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Amsterdam's Golden Age of Design

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Photo: Paul Bellaart

Greetings from Amsterdam, where the locals' innate talent for taking the everyday and making it supercool has ushered in a new golden age of design—and landed the city squarely in the global spotlight. Read the article

Inspired by: Amsterdam by Design — by Guy Trebay, Published Sep. 2006

Hotels (5)

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    The Dylan

    This boutique hotel, named for the poet Dylan Thomas, opened in 1999 and occupies restored 17th-century buildings along the Keizersgracht canal in

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    The Grand Amsterdam, Sofitel Demeure Hotels

    This historic Amsterdam building dates back to 1578 and served as a convent and City Hall before becoming the Grand hotel, and then Sofitel Legend

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    Seven One Seven

    Located in a 17th-century manor house built for a wealthy sugar merchant, the Seven One Seven hotel contains nine opulent guest rooms named after f

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    College Hotel

    Set inside a renovated, late-19th-century school, this stylish hotel blends well into its surrounding, fashionable neighborhood. Partially staffed

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    Lloyd Hotel

    Located in the trendy Eastern Docklands neighborhood, this quirky, design-centric hotel is a mix of 117 accommodations. Rooms are designated from o

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Restaurants (5)

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    Eleven

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    Sukasari

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    Café Roux

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    Blauw aan de Wal

    Despite its location down a graffiti-covered alleyway in the Red Light District, this white-clapboard restaurant draws crowds of foodies with its m

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    De Kas

    Situated in a converted greenhouse in Frankendael Park, De Kas is adjacent to a nursery and garden where much of its ingredients are grown. The ele

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Activities (7)

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    Tropenmuseum

    This ethnographic museum is an initiative from the Royal Tropical Institute, which seeks to understand and preserve non-Western cultures. The ornat

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    Stedelijk Museum

    Amsterdam’s museum of contemporary art dates back to 1895 and houses classic and contemporary art, including photography and design objects. Over t

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    WonderWood

    This shop/gallery hybrid on the ground floor of a three-story brick building near Amsterdam’s Dam Square stocks vintage plywood furniture from the

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    Pols Potten

    This Amsterdam company started importing Mediterranean pottery in 1986, and today manufactures and sells a wide range of artistic, designer-driven

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    Kunsthandel Artist

    Owned by antique dealer Hesdy Artist, this gallery sits just outside the historic Spiegelkwartier (Mirror Quarter), home to more than 70 fine art a

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    Frozen Fountain

    "Welcome" is posted in five different languages above the tall windows of this canal-side store, selling furniture and home accessories in a large,

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    Droog Design

    Droog sells functional, everyday household items with unusual designs—including accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work—all of which aim t

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