Amsterdam design firm RUIM was tasked with transforming a massive and quite grand canal house from the 17th century into a completely modern residence. Not only was the remodel successful in giving the home updated style, but designers were able to retain much of the character from the home’s past.
Sigrid van Kleef and René van der Leest of Studio RUIM managed to balance both old and new at every turn. Classic features of this old manor, such as the paneling, the shutters and beams, were juxtaposed with modern materials that included steel, Corian and power floated concrete.
The interior is spacious and airy thanks to inviting soft colors and large windows that fill the living spaces with light. Old world characteristics, such as the decorated ceilings of centuries ago, are accentuated by customary black steel frames.
Traditional murals of the river Vecht serve as yet another nod to the home’s past. Restored paintings used throughout the home were kept in their original frames, complementing a bevy of modern accents like industrial copper lamps.