I look for treasures in about a dozen European countries. From the Netherlands and Belgium, to France and as far away as Hungary, Slovenia and even Bosnia. My criteria for buying something, or leaving it for the next person is very simple.
Navigating on my personal taste, my gut feeling. Would I have this piece in my own house or not? If yes, then I buy it and deem it fit to re-sell.
In 2008, when Lehmann Brothers collapsed, these clients reacted strongly to the crisis that came forth out of that collapse. Our two main clients started killing projects and slashing budgets. Our numbers went down and pressure went up. The fun was gone and I decided to close the shop. Did not want to file for bankruptcy. So when we closed the agency I took all the tables, chairs, lights, cabinets and decor pieces. Also took over the lease of the smaller one of two offices and turned it into a shop for the kind of furniture that I liked; industrial antiques.
But I always keep my eyes peeled. So ultimately I can never really tell where my next treasure will come from. But that’s exactly one of the exciting/romantic parts of what I do. I still find things online, at auctions or on road trips etc. Although these days most of pieces come in through big dealers, the guys who have been in this business for decades. They practically own this business. They get tipped of on the most interesting things first. Key to guys like me is that I get first dibs at what ever they get their hands on. Overall I now get things from roughly a dozen countries across Europe.
gravitate towards and why?
Un-paralleled quality and detailing. Awesome stuff. More common here in the US, less so in Europe.
And finally, I really like to see myself as someone who navigates beyond trends. I’m now at an age where a pretty much know what I like. The kind of furniture that I source and sell will always be around me. The kind of clothes that I wear, and have been for the last 20+ years, will remain in my wardrobe. It is who I am. And that actually touches a few of my key values that I like to live by; genuine, loyal
So to fill up an interior with pieces from the same style/period/designer/color etc. is no good, in my opinion. Eclectic is the way to go. Not easy, but when done right there’s nothing like it.
An interior has to tell a story about that person. It has almost be a manifestation of that person’s character and how he/she looks at the world.
In my humble opinion you have to have a genuine connection with the pieces in your home.
An interior is also never really finished. Through life you stumble upon things, fall in love and gather. Whether it’s your local flea market, an auction or a road trip. An interior takes time to grow and for all the pieces to tie in nicely together.
The above also explains why Modern Anthology was on my radar immediately when I was thinking of coming to NY with my business. It is a well put together place. Carefully curated. It tells is genuine story. It tells me that the people behind it believe in that broader approach that many of us call “life style”.
From small to big, from in-expensive to expensive, from old to new. It can, and should, all exist together to tell that story and create that experience. Eclectic is the way to go! On all levels.
•Six and Sons - fashion/life-style/interiors
•Concrete Matter - the ultimate man’s gift store
•Tenue de Nimes - best curated denim store in the country
•Neef Louis - vintage furniture
•Wildschut Antiques - antiques
•Marqt - food market
•Stach - food/coffee
•Gebroeders Niemeijer - food/coffee
•Bakers and Roasters - best breakfast/brunch in town
•Lot Sixty One Coffee - best coffee in town
•Espresso Fabriek - coffee roasters, high-end
•Koevoet - one of the best Italian restaurants in Amsterdam
•Kahmann Gallery - photography
•Stedelijk Museum - one of the best in world
•Toscanini - legendary Italian restaurant in Amsterdam, an institution
•Small World - tiny place, super cute neighborhood, ext level sandwiches, coffee etc.
•Skins - cosmetics, best in the country by a land mile
•Sunday Market - first Sunday of the month
•Noordermarkt - vintage and biological/farmer’s market, best on Saturday and Monday morning