Neef Louis Design, Amsterdam
With its galleries, bars, restaurants and boutique hotels, Amsterdam is emerging as one of Europe’s creative hotspots and no other district is reinventing itself as much as the gritty and hip, Amsterdam Noord.
Once a shipyard, NDSM Wharf has been transformed into a cultural hub for Amsterdam’s thriving creative community and is home to Neef Louis Design, one of the neighbourhood’s most eclectic and eccentric vintage furniture stores.
During our recent visit to one of our favourite cities, the Fort Productions team discovered the recycled furniture store and were hugely impressed by its collection. The large warehouse is packed with a multitude of items from mid-century furniture to trendy industrial light fixtures and a little bit of everything else in between.
Weird and wonderful, Neef Louis captured our imaginations, with diverse and dynamic items that explore different eras, design styles and themes. Cheekily curated and organised into colour coordinated sets, where else could you find Jesus, Barbie and a fox at a dinner party, a banana chair or an extensive collection of retro pornographic comics? But delve deeper into this wacky world and you’ll also find some unique, standout pieces of furniture including 1960’s sofas, Art Deco cabinets and Carlo Mollino style armchairs - incredible items, perfect for photoshoots, film sets or even in your own home.
With its abundance of historical, modern and quirky objects, Neef Louis is an exhibition of design rather than just a furniture store and is truly a treasure trove of inspiration for stylists and art directors.
Humorous, kitsch and just absolutely brilliant, without a doubt, Neef Louis Design is well worth a stop off on your next visit to Amsterdam.