Interior Boutiques of Amsterdam
Last weekend I took a trip to Amsterdam, & had the opportunity to head up to the north west of the city for a spot of boutique shopping.
For me, Holland has so many iconic associations; less obvious perhaps is its history of modern-living interiors & forward thinking open-plan architecture. So I was intrigued to explore how its style is developing.
The likes of rustic oak furniture, retro chunky knits & industrial lighting are design statements the Dutch mastered long before we were reclaiming old sideboards. So it was no surprise when walking around the capital that I spotted some familiar trend-led interior pieces. Nonetheless, the interior boutiques were immaculately presented with creative & quirky designs, with tons of inspirational ideas on display. Here are my favourite finds I just had to share (including a top eatery)!
Possibly my favourite of all the interiors shops was D R Wonen, pairing simplistic retro designs with unique, playful pieces really portraying the Dutch humour & sense of fun they inject into their style, note the ‘Taking A Bath Teaset’!
Tucked away down an old staircase I stumbled across this beautiful room set, very much a reflection of a Dutch living environment with this display unit working perfectly within a large open plan home.
Van Weerde is bursting with reclaimed furniture, lighting and the odd home accessory, much of which you might have spotted in recent trends. However this treasure trove is completely bespoke, so much so the craftsmen who restore these wonderful antiques have set up their workbenches within the shop!
There is a real sense of an eclectic style reflected within the bars & restaurants of Amsterdam. Their use of soft, light materials allow for big, bold statements with splashes of colour & personality. One of the most playful window displays that caught my eye was this retro camera shop.
Here are a few of my top pieces I spotted whilst wandering around the city. In particular these vases are a perfect example of a Dutch design emerging as a trend, as traditional blue Delft pottery, can be seen this Spring/Summer through the ‘China Blue’ fad. You can find more inspirational ideas of how to get this look here!
I was really inspired by the city's focus to embrace its history; it never strays too far from what it knows it does best. The designs you see around today all hold true to the Dutch philosophy to design with lifestyle in mind. Reclaiming hand-me-down furniture, embracing open plan living & injecting personality are all trends, which, for the Dutch, never date.
Finally a special mention to The Pancake Bakery, with the most extensive pancake menu, it’s the perfect place to have a break from all that’s to explore in the North of the capital.