Amsterdam Retail Therapy

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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.

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  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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  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).  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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).

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  Split Box shelving by Peter Marigold at the Frozen Fountain.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Split Box shelving by Peter Marigold at the Frozen Fountain.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  An interior tableau in the Frozen Fountain, with a vibrant green backdrop.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    An interior tableau in the Frozen Fountain, with a vibrant green backdrop.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  Absolutely beautiful pillows and blankets from local design team Scholten & Baijings at the Frozen Fountain.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Absolutely beautiful pillows and blankets from local design team Scholten & Baijings at the Frozen Fountain.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  A selection of stools at the Frozen Fountain.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    A selection of stools at the Frozen Fountain.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  Roerende Zaken Rariteiten was one of my favorite vintage shops in town and boasted a great selection of cool finds.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Roerende Zaken Rariteiten was one of my favorite vintage shops in town and boasted a great selection of cool finds.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  From the not-something-you-see-everyday files: Pre-WWII glass eyes at the Otherist.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    From the not-something-you-see-everyday files: Pre-WWII glass eyes at the Otherist.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  I tabbed Kleikollektief in the Amsterdam Made by Hand book, but just happened to stumble upon it while wandering.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    I tabbed Kleikollektief in the Amsterdam Made by Hand book, but just happened to stumble upon it while wandering.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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.  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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.

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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  Hand-made tiles by Corien. Lovely!  Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    Hand-made tiles by Corien. Lovely!

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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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!Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!   Photo by: Jordan Kushins
    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!

    Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    Photo by: Jordan Kushins

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