THEO GROOTENDORST

CEO, Pols Pot­ten lux­ury home fur­nish­ings

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Creative Amsterdam -

At the back of the Pols Pot­ten show­room, CEO Theo Grootendorst is ges­tur­ing through the big glass win­dows to­wards a tiny speck of land known as Kom­pa­sei­land that is barely vis­i­ble as it emerges from the river IJ. Theo is ex­plain­ing that it was his­tor­i­cally a sig­nif­i­cant spot for Dutch traders. ‘That is­land is ex­actly to the north of Am­s­ter­dam,’ he says. ‘Sailors used the is­land to mark their com­passes be­fore set­ting off on their trav­els to In­dia or the rest of the world.’ It’s fit­ting that Pols Pot­ten, an in­te­rior de­sign com­pany that started out in 1987, should be lo­cated so close to the old land­mark. This is the flag­ship store of a com­pany with branches all over the planet, where they work hard to in­tro­duce peo­ple to the best of mod­ern Dutch de­sign. Some of it is piled up around us: neon pink pot­ted plants, golden pineap­ples and cush­ions printed with Rem­brandts. ‘We give things a twist with a bit of hu­mour,’ ex­plains Theo of the shop’s cu­ri­ous sig­na­ture style. ‘We have all sorts of strange ob­jects that will make you think: “What the hell is that?’’’

Golden pineap­ple £55; KNSM-Laan 39; polspot­ten.nl

A dis­play of ce­ramic crus­taceans for sale at Pols Pot­ten. ABOVE Theo Grootendorst in the show­room. LEFT Canal­side ta­bles at Café Aen’t Wa­ter

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