Originally published in Destination: Limited Edition Design (Mondadori Electa, 2008).

Hailed as ‘the Moss of Europe’, The Frozen Fountain was originated in 1985 by founder Dick Danker, but took on its present incarnation as a unique housewares shop cum exhibition space when Cok de Rooy was brought in as a partner in 1992, a time that also corresponds to a marked increase in energy in Dutch design practice. Unlike Moss, Dick and Cok emphasize the accessibility of design, encouraging visitors to touch and interact with the objects on display. From high-end industrial design labels to one-of-a-kind and limited-edition ceramics, textiles and furniture, everything in The Frozen Fountain represents a high caliber of craftsmanship and artistic expression. Increasingly, the gallery program has come to embrace commissioned installations and art objects. Because Dick and Cok maintain close relationships with the Dutch art and design academies, this program is rich in young talent. Artists, designers, and architects represented include: Jürgen Bey, Piet Hein Eek, Ineke Hans, Richard Hutten, Hella Jongerius, Claudy Jongstra, Job Smeets, Marcel Wanders.Anderson’s aesthetic is twee, Modern Anthology combines functionality and elegance with the occasional quirk accent. Would you expect, among their vaguely highbrow selection, to find a playing card deck devoted to the people of Twin Peaks?

The Frozen Fountain

Prinsengracht 645

1016 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands