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The future is coming

Last year we saw Hendo’s hoverboard prototype, now Lexes’s teases a real-live magnetized hoverboard were the luxury automaker has been working on for the past 18 months. The hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets conbine to allow Lexus to create the impossible. Click here to watch the Lexus Hoverboard movie. Are you ready for a future of hoverboards?

ART-SLEEP-EXPERIENCE

Always wanted to sleep at a special location in a unique artistic object? Camping and art come together at Urban Campsite. You can stay in artistic, unusual and crazy objects. The objects serve as a bedroom. It offers its guests all the amenities of a regular camping with a lot more. Are you booking an art-sleep-experience night?

WE ARE IN

Today on July 7th our new Decoded leather Pouch with strap for iPhone 6 (Plus) will be released worldwide! The Pouch is a sleek way to protect your phone and has a cardslot for your business cards and creditcards. Carefully handcrafted from the finest nappa leather, this product gives your iPhone a touch of luxury while providing the best possible protection. The pouch is a very light layer adding minimal weight to your smartphone. The Dutch flag represents the Dutch Design. Get yours now, check out the online Apple Store.

THE ROAST ROOM

Meet The Roast Room: a new hotspot in our capital Amsterdam and a true paradise for all meatlovers. The place serves high quality meat and has an amazing interior. Downstairs you can have breakfast and lunch and the fine dining section is upstairs. The large restaurant can receive 200 guests at a time. But it might be a good idea to make an appointment: the restaurant is already very popular. If you would like to know more about the restaurant, check out their website.

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ANTWERP HOME WITH HUGE WINDOWS

This Antwerp home has a pair of glass doors recognized as the world’s largest pivoting window. The two-story twin glazings were designed by Belgian studio Sculp IT. The galzings are impressive pieces of architectural design, together they clock in at nearly four tons and are 20 feet tall, opening out towards the garden of the renovated house. The goal of the doors was to provide natural light and beautiful views to all three levels of the building. It has been made into a social, open space that, according to Sculp IT, makes it the ideal barbecue house.

DUTCH DESIGN FROM THE SOUTH

Another amazing Dutch Design product. The lamp “ZUID” by Francoise Oostwegel tells the story about the Limburg province in the South of The Netherlands. The characteristics of the Limburg province are brought to life in the lamp like the shape, material and colors. The traditional timbered houses and mining lamps were an inspiration for the shape of the lamp. If you would like to see more work from Francoise, check out her website.

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UNIQUE FINE-LINE TATTOOS BY DR. WOO

Dr. Woo is known for his unique single needle, fine-line creations. Woo has put ink on such celebs as Drake, Ellie Goulding, and Cara Delevingne. And if you want to get tattooed by this famous artist, you’re going to have to wait at least 6 months. The New York Times called him the “Tattoo Artist for the Hollywood Set”. If you’re interested in Dr. Woo’s work, you should check out his Instagram account.

AMAZING DUTCH ARCHITECTURE

We love Dutch design. Dutch architects have been busy with some amazing projects. Rem Koolhaas has designed a hotel called ‘nhow on air’ that will become the biggest hotel of the Benelux. The building consists of three stacked blocks and has 650 rooms. Another Dutch architect project can be found in the middle of the dune landscape of Terschelling. The Dune House. This energy efficient home is designed by Marc Koehler architects. The house has a sea view and was inspired by the environment of the dunes.

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THE NEW HIPPIE CAR

What’s better than a roadtrip with your best friends? A roadtrip with your best friends in the Nimbus e-car. In addition to the famous VW, there is now an ecological competitor. The Nimbus e-car is equipped with solar panels and can run on energy. “The more power and autonomy your car has, the mroe power and autonomy you have. By the same token, the more ecological your car is, more ecological you are.” The Nimbus is still a concept car but we hope that it will become reality soon! click here to visit their website.

IT’S DENIM WEEK

For those of you with an indigo heart: it’s denim week! Amsterdam is the centre of attention for the second time this spring with a programme for denim lovers of every kind. If you are ready to get in the denim mood, click here. Are you visiting Amsterdam this denim week?

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SUMMER VIBES @ COACHELLA

The pictures of Coachella, the music & arts festival in Indio California, give us some serious summer vibes. Coachella is one of the biggest festivals in the world and if you would like to spot some celebrities, you should go there. Coachella took place last weekend and will take place again this weekend with the same lineup. Click here to check out their website.

JAY-Z RELAUNCHES TIDAL

Have you heard about Tidal? Tidal is a streaming music service that was re-launched by Jay-Z. The rapper recuited 16 musicians including Alicia Keys and Daft Punk to become part-owners of Tidal. Lossless CD-quality streaming of 25 million songs is what sets Tidal apart from the competition. In addition to a high music quality you can search music as with Shazam, you can listen to your favorite music offline and you can watch 75,000 music videos in HD-quality. Users can’t use Tidal for free outside of a two-week trial.

MAKE-UP YOUR MIND

If you’re not sure which make-up look suits you best, you should try out the Makeup Genius app by L’Oréal. Makeup Genius starts by making a scan of your face. After that, you can try different looks on yourself. It doesn’t just show a picture, you can actually move your face and the selfie camera will make it look like you are wearing this look. Makeup Genius is now avaiable on iOS.

BEAUTIFUL, DURABLE & DUTCH DESIGNED

Meet the MEIJS Motorman. It may seem like a cool retro motorcycle, but is actually an electric moped. “More than half of the world population lives in cities where traffic is jammed. That simple fact got my designers mind thinking: which vehicle would be the perfect, most simple solution for city transport? I decided it should be a light electric motorbike. A bike that makes life lighter and easier, yet elegant and at a high level. The solution for the city, and a joy in the countryside.” Says Ronald Meijs, founder of the Motorman. If you’re interested in this beautiful durable vehicle; check out their website.

BEAUTIFUL, DURABLE & DUTCH DESIGNED: MEIJS Motorman.
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APPLE KEYNOTE HIGHLIGHTS

During the Apple keynote on april 9th, Apple presented their newest developments to the public. HBO, Apple Pay and the number of iPhone sales came to bid. But to us the highlights of the event were the ultra slim new Macbook and the Apple Watch. Read more & stay tuned for the perfect accessory to cover your Macbook 12″!

SIRI WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DUTCH SOON

We have been waiting for this moment for a while, but Apple’s smartest personal assistent will support our Dutch language soon! In addition to the Dutch language Siri will also support Danish, Portuguese, Thai, Turkish and Swedish. The official update is still pending.

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On Top Of The World

MUST SEE: ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Two talented Dutch filmmakers joined a group of men with freerunning skills on their trip to shoot an amazing documentary named ‘On Top Of The World’. The men started their trip to Switzerland, Turkey and Greece with no money at all, looking for the ultimate happiness. And they sure found it. See the movie on ontopoftheworldproject.com.

Our Bluetooth Leather Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

Turn your iPad into a real mobile workstation wherever you are with the Decoded Leather Bluetooth Keyboard Case. The Keyboard Case offers sophisticated full body protection to your iPad with its premium leather casing. Smart sensors will automatically turn the illuminated keyboard on. The battery lasts up to 80 days once charged with the included micro USB cable. Coming soon! Would you like to know more about our Keyboard Case? Click here.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“GREAT THINGS NEVER CAME FROM COMFORT ZONES.”

NEW COLOURS FOR OUR WALLET CASES

Get ready for some new colours in our Wallet Case collection! The handmade case incorporates several wanted functonalities into a complete all-in-one case solution. It gives you easy access to your business cards and camera while your iPhone is still well protected. And now, black and brown aren’t the only colours anymore.

iPhone 5: blue & white
iPhone 6: blue, grey, red & white
iPhone 6 Plus: blue

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

You won’t believe your eyes. A ghost ship at a canal in Amsterdam that looks like the Flying Dutchman to us, created by visualSKIN for the Amsterdam Light Festival. The apparition shows up in front of ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture and the Scheepvaartmuseum by using stage lights and water curtains. We’ve seen it in movies, now we can see it in real life.

WHO DOESN’T WANT TO LIVE AT NUMBER 23?

We love architecture. And who would not want to live in this beautiful house at number 23? ‘NUMBER 23’, named after the number of the house, was designed by MATT Architecture. NUMBER 23 can be found in West London and is designed so that each room is filled with natural light. Although the property is 20% smaller than the neighbor’s house, it is 30% larger. Now how cool is that?

COOL DUTCH SUMMER HOUSE

This summer house is a project of 2by4-architects. The cottage, called ‘Zomerhuis-Eiland huis’ (Summerhouse Island house) is built on an island in de Loosdrechtse Plas, Breukelen. “The cottage must especially radiate simplicity and tranquility. Nature is the most important, that’s why we kept the house as simple as possible, the emphasis is on experiencing nature.”

APPELSTIJL ABOUT CODE BLUE

The Dutch blog Appelstijl made an article about our CODE BLUE collection. Appelstijl is an online magazine about the Apple lifestyle. If you’re interested in the article, click here.

DUTCH DESIGN BY DIEDERIK STORMS

Dutch artist Diederik Storms likes to get inspired by nature. The artist from The Hague uses raw materials such as stone or wood and replaces parts by plexiglass which perfectly follows the shape of the original object. Are you interested about his work? Take a look at his website.

CHILL IN THE AIR

Do you like height? Then you’ve missed this. Last month lovers of heigh gathered together to chill out and take photos from a particular point of view. The highline meeting took place in Monte Piana in northeastern Italy.

A DUTCH DESIGN RESTAURANT BY PIET BOON

Dutch design studio Piet Boon design recently transformed a former military hospital in Antwerp into a beautiful restaurant. If you’re interested in more pictures, check out their website.

RAY-BAN GOES DENIM TOO!

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer got a lot more rugged with the new Wayfarer Denim. The classic Ray-Ban model got a denim make-over and is available is 6 colours. Go match your Decoded CODE BLUE accessories with your glasses!

LIGHTS, CAMERA, APPLE

Yesterday was not just another day in Cupertino, Apple introduced their new products: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. Compared to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 6 is larger but thinner. The 4,7 inch iPhone has the same camera as the iPhone 5 but with more possibilities. The iPhone 6 Plus is 5,5 inch. The new iPhones will be available in the USA from september 19th and in the Netherlands from september 29th. Apple also introduced their long-waited Apple Watch, their first smartwatch. Read more

Quote of the day

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

WAITING IS AWESOME

In Baltimore (Maryland) people like to wait on the bus. Creative group ‘MMMM…’ made a simple but special bus stop for the city. Three large sculptures form the letters BUS and are made out of wood and steel. The three letters are big enough to accommodate two to four people and protect them from rain, sun and wind. BUS is a place to enjoy, interact and meet while waiting for the BUS.

ARCHITECTURE AT ITS BEST

The Sharifi-Ha house in Teheran brings architecture to a whole ‘nother level. The house was designed by Nextoffice. The moveable stairs and 90 degree revolving rooms make it possible to ‘close’ the house navigate to this web-site. What do you think?

CODE BLUE BY DECODED

We are proud to introduce our new collection called CODE • BLUE over here. The collection includes our trusted premium leather combined with Japanese denim. The collection was born out of Decoded’s passion for denim and inspired by Lee, Levis and Wrangler. Details of these largest denim brands will shine through in our brand new collection. Because the natural fading like leather, denim fits perfectly within the DNA of Decoded. Read more

THE DECODED LEATHER POWERBANK

This is the ultimate preparation for your holiday. Recharge your mobile device at your convenience, anywhere. The powerbank has a slim design and both sides of the gadget are covered with premium leather. The charger will look like a fashionable gadget in your bag instead of a simple battery. The Decoded Leather Powerbank: coming soon.

DENIM WEEK

It’s Denim week! And we are proud that our very own Dutch capital is also the capital of Denim. This week Amsterdam has turned indigo blue for the Denim Days (from 7 to 10 May). The Denim Days include seminars, exhibitions, workshops, books, live music and much more. For more information, check out the website. Decoded got also inspired by Denim this year, more information is coming soon!

DECODED/HEINEKEN IPAD SLIM COVER COLAB

Heineken, known for its catchy commercials, has used our Heineken Slim Cover in their new commercial. The world famous beer brand made this video as a respond to viewers’ doubts about the authenticity of their latest film: The Odyssey. The exclusive Slim Cover was developed for the board members of Heineken. The cover has its own Heineken flag instead of the Dutch Flag. Here at Decoded we always enjoy watching Heineken commercials and we are happy with this nice compliment.

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New KLM corporate iPhone 5 / 5S flipcases has landed!

We did a really great collaboration with our Dutch Royal Airlines KLM generic for cymbalta. We designed special cases in ‘Royal blue’ with the  authentic KLM logo. Of course the cases are produced under Decoded quality. Which means they are handmade of the finest genuine leather. The Dutch flag represents the Dutch design on all of our products.

Do you want to know the possibilities to create your business or custom cases? Feel free to contact us at info@decoded.nl

A Royal Celebration

Not too long ago, the history of the Netherlands took on a new course. After more than a hundred years, the Dutch crown has been passed down to a male monarch. His majesty, King William-Alexander of Orange relieved the former Queen Beatrix of her duties as the Royal head of state. On the 30th of april, the Netherlands came together as a whole to celebrate their new King and to express their gratitude to Princess Beatrix for her loyal service and impeccable representation of the Dutch people. Read more

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We came, we saw and really did Las Vegas!!!

We knew it was gonna be good, but it turned out amazing! Our 6-day trip to the Show- capital Vegas is now concluded and we have many memories and stories to tell. And even better, pictures to show. Here is a selection of DECODED’s 2013 Las Vegas CES show taken by Erik, Wouter and Sven whom we thank for being real champs and for sharing this incredible trip with us. Keep your eyes open for the next DECODED trip competition, coming your way spring 2013. Read more

A hidden paradise in Hollywood

During our business trip in the US this month we had the chance to spend two nights at the Petit Ermitage hotel in West Hollywood. With its rather secret and intimate atmosphere, this hotel has been our prefered stop. It is relaxing, quiet, comfortable and has a unique, genuine identity with a very seducing art collection. A few minutes after checking in, we went upstairs to enjoy the rooftop pool with all the striped couches. It was so calm! And pretty romantic too with a very hip playlist! Read more

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