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The vintage of tomorrow

The leaning towards eclecticism is characteristic of the Dutch interior, according to Davide Bernabei. At the beginning of 2020, he opened The Shop of Beautiful Things on the Overtoom with two friends. The British-born Italian came from the IT world, but had grown tired of it. “I wanted to focus on creativity and only focus on beautiful things with a twist. Our offer is exclusive within the Netherlands and presents an alternative to what is already there. Not trendy, that becomes outdated too quickly, but design that has the potential to become the vintage of tomorrow.”

The common thread in the range of The Shop of Beautiful Things is the presence of a story. For example, the walnut wood of the Waves Bar Cabinet comes from the family forest of the Croatian design agency Milla & Milli and every tree that is felled is replaced by new plantings. The eye-catcher in the store, the Shoe Tree by Beatrix Ong MBE, is a shoe cabinet disguised as a stack of dioramas.

The minimalist totem pole attracts the attention of passers-by, who are immediately asked inside for a glass of wine and enthusiastic explanation. Bernabei and his associates, who were only open for two months in a year and a half due to corona, are eager to finally go full throttle during Glue. “We want to build a community of kindred spirits. Amsterdam has a lot of design – see, for example, how the Overtoom has grown into an interior shopping street – but it is not yet very visible. Glue can change that. It will be the ADE of design.”

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