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October 19, 2009
Originally published in Back to Basics

Though some might say that you can’t buy good taste, Cok de Rooy has built a career out of doing just that. He refined his design sensibilities as a buyer for big brands like Liberty of London, and in 1992, he and his business partner, Dick Dankers, opened the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam. Today the Dutch design shop is renowned for showcasing both homegrown and international talents, hosting twice-yearly exhibitions, and rotating original art and prototypes among its curated wares for purchase.

Cok de Rooy, of the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam.
Cok de Rooy, of the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam.
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Furniture from Nani Marquina, Vitra, Piet Hein Eek, and Foscarini, are found inside the Frozen Fountain.
Furniture from Nani Marquina, Vitra, Piet Hein Eek, and Foscarini, are found inside the Frozen Fountain.
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Grandmother's Treasures Tea Set by Vika Mitrachenka for the Frozen Fountain.
Grandmother's Treasures Tea Set by Vika Mitrachenka for the Frozen Fountain.
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Shippolady by Hella Jongerius for Cïbone Collection.
Shippolady by Hella Jongerius for Cïbone Collection.
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High Gloss Lacquered Oakwood Chair in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek.
High Gloss Lacquered Oakwood Chair in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek.
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Cok de Rooy, of the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam.
Cok de Rooy, of the Frozen Fountain in Amsterdam.

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