Amsterdam

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

Pinned Up Marcel Wanders

‘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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TRIED & TESTED: PIZZA REVOLUTION OVERVEEN

January 10th, 2014

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Most striking feature:

The wooden benches near the bar are very impressive. Definitely the work of a real craftsman.  Above it you will find shelves with canned tomatoes and bottles of Peroni. The chairs they have at Pizza Revolution are all different and the owner told me that she has found them all on Marktplaats.nl. The highchairs for kids come from IKEA, but are now vintage and fit really well with the rest of the chairs. You may recognize the name of the owner, Pebbles Gockel, of Cafe George and, more recently, the Dutch. All Amsterdam based horeca establishments so why is she now opening a pizzeria in Overveen? Because Read more…


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TO GO: EXHIBITION GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI AMSTERDAM

January 8th, 2014

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The Eduard Planting gallery sure knows how to collect stunning photographs. Previously they exhibited work of great artists like Diane Arbus, Terry O’Neill and Erwin Olaf. From January 11th the Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri will show his work in the exhibition called Arte e Eleganza. A man who had international icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci before his lens. He worked for Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: MISC STORE AMSTERDAM

January 3rd, 2014

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Most striking feature:

They sell the most beautiful stationary in the world. From calendars to pens and from quotes provided by the School of Life to magazines such as Another Escape. The Misc Store Amsterdam was already a hugely popular online shop, but when someone from Germany actually stood in front of their office in Amsterdam because he thought they had a real shop, they came up with the idea to rent a slightly bigger space to work on their webshop and use it as a showroom/shop. Now they have found their location on Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: HOTEL DWARS AMSTERDAM

January 2nd, 2014

Hotel Dwars Amsterdam

Most striking feature:

Room number 9. A romantic love nest in one of the best areas in Amsterdam. Hotel Dwars is a new addition to the independent hotel scene in Amsterdam. Once Hotel Dwars Amsterdam was a hostel with graffiti on the walls where people were allowed to smoke weed in the rooms, but the new, young owners completely turned that dark place into a small new hotel. It took them 1,5 years to rebuild it all and Things I like, Things I love helped them with the interior. There are 9 rooms. Seven of them are standard rooms which are all different but have a brick wall, plants and very good beds in common and there’s one cozy room on the first floor with a roof made of glass. But then there’s room number 9 (the room I’ve stayed in) and it was love at first sight. This is Read more…


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NEW SPOT: HÔTEL DROOG SPA AMSTERDAM

December 16th, 2013

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re a beauty freak. At the new spa at Hôtel Droog they sell beauty products for men and women all made from biological ingredients.
  2. If you like brands like Cowshed and Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: SIX AND SONS AMSTERDAM

December 13th, 2013

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Most striking feature:

A coffee cafe and a shop on two floors. Alexander Six, the owner of Six and Sons, tells me that it’s a concept store with a masculine edge. Not that they exclude women, because if I see those Falcon mugs I saw at Folklore in London earlier my female heart starts beating faster too, but it’s all a bit more rough. Rough walls for example, but also vintage maps and posters on the wall and an small excavator on a table. For now they sell men’s clothing (women’s clothes will follow), beautiful vintage and antique objects such as lamps, tables and industrial letters, but also small gift items such Read more…


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