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Johan and Harold's Place in Amsterdam

Johan and Harold

Johan is an interior stylist working on everything from domestic homes to projects for big stores across the Netherlands, while Harold works in TV production. When we come home, all we want to do is relax and recharge. Sticking to a single colour palette of black and white makes for a more restful look – and greater simplicity.”

The apartment, which dates from the 1900s and is close to Amsterdam’s pretty Vondelpark, wasn’t always so straightforward in visual terms, though. “We started painting over colours and stripping wallpaper a couple of years ago when Harold moved in,” says Johan, “I’ve lived here for fifteen years and have gone through more colourful patterned phases, but together we felt ready to calm things down.”

Johan and Harold seem to have all bases covered in this apartment: it’s got a great central location, is practical and easy to run and – most important of all – is a joy to come home to. “We wanted to create a space that really was somewhere in which to unwind, and that’s what we’ve managed to do.”

Big Irony table in stainless steel and high-backed chair, both from Studio Erik Gutter. The wood and white-leather chairs were vintage finds. The oversized vase is from Pols Potten. The mannequin was once used by Johan in a shoot. Johan's mood board, which changes every three months or so to reflect the seasons, fashions and sources of inspiration.
left Big Irony table in stainless steel and high-backed chair, both from Studio Erik Gutter. The wood and white-leather chairs were vintage finds. The oversized vase is from Pols Potten. The mannequin was once used by Johan in a shoot.
right Johan's mood board, which changes every three months or so to reflect the seasons, fashions and sources of inspiration.
The boat in the communal hallway was made for the couple by children of friends based in Switzerland.
The boat in the communal hallway was made for the couple by children of friends based in Switzerland.

Images: Hotze Eisma and Rianne Landstra via Taverne Agency. Words: Anna Lambert. Interior Designer Eric Kuster

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