What makes a place undefinable? I was thinking about this question while interviewing baker Ferdinand Doumic about Baking Lab, a bakery and café on Linnaeusstraat. For me, undefinability is when associations and memories are stronger than the original purpose of a place.
“I would say it’s a café, of course. It’s a bakery, it’s an educational place, it’s also a social place,” Ferdinand says. “So, there’s all those things that connect to each other. That makes it so hard to define. […] And I think also, maybe something interesting about the Baking Lab is that because it is so diverse, it will bring people who tend not to be so much specialists, but more generalists who have diverse interests.”
After trying to describe Baking Lab himself, Ferdinand asked me,……….. continue reading
Photo impression Baking Lab Amsterdam by Tamara Kanuchova November 2023