Regular readers will by now know that VE, alongside our trading arm Molecula, are stalwarts at this once-a-year event, and as usual we’ve been looking forward to it all year – a bit like greeting an old friend. Not only do we love Amsterdam, but we’ve also sold well here over the years, and have made some great contacts.
Starting its days as a fleamarket devoted primarily to products from the 50s to the early 80s, today Brussels Design Market is anything but, and is considered to be one of the best events in Europe dedicated to 20th century design. Held twice a year, in March and September, the event welcomes somewhere in the region of 100 exhibitors and over 7,000 visitors to its exceptional location: Sheds 3 and 4 of Tour & Taxis – home to Belgian’s largest cultural events, shows and fairs.
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM APRIL 2019 UNTIL NOVEMBER 2019
Les Puces du Designs was the first European market exclusively dedicated to furniture from the post-war era. Created in 1999 by founder Fabien Bonillo, who was then one of only 15 merchants in France specialising in furniture from the 50s to the 70s. He wanted to share his passion for design at a time when the vintage word was known only to wine lovers and some fashion enthusiasts!
Cadmium specialises in high quality 20th Century design furniture, lighting and objects from Scandinavia, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Their website is very clean and user friendly, with an host of unusual design pieces, such as this rare ‘Gilda’ Circle Sofa by Michel Ducaroy, designed in 1972 and made by Ligne Roset.
With more than 20 years experience in the field, Galerie Gaudium have built up a long-term relationship with satisfied clients in more than 25 countries, and specialises in 20th century design by the most iconic architects and designers.
Vervlogenjaren is another design dealer that faithfully exhibits at Design Icons Amsterdam – and that’s not because her son and Daughter-in-law run it – it’s because it’s Holland’s greatest design event! Wieke Akkerman always brings a wonderful eclectic range of stock from across all categories to the show.
Room of Art are based in Handewitt, near Flensburg on the border between Germany and Denmark. For many years they have been dealing in authentic design classics, specialising mainly in fine Danish furniture from the golden era of the 1940s to the 1970s.
BarbMama Design was founded in 2012 and is based just outside of Amsterdam, and is the result of a lifelong love for beautiful things. The owners Marc and Barbara Jongsma and partner Marcel Geerts, share a passion for Mid-century design, whether it’s a sought after iconic design from the likes of Jean Prouvé, Wegner or Finn Juhl, or a beautiful piece from a lesser-known designer; if they love it - they buy it!
Based in The Netherlands, Royal Crown deals mainly with items from the 1930s to the present day, with a focus on Mid-century Modern. Their stock boasts well-known names such as Arne Wahl Iversen, Knoll, Fase, Eames, Jalk, Halabala and Pastoe to name just a few.
Based in Belgium, Pellegrini Designs buy and sell vintage classics from all over the world, including the most famous designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Arne Jacobsen, Ludiwig M. VandeRohe, Poul Kjaerholm and Joe Colombo.
Jan Willem and Soraya van de Vreugde started their company in 1999 in one of the oldest areas of Amsterdam, the Jordaan district, which at the time, was one of the very first vintage design shops in the Netherlands!