Dutch Design Week is in full swing. For those of you who have planned a wintery hideaway in Amsterdam in the weeks to come, Luster has assembled a list of the five best shops to score Dutch design items. This list, along with many others, can be found in The 500 Hidden Secrets of Amsterdam, by Saskia Naafs & Guido Van Eijck.
Friday Next’s inviting storefront never fails to draw you in. It’s an interior design store plus: with (sustainable) furniture, textiles and ceramics. But it also sells loads of accessories, stationary, books and has a large café with coffee, smoothies and sandwiches to boot. (Overtoom 31, West)
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 if you want to shop here, or just feast your eyes. (Westerstraat 187, De Jordaan)
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. (Staalstraat 7-B, Waterlooplein Quarter)
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. 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. (Haarlemmerdijk 26, Haarlemmer Quarter)
The Frozen Fountain
This store combines famous design classics by Eames, Piet Hein Eek, Hella Jongerius and Marcel Wanders with smaller and more affordable items. It’s also a platform for young designers where they can showcase their work, making the two adjoining buildings on the Prinsengracht a fun place to browse through. (Prinsengracht 645, Canal Belt South)