Wednesday, 29 August 2007

beautiful memories old and new

The first street I lived on on arrival in Amsterdam, oh-so many moons ago, was the Haarlemmerstraat. The Haarlemmerstraat (becoming the Haarlemmerdijk further down) is a great street with everything you could possibly ever want or need. One of my favourite shops that’s been around since before I arrived is Vivian Hann’s ceramic design shop. Vivian’s discerning eye has selected some of the most gorgeous contemporary ceramic design for you to choose from.
One such item is Mokkatanten’s ceramic memory stick. Founded by Cora Gebauer and Insa Doan, Mokkatanten sort of translates to ‘elderly aunts drinking coffee and bickering’. Beautifully presented in lace fabric and with it’s own knitted pouch it’s a quirky blend of old and new technologies. Even more beautiful when the stick is plugged in and the LED starts glowing through the china. The memory memory stick is 1GB capacity, 7cm long and retails for €105 / USD$125. Mokkatanten also make beautiful cups and fabrics.
Another very sweet product in the store is this ‘leftover’ spoon by Mara Skujeniece. Mara designed this spoon as part of a tableware range she did especially for De Bakkerswinkel (The Baker’s Shop). The tableware is wonderfully tactile with it’s organic forms and mix of raw and glazed surfaces. It compliments the quirky and down-to-Earth vibe of De Bakkerswinkel, which is a favourite local hangout of mine now and a mere stone’s throw from the Haarlemmerstraat.
A lovely place to stop and re-fuel after a hard days shopping, I recommend their heavenly scones with home made jam and cream. A great expat scone fix, I take all my visiting friends and family there. You can purchase a 6-item tableware set from De Bakkerswinkel’s (Westerpark location only), price unknown sorry. The spoons can be purchasesd separately from Vivian’s and are €5.50 each.
Vivan Hann, Haarlemmerdijk 102, Amsterdam.
De BakkersWinkel, Amsterdam Westergasfabriek.

1 comment:

Lyndon Lawrence said...

That's wicked stuff, Lel!