Furniture Neighborhood by Tjep.

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Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema of Tjep. has completed a furniture project at Amstel Station in Amsterdam.

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Furniture Neighborhood is a "landscape of furniture" where train passengers can relax.

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The following is from Tjep.:

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Title: Furniture Neighborhood

Tjep. was commissioned by the Dutch Railways to create an area for train passengers to relax.

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The location in question, the Amstel Station in Amsterdam, is a building from the 30's in which painter Peter Alma (connected to the cubist movement) was invited to realize two very large murals.

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The two paintings show trains, people and cities, making visible the function trains fulfill, which is to connect these elements.

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I thought it would be nice to pick up on the people connection and city landscape themes, but in a more abstract manner and on a smaller more personal scale.

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This installation is a landscape of furniture, in which the furniture pieces are arranged rather like buildings in the sense that they vary in hight and shape to form a neighborhood.

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The playful composition of forms, based on a rigid (rather cubist) framework, was developed with a balance between privacy and openness in mind, inviting people to experience different levels of intimacy or interaction.

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Product photography usually doesn't include the people who will actually be using the designs, in this case I couldn't ignore how naturally the pieces were adopted by the passing public, and how the initial intentions were immediately made visible in context.

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For the choice of materials, the rather unusual choice of wood and leather for a public space communicates a strong sense of comfort but also a sense of vulnerability.

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This will trigger users to be more respectful with this installation than might be the case with furniture usually found in stations (until now this seems to work).

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Design and photography: Frank Tjepkema (Tjep.)

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  • zuy

    nice idea near bram boo furniture

  • ongjunhao

    its clasically chic and functional.

  • mama

    Michael Graves-like Disneyed design. People look really uncomfortable on it.

  • shima

    i like it …
    but why u didn’t use colorful color?!!!
    colors are important.
    the photographer has arranged the people in places ;-)

  • goeroe

    No wonder it’s black & white,
    the real colors are sooo ugly….,
    and the material shabby, uggh

    All that cheap ‘design’ projects at dutch railwaystations, same as this one at Sloterdijk: http://hasselt.herdenking.nl/fotos/amsterdam_sloterdijk_500pxl.jpg
    are getting soooo boring.

  • standrewsfall

    I’ll have to go investigate. I wish they would do something nice at either Den Haag HS or Central Station. The old architecture/brickwork at HS is interesting, but they’re both pretty soulless places to wait for a train.

    Goeroe, Sloterdijk is pretty neat the first time you go there – I like the tree stumps outside too.

  • The echo

    The b&w makes the photos feel decades old (the analogue and big glass windows don’t help), and they’re right about the colour – where is it.