Gispen chairs at Eindhoven central station
Waiting for the train, reading a newspaper, or dining, all in a stylish Gispen chair by Lensvelt. This has recently been made possible in the central hall of Eindhoven Central Station where Studio Linse has renovated the restaurant into an inviting new horeca spot, Café & Brasserie De Restauratie. Matching the Kembo WH Gispen chairs from the fifties, Paul Linse completed the design with the addition of contemporary Lensvelt WH Gispen 101 and 202 chairs.

 

Café & Brasserie De Restauratie Eindhoven

 

Café & Brasserie De Restauratie Eindhoven
The city of light has been given a new, modern, light and sustainable station designed by Arcadis architect Luc Veeger. 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 Mondriaan’s text “Doorgang, afscheid en ontmoeting,” which translates to “Passing through, parting and meeting”. Particularly the latter is now possible in the contemporary 240 square meter café-restaurant, renovated with respect for its old glory. Interior designer Paul Linse knows the location well; he came there when he studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the late eighties, and also later when he taught there. ‘It was an old-fashioned station restaurant with Persian carpets on the table and a worn laminate floor’, he says.
Linse prefers to allow buildings to stand out in their glory, restoring authentic elements and style icons such as glass chandeliers and furniture, rather than replacing or changing them. These are then combined with newly designed lamps, tables, benches and a counter. On the new terrazzo floor dozens of Lensvelt Gispen chairs with backs and seats of curved beech plywood and upholstered in Kvadrat fabrics, come into their own. ‘The WH Gispen 101 without armrests and the WH Gispen 202 with armrests are fantastic models that sit comfortably,’ Linse explains, ‘and they fit 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 a logical, clear, comfortable, and tasteful balance between past and future.
 

Café & Brasserie De Restauratie Eindhoven
About 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 symplicity’ the studio designs, among others, hotels, airports, museums, offices, houses and train stations. Examples of projects in Amsterdam, are the restaurants and café of the Rijksmuseum, café Américian and De plantage, and, in collaboration with Lensvelt gate 7 at Schiphol. The studio is currently working on the 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 rich histories and stories that are translated into contemporary interiors.
About Lensvelt
Lensvelt is an engaged non-design furniture label and project contractor based at the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Since its founding in 1962, Lensvelt has been offering architects and interior architects the means to make ever better interiors. Lensvelt collaborates with over 150 high-quality designers and labels. About ten chairs and two coffee tables designed by Willem Hendrik Gispen (1890-1981) are produced in the Netherlands by Lensvelt using modern techniques, but preserving the original design.

 

Café & Brasserie De Restauratie Eindhoven
About Luc Veeger
Architect Luc Veeger, of the leading design and consultancy firm Arcadis, is responsible for the large-scale transformation and renovation of  Eindhoven Central Station, where light and sustainability play a leading role. The dark narrow tunnel became a light passage, he added glass roofs and the passage was given a particularly diffused illuminated ceiling. Veeger previously worked at OMA Architects and UNStudio, was co-founder of Monolab Architects and has been working at Arcadis for over fifteen years. Here he is responsible for the reuse and restoration of Watertoren Noord Groningen, Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena station, Driebergen-Zeist station area, and aqueducts in Friesland.

 

 

Café & Brasserie De Restauratie Eindhoven

WH Gispen 101 ChairFrom €341,- incl. VAT.

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WH Gispen 202 Chair

From €672,- incl. VAT.

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WH Gispen Coffee Table 1 topFrom €617- incl. VAT.

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WH Gispen Coffee Table 2 topsFrom €758- incl. VAT.

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