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Mirjam Gelink is a woman who instinctively recognises her ideal setting when she sees it. At first viewing, she might have rejected the 1930s Amsterdam apartment – originally one house, but now divided into two – that today she calls home. For a start, with just two bedrooms, it was arguably too small for one woman and her two sons. What Mirjam was quick to spot, however, was that by taking down walls and doors within the apartment to open out the space (something she did between the bathroom and loo and the living room and hall), she could imbue the place with an airy, open-plan feel.  She’s gone on to further exploit what space there is by creating zones as well as rooms. While there are individual, private areas – the bedrooms, a shower room (‘I don’t like baths with showers, so I took out the existing bath to create just one vast shower room,‘ she explains) and a kitchen –  in the larger living space she’s created an unofficial dining zone, a restful zone with books, a lamp and an old Russian artwork, plus a study zone, where a sturdy white desk is flanked on either side by bookshelves.

A sturdy Brasilia table in oak by Heijdenhume collection makes an ideal dining table, with retro chairs from a local second-hand store. The black standard lamp is by Danish designer Secto, while the height-adjustable plywood pendant lamp hanging over the table is the Band Lamp by Heijdenhume collection. Mirjam bought the glass cabinet in the corner (‘it contains a lifetime of my family’s memories…’) some twenty years ago at an auction. A painting of ballet dancers by Kiki Lamers  Office area in corner of living room, with white Heijdenhume collection Fifth Floor desk; glass by Kate Hume from her Gourde collection and a Habitat ribbon lamp. The photograph is by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf, with whom Mirjam’s elder son Jasper, who‘s a budding actor, has worked.
left A sturdy Brasilia table in oak by Heijdenhume collection makes an ideal dining table, with retro chairs from a local second-hand store. The black standard lamp is by Danish designer Secto, while the height-adjustable plywood pendant lamp hanging over the table is the Band Lamp by Heijdenhume collection. Mirjam bought the glass cabinet in the corner (‘it contains a lifetime of my family’s memories…’) some twenty years ago at an auction. A painting of ballet dancers by Kiki Lamers
right Office area in corner of living room, with white Heijdenhume collection Fifth Floor desk; glass by Kate Hume from her Gourde collection and a Habitat ribbon lamp. The photograph is by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf, with whom Mirjam’s elder son Jasper, who‘s a budding actor, has worked.
Detail of desk in Mirjam’s bedroom - she’s had the mirror with its warm, yellowy-gold-coloured frame for around twenty years - the painting beneath the desk came from her sister’s art gallery and echoes its colours. The glass  is by Kate Hume from her Amphore collection; the table is a bespoke design by Heijdenhume collection.
Detail of desk in Mirjam’s bedroom - she’s had the mirror with its warm, yellowy-gold-coloured frame for around twenty years - the painting beneath the desk came from her sister’s art gallery and echoes its colours. The glass is by Kate Hume from her Amphore collection; the table is a bespoke design by Heijdenhume collection.

Images: Hotze Eisma via Taverne Agency. Production: Rianne Landstra. Text: Anna Lambert. HeijdenHume collection . Kate Hume . Secto lamp . Artist Kiki Lamers . Photographer Erwin Olaf

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