Based in the design-conscious Netherlands, i29 Interior Architects takes on any challenge presented to them with a clever and unique approach to interiors.
They share interests with many other successful Dutch firms, including interior spatial dynamics, programming, and circulation. But what sets i29 apart is their heavy focus on color combinations and subtle materiality. Their signature color palette is a mix of white, black, and brown tones, which they often combine to designate the various objects of their interiors.
One of their defining projects is the Room on the Roof. Housed in a small tower of the department store de Bijenkorf in the historic heart of Amsterdam, this artists’ residence is the spatial equivalent of a swiss army knife. The ivory white living room is on one side while the remainder of the living quarters are combined into a two-storey knotty pine wood construction. A black spiral staircase made of iron presents itself as a large sculptural object in the middle of the space that connects all the rooms of the house.
Another landmark project for i29 is The Invisible Kitchen in Paris, France. The space has several cabinets to conceal all of the typical signs of a kitchen, such as the refrigerator and pantries, in order to appear less like a service-oriented part of the house. The only clue that gives away the function of the room is the kitchen island with a faucet and sink, which is elegantly integrated into the composition of the space. The panels are copies of the decorative elements of the apartment’s original walls, which integrates the contemporary kitchen into the 19th century apartment.
i29 recently took home the International Interior Design Award at the FX Awards in the category of Retail Space and the Idea Tops Award, and have been nominated for the Rotterdam Design Award, the Dutch Design Awards, the LAI Awards, The Great Indoors Award, and many others.