In the middle of busy Amsterdam, there's a special apartment that's like a calm oasis, a break from the fast city life. The team at Interior Studio van Maanen & Ramses Caesar found a quiet place to let their creativity shine. They worked closely with the people living there to make a home that's unique and feels just right. It's not just a nice place to be; it's like a piece of art that makes you feel good.
The principles of the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright served as the guiding principle for the design. The interplay of light and shadow inherited from Wright's architectural legacy embraces this apartment. Large windows pave the way for natural light, while varying ceiling heights add subtle layering to the open-plan layout. In the interplay of heritage and modernity, the 20th-century building's rich history is honoured and enlivened by sleek, minimalist stainless steel elements. Every corner, every piece of furniture, every detail was thought through and crafted with care, creating a holistic masterpiece that celebrates the harmony between form and function. In addition, a poetic welcome awaits at the entrance, where an imposing steel door with coloured and textured glass, inspired by Japanese artist Takao Ando, sets the tone for the artistic journey that follows inside.
Amsterdam transformed into beauty and peace
Spread over an area of 80 square metres, the home reveals itself as a journey through three distinct zones, each with its own unique character and purpose. Wood, as a constant factor in the design, graces the floors in a beautiful Versailles pattern, while walnut slats add warmth and natural texture to the walls. The bathroom, like an undiscovered jewel behind custom-made cabinet doors, surprises and intrigues functionality harmoniously in the overall aesthetic. Thanks to accentuated and embellished modern stainless steel, creating a sleek and contemporary aesthetic. This apartment simply transcends the boundaries of a physical space: it is a tribute to creativity, a harmonious interplay of light and shadow, heritage and modernity. Above all, it is a serene haven in the vibrant heart of Amsterdam.
Photography by Flare Department
Text by Lente Gevers