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Heden Den Haag

Team
Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, John van de Water, Ica van Tongeren, Joost Lemmens
Client
Artoteek Den Haag
Type
Interior, Furniture, Art Gallery
Location
The Hague, Netherlands
Collaborator
Architectencombinatie Bos Rosdorff Wiebing
Carpenter
Morowood

For the Artoteek in Den Haag, renovated by Bos Rosdorff Wiebing architects, NEXT architects developed the interior design and a series of furniture including working desks and a reading table.

The design concept of the furniture has been based on an array of parallel plywood slats; the shape of the slats has been adapted for various functions such as the storage of a painting, the support of a computer and the storage of magazines. 

Invited by NEXT architects, designer Ica van Tongeren developed a special tile for the restroom of the Artoteek, which is housed in a historic building.

Based on the existing Delft's Blue toilet and washbasin she used the coat of arms of The Hague - a stork with an eel in its beak- as the motif in the design of the tiles. By adjusting the scale of the storks she created a sense of space in the relatively small restroom. The images have been transferred to the tiles using a special glazing process through which the images are permanently rendered onto the tiles.