In the first of a new series drawing on the advice of the Epica Awards jury, journalist Nils Adriaans of Dutch magazine Adformatie and his film maker pal Ruben van Leer share their Amsterdam hotspots. “I sometimes miss the gritty city of the 1980s,” Nils notes.
The most creative museum or gallery
The Stedelijk Museum of modern art in Amsterdam (with its awesome new website by Grrr and designer Bas Koopmans), is rocking the new wave with current expo featuring talented designers Studio Drift – running until August 26th. A film featuring mysterious flying concrete objects in the installation Drifters is a collab with our friend the film maker Sil van der Woerd. Drifters is a 12-minute film shot in the Scottish Highlands: you can see the already mesmerizing trailer here.
The café where you go to read, write or be inspired
A restaurant with a difference
Het Bungehuis in the Spuistraat, downtown Amsterdam. It’s a bit of a controversial building, because it belonged to the University of Amsterdam and students who didn’t want it sold “to the market” squatted it for a while. But it’s being completely renovated right now as the Amsterdam branch of Soho House, the creative members’ club. I got a private tour last week, and it’s going to be stunning and beautiful. I’m a supporter of this next creative hub in the city center!