Holland’s vintage collectors’ craze

Elleke van Duin, Thursday, February 26, 2015 , 20 Views

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According to an old Dutch saying, Wie wat bewaart, die heeft wat. It loosely translates as ‘If you save something, you have something’. The Dutch love their gezelligheid, which is untranslatable but represents cosiness, a family feeling in pleasant surroundings. Vintage is not just sustainable, it is also authentic. In other words, it has character. We are avid collectors and so Dutch interiors are filled with vintage curiosities or retro design. Some people collect crockery, while others are crazy about antique statuettes of Mary or Danish designer lamps from the 1950s. You will find vintage and retro shops throughout Holland. The collection is usually a mishmash of curiosities and fake antiques but sometimes you can find serious collections of authentic furniture from past decades created by well-known designers.

The gigantic warehouse of Neef Louis in Amsterdam-Noord makes for an afternoon of great discoveries. It’s a paradise for vintage lovers with complete interiors from old offices, schools and churches. Check out part of the collection on your tablet beforehand, since tables, chairs and sofas are all neatly categorised on the company’s site. Prices vary from 5 to 10,000 euros. Objects are spray-painted in any colour on request. During the first weekend of every month, Europe’s biggest flea market is held at the IJ-hallen in Amsterdam-Noord, near the NDSM area. Private vendors hire a stand to sell the things they have found in their attics and cellars and it’s a paradise for bargain-hunters.

Industrieel Speciaalzaak Vivre in Nijmegen specialises in industrial and vintage furniture and lamps and has a much more uniform and less ‘scraped together’ product offering. Decennia Design in Tilburg is a popular address for vintage furniture and retro accessories from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. This is where you go for tubular frame chairs, teak wood mirrors and trendy little lamps. The place also sells new retro-style objects for the interior.

If you’ve planned a tour of the picturesque village of Staphorst, do drop by the showroom of Vervlogen Jaren. This establishment offers a great selection of lamps, chairs, tables, ceramics and accessories at affordable prices. Another good address is Spoor 38, which is located in a former dairy plant in Soest. It stocks a wonderful mix of vintage finds, design and industrial furniture. You will find fun bric-à-brac, serious French design lamps from the 1950s, vintage wood furniture from all over Europe and old army objects like helmets and crates.

Last but not least is Spam Rotterdam, which has a crazy collection of 1970s curiosities as well as designer pieces, church lamps, old vinyl, pendant lights and nostalgic ashtrays. Long live Dutch gezelligheid!

Neef Louis, Papaverweg 46-48, Amsterdam-Noord
IJ-hallen, T.T. Neveritaweg 15, Amsterdam-Noord
Decennia Design, Meelstraat 82, Tilburg
Vivre, Stationsstraat 19, Nijmegen
Vervlogen Jaren, Bugelstraat 4, Staphorst
Spoor 38, Middelwijkstraat 38, Soest
Spam, Zaagmolendrift 53, Rotterdam

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