Grand Café ‘De Tropen’ | Oost area


Saturday September 5 Amsterdam Oost's newest hotspot will open it's doors. Situated in The Tropenmuseum, one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums, Grand Café 'De Tropen' will be a lively hotspot with a terrace directly at Oosterpark. The cafe will be open for coffee, healthy sandwiches or Asian and couscous salads for lunch and dinner. I won't be there that day but will share some real pictures asap! 


The interior of 'De Tropen' is designed by Studio Piet Boon, respecting the historical elements of the building he found the right balance between park, recreation and the Grand Cafe. A large dark green bar with impressive museum pieces in the middle of the restaurant connects the cafe with the museum, the light flows in through the large windows which offer a perfect view on the park. Piet Boon is also responsible for the renovation of the rooms of the prestigious Mariott Hotel

De Tropen
Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 AD Amsterdam
Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 9AM-11PM
Saturday-Sunday 10AM-11PM


Website: De Tropen
area: East | Oost




Must see panoramic view | “The Garden Which is the Nearest To God”


There is always something happening in town, and I really wanted to show you the wonderful pictures Silvia made of the project of 
Taturo Atzu on the roof of the oldest church in town. Silvia is an Italian photographer and we previously worked together on some blogpost for my interiors blog Vosgesparis and an article about Amsterdam Next, that will come out at the end of September.

These pictures were made during a photo shoot on the roof with Tania, a jewellery designer from Sydney. You can see those pictures on Silvia's website, and maybe you love a photo shoot with her yourself, she made some lovely portraits using Amsterdam as a backdrop!


Japanese artist Taturo Atzu is internationally renowned for his temporary art projects which transform our experiences of monuments, statues and architecture. Atzu's first public project in the Netherlands centres around the historic weather vane and the small roof turret, with the Angelus Clock, of the Oude Kerk. 

The Garden Which is the Nearest to God
Oude Kerk Amsterdam
Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
website: Oude Kerk 
Running time: June 27 to September 6 2015
area: Dam area






Come Closer is a series of public gatherings on the roof of the Oude Kerk. The evening programme, running from August 13 to September 6, brings together thinkers, musicians, artists, Amsterdammers, neighbourhood residents, and the curious up in art installation “The Garden Which is the Nearest To God”

by Japanese artist Taturo Atzu: a panoramic terrace with a spectacular view over Amsterdam. In the midst of a city in motion, Come Closer offers a moment of reflection. For 12 evenings special guest speakers share a new perspective, a unique story or a performance with the public. High above the city in the open-air, a sort of contemporary hagenpreek (open-air sermon), Come Closer invites you to listen, look, experience, think collaboratively and to speak up. You will find more information on the events here | text and info via de Oude Kerk

pictures ©Silvia Falcomer



Ashes to Snow Hair atelier and gallery | East area


The Eastern part of Amsterdam is welcoming many young entrepreneurs lately. One of them are the owners of Ashes to snow, an hair atelier with a relaxed, artistic atmosphere where you will also find selected design, objects and art pieces from like-minded creatives from various disciplines.

The gallery presents, promotes and sells the work of young artists, photographers, designers and craftsmen. You can get you hair done by one of the stylists but also pop in for a coffee and a read and enjoy the various exhibitions and installations.

At the moment we visited them to make these pictures, almost six months ago, the Dream Scapes | Memory Lapse exhibition with photography by Ramona Deckers and Liza Nijhuisthe 
was displayed in the totally white space, a beautiful contrast with the huge window that is covered with black paint, an amazing environment! 

Ashes to Snow

Javastraat 72
1094 HL Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 3621480
Opening hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday to Wednesday 10AM - 7PM
Thursday to Friday 10AM - 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 6PM
Sunday Noon - 5PM

website: Ashes to Snow 
area: East | Oost












               pictures © silvia falcomer for amsterdam next

Enter the loft | A sneak peek in Mr. Benjamin's home


The Loft is back, and after a private dinner and party afterwards at Cristofori on the Prinsengracht this Friday, Mr.Benjamin's loft will open it's doors from August 22 till September 6.

This is the third edition of the loft, and this time the apartment is fully decorated with Mr. Benjamin in mind... Get to know him while wandering through his home, see what he reads, what art he likes, and sit on his couch, just like in the previous Loft editions everything will be for sale from the smallest note book to the furniture and carpets.


The Loft
Cristofori Concert Hall
Prinsengracht 583-V (ring the bell)
Amsterdam
area: Negen straatjes





Puik Art | Dutch Design at Bijenkorf Amsterdam



Puik Art is a creative collective helping young designers launch their creations, and developing products for both their own label as for other companies. From today they will have their own corner at Amsterdam's most important department store 'De Bijenkorf' from where you will be able to purchase the products of the designers they represent and work with.

De Bijenkorf has been changing a lot over the last year with their shop in shop concept presenting several designers and brands next to each other. For those who love Scandinavian design there is a compleet section presenting the well known Scandinavian brands and I think it great to see the Bijenkorf giving this group of young designers and Dutch design a platform at the store by working with Puik Art.


A Dutch design Souvenir
To celebrate the launch, Puik art kindly sent me one of their Tulight lamps and I think it looks fantastic in my home office! With a cord length of four meters ‘Tulight’ can be hung from almost any ceiling. I made a little loop in the cord and used a tie wrap to hang it agains the wall.
The ‘Tulight’ is made out of flexible silicone and available in a variety of colours.

Inspired by the iconic Dutch tulip flower it's 
is a statement on its own but can also be hung with three or four in a row for a whole line of shiny tulips, a great contemporary Dutch souvenir if you are visiting Holland, be sure to check out the whole Puik Art collection, it will be available at all Bijenkorf stores.

Bijenkorf
Dam 1
1012 JS Amsterdam
0800-0818
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
Website: Puik art
More on De Bijenkorf: Room on the Roof



pictures ©vosgesparis.com | Amsterdam Next| June 2015


The Garden Which is the Nearest to God | Taturo Atzu installation



The celebrated Japanese artist Taturo Atzu (formerly known as Tatzu Nishi) , whose work on this scale has never been shown before in the Netherlands is renowned for his spectacular and often alienating projects. After New York and Singapore, it's Amsterdam's turn this summer!

From 26 June to 6 September, commissioned by the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam! Accessible via a scaffolding construction outside of the church, Atzu will realise a sensational transformation by constructing a temporary platform on the roof of the Oude Kerk. He offers visitors a unique vista of the red light district while simultaneously giving access to an architectural domain normally hidden from public view.

For ten weeks 'The Garden Which is the Nearest to God' – a summery panorama terrace – transforms the roof of the Oude Kerk into an exhilarating attraction; its unorthodox function offering us new sights and insights.
   
The Garden Which is the Nearest to God
Oude Kerk Amsterdam
Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
website: Oude Kerk 
Running time: June 27 to September 6 2015
area: Dam area
pictures via Oude kerk | June 2015