Interiors firm Studio Linse selected classic furniture by celebrated Dutch designers for the cafe of the recently reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
The new cafe occupies an elevated platform in one of the former courtyards of the historic decorative arts museum, a space that now functions as the building's entrance hall following an extensive renovation by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos.
Studio Linse used tables and chairs by Gerrit Rietveld, Wim Rietveld, Kho Liang Ie, Friso Kramer and Martin Visser to create a symmetrical dining area featuring pale shades of cream, grey and beige.
"The main goal was to honour the architecture of the building, so we designed something that was not too overwhelming and in the same colour tones as the rest of the space," designer Barbara de Vries told Dezeen. "We then decided to take Dutch design classics and tried to choose really timeless pieces."
The studio used the same polished Portuguese stone as the new flooring to create a long counter spanning the length of the cafe. "We wanted the bar to look like it rises out of the floor," added De Vries.
To complete the space, two statues from the Rijksmuseum's large collection were relocated to the entrance points and positioned to face one another.
The Rijksmuseum reopened to the public earlier this month. See pictures of the renovated galleries in our earlier story.
Photography is by Ewout Huibers.
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