Amsterdam Modern Brings Dutch Design to America
Ellen LeComte, Owner
Los Angeles, CA
I'm originally from Boston, went to RISD for graphic design, and then ended up here in Los Angeles. I am inspired by traveling, by my family, my business, and by Dutch mid-century modern design. Willem de Kooning is one of my favorite artists of all time. All of the CoBrA artists are incredible as well, they were a group of highly influential artists formed in Paris. Wim Rietveld, Friso Kramer, Coen de Vries are my fave Dutch designers. And right now I'm crushing on Stan Bitters, an amazing ceramic artist here in California. I could really go on and on.
Amsterdam Modern brings Dutch design to America. We specialize in Mid-Century Modern, vintage furniture. Every two months, I go to Amsterdam with my (Dutch) husband to hand-pick furniture, lighting, and decor, then we pack it up in a 40 foot container, and ship it directly from the Netherlands to Los Angeles.
I really stumbled into it. My husband is Dutch, and so by visiting there so often and going to flea markets, I saw that there was a huge opportunity to fill this gaping hole in design in America. And now it has sort've snowballed into something even bigger than I could have imagined.
Because I have the coolest stuff, and I have a lot of it. I think we're the largest importer of Dutch Mid Century Modern furniture in the country. When you step foot into this massive warehouse, you'll see why it's so unique. The Dutch are incredible artists- what I love is the constant combinations of different materials; you see wood, metal, glass, color, fabrics combined to create something really unique and impressive. Every piece is vintage from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; we try to keep our pieces as original as possible, even in refinishing or re-upholstery.
The key is preserving as much character and history as possible. We have so much inventory that it’s a little bit of a treasure hunt around here – but there really is something for everyone. Oh, and if you need more reason to stop by- come meet our mascot, Louie (you might recognize our Dane from our Instagram)- he is reason enough!
We have a 10,000 square foot warehouse located in historic Filipinotown in Echo Park
Both are open to the public!
We also have all items listed on our website, amsterdammodern.com, orders can be placed and shipped over the phone or email.
It's so hard for me to pick, but, right now my absolute favorite item is "The Rock" Two Seater sofa by Gerard Van Den Berg for Montis.