A SENSE OF COLOR • 03

A SENSE OF COLOR • 03

POWDER PINK

Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century.

The golden age of the color pink was the Rococo Period in the 18th century, when pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe. Pink was particularly championed by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France.
She wore combinations of pale pink and blue and had a particular tint of pink made for her by the Sevres porcelain factory, created by adding nuances of blue, black and yellow.

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Tate Modern x Compass Island – Interview

Tate Modern x Compass Island – Interview

In conversation with Compass Island

By Jodie Kharas

To coincide with the launch of the Agnes Martin exhibit at Tate Modern, Tate invited Amsterdam-based creative agency Compass Island to exercise their expertise in minimalist design as guest pinners to the Quiet Abstraction Pinterest board.
Here, co-founder Naia Salamah elaborates on Martin and minimalism.

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A SENSE OF COLOR • 02

A SENSE OF COLOR • 02

BRASS

For this second mood board, I choose brass, marble and the color black, that have a timeless appeal on their own. Combined together, they evoke luxury and elegance in a refined way.

‘Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea’
– (Sonnet 65) – William Shakespeare.

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A SENSE OF COLOR • 01

A SENSE OF COLOR • 01

Malachite green

Every now and then, I will share a mood board on our journal based on colors, materials, textures and more. As a visual person and an avid “Pinterester,” I take great pleasure in sharing what inspires and moves me. While collaborating with the Tate Modern and Pinterest on the ‘Quiet Abstraction’ board that pays homage to Agnes Martin’s legacy, I felt the desire to extend that experience in a more personal way.

Here is the first of my mood boards that highlights a rich, deep color I cherish: Malachite green.

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Journal de Nîmes – Future Issue

Journal de Nîmes – Future Issue

Januari 2015 – The most appreciated ‘Journal de Nîmes’ is here for a fresh start of the year! The printed & online paper by Amsterdam based denim store Tenue de Nîmes. As we mentioned in an earlier post, the ‘Future Issue’ (nr11) features an article by us on the Wheels & Waves 2014 edition. The yearly event of the vintage & custom motorcycle scene and surf culture in Biarritz, France. Here you can find a selection of our photography combined with a story of our adventures!

WHEELS & WAVES has become one of the most anticipated events in the custom motorcycling scene in just a few years. It all happens in Biarritz, surrounded by the magic coastal landscapes of the Basque country where the wavy Atlantic Ocean meets the rough Pyrenees mountains. A breathtaking place for any motor rider!
With its fine blend of mechanics, vintage, surfing, art and music, there are no rules regarding what’s hot and what’s not. WHEELS & WAVES shows us an eclectic mix of styles and scenes coming together, like one big family. The passion for motorcycles and the creativity it engenders, brings a great vibe to the whole event. The Lighthouse of Biarritz being the heart of the event where everyone met.

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Wheels & Waves 2014

Wheels & Waves 2014

October 2014 – Tenue de Nîmes, the great “pure blue” retail store for jeans aficionados in Amsterdam, commissioned us to be part of their beautiful Journal de Nîmes. in here we will share our photography and story of the Wheels & Waves adventures we had last summer in Biarritz!

Here’s a sneak peak:

“Our friends and creative duo Naia Salamah and Folkert Hengeveld reached out to Rene recently and told him that they would soon travel to the South of France to attend Wheels & Waves 2014. For those of you who don’t know Wheels & Waves: The event became one of the largest European gatherings for custom motor bike aficionado’s. Naia and Folkert came back from Biarritz with a dazzling story and ditto photos and we immediately asked them if they would like to share their report in our upcoming Journal de Nîmes. Luckily for us they agreed!

We are so excited about the outcome that we have to share a preview with you here today. Enjoy the first part of the story and the images above and continue reading in our upcoming ‘Future Issue’ of our Journal de Nîmes in a few weeks! Make sure you check out Folkert and Naia’s new website over at Compass Island too for more brand inspiration and happy feelings. Enjoy!” – Text by Menno Van Meurs

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Explore • Dream • Discover

If one does not know which port one is sailing to,
no wind is favourable. Ancient wisdom, which nevertheless this still holds true in a world which
has developed to the point of satellite navigation
and particle colliders. Whatever one wishes to
explore, one needs clear direction.

When the Dutch were still a great sea faring nation, Compass Island in the middle of the IJ waters was where ships embarked in order to take their bearings. This modest landmark is situated right behind our studio at KNSM-Island in Amsterdam.

We like to see ourselves as explorers of uncharted territories. Not quite behaving like conquistadors, rather more the avid geographical researcher species.

Also we like old school quality work tools
to achieve our goals. However at the final end, when we plant our flag it is only for the sake of sheer jingoism and extra barrel of ginger ale!

Compass Island has all the seamanship to harbour your commercial interests. So as you seek new markets to explore, let us together set the calibration for creating noticeable identities, refined design and daring stories.
You will reach your destination and as with any voyage, discover more of yourself.

Take it from us: as regards as to brand identity
we can hand, reef and steer.

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