This project gave Eric Kuster and his team the opportunity to show just how
well his classic-with-a-twist look can work in a period setting. The building
itself, which dates from 1910 and overlooks Amsterdam’s Vondel Park, is
remarkable in that it’s intact (many such buildings have, these days, been split
into apartments) and still boasts its original features. “Detailing, from marble
fi replaces and ornate cornicing to hardware on doors and windows, is vital
to the integrity of a building, so if I’m working on a project where original
details remain, I’ll always incorporate them into my design,” says Eric. The
large windows and high ceilings mean that this is an airy, light-fi lled space,
and Eric’s brief was to devise a design that celebrated this quality. A cream,
white and taupe colour-palette has been used throughout the house, the
exception being in the kitchen, which features dramatic glossy-black storage
and a central island that are both beautiful and practical.
Eric also worked with the owner to return the basement fl oor ceiling to its original height, giving that part of the house a whole new lease of life: a relaxed living room that opens out onto the beautiful garden and park beyond is now at the heart of what was previously an under-utilised area. Above all, though, it’s the fi nishing touches that really stand out in this project, from the collection of turtles on a mantelshelf to the carefully-sourced period chandelier in the entrance hall.