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?.