loom atelier is an independent creative studio established by a portuguese and an australian architect, who after 7 years of working together for major brands across the Europe and middle east region, began their own practice focusing on the development of immersive narratives within architectural interiors.
loom atelier is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
loom atelier’s premiere private residential project, is a renovation of a 91sqm house in Heiloo, The Netherlands, for a couple of dutch design enthusiasts retreating from Amsterdam.
bringing with them a plethora of custom furniture pieces including a kitchen by Studio Lukas Cober, a dining setting by Valentin Loellmann and smaller accents by new talents like Sho Ota and Bram Vanderbeke, we curated the pieces to establish the most natural dialogue while taming the existing architectural volumes, creating a warm, textured and minimalistic environment the couple will soon proudly call home.
estimated completion march 2021.
A box of curated items intended to communicate a bit more than a standard material palette by engaging the senses of sight, touch and scent and sound, the materials with their finishes and in the proportions presented establish a scalable scheme for adaptation to any visual or spatial project.
The box was also issued with a specific playlist to be listened to while browsing the contents of the box. You can listen here.
seeking a disruptively soulful solution for standard branding within the filed of interior design,
we turned to hand crafted solutions, making linoleum block prints to print our logos and configuring office stamps to share our contact details. white stock paper of a heavy weight, cut into sharp rectangles juxtapose this expression, establishing an element of humour.
a design for a Starbucks reserve coffee bar located in a historic building opposite Prague City Hall, rich, wooden, walnut panels feature prominently in the store, defining the bar area as the focal point, while accents of copper help to establish a contemporary design language with industrial flourishes.
custom furniture pieces and art works created with local artisans lend soulfulness that entices customers to linger beyond the last sip.
this store was awarded the International Best Fit-Out Award 2018 by the Construction and Investment Journal CE and was featured in Elle Magazine.
a pitch for the redevelopment of storage and WC facilities at a community greenhouse and workshop space in amsterdam west.
looking beyond the singular structure, the triangulation and materialization of the proposed building maintains focus on the existing, beautiful greenhouse, while creating a secondary plaza at the back of the site , lending another zone in which to expand the vibrant activities of the site into a lush moment of greenery with in the urban area.
loom atelier’s submission to MADE’s talent lab. this chair was developed while in the first lockdown of 2020 and, feeling the need for kindness, we developed a chair that felt like the warm embrace of our favourite sweater, selecting a rainbow bouclé for the upholstery of the back and seat which are formed by 2 interlocking plywood plates that wrap around the lower back in a comforting embrace. the legs were to be stainless steel in the thinnest possible diameter, a wink toward the lightness of chairs created by some of our favourite japanese architects.
a styling exercise for an expat couple relocating to Rotterdam after many years living in amsterdam. playing off bold features within the existing space; exposed ceiling beams, fab kitchen tiles and beautiful old bathroom tiles, we created enveloping environs within each room that established an overall narrative inline with the clients love of rich colour and engaging design, adding a few new accent pieces invigorating their existing collection of belongings.
an essay for a journal curated in Australia, exploring the concepts of otherness that define the contemporary, shining a light of the forgotten, overlooked or undiscussed.
Our contribution explores the often dismissed notion of shininess, extending to reflectivity, specifically looking in the work of SANAA, a Japanese architectural firm who have developed their own specific brand of playful minimalism (and a frequent loom reference).
in collaboration with Specific Generic (F.K.A. Bozarth Fornell Architects)
Kenzo Paris were seeking a bold rebranding in line with their new creative direction. The brief was to explore “digital” in line with new aesthetic movements that flourished around the visual cultures of Tumblr and Instagram, the users of whom were their target market groups.
Unexpected colour combinations, tromp l’oeil effects and a day bed with a shag bolster were tied together by slick crisp and minimal fixtures on which product was displayed.
a collaboration with Rotterdam based graphic designer Sumi Schiffer. this upgrade to the user experience of the shared areas and way finding throughout the complex on Rotterdam’s Witte de Withstraat explores textiles, colour blocking and moments of differentiated lighting as interwoven means of communicating function and orientation to visitors. The textiles for the project are being developed with EE exclusives.
installing April 2021.
a full architectural project for 2 neighbouring house holds: one, a young family, the other, new grandparents seeing to downsize, on adjacent ocean front plots in Portugal. the focus of the design was in sourcing cost effective solutions for the architecture and interior with
(construction beginning mid 2021)
working with Specific Generic (F.K.A. Bozarth Fornell Architects) in Stockholm, we collaborated on the development of Roland Mouret’s first flagship store in New York.
small and engaging details like screws in contrasting metals, and sleek, red lacquered furniture elements sat well with the Roland Mouret brand vision.
the centerpiece of the store was a clothing rack system with irregularly shaped modules that could be unscrewed and rotated for different display options. moments from this concept went on to establish the core DNA for Mouret’s shop-in-shop concepts, as can be seen in Selfridges London.
the reworking of the inherited gardens of a family’s grandparents with the intention of creating a place where the family could continue to gather, creating many new memories to compliment those form earlier years. functionally, the site will operate as a shared, familial allotment, where fresh produce can be grown and shared.
(construction to begin Jan. 2021)
the adaptation of an attic storage space into a home office and studio in amsterdam west. the focus was on cost effective solutions and establishing a language that was soulful, stimulating and had good ergonomics in order that occupants could comfortably work there year round, adapting it to their needs each day, whether they were working on computer, hosting clients or hand crafting elements for specific projects.
part of loom atelier spent a winter in the studio of junya ishigami sharing ideas for new concepts and hand crafting models at a variety of scales to examine the spatial relationships between architecture and the individual. this experience was formative on their understanding of the limitless potentials of space, and the power of purity in the expression of ideas.
Geometric lines and unexpected elements feature prominently in this new Starbucks store, located at the Hilltown Shopping Mall, Kucukyali, Istanbul,Turkey.
Inspired by the “sea faring traditions of coffee trade”, a visually arresting world map in conjunction with a celestial Siren, feature as prominent artworks and inspire of the shape language of the store.
Wooden elements strategically vary in form, concealing and revealing design features as customers navigate throughout, helping to establish a hierarchy.
The prominently located bar and the graphical wooden structure above it ground the heart of the store, visually connecting the primary artworks and emphasizing the theater of coffee.
Furniture selection, arrangement, lighting, and a sensitive material selection all work together to create a memorable and welcoming customer experience.