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June 27, 2011

On a drizzly afternoon in Holland's capital city, I took to the streets, armed with a map, a copy of a great little guide book, Amsterdam Made by Hand, and absolutely no problem getting lost along my way to discovering a few retail treasures. Here are a few shops I liked best.

Welcome to the <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/the-frozen-fountain.html">Frozen Fountain</a>! Situated in a sweet spot on the Prinsengracht ('Prince's Canal), this <a href="http://www.frozenfountain.nl/">shop</a> is absolutely a must-visit. It's a
Welcome to the Frozen Fountain! Situated in a sweet spot on the Prinsengracht ('Prince's Canal), this shop is absolutely a must-visit. It's a wall-to-wall wonderland of design, from the super-high-end to small takeaways, with pretty much anything and everything you could imagine in between.
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Love love love. I'm a big sucker for chunky knits, and have been a fan of <a href="http://www.christienmeindertsma.com/">Christien Meindertsma</a> ever since seeing her <a href="http://www.christienmeindertsma.com/index.php?/projects/urchin-pouf/">Urchin<
Love love love. I'm a big sucker for chunky knits, and have been a fan of Christien Meindertsma ever since seeing her Urchin poufs. There was quite a selection of her work at the Frozen Fountain, including these Roosje chairs and rug, part of the "Oak Inside" collection designed for T.E (Roosje Hindeloopen and Ttinkctoria textiles also collaborated on the line).
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Split Box shelving by Peter Marigold at the Frozen Fountain.
Split Box shelving by Peter Marigold at the Frozen Fountain.
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An interior tableau in the Frozen Fountain, with a vibrant green backdrop.
An interior tableau in the Frozen Fountain, with a vibrant green backdrop.
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Absolutely beautiful pillows and blankets from local design team <a href="http://www.scholtenbaijings.com/">Scholten & Baijings</a> at the Frozen Fountain.
Absolutely beautiful pillows and blankets from local design team Scholten & Baijings at the Frozen Fountain.
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A selection of stools at the Frozen Fountain.
A selection of stools at the Frozen Fountain.
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It's clean teeth or bust at <a href="http://www.dewittetandenwinkel.nl/">de Witte TandenWinkel</a>, a shop dedicated to oral care. This display at the front door shows they mean brushing business.
It's clean teeth or bust at de Witte TandenWinkel, a shop dedicated to oral care. This display at the front door shows they mean brushing business.
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<a href="http://www.roerende-zaken.nl/">Roerende Zaken Rariteiten</a> was one of my favorite vintage shops in town and boasted a great selection of cool finds.
Roerende Zaken Rariteiten was one of my favorite vintage shops in town and boasted a great selection of cool finds.
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A selection of stoneware and ceramics from Roerende Zaken Rariteiten. I actually ended up buying the white striped vase on the bottom row in the middle, which was made in West Germany in the 60s.
A selection of stoneware and ceramics from Roerende Zaken Rariteiten. I actually ended up buying the white striped vase on the bottom row in the middle, which was made in West Germany in the 60s.
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A big wooden button marks the spot at <a href="http://www.knopenwinkel.net/">Knopenwinkel</a> (note the door handles, too!), a shop stocking more of the little accoutrement than I've ever seen in one place.
A big wooden button marks the spot at Knopenwinkel (note the door handles, too!), a shop stocking more of the little accoutrement than I've ever seen in one place.
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Buttons galore. Impossible not to get jazzed about sewing these babies on anything and everything, as there's a an epic bounty of colors, shapes, and styles, in ever medium—bone, wood, plastic enamel—imaginable.
Buttons galore. Impossible not to get jazzed about sewing these babies on anything and everything, as there's a an epic bounty of colors, shapes, and styles, in ever medium—bone, wood, plastic enamel—imaginable.
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The exterior of <a href="http://www.otherist.com/">The Otherist</a>, a modern curiosity shop in the <a href="http://www.theninestreets.com/">Nine Streets</a> area of town. Head to these blocks, bound by canals, for loads of great little stores.
The exterior of The Otherist, a modern curiosity shop in the Nine Streets area of town. Head to these blocks, bound by canals, for loads of great little stores.
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From the not-something-you-see-everyday files: Pre-WWII glass eyes at the <a href="http://www.otherist.com/">Otherist</a>.
From the not-something-you-see-everyday files: Pre-WWII glass eyes at the Otherist.
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I tabbed <a href="http://www.kleikollektief.nl/">Kleikollektief</a> in the Amsterdam Made by Hand book, but just happened to stumble upon it while wandering.
I tabbed Kleikollektief in the Amsterdam Made by Hand book, but just happened to stumble upon it while wandering.
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When we walked into the shop, the designer, Corien Ridderikhoff, was there and happy to have a little chat. Here's a view of her workspace, with pieces that have been glazed, but are yet to be fired.
When we walked into the shop, the designer, Corien Ridderikhoff, was there and happy to have a little chat. Here's a view of her workspace, with pieces that have been glazed, but are yet to be fired.
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Hand-made tiles by Corien. Lovely!
Hand-made tiles by Corien. Lovely!
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A teensy glimpse of WonderWood, a shop specializing in timber of the bent variety. Check out the story behind the store in an upcoming issue of Dwell!<br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our </strong></em><a href="http://itunes.
A teensy glimpse of WonderWood, a shop specializing in timber of the bent variety. Check out the story behind the store in an upcoming issue of Dwell!

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Welcome to the <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/the-frozen-fountain.html">Frozen Fountain</a>! Situated in a sweet spot on the Prinsengracht ('Prince's Canal), this <a href="http://www.frozenfountain.nl/">shop</a> is absolutely a must-visit. It's a
Welcome to the Frozen Fountain! Situated in a sweet spot on the Prinsengracht ('Prince's Canal), this shop is absolutely a must-visit. It's a wall-to-wall wonderland of design, from the super-high-end to small takeaways, with pretty much anything and everything you could imagine in between.

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