A few weeks back I was well enough to make it over to the north of Holland to stay with a good friend for a long weekend. This was a Christmas gift from my husband to enjoy and explore Holland sans the sprog which was incredibly liberating! Just imagine-I could actually shop in peace, explore wherever I wanted, eat when I wanted and sleep in if I decided to. Oh, the freedom!

On the Sunday morning I received a tweet from the lovely Eline Pellinkhof telling me about a fantastic handmade market to visit on the outskirts of Amsterdam in Westerpark, so with a day free we headed out to see for ourselves.

Held on every first Sunday of every month, the Sunday Market is a fashion, art and design market which has a similar feel to Greenwich & Spitalfields for the crafts and Borough market for the food and drink (you could indulge in a chocolate crepe and a chilled glass of champagne whilst you browsed).

The market had a really laid back feel to it and boasted a number of very talented designer-makers. I was especially taken with the work of furniture designer and joiner Miriam Spanier of ‘Miriam inhout’ -literally translated as ‘Miriam in Wood’. Inspired by the 1970s turned-leg pine coffee tables, she’s breathed new life into what would’ve been considered old and dowdy designs and created a new contemporary must-have. The RE-LEGS collection.

Small RE-LEGS in neon pink

What I absolutely love about Miriam’s designs is that she leaves the natural finish of the wood on the outside and introduces a cheeky splash of colour to the inside of the legs leaving the 3-dimensional detailing on display. She’s made pine cool again.

Large RE-LEGS in blue

The tables come in a variety of colours including canal green (they wouldn’t be Dutch without this traditional colour!) soft yellow, off-white and natural wood.

Small RE-LEGS in signal red

I think I’d like to have a series of these wall-mounted as book shelves. Don’t you think they’d look great?.

1 Comment on Miriam inhout & The Sunday Market

  1. Hi Tiff, glad you are feeling better and always nice to have break. Love that green on that table and such an interesting design too. Hope you can make it to one of our London meet ups soon. x

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