Adiuvantes – Finding inspiration in unexpected places

Interior @ Adiuvantes / PHOTO: ROSSANA Photography

What are the first things that would come to your mind if you had to describe Amsterdam? Most of you might mention the canals, the many bicycles, the coffeeshops, Anne Frank, Van Gogh, beautiful little cafés and boutiques… and of course the Red Light District!

If you think about the Red Light District, certain pictures pop up in our heads – that’s for sure. The one thing you would probably never associate with the area is a concept store selling beautiful and sustainable products. But it is there! And we have found and fallen in love with it.

The name of the store, Adiuvantes, finds its origin in the Latin word “collaboration”. The owner Femke shares the same believes with a variety of brands all over the world: honest and pure products using natural resources and working in community. That is why Femke sells excactly those kind of items at Adiuvantes. Read more

A (green) table for two!

A (green) table for two!

Two weeks ago Rossana and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Greenies. This restaurant opened its doors in Düsseldorf almost one year ago, in March 2014. Ever since, it has been winning over all kinds of paladates (including those highly attached to the consumption of meat – like mine!) with their rich offer of vegan and vegetarian food.

His owner is called Bernar Walker, and he is a young german enterpreneur who is trying his luck for the first time in the restaurant sector. Together with his mother, who is to be spotted in the kitchen, and his sister, who helps attending the customers, Bernar has embarked on an extraordinary adventure that, judging from the warmth welcome the local community has given to Greenies, can take him to beautiful unexpected places.

The fresh approach presented by the restaurant consists of an ambitious bet on sustainability – a concept that had been spinning around Bernar’s mind already back in his days as student of philosophy at the university.

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A shop full of stories // Una tienda llena de historias

A shop full of stories // Una tienda llena de historias

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Vintage Fabrik is Tabitha Gopp’s first shop; a longtime dream of hers that came true last year in March 2014. The store combines original antique furniture from the 1920s’ to the 1970s’ with handmade pieces of jewellery, rich and varied decoration items made out of recycled materials, tons of postcards…and even fair trade chocolate! Once you go inside there is no possible rest. The space is so packed with all kinds of curious objects that your eyes jump from one to another without even giving you the time to process the information.

Located in Nordstraße, one of Düsseldorfs most lively streets, the concept underneath the shop is to offer unique decoration pieces, coming from different corners of Europe, that can be found nowhere else in the city. In this sense, when it comes to getting the furniture in good conditions to be sold again, their modus operandi includes also minor restoration works. In the small studio of the shop, Tabitha and her assistant take care of the delicate cleaning process and pay attention to other details – like the surfaces – so that the items can be fully usable. A task not always easy to complete due to the fact that some of these furnitures were used in fabrics that haven’t existed anymore since decades. Read more