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The Essential List: Amanda Fève

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The Anomaly Amsterdam partner and chief strategy officer has refined her tastes over her years spent in three world-class cultural hubs
The Essential List: Amanda Fève
Amanda Fève is a partner and chief strategy officer at Anomaly Amsterdam, where she busies herself “creating work that works” for brands. Born in the USA, her career has been split between three of the world’s great cultural cities - first New York, then London and Amsterdam. She’s worked  And over the years her tastes have been finely honed. 

We knew she’d have an interesting Essential List to share and we think you’ll agree, she doesn’t disappoint.


o Place of birth: Hartford, Connecticut
o Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands
o Staycation: London (it’s still our home away from home)

Here’s a shot from one of my last trips there, taken at a Hammersmith pub by the river after watching Chelsea-Brighton and before watching Wilco play at the Apollo

o Vacation: Last: Japan. Next: Bilbao / San Sebastian for Euro 2020 / pintxos 
o Pet: Precluded by allergies
o Place of work: Anomaly Amsterdam 

A shot of the office taken last summer during Pride

o Place of workout: Inside Smartbody pilates studio or outside in Vondelpark.
o Side project: Helping my mother find new homes for all of the stunning quilts she’s made over the years.
o Mode of transport: Two wheels or two legs (the joys of living in a small, bicycle-friendly city).
o Bonus travel essential: Noise cancelling headphones


o Artist: Agnes Martin. “Everything is about feeling.”  
o Musician: Far too greedy to pick one, but the best live performances I saw this year were Sharon Van Etten, Robyn, Lizzo, Nick Cave and Thom Yorke
o Commercials / music video director: Johan Renck
o Film director: Coen Brothers
o Photographer: Masahisa Fukase
o Film: In the Mood for Love

o Series: Fleabag
o Commercial: Viva La Vulva
o Music video: Beyoncé ‘Homecoming’ (why settle for one song)'

o Video game: I retired after Sonic the Hedgehog
o Board game: Scrabble
o Newspaper (off or online): Guardian, NY Times
o Magazine: The New Yorker
o Bonus culture essential: Amsterdam museumkaart (home) and a visit to Naoshima and Teshima, an absolute highlight from 2019 (away) 

A souvenir from Naoshima - one of Yayoi Kusama’s pumpkins

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Worthy during the week, poached eggs and smoked salmon at the weekend
o Restaurant: BAK 
o Cheap bite: Vatten Ramen 
o Working lunch: SLA 
o Favourite dish: My mom’s flank steak
o Signature dish: I love to cook real food, but chewy, American-style chocolate chip cookies are probably my signature

o Snack: Popcorn
o Guilty pleasure: Cheese 
o Booze: Johnnie Walker Black Label, rocks
o Not booze: Water
o Bonus food: Sushi
o Bonus beverage: Champagne


o Phone: iPhone X
o Computer: MacBook Pro
o TV: Panasonic
o Headphones: Sony wh-1000xm3
o Camera: iPhone X
o Soundsystem: Sonos + Separates
o Pen / pencil: Muji gel pens (0.38mm) 
o Where you document an idea: Google docs (and random scraps of paper littered throughout the flat).
o Casual clothing: COS
o Smart clothing: Whistles
o Footwear: Nikes
o Watch: Audemars Piguet (one day, I hope) 
o Collection: Vintage jewellery 
o App: NYT cooking, Kindle
o Website: Google
o Favourite social media feed: My WhatsApp group with my girlfriends.
o Work program: G Suite
o Digital work tool: Google Slides
o Analogue work tool: White board
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Dyson Airwrap  
o Bonus kit essential: Apple USB-C dongle. Don’t leave home without it.
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Anomaly Amsterdam, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:12:08 GMT