Pas de deux

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - by Marc Hel­dens — pho­tos by Alan Jen­sen wi­th the col­la­bo­ra­tion of Fla­via Gior­gi

Le­gends of in­ter­na­tio­nal de­si­gn, hi­sto­ri­cal ar­chi­tec­tu­re, suc­ces­sful TV se­ries. In­spi­ra­tions that a Dut­ch loft ga­thers to­ge­ther and in­ter­pre­ts in a four- han­ded pro­ject The de­si­gners are Dut­ch, ba­sed in Am­ster­dam. The clien­ts are in­ter­na­tio­nal tra­vel­lers wi­th roo­ts in Maa­stri­cht. The two si­des ha­ve ma­na­ged to find com­mon ground, not on­ly phy­si­cal­ly but al­so men­tal­ly. “The com­mon de­no­mi­na­tor in all our in­ter­ven­tions and the es­sen­tial star­ting point is free­dom,” ex­plain in­te­rior de­si­gners Dax Roll and Joy­ce Ur­ba­nus, kno­wn as the Ni­ce­ma­kers. Ori­gi­na­ting from this em­pa­the­tic and exu­be­rant crea­ti­vi­ty is the loft on the ten­th floor wi­th a view of Maa­stri­cht, whe­re de­si­gn and de­co­ra­tion in­tert­wi­ne to tell an ori­gi­nal sto­ry, ri­ch in re­fe­ren­ces and sug­ge­stions. A te­sting ground in whi­ch the Ni­ce­ma­kers — who star­ted out pro­fes­sio­nal­ly in 2011 and ha­ve al­rea­dy won ma­ny in­ter­na­tio­nal awards, the la­te­st being for the Ho­tel Hox­ton in Am­ster­dam — we­re able to ex­press their ap­proa­ch to de­si­gn, ma­de up of a fo­cus on peo­ple, con­tem­po­ra­ry ele­gan­ce and func­tio­na­li­ty that is ne­ver de­ta­ched from emo­tion. A weal­th of in­spi­ra­tions re­vea­led in the ma­te­rials, from the wood for the wain­sco­ting to the glass for the sli­ding pa­nels, in the pat­terns and in the ma­nu­fac­tu­ring, in the de­si­gner or cu­stom- ma­de fur­ni­tu­re, in the vin­ta­ge pie­ces pur­cha­sed at auc­tions and in­ter­na­tio­nal gal­le­ries.

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