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.

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
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

T's Bites & Wine | Old west area

While on my way to my favourite stationary shop, my eyes caught this amazing steel window at Kinkerstraat where a former bar including the apartments above made place for T's Bites and Wine.

The interior made me curious and I had to go in to see what was behind. A few steps below the street level there is a bar with many tables and a mezzanine. I personally loved the entry with the tiled floor and the steal doors and windows giving you the impression you are on a terrace with a look on the the lively street but not the noise. 
It was still a bit early for wine or bubbles but the card and the mediterranean bites looked great with affordable prices. T's Bites

T's Bites & Wine
Kinkerstraat 53
1053 DE Amsterdam
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 11AM – 23PM
Thursday to Saturday 11AM - 1AM 

website: T's Bites & Wine

area: Old West

pictures ©Amsterdam Next | June 2015

40 years Marriott Hotel X Piet Boon

This month the Mariott Hotel in Amsterdam celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a party I didn't want to miss, especially because on the night also the plans for the new guest rooms designed by Studio Piet Boon were revealed.