Monday, March 5, 2007

The Frozen Fountain

Prinsengracht 629
T +31 (0)20 6229375

Opening hours:
from 13:00 - 18:00 Monday
from 10:00 - 18:00 Tuesday till Friday
from 10:00 - 17:00 Saturday

The Frozen Fountain (MAP) is located at the Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam, the oldest and arguably most beautiful part of Amsterdam. They specialize in Dutch design and organize expos for up and coming Dutch designers on a regular basis. It's Amsterdam's first stop when it comes to design shopping - a must for anyone into cutting edge home-wares, lighting, fabrics & furniture. Less a furniture shop and more an interior design museum and art school showcase rolled into one, the Frozen Fountain is as far removed from regular home-ware shops of Swedish nature as Alessi is from Tupperware. But it’s no easy job compartmentalising this sprawling store of interconnected rooms filled with domestic treasures both large and small.

But it’s not just the big guns of interior design jostling for space. Since its inception in 1985 Frozen Fountain’s Dick Dankers & partner Cok de Rooy have developed extensive contacts with local and international art & design academies to bring attention to emerging young designers. It also established in 1998 the Dutch Individuals Foundation to establish links between emerging artists + industry. And with savvy upscale home-ware stores in North America making it their first purchasing stop in Europe, an exhibition or commission from Frozen Fountain often leads to international success. Recent commissions have even been purchased by collections including Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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