The 5 best shops for Dutch design
&klevering was founded in Amsterdam in 1992 and wants to ‘brighten up everyday life at home’. Think classic Delftware with a twist, as well as geometric designs and lively prints that are inspired by nature. They regularly partner with talented Dutch designers and also design for the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
A showroom full of Marcel Wanders’s exciting and visually overwhelming design. Besides Wanders’s own work, the work of national and international contemporary designers is for sale in this 850-square-metre warehouse. Bring several credit cards, or just feast your eyes.
The Amsterdam-based design studio Droog created its own world in Staalstraat. The shop is part of a complex with a hotel, gallery, library, spa and a coffee and tearoom overlooking an inner garden that’s open to shop visitors. Droog is known for giving unusual, fun twists to everyday objects.
4) Store without a home
This started out in 2010 as a pop-up store, subsequently drifted around the city, but ultimately found a permanent home in Haarlemmerdijk. They sell affordable and quirky design items, like paper mounted animal heads, or crumpled ceramics, by – mostly unknown – Dutch and international brands, independent labels and talented designers.
5) The Maker Store
Ninety different local designers and makers sell their highly original objects here; think cutting boards made from local trees, Amsterdam board games, or necklaces shaped like Amsterdam’s street pattern. You might spot one of the designers at work in ‘the Maker Space’. Once a month there’s a big indoor market where you can meet even more makers.
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