I’m delighted to tell you today that Mariska Meijers, the Amsterdam based artist and personal friend has opened her flagship store in a 17th century building in the trendy ‘9 streets’ district of the city. It’s located on the Singel canal bank; a stones throw from the flower market and encapsulates the eclectic energy and creative soul of the area.
Not only does it stock Mariska’s own recognisable collections of original artworks, screen prints, paper goods and home goods (pillows, lampshades, trays and tables) but also a hand-selected range of vintage and design pieces.
I’ve only known Mariska for a year; we met at the first Meet the Blogger event last year, but I really do feel like I’ve known her for years. She is such a creative, energetic woman and gave up a weekend of her precious time to introduce Arianna and I to ‘her personal’ Amsterdam for the second issue of Heart Home magazine later last year.
She inspires and awes me. She gave up a very lucrative career in banking to follow her dream of becoming an artist and even a change in personal circumstances did not deter her. She showed us an empty shop while we were there and shared another dream with us of opening her own store where she could style and display her creations in her own way and I’m so proud to know this woman who has made yet another dream come true.
So now, not only are her collections available in 15 countries around the world, including the legendary Nieman Marcus in the US but she has given us all another destination to visit in Amsterdam.
Mariska Meijers Flagship Store, Studio & Showroom, Singel 434, 1017 AV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Photographs by Marjo van Rooyen, styling by Anne-Christine Hartman