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retail: amsterdam?


one of my best friends just moved to amsterdam for work and he's in the process of setting up his new apt. i just realized that all my suggestions for home design are state-side so i wondered if anyone knew of any good home/design stores in amsterdam? i can think of designers over there, but no actual retail stores. if anyone has any suggestions, guides, etc i'd be most appreciative if you could post them below. bryan and i thank you in advance :)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holland obviously is flush with design stores, but one place to look is on the Utrechtsestraat. It's a beautiful upscale street that slices through the canals in the center's southeastern quadrant. I don't know any store names but there are a few nice spots there.

(I lived in Amsterdam for a year a couple years back. I'd move there tomorrow if I could.)

11:47 AM  
Anonymous A. said...

I just read an article somewhere in which Josh Spear was quoted about how he has found cool design stores in foreign cities - I can't recall where the article was, but Amsterdam was mentioned, so maybe you could ask him? Sorry that I can't remember where I read the article!

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in Amsterdam, but I haven't been back for a few years. There are some very cool places in De Pijp, but you have to dig around. One of my favorite dishware stores is on Singel, but I can't remember where, precisely...I think on the East Side...

Also, I remember Zenza (there are two locations, I believe, one of which is on Utrechtsestraat) having some cool stuff.

Oh! And one mustn't overlook the potential of the Waterlooplein Markt. Again, you must dig--but you will find stuff if you look hard enough. Oh! And also don't overlook places like Hema and Blokker...You never know what you might find.


2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going there for Thanksgiving. I think designsponge needs to start city shopping guides!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Danish company with worldwide stores. Georgeous stuff.

BoConcept® Brand Store Amsterdam

Villa Arena (1e verdieping)
Arena Boulevard 70
1101 DJ Amsterdam Z.O.
Tel. +31 204 09 48 09
Fax +31 204 09 48 12
Email villaarena.nl@boconcept.com

Ga naar de meubelzaak zijn eigen pagina

2:52 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

oh thanks! bryan is living in the pijp so that's perfect!

thanks guys :)

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently bought the Subeybaja table at Forma Interieurs in the Utrechtsestraat (# 81-85), www.formainterieurs.nl (only in Dutch). Utrechtsestraat is indeed a lovely street with all sorts of great stores. I also like the interior department at Zara( Kalverstraat, 66-72, third floor) for home accesoires. The Frozen Fountain is a shop/gallery with contemporary furniture (Prinsengracht 645, near the public library. www.frozenfountain.nl). Another shop/gallery is Wonder Wood (www.wonderwood.nl , Rusland 3). CS Post Amsterdam Interieur & Design (Oosterdokskade 5, 9th + 10th floor: fabulous view!! www.postamsterdam.nl only in Dutch) is great for browsing for ideas for you own home. Also visit the showroom of Droogdesign (Staalstraat 7a, www.droogdesign.nl). And in Zaandam, 15 min. from Amsterdam by train) is a great vintage furniture shop called design for delight (excellent website: www.designfordelight.com).

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope my comment (the one above) is of any help, bye lrnc

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think The Frozen Fountain is the place to start for design (retail) in Amsterdam.check out http://www.frozenfountain.nl/
which is an interesting site for all visitors here.


5:33 PM  
Anonymous danielle said...

Check out:
- Pols Potten www.polspotten.nl
- In the Jordaan there are nine little streets with nice shops, lunch rooms etc. This area is, strangely, called Nine Streets. More info: www.theninestreets.com
- Wonen 2000/Internationaal Design Centrum, Rozengracht 215-223
- The Frozen Fountain: www.frozenfountain.nl
- Bebob Design Interior, for second hand design classics: www.bebob.nl
- Koot Light & Design
- A good website with restaurant reviews (one has to eat…): www.iens.nl

Hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam!

5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


the link here has a listing of all the locations that were part of the inside design Amsterdam exhibit back in september. some are restaurants and other stuff but a ton of cool shops!!!

8:27 AM  
Anonymous danielle said...

Another cool shop is SPRMRKT:

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived in de pijp; it's a great place to live, among the best. albert cuyp market is amazing -- you don't need to shop anywhere else. and there are loads of restaurants in the area (including many cheap ones). just a wonderful neighborhood in a wonderful city in a wonderful country.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

It's already been posted, but the FROZEN FOUNTAIN really rocks!

As soon as you can go the CS Post Amsterdam to the bar on level 11- it is the most metropolitan experience in Holland. plus it's a great restaurant and cafe. it accomodates both the casual and the formal.

wallpaper magazine did a 'navigator' on Amsterdam that is handy too, with design listings. I believe it was a 2004 issue. It directed me to yummie restaurants and design locations.

I lived and worked there this summer and really enjoyed it. The Dutch are so open minded and welcome the wacky and avant-garde in design.

Best!, Joy

10:59 PM  
Anonymous sandra said...

i lived for a couple of month in Amsterdam. There are some nice stores in Amsterdam. One is the store frozen founten:

The Frozen Fountain
Prinsengracht 645
1016 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


the bijenkorf at the Dam have also some furniture

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I can recommend is Metro Sur. This is a very cool initiative by some dutch and mexicans, who create amazing design 'experiences'. Nothing like you've been in before.

This month they organized a Latin American design dinner in a church, with 200 design products, fashion show, dinner, opera singer, DJ's, etc. An earth moving total design blast! They sell stuff during these experiences: all fair trade and sustainable, while very high quality. Always unique stuff!

Because they are partly volunteers, their site is not always updated, but check out www.metrosur.nl or www.latinamericandesignfoundation.com.

Have fun!


10:25 AM  
Anonymous strobotron said...

&Klevering on the Haarlemmerstraat
Keck & Lisa on Herenstraat
Frozen Fountain which everyone has mentioned
SPRMRKT on Rozengracht has some interesting stuff
Sven on Westerstraat

8:34 PM  

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