Amsterdam Design Report: Droog

Irwin Weiner ASID - DId you miss us? Jay and I were in Amsterdam last week, but you probably weren't aware of it; we made certain to have articles and videos lined up and ready to post on Design2Share while we were gone.

 Ed Annink's hare mat is typical of Droog whimsy.

Ed Annink's hare mat is typical of Droog whimsy.

Amsterdam was a little spring getaway, but it was also an art and design pilgrimage, and this week we'll be featuring some of the discoveries we made during our too-brief visit.

 Wendy Legro's Too Beautiful to Hide hot water bottle sits on a crisply-made bed, atop Droog's All in One carpet.

Wendy Legro's Too Beautiful to Hide hot water bottle sits on a crisply-made bed, atop Droog's All in One carpet.

The first stop on this lovely Memorial Day (hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday weekend!) is Droog, which many consider to be ground zero for the new wave of Dutch design.

 It was thrilling to see Tejo Remy's Rag Chair and Chest of Drawers up close!

It was thrilling to see Tejo Remy's Rag Chair and Chest of Drawers up close!

Enjoy today's featured video on Droog's origins, philosophy, and iconic pieces (click on video at the top of this post).

 Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum collaborated with Droog to create a unique Rijks Studio collection of objects based on the museum's historic pieces, like these clear plates with minimal decoration that line up to form an intricate pattern.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum collaborated with Droog to create a unique Rijks Studio collection of objects based on the museum's historic pieces, like these clear plates with minimal decoration that line up to form an intricate pattern.

And enjoy a few photographs and comments from our visit to the Droog store on a rainy Monday afternoon after taking in a thrilling matinee production of La Traviata at the Amsterdam Music Theater.

 A disembodied teapot and beautiful vases perch atop brazen yellow casegoods.

A disembodied teapot and beautiful vases perch atop brazen yellow casegoods.

 In this tableau, my favorites are Marcel Wanders' Knotted Chair and the Minale-Maeda Inside-Out night stand.

In this tableau, my favorites are Marcel Wanders' Knotted Chair and the Minale-Maeda Inside-Out night stand.

 Droog always displays new items that aren't in production, like this faux painted table and the console filled with colorful plastic crate drawers (one of my favorites).

Droog always displays new items that aren't in production, like this faux painted table and the console filled with colorful plastic crate drawers (one of my favorites).

 The Droog Hotel courtyard boasts a lovely courtyard garden with suspended mesh votive candle holders and a giant metallic-and-firewood-filled mushroom.

The Droog Hotel courtyard boasts a lovely courtyard garden with suspended mesh votive candle holders and a giant metallic-and-firewood-filled mushroom.