Drawing attention; Art & Tea
Amsterdam – Drawing attention; Art & Tea. A new tea set has been introduced for the Royal Afternoon Tea. The porcelain was designed by artist Thomas Hillebrand and designer Nina Constantinescu.
The artist Tomas Hillebrand, who also works as a curator at Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen, is known for his stunning glass sculptures. The drawings he created for the Amstel Hotel’s new tea set show a very different side to his artistry. Tomas feels very comfortable with this genre too. He graduated from the Rietveld Academy and is specialised in large scale drawings.
For the tea sets, he collaborated with designer Nina Constantinescu and Amstel Hotel management assistant Jolanda Kamies, to find and create several iconic hotel elements that laid the foundations for the design. Because the designs are hand-drawn, they strove to keep the details without it becoming too minimalistic and playful.
The edges of the porcelain tell their own story. One edge features the Hogesluis bridge spanning the Amstel, as well as the water and the salon boats. Another tells the story of the interior, based on the ceiling ornaments and details from the rug.
The result is a cheerful, elegant and ornate collection featuring the dark blue of the Lounge with gold accents – much like the colour combination as for example of the hotel staff uniforms.
One thing is for certain: this tea set is entirely unique.
Festive launch of Amstel magazine
Amsterdam – On 9 May, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam launched their new magazine, a special edition with a new design that revolves around the theme 150 years of elegance.
It's already the eighth edition that has been developed. This unique edition shows many stories from the past, but also how the Amstel Hotel is preparing itself to receive guests for another 150 years. A part of the magazine is dedicated to the restoration in exclusive interviews with Kasper Burgy of Burgy Bouwbedrijf and Gijsbert van Hoogevest, the architect.
Rosé gold is the theme of the cover. Ronald Kolk has specifically designed a dress that indicates the perfect match between young and old. '' The Amstel Hotel is also meant for young guests who understand the charm of this hotel '', said Kolk. In addition, Gassan Diamonds ensured the finishing touch of the picture with beautiful rosé gold jewellery.
Primary school wins visit to the Amstel Hotel
Amsterdam - On Monday 20 March, primary school Dr. Schaepman School West from Barendrecht visited the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam. Jonah (10) of this group won the visit because he sold the winning ticket during the Jantje Beton Lottery in 2016 to a local resident.
The whole group enjoyed a delicious lunch and workshops in the hotel. The students were invited to decorate cupcakes in the kitchen, making non-alcoholic mojito cocktails in the A bar and experienced how it is to make beds in a five star hotel. Finally they played the Amstel Quiz. They had a fantastic afternoon and were enthusiastic about the hospitality of the Amstel Hotel.
Restaurant La Rive wins Gouden Koksmuts award at the Dutch hospitality trade fair
The team of Restaurant La Rive from Amsterdam won the much coveted Gouden Koksmuts (Golden Chef's Hat) on the first day of the Dutch Hospitality trade fair. The team that participated in the culinair competition consisted of Emiel Kwekkeboom Senior Sous Chef, Marco Geurts Junior Sous Chef and Jules Wiringa Chef de Partie.
Gouden Koksmuts The most coveted prize for chefs in the Netherlands was awarded for the 57th time. This National Championship was organized by the Gastronomisch Gilde, the association for professionals in gastronomy with more than 3,500 members.
A celebratory start of the holiday season
On the 7th of December, the beautiful Christmas tree was lit during the annual Tree Lighting event. In true Amstel style this tradition was continued and General Manager Anita Bos had the honour to switch on the Christmas illuminations together with Mr. Eberhard van der Laan, the mayor of Amsterdam, and Margreet van Roemburg, initiator of foundation ‘Het Feest!’.
The social event can be seen in the final episode of the documentary ‘A year at the Amstel’.