideal for breakfast or lunch.
What you get here is the future of food.
We enjoyed it a lot!

Lombardvest 78
2000 Antwerp
, Belgium
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