Changing rooms: the constant evolution of an Amsterdam home

Changing rooms: the constant evolution of an Amsterdam home

Joost Janszen is the Dutch textile designer with a keen eye for graphic colour and print - a bold design aesthetic that also characterises his Amsterdam apartment. After 'anti-squatting' in a former brothel, he and his partner Martijn moved to the Nieuwe Pijp neighbourhood, choosing a two bedroom flat built in the Amsterdam School movement style in 1921. The couple completely renovated the 100 square metres, but the interior will never take on a definitive form: "Our look is never the same. As interior items come and go, the rest of the decor follows.” Enter the home where style is always shifting and colour takes centre stage.

The experiment

“Because we bought the yellow Brisa bed linen, we decided to turn the entire guest room around. The bright yellow walls had to make way for light grey walls, grey floorboards, and white frames. We love playing with colour and materials. So my advice will always be to experiment more and make sure you feel at home in your interior.”

In the details

“Our interior is very playful, we like to try new things. Which isn’t a hard thing to do: just add some accessories or other details and if you get tired of something, or something doesn’t quite fit, you can simply change or move it. Nothing ever stays in the same spot here.”

Disappearing act

Although he usually makes stuff disappear in the attic, Joost has a couple of interesting storage tips: “If you want to save space, you need to dare to get rid of things. And please don’t make the mistake of buying extra cabinets due to a lack of space. Stick to a pretty, large one and perhaps a smaller eyecatcher.”

For the love of craft

“The beds in the master bedroom and the guest room are dressed in MADE.COM’s Brisa linen. The colours really suit my own designs and it’s such great quality: something I am very critical of and pay a lot of attention to. You won’t easily find mass production here because then I’d rather make it myself. I think it’s amazing how - despite the violent digital world - there’s a lot of attention for how things are really made.”

Channel orange

“We took out the old kitchen and designed the new one ourselves. That was our biggest indulgence: the orange chipwood, the speckled epoxy floor and the Marlan top. I’m more of a visual person, so I went for a combination of orange and blue elements. It’ll always be a challenge for me to also think of the practical side when decorating.”

Musical chairs

“We are very proud of our interior, so we gladly have guests over. Every week, we have guests over from the Netherlands or abroad to cook, eat and drink together: everyone has a place to sit. Especially now that our Cornell chairs have found their final destination in the guest room and at the table - they roamed the flat for a while before that.”

Analogue to digital to analogue

“Every year, I try to create a new print for the sofas which then forms the basis for the rest of the decor. I usually find inspiration in fashion and art, and the result will always be very colourful and outspoken because it’s my creative outlet. I love making things myself and always do it by combining analogue and digital techniques. The current print came about by digitalising clippings and pictures with different surface divisions.”

Tough Ted

“We chose to have a light base and black accents for the living room to create a rougher look. The dark dining chairs and the black, industrial Ted floor lamp are perfect in that sense. And the Dorso stools give a hint of colour: the yellow detail really attracted me to the design and it pairs well with my prints.”

The power of colour

Joost strongly believes that nothing beats colour in interior design: “That’s what attracts me so much to MADE’s design, the distinctive use of colour. Like with the large, deep orange Jago rug which creates a lovely space for the sofas that are the focal point of our interior.”

Down by the water

“I fell in love with this light apartment that has views of the Amstel canal. We live in a quiet neighbourhood, but we’re right next door to the popular and more vibrant De Pijp area. The Nieuwe Pijp is in development though, so there are more and more nice spots opening around here. I would suggest visiting the restaurant Firma Peekelharing, or Glou Glou for the wine. Finally, you should stop by La Maria: small, cosy and the finest Italian. Or you can simply go for a stroll and enjoy the beautiful Amsterdam School movement style: take a look at the Berlage Lyceum, the Dageraad complex and the Cooperation Court.”

Article written by: Wided Bouchrika
Photography by: Jordi Huisman

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