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Interior of Tesselschade family office in Amsterdam by Framework

Framework imbues Amsterdam family office with the "calm ambience of an art gallery"

Sculptural furniture and French oak panelling define this plush family office in Amsterdam, which has been renovated by local studio Framework.

Located in the centre of the city, on the second floor of an office building that dates back to 1910, the workspace belongs to a family business.

Brass desk and wood panelling in interior of Tesselschade family office
Top image: sculptural furniture and artworks were sourced by Framework in collaboration with the client. Above: a custom brass desk anchors one of the four private offices.

The 220-square-metre space consists of four private offices and a meeting room, which are blessed with generous windows and decorative wooden floors that have survived more than a century of wear.

According to Framework, the client called for an "artistic approach" to office interiors that would approximate the "calm ambience of an art gallery".

White vintage chairs and French oak panelling in Amsterdam office by Framework
Framework sourced a trio of vintage chairs by Luciano Frigerio from 1968

In response, the studio applied oak panels to the walls to evoke a sense of cocooning warmth and sourced a careful selection of sculptural design pieces and artworks from all over the world.

Highlights include a trio of vintage armchairs created by Italian designer Luciano Frigerio in 1968, massive abstract sculptures by Antwerp-based artist Florian Tomballe and a custom brass desk procured via New York's Patrick Parish Gallery.

White armchairs and massive abstract sculpture in Tesselschade family office
Abstract sculptures by Florian Tomballe punctuate the space

"We sourced the pieces together with the client, who is a young art collector," Framework told Dezeen.

"We mixed Italian, French and Dutch artists in this office that are rarely seen out of their regional context. The Framework design studio is made up of multiple nationalities – that's what makes our designs so eclectic and undefinable in style."

Meeting room with abstract artwork and original oak floors in Amsterdam family office by Framework
The office's original wooden floors were retained

Led by Dutch designer Thomas Geerlings, the studio has offices in Amsterdam, Paris and Ibiza.

This project marks the first collaboration between Framework's French and Dutch offshoots.

"We worked closely together on this project to get the best result," Framework explained.

"Because the Amsterdam studio is more focussed on Dutch artists and is working from a Dutch point of view, it always enhances the outcome to have another viewpoint on subjects like this."

French oak panelling in Tesselschade family office
All rooms including the hallway are panelled in French oak

Framework has previously turned a neglected 19th-century warehouse in Amsterdam into a luxurious family home and designed Water Villa, a houseboat with a geometric exterior, together with Studio Prototype.

Photography is by Kasia Gatkowska.

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Interior of Tesselschade family office in Amsterdam by Framework
Interior of Tesselschade family office in Amsterdam by Framework