A distinct aesthetic by no means always has to be lavish or excessive. 't Nonnetje is a fine dining restaurant which our partner Niels Maier was commissioned to redesign. The result of that assignment is an intimate, natural concept with a cosy theatricality. Here, you will not be tempted by the exceptional dishes only.
It is in Harderwijk, the Netherlands that you can find restaurant 't Nonnetje. From the moment the services of interior designer Niels Maier were engaged, there was not the slightest ambiguity about the purpose of this renovation. Namely, it was fundamental that a minimalist luxury be created, as well as a convivial atmosphere that allowed guests to enjoy the outstanding cuisine with peace of mind and dedication. In addition, the space needed to be visually enlarged, so a shiny ceiling that simultaneously absorbs sound was used. Central to the concept is the interaction between the ombre tones and the use of light. Together, the two create an unmistakable warmth that is characteristic of the overall design. The texture on the walls guarantees an earthy, tactile impression that gives the interior an uncomplicated appeal.
An earthy, tactile impression that gives the interior an uncomplicated appeal
In some places it was necessary to install a clear light source, while elsewhere a soft atmosphere was rather the intention. Both are possible by skillfully handling different light fixtures, including hand-blown glass bubbles. The designer deliberately chose black tables made of umbra wood, so that the colours of the dishes always come into their own. Another deliberate element is the positioning of the steel bar, which should also enlarge the space and act as an extension of the kitchen on top of it. As much as possible is removed from the eye so that visual calm is present from start to finish. The dining room in the middle is intended to be the liveliest and most flexible zone of the whole. To complement this, Maier envisaged more cosy corners that are quieter. Thanks to the overarching colour palette consisting of brown and ombre tones, there is a reassuring, relaxed feeling within the walls of 't Nonnetje. The tables and chairs are the dark counterpart to the lighter walls, keeping the interior visually interesting. Add to these the well-kept and thought-out details, and you end up with a restaurant where no two exist of. This is not just a new interior, but also an experience that has been reinterpreted and that prioritises pleasant dining. The two Michelin stars already awarded to the chef and his team are of course more than deserved. We wish both the restaurant and Niels Maier further successes in the future and look forward to the next thing that will come his way. Photography by Cafeine