February 18, 2012
Design Icons + an industrial shipyard
Last weekend I visited the first edition of Design Icons in Amsterdam with Paulina, a showcase of the design classics of the 20th century. It all took place in the venue called De Overkant (meaning The other side) For me it is literally the other side, because when I look across the water from nearby where I live I can see the building.
It is a former shipyard that has been restored into an event location. It still has a very industrial feeling with stripped walls and lots of concrete and metal. These pictures are made in the restaurant and when we saw this wall we couldn't do anything else then just making pictures of it.. Ain't it amazing!
To be honest many of the showed design was not really my cup of tea... I did admired some of the design chairs of course such as the Panton and Eames chairs in colors that I had never seen. But I am just not that much a lover of retro furniture.
I was mainly attracted by the industrial furniture and industrial lamps. And it was good to see my friends from 360volt.com again. You can read more about them in my personal Amsterdam city guide, a guide with all my favorite spots in town. We had a nice chat about their lamps and the industrial letters they are gonna add to their collection soon. If they are any good like the ones they brought to the exhibition I can't wait to see them!