The capital city’s design gurus are redefining going Dutch.
With its meandering waterways and well-preserved canal houses, Amsterdam might appear frozen in time. But behind the brick facades of the city’s centuries-old buildings, a second Dutch golden age is stirring. Thanks to a new class of artists, designers, curators, and stylists, the Netherlands’ capital is fast becoming one of Europe’s liveliest style destinations—a location distinguished as much by its forward-thinking attitude as by its pious commitment to preserving the past. From reinterpretations of delftware to the reemergence of the city’s most prominent museums, Amsterdam is turning out leading-edge designs certain to resonate with aesthetes everywhere.