January 5, 2017

Marcel Wanders’ Amsterdam

Words by Devi de Veyra

There’s more to Amsterdam than its hash cafes and sex shops. Dutch design powerhouse Marcel Wanders suggests key stops for first-time tourists


No modern-day Dutchman flew higher or dreamed bigger than designer Marcel Wanders. His prodigious and dazzling oeuvre captivated a worldwide audience drawn to his whimsical style. Part of his success can be attributed to his adventurous spirit, which was nurtured early on by his father, who urged the young Marcel to explore the world beyond his hometown, Boxtel, in the South of the Netherlands.

Wanders was also naturally curious: “When I was a child, I really enjoyed figuring out how things worked. I wanted to understand how the pieces fit together and that led me to begin building and designing things. One thing I remember making was a bike. But I didn’t want it to be like every other bike, of course. So, I reversed the gears. So when you pedal forward, the bike actually went backwards. It drew a lot of attention, as well as some strange looks,” he tells Rogue from Amsterdam.


Despite his success, Wanders remain rooted to his beloved Amsterdam where his design company, Moooi, is currently based. He sent a list of must-visit places (which includes galleries, museums, a flower shop, among others) that might inspire and rekindle a desire for adventure and lofty dreams.

On where to eat and drink

For a nice, fresh lunch, I choose to dine at De KAS. From their own nursery, they bring their harvest to the table. With fresh produce, and meats and fish provided by local suppliers, Mediterranean-inspired dishes are created daily. In the evening, I enjoy going to the W Hotel Lounge for cocktails. They offer an extensive and unique menu specially created by W mixologists against a 360-degree backdrop of the city. It is an electric atmosphere that reenergizes me for the night ahead. One of my favorite places to have dinner is Moon. The revolving restaurant located on the 19th floor of the landmark A’DAM Toren offers scenery as breathtaking as its signature cuisine. Classical dishes with a modern twist highlight a menu crafted with local seasonal ingredients.

Read the full article in Rogue’s December 2016-January 2017 issue.

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