You wouldn’t think seven-year-olds would do a design tour of Amsterdam would you? Well, my children surprised even me. OK, I admit, I sprinkled in design stores with liberal stops for snacks and playgrounds.
The weekend we were in Amsterdam was the 10th annual city tour for Elle Inside Design Amsterdam. It consisted of stores, pop-up shops, galleries, cafes and hotels all with a design interest. Mostly, we just wandered the city and went into a place whenever we saw the yellow Inside Design sign.
Mariska Meijers Amsterdam
The Mariska Meijers store was near where we were staying. Mariska was on hand to discuss her work. She is an artist as well as a product designer. We loved her bright exuberant colours and intricate patterns. I bought one of the tray tables from her store – they store flat and are perfect for drinks when guests come over.
There was a pop-up shop for Workmates Presents, a Dutch industrial design collective, in the underground train station being built to connect the north and south of Amsterdam. My son was completely fascinated to see a station in the process of being built. Apparently the project is 5 years behind schedule but this particular station will be open in a few months. Yes, and I’ve got a bridge I want to sell you.
My kids absolutely loved Kitsch Kitchen located on the edge of the Jordaan neighbourhood because of its grown-up novelty store vibe. They sell furniture, paper, toys, desk accessories etc. all with a kitschy aesthetic. In small doses, these products would inject a sense of humour into your home. The skull candle below would fit into this year’s trend for adding a dark edge to your home.
All The Luck in The World
All the Luck in the World is a store in De Pijp (a trendy up-and-coming area) right near the Albert Cuypstraat market. Although this street market is supposed to be the most famous in The Netherlands, we found it crowded and full of junk. All the Luck in the World, though, has got lots of great new designs, vintage finds and handcrafted items.
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