An Interview With ...
Influencer, Tertius Xavier van Oosthuyzen
World traveller, collector and owner of TERTIUS, a beautifully curated store of Objets d’Art, Tertius Xavier van Oosthuyzen, gives us his insights on Amsterdam’s best finds …
Photo by: Neeltje de Vries.
Tertius, tell us a bit about you and what you do for a living …
I was born in South Africa, moved to Paris after my studies and after that to Amsterdam – the city that stole my heart in many ways. My passion is to find unique objects, art, antiques and gifts for your home; each with a different story, worldly, giving a sense of luxury and well-being.
As our resident culture vulture, what’s your favourite museum to seek inspiration from?
It depends on my mood. I love visiting one room at a time at the Rijksmuseum for about an hour. Then let the information sink in and read about it more afterwards. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world to be able to visit such a diversity of museums whenever I feel like it. I also love the history of the city, therefore the Amsterdam Museum gets a frequent visit from me.
Where would you go for an evening of fine dining and cocktails?
There are so many good restaurants and places to enjoy a cocktail in the city. For Asian food Dynasty has been one of my favourites since I moved to Amsterdam. I try and discover new places all the time. My last great food experience was at Brasserie Breda on the Singel. Venus & Adonis on the Prinsengracht is a great location for fantastic quality meat and fish. For a top notch lunch or fine dining, the RIJKS Restaurant is the place. The chef Joris Blijendijk will surprise you with the most beautiful and tasty dishes. For cocktails the TUNES bar at the Conservatorium Hotel is most enjoyable because of the large gin selection. Bar Oldenhof on the Elandsgracht reminds you of an old English gentleman’s club. And Café De Eland for a nightcap or two amongst locals, preserved for its history by local brewer Heineken.
Most inspiring local artist or designer?
My own artists: Samuel Dejong – a surgeon who started making art and does this full time now. Stef van der Byl and Nora Ponse's light sculptures; you can see their work in my store and Nora's installation Shylight also at the Rijksmuseum. Two ‘new’ artists will join soon: William Rosewood and ‘De Makers Van’ – twin brothers (Joep & Jeroen Verhoeven) that are well known outside The Netherlands (MET, MOMA, Victoria & Albert museum) for their huge art projects.
Your shop is like an Aladdin’s cave of art and interior design. Where’s your favourite place to scout such finds?
I love travelling so it could be anywhere in the world. Besides that, I have a few brands that I carry, for example, L’OBJET - designs for the home that are both luxurious and functional works of art.
Favourite highlight in the annual cultural calendar?
There are a few but the Prinsengracht concert in August is one of the highlights. The Prinsengracht is then filled with boats with classical music lovers onboard Indulging in good food and drink while listening to the beautiful live classical sounds emerging from the podium in front of the Pullizer Hotel… Truly a magical evening.
Favourite place to get away from it all, when you’re looking for a bit of peace and quiet?
A spot in the Vondelpark – usually just behind the statue of Vondel, picnic basket packed, lying on a blanket, chatting with friends or playing a game of chess with a glass of wine.
If you had 24 hours in Amsterdam, what would make your must-do list?
Wake up and have an authentic dutch breakfast at ‘Het Hoekje’ on the corner of the Prinsengracht and the Reestraat, then a short visit to De Stedelijk, The Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum and after that, have a late lunch at the RIJKS. Take a walk down the Leidsestraat up to the Prinsengracht. Go to nr. 266 where my gallery (www.tertius.nl) is situated. As a Canal House guest you will be served Graham Beck, Méthode Cap Classic (Nelson Mandela and Barrack Obama's favourite bubbles) from South Africa. After that, a zig-zag through the Nine Streets. Book a private boat ride to relax and see how different the city appears from the water. By this time you will be about 12 hours on the go. A quick freshen up at your hotel to enjoy drinks and dinner afterwards. Then dance the night away and get back to your hotel via a tour along the magical canal bridges filled with tiny lights, just in time to rest for a few hours. In my case, room 15 at Canal House is my favourite. Wake up to the bells of the Westerkerk chime and then breakfast and check out. Luckily most people spend more than 24 hours in our vibrant city…