Amsterdam

VOLKSHOTEL AMSTERDAM

July 22nd, 2014

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This is the place where once de Volkskrant (a famous Dutch newspaper) was made and after they moved, it was occupied by artists and other creatives. They organized some parties there and if you drove past it with your car you did see the huge building, but it looked rather lifeless. Fast forward to July 2014 when it’s a total different scene at the newly opened Volkshotel. People are sitting behind their computers or chatting with each other in the cafe, there’s a line of hipsters in front of the check-in counter and because the hotel just opened there are still some builders working on the finishing touches. It isn’t just a hotel, there’s also a Read more…


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ACE & TATE AT HOTEL DROOG AMSTERDAM

July 15th, 2014

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Ace & Tate is a Dutch eyewear brand that only exists for a year, but is already selling their frames in London, Berlin and The Netherlands. Their success is that they design fashionable, high quality, frames with a more than okay price tag (you already have a frame for 98 euro including prescription). They sell the frames mainly online, although you can also buy them at Hutspot in Amsterdam. This Summer they have opened a beautiful retail space in Hotel Droog, designed by Studio Droog. It’s a bright space with a minimalistic installation where they present the glasses on. When you Read more…


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NACIONAL AMSTERDAM

July 14th, 2014

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Casper Reinders isn’t someone who stands still. Late last year he opened Chow on the Rozengracht and shortly afterwards his gallery Libertine. His restaurants Bocinq and Lion Noir are still a hit in the Amsterdam restaurant scene. And now there’s Nacional: a huge project on the Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen, better known as an extension of the Leidseplein, opposite the Apple Store and the Balie. A central location with a 24/7 atmosphere. That’s why Nacional is also open from breakfast to late dinner. Perfect if Read more…


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NEW SPOT: MARIE STELLA MARIS ARCHIVES AMSTERDAM

May 20th, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you already like their water-line. Last Friday Marie Stella Maris opened their first store in the center of Amsterdam.
  2. If you like to see their new care-line: 100 products for beauty and home. With a good cause: from every product you buy a percentage goes to clean water projects.
  3. If you’re thirsty: in the basement they have a small cafe where you can drink water, coffee or tea.

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TRIED & TESTED: FELIX &FOAM AMSTERDAM

May 2nd, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The installation made by i29 architects in the Frame concept store on the first floor. Because of the rich history of the space (see the original floor and the columns for example) they didn’t want to change too much. So they made a special kind of mirror boxes so those details are visible everywhere you look – and the products really stand out. Felix Meritis, the European center for culture, wasn’t doing very well lately. They were declared bankrupt before the municipality bought the property and decided to give Foam, the museum of photography, the lead turning it into Felix &Foam. Ofcourse Foam opened a shop and a exhibition space in it, but invited other entrepreneurs as well. Tonight is the opening of Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: HOTEL DE HALLEN AMSTERDAM

April 30th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

A hotel in a former tram depot. In the restaurant you can even see the former rails. Joke of the architect. We’re talking about Andre van Stigt of Stigt Architects who also did the design of the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam and het Groothandelsgebouw in Rotterdam among others. Since 1901 this place was used as a tram depot. In 2007 they announced that the area would be a place where restaurants, shops and a hotel can come together and since last Friday one of those places is already open. Hotel de Hallen. I went there yesterday to have a look and was pleasantly surprised. When you set one foot inside the industrial building you will be attracted to the lobby immediately: a bright space where you will find the rooms on both sides stretching out over two floors. They Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: LIBERTINE AMSTERDAM

April 17th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

Casper Reinders and his art collection. Anyone who have read the Spanish AD a few months back, fell in love with Casper Reinder’s house. Obviously the Amsterdam restaurant entrepreneur knows how to bring inspiration in places like Lion Noir, Bo Cinq and Chow, but he also knows how to bring home a great mix of design and art. Reinders is on a continuous journey to find extraordinary items in the world so I can understand why he opened a gallery. On the Prinsengracht, next to the Leidsestraat and very close to Bo Cinq, all his discoveries are all displayed at Libertine. From a life-size statue of Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: BRAINY DAYS AMSTERDAM

April 15th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

Around the corner of Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam you will find a new shop called Brainy Days, the store of Vera. The store will be there for half a year and Vera, the owner, will gather the most original gift items in here. From inspirational quotes to cutting boards shaped like a diamond. Last Friday she officially opened the doors and she launched an online magazine at the same time (click on this link to see more). With an overload of cool interior shops in Amsterdam (from Friday Next to Maison NL and from Hutspot to Six and Sons) Brainy Days knows how to select the most special pieces with a more than fine price tag. From an Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: PINNED UP MARCEL WANDERS

January 31st, 2014

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‘If I look back at my life in the 12 seconds before I die, this would definitely be one of the highlights’, says Marcel Wanders during the press preview this morning. After that we were about to explore the biggest exhibition ever of the designer who got his breakthrough in during the design fair in Milan in 1996 with the knotted chair. A chair made of knots and with a lot of love (please read his quote on the picture below). But there’s more. Remember the egg vase? The crochet chair (Beyonce has one)? The Big Bell Chandelier? But we also see details of his design for the Mondrian South Beach Hotel and learn more about the person behind the name via quotes on the wall. There are about Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: STOUT & CO. AMSTERDAM

January 27th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

In a former brewery in Amsterdam you have your own design apartment which you never, ever, want to leave again. Near Artis, so very central, it’s located in a quiet area with former houses for the people who worked at the brewery. Stefan and Steven, the owners of Stout & Co, fell in love with this place where they not only work (on the ground floor you’ll find their landscape and interior design studio), but will also be living there soon and they rent five apartments to guests. I’ve checked in last Saturday and ofcourse, because of the background of the owners, you can assume that it’s very, very good interior-wise, but the attention to details makes Stout & Co. really stand out. All the Read more…


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