I'm a little out of synch with my posts because I've just returned from Amsterdam and Brussels on an art collectors' trip. My Living with Art October 15 post was about this trip and how excited I was about staying at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam - it didn't disappoint. The hotel's a year old and the results of the renovation of 3 townhouses along the canal was spectacular. Sadly, we were only there for 4 days and everyone hated to leave. There's a welcoming mega-sized candle from the French company Cire Trudon, wafting Ernesto throughout the lobby. Of course every time I smell Ernesto going forward it will conjure up this trip. Between several of us we bought up the entire inventory of that particular candle to the surprise of the storeowner.
Besides visits to private collectors' homes, artists' studio and museums, we had the opportunity to meet Marcel Wanders the prolific interior and furniture designer and Lonneke Gordjin & Ralph Nauta who form Studio Drift, designers of extraordinary lighting.
http://www.ciretrudon.com- Wax candle makers since 1737 famously supplying King Louis XV and the Versaille Palace