HAPPENINGText: Ania Markham

September is a good month to visit Amsterdam if you’re a fan of contemporary furniture and interior design. Inside Design Amsterdam 2005 returns for a second year of the city-wide initiative which runs from 23rd September until 2nd October. Organised by Elle Wonen and designer Jacob de Baan, you’ll find work from more than 150 international designers exhibited at over 100 locations such as shops, museums, restaurants, clubs, hotels and factories.

All sounds great but unfortunately I’m on holiday during that week so I won’t be able to enjoy any of it. Still, perhaps I can point out some designers I would have liked to have seen?

Tjeerd Veenhoven

My first choice is Tjeerd Veenhoven, a Dutch designer who likes experimenting with different materials and production techniques. He’s exhibiting at Piastrelle who specialize in tiles and has chosen to show his hard coated foam tiles. Invented by Tjeerd, the beautiful decoration results from melting textile into the foam during the production process. All kinds of material even lace can be used.

Celine Dayes and Romuald Marie

Pompadour is an old-fashioned patisserie and lunchroom situated in Huidenstraat, part of the Nine Streets shopping area in central Amsterdam. Celine Dayes and Romuald Marie are a French duo who are exhibiting the result of three months of experimenting with ceramics at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch. Check out all their strange designs including lamps, furniture, buttons, crockery and even a dartboard!

Ken Yokomizo

Japanese designer Ken Yokomizo, who now lives in Milan, is exhibiting at the amazing De Kas restaurant situated by Oosterpark. A location worth visiting in itself for the incredible home-grown vegetables and interior designed by Piet Boon, Ken Yokomizo will be exhibiting his unusual collection of bags, hats and other wearable things that also function as lights. Worth checking out.


Proudplastics is a project by Liesbeth Bonekamp, former chairman of Eternally Yours and partner/designer within MAX strategy by design, set up to challenge people’s preference for traditional materials like wood and metal. Following in the footsteps of Marcel Wanders, Proud Plastics are exhibiting various plastics they have produced which they hope will change the way the plastics are perceived as a material for design. Located centrally at the Openbare Library and right next door to Frozen Fountain which is a suberb shop selling the best in contemporary furniture and design.

Inside Design 2005
Organised by Elle Wonen and designer Jacob de Baan
Date: September 23rd – October 2nd, 2005
Place: Stedelijk Museum, Post Amsterdam, Piastrelle, De Kas, Openbare Bibliotheek, Frozen Fountain etc. over 100 locations in Amsterdam

Text: Ania Markham
Photos: Courtesy of Inside Design Amsterdam

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