A location on the historic canals of Amsterdam, it is a beautiful start for every home. Still, this house had lost its charming character through time. After a big renovation, it was clear that a rather small-scale approach was needed as well. Avenue Design Studio knew exactly what they had to do to let the lost potential shine through again.
There is something endearing and cheerful about this Dutch water city. A considerable number of properties of this house was hidden after a renovation that had completely stripped the existing design, though. It was therefore up to the team of the studio to ensure a delicate reintroduction that would highlight all the assets of this home more than ever. Searching and selecting furniture, art, and the overall finishing of the interior proved to make a world of difference. To answer to the client’s wish for a modern, cosmopolitan appearance, they decided to incorporate richly coloured lime plaster and visible brick stone in the aesthetic. In this way, a foundation with much texture and a contemporary style emerged. These techniques simultaneously gave the house a decisive fresh note, which is also strengthened by the openness of the layout.
A neutral canvas on which an eclectic selection of furniture does its thing
Not a single home escapes the central role of practicality. For this client, this was mainly of importance in the kitchen, where an island was combined with a wine bar. Adjoining, you go to the dining area, stately but amazing chairs included. A consisting element in the entire project is the neutral canvas on which an eclectic selection of furniture can do its thing. The living area is equipped with several iconic pieces, among which an Italian marble coffee table from the seventies and a Pierre Paulin Groovy chair. Concerning the use of colour, warm russet and green tints join the calmer base tones. The converging whole succeeds in more than one thing. On the one hand, it holds your attention with another element each time; on the other, the interior exudes a pleasant comfort. A special mention goes out to the dressers in walnut and webbing, which the studio designed themselves in collaboration with Albert Potgieter. Also typical for the houses in the area is that they are rather narrow, which is also the case in this home. Even though this can at times create a reduced sense of freedom and less mobility possibilities, here the studio was able to make more than the best of it. By working with many round elements, they succeeded in letting a clear circulation between the different spaces and zones emerge. A sensation of intimacy is at the same level as a feeling of playfulness. From the living room you look out on the street, but by closing the long curtains you have the possibility to create a more closed unit in no time. Thus, you can both keep an eye on the hustle and bustle of the city and create a blissful place to fully focus on your own indoor world. By curating a varied mix full of expressive designs and decoration, the team knew how to obtain a furnishing that brings out the best of this canal home in Amsterdam. We will mostly remember the skills with which they master eclectic tones with the right amount of control and present a result that uses the full potential of the property.
Photography by Avenue Design Studio