Harvest and Company Vintage reimagined featured

Part vintage furniture store, part project hub and part artisan coffee bar, Harvest and Company has come to market in a big way in Amsterdam’s Oud West. Throwing accepted notions of interior goods shops out of a very high window (so that you wouldn’t be able to recognise them even if they survived the fall), they went back to the drawing board to create a bold new breed of design boutique.

The white-walled and polished-concrete floored space (dotted here and there with potted plants and cacti) plays home to a curated collection of wall decorations, custom-made tables, and industrial lights and chairs—all more than worthy additions to even the slickest of pads. And if the burden of browsing has left those eyelids drooping, you can kick back for a caffeine hit courtesy of the several specialty blends available from the in-house coffee bar.

&Foam Life through a lens featured

For those who’ve been to the cutting-edge contemporary photo gallery Foam and considered taking the hit of a lengthy jail term to take something off the walls and home with them, &Foam is the ice-cool all-legal answer to your problem. The retail extension of the gallery proper, it stocks boutique photography magazines, limited editions of Foam’s exhibitions, photographic prints and the odd piece of up-and-coming designer clothing as well. Also a gallery in itself, &Foam’s carefully designed matte-grey warehouse space has become one of Amsterdam’s main creative hubs for the city’s lensheads; holding quarterly collaborations that explore photography’s interplay with other creative disciplines and throwing many an exhibition launch bash.

Proef Restaurant Cuisine by design featured

It’s a “flavor meets form” affair at Proef Restaurant; “eating designer” Marije Vogelzang’s fresh, kitsch and oh-so-pretty dining venture in the Westergasfabriek complex.

Vintage floral china, marshmallow art installations and beverages served in jam jars—an abundance of cute and arty details consistently fill the entire dining experience. With a kitchen so open you’re practically sitting in it, the relaxed atmosphere extends right through to the menu with their offerings of casual tapas style dishes. The focus here is on keeping the presentation true to the way Mother Nature herself designed food, while proving modesty and innovation are a perfect pair in creating flavours that will make lasting impressions. Ingredients are always seasonal and organic and are likely to be grown right out the back in their vegetable patch.

Ensure you kick off your dinner with a civilised aperitif—no where else will serve you cocktails with edible flowers and floating peas. Behold the ‘Full Frontal Flower Shower’ or ‘Rubarbarella’, and beware, their innocence lies solely in their appearance. Simplicity never looked or tasted so good.

Droog The razor's edge of Dutch Design featured

It didn’t take long after the conception of Droog in 1993 for it to become one of the flagships of Dutch Design. Droog focuses on the design and production of day-to-day objects like mops and bird houses, and funky lighting like their famous clothes hanger and milk bottle lamps. They are also well known for their limited edition objects and furniture, and publications such as coffee table books filled with the finest in Dutch design.

While most of Droog’s products are fairly expensive, if you’re looking for a special gift for a design-minded friend, there are a couple of fun items that fit any price range.

Droog also has outlets in New York and Tokyo, and their products are available at associated stores throughout the world, so if you get bitten by the Dutch design bug, you don’t necessarily have to go to Amsterdam every time you need a fix. But you’re more than welcome to…

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