• Trudy Derksen, Pakhuis Indie, Keizersgracht 493.

  • Singel 132, P.C. Hoofthuis, Matthijs van Heijningen en Guurtje Buddenberg

Date 21.03.2014

Amsterdam’s XVII Century Mansions, when the light filtrates unexpectedly


Horizontal or vertical, seasons move according to mother’s nature journeys through both hemispheres, sometimes without visible warnings. The day the lonely magnolia trees start getting dress in tones of white-light pink to even soft-greys; we officially declared spring has arrived. This is tradition in Amsterdam, or this romantic natural sign, implies times of changes are heading our town. Those double wools will now turn into single washed ones; cashmeres will be combined with cottons and silks. Necks will get more pronounced for women. And soon, it will be time to tell the sun about the summer games. Welcome you all to Amsterdam’s spring-summer 2014!

By the city’s center, lived Amsterdam’s richest citizens, and so this part of the belt of canals is named the “Golden Bend” (“Gouden Bocht”) in recent history. Fine gardens at the Golden Bend (mainly city-palaces with classicist facades and stuccoes ceilings) from many doublewide mansions, compete with their inner hidden oasis the same way summer products clashes under a common intention: bring you into a successfully new season. An incredible private show invisible for the regular pedestrian; half of the residences are family houses, the others corporate offices.

It’s not the first time I enter this parallel of nature, architecture, and fashion. It’s the scheduled mandatory stop, where colors, open shapes and fluid fabrics conjugate to define a splendorous spring-summer composition. 

The early words of poet Philipp von Zesen (1619-1689) on the canals: “earthly paradise . . . adorned with sumptuously decorated houses”, are so assertive as our wardrobe of garments dedicated to the arts. Containing those designers with the hands to keep beauty on flourishing voltage.