Predominantly dressed in alternative black outfits, some colorful tattoos peeking from underneath and painted nails that subtly hint at his distinct personality. He works in the computer sector, but he's far from your typical nerd. Xander views the world through an anthropological lens, shunning normativity, and eagerly pushing the boundaries of existence. He has a fondness for plants, moved a big part of his green friends to the Bouncespace building in Amsterdam, and can passionately explain how yoga and bondage (BDSM) share similar physical and mental challenges. Join us as we delve into Xander's story.
Your clothing style captures my attention every time I see you, how do you do it?Haha, well thank you. I find it visually appealing to add elements that create a contrasting effect. Like wearing a suit combined with a metal shirt. I'm drawn to combinations that catch people off guard. I think I’m always driven by a sense of unconventionality, it’s perhaps even an unconscious urge of mine. I enjoy presenting people with something unexpected, something outside the norm and I like to experiment with that: a day without experiencing anything new is a day not lived.
Nice motto, but you’ve been at Bouncespace for 9 years now, and are even called the place’s Plant Doctor. So much for new things everyday?You got me there. But it’s not your typical 9-to-5 corporate work situation. Things are very fluid and casual, there’s a lot of atypical people with an aligned mindset coming in and going out. Luckily, no day’s the same. And for the plants… I never had much interest in plants until the pandemic hit, and my wife and I received a plant starter kit as a gift. What really piqued my curiosity was the plant care app that came with it. It felt like having a digital pet, reminiscent of Tamagotchis. As the pandemic unfolded, my fascination with plants grew immensely. I started collecting plants at home, but space was limited, and my wife implemented a "one in, one out" policy. So, I took some of them to work instead. Now, about three-quarters of the plants at Bouncespace are mine, and I can't bear to neglect them. I've grown attached to this responsibility and I find the process of nurturing them quite meditative.
I'm quite a stimulus seeker, considering new things as a challenge. This mindset led me into the world of bondage