In the past couple of years we have supported Design Icons, Amsterdam, Brussels Design Market, Design Börse Berlin, Design Classics Dusseldorf, DesignMarkt Ghent, Parma Vintage, Prague Vintage Fair, Flash Festival Brussels and the Dutch National Art Deco Fair. We work closely with organisers to help promote them to a UK audience, and as we also supply magazines to the shows (and attend wherever possible). The shows are also publicised to attendees in Europe too. We feature interesting European collections and stories.
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.
De Vreugde Design & Collectables started in 1999 as a small shop in Amsterdam, and in fact was one of the very first vintage design shops in the Netherlands! Today they have grown to be an international dealer with loyal clients from all over the world. Jan Willem and Soraya van de Vreugde started their company in the Jordaan district, one of the oldest areas of Amsterdam, and now have a 1,500m2 warehouse in the village of Wilnis, just outside of Amsterdam.
At VAN ONS you can find a great collection of high quality 20th century furniture and interior items from the 1950s until the 1970s. This collection, which is mainly focused on Dutch and Scandinavian design, is presented in a gallery in the city centre of Amsterdam, which is open to visitors every Wednesday and by appointment.
BarbMama Design, founded in 2012 and situated near Amsterdam, is the result of a lifelong love for beautiful things. Owners Marc and Barbara Jongsma and Marcel Geerts, share a passion for 20th century design, whether it’s a sought after icon from the likes of Jean Prouvé, Wegner or Finn Juhl, or a beautiful piece from a lesser known designer, they will stock it.
Room of Art are based in Handewitt, near Flensburg on the border between Germany and Denmark. For many years they have been dealing with authentic design classics, specialising mainly in fine Danish furniture from the golden era of the 1940s to the 1970s.
Angela and Derko-Jan of The Gele Etalage (translates to: The Yellow Warehouse) are providers of beautiful vintage design furniture and arose from their interest in old, used, mainly Dutch and Scandinavian design furniture from the 1950s to the 1980s. Through their website they sell vintage designer furniture with character and style, and they choose pieces by deciding if they would like to have it in their own house boat!
Smølclassics specialise in vintage Scandinavian, especially Danish, furniture, lamps and accessories. Their motto is ‘First Class, Second Hand Vintage Design Furniture’ and their criteria for pieces are that they must be iconic, original and Vintage. Owner Poppe Ketelaar loves the combination of brilliant and sober design with excellent materials, produced with traditional craftsmanship.
Vervlogenjaren has a wonderful eclectic stock in their online store, ranging from a fantastic Bauhaus style Dutch tubular chrome bed set to a decorative heavy industrial ship mould. We particularly love this fabulous 70s bean-bag that is attributed to De sede, who are famous for their leather furniture - imagine that in your man-cave!
Pelligrini Design buy and sell vintage classics from the most famous designers all over the world. Only the best, 100% authentic items are good enough for their customers, and they pride themselves on finding the unusual items too.
Royal Crown is based in The Netherlands and 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 Bauhaus, Arne Wahl Iversen, Knoll, Fase, Eames, Jalk, Halabala and Pastoe to name just a few.
Italian based Danord like to encourage their customers to combine pieces belonging to different periods to create interesting, contemporary interiors. Owner, Francesca Gatti specialises in vintage Scandinavian design but also carefully selects new pieces from Northern Europe that complement the style perfectly.