Made by MENDOAbout the books
Who will recognize a great book better than a bookstore? A bookstore run by graphic designers. Here’s why: at MENDO we get market feedback seven days a week, we are blessed to be surrounded by a bunch of talented, inspiring people – photographers, writers and publishers – and after being a bookstore for more than 15 years, we can easily say we know what book aficionados are looking for. Don’t you agree that initiating, creating and realizing jaw-dropping books now, only comes natural?
A MENDO publication is a well-designed book with visually stunning creative content, browsed by people to be amazed and inspired. The subject-matter is one of our pre-defined curated categories, fashion, photography, interior, sport, lifestyle, food and traveling. In general, a MENDO book is a piece of furniture in itself.
These spaces speak volumes about the personalities of the people who design and inhabit them
Amsterdam is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, with 180 different nationalities represented in its population. This diversity can be sensed and seen across the city, in the people from all over the world who have chosen to base their life and life’s work in the Dutch capital. This unique genetic make-up has turned Amsterdam into a creative hub – just one of the many reasons why we at MENDO feel so at home here as creators and sellers of books.
Plants, freshly cut flowers, taxidermy and other curiosities from all over the world put a typical Florian and Ueli stamp on their building; their love of collecting has resulted in a true ’Wunderkammer’ home, with nature from the garden breathing life into the interior. The house feels like a museum, with something new to discover every day.
Amsterdam was originally founded during the 13th century as a small settlement by the dam built in the river Amstel. The port city – and the famous network of 16th and 17th century canals constructed around the swamp settlement – is now a rapidly growing metropolis that continues to expand to the present day. Each year, the city attracts growing numbers of visitors from all over the world, and Amsterdam is increasingly favoured as a base for large and small businesses from across the globe.
’Mokum’, as the city is also known, is home to a world-famous red-light district, countless coffee shops and, of course, the Canal District, which earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010. But the Amsterdam we live in is an even larger, more diverse and special place. In this book, you’ll discover images beyond those you already know from postcards, and get a glimpse behind the facades of Amsterdam’s traditional and modern architecture. The interiors of majestic canal-side houses, luxury hotels, creative workspaces and ultra-modern apartments all bear witness to Amsterdam’s distinctive interior design movement.
Whether it’s the stylish homes designed by Studio Piet Boon, the concept hotel rooms of citizenM, the unique loft at the top of Amsterdam’s modern Toren hotel, the grand canal-side house fitted out by MOS Interiors or the sophisticated abode of MENDO’s Roy Rietstap; all of these interiors represent a unique movement that embodies a timeless sense of calm, beauty and subtle luxury, rather than a reflection of fashion trends.
With this selection of Amsterdam’s most beautiful, captivating and inspiring locations, Living in Style Amsterdam will take you to places that normally remain unseen; spaces that speak volumes about the personalities of the people who design and inhabit them.