expanded design shop: Hôtel Droog

The popular design shop Droog has expanded and is now called Hôtel Droog. New are the café, the gallery, the fashion shop, the beauty shop and the beautiful garden; all in the same building and filled with great design stuff. On top of that (and on the top floor) there is the new mini hotel: an apartment with a pure Droog Design interior.
Hôtel Droog is like a design department store, but nicer. In fact it’s more like a complete design experience.

Staalstraat 7a
1011 JJ Amsterdam
(+31) 020-5235050
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00

inspiring design event in Amsterdam: Inside Design

You’ll find the newest trends on Dutch interior design, next weekend, at Inside Design.
New young designers as well as the more renowned brands will show their new products, developments and some of their classics.

The location this year is IJburg; a new district of Amsterdam, on a newly created island, with interesting architecture. The port area of the island will be the even’s center, with expositions, installations and presentations on locations like shops, homes and more.

On September 21, 22, 23 (2012)  from 11.00 to 19.00 hours
Tickets and starting point:
IJburglaan 837, Amsterdam IJburg
(Tram 26 from Central Station, tramstop: Diemerparklaan)

typically Amsterdam curly pub letter

Sometimes you find culture in places you wouldn’t expect. For instance in the way Amsterdam pub’s names are written in the special Amsterdam curly letter on pub windows. The letter was commonly used in Amsterdam and surroundings from the 1950’s untill about 2000. It is inspired on a letter first published in 1605, but has developed through time into this curly one. On the blog: ‘ I love typography’, Ramiro Espinoza tells about his research and his attempt to prevent the letter from extinction by further developing it, like it always has been through time.

design shops: dutch design is hot

detail knotted chair by Marcel Wanders

Not Sweden nor UK, it’s Dutch Design which rules. Eindhoven may be Holland’s main design capital, Amsterdam has its famous Dutch design shops, all worth a visit. You could visit Droog on Staalstraat (also shops in NYC and Vegas), international renowned Marcel Wanders‘ store/studio in Westerhuis-building on Westerstraat and Frozen Fountain on Prinsengracht.