A visit to STUDIO PIET BOON

The first port or call on our first proper day in Amsterdam was Studio Piet Boon, to meet the team responsible for the redesign of the Marriott rooms. They have collaborated with an impressive list of brands in the past, including Land Drover, so it seemed fitting that we’d be transported from our hotel to their location via a chauffeur driven Land Rover. We had an extremely gentlemenly young driver, who was also turned out to be a wonderful tour guide.

 We felt rather important as we pulled up at the studio is our convoy.

 

One of the first things you see as you enter the Showroom is a contemporary take on a chandelier. Combining vivid gold with a tarnished grey metal effect, the swirling design creates some fantastic outlines against the glass frontage.

They work with a select few artist to create these showstopping pieces. The fact that only a few are mentioned shows that they clearly know their aesthetic very well and what sort of work they are looking to use within their spaces, but also have extremely high quality control.

Piet Boon’s ex wife Karin Meynis responsible for the styling. This means that she oversees the smaller details – the accessories, the artwork etc.  It is incredible when you witness how these finer details pull a room together. A simple object can create the visial click that makes an iffy room suddenly feel right and complete.

 This lamp was one of my favourite pieces. I am partial to things of an oversized nature, which is one of the studio’s trademarks, but it also had a retro hollywood feel to me. I could imagine on the set of a 1950’s movie – maybe that has something to do with the glow of the lamp.

The objects add to the rooms tend to be simple but bold. There is nothing too intricate or fussy. A lot of them are made of wood, metal or clean white plaster.

This isn’t strictly relevent info, but I couldn’t omit these beautiful Macarons from the post. Too pretty to eat, you ask? Almost….

A common factor of their designs is their oversized nature. It exudes luxury and indulgence without being gaudy or obscene.

We got a quick glimpse inside Piet Boon’s office. We couldn’t go behind the desk as there were some current top secret projects on the go, that are too early to be seen. I think you’ll agree that this would be a pretty sufficient space to spend your working day. It certainly makes my bed based office seem very lacklustre. 

In the picture below you can see the materials used for various aspects of the new Marriott rooms. 

As you can see it has a soothing and relatively neutral pallette, with some pops of blue and gold. The wallpaper gives a wonderfully clever illusion of texture, the extensive brown leather bed hed gives a subtle hint to luxury, and the concrete floor is extremely contemporary a move. The’ve chosen not to have lots of framed artwork on the wall like most hotels, instead opting for striking sculptrual pieces – gold owls, gold/blue clogs. Both of these objects both linking to the heritage of Amsterdam.

One of the designers talked us through new designs for the Marriott – how they would meld with the existing decor, but also bring the hotel into the present and future.

We were able to look at mood images – landscape scenes that would influence the general colour pallette and relaxed mood of the rooms.

Instantly fell in love with this artwork .  I am a firm believer that one doesn’t have to be loud, over the top or arrogant, to exude confidence. I can’t bare cockyness, I really wish more people would adopt quiet confidence.

The canteen at Piet Boon, was not a staff canteen as we know it. No stained overalls, plastic cutlery or stodgy puddings in sight! Despite this room having a very clear function, style wasn’t sacrificed at any point. In fact, it would appear that they made additions that would make it perfectly clear that aesthetic was just as important in the eating space as in the showroom. I loved the lighting contraptions that looked like some sort of sci fi robo character with numerous arms, one that could come and grab you at any moment….or at least shine light in your eye. 

Like downstairs and the stairwells, this curated space reminded me again that dark walls don’t necessarily equal a dark space. If you are blessed with great light or expanse of glass, you can  use browns and greys to great effect.

I love the clash of the pink feminine flowers against some more industrial looking materials and colours. I like to think that there vase of flowers that were decaying and wilting was wholly intentional too. I have always found dying flowers a thing of beauty.

www.pietboon.com

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