A charming Amsterdam canal house is transformed by the designers at Ethnic Chic using KOKET pieces
Imagine strolling along Amsterdam’s picturesque streets; old bridges create pathways through canal waters lined with charming row houses. It is in one of these attractive row houses where Robin Toetenel and Ingrid Steyrer, the design duo forming Ethnic Chic, redesigned an empty house into a warm and sophisticated space while incorporating some KOKET pieces into the design. The result is a truly stunning canal house, full of custom furniture, lavish fabrics and finishes and quality craftsmanship.
Ethnic Chic was originally opened in 2004 as a boutique in the heart of Amsterdam, selling unique and compelling home décor. After many requests for interior design projects, Toetenel and his first business partner began dabbling in interior design, and thus a designer was born. The canal house project was worked on day and night to be completed within the 3-week timeframe. Custom furniture was flown in from all over the world to add cultural soul and character to the interior, challenging the designers to find new products and brands. One of these exclusive brands is KOKET, whose tempting pieces are seen in the bedroom and living room designs of the canal house.
The living room shape has grand ceilings and large windows which the designers used to their advantage. Decorated in tones of aubergine, the designers placed two matching Burlesque consoles on either side of the living room’s marble fireplace. The luxury console table’s acrobatic polished brass hoops of the base, paired with exotic reptile embossed velvet, added the spice the designers were looking for.
“The living room with a grandeur high ceilings and view on the canals, there could not be a better twist then the two crazy Koket consoles we proposed for this project,” said Toetenel. “It really turned the whole living room around from being a beautiful setting to a place with a twist and character. I like that in specific pieces to have that kind of feeling. To add a bit of spice while playing it on the edge. It certainly worked for this project!”
The bedroom’s darker touches and rich finishes scream vintage Hollywood boudoir, and no boudoir is complete without a resting chaise. KOKET’s Envy chaise makes an opulent statement in the bedroom design, with soft button tufting and sleek polished brass feet. Above the bed, a Vivre 2-Ring chandelier casts a sultry glow, with the light shining behind 19 genuine agate slices.
An edgy “indoor garden” kitchen room portrays a funkier vintage Hollywood vibe with faux bamboo chairs and tropical banana leaf, hand-printed wallpaper.
With the short timeline, Ethnic Chic managed to pull off the challenge of meeting the client’s needs while designing a remarkably cohesive space, which is something they pride themselves on. With another noteworthy project under their belt, the designers of Ethnic Chic have already moved onto the next challenge, where they are sure to rise to the occasion.
“One of the key parts of our job is to challenge ourselves every day again. Come up with different solutions and designs for our clients. I love this part of the job! Never a dull moment.”
Photographs: Marc Van Praag and Peter Baas