His Manners men store | De Pijp (CLOSED)

Men love to shop as much as women....if you give them the right stores! On the Amsterdam Next blog and in the APP I covered several shops focusing on and where men love to shop. Hutspot is no longer unknown, 'Property off' a little gem in the Herenstraat and the Haarlemmerstraat en-dijk has several stores that focus on men.

His Manners is the latest concept store for men in the Pijp. The store has a tough look with metal stairs and blue steel walls. Leather products play a central role and even one of the walls is covered in leather. His Manners is the place to shop for leather bags, gadgets and gifts, products that all fit the 'must haves' category where quality and a stylish look are really important. Next to bags, watches and other small wanna-haves there are a few objects for your home including an outdoors fire place.

His Manners
1e Van der Helststraat 1-D
1073 AA Amsterdam

Opening hours
Monday & Sunday noon - 6PM
Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 6PM
Website: His Manners

area: de Pijp

Danish brandstore BOLIA | Utrechtsestraat area

With a grand opening and a 20% discount on everything! till december 27th, Bolia opened it's first store in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. You have to believe me if I say the team build up the store in only two weeks and the result is pretty amazing!

Two floors of affordable Scandinavian design and a brand that with their slogan 'Sea, smell, hear, touch & taste' has the mission to give you a new and inspirational experience.

In the store you can try out the furniture in different cozy settings, I especially loved the basement where a more darker atmosphere was created with soft velvet, dark walls and an industrial room divider. With the many styled corners this store offers everything to find some new inspiration for your interior and see a fresh and different Scandinavian we haven't seen in town before.

Utrechtsestraat 78-80
1017 VR Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 8086991
Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 10AM - 8PM
Saturday - Sunday 11AM - 6PM

Website: Bolia
Area: Utrechtsestraat

WDSTCK at Auction O N E - December 13 | ART Europe | Eastern Docklands

'Broken loose from the ground you are surrendered by the waves that move seemingly unpredictable throughout space’
It's no secret I love the work of Dutch WDSTCK the other week I was invited at their showroom and atelier in the woods... a really amazing experience. I will show some pictures on Vosgesparis next week, meanwhile you can see an earlier post I made about them last year here: SPRMRKT X WDSTCK

Christmas tree market at Hutspot | Rozengracht

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow, Glühwein, and some nice bites like gingerbread and chocolate... and the Thomas Wessels Quantet jazzing up the day! Hutspot is ready for Christmas and organizes a Christmas Tree Market, on December12 at the garden of Hutspot Rozengracht. 

RAW Materials goodie bag give away | Rozengracht (CLOSED)

This week I popped into Raw Materials, the store is often visited by stylists, and it is the place where you will find those old indian market tables you were drooling over at the interiors magazines, beautiful industrial cabinets and lamps, original items from India like signs, metal suitcases, black pottery, Italian ceramic, Icelandic sheepskins, couches to die for and all beautiful softened with my favourite lamps from Ay Illuminate.

Winter in Amsterdam | December Christmas markets

December is here... Time to bring in the Christmas lights, lots of candles and think about a tree for the upcoming holiday season. Amsterdam is giving you tons of ideas with several Christmas markets around town over the next weekends... let me share some with you and get inspired for the best time of the year.

Stigerwoods pop-up store | Dam area

If you are looking for a one of a kind handmade holiday gift this might be the one you are looking for. Martijn Smulders is an Amsterdam based artist who is transferring photos to wood. Travelling around Thailand some years ago he came across a piece of wood with an image printed on it.


For the next two days Dutch Elle decoration will take over the Posthoorn church for  their yearly design festival ... Expect two days filled with design, and many interesting talks by Foreign and Dutch experts and designers.

For the full program please have a look at the website Elle decoration Live and here for the speakers 

this year Location... For last years Elle document I made have a look here Elle decoration festival 2014

Haarlemmerstraat 124-126
1013 EX Amsterdam
area: Haarlemmerbuurt 
see the location on your MAP and have a look at our APP to see all interesting places around the Posthoornkerk

DaWanda pop-up store | Pijp area

From online to offline... unique gifts, live crafting and DIY-workshops all in one place that's what DaWanda is planning in their first pop-up store at Gerard Doustraat 76 in the Pijp area. With around 320,000 crafters offering more than 5.3 million products for sale DaWanda is Europe’s biggest online marketplace for handmade products and DIY.

During the two weeks before Christmas you can find the most beautiful, unique gifts, DIY-workshops and special must-haves in the DaWanda pop-up store.  And it’s not all about special gifts, DaWanda also motivates everyone to be creative themselves. The store will provide an opportunity to join DIY-workshops and you can be inspired by watching crafters make things in the store.

Da Wanda Pop up store

Gerard Doustraat 76 | see on map |
1072 VW Amsterdam

area: Pijp area
Open between December 12th-24th

Activities and opening hours can be found here: DaWanda Pop up store 

Relationship of Parts | Flos event at Mobilia | Utrechtsestraat area

If you love great brands and interior design Mobilia at Utrechtse straat is a must see in general, and the other night I attended a small event at the store organised by Mobilia and Flos called 'Relationship of Parts' an installation and storytelling performance hosted by Giovanna Castiglioni, daughter of famous industrial designer Achille Castiglioni.

Until the 29th of November some of the most iconic lamps including some sketches designed by 
Achille for Flos are shown in separated parts over the first three floors while on the fourth floor all lights are put together. More info can be found at the Mobilia website. Of course you can also have a look at the regular Mobilia collection.

Mobilia Living
Utrechtsestraat 62-64
1017 VR Amstrdam
+31 20 622 9075

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 09:30-18:00
Website: Mobilia Woonstudio
Earlier blogpost: Mobilia Woonstudio
area: Utrechtsestraat - City centre

Thing I like Things I love @ Magna Plaza | Dam area

With two stores in town Thing I like Things I love opened their third store this weekend at Shopping mall Magna Plaza, located just behind the royal Palace. At the store you will find selected Interior and clothing items next to their own clothing label that can be found in their stores, online and in several shop-in-shops throughout the Netherlands. Other stores at Jan Evertsenstraat 106 | De baarsjes and Ceintuurbaan 69 | Pijp area

Things I Like Things I love
Magna Plaza shopping mall
Nieuwezijds voorburgwal 182
1012 SJ Amsterdam
Opening hours
Monday 11AM - 7PM
Tuesday - Saturday 10AM - 7PM
Sunday noon - 7PM
website: Things I like Things I love
area: Dam area

Travellers Factory POP UP store & a special Event at Misc | Old West area

TRAVELER’S FACTORY is the flagship store of TRAVELER’S notebook & company and it’s located in a back alley in Nakameguro, Tokyo. Finding the store is like finding a hidden cave filled with TRAVELER’S notebook treasure: Here you will find original items exclusive to TRAVELER’S FACTORY, items much sought after outside Japan.

For a limited time, Misc-store will create an in-store TRAVELER’S FACTORY and we’ll carry these exclusive TFA items. Special paper refills, mugs, postcards, charms and more and a special section where you can customize your notebook with original stamps and stickers. travellers Factory pop up till Nov 24th 2015.

TFA Caravan 7 & 8th November at Misc-store

A great event for Paper lovers this weekend as the First-ever TFA Caravan will take place at Misc-store the event is very Japanese and a must-go for paper lovers. A so called "paper buffet" with a selection of special Japanese Paper stock and a craftsman from Tokyo spiraling your notebook in front of you. 

De Clercqstraat 130
1052 NP Amsterdam
telephone: +31 20 700 9855
Website: Misc-store

area: Old West

POP UP | Pop into Berlin | Utrechtsestraat area - City Centre

Berlin is coming to Amsterdam, in collaboration with VisitBerlin twenty typical Berlin brands will be represented in a temporary pop up store for one week only.   

From16 to November 22  ‘Pop into Berlin’ on Utrechtsestraat 105 you can shop for design furniture, 3D printers, little presents and get a taste of local drinks and bites. Expect...

Pop into Berlin
Utrechtsestraat 105

1017 VK Amsterdam
Opening hours
Monday 2PM - 7PM
Tuesday - Wednesday 10AM -7PM
Thursday 10AM - 4PM
Friday 10AM - 7PM
Saturday - Sunday 10AM - 6PM, op donderdag van 10.00 – 16.00 uur, op vrijdag van 10.00 – 19.00 uur en in het weekend van 10.00 – 18.00 uur. 

MEDIA | vtwonen love blogs magazines

This month the second edition of vtwonen love blogs is out and in the magazine, next to a small intro, you can find out more about my work, collaborations and my Amsterdam city guide APP and blog and how I use the APP myself.

I will also give a sneak peek at some interior and lifestyle finds in town photographed on a rainy day with Silvia, and of course I will share more pictures on Amsterdam Next 

vtwonen love blogs is an annual magazine made by the favourite interior and lifestyle bloggers of vtwonen magazine at that moment, selected by the editors, with Vosgesparis and Amsterdam Next I have been participating for three years in a row. 

pictures © Amsterdam Next

POP UP | Zolder 47 at Hotel de Hallen | Old west area

Vintage, art, fashion & design | Pop-up concept store in Hotel De Hallen

From Thursday the 29th of October until Sunday the 1st of November from 10PM - 6AM Hotel De Hallen organizes ‘’Zolder47’’. This is a pop-up concept store in the lobby of Hotel De Hallen. Arjen van den Hof, hotelier and owner of Vondel Hotels, has collected different art and vintage items from Hotel De Hallen, Hotel Vondel, Hotel Roemer and Hotel JL n°76. Together with Joss Linssen, entrepreneur and co-owner of 2F1L they collected a beautiful collection. When strolling around in the lobby, you can find a combination of unique vintage, contemporary art, lifestyle and fashion items.

Hotel De Hallen
Bellamyplein 47
1053 AT Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 8 208 670
website: Hotel De Hallen 
area: West | Old West | Vondelpark 
Blogpost: De Hallen and Foodhallen
Blogpost: Hotel De Hallen & Remise 47  

OntFront menswear for the badboy & gentleman | Haarlemmerbuurt area [CLOSED]

Dutch menswear label OntFront openend their first brand store in Amsterdam on the Haarlemmerdijk 121. On Amsterdam Next I love to write about great concepts, interior design stores ... some food and beautiful interiors, so even if I discover a store I would never buy anything for myself, the interior can have something that caught my eye. At OntFront it was the dark mood and the Espresso brown walls that caught my eye. At the entrance a large picture of a Zazou is portrayed: a dapper rebel from Paris in 1944,representing everything that OntFront stands for: style, music, originality, vision and creativity. 

OntFront is contemporary designer brand for men, founded by the passionate entrepreneurs Tomas Overtoom and Liza Koifman. Next to the collections of OntFront, you will find labels such as Barbour, Filling Pieces, Retrosuperfuture, Etudes, Daily Paper, Souve, Brixton and Pasotti Ombrelli. You can also find a classic bebop hat, tie, or bow tie. All must haves, to go through life as a modern Zazou.

Haarlemmerdijk 121

1013KE Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 7784518
Opening hours
Monday - Saturday 11AM - 6PM

Website: OntFront
area: Haarlemmerbuurt

pictures © Amsterdam Next

Wildernis bringing green to the city | Old West | Vondelpark area

Some months ago I visited Wildernis together with my friend Igor, after hearing he was coming to Amsterdam I thought I should introduce him to Wildernis, as I thought it would be plant heaven for   him, (Igor is one of the founders of Urban Jungle Bloggers, an online platform for green lovers.

Wildernis is founded by Mila, who together with a friend thought it was time to set the growing love for plants and a green Lifestyle into a new concept. Entering the store the hanging plants covering the ceiling were the first thing that caught my eye! Wildernis is filled with cacti, indoor plants terrariums and all the tools you need to bring and take care of plants.

Next to shopping for your home or office, you can look through the many plant books, drink a coffee, get advice, follow workshops and get inspired for a greener indoor lifestyle.

Bilderdijkstraat 165F
1053 KP Amsterdam
tel: 020-7852517
Opening hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday to Friday 10AM - 6PM
Saturday 11AM - 5PM
Sunday closed

website: Wildernis  
area: West | Old west | Vondelpark

pictures © Amsterdam Next

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! | Pictures added with thanks to the Tropen 

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

Pictures ©Studio Aico 

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