3 September 2012

This was a project proposal I did earlier this year for clients in the Netherlands. The ground floor of their beautiful house in Amsterdam School style of the 1930s had been refitted five years ago with a new kitchen, a fire place, new light oak floors and an extension at the back. But the interior decor had remained a mismatch of styles.

The main reception room is used to read and retire. Through a television room one reaches the kitchen dining room.

I took the house, a 1980s sofa designed in a 1940s style, and a set of 1930s Gispen chairs as my starting point, and proposed a reception room with a 1940-50s feel, but with a clear mix and match of styles, in mauve, bordeaux, wood and blue.
This is the plan of the reception room and television room. The colour of the 'floor' is actually the colour on the walls, but this way it helps clarify the interaction of the colour scheme. Furniture is cut out in actual fabric samples. 

One problem I wanted to solve was the visual incongruity between the low windows on the right-hand wall (to the left in the drawing below) and the high, floor to ceiling windows at the back. I suggested to visually link the windows by placing wood panels between the windows. Another way of making them more distinct was to hang blinds in the windows and floor to ceiling curtains at the back. I suggested the same wood panels in the television room to tie the centrally placed internal window. I proposed to make a radiator casing in the reception room and a shelf behind the sofa in the television in the same wood: black cherry.  
Here you can see the effect of the panelling between the windows. The fabric samples show the scheme. In order to make the Gispen chairs 'feel at home', I  added a Serge Mouille lamp and a nest of Gispen tables.
A perspective drawing of the television room with the panelling. Note the shelf behind the sofa. The colour scheme here is more understated tones of grey.

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