Framework Studio design an apartment in the heart of Amsterdam filled with custom details, tactile elements and striking moments of colour.

The apartment, nestled in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, sparks interest from entry with its unexpected layout and angled corridors, contrasting soft and hard materials, and, most notably, its bold use of colour. Framework Studio’s expertise in marrying sophistication and comfort, tradition and modernity, shines through in every detail of this unique inner-city home. 

The apartment was created for a family of four who like to divide their time between Amsterdam and other neighbouring European cities throughout the year. The layout maximises views of the home’s garden and surroundings, embracing the bustling neighbourhood and becoming part of its fabric. The windows that wrap around the home feature sheer curtains for during the day and thicker curtains for during the night, ensuring a balance between connection and privacy.

The kitchen emerges as the heart of the home – a space in which the family can gather or entertain guests. Meticulously crafted by Framework, the custom-designed space showcases terrazzo benchtops complemented by stainless-steel fronts and wall tiles in vibrant yellow and off-white hues. The distinctive palette reflects the living room on the other side of the passage, where the ceiling and walls are painted in a calming canary yellow.

The passage doubles as an art room, where Framework has opted for a dynamic shade of Yves Klein blue to create drama and contrast. A large rectangular skylight casts shapes of light across the blue walls, while a pair of vintage Oscar Niemeyer lounge chairs draw the eye with their classic forms.

The home’s furniture reflects the client’s and designers’ discerning taste. Sculptural pieces like the Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa and Rito Valla Mercury swell lounge chair command attention in the home’s gallery-like living space. This feeling of being inside a museum is enhanced by art pieces like Roger Desserprit’s concrete sculpture in the passage and Willem Thijs’ mirror sculpture in the dining space – homage to the city’s vibrant art scene. 

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Vladimir Kagan ‘Serpentine’ Sofa

The living room features a selection of vintage pieces, including the Vladimir Kagan Serpentine sofa, Rito Valla Mercury swell lounge chair and a Lunel wall lamp. The space also features a custom fireplace clad in handmade tiles – like those in the kitchen.

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Sheer curtains soften the spaces and offer privacy during the day. The dining space is lined in handmade terracotta tiles and features a pendant lamp by Carlo Nason, as well as a mirror sculpture by Willem Thijs.

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The primary bedroom features a custom French-oak headboard designed by Framework.

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A garden wraps around the home and overlooks the bustling Museum Quarter.

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