6 Cool things to do in Amsterdam

I’m so pleased to finally have some time to sit down and write a post! Although I’m very happy to be working (ridiculously hard) on some really fun projects at the moment, I miss the blog… but it’s all going to be better from now on, hahaha or, more realistically, here I am now!

Aside the fact that I somehow can’t even find time to do the laundry (true story, a couple of weeks ago we’ve reached the state of having to shop for new clothes so we wouldn’t have to wear pyjamas to work), my husband and I managed to go away on a little holiday in Amsterdam.

Design Joy // Amsterdam

I don’t know why for all these years I’ve been avoiding going to Amsterdam. I think it’s because when I was younger everyone kept talking about the ‘cafés’ and the ‘naked ladies’ everywhere, I just had this image in the back of my mind that the city would be full of potheads and perverts! Roaming around a decadent city drinking beer and looking at porn. Nothing further from the truth.

Design Joy // I amsterdam

Amsterdam is such an incredibly beautiful city and Dutch design is fantastic, particularly the interiors. We had the most wonderful time there so I’ve selected a few of my favorite places to write about, like a mini city guide. I’ll try to cover everything from a hotel to bars and restaurants, shopping, a bit of art and design, sometimes all mixed together, actually most times all mixed together, pretty much like the city itself.

I’ve added a little preview bellow… I’ll work through the list one by one. This should be fun!

Happy Weekend!

Design Joy Blog // Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

1. The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Design Joy // Felix & Foam

2. Felix & Foam

Design Joy // Straatjutter: An exceptionally Long Walk

3. Straatjutter: The beautiful work of Krista Peters

Design Joy // Lion Noir

4. Lion Noir

DesignJoyBlog_Le-Petit-Bistro-Sofitel

5. Bridges, Le Petit Bistro

Design Joy // Droog Flagship Store

6. Droog

Happy weekend!

Image credits:

1. Courtesy of The Lloyd Hotel

2. Foam

3. An exceptionally Long Walk, by Straatjutter

5. Elle Eten

6. Droog

All other images were taken by me.

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Frame’s store opens this week at Felix & Foam | Design News

Dutch Interior Design magazine Frame, working in collaboration with Felix & Foam and Foyer, opens its first store this week. Frame_Store_01 Located in the historic 18th century building Felix Meritis along Amsterdam’s canals, this creative venture spreads out throughout 2 floors and, according to the magazine, will be Frame’s 3D version. The Interior Design was done by Dutch studio i29 who conceived the space with mirror partition walls to complement the grandeur of the historic building.

From Frame:

Experience the magazine in three dimensions and become immersed into the creative and innovative design world. Celebrate beauty, functionality and accessibility through timeless products. Becoming a hub for presenting new talent, products and brands from diverse genres, the space will host fashion, art and design alongside media, beauty and food throughout its six month presence.

This new creative platform will open its doors on 17 April, enlivening the monumental Felix Meritis residence at 324 Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. All are welcome to attend the festive opening which begins at 6pm. —