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The last few years of interior design have been extremely neutral, vanilla even, with beige, white and grey making up the color schemes in most homes and hotels. There’s a definitive absence of bright hues and double-take worthy art — it seems the more understated, the better. That’s why stepping into Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht feels like a breath of fresh air with its multicolor interiors and larger than life art pieces. There’s a vibrance and playfulness that excites the eye and also invites guests to discover the various areas of the hotel.
Artist Marcel Wanders is the mastermind behind the entire design of the hotel, incorporating Dutch cultural themes like Delft ceramics, tulips and clogs in the rooms, common areas and outdoor space of the hotel. If you’re looking to incorporate more maximalist design into your home or simply want to know more about his work, read on for design inspiration.
1. Tulip Chairs
You will find red or yellow high-back tulip chairs in the lobby, hotel rooms and in the private dining rooms. Their shape resembles the famous Dutch tulip with its bell shape and rich hues. The chairs are on a swivel and allow guests to face many directions. Inside the hotel rooms that can mean looking directly over the famous canals during the daytime or enjoying dinner watching TV in the evening.
2. One-of-a-Kind Sinks
Referencing the esteemed Dutch tradition of Delft blue, Wanders created 124 painted unique wash basins in each room. While Delft blue painting is famously laborious and time-consuming, Wanders reversed this idea by only spending exactly one minute on each basin. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece that riffs on the famous iconography in a very Wanders way.
3. A Galaxy of Lights
From ornate chandeliers to woven orbs, lighting comes in all shapes and sizes at Andaz Prinsengracht. Giant bell-shaped chandeliers illuminate the reception area and if you look up at the hotel’s atrium, things get even more interesting. An array of orbs and circular lights glow underneath the ceiling skylight reminiscent of astronomy. In the restaurant, you will find Wanders’ signature Skygarden suspension light which is reminiscent of an antique decorated plaster ceiling in one of his former homes.
4. Secret (Art) Garden
Andaz Amsterdam features a sprawling garden which, of course, also features Wanders’ works. Here you’ll find statues, a pergola and a giant mural which unifies the two buildings which make up the hotel. The mural depicts ‘Alice in Amsterdam’ and the whole garden has a secretive feel to it with lots of corners and unexpected art works. The garden is a popular wedding location in particular during Pride and a welcome outdoor space during the warmer months.
5. Heaven and Hell
Usually riding an elevator is a pretty mundane exercise but not so at Andaz Amsterdam. Here you’ll look out into the atrium of the hotel through glass windows. Look closely at the wallpaper and you’ll witness ‘A Ride from Hell to Heaven’ with an array of images to signal your path as you ascend. You’ll look forward to every elevator ride because there will always be something new to see.