'Dam Fine Time - Design Icons Amsterdam


AS REGULAR READERS WILL know, we’ve been attending Design Icons each February representing VE magazine and our trading arm, Molecula. We’ve traipsed through sub-zero winters, with frozen canals, thick snow and biting winds, to make our way to the De Kromhouthal building in the north of the city, and we’ve loved every minute of it! However this year, it’ll be a whole new experience for us, as the date has been moved to April so spring will certainly be in the air, which in turn is likely to bring even more visitors than usual.

The fair was fully booked by early December, sooner than ever before, with an exhibitors list that stretches from Holland, Germany and Belgium, across to Italy, Sweden and the UK.

The impressive former factory De Kromhouthal is located on the North Shore of the River IJ and gives a stunning view of the passing boats and the city centre. It will be filled with 60 professionals dealing in the nest vintage design pieces from the 1930s to the 1980s. A diversity of interior objects will be offered for sale from well-known classics to anonymous designs, with Finn Juhl next to Mies van der Rohe and from Italian-chic to raw industrials.

The exterior side view of De Kromhouthal. Fantastic venue and on site reastaurant too.

The exterior side view of De Kromhouthal. Fantastic venue and on site reastaurant too.


Eames shells are expected next to early Bauhaus designs, 50s Pastoe cabinets next to Scandinavian classics. The greatest Mid-century icons will be standing next to affordable vintage collectables – and it’s all for sale and can be brought home the very same day.

Nowadays people are so used to online shopping, that it’s a real pleasure to actually test a sofa for comfort, feel the leather, peek into cabinets and chat with a seller who loves to share the history of the pieces.

If you’re looking to stay in The Dam to visit this once-a-year-event, you’ll be able to catch a free ferry back and forth to the venue, which you can find behind Central station – it’s very easy. After a short 15-minute walk you’ve arrived. If you’re driving, it’s 10 minutes from the city centre, and you’ll find free parking on site.

For those who love to be the first in – usually collectors and professionals – there’s a preview during stand build-up, which starts on Saturday at 12 noon, where tickets can be bought at the door for 25 euros.


Woo Gilchrist