Word of Mouth: Amsterdam
The picturesque city of Amsterdam, defined by its idyllic canals and bike-friendly accessibly, lands at #4 on KAYAK's 2018 Trending List—made up of the destinations seeing the biggest increases in searches year over year. Long a CH favorite, this destination...
Dekmantel Celebrates 10 Years
Dekmantel has become a household name within the festival circuit, thanks to a line-up that skips fillers and customary headliner hierarchy and instead works hard to ply dance music lovers with a mix of fan favorites and need-to-know emerging artists...
Amsterdam's Raynsie High Performance Rain Gear
Amsterdam is known for many things, but cyclists and rain (with a whopping 250 rainy days a year) can be found pretty high up on the notable list. Aware of the latter, and wanting to give back to the city, Amsterdam-based creative agency 72 and Sunny...
Maarten Baas Paints the Time at Schipol
Dutch designer Maarten Baas revisits his 2009 "Real Time" concept in a new site-specific project commissioned by Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, following in the footsteps of other "Real Time" clocks found in the nearby Rijksmuseum, as well as the...
The Hoxton Amsterdam Hotel
To put it simply, The Hoxton Amsterdam Hotel delivers the best of two distinct worlds. While the influence of The Hoxton brand is present in the chic decor and hip clientele, there’s something undeniably authentic and Dutch about the hotel itself—from...
Opening the Our/Amsterdam Vodka Distillery
There's no business model in the alcohol industry quite like that of Our/Vodka. While headquartered in Stockholm, and owned by France's Pernod Ricard, right now there are nine petite production facilities opened or opening around the world—all of which...
The Denim Dudes Guide to the World's Best Jeans
Amy Leverton’s passion for denim has seen her journey across the globe to find the latest, oldest and most unique denim looks around, be they vintage wonders or the very newest threads from Japan. Her upcoming book, "Denim Dudes" showcases a number...
Raining Cats Shower Curtain
Parra's irreverent cartoony illustrations have been featured on everything from gallery walls to record covers to skateboard decks. Bring Amsterdam-based artist's work into your bathroom with this nylon shower curtain that's sure to catch the attention...
Designed as an antidote to the piles of steel commuter bikes that line the walks and whiz through the streets of Amsterdam, Van Heesch Design's Copper Bike—an edition limited to 10—transcends any adherence to drab utility. As copper's natural patina...
An edition of 10, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij's Diffuser Cabinet serves juxtaposing purposes, simultaneously providing storage in a series of hidden drawers and spreading sound around to improve the acoustics of a room. Best of all, the behemoth...
Studio Visit: Lex Pott
Since graduating cum laude in 2009 from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, young Dutch designer Lex Pott has been very busy—first with working for Hella Jongerius and Scholten & Baijings, and then with starting up his own studio. When we stopped...
Ann Demeulemeester's Beautiful Fashion Book
The music industry has the White Album. And now fashion has an iconic black book, thanks to a beautiful new volume from Rizzoli chronicling the visual history of Ann Demeulemeester's contributions to the world of fashion. The Flemish designer has...
VL92 Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit
More than just curious paper packaging (though it is lovely, thanks to design agency Rare Fruits Council), VL92's Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit is a smart option for the ever-famous cocktail—and those who want to quickly whip it up. With the recipe incorporated...
Unseen Photo Fair 2014: The Hand-Built Image
A motto we adhere to around CH HQ is that there are no new ideas, only new executions. Such is true of contemporary photo collage. The technique has been around since the early 1920s, when the Dadaists took to the medium so that they “could attack...
Unseen Photo Fair 2014: Obscuring The Human Form
Now in its third year, Amsterdam's Unseen Photo Fair is a veritable artistic force. Housed in a former gasworks, the impressive selection shows that while the world may be drowning in images, when expertly curated, it's still an enlightening medium...
Studio Visit: Jólan van der Wiel
With its large weighted wooden frame, pulleys and ropes aplenty, Jólan van der Wiel's experiments into gravity as a natural design force is a perfect example of The Netherlands' process-driven design ethos. An extension of the work by those rogues...
Studio Visit: Textile Designer Mae Engelgeer
Amsterdam textile designer Mae Engelgeer creates such visually striking elements of home decor that she can even command attention when her product is situated on the ground among a flurry of journalists, critics and peers at the annual hubbub known...
Low Maintenance Indoor Gardening With Pikaplant
Whether or not you've got a green thumb, Amsterdam design agency Leaps Innovation has developed two unique systems that make caring for a plant as easy as admiring it. Their line, Pikaplant, offers both no-maintenance required blooming plants and...
J.C. Herman Minicup Set
Straight from J.C. Herman Ceramics, the Amsterdam studio of potter Herman Verhagen, each of these aqua-hued mini-cups has been lovingly thrown by hand and glazed with care in Verhagen's studio. The cup’s tiny nature—less than two inches tall by two...
Rijksmuseum + Etsy
The famed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses many masterpieces of Dutch history and culture, including "The Milkmaid" by Vermeer (c1660), "The Merry Family" by Jan Steen (1668) and, of course, "The Night Watch" by Rembrandt (1642). The museum's holdings...
The Crate by Fietsklik
No one knows how to live on two-wheels quite like the Dutch. The lowland nation is home to some of the most extensive cycling infrastructure as well as some of the highest rates of bike commuters in the world. And now thanks to Amsterdam-based Fietsklik...
Word of Mouth: Amsterdam
Much like the city's compact urban landscape, Amsterdam's creative history is also densely formed, and even a quick visit to the Dutch capital can be extremely inspiring. Interestingly, you often hear Dutch people say they strive to act "normal"—yet...
A shared admiration of well-tailored form and exceptional fabrics, stemming from a chance encounter at Barcelona–El Prat Airport in 2004, led Andrzej Lisowski and Stephen Hartog to co-found Delikatessen. Remarkably, it was just a five-minute conversation...
Kustaa Saksi: Hypnopompic
The way one sees the world informs their representation of it. This is true in all forms of expression—but especially in visual arts. Health ailments (from the severe to the commonplace) have oft-influenced the work of great artists. Amsterdam-based...
The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam
Step one foot inside of Amsterdam's stunning Conservatorium Hotel and it's profoundly clear: This isn't just a glossy set of digs with opulent soaps and near-perfect customer service—this is a vacation within a vacation. The Piero Lissoni-designed...