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A candy store for book aficionados

Sharing love for beautiful books

MENDO is a candy store for book aficionados with a flagship store situated in one of Amsterdam’s most inspirational neighbourhoods, called The 9 Streets (De 9 Straatjes) and an award-winning webshop. Both online and offline, MENDO is fully dedicated to sharing the love for beautiful books.

From the hundreds and thousands of books that are being published every year, people rely on MENDO to select the finest and most relevant ones. MENDO curates on very specific topics: photography, fashion, traveling, lifestyle, culinary books, interior & architecture and graphic design. Moreover, MENDO is known for its unique selection of collector’s editions, which is on display in the store.

For the design of the Amsterdam flagship store MENDO teamed up Concrete Architectural Associates. Concrete came up with a simple, but brilliant idea: a bookstore, made from books. The walls are not made of bricks, but of thousands of black MENDO books. The intimacy of the scenery, combined with the stunning publications by some of the best publishers in the world, has made MENDO one of the most unique and inspiring stores in the Netherlands.

About the design, Concrete’s founder Rob Wagemans says: “Like a house made of bricks, MENDO’s unique bookstore is built with thousands of black books.”

On Facebook Lieke once said: “MENDO equals book porn”. We couldn’t agree more, and you probably can’t either. MENDO is located in the Berenstraat, one of the 9 Streets in the heart of Amsterdam.

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MENDO’s Flagship store is located in The 9 Streets in Amsterdam

Berenstraat 11
1016 GG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Opening hours
Monday 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 11 am to 6 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday 11 am to 6 pm
Friday 11 am to 6 pm
Saturday 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm

Entering the store, customers are surrounded by bookshelves made of cold-worked steel filled with the black books and colorful sections created by the books that are for sale. At the ends of the bookshelves, which run along the entire length of the store, a mirror wall optically doubles the length of the shelves and shop. In the centre of the store bookshelves which have seemingly ‘fallen over’ form small islands where customers are invited to sit down and have a closer look at the items for sale.

Entering the store, customers are surrounded by bookshelves made of cold-worked steel filled with the black books and colorful sections created by the books that are for sale. At the ends of the bookshelves, which run along the entire length of the store, a mirror wall optically doubles the length of the shelves and shop. In the centre of the store bookshelves which have seemingly ‘fallen over’ form small islands where customers are invited to sit down and have a closer look at the items for sale.

MENDO.nl eCommerce site of the Year
Our award-winning webshop, created in collaboration with Build in Amsterdam, is an online translation of our physical store and philosophy. Keitaro Suzuki, member of the jury of Awwwards, said: "This sophistication is born from the balance of functionality and visuality and animation. Everything is expressing the atmosphere of the brand."

Build's co-founder Daan Klaver adds: "Mendo sells the most beautiful books in the world: we wanted the site to be one great stage for their books. It’s a unique experience to buy a book in the physical Mendo store, and we wanted to match that feeling online."

'MENDO equals book porn.'
'MENDO equals book porn.'

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Apart from the carefully curated collection of books on subjects like fashion, photography, interior and lifestyle, MENDO is known for its unique selection of limited edition books on display.

Press images
Sharing MENDO is highly appreciated. Highres press images from our Flagship store can be downloaded here. Be sure to credit photographer Roel Ruijs and MENDO when you download and publish any of these images.

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