tirsdag 25. august 2009

RM: The history..

March 1st, 1948Opening florist 'Rivièra Bloemsierkunst' Shortly after the Second World War, on 1 March 1948 Jacques and Dini Teunissen opened a florist's shop on the Amsterdamse Overtoom. They called their shop 'Rivièra Bloemsierkunst' after the Italian 'flower Rivièra'.  The Teunissens built up this branch into a leading florist shop. The shop's specialty was bridal bouquets. Their floral creations adorned the 25th wedding anniversary celebrations of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in the Amstel Hotel.

1960Maastraat Branch Opening of the Maastraat branch in elegant Amsterdam South. 
1975Son Henk Teunissen joins in In 1975, son Henk joined his parents and directed his attention to the business market. Rivièra Bloemsierkunst supplied many famous companies. 
1985Herenstraat branch & start of 'home decoration' In 1985, Henk became owner and in the same year opened a branch in the Herenstraat, in the heart of Amsterdam. In this period, he bought a container of Asian pots during a holiday in Malaysia; sales were a great success. This was the start of the 'home decoration' collection. 
1989Nico Tijsen enters the scene Present creative director Nico Tijsen joined the company. Together with Henk, he is the creative brain and innovator behind the interior brand. 
1993Opening shop Haarlem In the spring of 1993, the first furniture is sold in the very heart of Haarlem. 
1997Opening Kalvertoren The very first shop with the complete Rivièra Maison home concept: furniture and accessories for home and garden. This shop totally reflects the special 'Rivièra' atmosphere. Timeless, comfortable and a touch of chic. After the opening of the Kalvertoren, business boomed: shops were opened all over the Netherlands. 
2003Over the border Rivièra Maison has its own shops, but it also operates a successful dealer network at home and abroad. In January 2003, Rivièra Maison has an atmospheric stand at the Maison & Objet, a leading interior design show in Paris. The collection has now become a success worldwide and is sold in many countries, from Australia to the United States. 
2005Opening shop Istanbul A complete Rivièra Maison in the heart of metropolitan Istanbul. Unique! Especially since this fairy tale city only had bazaar-type shops or modern design shops until now! 
2006Nominations In this year, Rivièra Maison was nominated for four prizes: the Visa Retail Jaarprijs 2006 (Visa Retail Annual Prize), the Woon Awards (home interior awards), the Beste winkelketen van Nederland (best chain store in the Netherlands) and the international GIA Global Innovation Award. 
2007Opening Concept Store Van Baerlestraat The showpiece of Rivièra Maison opens its 'louvered' doors. The only shop in the Netherlands with valet parking, a bell boy and a special car – in the shape of a luxury bag – to deliver gifts. The Concept Store is unique, in interior design, service and collection.


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