The Curators: Droog Design Studio’s Amsterdam

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Based in Amsterdam, Droog is an anti-disciplinary design studio, driven by the endless curiosity and know-how of its original founders Renny Ramakers and Gijs Bakker. Ramakers’ background as an art and design critic, art historian, curator and lecturer pairs perfectly with Bakker’s industrial design knowledge and passion for good design. The pioneering spirit of Droog […]

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Restaurant Find: Dum Dum Palace Amsterdam

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The cool kids behind Hot Mama Hot have brought something new to the eclectic and cultural fusion that is Amsterdam’s Zeedijk and boy, it does not disappoint. With its prime location in Amsterdam’s Chinatown, Dum Dum Palace Amsterdam specialises, unsurprisingly, in Asian cuisine. But when you’re surrounded by a plethora of the city’s finest Asian […]

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Cafe Find: Toki Amsterdam

It’s a rare experience when a physical space captures a moment. Where time stands still and worries slowly trickle away, like on a lazy Sunday morning when sunlight filters through an open window and you rouse to the smell of brewed coffee. Off the beaten path of Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerdijk sits Toki, and that’s exactly the […]

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Cool Bar Find: Bar Basquiat Amsterdam

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Yet another hotspot – this one named in honour of the great American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – has popped up in the achingly cool, ever up-and-coming, Amsterdam Oost. Bar Basquiat effortlessly captures the spirit of the neo-expressionist painter, with his bold and captivating work ingrained in the distressed metal and paint-splattered concrete of the Studio Modijefsky-designed […]

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Pop-Up Shop Find: F**king Hell Das Shop Amsterdam

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Visual artists and unrelenting antagonists, Jake and Dinos Chapman – also known as The Chapman Brothers, have teamed up with architecture and design studio UXUS to create a pop-up experience in Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District. The space, evocatively named ‘Fucking Hell Das Shop’, acts as a continuation of the brothers’ drive to make art […]

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Design Hotel Find: The Hoxton Amsterdam

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Like most people besotted with this charming city, one of my favourite features of Amsterdam is it’s crooked canal houses. Their mis-matched frames, those unnervingly narrow doorways, and the way they lean over, almost as if to peer down and say ‘hello’, as you cycle by. So, when an animated buzz outside the archetypal canal […]

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Cool Shop Find: Gathershop Amsterdam

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Nestled amongst the on-trend juice bars and artisanal burger joints of Amsterdam’s ever-up-and-coming Van Woustraat, there’s a wonderous haven of delicate, hand-made treats gathered from all across the globe. Gathershop believes in the unique value of simple things and the recognition of thoughtful craftsmanship. It’s a concept store that provides an antidote to the commonplace […]

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Design Hotel Find: Volkshotel Amsterdam

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In Amsterdam, the former headquarters of De Volkskrant newspaper has been given an imaginative and fashionable new life as an affordable design hotel. Situated merely minutes (by bike) away from the city’s picturesque canals, Volkshotel Amsterdam (and its rooftop club, Canvas) is where the local and visiting creative crowd prefers to let their hair down. […]

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Flower Market Find: Bloemenmarkt of Utrecht

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It’s sacrilege to go to a Dutch city and miss out on treating your eyes to a flower market. Each Saturday in the quaint city of Utrecht between 8am and 5pm, Janskerkhof Plaza transforms into a vibrant, colorful market filled with rows of flowers, potted plants, small trees and a variety of seedlings. The perfect […]

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Design Hotel Find: Hotel The Exchange Amsterdam

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This article by Jenny Nguyen first appeared in ForbesLife Hotel The Exchange Amsterdam is an eccentric hotel concept that brings sartorial style to the hotel business in a way that only the idiosyncratic Dutch can do – rather unexpectedly and with a good dose of irony. Each of the 61 rooms at Hotel The Exchange […]

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