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Open Doors + special guest: Philip Stroomberg

Every first Thursday of the month De Monsterkamer organises an Open Doors + special guest event. This time we invited Philip Stroomberg, graphic designer of a.o. The Cube Calendar®. This Open Doors event happens to coincide with the famous Dutch Sinterklaas night. Which is a good thing, because what is a cooler Sinterklaas or Christmas present than The Cube Calendar? Also, we will serve hot chocolate and speculaas biscuits.

  • Date: 05/12/2013
  • Time: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: De Monsterkamer
  • Speaker: Philip Stroomberg
  • Costs: Free

With this beautiful design-calendar, Philip Stroomberg has added an innovative twist to the concept of the tear-off calendar. Not a messy sheaf of paper hanging from a nail on your wall, but a compact object that subtly changes shape in your hands: by tearing off a card each day, you reveal the workings of time. There’s a card for each day and, every few days, a card with a quote about time – a humorous observation or a philosophical aphorism. All 90 quotes the 2014 edition are in English and are selected to inspire, to guide to success or to provide a light note on a rainy day.

Authors of the quotes range from Confucius to Voltaire, from John Cleese to Mae West, thinkers from all sorts of categories share their wit and insight. Sometimes they are surprisingly with-the-times. Mae West was already familiar with the principle of YOLO, if you go by her quote: ‘You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough’. And Voltaire sums up our current zeitgeist with: ‘I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way’.

The Cube Calendar comes in a specially designed box that ingeneously folds around the cube without glue or other adhesive. If you lift the lid, the box falls open like origami, leaving the calendar to be picked up. The first edition (2013) was a great success. Through sales points such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague it was quickly sold out.

The Cube Calendar has been designed for the international market. Its simple, yet smart, appearance makes it suitable for all types of environments. Its modern design refers to cultural traditions such as Bauhaus and Het Nieuwe Bouwen and, at the same time, The Cube Calendar design shows a hint of self-deprecation, making it very contemporary Dutch. For you either leave The Cube intact – the 2014 edition is a potential collector’s item – thus allowing the calendar to keep its secrets, or you do what is required and tear off the cards so that, come the 31st of December, there’s nothing left but a unadorned surface.

The Cube Calendar is already for sale in De Monsterkamer, during our Open Doors + special guest event it will come with a little surprise.

Language: English
Material: Algro Design paperboard, supplied by Igepa Nederland
Binding: binding screws, nickel
Size: 75 x 75 x 70 mm
Packaging: 84 x 84 x 80 mm
Producer: DrukGoed&paardekooper
Fully recyclable
Price: 24,95 euro

Philip Stroomberg
 is an independent graphic designer based in Amsterdam, who started his company in 1997. In his portfolio, the accent is on cultural productions. Stroomberg regularly creates designs for the international promotion of Dutch culture. Stroomberg: ‘I’m not a classical typographer. To me, the interaction with the design is important. I’m always looking for a shape on the basis of the content. The shape is the result of an idea, it isn’t based on established lines. I want to create it in such a way that the user develops a bond with the object.’