Today at Pols Potten concept store | Amsterdam unplugged

(pictures made yesterday for my  City Guide)

When reading the English text on the Pols Potten website I had to look up the word Idiosyncratic..  Reading the Dutch definitions in my online dictionary I finally understood why maybe it is I feel so at home in this shop. I pop in very often, to drool over Paola Navona's couches, see that one lamp I love once more.... I just really like to walk around in this beautiful.. sometimes strange and yet so familiar world.. And it inspires me every time.

What you see at Pols Potten is the result of their dedication to artists, designers and producers. They supervise the design process as well as production and have a collection that is constantly updated. About their presentation they write on their website…
" we like to call it idiosyncratic. Hopefully, you’ll call it inspirational ."


Pols Potten

© - 2011

Today at Friday Next concept store | Amsterdam unplugged

Last week I went to one off my favorite stores in town to make some pictures for the Amsterdam City Guide I am writing for my blog (a little  page with my personal favorites) I updated a little part again yesterday and thought I show you the rest of the pictures I made of Concept store Friday Next... be sure to visit when you are in town!

I loved the moodboard of Fritz Hansen!

Coffee corner-Lunchroom

Pictures © AmsterdamNext | Vosgesparis

Today at the Eastern Docklands Open Ateliers | Amsterdam unplugged

When can I move in was the first thing that came in mind when visiting  the studio of Glass artist Phillippa Edwards and textile designer Sabin Kech

I met Sabine at 'Open workshop day' last month. I visited this warehouse, near my house, where many studios are located and was blown away by the beauty of their studio. Bright white walls, the beams and industrial leftovers... Born on one of the Amsterdam canals I grew up with water.

And now Living in the Amsterdam Docklands is something I really love. Not only for all the water and the enormous feeling of space right in the middle of town. But what I really love is the history of the area. From here big passenger and cargo ships left to the former Dutch East and West Indies, the Americas and Africa. The whole area is full with renovated historical buildings and warehouses. I do my daily shopping in a former cacao warehouse and bicycle into the city center along the quaysides of the former harbor. I think you can imagine that living in this industrial historical environment is something I enjoy every day!

Pictures below are made in the studio of Juul van den Heuvel I loved her work and presentation


Wanneer kan ik erin
was het eerste dat bij mij opkwam bij het bezoeken vanhet atelier van Glas artiste Phillippa Edwards en textiel designer Sabin Kech. Ik ontmoette hen tijdens de 'Open atelier route' vorige maand. Ik bezocht pakhuis Wilhelmina, vlakbij mijn huis,  waar veel kunstenaars hun atelier hebben en was meteen weg van bovenstaande studio.. mooie wit gestucte muren, balken en industriele details.

Geboren aan een Amsterdamse gracht ben ik opgegroeid met water. Dus wonen
in de voormalige Amsterdamse haven is iets waar ik heel erg van hou. Ik geniet elke dag van het water en het ruimtelijke gevoel zo vlak bij de binnenstad. Vooral de historie van het gebied vind ik geweldig... al boodschappen doende in een voormalig cacao pakhuis , kijk je uit op de kades waar vandaan vroeger grote passagiers en vracht schepen richting Oost en west Indie, Amerika en Afrika vertrokken en fiets je langs diezelfde kades richting binnenstad.