WE ARE WILDSCHUT ANTIQUES
An Amsterdam-based antiques dealer and interior studio.
Gathering & Restoring
Owners Michiel Wildschut and Baukje Stamm collect, gather and restore decorative antique objects. We share a fondness for luxurious designs from the 18th to the 20th century, which we mix and match in an unique and delightful way. Travelling all across Europe, we bring items back to Amsterdam that spark the imagination, ranging from antique armoires to vintage Venetian chandeliers. Rather than focusing on a particular era or style, we love quirky, odd, mismatched designs and the air of faded grandeur.
Traditional pieces we pair with playful, kitsch items, creating a whimsical atmosphere. In the restoration workshop we clean and restore our items, while preserving the original patina as much as possible.
We also curate decors and furniture items to suit a space, making sure that any room in your home is decorated according to your wishes.
Our backgrounds are in antiques, graphic and interior design. Michiel has spent his whole life surrounded by antiques and opened up his shop in Amsterdam in 2000. Baukje has a background in film, advertising and design, which is reflected in her taste for unusual and filmic compositions.
Michiel Wildschut and Baukje Stamm by Marjon Hoogervorst
Maintained with Love
For more than 30 years, Michiel Wildschut has been selecting, restoring and selling antiques. Michiel is a craftsman with a precise hand and an eye for detail. He specialises in antique armoires from France and Italy, French mirrors and Venetian chandeliers.
In stores nowadays we see a lot of materials that have been 'aged' to look old. They have been made dirty, they are bleached or oxidised. We love the fact that all materials that are going through our hands are no fakes, but are the real deal. They have absorbed traces of human life, and take on a specific richness. That's why we love to keep them! Everything will stay, when you maintain it well.
Eye for Detail and Knowledge
At Wildschut Antiques, we combine an attentive eye for detail with a background grounded in knowledge of the objects and the eras that they are from. Mix this together with our love for colours, bold designs and a sense of adventure and the Wildschut aesthetics starts to surface. Every object that we bring into our shop is carefully curated. We pay special consideration to the state of the object. We have the in-house knowledge to restore and refurbish the pieces.
Why buy antiques?
Much like the stock market is cyclical, antiques will always make a come back. “As design becomes mainstream, people are going to want individuality and the special touch that will make their interiors remarkable,” says Benoist Drut of New York’s Maison Gerard. The appeal of antiques is that many pieces are truly one-of-a-kind, and made with a level of craftsmanship that can be otherwise impossible to find today.
We have an extensive network that ranges from local markets and antiques dealers to international auction houses that we keep in close contact with. Our network extents to the South of Europe and Africa, specialising in items from France, Italy, Spain and Morocco. If you have anything specific in mind (an all-white Venetian chandelier, for instance) that would brighten up your space, please let us know by contacting us - we would love to keep an eye out for the object of your dreams.
“For us the destination is not the ultimate aim. It is just part of the traveling experience. The rush of hunting down a wonderful selection of antique furniture, traveling gear, porcelains, fabrics, paintings and every day oddities. Through small and subtle interventions our objects take on a new life to be treasured again.”
“I am a material purist. I love the feeling of real wood and aged materials. I am curious to research how antiques can make surprising combinations with modern design or how they can give character to a space that it is lacking a 'soul' otherwise.”