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Discover Benelux | Top Boutiques in the Nine Streets | 360volt

Modern classic industrials The largest collection of vintage industrial lamps in Europe can be found in Amsterdam. Looking out over the gorgeous Prinsengracht, 360volt showcases beautiful industrial cultural heritage, hailing from factories and warehouses all over Europe and Northern America. And yes, they are all for sale. “We have over one hundred different fixtures,” says 360volt co-founder Emile de Cock. “They’re all pre-seventies, the oldest one is even pre-World War I. What I love about them is their timelessness: they’re designed purely based on functionality and consist of sturdy, durable materials like enamel and Bakelite. Though lamps from different countries look different, all of them have a classic, modern appearance suiting all interiors.” All lamps are restored before finding a new space to light up. “We rewire them and make them suitable for modern light bulbs, while preserving their characteristic look,” explains Emile. “Yet we also have old bulbs with a carbon filament in our collection. Those bulbs spread a much warmer light than modern ones.” Emile runs the store with his partner Hilde de Lange. They are graphic and industrial designers, which you can

TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: 360VOLT

tell by looking into their well-designed, museumlike, store. It’s no surprise they also work on (inter)national projects advising the hospitality industry and brands on lamps and lighting. “We’ve been a partner to famous brands like SohoHouse, Ralph Lauren and the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam. We advised them how to deploy them to emphasise certain features of the room.” Emile’s and Hilde’s extensive collection sometimes contains 200 specimens of one type of lamp. “To the Conservatoriom Hotel, we delivered a large set of scissor lamps. Within our already small niche, those beauties are our specialty!” www.360volt.com

Showcasing Holland through fine art TEXT: PAOLA WESTBEEK

Neatly tucked into Amsterdam’s monumental Canal Ring, the Nine Streets is a shopping district replete with old-world allure and opportunities to find everything from designer labels to one-of-a-kind artworks. In the latter is where Dutch Accent – both art gallery and shop – has managed to attract those looking for something unique and exquisitely Dutch. Though Dutch Accent opened in January, its foundations were laid in 2002 with Ton Verdegaal’s Glaswerkplaats, a successful studio for stained glass windows and glasswork which previously occupied the location. The current shop and gallery was a concept that began to develop in 2014 when Verdegaal decided it was time for a change. Verdegaal’s new venture led to a complete restyling, resulting in a place that now exhibits and sells distinctive Dutch paintings, objects and glass-

works. While the shop draws tourists, it certainly is not your run-of-the-mill souvenir shop. Paintings, mostly landscapes and cityscapes, are rendered in different styles by select professional artists and represent a pure view of the country’s essence and splendour without ever being cliché. The glasswork is produced at the renowned Glasblazerij (glass studio) in Leerdam; the city is the epicentre of Dutch glassmaking. Dutch Accent truly prides itself on showcasing the beauty of Holland through its fine art and exclusive souvenirs. Verdegaal: “I love art and design and wanted to offer something other than what you are likely to find elsewhere. Those who appreciate art and discover my shop are very enthusiastic.” Dutch Accent also has an online shop and ships its products worldwide. www.dutch-accent.nl

Above: 116-Landscape, painted and photographed by Niels Schouten

Above: Modderdag, made and photographed by Sonja Brussen Left: Westertoren, made and photographed by Leo van der Vlist

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Discover Benelux, Issue 21, September 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 21, September 2015  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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