Room on the Roof at the Bijenkorf | Dam area

You might have noticed the little tower on the roof of Amsterdam most famous and recently modernised store "De Bijenkorf " Over the last 100 years the tower has never been used, but things are changing and from January 27 the sixteen square meter tower room will become the workspace of different artists, writers, musicians, architects and designers selected by The Bijenkorf in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum. The Artist in Residence project  ‘Room On The Roof’ will start with Maarten Baas being the first artist using the studio... 

I am curious to see how visitors of the store will experience the presence of the different artists and designers as the room, only reachable from the roof, won't be accessible for the public! keep an eye on the Bijenkorf site launch details.

De Bijenkorf
Did you visited the store lately and did you see the large concept space on the ground floor where different designer labels such as Carl Hanssen, Tom Dixon and labels such as Marie Stella Maris have their store in store space?

I personally really love the Bijenkorf and have been shopping her all my life... It is such a beautiful building and whole generations have been shopping at de Bijenkorf. Sometimes when walking down the stairs I suddenly see myself walking the same stairs with my mum as I do now with my daughter. 

Next to the different store in the concept space you will find lots of contemporary design for every space at home, but you’ll also find high end fashion, books, cosmetics, etc. 

Dam 1
1012 JS Amsterdam

Opening hours:
Monday 11AM - 10PM
Tuesday to Wednesday 10AM - 8PM
Thursday to Friday 10AM - 9PM
Saturday 9:30AM - 8PM
Sunday 11AM - 8PM
website: De Bijenkorf
area: Dam | Spui | Munt

© Floris Lok

Design Icons is back | Get free tickets for you and a friend | February 7 & 8

Design Icons is back in town, the upcoming edition will take place on February 7 & 8 at the venue of De Overkant. This former shipyard has been restored into a charming event location. Situated on the North shore of ’t IJ,  

The industrial atmosphere of De Overkant is the ideal setting to showcase the design icons of the past century. Dealers from all over Europe will gather, offering their finest vintage design pieces from the 1930s - 1980s. A diversity of objects will be presented: from well-known classics to anonymous designs, with Eames next to Mies van der Rohe and from Italian-chic to raw industrials.

In collaboration with Design Icons we have a 2x2 free tickets, take a friend along to 'De Overkant' and admire all these design icons yourself. Simply leave a comment below and we will pick 2 winners next week!  

© | pictures via Design Icons

Photography... Coffee & Coconuts | Pijp area

Love to take you one more time to the Pijp area where I had a little meeting with some fellow bloggers the other day and finally got to hang out a bit on one of the top floors... and had two! really great apple, carrot and ginger smoothies! The place is really packed all the time but has a great laid back atmosphere... many people working on their laptops, friends talking in a quiet corner and bigger groups gathering around one of the many tables or hanging on the . I am sure the furniture by Atelier Sukha is creating an overall laid back atmosphere

This time I brought my camera and made a few snap shots from the amazing photography hanging on the tall brick walls ....  Musicians like David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and good old Roxy Music give the 3 stories cafe, restaurant, , just that needed touch of Rock & Roll.

CT Coffee & Coconuts
1072 GK Am

Opening hours: 

Monday - Friday 7AM - 10PM
Saturday - Sunday 8AM - 10PM 

Area: de Pijp
Website: CT Coffee & Coconuts

former blogposts: CT Coffee & Coconuts|Pijp area

pictures ©Amsterdam Next

Day trip from Amsterdam | Brands UNXPCTD in Haarlem

Haarlem is a small town between Amsterdam and the sea. I have a soft spot for Haarlem, my grandmother used to live there and when I was small me and my mom often visited an aunt of mine who lived in one of the many historical courtyards Haarlem still has. One of my best friends recently opened a Slow Store in Haarlem and if you are looking for a day to escape from the big city of Amsterdam, Haarlem and especially Brands UNXPCTD is the place to go! 

Anouk, owner of Brands UNXPCTD is a well know interior designer and stylist with a great taste! Something you will definitely see back in the store, where you will find a selection of the finest fashion, art and interior items, both for adults and children as well as a their own range of Bauwerk paint which is also used in the store itself. Expect: La petite V, DAY,Ruby Tuesday, Gray Label, Little Indians, Jetpaq, Topitm, Leoniek Bontje slow art, Printlove, Harvest and Company, UASHMAMA, Moments of light, Senfina Lighting,Happy Lights, IVY & LIV, Eva Schreuder, Marichelle, WRDS, Evert Groot stoffen, L’Apartment, Triple Pink by Stella Maye, Bottines, Pol’s Potten 

Brands UNXPCTD slow store
Gedempte Oude Gracht 144
2011 GX Haarlem
+31 (0)23 - 7370625
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 10AM-5PM

Website: Brands UNXPCTD
see on map: Gedempte oude gracht 

Wanna see more about Haarlem? Haarlem City Blog will show you all the places the Haarlem local's love | Dutch only |

Haarlem is only 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam >> Book your ticket at NS 

pictures @ Brands UNXPCTD

Koko Coffee & Design | Dam Spui Munt area

At first glance, KOKO Coffee & Design looks like a small shop, but once inside you find a store filled with everyday basics and unique pieces from Scandinavian and Dutch brands and a coffee corner with coffee from Belgium coffee roastery Caffènation. Next to fashion a personal selection of vintage and new design selected from all over Europe. Koko is also the place to get inspired by young talented artists. Every two months you will find a new expo on the KOKO walls.
KOKO Coffee & Design Oudezijds Achterburgwal 145 1012 DG Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 62 64 208
Opening hours: Monday 11AM 6PM Tuesday to Friday 9AM – 6:30PM Saturday 10AM - 6PM Sunday noon - 6PM Website: Koko Coffee&design

Area: Dam Spui Munt

pictures ©Amsterdam Next

Amsterdam Next on Instagram | tag your pictures with #AMSNXT

I love Instagram and have been using it for some time for my personal and blog pictures here: vosgesparis This week I also opened an Instagram account for Amsterdam Next... find me here at AMSNXT and tag your pictures with #AMSNXT to get them in my feed and for others to discover.

I was already surprised by pictures with some really fun messages of people planning their trip with the APP and tagging #amsnxt... thanks so much!