The creative director of design studio Framework has turned a neglected 19th-century warehouse in Amsterdam into a fun but elegant family home for his wife and two children. The house is located along the waters of the city’s Prinsengracht in the historic building which has over the years fallen into a state of almost complete ruin, but owner Thomas Geerlings – founder of local design studio Framework saw it as the ideal place to create his own family home.
The studio insert a black-framed retractable glass roof above the kitchen to allow for light and ventilation in good weather.Although the studio initially had to strip away most of the building’s dilapidated interior, a structural partition on the first floor was left in place.
It now divides a formal dining area and a nook with a five-metre-long bench seat where the parents can work or the two kids can do arts and crafts. The other side of the first floor accommodates a sitting room.
Dressed with a stone-topped coffee table, sofas upholstered in deep green corduroy and a huge painting by Italian artist Lamberto Teotino Titolo, it is a playful take on traditional paintings by the Dutch masters.
Oakwood floorboards run throughout, complementing the walls that have been loosely rendered in concrete stucco.