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Claire-Obscur
by Bureau Fraai

Photo by Photography by Flare Department

Bureau Fraai has designed Claire-Obscur in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


This project was the conversion of a monumental building into high-end apartments and office spaces in the Museum Square neighbourhood in the city centre of Amsterdam.

Bureau Fraai designed these strong light-dark contrasts within the apartments and offices by introducing new strong uni-coloured interior interventions opposing the light grey basic colour.

The designers took influence from the "Claire-Obscur" technique applied by the painter Gerard van Honthorst who was a gifted follower of the famous painter Caravaggio.

The harmony of these quite dramatic interventions with the refined existing characteristics resulted in strong and unique identities for each and every floor.


This project has been longlisted in the apartment interior category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Designer: Bureau Fraai

Project: Claire-Obscur

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