It was a fine night of whisky, jazz and lively conversation as the British Society of Amsterdam kicked back in the convivial atmosphere of the Timothy Oulton gallery.
Founded in 1920, the British Society (BritSoc) of Amsterdam seeks to serve the needs of the English-speaking ex-pat community in the city and its surrounding areas. Members regularly get together for a round of golf or a spot of cricket and of course, a few drinks in Amsterdam’s coolest spaces. Cue fellow Brit Timothy Oulton and the unique Amsterdam gallery, housed in a historic former church near the beautiful Vondelpark – the perfect venue for a great night in.
The crowd arrived in good spirits and it was clear it was going to be a fun evening. With not a stiff upper lip in sight, glasses of champagne clinked and the noisy hubbub of chatter filled the room. And then there was the jazz – creative, rhythmic melodies from our talented musicians that made you want to grab a seat, sink into some sumptuous leather and just chill.
Gins and whiskeys were lined up on the Boston dining table, with our very own Meesterschenker explaining the various sensibilities of each one. What is a Meesterschenker we hear you ask? It’s a Dutch master of liquor, now if you’ve been to any Timothy Oulton events you’ll know that quenching one’s thirst with a few (or several) glasses of liquid refreshment is usually high on the agenda.
The new Iceberg dining table, evoking solid blocks of ice, coolly displayed rustic cheese and ham platters next to the show-stopping sparkle of the Rex floor mirror – featuring a whopping 361 backlit glass baguettes. Nearby, the Viscount William (nicknamed our ‘little black dress’ of sofas because it really does suit any space) was providing a wonderfully comfortable respite for some of our guests to relax together. All around the gallery, Timothy Oulton’s own British roots seeped from the heritage-inspired designs, many of which have been inspired by flea market finds at British antiques fairs.
The evening went on longer than planned – the mark of a great night – and we look forward to welcoming the crowd back soon. Amsterdam is a city that has always dared to try something new, perhaps that’s why we at Timothy Oulton, with our unique creativity and daring designs, feel so at home here.