Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

 

The eagle-eyed among you may have already made a connection that this is the second time we’re featuring an office space designed by Norwegian studio Kvistad. We previously shared with you their Bakken & Bæck’s HQ in Oslo, which was modelled on a spaceship.

What? I know!

Similarly, the Amsterdam outpost for Bakken & Bæck is reminiscent of a ‘yellow submarine’ – a long and narrow space that sits below ground level by the docks of Houthaven.

The main room features windows along one short side, providing the only source of natural light. A great start this was not, but you’ll have to agree that Kvistad has done the most they possibly could with an average hand they’ve been dealt. “One of our main goals was to brighten up the space by use artificial light and colours, while still maintaining a cozy and warm space,” explains the team.

 

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

 

Kvistad made an effort to aesthetically connect this office to Bakken & Bæck HQ in Oslo, while giving the interior its own identity. The palette consists of warm and natural colours like “creamy yellow, clear rust, hairy brown, dusty pink and matte black.” I don’t know about you, but hairy brown is probably a personal fave. Ha!

In case you’re wondering – where did they get all those amazing wall hangings from? Those puppies were created by Kvistad, and are available in limited quantities in their online shop.

The meeting rooms are articulated with textured glass which allows the light to come inside while maintaining a sense of privacy. I also really love the use of felt and cork inside the meeting rooms, which provide the space with a cocoon-like feeling, adding to the ‘70s vintage vibes.

We had a super quick chat with the design team about this project. Read on for below for additional insights. And before I go, I just wanted to add how much I love what Tekla Evelina Severin has photographed this interior. She’s a super clever young lady (and you should totally follow her on Instagram, by the way).

 

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

Kvistad Redesigns Bakken & Bæck’s Amsterdam Office | Yellowtrace

 

+ What was your design objective for this project?

One of our main goals was to brighten up the space by use of light and colours, while still maintaining a cosy and warm space. We put an emphasis on aesthetically connecting it to their headquarters in Oslo.

+ Your favourite thing about this project?

Working with our client. And having significant freedom with the design.

+ And the most challenging aspect?

Logistics. It was our first project outside of Norway.

+ What did you learn during the project?

That it is possible to work on projects long distance and be happy with the end result. Also, to not start construction works right before the summer! ;-)

+ Would you have done anything differently?

Nope. Maybe just some small details.

+ Any other interesting facts you could share with us?

This office will get their own custom made water bike for two people soon!

 

Related: Bakken & Bæck Office in Oslo, Norway by Kvistad.

 

 


[Images courtesy of Kvistad. Photography by Tekla Evelina Severin. Styling by Kvistad.]

 

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor
Google+

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

Leave a Reply