Our current obsessions | Noir

Graphic designer Joachim Baan, owner of Another Something & Co and  co-owner of Tenue de Nîmes kicked of with a new project. They call it ‘Our Current Obsessions’ "an excuse for all Jo’s hobbies that went a bit (or completely) out of hand" The project will combine the basic principles of an art gallery with retail and is always based on one particular online and offline theme. One of those obsessions became the first chapter of this new concept: World of Black.

For this first chapter Joachim teamed up wit Swiss lifestyle label Gertrud & George in a show called NOIR. Gertrud & George, known for their beautifully crafted black accessories line, have their full collection of 21 pieces on display in Joachim’s Amsterdam based studio.

On top of that he presents a ‘world of black:’ a diverse selection of curated goods and objects from all over the globe. On the walls (and window) art pieces by Ramon Haindl, Raymond Lemstra & Sybren Karst, Raymond Teitsma and Guido de Boer; on the shelves a mix of products in collaboration with Tenue de Nîmes, Skins Cosmetics, Mendo Books, Azami, Chocolatl, Mobilia Woonstudio and Miscellaneous together with a personal curation of goods by (amongst others) AcneJr, Nothing, Floris Hovers and a selection of Joachim's personal curiosa like stuffed animals, skulls and African dolls. 

Pictures via Joachim Baan with thanks | Last picture of the opening party by Vosgesparis

Our Current Obsessions - Schippersgracht 7 -Amsterdam 
Waterlooplein area

Open Thursdays - Saturdays from 10AM-5PM

Hope | 9 straatjes area

Hope is a Swedish fashion brand created in 2001 by designers Ann Ring Strand and Stefan Söderberg. Hope's signature style is low key, raw and authentic, supporting "an easy move in everyday life" and offering a well-dressed and relaxed look. The first shop out of Scandinavia openend last week in one of the most trendy shopping area's the 9 straatjes | Nine streets  

The interior design concept of  the new store is called 'Swedish Modern' and inspired by Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth and the simplicity found in the shaker style furnishings. Having no furniture attached to the walls, created the possibility to decorate the room with Minerite art panels by Dutch Petra Blaisse and her team from Inside Outside. The store has a collection for men and woman, shoes, bags, and home accessories.

Hartenstraat 26
1016 CC Amsterdam
Opening hours
Monday 12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday - Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 21:00
Friday- Saturday 11:00 - 19.00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
website : Hope

Hope Brand store - Hartenstraat 26 -1016 CC Amsterdam
visit online at Hope

Brainy days | Negen straatjes area | Nine Streets

Brainy days is a small Theme store one step away from the nine streets area. Young and upcoming brands are brought together within a theme that changes every three months. More in this area: Negen straatjes | Nine streets

Brainy daysHazenstraat 53 (One step away from The 9 streets)
1016 SN Amsterdam
+31 622714718

Opening hours
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 19:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 12:00 - 18:00  
Website: Brainy days

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Bilder and the Clercq | Recipes & ingredients for great diner inspirations

I love good food and the new food chains popping up around town. Especially if they have their own concept! Bilder & De Clercq was invented by Leopold and Rogier Diederik van Gelder. Every day they asked themselves the question, "What shall we eat tonight?" Finding the right ingredients around town was a struggle sometimes and they thought the large quantities you have to buy at the grocery store of which at the end of the week half disappears into the trash are a waste.

At the De Clercq straat / corner Bilderdijkstraat they opened a fresh looking store where they provide recipes and all the ingredients needed to prepare that one dish clearly presented with the average price per portion on a table in exactly the right quantities. There 14 different recipes, and 3 new ones every week. A small Coffee corner and a collection of the essential kitchen supplies

Bilder en de Clercq
De Clercqstraat 44
1052 NG Amsterdam
+31 20 760 7640

Monday to Friday 9:00 – 21:00
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 – 20:00

Bilder en de Clercq can also be found at Ceintuurbaan 334 at De Pijp area

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Sukha Amsterdam | Haarlemmerstraat

At Amsterdam we are enjoying some lovely summer days these weeks and with a gorgeous hammock Sukha Amsterdam transformed their shop entrance and window with the right vibe to get you in the mood for long Summer nights. 

Find Sukha Amsterdam at Haarlemmerstraat 110, near central Station. More from this area in Haarlemmerstraat | Haarlemmerdijk.

Pictures © Jeltje Janmaat for Sukha Amsterdam

THE LOFT Amsterdam | Pop-up store till August 15

'The Loft’ is an annual pop-up store ... and different from all other pop-up stores. It's a store with a selection of hand picked furniture, books, art, and many many!! other items all beautiful styled together.... it's an inspiring place, and home to an eccentric person.

Each year organisers,
the Playing Circle will choose a different fictive person with a different character, according to which the collection of furniture, art and accessories will be curated. 

From the carpets on the floor, to the furniture and even the books in the shelves – everything in The Loft will be for sale. I have been here already twice and if you have the change, I think you should go and experience the loft yourself! It's that place where you can wander around and discover new items all the time and where it is hard to leave empty handed.

The Loft will be open till August 15 - Prinsengracht 583 fifth floor, ring the bell! Check out the page for special events and opening hours: The Loft  
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Pictures © | Vosgesparis