Waiting comfortably on the train, reading a newspaper or dine in a stylish Gispen chair by Lensvelt. This has recently been possible in the central hall of Eindhoven station where Studio Linse has renovated the restoration into an inviting Café & Brasserie De Restauratie.
The city of light has been given a new, tight and light station in the hands of architect Luc Vergeer. The national monument from 1956 – also known as the “Transistor radio” – retained characteristic old elements such as curved parts in the ceilings, floor mosaics and the text of Mondriaan “Transit, farewell and meeting”. The latter is now possible in the contemporary café-restaurant of 240 square meters that has been renovated with respect for the old glory. Interior designer Paul Linse has known the place for a long time; he came there when he studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the late eighties, and later when he taught there. ‘It was an old-fashioned restoration with Persian carpets on the table and a worn laminate floor’, he says. Because he never wants to do too much to make the building stand out in all its glory, authentic elements and style icons such as glass chandeliers and furniture have been restored. These are combined with newly designed lamps, tables, benches and a counter. On the new terrazzo floor the dozens of Gispenchairs supplied by Lensvelt with backs and seats of curved beech plywood and upholstered with Kvadrat fabrics, come into their own in style. “The WH Gispen 101 without armrests and the WH Gispen 202 with armrests are fantastic models that sit comfortably, explains Linse’s choice,” and they tie in with the existing Gispen chairs from the fifties. “He placed the lower ones at the window , the higher in the middle section of the brasserie (and bar stools at the bar). The whole forms an almost logical, clear, comfortable, and tasteful balance between past and future.
Over Studio Linse
Paul Linse graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1987 and founded Studio Linse in 1999. Together with a team of interior designers and architects, he works on international assignments. With a recognizable style described as “Noble Simplicity”, the studio establishes, among other hotels, airports, museums, offices, houses and train stations. In Amsterdam, for example, the restaurant and café of the Rijksmuseum, café Américain and De Plantage, and together with Lensvelt gate 7 at Schiphol. The studio is currently working on the interior design of the foyer and restaurant at the Royal Opera House in London, the renewed interior of the Concertgebouw building, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stopera. Locations with a rich history and a story that are translated into contemporary interiors.
Lensvelt is an engaged NON-design furniture label and project designer based at the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Since its foundation in 1962, Lensvelt has been offering architects and interior architects the means to create better and better interiors.
Lensvelt collaborates with more than 150 high-quality designers and labels. A dozen chairs and two coffee tables by Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890-1981) are produced by Lensvelt using modern techniques, while retaining the original design in the Netherlands.
Over Luc Veeger
The architect Luc Veeger from Arcadis, leading design and consultancy firm, is responsible for the large-scale transformation and restoration of the Eindhoven station, where ‘light’ and sustainability play a leading role. The dark narrow tunnel became a light passage, there were glass roofs and the passage was given a particularly diffusely illuminated ceiling. Luc Veeger worked at OMA Architects and UNStudio, was co-founder of Monolab Architects in Rotterdam and has been working at Arcadis for over fifteen years. Here he is responsible for the reuse and restoration of Watertoren Noord Groningen, station Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena, station area Driebergen-Zeist, and aqueducts in Friesland.