Best interior design stores in Amsterdam
Simplicity, creativity and a sense of humour permeate the character of Dutch Design – an aesthetic that has attracted a global following. Now it’s easier than ever to bring the spirit of contemporary design into your living space, as these stores in Amsterdam and Haarlem have all the furniture, homeware and accessories you need to delight the discerning collector within.
Carl Hansen + Søn
Invest in cutting-edge design at Carl Hansen + Søn, specialised in exclusive handcrafted wooden furniture since 1908. This Nordic design collective has just opened its first flagship store in the Netherlands where you’ll find famous mid-century designs, enduringly stylish pieces, and work by contemporary artists such as Ditte Blohm, who uses unusual ceramics with characteristic “porcelain thorns”.
Once known as a quirky design store for ceramics and glassware, Pols Potten has since branched out into a broad range of interior design and lifestyle items. The store is dedicated to the artists, designers and producers, and the owners supervise the design and production of their collection. A visit to their warehouse-store in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands reveals a revolving collection of quirky items and décor, sure to add a bit of originality to any living room.
This multipurpose store in Amsterdam West combines interiors, fashion and eating in one ever-changing space. Explore the collection of big-name Dutch and international designers with a healthy dose of small, up-and-coming brands. Shop for unique lighting, furniture, accessories and more, then refresh with coffee and lunch in the adjacent coffee-corner café.
Droog continues the Dutch Design legacy with their quirky, innovative and experimental creations. Located in a 17th-century building in the centre of Amsterdam is Hôtel Droog, a unique hospitality experience in which discerning guests can spend the night in the one and only bedroom. The Droog Store features both affordable and luxury items to take home, while the café serves breakfast, lunch and high tea. And don’t miss a stroll through the Fairy Tale garden: a haven for birds and butterflies that blends natural and artificial botanical elements.
Moooi Showroom and Brand Store
Amsterdam’s paradise for design enthusiasts awaits in the artsy Jordaan in a showroom and brand store that nothing can prepare you for. Bold colour (or lack thereof), jungles of greenery and lighting installations make this inspirational showcase more of a modern art museum than a store. The brand’s collections are available to purchase, but you’ll spend at least your first visit wandering from room to room imagining you live there.
High-end original design at affordable prices is the seemingly simple ethos behind MADE, which makes you wonder why nobody thought of it sooner. The flagship showroom in De Jordaan invites you to feast your eyes on all the beautiful pieces you could take home (you’ve been warned). MADE favours a timeless aesthetic over ultra-trendy furniture, so your new treasures will remain favourites for years to come – think mid-century cabinets, velvet chaises and copper floor lamps. You can also invest in MADE’s Talent Lab online, a crowd-funding initiative that supports up-and-coming designers.
Danish design from the ‘50s and ‘60s inspires the contemporary collections on offer at HAY. The brand has strong links to the Netherlands with elements of Dutch Design also featuring in the furniture and accessories. The two-level flagship store in Amsterdam showcases the complete range of designs and is one of the two largest Hay stores in the world, along with the one in Copenhagen.
The Frozen Fountain
The Frozen Fountain champions new talents in Dutch Design, as the owners constantly seek out new graduates of design schools in the Netherlands and abroad to showcase their ideas. Stepping into the store on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht draws you into a world of experimental design and thought-provoking curiosities making it easy to lose track of time and what you came here for.
Studio HENK makes stunning, minimalist furniture that will last a lifetime. These come into their own in the new flagship store in an 18th-century building on Rozengracht, which once served as the Bols jenever distillery. With 3 floors, this HENK store is also the largest, making it all the more difficult to choose from the huge range of beautiful designs, fabrics and colours on display.