While Eric Kuster’s work is renowned for its sense of opulence and glamour,
it’s clear he’s equally at home with elegant restraint. Coming up with
such a look was the challenge set by leading fi nance house Rabobank
when it approached him to design its fi rst-ever private clients’ meeting area.
“Creating a pared-down feel allowed me to think in a new way, and I began
by working with a green-grey colour palette, based on a shade we created
ourselves. We eventually used this in the opening corridor of the building,
where a striking modern artwork is used as a focal point. I was keen to
differentiate areas used for informal discussions with those used for board
meetings,” he says. This was achieved not only through use of more capacious,
relaxed seating in the informal areas, but by separating what is in
reality a very open space with voile curtaining, so that private areas can be
created as necessary.
Eric Kuster has paid homage, too, to the Rabobank building’s art deco roots, by incorporating classic pieces of furniture from that era such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chairs, designed in 1929. In the boardroom, Charles & Ray Eames’ Aluminium chairs from 1958 are another classic.
Artwork is another important feature of this offi ce space, “I choose pieces that were thought-provoking and created an impact without dominating the walls,” says Eric. “It was important to devise a look and feel that reinforced the Rabobank brand values of expertise, quality and commitment, and that, at the same time, would provide a productive setting for client meetings. That’s exactly what I feel we’ve achieved”