Salt Water Amsterdam small store & cafe | Haarlemmerdijk

A mix of the Far East and France probably discribes Salt Water Amsterdam, the store of Malaysian born Wanting Choo, best. After having lived in different places around the globe she is now combining her passions for art and design and her love for the ocean and natural products in Salt Water Amsterdam - a city she now lives in. 

At Salt water you will find a selection of well-made clothing from independent designer brands in small quantities. Organic, handmade and well-designed home goods, and vintage objects collected from her travels. 

Wanting: "We discover inspiration where we may. We provide a space where you can come have a coffee, browse unique items we found around the globe and get inspired to create art in any forms. Be it a sketch, a photograph, or even a beautifully written love letter. Why not?"

Salt water Amsterdam
Haarlemmerdijk 66
1013 JE Amsterdam
+31 20 2236740
Website: Salt Water Amsterdam
Area: Haarlemmerbuurt

pictures ©Amsterdam Next | Collage pictures by Salt Water Amsterdam


Kauf Dich Glücklich Conceptstore | Jordaan Rozengracht area

Raadhuisstraat, just behind Dam square walking in the direction of the Jordaan area and Rozengracht just welcomed another great concept, with stores as Bolia, Pelican Store, We are labels and X Bank at Spuistraat and Magna Plaza where you can find Sissy Boy in the basement the small area behind the palace offers a nice shopping area away from the over crowded Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk.

These are the kind of stores that are not only good for the tourist who likes to shop downtown but also for us, the locals who are kind of tired of seeing the inner city and beautiful canal belt changing into an entertaining area with little eye for the original inhabitants. Let's hope Raadhuisstraat will not be the next area where cheese shops (just go to the Supermarket to get your cheese) or Nutella stores (it's not a Dutch thing!) will follow.

This first store of the German concept Kauf mich Glücklich in the Netherlands offers a curated selection of products. Women's fashion, men's fashion, home accessories, natural cosmetics, jewelry, books, stationery and much more. With great attention to detail, all stores are build by the team of Kauf Dich Glücklich who started their concept and first store in Berlin and now proudly run 20 stores around Germany and Austria.

Kauf dich Glücklich
Raadhuisstraat 40
1016 DG Amsterdam
Opening hours
Monday 11AM - 7PM
Tuesday - Wednesday 10AM - 7PM
Thursday 10AM - 9PM
Friday - Saturday 10AM - 7PM
Sunday noon - 6PM
website: Kauf dich Glücklich
area: Dam area



Pictures ©Amsterdam Next

A new design Motel | Motel one at the Waterlooplein area

Amsterdam has many hotels, one more exciting then the other maybe but definitely new and cool you may call the new Hotel from the Motel One group. I had the pleasure to join the press event some time ago and loved the design of the hotel by Piet Hein Eek. Inspired by the nearby Waterlooplein and its popular flea market, the design concept of the Motel One Amsterdam – Waterlooplein draws heavily on the idea of up cycling totally fitting the work of Piet Hein Eek.

The One Lounge was created with the help of this internationally renowned artist Piet Hein Eek and demonstrates how antiques and used items can be combined to establish a whole new character. Featuring walls covered with old windows, doors and cabinets, chandeliers that have been assembled from lights purchased at flea markets, and a fantastic workbench with specially created table lamps, the lounge is sure to spark your creativity and invite you to linger.

Rembrandt, our famous Dutch painter lived a stone’s throw away from the design hotel in the Rembrandt House, and his style of contrasting light and shadows can be seen in the One Lounge. Natural and handcrafted materials round off the design concept of the affordable Motel One Amsterdam – Waterlooplein.

Motel One Amsterdam-Waterlooplein
Valkenburgerstraat 90
1011 LZ Amsterdam
+31 20 8207300
Website: Motel One - Waterlooplein
Area: Lastagne - Nieuwmarkt




Pictures ©Amsterdam Next


50 Years Paradiso | The Exhibition in the Amsterdam Museum

From the hippie era, past the punk years to the dance raves. And everything in between.
The exhibition 50 Years of Paradiso will be on display in the Amsterdam Museum from Friday
30 March through 19 August 2018. Paradiso is truly part of Amsterdam’s cultural heritage and world famous. Bands from all over the world have performed there and many music enthusiasts from abroad came to Amsterdam especially to attend a concert at Paradiso.

Over the course of time, quite a number of legendary concerts occurred. Famous artists such as Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Snopp Dogg graced its stage. For many artists, performing in Paradiso is something special, with the audience so close by on the balconies. Besides concerts, wild parties were also held, as well as artist meetings and heated debates. In total more than 26,000 events took place over the course of 50 years.


The exhibition 50 Years Paradiso shows how ‘Cosmic Relaxation Centre Paradiso’, hard won by the hippies at the time, opened its doors on Weteringschans in 1968. It became a magnet for young people from foreign lands due to its music and the drugs sold there. In the latter half of 1970s punk crossed over to the Netherlands from England. The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers drove audiences wild. Paradiso is a trendsetter; it features all the new music genres. Dance, house, hip-hop. Paradiso’s programming clearly reflects Amsterdam’s cultural diversity. If Amsterdam changes, Paradiso changes with it.

Roughly 200 unique photos of concerts and artists, of parties and the many visitors are
interspersed with historic posters. Visitors also hear live recordings made of concerts in the
pop temple that officially celebrates its 50th year of existence on 30 March 2018. The
exhibition also affords an inside look at the variety of the constantly changing Amsterdam
subcultures.

Amsterdam Museum
Kalverstraat 92
Amsterdam
website: Amsterdam Museum
area: Dam - Spui area

How to Hox | Hoxton hotel event


Last month we were part of the Design event at the Hoxton hotel, a really nice informal day with different workshops and interesting panel talks. The Hoxton is such a nice place even if you are just popping in for a coffee, lots of people came especially for the event and many walked in for a bite, a drink and design inspiration. 

A day filled with lots of interaction, next to run the interior design blog  
vosgesparis for over ten years, I am co-founder of w/ Style and together with co founder Wen from BeeldSTEIL I took care of the styling and were part of the panel talk. It is always interesting to hear how other people live and what choices they make for their own home and being able to inspire others. 

The event location is really colourful and I loved to see how we changed the look by bringing in soft colours, natural materials and a good dose of black with selected items from FramaMoebePaper CollectiveJust RightPillah
Elle Decorationand Nomess





Travel Products Selected w/ Style
I think we all have things we love to take with us when travelling and for the occasion of the event we selected some of our favourite items and handy products we personally love.

I often take my laptop with me and love the leather goods by 
SPRDLX, I do not only use a laptop cover but really love to use different smaller bags which are handy to keep your business cards and cables ordered on the go. No need to say I am a huge fan of the travellers note book, this one we borrowed from Miscellaneous also the address for the Frama and Moebe products we showed if you live in Amsterdam, I use them in different sizes, not only the bigger notebook but also the small passport size comes in really handy.

Different products also from the travel selection of Nomess with the Konjac sponges being my all time favourite. Watches from 
Leff Amsterdam, including their small speakers in the Nomess perspex boxes and skin care products from Amsterdam based Marie Stella Maris












Written in collaboration with the brands mentioned in this blogpost
© w/ Style Previously posted on Vosgesparis.com

photography Wen van Woudenberg | styling Desiree Groenendal

Hox How To: Hone Your Eye For Interiors | Design Event on February 4


On February 4 I will join the Hoxton Design Event as the co-owner of w/Style a new collaboration I recently started, we will style the event space for the Hoxton Design Event and selected some of our favourite brands to work with and are really happy they will join us for this occasion. Expect selected work by FramaMoebePaper CollectiveSPRDLXMiscellaneousJust RightPillahLeff AmsterdamElle Decoration and Nomess 

Book your tickets for the different workshops and panel talks 
here and come say hello, we would love to meet you!

Next to our styling we will also join one of the panel talks, and last but not least we will show a part of our 
'selected w/ Style' collection of travel products, and I couldn't think of a better place then the lively Hoxton hotel with it's many travellers from all over the world. Scroll down for more info and location of the festival day!


Hox How To: Hone Your Eye For Interiors

There are different workshops to follow, there is a pop up store filled with design books by Amsterdam's finest bookstore Atheneum, and there are different panel talks, including one with my friend Patrick also from the Interiorator website you can sign up for. All will be moderated by Margot van der Krogt at Mae & Many Find all information about the day, which starts at 11am with the first workshop, and how to sign up here 

The festival day is part of the global series #HoxHowTo, by the Hoxton Hotels. The events are all geared up towards empowering and equipping people to take their interests in a cultural discipline to the next level – and in Amsterdam, the festival is dedicated to design, ith the theme ‘How To: Hone Your Eye for Interiors’


Hoxton Hotel Amsterdam, Herengracht 255, 1016BJ Amsterdam,
info and tickets