This simplistic living space is a design from the Dutch interior architecture studio Mokkō. Mokkō was founded in Amsterdam in 2017 by Aad Bos and draws inspiration from Japanese Modernist and Brutalist architecture. An art collector commissioned Mokkō to design a new living space in his home on the Herengracht in Amsterdam.
The interior architect chose a minimalist approach to create a contrast with the eclectic home. The design aims to offer the user a safe haven away from the hustle and bustle of the Dutch capital. It forms a kind of neutral zone in a house dotted with diverse art and design. A palette cleanser if you will. The space has been transformed using natural materials such as oak, walnut, rice paper, jute and clay with which the walls have been plastered.
The design aims to offer the user a safe haven.
The entrance of the space with wooden beams for steps refers to a Japanese Zen garden. These beams form an interpretation of stepping stones, stones that are successively placed in water in order to form a bridge to the other side. All pieces of furniture except the sofa were designed by Mokkō and developed in collaboration with local producers. This gives the studio more control over the use of the space. In general, the minimalist seating area feels like a meditation room. The subtle textures and colours are a delight for the eyes and let your mind unwind. The use of low furniture creates an additional grounded atmosphere. Aad Bos can call himself a master of Japanese minimalism. Interior and furniture design by design studio Mokkō
Photography by Ralph Reniers